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Great Italian Cities

10 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

Italy's greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and the Eternal City, Rome.

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10 Days, 1 Country, 9 Cities

Great Italian Cities

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    • Departures from 27 October 2017 to 06 April 2018 are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.
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About this trip

Tread up the stone steps and down the grand boulevards of Italy's capitals - the pavement café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes and incredible feats of classic architecture all must-see highlights of this leisurely jaunt through the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice. Explore the centuries-old Rialto food market, admire the embrace of Bologna's Kissing Towers and say 'ciao' to Marco Polo.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: IGICB

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice

    • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

    • Orientation of Pisa

    • See the ancient sites of Rome

    • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

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Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure

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Day 3

Rome At Leisure

Florence, Italy

Day 4

Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)

Santa Maria Cathedral Baptistery, Florence, Italy

Day 5

Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

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Day 6

Florence – Excursion to Pisa

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Day 7

Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

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Day 8

Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

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Day 9

Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Rialto Food Market

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Day 10

Depart Venice

Day 1

Arrive Rome (3 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It's the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter's Basilica - a great start to your Italian holiday.

Hotel

Grand Palatino

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Grand Palatino

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure

Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Adult Price: €33.00

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 2

Day 3

Rome At Leisure Day 3 - Rome At Leisure

Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively consider joining an Optional Experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, near the Bay of Naples.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Discover Pompeii And Naples

Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples, before returning to Rome, passing the abbey of Monte Cassino.

Adult Price: €100.00

Day 3

Day 4

Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights) Day 4 - Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)

Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes, with your Local Specialist. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

Hotel

Ambasciatori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Ambasciatori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Adult Price: €64.00

Day 4

Day 5

Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 5 - Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

Learn about Florence's rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its gilded bronze doors. Enjoy scenic views of the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality-leather and 18-carat gold jewellery.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €40.00

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.

Adult Price: €35.00

Day 5

Day 6

Florence – Excursion to Pisa Day 6 - Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian coast. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city's most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble cathedral with a Local Specialist. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. This evening travel to a Tuscan villa for a special Be My Guest dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights) Day 7 - Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salami. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. Later today you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Boscolo Bellini

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Boscolo Bellini

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Adult Price: €70.00

Day 7

Day 8

Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation Day 8 - Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This afternoon you have free time to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark's Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price: €70.00

Day 8

Day 9

Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Rialto Food Market Day 9 - Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Rialto Food Market

Enjoy a leisurely stroll from your hotel with a Local Specialist along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge on your guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, which will reveal a centuries-old food market and narrow 'calle' or streets. Admire the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo's house. The rest of the day is free to see the sights of your choice. Celebrate your trip with your fellow travellers this evening at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you'll visit the magnificent Doge's Palace and its elegant courtyards, which were home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. Afterwards, we've booked an entrance into the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.

Adult Price: €42.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Venice Day 10 - Depart Venice

Say 'arrivederci' to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Eight generations and plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional dinner with the Landi family at their home near Siena Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves

  • Cultural Insights
    Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Pisa, Florence, Bologna and Venice

  • Small Group Sightseeing
    A guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice

    • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

    • Orientation of Pisa

    • See the ancient sites of Rome

    • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi


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Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    Service rating : This was my third trip with Trafalgar, and it was excellent from start to finish. Our tour guide Gordon did a tremendous job of taking care of details and assured everyone received a trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend Trafalgar tours, and can't wait to go again.Product : We

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    Service rating : We were given excellent advice prior to our excursions. Background information and history about the areas we were driving through. Advance notice of what to expect.Product : The itinerary was excellent and we saw such amazing and historic sites and that were simply incredible.

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    Service rating : they did everything well. food drink service tours tour guide {PALO}.yes I would recommend Trafalgar to others.Product : everything was fine. the only thing that could of changed was the excursion before Anzac day should have been put on 2 days before,

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    Service rating : Every thing went smoothly and have already recommended this company to friendsProduct : Lots of walking but saw many things that i would have not seen if not on the tour

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