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Italian Discovery

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Six of Italy's top cities are explored on this feast of beauty and culture, from wine regions to floating cities.

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      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
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      About this trip

      Landmarks of Italy - the Vatican, marble Duomo and Doge's Palace - are the highlights of this journey through the birthplace of culture. Admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling, the idyllic beauty of Lake Como and stop in Verona to see Shakespeare's Juliet balcony and the 2,000-year-old Roman arena. You'll also savour the tastes of Bologna and wander through St. Francis' hometown, Assisi.


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      Trip code: ITDI

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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

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

        • Orientation of Turin and Venice

        • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Como, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine


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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


       

      Italian Discovery

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

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      Rome Sightseeing

      Florence, Italy

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      Rome – Florence

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      Florence – Pisa – Turin

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      Turin – Lake Como – Milan

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      Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

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      Venice Orientation

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      Venice – Ferrara – Bologna

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      Bologna – Assisi – Rome

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      Depart Rome

      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

      Tread in the footsteps of emperors and slaves, through the annuls of history that span millennia - your first encounter with intoxicating Italy is the Eternal City and its glorious past which you will have an opportunity to explore on your own terms before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. This evening, we enjoy an enchanting antipasto of our Italian Discovery during an orientation drive past some of the city's most famous sights.

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      Cicerone

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Cicerone

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Rome Sightseeing Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing

      Our exploration of Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we have priority access allowing entry to view the masterpieces collected by Popes throughout the centuries. During our included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, gaze in wonder at Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Crossing the Tiber, we venture to Ancient Rome to see where hundreds of thousands of spectators would cheer chariot riders to victory at Circus Maximus and visit where brave gladiators met their fate in the imposing Colosseum. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the magnificent sites of what was once the capital of the world, or kick back in a piazza soaking up the aromas of fine coffee while you watch the world go by.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Rome – Florence Day 3 - Rome – Florence

      Today we drive north through rolling Tuscan landscapes to the Renaissance city of Florence. Beauty and artistry seep through the walls of exquisite palazzi, churches and bridges, the most famous of which is the Ponte Vecchio which we will view during a walking tour with our Local Specialist. Visit the expansive Piazza della Signoria, which once lay at the heart of the flourishing Florentine Republic and view the exquisite marble Duomo and famous Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the fine art and architecture of this beautiful city on your own terms. This evening, we gather at a Tuscan castle set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate for an unforgettable Be My Guest dining experience.

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      Grand Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Grand Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Florence – Pisa – Turin Day 4 - Florence – Pisa – Turin

      A short journey brings us to Pisa and its Square of Miracles, home to the famous Leaning Tower, ornate Baptistery and the Cathedral del Duomo. We continue northwards, past the marble quarries of Carrara and the charming resort hubs of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa in Liguria before arriving in sophisticated Turin. This afternoon, we venture through the grand boulevards of this aristocratic city during an orientation drive which will unveil the majestic Piazza Vittorio Veneto and River Po, Italy's largest river.

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      Concord

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Concord

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Turin – Lake Como – Milan Day 5 - Turin – Lake Como – Milan

      We leave Turin and travel to the exquisite Italian lakes for a stop at Lake Como. Then on to the economic powerhouse of Milan, where we'll enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist to explore the city's spectacular sights. We view the ornate Duomo, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, the ancient Galleria shopping arcade and the celebrated La Scala opera house. This evening, join your companions for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

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      Starhotels Business Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Starhotels Business Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights) Day 6 - Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

      Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers are remembered during our stop in Verona where we'll view Juliet's Balcony and the first-century ancient Roman arena still in use today. Crossing the Veneto Plains, we arrive in what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, the magical city of Venice.

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      Viktoria Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Viktoria Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Venice Orientation Day 7 - Venice Orientation

      We board a private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square - our introduction to such sights as the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Witness first-hand the fine glassblowing tradition that spans centuries during a Cultural Insight on Giudecca Island before enjoying free time to explore Venice on your terms. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys, over ornate bridges and into quiet piazze as you get lost in this enchanting city.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 8

      Venice – Ferrara – Bologna Day 8 - Venice – Ferrara – Bologna

      Go off the beaten track and into the medieval city of Ferrara, revealing its fascinating northern Italian culture, before arriving in Bologna - perhaps more famous for its gourmet achievements than being the site of the oldest university in Europe. Join a Local Specialist to explore the sights, including Neptune's fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Of course, a visit to the home of tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelli and ragù, would be incomplete without taking the time out to sample its delicious cuisine. Buon appetito!

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      Flyon

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 9

      Bologna – Assisi – Rome Day 9 - Bologna – Assisi – Rome

      Today, we cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Come face-to-face with the legacy of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan Order in 1208, during a walking tour of his hometown with a Local Specialist. Visit the magnificent Basilica that bears his name and see his tomb, before travelling back to Rome past the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight, we celebrate a journey of discovery through Italy during a Farewell Dinner with our companions and Travel Director.

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      Sheraton Parco De Medici

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Sheraton Parco De Medici

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Depart Rome Day 10 - Depart Rome

      Our journey together has come to an end so for now it's a fond arrivederci to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet, explore the castle dungeons, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting

      • Cultural Insights
        Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. 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, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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

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

        • Orientation of Turin and Venice

        • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Como, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine


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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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      Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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        Service rating : Everyone was extremely friendly and our director, Heidi *Personal information removed by Feefo* was awesome.Product : The sights were stunning and so many in just 10 days!

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        Each day was full of so many new experiences, even in places I had been before. Our Travel Director Heidi was amazing. Her and our driver made sure the trip ran smoothly.

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        Service rating : We had a great timeI Our tour guide, Heidi *Personal information removed by Feefo* was very friendly, knowledgeable about the citiies and accomodating to those who needed special attention.We would certainly go on another trip with Trafalgar and we have already recommended others

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        This was an excellent tour and covered many sights of Italy. The tour director, Heidi was excellent and paid attention to all the details and made this tour a lot of fun as well as informative.

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