Italian Discovery - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $2655 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Quality of activities was first rate"
Natalie , Jun 2014

Wine regions, floating cities and historic capitals. Six of Italy's best known cities are explored, in this regional feast of beauty and culture.

It's Insider moments like… seeing the sights of Bologna with our knowledgeable expert, learning why so many towers sprung up in the city in the Middle Ages, and about the romantic legend behind the famous Kissing Towers.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • 2.


    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. An evening orientation drive will take you to admire the view of the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica - a perfect start to your Italian Discovery!


    Welcome Reception


    NH Leonardo da Vinci

  • 3.


    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. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by!


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.


    Drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. View the city in all its glory from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your Local Specialist reveals Florence's rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the ancient Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous landmarks in Florence. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking Florence and the Tuscan Hills.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining


    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 5.


    A short journey brings you to Pisa, and the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. There's time for photos before you continue past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resorts of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa. In Turin, see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Concord Torino

  • 6.


    From Turin via Lake Como, you arrive in Milan. Your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of the city's spectacular sights including the Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and the renowned opera house La Scala.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


    Atahotel Quark

  • 7.


    Stop in Verona, where Shakespeare based his most famous play, to view Juliet's balcony and see the 2,000 year old Roman arena, still in use today. Continue across the Veneto plains to the magical city of Venice.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


    Viktoria Palace

  • 8.


    View the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Stop at Giudecca Island to visit a traditional glassblowing workshop for Cultural Insight into this ancient art form. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an optional experience to one of the islands in the lagoon!


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 9.


    Visit Ferrara, a city of artistic importance during the Renaissance. Arrive in Bologna - famous for its university, architecture, fine sausages and hams. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including Neptune's fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Don't forget to sample the excellent local cuisine!


    Buffet Breakfast


    Una Bologna

  • 10.


    Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Enjoy a walking tour of St. Francis' hometown with a Local Specialist. Visit the magnificent Basilica and see the tomb of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi in 1208. Later, travel south towards Rome, passing the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner


    Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici

  • 11.


    Say ‘arrivederci' to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Visit an Agriturismo farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a meal with a local family.
  • Cultural Insights

    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialists

    in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientation in Turin and Venice
  • See the Roman Arena in Verona
  • View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica, the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Maggiore, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, 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


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
    5 dinners:(including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Backstreets, Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 With our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow backstreets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain (under restoration) are just two of the fine monuments en route. Later, you'll have free time to eat at the restaurant of your choice in one of the piazzas.
  • Roman Evening With Dinner

    Adult Price: €60.00 Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita', and which will give you a glimpse into how the Romans enjoy their city.


  • Visit Michelangelo's David

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy an insight into the world of artistic genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. You'll get VIP entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you'll learn all about the artist's life and his world-famous sculpture.


  • Italy's Unknown Capital

    Adult Price: €30.00 From its ancient cafes to its royal palace and the famous Turin Shroud, Italy's first capital has a plethora of treasures waiting to be explored. Your Local Specialist will reveal the secrets of its Savoy past on an afternoon "passegiata", with a treat.


  • Villas Of Lake Como And Como Town

    Adult Price: €38.00 Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District. Our Local Specialist will show you the sights - and their favourite spots - as you explore the old parts of Como.


  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, 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.
  • Majestic Venice

    Adult Price: €35.00 Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.
  • Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks

    Adult Price: €69.00 Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You’ll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.


  • Treasures Of Milan

    Adult Price: €44.00 Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum.When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.


  • Bologna Gourmet Dinner

    Adult Price: €61.00 A scenic drive through beautiful countryside to see the home of the great inventor Marconi, at Sasso Marconi. Then we'll drive to a delightful restaurant in the heart of Emilia Romagna, known as the centre of Italian gastronomy, where we'll enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties with wine.
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