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Splendors of Italy

13 Day Tour to Rome, Venice, Lake Como & Florence

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Splendours Italy Guided Tour
13 Days
3 Countries

Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland

12 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Bay of Naples, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Lugano, Saronno, Pisa, Florence, Siena

16 Meals

12 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver
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Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director.

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Embrace excess as you travel the length and breadth of 'la bella Italia'. From the former capital of the world to the sun-kissed south, the shimmering Italian Lakes to quiet contemplation in Assisi, the birthplace of the Renaissance to the Bay of Naples – this grand 13 day exploration of Italy will reveal why Verdi proclaimed he would gladly exchange the entire universe for Italy. One day you may feel the same.

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Day 1

Arrive Rome

Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. You'll see reminders of an ancient world, a holy empire and the Renaissance around every turn should you wish to spend the day exploring on your own, after checking in to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a glimpse of what's in store. You could continue your independent exploration of Rome later this evening or join your travel group for an Optional Experience featuring typical Italian cuisine with music.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Ergife Palace Hotel Rome
Optional Experiences Dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Delights with Dinner

Make the most of your Roman holiday, living la dolce vita as the locals do with a relaxed dinner in a characteristic trattoria. Soak up the atmosph...

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Day 2

Rome sightseeing and free time

Take a moment. Standing in St. Peter's Square, you are in the midst of the world's holiest Catholic shrine – where people have worshipped since the fourth century. This expansive place of pilgrimage and prayer gives way to the lofty vaults of one of the greatest churches in the world, St. Peter's Basilica. Your Local Specialist will reveal the treasures and talents of Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, who all had a hand in its construction. Continue your guided sightseeing tour across the Tiber River to Ancient Rome and imagine a time when soldiers and senators built a city that became the center of the world. The foundations of that city still stand today as a tribute to its former might and you'll have the opportunity to view its iconic ancient ruins before spending time on your own exploring or joining your fellow travelers on an Optional Experience to discover Rome's beautiful piazzas.

Tiber River and St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Ergife Palace Hotel Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Specialist. Wander through th...

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Day 3

Rome – Bay of Naples

This morning, consider joining an Optional Experience to the Roman Forum and explore the impressive meeting place of Ancient Rome. Then the Bay of Naples beckons and you'll head south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the site of fierce battles during World War II. Perhaps spend the afternoon taking an Optional Experience drive along the picture-perfect Amalfi Coast, with a visit to the artistic hub of Positano and its pastel-hued houses that seem to tumble into the Tyrrhenian Sea, or else spend the rest of your day in search of the best Margherita pizza. Its ingredients reflect the red, white and green of Italy's flag – could there be anything more patriotic?

Eating pizza in Rome, Italy
Accommodation La Panoramica Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast and Positano

Join us for an unforgettable drive along the picturesque Amalfi Coast, the jewel of Italy's southern coastline. Visit the world-famous paradise of ...

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Optional Experiences The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Inside The Roman Forum

With a Local Specialist at your side, step back in time and into the streets of Ancient Rome. Follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar to the place...

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Day 4

Sorrento excursion

Today you'll take a scenic journey along the craggy Mediterranean coast, tracing the footsteps of artists, writers and high society who have long revered the sweet shores of Sorrento. Centuries on, there are no signs of the hypnotic sirens that once tempted soldiers to run their ships into the deadly rocks. Instead, fresh scents of citrus are likely to accompany your every step as you explore this beautiful resort town with plenty of time to explore on your own. Don't leave the town's historic harbor without sampling some local specialties. Perhaps say salute to a swift and zesty limoncello – it's the perfect after-dinner digestivo.

View of Sorrento, Italy
Accommodation La Panoramica Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit a mozarella farm and enjoy a meal in Sorrento, ItalySorrento
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® exploring the gardens of a traditional local farm. During...

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Day 5

Bay of Naples – Assisi

Enjoy a relaxing morning, unless you choose to join an Optional Experience to see the excavations of Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Buried under ash when Vesuvius blew her top, Pompeii remains frozen in time and your Local Specialist will reveal what life was like as a local resident of the time. Later, we journey to the heart of Italy, through the rolling hills of Umbria, to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Your orientation tour around this medieval hill-top town will include views of the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of a saint who preached obedience, chastity and poverty.

Church in Assisi, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Frate Sole Assisi
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Pompeii in Italy
Discover Pompeii

Join our Local Specialist on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii - the perfectly preserved Roman town that was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruptio...

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Day 6

Assisi – Venice (Oriago)

Today we cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains bound for the charismatic calle of Venice, once a maritime powerhouse whose influences can be found all across the Eastern Mediterranean. The winged lion remains an enduring symbol of Venice, and is an image you'll see often as you explore the city over the next few days. You will arrive just in time for an optional gondola ride and Grand Canal cruise – grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges lining your journey. Then later, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Canal Grande and Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Il Burchiello Venice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, enjoying privileged views of impressive sights such as the Ca’...

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Day 7

Venice orientation and free time

We take to the waters of the lagoon and cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, the gateway to the city. Admire the ornate Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs, whose bittersweet views once elicited sighs from prisoners who were unlikely to see their beloved city ever again. There's time on your own to explore before we visit a glassblowing workshop to see the talents of master craftsmen at work at a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This afternoon, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the vibrant rainbow-colored façades of Burano Island, beacons for resident fishermen seeking a safe journey home across the lagoon.

St. Marks Square in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Il Burchiello Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat, traveling to the heritage-listed fisherman’s island of Burano. Known for its picturesque, technicolou...

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Day 8

Venice – Verona – Lugano – Italian Lakes (Saronno)

From Roman ruins to Romeo and Juliet, Verona certainly is the stuff of legends. Our first stop today is the city that served as the backdrop for Shakespeare's famous love story and you'll have an opportunity to view the very balcony where the fictional Juliet once called for her Romeo. Admire the Roman Arena where thrilling performances are held to this day, then continue across the Swiss border to visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. Your brief brush with Switzerland provides a beautiful introduction to the shimmering allure of the Italian Lakes, which you'll explore over the coming days. Return to Italy this evening where tonight you'll dine at your hotel.

Juliet's Balcony in Verona, Italy
Accommodation Starhotels Grand Milan Saronno
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Free day or Milan and Lake Como excursion

You have the whole day free to relax at the hotel pool, perhaps lace up your walking shoes for a stroll or simply people-watch with an Aperol Spritz in hand. Alternatively, consider an Optional Experience to stunning Lake Como with a leisurely cruise on its glacial waters before continuing to Italy's fashion capital Milan, to see the glass-roofed Galleria, La Scala and the spectacular Duomo.

View of Lake Como, Italy
Accommodation Starhotels Grand Milan Saronno
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy
Milan and Lake Como Splendor

We'll start with a visit to Lake Como, where you'll enjoy views of the elegant villas and gardens as you cruise on the lake, one of the most beauti...

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Day 10

Italian Lakes region – Pisa – Florence (Prato)

You’ve always wanted to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and now you’re here! We’ll take you to snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the famous leaning tower, then there's time to admire Pisa's Romanesque Square of Miracles in all its marble glory. The structures here are said to symbolise the three main stages of human life – the Baptistery (birth), the Cathedral (life) and the Camposanto (death). Then continue towards Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. For a taste of Tuscany, consider joining an Optional Experience in the Tuscan Hills with regional favorites, live music and a glass or two of delicious Chianti.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Wall Art Hotel Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Traditional Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Make your Florentine travel dreams a reality as we dine at a delightful regional restaurant, set among pine and cypress trees. After a scenic drive...

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Day 11

Florence sightseeing and free time

No expense was spared enriching the city of Florence through art and architecture and you'll see first-hand how this city paved its way to the modern age. Join a Local Specialist this morning for a fascinating account of Florentine history during a walking tour of its historic center, including views of the Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria, the city's main square where many political and artistic treasures can be seen, then witness a leatherwork demonstration and browse the centuries-old trades of gold and leathercraft. This afternoon, perhaps head up to Piazzale Michelangelo and admire the views over Florence's iconic skyline.

Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Wall Art Hotel Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

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Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Optional Experiences Visit San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Known as 'Medieval Manhattan’ this magnificently preserved town from the...

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Day 12

Florence – Siena – Rome

Siena's fortified walls, towers and palaces emerge from the rolling countryside on your journey through the beautiful Chianti region. This former economic and military power today hosts the Palio horse race, injecting a shot of color amidst the burnt sienna façades of the city's Il Campo. Your visit will reveal the city's rich heritage, architecture and cuisine, most notably why Siena is renowned for its signature panforte fruit cake, which you have to sample during a visit to a pasticceria. Leaving Tuscany behind, we return to Rome for one final encounter with the Eternal City, or join your fellow travelers for an Optional Experience Farewell Dinner to end your holiday on a high note.

View of Siena, Italy
Accommodation Ergife Palace Hotel Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Dinner in Rome, Italy
Arrivederci Roma

Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savor her unforgettable sights and celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entert...

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Day 13

Depart Rome

The Italian dream of eating well, laughing often and loving much will linger long after your Splendors of Italy tour comes to an end this morning. Say a fond arrivederci to your travel companions and Travel Director, reminiscing over epic shared memories along this unforgettable journey through Italy. 

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Roman Delights with Dinner

Make the most of your Roman holiday, living la dolce vita as the locals do with a relaxed dinner in a characteristic trattoria. Soak up the atmosph...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Specialist. Wander through th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Amalfi Coast and Positano

Join us for an unforgettable drive along the picturesque Amalfi Coast, the jewel of Italy's southern coastline. Visit the world-famous paradise of ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Inside The Roman Forum

With a Local Specialist at your side, step back in time and into the streets of Ancient Rome. Follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar to the place...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® exploring the gardens of a traditional local farm. During...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Pompeii

Join our Local Specialist on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii - the perfectly preserved Roman town that was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruptio...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, enjoying privileged views of impressive sights such as the Ca’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat, traveling to the heritage-listed fisherman’s island of Burano. Known for its picturesque, technicolou...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Milan and Lake Como Splendor

We'll start with a visit to Lake Como, where you'll enjoy views of the elegant villas and gardens as you cruise on the lake, one of the most beauti...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Make your Florentine travel dreams a reality as we dine at a delightful regional restaurant, set among pine and cypress trees. After a scenic drive...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Known as 'Medieval Manhattan’ this magnificently preserved town from the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Arrivederci Roma

Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savor her unforgettable sights and celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entert...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

 

 

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They were available, taking the time to explain the itinerary. They were enthusiastic, and did not pressure us. The personal log in provided information about the process.
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We appreciate that so much and thank you for sharing your feedback and lovely pictures. We hope to help you plan another trip in the near future.
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Vacation
This itinerary is fantastic, allowing us to see so much of Italy. The additional excursions gave us just enough time to explore, see a few sites, and have a meal in each town. From Rome to Amalfi, through lush Tuscany, hilltop towns, Pompeii, Venice canals, Swiss Lugano, Milan, Pisa, Florence, and serene Siena, everything was beautiful and easy! Local guides personalized our connection to the historical architecture, art, and culture. The use of audio headsets allowed us to hear every word, without making a scene. The Spring weather & few crowds made April a good time to go. Sarah Rossi was made to be a Travel Guide! What a sweetheart, fluent in lovely Australian English and Italian. She was always laughing, caring, and setting a positive tone to carry the team. I enjoyed the personal attention: she was aware of everyone's concerns, personalities, and favorite sites. She gave thoughtful birthday gifts and I appreciated when she walked the bus coach to hand out local specialty treats: limon candy, almond biscotti, and colored wax paper-wrapped cookies. The itinerary was exciting--seeing the top sites within 12 days: we were on the bus by 8:00 everyday, so we could enjoy full days of many adventures! 5 Stars
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 6, 2023
Service
The customer service was attentive and friendly. They were able to answer many questions and ease any apprehensions.
Vacation
Recognizing the hotels were outside of city center, the distance made it difficult to get to city center unless the optional excursions were bought. The crowds and weather were obviously outside of their control, but it did put a damper on much of the enjoyment.
Janet Barabe
Review date: Friday, September 15, 2023
Service
They were always helpful with the booking and extra nights. When I had to switch itinerary they were very helpful in switching.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We look forward to helping you plan that next trip. Thank you so much
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Over all it was excellent. Our tour guide was the best. My only complaint was the food at several of the hotels that included dinner. Several of them were awful. The bus and driver were excellent and the itinary was great. Busy but we saw so much that was amazing.
Anthony Perez
Review date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Service
Everything was organized and got to see all the sights that Italy is most known for. I enjoyed everything being taken care of and all I had to do was enjoy the experience. The trip director, Giuseppe was AMAZING. Very knowledgeable as well as our local tour guides.
Vacation
The trip was amazing! If it is your first time in Italy it allowed you to see the sights without worrying about anything
Alejandro Guerra
Review date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Service
I was on the fence for scheduling and almost waited too long. The day I decided to purchase the trip, i was unable to follow through. After contacting an agent, he helped me out and locked in the trip. Randy was very helpful with ensuring I was able to get what I wanted and provided additional options. Great service!
Vacation
The trip and site seeing were great. However, some of the add on excursions were a little bit misleading. A more detailed description would have been great both on the site and during the explanation during the tour. Another thing that needs to be known is possible amount of walking that is to be expected. I love to walk. But, some people had issues with the amount of walking up hills and long distances. On average, my wife and I did about 15,000 steps/day. Also, for those that get sea sick or get vertigo, there are times for possible sickness, i.e., the Amalfi Coast or all the twists and turns and the boat rides. Tourists need to know there are no washers/dryers and they need to know to prepare for not being able to wash clothes. Lastly, participants need to know there may be a possibility of lower limb swellsing due to the long travel days coupled with all the walking and salty foods. A lot of people got sick during the drives and swelling in the legs, feet and hands. Compression socks should help with the swelling in the legs.
Cynthia Lopez
Review date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Service
I was a little disappointed with the misinformation that I kept receiving. depending on who I spoke to, the information would be different.
Vacation
The director, Patricia, was PHENOMENAL! If it wasn't for her and her planning, the trip wouldn't have been as amazing as it was. I would def do antlers trip if SHE IS THE DIRECTOR! the driver, Raffaele, was amazing! I felt safe the entire time we were on our trip. The food at the hotels (the meals provided) need some serious improvement. I was expecting more. I was expecting amazing food and all I got was mediocre and sometimes, terrible. the ONLY reason I am giving this trip 5 stars, is because of Patricia and Raffaele
Jeanna Roush
Review date: Sunday, October 16, 2022
Service
When I called the office I git conflicting information. One agent would give us different info than another. The sgents were often very imoatient.
Vacation
Great travel director. Bus driver, great tour. Great optional add ons
Narci
Review date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Service
Booking was easy and my travel specialist was helpful and knowledgeable. I had never been on a travel tour before and the specialist I worked with was easy to contact and answered all my questions with a pleasant attitude.
Vacation
The tour was wonderful. The only reason why I didn’t rate 5 stars is because a few of the hotel choices were not comfortable. Everything was clean, but a few of the rooms were extremely small and uncomfortable.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Service
Kept me updated and promptly rescheduled when tour canceled.
Vacation
Hotels were sub par and too far from the city center
Elizabeth Werhane
Review date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
Between the tour director, Rosella Roncari, and our bus driver, Ervin, we couldn't have asked for more. Rosella was personable and knowledgeable, always upbeat even when challenges arose and able to make last minute changes when the weather proved difficult, and Ervin was an amazing driver, maneuvering the extra-large bus deftly in some of the most harrowing instances of traffic any of us had ever seen.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our Travel Directors are some of the best in the industry. We are so pleased you had a chance to experience Rosella's expertise.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Vacation
The only drawback to our trip was the experience of a few hotels not being up to par and quite a distance for any city center.
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