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Best of Italy

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,353 per person

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Baveno, Florence ...more Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Baveno, Florence
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Our introduction to the Eternal City is an evening orientation drive to view some of the sights which await tomorrow.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Victoria/Una
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a 'Local Specialist' for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. 'Dive Into Culture' and admire the Bramante staircase, created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in St. Peter's Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum and see Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Rome. Indulge in an espresso in the Piazza Navona or clamber up the Spanish Steps.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

    We journey south to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Here we join a 'Local Specialist' who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as we wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, we arrive at our hotel in the clifftop village of Sorrento where we'll dine tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel La Residenza/Johanna Park
  4. Day 4 Isle of Capri Excursion

    We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri to visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafés in Capri town in the company of a 'Local Specialist' before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island. Later, we return to the mainland.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Sorrento – Assisi

    See the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio, we arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. We join our 'Local Specialist' on a walking tour to the Basilica of St. Francis, which we will have an opportunity to visit before some free time to explore this fascinating hilltop town. We'll stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - a fully renovated old Franciscan convent.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Cenacolo
  6. Day 6 Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

    We journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's Balcony. Arrive later in Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic', where we enjoy a Regional Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Biasutti/Viktoria Palace
  7. Day 7 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    Cruise your way through Venice by private launch to soak up the sights and sounds of what was once one of the world's greatest ports. 'Dive Into Culture' on Giudecca Island, where talented tradesmen share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Continue past the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace to St. Mark's Square where we will view the impressive square and Basilica. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful fishermen's houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cosy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Venice – Milan – Lake Maggiore (2 Nights)

    Today we cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy's capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria. Later arrive at Lake Maggiore where we'll enjoy dinner served tonight at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Simplon
  9. Day 9 Lake Como Excursion

    The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today. We'll enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Spend this morning exploring the little towns, indulge in the area's delicious gelato, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or consider a cruise on the lake. This evening we venture by private boat to a secluded island on Lake Maggiore where we'll 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  10. Day 10 Lake Maggiore – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

    Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past the marble quarries of Carrara to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Our next stop is Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  11. Day 11 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

    Delve into the extravagant legacy of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a 'Local Specialist'. The elegant Duomo dominates the skyline as we visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence and 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Florence – San Gimignano – Rome

    This morning we stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Continuing south, we visit the charming Tuscan hill-town of San Gimignano, within whose city walls, one finds extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by thousand-year-old towers and stroll along the town's 13th-century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Marriott Park
  13. Day 13 Depart Rome

    Our discovery of the best of Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Italy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Return ferry to the Isle of Capri
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • ORIENTATION of Venice, Milan and San Gimignano
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Lake Como and the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
  • VIEW Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa the Duomo in Florence
  • SEE the ancient sites of Rome and the Abbey in Monte Cassino
  • SCENIC CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Rome

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

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.
Adult Price: €61

Sorrento

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
Adult Price: €43

Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by boat. In Capri town, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. Or if the weather doesn't allow, we'll take you on a tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit to Villa San Michele.
Adult Price: €42

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialities at one of our favourite family-run restaurants. While you’re wined and dined, enjoy a cultural experience performed by local artists who'll take centre stage and demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance.
Adult Price: €61

Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

A scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You’ll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.
Adult Price: €49

Venice

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

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

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.
Adult Price: €36

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: €72

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the highlights of Milan, including the famous La Scala Opera House, which is still the World's most famous for performing artists and public alike. Afterwards, you’ll visit another of the city’s highlights with our Local Specialist who will bring to life Milan’s eventful history.
Adult Price: €45

Como

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.
Adult Price: €39

Italian Lakes

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands. The island's palazzo and exquisite gardens once hosted the nobility of Europe. (This optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October)
Adult Price: €43

Florence

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
Adult Price: €65

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: €65

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit 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. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47

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Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Service
I had quite a few questions when I booked my trip. My travel specialist was thorough and patient with all of my questions. I felt confident that I had made the right decision when I finalized the trip. Great service!
Vacation
Wow! What an experience. We saw so much of Italy and were on the move the whole trip. Our travel director Brendon was amazing. He was professional, funny and informative. Our driver Marcello was a superb driver. Our bus group had so much fun together and I am sure many of us will stay friends. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. There were so many special moments that we will cherish forever. Awesome trip!
Joanne Mcclintock
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Service
The trip started off busy and left us tired. Reflecting on all we did and saw it is a requirement to start out early otherwise you don't do everything!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
This trip is pretty active and covers quite a bit. We're glad that you came home with some happy memories despite being a little tired!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Vacation
Both **** and l picked up purchases we considered as art and thhey will hold very fond memories of a wonderful trip.
Eileen Garcia
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Service
I have no complaints on booking my trip your representative explained the trip thoroughly
Vacation
I had a wonderful vacation. My Travel Director Marina Prudenza was AMAZING.. Our driver Milko was also wonderful he was very attentive making sure our bus was clean at all times and making sure we arrive at our destination on a timely manner... Love this trip it was AMAZING!!!! I already recommended to my friends and co-workers..
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Service
They were knowledgeable and courteous and provided great information
Vacation
Everything was great except for a couple of meals and that a couple with very bad colds made many sick including my wife and I
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Service
Travel specialist Tess Diaz forthcoming , always answering our emails. Reliable
Vacation
After years of experience Trafalgar knows how to make as much as possible out of the 12 day experience. In 12 days we saw 23 places/cities.
Marion Speed
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Service
Easy and quick.
Vacation
Such an amazing trip! Loved every single minute. Excellent tour guide!
JS
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Service
Our travel specialist made the booking process easy, kept us informed, and was available for any questions we may have had. Will use G.E.T. again.
Vacation
Trip was as described. No disappointments. It was all it was advertised to be, and more.
Daniel Sudkamp
Monday, May 20, 2019
Service
He guided us thru the process and what to expect up to our trip leaving.
Vacation
Trafalgar gave us a very intense tour of Italy. Our tour guide was very through and organized. She showed us lots of hidden treasures.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
GET associated with a reliable tour company, Trafalgar. The tour was as advertised, was a great blend and balance of city & non urban experiences, and supplemented with fun optional activities.
Vacation
The trip is what I expected & what I hoped for.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 10, 2019
Service
Booking the vacation was easy and the travel specialist was very helpful. It would have been nice to get the details of our itinerary sooner so we could plan and look forward to our trip.
Vacation
Saw a lot of Italy and had a good time. Wish there was more free time planned into the itinerary. Also wish the optional excursions were just offered. Often felt they were being pushed on us.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We will share this information with our team and ask them to review the process of offering the Optional Experiences.
Friday, May 10, 2019
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