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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Ancient Pompeii
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $2,750 per person

Add a dash of ‘issimo' to your love affair with Italy as you explore its captivating landscapes, culture, and the mouth-watering flavors that have inspired its residents to coin the phrase: “First we eat, then we do everything else...” Your Italian discovery made ever more delectable amidst the lemon scents of Sorrento, Renaissance romance in Florence and imposing Rome.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city.
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    hotel:Una/Il Cantico Authentic Accommodations
  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. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. Please note: Saturday departures will visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on Monday morning, all sightseeing and inclusions will remain the same. 

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  4. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino and view the Benedictine Abbey. Your Local Specialist tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight.
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    hotel:La Residenza/Johanna Park
  5. Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous. Later embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own.
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  6. Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening.
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    hotel:Cenacolo Authentic Accommodations
  7. Today enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its cuisine such as 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.
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    hotel:Grande Albergo Ausonia and Hungaria Authentic Accommodations
  8. Savor the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to visit some of the attractions of this unique city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making before seeing the sights including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious meal.
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  9. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan, the global capital of design and fashion. View the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria during your orientation. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:Simplon
  10. Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dinner experience.
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  11. Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine.
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    hotel:Grand Hotel Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri
  12. Your Local Specialist brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. View the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high-quality leather and gold.
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  13. This morning stop at the Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano which is famed for its medieval architecture and towers. The historic center of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then return to the capital city. This evening in Rome join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:Sheraton Parco De Medici
  14. Say ‘arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable vacation in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join Signor Telli for an exclusive dinner and ‘bei tempi' at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island on Lake Maggiore

Authentic Accommodations

  • Just a few minutes' walk from the Vatican, Il Cantico features original period features and old Franciscan hospitality. Enjoy a stay at the romantic Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria which opened in 1907 on the exclusive Lido di Venezia

Cultural Insight

  • 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. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Florence
  • Orientation of Venice, Milan
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Colosseum in Rome, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como, the medieval city of San Gimignano
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri, private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • View the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo in Florence
  • See the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus
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These departures are subject to change price, discount and hotels. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.

undefinedFestival Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.

undefinedSolo Traveler Discount: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement, subject to availability.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $550 p.p.

Triple Discount: $80 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $93 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7:00 am and 9:30 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a guided vacation in Europe.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink.  Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.

    Florence

    Food in Florence is simple and humble, and relies on the fresh ingredients of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Many of the local recipes have evolved from peasant dishes to international favorites. Bread is an important staple in Florentine cooking, and is featured in everything from antipasti (appetizers) such as bruschetta to traditional main dishes. Panzanella is a popular summer salad prepared with day old crusty bread and tomatoes.  Papa al pomodoro is a delicious soup made with bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  You’ll also find a variety of dishes featuring white beans, including the hearty ribollita soup.  But the flagship of Florentine cuisine remains the famous bistecca alla fiorentina (T-bone steak).  For a sweet finish, meals are topped off with traditional cantuccini (almond cookies) and the local vin santo dessert wine.

    Venice

    A visit to Venice offers an opportunity to discover a variety of truly unique gastronomic traditions.  Venetians have a long-standing tradition of eating cicchetti, small bites similar to Spanish tapas. You can enjoy a variety of these before lunch or dinner, paired with a glass of local wine at restaurants and bars around town. Other common dishes include polenta, risotto with peas, salted cod, sardines, and local bigoli pasta.  

    Rome

    Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined.  Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Friday, May 26, 2017
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Service rating : Giamarco was terrific. He was talented, very organized and engaging with all tour members. Loved Fortunato, our skillful driver, who always carried a wonderful smile with his gentle spirit. Other than the last night's meal at the seaside restaurant in Rome, it was a very special experience.
Vacation : Will be enjoying each of them, especially the hand blown bracelet and turtle.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Service rating : I would buy from them again
Vacation : Price was similar to other tour companies
Sunday, May 21, 2017
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Service rating : Trafalagar was priced reasonably and provided a truly lovely travel experience.
Vacation : Experienced travel director and associated personnel. Top of the line bus transportation. Being given travel converters and binder for passport and paperwork was a nice touch. Hotels were clean and centrally located. Breakfast buffets were enjoyable and satisfying while the majority of the dinners were fair at best. Everything was done in a timely manner. I thought "Be my Guest" while staying in Montecatini was a huge waste of time as food was terrible and would have preferred to explore the lovely town and shops. Personnel and waiters at Regina Cristina in Capri were miserable and dinner disappointing. Accomadations were acceptable. Loved the hotel in Venice. Perfect location near the Adriatic Sea. Inlaid wood factory was interesting but extremely expensive for the average consumer. The weaving factory was a pleasure to go to, but not a great selection of wares. Pino was excellent, caring and very organized. The bus driver was very professional. I would consider another tour with Grand European Travel.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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Service rating : It a yes I have already recommended the trip to italy travel director very attentive well informed made trip very enjoyable fun not a boring minute and if I can get same travel director for another trip i am booking for sure.
Vacation : I got more than expected
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate the recommendation and are very happy that you enjoyed The Best of Italy.  Thank you
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
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Service rating : Trip was great. Hotels were great. Itinerary was perfect. Excellent food. Excellent sight seeing. Travel Director and bus driver were fantastic. It was a wonderful trip.
Vacation : Very happy with the trip and overall experience. I would recommend it to others.
Friday, May 12, 2017
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Service rating : Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations. The tour guide, the bus , the driver, hotels, food and optional excursions were all designed for the benefit of the traveler. An additional bonus was that out fellow tour mates were all very congenial.
Vacation : I bought gifts for family members and they were all well received
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Service rating : This was our first tour with Trafalgar. Our tour guide Marisa and bus driver Carlos were fantastic! All our hotels were top notch too. Marisa took very good care of her 'famiglia'! The side trips were all excellent choices. We were a large group but everyone got along exceptionally well and we made several new friends. Everything from beginning to end was top notch! Can't wait till our next trip!
Vacation : This trip took us to places that we wouldn't have seen on our own. Marisa always had a surprise for us! This trip was beyond our expectations!
Response from Grand European Travel:
You cant get much better than than that! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your memories with us.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
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Service rating : Our tour was well organized and fast paced. We had a wonderful tour guide who made us feel welcome and part of her "family". I have traveled several times with GET/Trafalgar and have not been disappointed yet. I will continue to book and travel through these sister companies.
Vacation : Great people, great sights and great tour guide.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much.  We greatly appreciate the repeat business.   Thank you for the terrific photo as well!
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
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Service rating : Excellent Staff, Hotels, foods, and services. See you soon for my next trip in France. Thanks. Dr. Gustavo Haengel
Vacation : My wife and I were very happy!!!!!!!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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Service rating : Certainly exceeded my expectaions...tour guide and coach driver were amazing...safefty first was clearly their #1 goal while on the trip.
Vacation : Purchases were all worth every penny...optional experiences were awesome.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to exceed your expectations!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Monday, November 21, 2016
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Service rating : Service was excellent
Vacation : the trip and the tour guide were the best! very knowledgeable. l only have 1 suggestion and that is having a bit more time exploring the ruins in Rome . And no just the Colliseum. So many wonderful looking sites!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments and your suggestion. We appreciate it very much and will share it with our planning teams for the future.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
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Service rating : Tour director very knowledgeable and accommodating. Our hotels were nicer than we imagined. This is our first time traveling on this kind of structured tour, that is why the good rating. We are both leaning towards excellent but have nothing to compare. We saw everything we were told we'd see and more. Wonderful trip.
Vacation : Saw everything we expected to see,plus. Local guides very knowledgeable and with info from our tour director also made touring sites more interesting. Felt a little rushed at a few of the stops, but we stayed on schedule and followed the itinerary very closely. Would recommend this tour for first time Italy travelers. Would never have seen this much on my own. Very enjoyable with lots of high lights.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback.  We're so glad you enjoyed your trip and hope to see you again soon!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Sunday, November 13, 2016
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Service rating : The tour leader, Dominic Harris was great! His attention to the group was outstanding. His wit and knowledge of Italian history made the tour memorable.
Vacation : Excellent
Saturday, November 5, 2016
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Service rating : Everything was top notch. Rachel White was an excellent tour director and made the trip very enjoyable.
Vacation : We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We would never have seen as much had we traveled on our own.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
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Service rating : Would have liked more info on optional tours when we signed up for the tour. Grand European staff very friendly and helpful
Vacation : Amazing tour guide, Rudi made the trip extra special.. Excellent trip, saw so many wounderful places.Nice people on our bus but would have preferred travel with a smaller group.
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Service rating : Only negative about the trip was that I was surprised to find everything was not included and I had to pay extra for side trips. I did not appreciate the extra costs. However, it was an excellent experience. The staff was awesome!
Vacation : Rachel White was an awesome tour director. She was very pleasant and professional. She made my experience in Italy stress-free and enjoyable.
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Service rating : They helped us change our departure ticket to avoid Mathew hurricane Thank you
Vacation : Our Holiday Guide and Coach driver were over the top, Excellant! Our itinerary was fabulous with many Wonderful extra experiences, that I believe were so great because Of Brendon Bush, our guide. Thank you Brendon👌😘
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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Service rating : Great guide-Rudi. American Airlines was horrible never use them again. They over booked and left 10 of us with different flight arriving hope more then a day late.
Vacation : Loved everywhere we went.
Monday, October 24, 2016
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Service rating : There wasn't a thing I can think of for you to improve on. You covered all the bases and covered them well!
Vacation : It was a vacation we dreamed about, and Grand European Travel and Trefalgar made that dream come to life. Our tour guide was beyond excellent, knowledgible, caring, and very concerned about or enjoyment and safety. Our driver was also excellent, ...friendly courteous, and a very safe driver. Our local specialists were all fantastic!! I not only saw things I've only seen in pictures, but these local tour guides taught us things about these great historical treasures that we never knew or read about. The hotels were all fantastic!!! My wife and I participated in all the extra excursions, and we we're very happy we did, they were all in formative and lots of fun. Only one extra had to be cancelled due to weather, and that was the boat trip to the grottoes on Capri. I do realize that Ge Tours can't control the weather. The captains of the boats recommended not going out due to rough seas, which they deemed not only a safety hazard, but a sea sick hazard as well. Another group from another tour company insisted they go out, we were standing by the dock, and in less than 10 minutes they were back, and not looking so well. Just another example of how Ge Tours looks out for their customers!!! Overall, we simply love it!! We will recommend Ge Tours to everyone, and if we every tour again, we will go directly to Ge Tours, knowing that our trip will be in the best of hands!!! Thank you for seeing we had such a wonderful tour, and for giving us so many wonderful memories!!! d gable,
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate your business and your kind words. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip!

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
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Service rating : Randy was very helpful. I tried to click on excellent, and it would not let me
Vacation : I would rate excellent if the sleeping rooms were big enough to open a suitcase. There should be more discussion with clients about the amenities. I may have upgraded to a luxury tour or asked if we could upgrade rooms for this trip, had I really known how TINY the rooms would be.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Service rating : Tour Director Gianmarco superb! Itinerary demanding but exceptional. Driver Leonardo made all feel safe. Excellent.
Vacation : Best vacation I have ever taken abroad.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
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Service rating : Every detail was taken care of!
Vacation : We would not have seen as much if we planned this on our own.
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Service rating : We will be doing another tour by 2020.
Vacation : Great tour host, itinerary.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent
Vacation : Excellent
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Service rating : Well run, efficient, exceptional tour guide
Vacation : Same as above
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Service rating : Josh helped us with all questions and returned calls in a timely manner.
Vacation : An incredible trip with each day full of sights, activities, food and drink! Our travel director, Elvira Ferrari, was exceptional!
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Service rating : No issues, great service and great trip. Well done.
Vacation : We had a wonderful group and director. Educational, fun and entertaining. What else can you ask for from a vacation. Ok, I would not call it relaxing, but I was aware it was a energetic trip. Great job all the way around.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Service rating : This tour was made special by the safe, professional bus driving by Giuseppe Carbone & our knowledgeable tour guide, Alissa Colombo.
Vacation : These tours are very tiring, but we had an opportunity to see a lot and learn a lot about the Italian culture & history.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Service rating : Everything was handled well. Nice people to work with. I will use them again.
Vacation : The trip was so much more than I expected. Pompeii was incredible. The planning and details were handled exceptional well. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.
Friday, August 19, 2016
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Service rating : I was very pleased on how professional and courteous the people at Grand European Travel was to us.
Vacation : The best trip so far!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for the kind words. It was our pleasure to assist in planning your trip.

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Friday, August 19, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
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Service rating : we were very pleased with the arrangement
Vacation : The tour director was excellent, compassionate, and very knowledgeable.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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Service rating : Your on the bus evaluation was biased..
Vacation : Pretty good but the lack of meal choices a couple of times was a real downer!
Saturday, June 25, 2016
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Service rating : We were pleased with Grand European Travel. They were helpful in the planning of our trip and we're glad to answer questions. All went smoothly.
Vacation : The "Best of Italy" can only be described as the "Best of Italy." It was a great itinerary and we got to see all of Italy. Our tour guide was excellent as were the local tour guides. It was a wonderful trip and we are so glad we did it.
Monday, June 20, 2016
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Service rating : The only downside to the trip was the payment on the optionals. All of these items should have been detailed when we reserved the trip so we knew exactly what we were paying for in advance and not when we had already paid for the trip, and now had to come up with more money if we wanted a "better" experience. Most of these items should have been specified in the brochure as optional and we could have decided whether to take them or not. When one goes to Venice, you would assume that the trip would come with a gondola ride through the canals, but no, this is an optional experience - what a rip off!!
Vacation : Overall the vacation was good, the tour director, Rebecca, was outstanding, and if it wasn't for the bad taste of the optionals, this would have been really great!!
Monday, June 20, 2016
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Service rating : Rebecca was the best tour guide ever. Great adventure.
Vacation : Excellent itinerary, great driver, hotels were super.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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Service rating : Staff was responsive and worked like a real team with agents covering for each other in addressing questions.
Vacation : Excellent
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate hearing that. We take a lot of pride in our staff and it is definitely a team effort to provide a successful trip. Thank you for sharing feedback.

Grand European Travel
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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Service rating : THE EGGS FOR BREAKFAST WERE TO WATERY. SHOULD HAVE A CHOICE. EUROPEAN STYLE AND AMERICAN STYLE (WELL DONE). EVERYTHING ELSE WAS GREAT.
Vacation : HAD A WONDERFUL TRIP AND COULD NOT ASK FOR A BETTER TOUR GUIDE. (FRANKO). LOVED ITALY. I WILL PLAN MY NEXT TRIP WITH YOU. THANK YOU, VIRGINIA
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
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Service rating : Grand European was a pleasure to deal with as always. The trip was operated by Trafalgar a sister company.
Vacation : The itinerary was excellent as we got to visit the full range (except Sicily) of Italy. Both the included trips and the optional experiences were great and our Tour Director (Fabrizio) was out of this world.
Monday, June 6, 2016
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Service rating : Really appreciate their helping us book another flight going to Rome that helped us avoid having to land in Paris since they were threatening to strike. It worked our perfectly. Really appreciate their being on top of things.
Vacation : Had a great vacation. The itinerary was perfect. Loved all the places we visited.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is just one of the many benefits of booking with GET. We always take care of the details! We're glad to see you arrived to and from Rome safely and that you enjoyed your trip. Thank you!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Service rating : Had a top notch director and local specialist were all excellent. Pace seemed just right.
Vacation : Covered the most important areas of Italy. Adequate time in each location. Hotels and meals were great. Optional tours were worth doing. Tour director was superb.

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.

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: € 64

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.

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: € 40

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.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Italian Lakes

Discover Lake Como

Adult Price: € 38

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.

Discover The Borromean Islands

Adult Price: € 41

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

Adult Price: € 45

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.

Rome

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Adult Price: € 33

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.

Roman Evening with Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

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.

Sorrento

Experience The Isle Of Capri

Adult Price: € 41

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.

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

Adult Price: € 61

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.

Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

Adult Price: € 49

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.

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Adult Price: € 43

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.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Venice

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Adult Price: € 70

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.

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Adult Price: € 70

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.

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Adult Price: € 36

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.

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