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Best of Italy

14 Days from $3,018 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

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.

Best of Italy also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

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Overview

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.

Best of Italy also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Ciao Roma! On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. 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 you.

    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Una/Victoria
  3. The Holy See takes center stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the fascinating Vatican Museums. Witness first-hand the masterpieces of Bramante and Michelangelo in a Cultural Insight, admiring the smooth, step-less staircase, the magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel Experience and the marble masterpiece of Pietà, housed in St. Peter's Basilica. We venture across the Tiber and into Ancient Rome to visit the famous Colosseum and see Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city streets of Rome on your terms.

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  4. Today we pay tribute to the brave souls of the World War II Italian Campaign whose last resting place is the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino. We view the Benedictine Abbey, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading 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 Vesuvius in AD 79.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:La Residenza/Johanna Park
  5. We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri where we will visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and sidewalk cafés in Capri Town in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we return to the mainland and enjoy a Cultural Insight into the intricate art of inlaid woodwork for which Sorrento is famous.
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  6. We join our Local Specialist in Assisi for a walking tour to visit the Basilica of St. Francis. See the remnants of Roman heritage at the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and the Lion Fountain in the central piazza before dining at your hotel this evening.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation
  7. Fall in love with the Renaissance architecture and delicious flavors of Emiglia Romagna. The story of star-crossed lovers is celebrated later during our stop in the exquisite city of Verona, where we will admire Juliet's Balcony, and the Roman arena, before arriving in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation
  8. We venture to the island of Giudecca where talented tradesmen share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions in a Cultural Insight, before meandering through the domain of St. Mark to view the impressive square and Basilica that still bear his name. Our journey through Venice takes us past the opulent Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, before an afternoon at leisure.
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  9. Today we cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, the global capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria, before dinner is served tonight at our hotel.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Simplon
  10. The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today, with free time to enjoy the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery that has enchanted visitors for millennia. Spend this morning exploring the picturesque little towns, indulge in the delicious gelato of the area, take the funiculare for spectacular views of the lake or perhaps consider a cruise on the lake. This evening we venture by private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for an unforgettable Be My Guest dinner experience.

    meal(s):BB, BG
  11. The charm of Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past Genoa 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Grand Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri
  12. Delve into the extravagant legacy of the de' Medici 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 the beautiful skyline of Florence and the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo.
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  13. This morning we visit the charming Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano, within whose colorful city walls are extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Sheraton Parco De Medici
  14. Our discovery of the best of Italy has sadly come to an end. Return transfers will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Conditions apply.

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Triple Room Discount: up to $120 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 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.

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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.

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

  • Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan convent in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli

Cultural Insight

  • Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and stepless spiral staircase designed by architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island

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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Reviews

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Dennis Gerdovich
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Service rating : Good guide, good coach driver, trip was too rushed, some hotels too rural prefer in town accommodations.
Vacation : Good value, optional experiences overpriced.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Brad Mabey
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Service rating : I have done the Best of Italy 2 times and both time I have been extremely satisfied. Both Tour Directors (Pamela and Amedeo) were extremely the best. very professional and friendly at the same time and made us feel like family both deserve a great big thank you for making our tour the best. they deserve a great big pat on the back. Veto was the bus driver for both of my trip and he is an excellent Driver. I have and will continue to let people know that Trafalga is the best !!! Thanks again for making my tour and leaving me with great memories. Brad Mabey
Response from Grand European Travel:
What a pleasure to know you've gone on the Best of Italy twice and had such a wonderful experience both times! The Tour Directors certainly know how to make a trip extra special, we'll be sure to send on your thanks. Thank you for being a part of our travel family!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Vacation : the best for the money. A Great value !!!
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Louis Caterina
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Service rating : Probably would use again they did a very good service
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing. We're glad you had a fun trip through Italy!
Monday, June 11, 2018
Vacation : Just a well run fun experience
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : We have always been treated well by the travel specialists no matter how many times we call in to get questions answered.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for being a part of our travel family. We'll be sure to share your comments with the team!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Vacation : Even for an active trip was a little hectic. Also, those who had paid the single supplement had rooms that were so small. They barely fit a twin bed. The travel director and bus driver were great and fun.
Monday, June 4, 2018
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Service rating : Bus driver was great. Hotels weren't as nice as our previous tour with GET. A couple of the shower accomadations were pitiful. Also complained at the desk, and left a note for housekeeping that the shower and sink wasn't draning well. They did nothing at all to correct the situation. Requested king or quees size beds, and were given two singles shoved together at every hotel. Many times the tour director didn't leave clear directions at where to meet. Many folks were showing up late or not at all. There were other things, but just let me say that this was not one of our favoriate vacations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with this trip. While every tour and destinatio9n are unique, we do try to provide a great experience for all guests. We apologize these expectations were not met on this particular trip. We will be sure to share your feedback with our Quality Control teams.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Vacation : The sites were nice, but the food wasn't as great as our last trip.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
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Service rating : My complete experience with GET was exceptional. All my questions were answered in a timely manner, the communication process with the tour's Travel Director was very helpful, and the actual tour was more than I could have asked for. I will definitely book through GET/Trafalgar in the future.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Wow, what an 'amazing' thing to say about our service! We're very proud that you thought we were exceptional in helping you have the best (and hassle-free) vacation possible! We sincerely hope you had the most wonderful time on your Italian vacation and very much look forward to helping you plan your next dream trip. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for being a part of our travel family.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Vacation : A trip like this is costly but it was well worth the money spent.
Friday, May 25, 2018
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Service rating : Exceeded expectations......extremely efficient...
Vacation : Tour guide amazing...informative fun..extremely patient and efficient
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Renee Bixby
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Service rating : I called to ask questions several times before the trip and the reps were always very helpful and took the time to thoroughly answer questions and reassure me on issues that I was a little confused about.
Response from Grand European Travel:
What a wonderful comment on our service, thank you so much. We will share with the team, they'll be pleased to know you felt so taken care of for your Italian vacation. Hope you had the best of times. Happy travels!
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Vacation : Very easy. Reps walked me through all the steps.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Leonard Huskey
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Service rating : Comphrehensive and well done !
Vacation : Very [professional and thorough
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Jackie Huskey
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Service rating : Everything went perfect from start to finish. Air travel, hotels, tour guide and bus driver were exceptional.
Vacation : Enjoyed all we saw in Italy.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Marty Clement
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Service rating : Very helpful with booking my trip.
Vacation : The rooms were small and I was unhappy with the overbook in Asisi.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Linda Webster
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Service rating : Fun guide who took care of everyone.
Vacation : Got to see all the special sites and some surprises
Friday, May 11, 2018
Karen Neagle
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Service rating : Our trip was awesome! Before leaving for the trip, we had questions, and GET patiently answered them all. Always courteously, always friendly.
Vacation : The entire trip went smoothly, and the Trip Advisor was friendly and efficient.
Friday, May 11, 2018
David & Linda Webster
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Service rating : Our guide, Ms R. White was outstanding. She was well versed in Italy and its history, was extremely well organized, and kept the tour group moving along at a good pace. The involved bus was very nice and the driver outstanding. The tour was perfect and the hotels selected were above our expectations and the optional tours well worth the money. We have already recommended this tour to several of our friends and hope to take another tour with GET in the future. Thanks
Vacation : We felt the tour was worth the involved expense.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Ronald Currin
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Service rating : outstanding...
Vacation : Vert professional and knowledgeable
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Wayne Low
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Service rating : We were able to see many major attractions, more than we would have if we were on our own. The breakfasts were very good and plentiful. Tour guide, Antonio, was very good, very friendly and knowledgeable. The bus driver, Alfredo, was excellent also..
Vacation : Very good value for the money.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Kitty Lanier
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Service rating : Everything was great.
Vacation : All was great. Our guide, Victorio, was truly amazing. He was upbeat, helpful, entertaining, and extremely knowledgeable. We made wonderful new friends and we truly felt we had seen and experienced “the best of Italy”. If we travel again, we will search for a trip led by Victorio.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Robert Petters
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Service rating : The tour was even better than we hoped it would be. Victorrio was a great tour guide and did a lot of special things for us that made celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary very memorable.
Vacation : The tour enabled us to hit all of the highlights of Italy. We saw quite a bit in the 12 days of touring and the meals reflective of each region was a real experience.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Janet Brown
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Service rating : This is the second time I have worked with Pam Spelman and she is absolutely wonderful. She is always able to answer any question I have and very quick to respond to my emails.
Vacation : Wow, this tour is great. This was my first trip to Italy and this experience has made me want to travel more. The sights, sounds, food, people were really beyond belief. Our Tour Director, Antonio Bruzzese was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The coach driver, Alberto did an excellent job of maneuvering the narrow roads and streets.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Karen Gempler
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Service rating : Loved everything about our Best of Italy Tour. The only issue I encountered this time around was the seat rotation on the motor coach. Because of motion sickness I am not able to sit in the very back of the motor coach. I wished our travel directer would have been more willing to have worked with me when I voiced my concern.
Vacation : Great tour! I would recommend this tour to anyone that has not traveled to Italy.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Jean Rahr
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Service rating : We could not have asked for anything more. Our travel guide, our bus driver, the hotels, the meals, the sightseeing, were all wonderful. We had a great experience booking our trip, and no real problems throughout the process.
Vacation : Excellently planned two week vacation of a lifetime!!!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Our guide, Victorio Cini, was excellent and made the trip fun. Our driver, Marcelo, was amazing .
Vacation : It was fair, but the side trips were not talked about being an additional cost until we were already on the trip.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Charles Kilbourne Iv
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Service rating : Yes, we would travel again with GET. The hotels were wonderful and our tour director, Pamela, was very people oriented.
Vacation : Great value for our money!
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Ana Rossiter
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Service rating : Allisaa and Barbara did a great job booking my trip.the trip was excellent l will recommend to my friends.
Vacation : Rooms to small food was ok.optional tours little expensive. The experience of best of ltaly Brabisimo!love it!
Monday, April 9, 2018
Beth Paro
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Service rating : Tess Diaz and her co-workers were very helpful and cheerfully answered all of my questions
Vacation : I felt the cost was more than fair for the wonderful vacation I experienced. I wished that the Trevi Fountain was included in the base fee, but that was minor concern.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Silence Dessaure
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Service rating : Service was courteous and helpful.
Vacation : The locations visited were great.
Friday, April 6, 2018
David Duncan
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Service rating : Great guide(Giacomo) and great driver(Carlo). No matter how many time Giacomo was asked the same question, he showed patience and care.
Vacation : Fun and well organized. The priorities were perfect.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Robert Hermanson
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Service rating : The bus in the hotels were all very good. There are 48 people on the bus and we all got along very well. It was busy we got up early and left we saw a lot of Italy. Our tour director was excellent we had a great time
Vacation : Great trip....we saw a lot and enjoyed our time
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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Service rating : Best tour Ive taken in years. I would reccommend you to others and will use GET for other tripd in the future. Dominic Harris and our driver Pierluigi mafe our trip exceptional.
Vacation : Already did! See first page of review.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Lori Ann Buccolo
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Service rating : It was the trip of a lifetime. Sights to see were beyond words and the tour guide Maria Troiano and Alfredo M. the bus driver were the best!!
Vacation : I think the price was well worth for what we saw/did and received in meals! Would highly recommend!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review of our Best of Italy guided vacation. We are thrilled to hear you had a fantastic time and enjoyed your vacation.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Patricia Wahl
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Service rating : Excellent
Vacation : So many sites. Great tours. Loved regional meals.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : The entire tour was well planned and if for any reason something didn't go as planned there was always a backup plan in place and readily available. The tour director has been doing this tour for over twenty years and his knowledge of all of Italy was amazing.
Vacation : I don't believe that it is possible to have had a better experience and well worth the price.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Loretta Lunder
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Service rating : Grand European travel was very helpful as this was my first international travel experience in many years.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review and kind words about our team. We're delighted you were able to travel overseas again and had a great time on our Best of Italy vacation. We hope to see you on another tour with us soon!
Monday, October 30, 2017
Vacation : An excellent value for your money
Friday, October 27, 2017
Marcia Lyons Dicamillo
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Service rating : Driver was wonderful in the hectic Italian traffic. Trip was well planned, and we saw some fabulous sites! However, we were given our travel bags 3 days into the trip, when we should have received them on the first day, and there were too many hours of on your own time, if you didn't want to pay for the extra excursions, which turned out to mean "shopping" which husband and I felt was unnecessary.
Vacation : GET planning was quick and efficient. We had them plan the tour and flight so we could match the time for shuttle pickup, and also managed to get a non-stop flight home. Would definitely travel with them again!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your trip to Italy and were able to see the Best of Italy. We appreciate your suggestions and will pass them along to our team in regards to excursions. We hope to see you on another tour with GET soon!
Monday, October 30, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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Service rating : Everything was planned well. We had an outstanding tour guide and bus driver. Mario and Carlo
Vacation : Wonderful shopping opportunities.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Patricia Sturgis
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Service rating : Trafalgar has come through again with the best tour director and bus driver ever! We got what we expected out of the trip and so much more. Muris and Gianni were professional and experienced! They gave us an insight to the Italian culture we may not have had if we booked our own trip. We saw the highlights and the secret treasures and loved every minute of it. These 2 should work together more often!
Response from Grand European Travel:
What a great picture! Thank you for sharing it and your review of the Best of Italy trip.  We're so pleased you enjoyed it and hope we can help plan your next adventure very soon.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Vacation : If you're talking about souvenirs and the such, I really didn't buy anything. Small souvenirs for the family but no large purchases.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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Service rating : Grand European did a good job making the arrangements for the trip. We had booked the trip a year in advance, and when the travel documents came I realized the room assignments were incorrect (3 weeks before the trip). Daniel and Randy were very helpful and got everything fixed within 24 hours!
Vacation : We selected this tour in order to see as much of Italy as we could. Even though we went to something like 15 locations, we never felt rushed and were able to see everything that we hoped to see. The optional excursions are a must - they really do compliment the tour. All of the local specialists we had were outstanding and added to the overall experience. Our Tour Director, Muris, was fantastic! His passion for and knowledge of the country really made the trip even better than it would have been otherwise. He was professional, approachable and had the patience of a saint with some people that were consistently late. He's an all around good guy. Our coach driver, GQ Gianni, was awesome as well. He did a great job navigating the coach through some tight spots, twisting and turning roads, and through the crazy Rome traffic with amazing skill and calm. The coach was always spotless, and he was very personable. Muris and Gianni worked so well together that we were all surprised to find out that this was their first tour together. They should definitely work together again in the future! I would absolutely recommend this tour to others, and have been raving about it since I got back. Lake Maggiore was my favorite, although San Gimignano and Florence were close!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Patricia Crowley
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Service rating : I feel like it's a complicated procedure to plan for 12 days in Italy, and wanted to go with a tour company that would handle ALL the arrangements and take the guesswork out of it for me! Your company did just that...and did it very well! And....out Travel Director, Gianmarco was absolutely amazing. Fun, patient, knowledgeable, organized. He made this experience exceptional!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Italy is a fantastic destination and we are thrilled you enjoyed our "Best of Italy" guided vacation. We are very proud of our Travel Directors and are pleased you had a great trip with Gianmarco - he is one of the best!
Friday, October 20, 2017
Vacation : I felt for what we got, where we went and the experiences we had, it was a great value!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Kathleen Ashwin
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Service rating : Every aspect of my trip was amazing from initial scheduling until I arrived home after my trip. I have received Grand European Tour catalogs for 30 years and from my first catalog, I put the "Best of Italy" tour on my "bucket list." In reality, I never thought I would be able to go because, by the time I could afford it, I assumed the rising cost of travel through the years would make it cost prohibitive. But, that is not the case with this fabulous company. Even though prices have risen some over 30 years, Grand European Tours and their affiliated companies (Trafalgar) have kept prices reasonable, so the average person can afford to fulfill their dreams of travel. From the minute I stepped off the plane in Rome for my 14 day adventure of discovering Italy, everything ran like a well oiled machine. Giuseppe Spada was our Travel Director for the entire trip and made the trip seamless for all 48 of us. Our driver was Antonio Falso and he drove our bus through all of Italy as a seasoned professional. This trip was well worth the 30 year wait, and I encourage anyone wanting to tour the world, to make Grand European Tours your first and only tour company.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Kathleen, thank you very much for your lovely review. We are absolutely delighted we could make your travel dreams come true, and that you had a wonderful time on our Best of Italy vacation. Enjoy those memories and we hope to see you on another trip soon!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Vacation : Prices were surprisingly very reasonable.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Service rating : Very good early on in the planning and booking phase and serve dropped off with follow up contacts. The trip itself was outstanding it exceeded our expectations
Vacation : The value to cost was excellent value
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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 24 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.

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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

Adult Price: €33.00

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 center, 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: €61.00

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

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Adult Price: €43.00

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.

Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

Adult Price: €49.00

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.

Discover The Isle Of Capri

Adult Price: €41.00

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: €61.00

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.

Venice

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Adult Price: €36.00

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Adult Price: €70.00

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: €70.00

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.

Italian Lakes

Discover Lake Como

Adult Price: €38.00

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: €41.00

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: €45.00

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

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: €64.00

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.

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Adult Price: €65.00

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. 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!

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: €41.00

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.

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