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Best of Italy (Winter Season)

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The Vatican, Rome
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $2,493 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 some of the sights which await you - a great introduction to this beautiful city

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Grand Tiberio
  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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Johanna Park
  5. 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. Later witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:Principe/Amadeus
  8. Savor the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to visit some of the attractions of this magical 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  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. Tonight enjoy a regional meal at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Barchetta Excelsior
  10. Enjoy an orientation of Lake Como including the Old Town and views of the cathedral. Later consider joining a lake cruise that takes in views of beautiful villas and gardens along the shoreline.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
  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. Tonight experience typical Tuscan cuisine as you enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with a local family.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
  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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Occidental Aurelia by Barcelo
  14. Say ‘arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable vacation in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
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Meal Summary

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

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet, explore the castle dungeons, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting

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 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 and Florence
  • Orientation of Venice and 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 and the medieval city of San Gimignano
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by 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 and the Duomo in Florence
  • See the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus
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* Venice Carnival: These departures will be staying in Venice during the Carnival of Venice 2018.

# Vatican Museum: On these departures arrangements will be made for the Vatican Museums to be visited on an alternative day.

! Italian Lakes: These departures will be accommodated in Baveno on Lake Maggiore at the Splendid Hotel instead of Lake Como at the Barchetta Excelsior hotel. All sightseeing will remain as described.

+ Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement.

Christmas & New Year’s Eve Highlights: The December 14th 2017 departure will celebrate Christmas in Rome. The December 21st 2017 departure will celebrate Christmas in Assisi and New Year’s Eve in Florence. The December 23rd 2017 will celebrate Christmas in Sorrento and New Year’s Eve in the Italian Lakes. The December 28th 2017 departure will toast New Year’s Eve in Sorrento. And December 30th 2017 departure will toast New Year’s Eve in Rome. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

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 $530 p.p.

Triple Discount: $80 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $115 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

Monday, July 17, 2017
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Service rating : Wonderful tour of Italy. I would highly recommend Grand European. They are the best. Everything was taken care of. We never had to be concerned about anything. Early entry into the Sistine Chapel was an added plus. Our tour director was amazing.
Vacation : The best value ever. We could never have accomplished all that we did if we traveled independently
Monday, July 17, 2017
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Service rating : Overall, it did not meet my expectations...
Vacation : The price of the land tour was reasonable; however, we had to add the plane fare, and also the cost of the optional tours --whose price were not made available beforehand. The entire trip could be pricey when taking all the optional tours! As a side comment, the time spent on the motorcoach was too long during the day...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
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Service rating : All the arrangements were handled very efficiently and we were notified of the arrangements promptly. Our questions were answered and help offered when we needed extra assistance.
Vacation : All the extra tours were just fantastic. We got to experience a little more of Italy which was just wonderful. We especially enjoyed the dinners in unexpected venues. So much fun.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
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Service rating : Trafalgar lived up to their name! The hotels were top-notch 4-5 stars. We saw so much and moved so fast that it was almost a blur. I can't say enough about our tour director, Alissa, who was tireless, friendly to all, very professional, and knowledgeable. Her most valuable and appreciated service to all of us was her kindness and genuine caring about each one. That kind of personality that makes you want to travel again with her as director. Her finding me the right plug-in, so I could charge my phone as well as use my oxygen was a godsend, since the plug that Trafalgar sent didn't work! All of the specialists at the main exhibits were good, except for the Vatican guide who was rude, showed visible and verbal irritation at some of us that were trying to keep up, which was difficult with over 40 people. The Pompeii guide did not give us nearly the information and/or stories that I'd heard before on previous trips. My favorite hotels were the hotel at Sorrento, Johanna Park,and Grand Albergo Austria in Venice. I have found "comfortable, homey with friendly staff" to always be my favorites. My husband and I loved the Sorrento Farmhouse dinner and learned what good mozzarella cheese really was! We enjoyed the cruise and dinner at Burano. The cruises and dinner in the Italian lakes was wonderful. One of our last dinners at the Tuscan vineyard was past amazing and memorable. This was my husband's and my first tour, and I'm glad we went with the best! You get what you pay for....
Vacation : The glass making in Venice was fascinating. I bought lovely necklaces, earring and my favorite, cobalt blue glasses with gold inlays.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Service rating : The tour guide, Dina, was wonderful; the coach was very comfortable; the seat rotation policy allowed us to get to know everyone on the tour; but the optional experiences were a little pricey, and not often worth what we paid.
Vacation : We experienced a great overview of Italy and its differences in culture and food. We saw all the "high-lights" that every tourist expects to see and had time to explore lesser known attractions if we so chose. The meals were fine, but not exceptional.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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Service rating : This is the second trip I took of the best of Italy. I had problems with the first trip in September or 2015. This trip however was handled by Trafalga was far superior and the travel director Franco Falanga was excellant in every respect and made it a wonderful experience for my wife and myself. I would only use trafalga in the future and would look for the same travel director.
Vacation : Travel director Franco Falanga made our trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for your comments on our Best of Italy trip.  We're glad to hear Franco made such a positive impact on your vacation.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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Service rating : Our director,Gianmarco,was very knowable no matter where we were.He was so much fun to be with and very helpful in making our trip so enjoyable. Our driver,Fortunato, was unbleaveable. What a great driver. I was so impressed with his skills.
Vacation : Better then we could have beleaved.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for the feedback! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your trip so much. And yes, our drivers are extremely impressive!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
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Service rating : From day one GET answered all of my questions and delivered what was promised.
Vacation : I had one of the best vacations of a lifetime. The group we traveled with could not have been nicer. I believe we saw much more than we ever imagined.
Friday, June 2, 2017
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Service rating : I would definitely book through Grand European again. I liked the BOGO option for the flights, the trip offerings are great and teaming up with Trafalgar became a perfect travel experience.
Vacation : This tour by Trafalgar is perfect to see and experience the BEST OF ITALY! Our Tour Director (Franco) was an expert director with years of experience and knowledge. His tour was so well organized; no lines to wait in, even when touring the optional excursions; treated us like family (Franco Family) and he provided professional advice and service for all of us. Our beautiful brand new motor coach and expert driver made the ride comfortable and enjoyable!
Friday, June 2, 2017
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Service rating : Our trip was amazing. Our tour director Franco was informative and enjoyable. He made us a family that bonded in a short period of time. Also, the places we saw had guides that knew a wealth of information which added to the experience. The trip is well worth it.
Vacation : Couldn't have asked for a better tour. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it
Friday, June 2, 2017
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Service rating : There were 47 people on this trip. Group was too large. Have been on many trips and average was 38. I was shocked to see so many and will use other travel companies with tour limits in the future. Travel director did a great job but it was not easy moving around so many people.
Vacation : Too many people on tour. Also the included meals in our hotel were the same every time. Got really tired of 2 slices of pork with gravy and roasted potatoes for entrees.
Friday, June 2, 2017
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Service rating : From day one to the end of the tour it was amazing. Roberto the tour guide was so friendly and accommodating throughout the trip. He explained where we were going, gave us history and we all had fun.
Vacation : My son surprised me with this trip and it was all that he thought it could be for me.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Service rating : Great trip and wonderful hotels and tour director.We will book again very soon
Vacation : Great itinerary and customer service
Monday, May 29, 2017
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Service rating : Even though we had previously been to England and Scotland we had never taken a "tour" of a European country. From beginning to end of planning for this trip, Grand European was considerate, kept us updated regarding all aspects of the trip, helpful, and extremely affordable! They had our tour booked with Trafalgar who provided an excellent tour Driver and Travel Director. We truly enjoyed our entire 14 day Best of Italy tour. We will definitely book through Grand European again.
Vacation : We purchased a 6 bottle case of wine from the optional restaurant in Florence which was shipped to us. We received this the day after we arrived home. Amazing.
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.
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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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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Service rating : Well run, efficient, exceptional tour guide
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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!

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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