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Best of Italy

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,295 per person
OCT 2021 - APR 2022
Gondola on Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City ...more Italy, Vatican City

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Como, Florence ...more Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Como, Florence
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Rome

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

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  2. Day 2 Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

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

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Explore the Ruins of Pompeii and Sorrento

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

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Johanna Park
  4. Day 4 A Day on the Isle of Capri

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

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Assisi

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

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Cenacolo
  6. Day 6 Discover Verona and Venice

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

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Principe
  7. Day 7 St. Mark's and More in Venice

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

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 On to Milan and the Scenic Italian Lakes

    Today we cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy's capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Barchetta Excelsior
  9. Day 9 Stroll around Lake Como

    The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today. We'll enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Spend this morning exploring Como's historical quarter, relax with a cappuccino, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or consider a cruise on the lake.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Admire Pisa and on to Florence

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

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  11. Day 11 Experience Art and Architecture in Florence

    Delve into the extravagant history of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a Local Specialist. The elegant Duomo dominates the skyline as we visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence and the almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience, a castle set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  12. Day 12 Treasures of San Gimignano and Return to Rome

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

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Barceló Aran Mantegna
  13. Day 13 Farewell Rome

    Our discovery of the best of Italy has come to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Italy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

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

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return ferry to the Isle of Capri
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Venice, Milan and San Gimignano
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, a glassblowing factory in Venice, Lake Como and the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
  • View Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa the Duomo in Florence
  • See the ancient sites of Rome and the Abbey in Monte Cassino
  • Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Connect with Locals The Pazzi and Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th-century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan Be My Guest buffet, explore the cellars, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting. (Day 11)
  • Dive into Culture Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the spiral staircase designed by architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. (Day 2) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 7)
  • Stays with Stories Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in Santa Maria deli Angeli. (Day 5)

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Italian meal, soaking up The Eternal City's unique atmosphere all the while.
Adult Price: € 62

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Sorrento

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 56

Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way - by boat with a first-class view of this unique coastline. After the cruise, we ascend to Capri town, where there is time to take a stroll in this jet-set haven and enjoy a local treat. In case of inclement weather, we'll take you on a minibus tour of the island to Anacapri, and visit Villa San Michele.
Adult Price: € 42

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, ancient olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is made. Afterward, enjoy the authentic flavors of home-produced cold cuts, marinated vegetables, fresh olives and more - all washed down with the local wine. The atmosphere tonight is informal, as the family is welcoming you into their home.
Adult Price: € 51

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

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

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice's dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: € 70

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets that 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 admire magnificent mosaics in one of the most ornate churches in the world.
Adult Price: € 36

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: € 72

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst other sights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous opera house, where Giuseppe Verdi, Maria Callas and others have left their mark. Our wonderful Local Specialist will bring the city’s eventful past to life.
Adult Price: € 45

Como

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.
Adult Price: € 44

Italian Lakes

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organized a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here, with your Local Specialist, 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).
Adult Price: € 45

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, family restaurant in the Tuscan countryside. After a welcome drink in the historic courtyard, the renowned local chef will delight your senses with regional dishes, made with traditional ingredients from the nearby produce markets. The excellent wines come from the Saraceni family vineyards and there's live music and song to complete the atmosphere. In short, a Tuscan dream come true in an authentic setting.
Adult Price: € 65

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince.' After a welcome drink and a 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.
Adult Price: € 65

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, 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 is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

Reviews
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Elizabeth Smith
Monday, September 20, 2021
Service
Tess was great, she responded quickly to my questions.
Vacation
Our guide - Giuseppe Cillepi was great. He told us so much about his country, gave us treats and advice. He played a song every morning on the coach - Don't worry, Be Happy and it started our day off right.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Service
We booked through Alicia. We were a little nervous, this being our first trip such as this. She made us feel very at ease and answered all questions we had. She kept us well informed and updated us on all pertinent information in a timely manner.
Vacation
It was a trip of a lifetime! There was nothing we didn't enjoy about the whole trip and look forward to booking our next trip very soon.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We could not be more pleased to hear this. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and we'll be happy to help plan that next trip when you're ready!
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Trusted Customer
Friday, November 15, 2019
Service
Even though I never spoke with the same person more than once, all my questions were answered.
Vacation
It was a great experience. However, I felt the hotels were too far away from the center of cities.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Service
I had quite a few questions when I booked my trip. My travel specialist was thorough and patient with all of my questions. I felt confident that I had made the right decision when I finalized the trip. Great service!
Vacation
Wow! What an experience. We saw so much of Italy and were on the move the whole trip. Our travel director Brendon was amazing. He was professional, funny and informative. Our driver Marcello was a superb driver. Our bus group had so much fun together and I am sure many of us will stay friends. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. There were so many special moments that we will cherish forever. Awesome trip!
Joanne Mcclintock
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Service
The trip started off busy and left us tired. Reflecting on all we did and saw it is a requirement to start out early otherwise you don't do everything!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
This trip is pretty active and covers quite a bit. We're glad that you came home with some happy memories despite being a little tired!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Vacation
Both **** and l picked up purchases we considered as art and thhey will hold very fond memories of a wonderful trip.
Eileen Garcia
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Service
I have no complaints on booking my trip your representative explained the trip thoroughly
Vacation
I had a wonderful vacation. My Travel Director Marina Prudenza was AMAZING.. Our driver Milko was also wonderful he was very attentive making sure our bus was clean at all times and making sure we arrive at our destination on a timely manner... Love this trip it was AMAZING!!!! I already recommended to my friends and co-workers..
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Service
They were knowledgeable and courteous and provided great information
Vacation
Everything was great except for a couple of meals and that a couple with very bad colds made many sick including my wife and I
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Service
Travel specialist Tess Diaz forthcoming , always answering our emails. Reliable
Vacation
After years of experience Trafalgar knows how to make as much as possible out of the 12 day experience. In 12 days we saw 23 places/cities.
Marion Speed
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Service
Easy and quick.
Vacation
Such an amazing trip! Loved every single minute. Excellent tour guide!
JS
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Service
Our travel specialist made the booking process easy, kept us informed, and was available for any questions we may have had. Will use G.E.T. again.
Vacation
Trip was as described. No disappointments. It was all it was advertised to be, and more.
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