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Best of Italy

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,025 per person
OCT 2022 - APR 2023
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, Verona, Milan, Italian Lakes, Como, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano ...more Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Milan, Italian Lakes, Como, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano
  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 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 dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, 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. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with the master craftsmen of Venice follows and you’ll Dive Into Culture watching them share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Your visit helps to preserve this delicate craft for which Venice is justifiably famous and you’ll want to remember your visit by purchasing a souvenir or two to display at home. From there, 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, starting with that refreshing Venetian Spritz which is the local drink of choice.

    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. Later arrive in the Italian Lakes where we'll enjoy dinner served tonight at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Metropole Suisse Como
  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. We visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful skyline of Florence, dominated by the elegant Duomo 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. This evening, 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 Shangri-La
  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

  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

First class travel Highlights

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

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 and 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 de 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.
  • Stays with Stories Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli.
  • Dive into Culture Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Service
In conversations with agents, no one asked if I was handicapped. If They had I would not have gone. I was separated from the group twice in Rome because the local tour guide never bothered to check to see everyone was there. I missed most of the first day. She blamed any one who could not keep up instead of herself and was not responsible for our safety. I was not told that handicapped accessible facilities were not available in Italy, which would have made my trip more enjoyable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your upsetting experience. Most of our guests with disabilities do disclose that information at the time of booking so we can make proper arrangements for their comfort and safety ahead of their departure. Unfortunately, due to restrictions set by the ADA, we cannot simply ask anyone about disabilities. It is our hope that you were able to find a way to enjoy as much of the trip as possible.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Vacation
Too many activities in too short a time span, no time to enjoy what we saw. Never again.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Service
My first coach tour and was great. We saw so many things.
Vacation
Trip of a lifetime…many travel companions said. We saw so much and very efficient way to travel. The longer runs allow rest or sleeping on the coach.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Service
Any time I had questions each customer service representative went above and beyond to answer and explain thoroughly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for trusting us to make this trip happen for you. We appreciate your business and hope to be able to help plan another trip very soon.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Vacation
Gianluca, Luca and Susan made our trip so enjoyable! The sites, food and experiences were all well thought out. Everything ran smoothly. The entire group enjoyed our time together. The local specialists were very knowledgeable and made each site meaningful. I loved the dinners that featured each regions culinary specialities. Excellent trip, can’t wait to take another one.
Kenneth Burgess
Friday, September 24, 2021
Service
Agents were very helpful with suggestions. Once we decided on the Best of Italy it was a breeze to schedule the flight and such.
Vacation
There was a lot of walking and steps. The guide took my wife a differnt direction to make it eaiser in two places. We were the oldest in the group and my wife has short legs and had a problem keeping up with the rest of the group.
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
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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
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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..
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