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10 Day Italy Tour of Rome, Florence & Venice

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Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, at night
10 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

5 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Florence, Pisa, Venice

13 Meals

3 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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All aboard this exhilarating journey by high-speed train through Italy’s iconic cities of Rome, Florence and Venice. During your 10 days in Italy, conjure up gladiators and chariots in Rome, shop until you drop on Florence’s ancient Ponte Vecchio, strike a pose in Pisa and discover the secrets of Venice on foot like a local.

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Day 1

Welcome to Rome

Benvenuti a Roma. Our exciting journey through some of Italy's most beautiful cities begins here in the 'Eternal City'. Spend time relaxing after your travels or take a walk along the ancient streets, tracing centuries of art, antiquities and culture before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through Rome's intoxicating cityscape.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Palatino Rome
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

We visit the centre of Christianity this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the imposing St. Peter's Basilica to see the Pietà, Michelangelo's masterpiece carved from the most 'perfect' block of marble. Our next stop is in Ancient Rome. See the Circus Maximus before returning to the Holy See this afternoon. Dive Into Culture and gain priority admission to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take us on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded, followed by dinner in the midst of the treasures of the Vatican's Anima Mundi Museum.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Palatino Rome
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican and tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano before an exclusive private dinner in Rome
Discover the Museo Gregoriano Profano with a private visit and exclusive dinner

Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before an exclusive private dinner.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience The Vatican in Rome, Italy
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Guided visit to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Rome Your Way

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or consider spending some in beautiful Tivoli. Join an Optional Experience to see the exquisite house and gardens of the 16th century Villa d'Este – a marvellous example of Renaissance landscape architecture. As the sun sets over the seven hills of Rome, people-watch in one of Rome’s beautiful squares or admire the Trevi Fountain, tossing a coin in to secure your return to Rome.

Car on a street in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Palatino Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Tivoli Gardens and Villa D'Este, Italy
Tivoli and Gardens of the Villa d’Este

Visit the ancient Sabine town of Tivoli with our Local Specialist to enjoy the gardens and fountains of the Villa d’Este. We'll see its grottos and...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Delights with Dinner

Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Journey By High-Speed Train to Florence

Sit back on the high-speed train, bound for Florence, and watch the Tuscan landscape go by. Join a Local Specialist on a walking tour to gain insights into the city's Renaissance treasures. View the Ponte Vecchio, almost 700 years old and lined with goldsmiths, then visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of Michelangelo's masterpieces, the statue of David. Our love affair with Florence continues as we stroll to the Piazza della Signoria, featuring Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Ambasciatori Hotel Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View of fields in Tuscany, Italy
High-Speed Train to Florence

Admire the enchanting Tuscan landscape as you travel by high-speed train to Florence. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Admire Pisa

Cross the Arno River and see the enchanting skyline of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo before driving to Pisa through the Arno Valley. Meet your Local Specialist to explore the Square of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, Baptistery and Camposanto, built on soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Over lunch, Connect With Locals at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia where you’ll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. This evening, stroll along the Arno River in search of the perfect gelato, see the beautifully lit Duomo or visit a cosy enoteca for some wine tasting.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Ambasciatori Hotel Florence
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills, Italy
Enjoy an Exclusive Lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan Hills

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills.

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit Pisa, Italy
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Discover Renaissance Florence

Today is yours to discover the beauty and elegance of Florence – a city filled with exquisite galleries, lush gardens and opulent palaces. Consider a visit to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, the 'medieval Manhattan' of Tuscany. Venture outside the city to see Tuscan villages and taste rich panforte and tortas, or shop for the latest fashions in Florence's sophisticated boutiques. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience in the Chianti region for a delicious Tuscan dinner.

Women with view of Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Ambasciatori Hotel Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan dinner at Villa Machiavelli in Florence, Italy
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 ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Travel By High-Speed Train to Venice

All aboard the express train for Venice. We cross the spectacular Apennines and fertile Veneto plain before arriving in this island city. Get lost this afternoon, wandering its narrow lanes in search of a cosy bacaro, people-watch in St. Mark's Square, the gateway to Venice, or take an unforgettable gondola ride along the city's enchanting canals.

Gondola on the canal of Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Principe Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Journey through the Apennine Mountains to Venice, Italy
High-Speed Train to Venice

Journey by high-speed train past dramatic mountains and lush plains to ''La Serenissima''.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Cruise the Canals of Venice

This morning, breathe in the salty sea air as you board a private launch and cruise to St. Mark's Square to see the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and Campanile, as well as the Doge's Palace. Later, we enjoy an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, witnessing first-hand the centuries-old craft of glassblowing. You may be tempted to buy a souvenir or two after admiring the talent and skill of the master craftsmen, passed down from generation to generation. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city on your own terms, perhaps finding a quiet campo and pavement café or take a cruise to colourful Burano for a delicious meal.

Canal and houses in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Principe Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Dive Into Culture Savour the atmosphere of Venice during a visit to a traditional food market near the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
Discover a traditional food market by the famous Rialto Bridge

Savour the vibrant atmosphere of Venice during a visit to a traditional food market in the shadow of the famous Rialto Bridge.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you'll visit the magnificent Doge's Palace and its elegant courtyards, which were home to the rulers of the Vene...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
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 fisherman's island ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Experience Venice’s Food Market

The sights and sounds of modern Venice come to life today as we join our Local Specialist for a walking tour and explore the vibrant Rialto Food Market, which has been feeding Venetians since the 11th century. We wander through the narrow calli - seeing the ornate façades of merchant houses that line the canals, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure for one last taste of Venice. Our adventure through Italy's charming cities is about to come to an end. We celebrate newfound friendships and an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner.

Eating Pizza in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Principe Venice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Farewell Venice

Say arrivederci to Italy and your fellow travellers as your fascinating holiday comes to an end.

Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Museo Gregoriano Profano with a private visit and exclusive dinner

Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before an exclusive private dinner.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit St. Peter's Basilica

Visit Vatican City and tour St. Peter's Basilica with a Local Specialist. Witness the early genius of Michelangelo as you take in the Pietà.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
High-Speed Train to Florence

Admire the enchanting Tuscan landscape as you travel by high-speed train to Florence. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy an Exclusive Lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan Hills

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
High-Speed Train to Venice

Journey by high-speed train past dramatic mountains and lush plains to ''La Serenissima''.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover a traditional food market by the famous Rialto Bridge

Savour the vibrant atmosphere of Venice during a visit to a traditional food market in the shadow of the famous Rialto Bridge.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
High-speed train from Rome to Florence
High-speed train from Florence to Venice
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

What to expect

Fast Track Admission to the Vatican Museums
Explore Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice with a Local Specialist
Visit St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and a glassblowing factory in Venice
View the ancient sites in Rome, the Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Tivoli and Gardens of the Villa d’Este

Visit the ancient Sabine town of Tivoli with our Local Specialist to enjoy the gardens and fountains of the Villa d’Este. We'll see its grottos and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Delights with Dinner

Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you'll visit the magnificent Doge's Palace and its elegant courtyards, which were home to the rulers of the Vene...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 fisherman's island ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

 

 

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Joann Farrell
Review date: Thursday, October 27, 2022
Service
I asked for a direct flight from Philadelphia to Rome was told no such flights existed on the day I was to leave. Untrue as six other couples left from Philadelphia on the same day and returned to Philadelphia where I had to waste time in airports for a connecting flight. Very disappointed as I thought the agent was to help me with the best experience. Once in Italy the travel director was awesome
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our Air Department always books the most direct flights available at the time you book your trip. It's possible the nonstop flight was not available. We apologize for the inconvenience, but are happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip overall.
Monday, November 21, 2022
Vacation
Trip was awesome thanks to Giuseppe and Pino. More should be included with the tour as opposed to all the extra money for side trips to major sites.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Service
My experience with GET was gret. My travel specialist was responsive and knowledgeable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are super excited to hear you enjoyed your tour of Italy. Thank you for choosing GET to help you plan and book your vacation. We appreciate your business and your feedback. Take care!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
The travel director, driver, and well being specialist were all AWESOME! Trafalgar tour was great. The hotels were just ok
Dennis Kreson
Review date: Monday, October 3, 2022
Service
There were no surprises. From flights to info from our Travel Director to flights to return home all was Great!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Oh my goodness! It sounds like your trip to Italy was just an outstanding experience! We are sure you came home with memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your Italy experience. We truly appreciate your business and your feedback.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Trafalgar did everything so we just had to enjoy the trip. Every detail of the trip from hotels, dinners, excursions, sites, tickets and knowing when to visit to avoid the crowds, bus and train travel all seamless and made the trip memorable by our Travel Director and the Local Experts. An average person or above average person could not have put together the complete agenda to visit Rome, Florence and Venice and surrounding areas in 9 days and see everything we did and experience the local food and hospitality of the cities.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Service
They are available and answer questions.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so sorry to hear your luggage was lost, but it sounds like you made the best of it and still enjoyed your trip to Italy. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Vacation
We had a wonderful time. Fabrizio was a wonderful tour guid and went out of his way to make our trip wonderful. Our luggage was lost. He helped us find the shops we needed to replace essentials and translated for us. Our specialists were knowledgeable and had great facts. It was a wonderful trip!
Margaret Baldwin
Review date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Service
Contrasts of Italy was a wonderful trip, much of it due to the expertise and personality of our guide Tony! There was a variety of excursions as well as time to explore on one's own. I highly recommend it if you want to spend time in Rome, Florence and Venice.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time on your trip through Italy! Thank you for sharing and for being a part of our travel family.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Vacation
Great value for cost - I would travel again with GET.
Wallace Baldwin
Review date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Service
Tony Cacace, our travel director was excellent and extremely adapt at making everyone in the group feel comfortable. Our hotel in Rome was very well located making sightseeing very easy during our free time. The boat ride and lunch on the island in Venice was a huge hit with everyone.
Vacation
I think the trip was a good value. I also liked being able to prepay tips and making some side trips an optional choice rather than inclusive. We took most but not all optional trips so we could rest or do something else if we wanted. Traveling by train was a real plus also as it cut out some long bus rides and maximized our time sightseeing.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Service
Our tour guide Paolo was outstanding. He was personable and well organized, making sure we were on time, while personalizing our experiences. The optional tours were excellent as well.
Vacation
the only improvement would be a upgraded hotels. I would be willing to pay more for that improvement.
Julia Boylan
Review date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Service
Contrasts of Italy was our second tour with Trafalgar. They exceeded our expectations in Italy. All of our needs were taken care of by our wonderful director Gordon Spicer. Trafalgar handles the hassles of luggage, check in and check out of hotels, admission into touring sites, transportation and so much more. They give VIP access at touring sites. No long lines waiting. Our hotels had great locations, were comfortable, clean, and offered surprisingly great breakfasts every morning. Staying three nights in each city made the tour comfortable and more relaxing than changing hotels frequently. Taking the train to travel in between cities saved so much time. We highly recommend this tour. You will not be disappointed! If you go and are offered the optional dinner at the Machiavelli villa and vineyard, don't miss it!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for taking the time to write.  We're glad you enjoyed this unique train trip through Italy! Your review will help other customers in their search for a great experience.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation
This tour offered many optional experiences, some we purchased, some we did not. We liked having free time in each city to explore on our own.
Elaine Goldberg
Review date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Service
This was the most amazing vacation I've taken. The tour director, hotels, sights, local specialists, bus, train....everything was planned perfectly and I will never forget this trip. Thank you, Grand European Travel and Trafalgar Tours!
Vacation
Perfect trip; number of days, travel by high-speed train, hotels. Very good value for the price of the trip.
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