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Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,995 per person
Colosseum Gladiators

Countries Visited

Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Florence, Venice
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

    Ciao Roma! On arrival to 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. Feast your eyes and your stomach on the Eternal City—the launch pad for an unforgettable adventure with la famiglia. Tread in the footsteps of the ancients before meeting with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Kick-Off Party that will rock Rome.

    meals Kick-off Party
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a Local Specialist to delve into centuries of history and culture, including a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Gaze up at the wonder of Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and explore the Catholic shrine of St. Peter's Basilica. Venture across the Tiber to the Colosseum imagining a time when brave warriors fought to the thunderous roar of thousands.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Visit a Gladiator School and Free Time

    Book your spot on the podium. It's time to become a gladiator for the day. You'll learn how to wield a gladiator's sword and gain insights into military techniques with an expert. This afternoon, you'll have some free time to explore the city with the family. Perhaps count the Spanish Steps or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Then it's time for a cheesy family affair as we dive into culture and learn how to make authentic Italian pizza, sharing a tasty slice or two of our culinary masterpiece with our loved ones.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  4. Day 4 Rome – Pisa – Florence (3 Nights)

    Set your watch to Italian time and embark on a scenic drive north through Tuscany's golden fields. Stop in Pisa to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Piazza del Duomo to snap a selfie in front of the famous Leaning Tower. Carry on to the Renaissance city of Florence, our home for the next three nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  5. Day 5 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

    The exquisite sights of Florence are brought to life on a walking tour in the expert company of a Local Specialist. See the magnificent Gothic Duomo and famous Baptistery before marveling at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Where better to dive into culture and indulge in a refreshing gelato than in the city where it was invented. Tonight we connect with locals joining a local family for a Be My Guest dinner enjoying delicious specialties against the backdrop of picture-perfect olive groves and vineyards. Salute!

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  6. Day 6 Florence – Excursion to Pisa

    A full day at leisure to enjoy this remarkable Renaissance city. Florence is a living museum that you can explore on foot. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ‘Town of Towers'—San Gimignano.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

    Stop and smell the rich aromas of Bolognese sauce, spending the morning with a Local Specialist to explore the medieval city of Bologna. Then it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the island city of Venice. Discover the Queen of the Adriatic from the comfort of one of its traditional gondolas on an Optional Experience.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  8. Day 8 Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

    Dive into culture and witness first-hand the exquisite tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Learn about the art of crafting Carnival masks, before cruising to bustling St. Mark's Square on a private launch. View the famous Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sound condemned prisoners made at catching their last glimpse of beautiful Venice, the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. The afternoon is yours to explore—in search of the coziest trattoria in town.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market

    Navigating the bustling canals to the Rialto Bridge, we embrace the sights and sounds of Venice from the water before diving into culture to savor the flavors of Italy during a visit to an ancient food market. We delve into the hidden highlights of Venice during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, working up an appetite for our Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Lunch
  10. Day 10 Depart Venice

    Our unforgettable journey together has come to an end. All that's left to say is a hearty arrivederci as you prepared to return home with fantastic shared memories. Return transfers will arrive at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport at 8 am and 9:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Meal Summary

14 meals: 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners with local wine. 

Insider Experiences

Family Fun

  • Learn how to make pizza and share your masterpiece with the family. Discover the great Venetian tradition of Carnival masks and create your own

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy a local Tuscan Be My Guest dinner with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like ‘Room with a View' and ‘Tea with Mussolini'

Dive into Culture

  • Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome. Learn how to make authentic pizza in Rome and then savor the taste of your creation. Indulge in an Italian gelato at a local gelateria in Florence. Learn about the Venetian tradition of carnival masks and paint your own to take home. Visit a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Bologna, Venice

Sightseeing Experiences

  • VIP admission to the Vatican Museums
  • City tour in Rome, Florence, Bologna, Venice
  • Orientation of Pisa
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Small Group Sightseeing guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests
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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

Ancient And Christian Rome

Join us on an exploration of Rome's past. On this trip you will visit the Catacombs, where the early Christians assembled to escape persecution and which were used as underground cemeteries. Continue on to the Pyramid of Cestius and the Baths of Caracalla.
Adult Price: €39

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 centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: €33

Florence

An Introduction To Florence

Enjoy a drive up to one of the highest points that overlooks the city of Florence. Afterwards, you'll join our Local Specialist at the River Arno to take a walk over the Ponte Vecchio, see the new market, admire Piazza della Republica, the Bargello Museum and Dante's House. Then we will finish off with a Carousel Ride for the younger participants (if available).
Adult Price: €34

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.
Adult Price: €36

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

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.
Adult Price: €65

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

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.
Adult Price: €70

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

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.
Adult Price: €72

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 Venetian republic. Afterwards, we've booked an entrance into the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.
Adult Price: €42

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Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Service
The GET team provide excellent customer service.
Vacation
This trip was a fantastic family vacation - we couldn't have asked for anything better. The Travel Director, Antonio, was first class and went above and beyond to ensure kids and parents alike had an unforgettable experience. Christina, our guide in Rome was top notch. We had an amazing group of travel companions and a lot of fun was had by all. I can't recommend this trip enough - we are already planning our next family experience!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so pleased to see that you and your family had such a wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and we look forward to your next trip with us!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, July 3, 2016
Service
Our Italy trip exceeded our expectations.
Vacation
Our tour manager, Dominic, was terrific.
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