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Grand Italian Experience

Operated by: Trafalgar

17 Days from $3,974 per person

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Venice, Trento, Viareggio, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Sorrento, Alberobello ...more Venice, Trento, Viareggio, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Sorrento, Alberobello
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Blaze a trail through la bella Italia - your epic journey begins in Rome, once the powerful capital of the world and yours to explore before meeting your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive introducing you to some of the city's iconic and unexpected highlights.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who for centuries have flocked to the Vatican City. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in Christendom, joining a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour. See Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà, hewn from the most "perfect" block of Carrara marble. Then, venture into Ancient Rome to see Circus Maximus, where the thundering noise of chariot races once filled the air, followed by a visit to the Colosseum. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Sit on the Spanish Steps, shop up a storm on Via Veneto or continue your encounter with Ancient Rome on Palatine Hill to see the Temple of Apollo and Flavian Palace, among other excavations.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Alberobello Region (2 Nights)

    We journey east through the Campania Mountains and the orange and olive groves of Puglia near the Adriatic coast, our home for the next two nights. This evening, we enjoy a delicious local dinner at our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Sierra Silvana
  4. Day 4 Alberobello Region Sightseeing and Free Time

    The conical limestone houses of Alberobello take centre stage during our guided tour with a Local Specialist. Here, we'll see the UNESCO-listed collection of almost 1,500 trulli dating back to the 14th century. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on your own. Consider an Optional Experience or indulge in delectable local flavours at a local trattoria. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner at a traditional masseria.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  5. Day 5 Alberobello Region – Sorrento (2 Nights)

    The fresh aroma of lemons is your constant companion in the stunning coastal town of Sorrento, your home for the next two nights. View the bustling Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia before spending the rest of the day on your own. Kick back and sip delicious Limoncello di Sorrento, enjoy lunch at the picture-perfect Marina Piccola or spend the afternoon soaking up la dolce vita. Tonight we dine at our hotel in Sorrento.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel La Residenza
  6. Day 6 Isle of Capri Excursion

    Cruise the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Enjoy a guided tour of Capri Town, watching the beautiful people sip their cappuccino in the glamorous Piazzetta.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Sorrento – Pompeii – Assisi

    Explore the tragic history of the ancient lost city of Pompeii with a Local Specialist. Gain a deeper understanding of what life was like in this Roman settlement that lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted. Continue your journey through the rolling green and golden fields of Umbria, arriving at the mystical hilltop town of Assisi. Meet your Local Specialist for a visit of the stunning Basilica of St. Francis, featuring exquisite frescoes by Giotto. Tonight, we dine in our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Grand
  8. Day 8 Assisi – Verona – Venice (Murano) (2 Nights)

    Celebrate the epic tale of Romeo and Juliet during this morning's visit to the fair city of Verona where you will view Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena built in the 1st century. We venture to the Adriatic coast this afternoon bound for Venice where we will spend two nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel LaGare MGallery
  9. Day 9 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    'Dive Into culture' this morning and witness the delicate craft of Venetian glassblowing that spans centuries. Glide by private launch along bustling waterways to view the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica before spending free time exploring the city. Stroll along the Grand Canal, nibble on delicious cicchetti at a cosy bacaro or cross the lagoon on an Optional Experience to the colourful Burano Island.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Venice (Murano) – Trento

    This morning, we traverse pastoral Veneto plains to the sophisticated town of Trento surrounded by the Dolomites. Once located within the Austrian Empire, the town exudes both classical Italian elegance and cultural influences from the north, which you can enjoy at one of its many beer halls or cafés. Consider sampling the delicious local apple strudel, then wander around the Piazza Duomo before checking in to your hotel for the night.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand
  11. Day 11 Trento – Milan – Italian Lakes

    Continue west through Italy's stunning Lakes District to the sophisticated powerhouse of Milan. You'll have some free time to explore on your own after an orientation of the city's iconic sights. See the exquisite Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the Galleria, one of the world's oldest shopping malls. We spend this afternoon on the quiet shores of Lake Maggiore, soaking up the pleasant lakeside atmosphere and exploring Baveno.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Simplon/Grand Dino
  12. Day 12 Italian Lakes – Genoa – Viareggio (2 Nights)

    Journey to Genoa where a Local Specialist will show us this city's majestic architecture. Continue to seaside resort of Viareggio where we will dine at our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Mercure
  13. Day 13 Viareggio Free Day

    Indulge in a full free day to soak up the laidback atmosphere. Stroll along the waterfront or consider joining an Optional Experience to Porto Venere and the Bay of Poets where you'll embark on an encounter with the cliffside villages of Cinque Terre.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  14. Day 14 Viareggio – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

    Travelling south through the unforgettable scenery of Tuscany, we arrive in Pisa to view its famous Leaning Tower before continuing to the Renaissance city of Florence. This afternoon is yours at leisure to wander through the grand squares and labyrinthine lanes of Florence, whose connection with the Medici family saw this city become one of the world's most cultural centres. Consider a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see the Michelangelo's statue of David, amble along the Arno River or ascend the stone steps up to Piazzale Michelangelo for spectacular views of the city.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  15. Day 15 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a Local Specialist this morning to view the city's finest masterpieces - the magnificent Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower and the 13th-century Santa Croce Basilica, the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Then, spend the rest of our afternoon on your own. Walk across the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio or wander through the Renaissance Boboli Gardens, stopping for a slice or two of schiacciata along the way.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  16. Day 16 Florence – Rome – Vatican Experience

    Journey through the sprawling vineyards of Chianti, past the hill-towns of Umbria before arriving in Rome. This evening we 'Dive Into Culture' at an exclusive Farewell dining experience in the Museo Gregoriano Profano, with its centuries of Roman and Ancient Greek sculptures and antiquities, or the magnificent surrounds of the Salone di Raffaello in the Pinacoteca. Gain access to the Museum before dinner, then continue your evening with a tour of the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist, before the weekly evening opening, including views of Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Marriott Park
  17. Day 17 Depart Rome

    Our epic encounter with Italy has sadly come to an end. We say arrivederci to Rome and our newfound friends at the end of our Grand Italian Experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 16 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 8 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

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 cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Alberobello, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi, Genoa and Florence
  • ORIENTATION of Venice
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
  • CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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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.


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

Roman Evening with Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €61

Tivoli And Gardens Of The Villa D’Este

Visit the ancient Sabine town of Tivoli to enjoy the gardens and fountains of the Villa D’Este. You’ll get to see its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, and the Dragon Fountain of the Organ.
Adult Price: €45


A Guided Visit to Ostuni

With its stark, white-washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways, Ostuni is reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina. Set against three hills, 'The White Town' is a photographer's delight - and you'll get to explore it all on this optional trip.
Adult Price: €29


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.
Adult Price: €43

Discover The Isle Of Capri

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.
Adult Price: €42

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

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.
Adult Price: €61

Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €49


Gondolas & the Grand Canal

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by local musicians. Later, private water taxi's will take you along Venice's Grand Canal, where you’ll admire the magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.
Adult Price: €70

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

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

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.
Adult Price: €36

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


Bolzano and the Dolomite Mountains

Come with us and follow the Adige Valley to Bolzano, capital of the southern part of the Tyrol. Here you'll take a cable car to the top of the Renon and ride on the century-old Tramvai, where you'll enjoy incredible panoramas from this famous mountain plateau.
Adult Price: €62


Treasures Of Milan

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the highlights of Milan, including the famous La Scala Opera House, which is still the World's most famous for performing artists and public alike. Afterwards, you’ll visit another of the city’s highlights with our Local Specialist who will bring to life Milan’s eventful history.
Adult Price: €45

Italian Lakes

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful Isola Bella, one of the lake's Borromean islands. The island's palazzo and exquisite gardens once hosted the nobility of Europe. (This optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October)
Adult Price: €43


The Cinque Terre and Porto Venere

We’ll visit the Bay of Poets and the beautiful Porto Venere, where we can admire the UNESCO-protected Cinque Terre. Still to this day, the villages retain their charm and reputation for producing some of Italy's most exclusive wines.
Adult Price: €63


Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us 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 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. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
Adult Price: €65

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

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We 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 involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47

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

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 27, 2018
We had to postpone our original trip. Our agent got everything rebooked for us quickly and with no fuss. Excellent service!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a Grand Italian Experience on your trip! We are happy our Travel Specialist was able to get everything re-arranged for you so you could enjoy this great adventure. Thank you for your comments; we appreciate your feedback.
Monday, October 29, 2018
Grand Italian Experience covers all the high points of italy from top to bottom and coast to coast. Our tour director was extremely knowledgeable about history and customs so we truly had an Italian experience.
Joseph Montanile
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Excellent tour of Italy. All connections were first class, tour director, driver, local specialist made this an exceptional vacation. One glitch had the group changing hotels at the last minute. Trafalgar stepped up and made it right. Will definitely look to this tour group in the future.
Excellent value to experience
Connie Sonnier
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Our tour guide, Letizia, was excellent! Everything from the booking, hotels, meals, transportation & tours exceeded all our expectations. Would highly recommend Grand European & Trafalger to everyone.
Every detail is taken care of so that all you have to do is enjoy the trip & we definitely did!
Linda Barbaro
Saturday, May 26, 2018
I have already bought a trip for August/September
The trip was great but they had way too many people on it (48)
Michael Ficca
Saturday, October 7, 2017
I believe we would use them again. It was touch and go as to weather or not we were actually going this trip because of the timing of Hurricane Irma. Fortunately the Orlando Airport opened operation and Our American flight was a go. When we contacted Grand European as to if our trip was a go or not they just said we would have to contact the airlines. I always always of the mind that travel services did that for you. Bottom line we had a wonderful trip to Italy!!
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Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Everything discribed in the brochure came to life daily on the 18 day tour . Our travel specialist, Rob was extremely helpful planning our trip .
The tour it self was exceptional and worth every penny . However the hotel breakfasts and hotel tour dinners were unacceptable. Poor quality of food in most hotels . In some instances at breakfast it was like feeding cattle with several tour groups being feed at the same time . The quality of food should be improved. The side trips were worth the extra money . In some cases the hotels should be upgraded .
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