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Great Italian Cities

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,546 per person
Forum, Rome

Countries Visited

Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Colosseum, Florence, Assisi, Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice, St… more Rome, Colosseum, Florence, Assisi, Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice, St Marks Basilica, St Marks Square, Realto Bridge
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

    You're in for a bellissimo journey through the spectacular cities of Italy, which kicks off in the Eternal City of Rome. Join your travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception. Your introduction to la dolce vita begins with a short walk this evening to see the timeless Roman Colosseum and the ancient centre of Rome – the Forum.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Palatino
  2. Day 2 Rome and Castel Gandolfo Sightseeing

    We embark on a very special included 'Dive Into Culture' sightseeing tour with our Local Specialist at the Vatican this morning. Skip the queue and wander through its Museums, Sistine Chapel and Gardens, admiring the artistry of great masters and walking in the footsteps of popes who have found peace within its beautiful green landscapes for centuries. We'll enjoy a rare opportunity to board a train within the Vatican Walls bound for the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's Summer Residence. Here, we'll embark on a tour through its beautifully manicured green heart before enjoying an included lunch against the backdrop of this enchanting setting.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3 Rome At Leisure

    The narrow lanes and expansive piazze of Rome are yours to explore today. Ask your Travel Director for tips on what to see and do, or consider an Optional Experience delving into the fascinating history of Pompeii.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)

    This morning meet with your Local Specialist to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Then we journey north to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi where your Local Specialist will take you to the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of this famous saint where we will see Giotto's enchanting frescoes. Later we continue our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to Florence.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Ambasciatori
  5. Day 5 Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic centre of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the Medici family at every turn. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to San Gimignano.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Florence – Excursion to Pisa

    After free time in Florence, cross the fertile Arno Valley to Pisa and join a Local Specialist to visit the Square of Miracles, home to the incredible Leaning Tower and beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the ornate Baptistery and the Camposanto, built on sacred soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Your unforgettable encounter with Tuscany continues this evening as you 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner, joining Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate that has featured in many famous films.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  7. Day 7 Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

    Travel north, through the Apennines, to the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious spaghetti sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Then it's off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Spend time at leisure gliding along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Principe/Amadeus
  8. Day 8 Venice Canal Cruise, Orientation and Free Time

    'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Savour the iconic and unexpected highlights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

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

    Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today when we join a Local Specialists for a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. During a leisurely stroll from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge, where all the flavours of Italy are brought to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calli of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day to visit the sights of your choice. Our love affair with Italy's great Italian cities comes to an end this evening as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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

    For now it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavours. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 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)
  • 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, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna and Venice
  • VISIT the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Villa Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
  • CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • VIEW the Colosseum and the Forum in Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and 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

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

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.
Adult Price: €49

Discover Pompeii And Naples

Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, and have the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples, before returning to Rome, passing the abbey of Monte Cassino.
Adult Price: €100

Florence

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

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

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Kathleen Holt
Travel date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Service
Tess was an excellent help in getting my trip together. Since I chose this venue to be in the Cities, it’s too bad so many Optional Excursions left the Cities and went to the countryside. We only had one morning in Florence- no museum as a group- although Florence has the world’s best Renaissance art.
Vacation
Many good times. Quality personnel. Would have been better to see Florence instead of the countryside. Also why leave Venice to see far off fishing village? The venue is called “Great European Cities” that’s what I chose. Not pleased to have missed the banquet so I could see Florence.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Service
Our travel coordinator at GET was terrific and quick at responding. I just had some issues with email communications coming from different email addresses that could have eliminated some confusion but, otherwise, good experience with booking.
Vacation
What a terrific time my husband and I had on this Italy trip! There is no negative thing to say about it. Our tour guide and our bus driver were the best...very professional, experienced and made the trip enjoyable. We also had a great group of fellow travelers. We want to travel again to Europe and hope to have a similar experience.
Svetlana Kartashev
Travel date: Friday, January 11, 2019
Service
It was excellent. Our program director Rosella Roncari was so caring, knowledgeable and lovable I couldn't imagine more of personal involvement than that which she had shown into ours casual problems during the whole trip.
Vacation
This is the second time I take the trip of "Great Italian Cities". It is worth every minute of it. Maybe I would take a third tour sometime in the future. Who knows!
Rosa Estrada
Travel date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Service
The tour was as scheduled and our guide was absolutely wonderful, helpful and most of all funny!! She even came up with little surprises for us making it more delightful!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your positive feedback. It's great that you had such a wonderful time getting to know the cities of Italy. We are so glad we were able to help you plan and book this very special trip.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Vacation
I believe I received the best buy after comparing with a couple other agencies. I spent enough days in each of the major cities to appreciate their way of living and culture. The added optional tours were excellent as well. However, it would have been nicer to have some of the options included in the package.
Anthony Cipriano
Travel date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Service
alissia was excellent
Vacation
too much trying to sell me stuff besides side trips
Marilyn Ehrenreich
Travel date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Service
The tour director was amazing, cheerful, resourceful and effective. All side tours and optional tours were great experiences.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Fabulous! How wonderful to hear that your Great Italian Cities tour was...well...great! Thank you for sharing your comments with us. All the best!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
The price was surprisingly reasonable for what was offered.
Michael Amundson
Travel date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Service
It was fantastic. Everything was tended to with professionalism and class.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Awesome! We are so excited to hear you had a fantastic experience visiting the Great Italian Cities. We appreciate your comments and recommendation. All the best!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
I would recommend this trip to anyone who has the time and money. It. Was. Sublime.
Rebecca Amundson
Travel date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Service
It was perfect.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get better than that. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Vacation
It was truly a perfect experience.
Lenard Posner
Travel date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Service
My travel agent was very helpful, professional, and knowledgeable.
Vacation
The hotel rooms were very small and the bathrooms, especially in Venice, was tiny. Couldn’t move around! The city specialists were very good, yet at times, too fast and did not look back to see how the rest were keeping up. Other than that, the trip was wonderful. We were lucky to have good weather and the iconic landmarks were awesome!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, July 2, 2018
Service
I booked with Josh P. at GET and he was very helpful and answered all my questions and assured me being Type 1 diabetic and having a CI would not be a problem for this tour. And it wasn't.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience. We're so pleased to know that Josh helped make your vacation extra special and worry-free. We'll pass your comments on to the team! Happy travels.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation
Trafalgar was the actual travel company that led the tour. It was billed as First Class, and not a budget/value one, yet not all of the accommodations and breakfasts were at the higher level.
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