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Great Italian Cities

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,444 per person

Countries Visited

Italy, Austria ...more Italy, Austria

Locations Visited

Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Bologna, Innsbruck ...more Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Bologna, Innsbruck
  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 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 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 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 at every turn.

    meals 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 Breakfast, Be My Guest
  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 Breakfast
    hotel Principe
  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 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 Specialist' for a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge, where all the flavours of Italy come to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calle of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, before spending the rest of the day to visit the sights of your choice. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

    meals 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 Breakfast
Great Italian Cities
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market, with a group size of no more than 25 guests
  • 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
  • VIEW the Colosseum and Forum in Rome, 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

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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
Larry Oxman
Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
Great tour director and driver. Hotels above average and better than expected
Vacation
Not at this time but maybe later on.
Brenda Sandman
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Service
Yes, I would definitely recommend GET again!
Vacation
Excellent from start to finish!
Breck Swords
Monday, September 30, 2019
Service
Everything went smoothly, even after we had to re-schedule our trip to the next year. Also, Alyssa Rucker promptly answered all our questions.
Vacation
Not surre what is meant by "purchases"
Robert Klanfer
Monday, September 23, 2019
Service
This was our first tour and I had a lot of questions. Your representative was very patient and knowledgeable and answered all of them. I was always able to get through with little wait time,
Vacation
The tour director was excellent, very knowledgeable and always ready to help make the experience great. The local guides were very variable, Some were excellent. Very knowledgeable and informative. Other thought their job was to entertain rather than inform. I found them to be irritable and to take away from the visit. One was so bad (Pisa) I turned off my radio. We booked 2 optional excursions with dinners, one dinner was great the other just fair. The hotels were very good and well located.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your valuable feedback. We will be sure to share this with Trafalgar's team for immediate review.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Service
The travel agent book our trip, gave up discounts for early booking, took care of our air fare, and was very helpful giving us information about our trip to Italy.
Vacation
We enjoyed all the sights, food and art work, while traveling in Italy. However, on the walking tours, the pace was too fast, some elderly people on the trip (with walking canes) had trouble keeping up with the guide.
Gena Wade
Monday, July 29, 2019
Service
Very easy booking experience once I realized I had to book flights by phone. I was trying to do it all online but the airline part kept not working. Once I spoke with someone I was able to complete everything.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are glad to see that everything worked out for you and that you enjoyed the trip.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Vacation
I loved everything that was offered. Even purchased a few extra excursions and they were well worth it. My 80 year old mother was able to keep up with everything, I was very grateful. Marina was absolutely wonderful, one of the best tour directors I have ever had.
Kathleen Holt
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
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
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
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.
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