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Great Italian Cities

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,724 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Roman Forum with blue sky, Rome, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Venice ...more Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Venice
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Rome

    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 Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    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 and the Sistine Chapel, admiring the artistry of great masters and walking in the footsteps of popes who have found peace within its beautiful green landscapes for centuries. Visit St Peter's Basilica before continuing to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, where you'll enjoy a tour of its gardens and lunch in its beautiful surrounds before returning to Rome.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3 Rome Your Way

    Enjoy a full free day to explore Rome your way or consider an Optional Experience delving into the tragic history of Pompeii when you explore a Roman city frozen in time by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Your Local Specialist will bring ancient Roman history to life before you return to Rome, passing the Abbey of Montecassino, the site of an epic battle in 1944.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Admire Assisi and on to Florence

    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 Grand Mediterraneo
  5. Day 5 Discover Renaissance Florence

    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 Uncover Pisa’s Treasures

    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 dinner at a Be My Guest experience, joining the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves where they produce olive oil and wine.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  7. Day 7 Journey to Bologna and Venice

    Travel north, through the Apennines, to the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious pasta 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, Dinner
    hotel Principe
  8. Day 8 Cruise Venice’s Canals

    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. This afternoon, Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an Optional Experience to the island of Burano.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Experience Venice’s 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 calli of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day visiting 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 Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Farewell 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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna and Venice with a Local Specialist
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Villa Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • 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
  • Connect with Locals Eight generations of history with plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves. (Day 6)
  • Dive into Culture Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo at The Vatican Museums. (Day 2) Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 8)

Dates & Prices

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

Discover Pompeii

Join our Local Specialist on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. This is an opportunity to go back in time to catch a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years. We then return to Rome, passing the formidable Abbey of Montecassino, one of the greatest shrines of Christendom and the site of an epic battle in 1944.
Adult Price: € 100

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.
Adult Price: € 51

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, family restaurant in the Tuscan countryside. After a welcome drink in the historic courtyard, the renowned local chef will delight your senses with regional dishes, made with traditional ingredients from the nearby produce markets. The excellent wines come from the Saraceni family vineyards and there's live music and song to complete the atmosphere. In short, a Tuscan dream come true in an authentic setting.
Adult Price: € 65

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 great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince.' After a welcome drink and a visit to 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.
Adult Price: € 65

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

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

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano with our Local Specialist. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as the 'Medieval Manhattan,' is one of the most beautiful in Italy - a true gem.
Adult Price: € 36

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking 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

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a 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 with its elegant courtyards, home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. You’ll also enjoy a booked entrance into the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.
Adult Price: € 50

Reviews
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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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