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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Forum, Rome
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $2,295 per person

Tread up the stone steps and down the grand boulevards of Italy's capitals – the sidewalk café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes and incredible feats of classic architecture all must-see highlights of this leisurely jaunt through the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice. Explore the centuries-old Rialto food market, admire the embrace of Bologna's Kissing Towers and say ‘ciao' to Marco Polo.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It's the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter's Basilica - a great start to your Italian vacation.
    hotel:Grand Palatino
  3. Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.
  4. Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively consider joining an Optional Experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, in the Bay of Naples.
  5. Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes, with your Local Specialist. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
  6. Learn about Florence's rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-colored marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze gilded doors. Enjoy scenic views of the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewelry.
  7. Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city's most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble cathedral with a Local Specialist. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. This evening travel to a Tuscan villa for a special Be My Guest dinner.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  8. Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salami. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Boscolo Bellini
  9. Savor the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This afternoon you have free time to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark's Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.
  10. Enjoy a leisurely stroll from your hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge to join your guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, which will reveal a centuries-old food market and narrow 'calle' or streets. Admire the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo's house. The rest of the day is free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  11. Say ‘arrivederci' to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $580 p.p.

Triple Discount: $70 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $63 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at 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. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Eight generations and plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional dinner with the Landi family at their home near Siena, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves

Cultural Insight

  • Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Small Group Sightseeing

  • A guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Pisa, Florence, Bologna and Venice

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna, Venice
  • Orientation of Pisa
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome, St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • See the ancient sites of Rome


Monday, August 21, 2017
Service rating : It was an awesome experience. The tours were well organized. Our Travel Director was so well informed. Would definitely recommended this trip to anyone. Wonderful experience.
Vacation : Good priced for all that was included.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Service rating : This was our third trip with Grand European and would not hesitate to recommend their services. Everything was perfectly managed.
Vacation : After 3 trips with Grand European we again have been extremely satisfied with the overall service. Especially you assigned tour director Frederica Ercolani who was outstanding in all aspects and very helpful, and we thank her again.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Service rating : Awesome Service best Vacation will definitely book future vacations
Vacation : Great value for your Money was very happy with my Vacation Package and all the discounts received we also had the best Travel Planner advised from Nick Supervisor of European Travels .
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Service rating : The Tour leader Marissa A. was outstanding.
Vacation : Great tour! I would highly recommend this trip. It would have helped though to have more information before the trip on the optional excursions.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Service rating : Absolutely the best experience of our life! Colleen was the absolute best travel director, we did so much that we never would have done on our own.
Vacation : So well planned and included experiences I never dreamed of!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for the comments.  We love the Great Italian Cities, it's a wonderful, leisurely way to see Italy.  Very glad to hear that your trip went so well and that you got to experience the unexpected!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Service rating : This was a well planned trip with an excellent tour director (Patrizia). Everything went smoothly. The optional tours were all good with one exception - a walking tour in Florence that either should have been included or could have been eliminated. A visit to Santa Croce, where we met, would have been more interesting. The stop in Bologna was also a waste of time; better to arrive earlier in Venice. Aside from those two things, the trip planning was perfect.
Vacation : I answered this in Question 1.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Service rating : The trip was an excellent value. We got more than our money's worth.
Vacation : I bought a wallet and I love it.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Service rating : The tour was very well planned. There was enough time for all the sites and activities. The 'optional experiences' were a great addition and we did everyone of them!! More importantly, our travel director, Paolo Consoli and driver, Eduardo Cinque were fantastic!! They are professional, knowledgeable and a lot of fun. They made a great trip into an extraordinary experience.
Vacation : this was the best of Italy, great optional trips and perfect amount of time at each.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's wonderful to see that you were able to take advantage of both the included highlights and all of the optional experiences. They really do enhance the whole experience.  Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Service rating : The tour director and the specialist were very good. The sights and access to them was exceptional.
Vacation : Don't know what you mean?
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : The trip was packed to the gills with things to do - really exhausting but very informative. What bothered me was that I was not told by Grand European that every thing we saw on the trip was considered an Option and we had to pay extra for a "Local Specialist"...even though I did not choose one of the Options, my extra cost was still $370 Euros!. This should be mentioned by your company before we decide to make the trip so that we can plan for that expense
Vacation : See the note I already added to this report
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry about this miscommunication. All of our trips offer optional sightseeing and dining experiences which are designed to enhance the trip. We do include a list of these options in your documents packet.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : Gary and I were amazed at how much we saw during our short stay in Italy. This was a well planned, well orchestrated excursion. Rachel White did an awesome job with the flow of the trip. We know she worked countless hours behind the scenes to make that all happen
Vacation : Each city we visited was better than the previous. Gary and I learned so much about this fabulous country. We most definitely will consider another GE package when we visit Europe again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback.   We're so pleased you enjoyed beautiful Italy.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Service rating : All of the advance arrangements went off very smoothly, and the staff were extremely helpful and efficient, even to the extent of working out some special arrangements for us.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : The exceptional service and wonderful experience started with the Customer Service Rep, Rob Rainwater. He went above and beyond to ensure our trip was stress-free and an incredible experience.
Vacation : Our Travel Director, Gordon Spicer, was remarkable. Gordon had every detail under control and showed us a beautiful Italy that I don't think many people get to see. Rome, Florence and Venice were a trip of a lifetime, with incredible sites and comfortable, lovely hotels.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : Sometimes information was confusing when booking.
Vacation : Well organized. All hotels except the one in Florence were great. Again Program and tour guides were very good and knowledgeable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We're so happy to see that you enjoyed your trip.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : Once you paid for the trip you were on your own until getting your guide who was an independent representing Trafalgar and he did a great job.
Vacation : The trip was awesome but too much walking. Weather did not permit some tours but we trudged onward I guess since the plans were made and trips paid for.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry for any misunderstanding. This trip was operated by our sister company Trafalgar. We do mark each tour in our brochure and web site with the name of the operating company. Please accept our apologies if this was not made clear during your booking process. It sounds like the weather did not cooperate for you which is a shame. We hope that you were able to enjoy some of the sites despite it. Thank you for taking the time to write. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : The trip went just fine, the only thing I was disappointed in was 90% of everyone on the trip had voucher for one thing of the other most of the voucher were for the tipping of the director and driver, we had nothing, my wife and I feel this was not very good customer service. We have taken two trips with Grand European Travel prior this trip, this trip was handled by Trafalgar and we feel that it was a step down in quality. i.e. Hotels and Travel director.
Vacation : Good
Friday, October 21, 2016
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : Throughout the whole process the professional and personable service was excellent with everyone involved at GET. Special thanks to Tess.
Vacation : Great vacation! Only disappointment was the optional experience on the Gondola Ride. We had 6 riders on each gondola, the boat operator was unfriendly and smoked the whole time, there was only one couple, of the three, that were able to sit together to make it a romantic experience. Special thanks to our Travel Director, Sally Reynolds, who made the trip even more enjoyable. Would definitely travel with her again if the opportunity rises.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : It was a great trip. The travel director, Gianluca was wonderful and make it great.
Vacation : It was a great trip. The travel director, Gianluca was wonderful and make it great.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : The Grand European travel agents were very helpful and responsive to our requests.
Vacation : Our Trafalgar Travel Director was excellent, as were the local specialists. Although, we were able to see many wonderful sites, it would be nice to actually spend more time in each site, i.e. St. Peter's Basilica or gain entrance to the Uzzi Gallery, which wasn't included in our trip.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Great Italian Cities
Service rating : Well organized tour. Our guide was wonderful. The coach was clean and comfortable and the driver made us feel safe the whole time. We would never have been able to cover as much ground if we had tried the trip alone, and I'm sure it would have been a lot more expensive. Hotels were good, as long as we have a clean bed and shower that is all we care about on our overnight stays.
Vacation : Wonderful tour! Our guide, Colleen, was excellent. She was very knowledgable, helpful, and entertaining. We also had local specialist guides on our excursions and they were all terrific. Our driver was great, no speeding or reckless driving, felt very safe the whole time. We realized that we will probably want to go back as there is so much to see, but this was a marvelous experience and I can't recommend it highly enough. You will experience the culture, the incredible history and arts, and the cuisine of one of the most beautiful places on earth. This tour, even though it is the slower paced one, requires quite a bit of walking, and some places are very hilly and steep, so take really comfy shoes. We went in September and it was very busy, and also warmer than we expected, so take a hat or sunscreen, some places we visited do not have a lot of shade, especially Pompeii. We will definitely go with Grand European again, this was our first group tour and it was wonderful to have all the planning done for us and just relax and soak up the beauty of Italy. Only question now is, where to next??
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We couldn't be more pleased to see that you enjoyed Italy and your Travel Director, Colleen. She is a gem! We hope to see you on another trip very soon. Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 13, 2016
  • Yes, U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink.  Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.


    Food in Florence is simple and humble, and relies on the fresh ingredients of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Many of the local recipes have evolved from peasant dishes to international favorites. Bread is an important staple in Florentine cooking, and is featured in everything from antipasti (appetizers) such as bruschetta to traditional main dishes. Panzanella is a popular summer salad prepared with day old crusty bread and tomatoes.  Papa al pomodoro is a delicious soup made with bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  You’ll also find a variety of dishes featuring white beans, including the hearty ribollita soup.  But the flagship of Florentine cuisine remains the famous bistecca alla fiorentina (T-bone steak).  For a sweet finish, meals are topped off with traditional cantuccini (almond cookies) and the local vin santo dessert wine.


    A visit to Venice offers an opportunity to discover a variety of truly unique gastronomic traditions.  Venetians have a long-standing tradition of eating cicchetti, small bites similar to Spanish tapas. You can enjoy a variety of these before lunch or dinner, paired with a glass of local wine at restaurants and bars around town. Other common dishes include polenta, risotto with peas, salted cod, sardines, and local bigoli pasta.  


    Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined.  Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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

Adult Price: € 33

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.

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Adult Price: € 49

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.

Discover Pompeii And Naples

Adult Price: € 100

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, as well as 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.


Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: € 64

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.

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: € 40

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to 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 reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Visit To San Gimignano

Adult Price: € 35

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.


Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Adult Price: € 70

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.

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Adult Price: € 70

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.

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Adult Price: € 42

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.

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