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Great Italian Cities (Winter Season)

11 Days from $2,250 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

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 and admire the embrace of Bologna's Kissing Towers.

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Overview

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 and admire the embrace of Bologna's Kissing Towers.

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, transfers will operate at 9:30am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. You're in for a 'bellissimo' journey through the spectacular capitals 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 an orientation drive to view the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Victoria
  3. We embark today on an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist at the Vatican Museums, enjoying a Cultural Insight into the great men whose astonishing works were said to have been inspired by the divine. See Bramante's smooth and step-less spiral staircase, the magnificent frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà during our visit to St. Peter's Basilica. We tread in the footsteps of gladiators, slaves, merchants and royalty, crossing the Tiber River into Imperial Rome to visit the ancient Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. Imagine crowds of enthusiastic onlookers cheering their chariot racers to victory at the Circus Maximus before the rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure discovering more of the city or relaxing at a sidewalk café and watching the frenetic pace of Rome.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. The cobblestone streets and charming '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 to the fascinating excavations at the tragic city of Pompeii, near the Bay of Naples.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Today we meander north to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Join your Local Specialist for a visit to the Basilica, the final resting place of this famous saint. Our final stop in Assisi is Giotto's enchanting frescoes before continuing our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to the picturesque Renaissance city of Florence.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Ambasciatori
  6. Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-colored marble Duomo and Baptistery. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic center of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the de' Medicis at every turn.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. 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. Our unforgettable encounter with Tuscany continues this evening during a special Be My Guest dinner at a Tuscan organic olive oil estate.

     

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
  8. Traveling north, through the Apennines, we arrive in 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 which you will have an opportunity to explore on your own terms this evening. Glide along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet 'campi' before dining tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Boscolo Bellini
  9. Savor the unforgettable sights 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. Encounter the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing during a Cultural Insight on Giudecca Island before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark's Square or consider a boat trip to the colorful fishing Island of Burano for a delicious meal.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  10. Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today during a leisurely stroll from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge, where we will join a guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, which will bring all the flavors of Italy to life at a centuries-old food market. Ambling through the narrow 'calle' of Venice, we admire the beautiful architecture, including 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 capitals comes to an end this evening as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. For now it's time to say a fond 'arrivederci' to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavors. Return transfers will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9:30am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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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.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $86 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.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

BE MY GUEST

  • Enjoy local Tuscan cuisine with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' and 'Tea with Mussolini'

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 SPECIALISTS

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

HIDDEN TREASURE

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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
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Reviews

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Rosa Estrada
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Service rating : 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.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Anthony Cipriano
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Service rating : alissia was excellent
Vacation : too much trying to sell me stuff besides side trips
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Marilyn Ehrenreich
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Service rating : 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.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Michael Amundson
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Service rating : 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.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Rebecca Amundson
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Service rating : 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.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Lenard Posner
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Service rating : 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!
Monday, July 2, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : 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.
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Melvyn Klein
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Service rating : Have worked with David Frantella on many trips. He is excellent and clearly has a customer-service approach to meeting our interests and needs. On many occasions my wife and I have recommended GET to friends and family....Our guided tour director, Rosella, was exceptional, however, constantly pushing the "optional experiences" takes too much time away from learning more about culture, history, and importance of the places we visit. Local experts are very good, but, as the tour director, her supplemental information and insights (shared during hours on the bus, wuld have been time well-spent....M. S. Klein
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your recommendations and your repeat business! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Great Italian Cities trip and look forward to helping you plan the next one!
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation : Two reservations: 1) not confident that we consistently get the best airfares available, and 2) the commercial aspects of the "optional experiences" has become increasingly too much a focus of the tour directors.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Ruth Wells
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Service rating : Well. Originally my trip was planned for a direct flight from Venice to Chicago. I I noticed a change in the itinerary from an email. I called Rob and he said not to worry. However there was a change in the itinerary it did make a stop. I found out at the airport that there were no direct flights on Sunday. As it turned out we waited at the airport because the flight from Venice was delayed we had to stay overnight and ended up coming home the next day . And that's exactly what I did not want to happen . If Rob would have told me that I would have stayed one more night in Venice and come back on Monday. So next time I'll use a real travel agent. The trip with Trafalgar was very nice I will book directly through them next time. I will also book my own airfare like Inormally do. So in conclusion I would not recommend your company and I will never book with you again. On the bright side the cities of Venice and Rome and Florence were beautiful. I plan to go to Italy once a year the rest of my life but never with your company.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Please accept our apologies for the lack of communication regarding your return flight schedule. It looks as if we had originally booked a nonstop return flight for you however, American Airlines changed their schedule and there was no longer a nonstop option. It looks as if the airline had mechanical issues causing you to have to overnight unexpectedly. This of course is completely out of our control, but we do apologize nonetheless. We are glad to see that you arrived home safely and did bring back some happy memories from Italy.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation : The cities were beautiful however the return flight was not
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Christine Harper
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Service rating : GET did a great job coordinating a wonderful vacation through Italy. I would highly recommend them, and would use their services for future traveling adventures.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so happy to hear that we could help make your Italy vacation wonderful. Thank you for your comments and for being a part of our travel family!
Monday, June 25, 2018
Vacation : GET made planning a vacation very easy.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Sandra Granger
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Service rating : The tour director, Guiseppe was outstanding. So full of personality and just a delight to be around. He really cared about our well being! This was our first tour and we didn’t know what to expect but this tour exceeded our expectations. I do think that more of the optionals should have been included with the tour pkg rather than having to pay addl monies for them. The included portions as a whole were much less interesting so naturally we picked addl options as well. Another plus were the very helpful tour guides in the various cities as well as very knowledgeable. We would probably use your company again. Again, shout out to Guiseppe!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Our optional experiences are designed to complement our itineraries and offer our guests the flexibility to tailor their vacation to their own preferences. Some of our guests prefer to use this time to explore independently and at their own leisure or just relax at the hotel. We are happy to see that overall you enjoyed Italy!
Monday, June 25, 2018
Vacation : I did already as indicated above.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
James Frier Jr
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Service rating : The entire GET trip was extremely well planned and executed. The trip was really interesting and lots of fun! Our tour director was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable. All aspects of our trip would be rated first class!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your travel experience. We're so pleased to hear we could help make your Italian vacation go as smoothly as possible. Happy travels!
Monday, June 25, 2018
Vacation : Our GET trip was very reasonably priced. GET also got us a great deal on airline tickets as well.
Monday, May 21, 2018
George Walton
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Service rating : First trip to Italy. Wonderful Tour Director. Amazing bus driver. Local guides were extremely knowledgeable and informative. Delighted we booked the tour and let someone else handle the details. We were able to enjoy the moment. Already planning our next adventure with GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to hear that you first trip to Italy was a big success!  Thank you for your business and here's to your next adventure!
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Vacation : Great value. More than we expected for the money.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Lynn Walsh
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Service rating : Loved the guide, she was lovely, but there were a few things that I was not a fan, one, no iron in the hotels, two the hotels could of been better, and three there was no air conditioning in Venice, and it was so hot and humid, that was totally unacceptable!!!
Vacation : For the money I thought the hotels could of been better!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Eric Gruber
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Service rating : Had a blast! Marisa Anderton was an awesome guide. Pietro the driver was great. Both very professional and helpful. I would do another trip with either one without hesitation. I thought the pace of the trip was good. I got to see all the things I wanted to see. This was my first time in Europe and they made the experience a great one. Thanks again.
Vacation : Had great rooms and the package included enough options and free time.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Reliable, dependable, trustworthy. GET delivers as promised.
Vacation : Essence of Italy in good time. No skimming of essentials.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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Service rating : Amazing service
Vacation : It is worthy to spend the money.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Suman Sharma
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Service rating : This was not a leisurely paced tour as advertised.By the end of the tour we would have climbed literally thousands of steps. Some people skipped a couple of events because they were exhausted.My wife had to spend a day to recover during the trip. On one option excursion the instruction whether to return to the hotel and assemble there was not clear. I ended up in an event thinking it was part of the planned tour. I had not signed up for the excursion.I was of the impression that the bus would take me to the hotel so that I could have joined my wife and did our own thing. Because of this confusion I ended up paying 42 Euros.The rear steps to get into and out of the bus are very steep.The last step in the front of the bus is too high off the sidewalk. One literally had to jump to get outside.
Response from Grand European Travel:
All of our trips require a great deal of walking.  The Leisurely Paced category refers to the number of stays in each city, usually 2-3 night stays versus 1-2 night stays.  We're very sorry if this was not made clear to you when you booked with us.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Vacation : Don’t understand question
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Theodore Kleiman
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Service rating : guide and director of tour, hotel selection and very good meals, sites visited and excellent local experts, attempts to handle all our needs. WE just had a ball! Terrific bus driver and baggage handling. It was everything we expected..
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed our Great Italian Cities guided vacation and the service you received from your Travel Director and Driver.  
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Vacation : See my prior comments on excellent meals, guides, tour director especially, hotels, baggage handling, sites and tours selected.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Gail Story
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Service rating : Muris our gu ide made sure we were well informed where ever we went. He was kind ,funny and made our trip what it was. BRAVO!!!!
Vacation : Beautiful experience hope to do it again
Monday, October 16, 2017
Paul Pietrzykowski
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Service rating : Very good experience. Great communication.
Vacation : Very good value for what we did
Friday, October 13, 2017
Lillian Mackarey
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Service rating : I would definitely recommend & travel with Grand European again. Our guides were very knowledgeable & the accommodations were very nice. The places that we saw were magnificent. The coach driver was very courteous & patiently waited for everyone.
Vacation : Our tour specialist was very knowledgeable
Monday, October 9, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : The trip was wonderful, our tour director Muris K was fabulous, just the best and would love to take another trip with him as the director again. Our drivers were excellent, felt very safe. Our hotels both in Rome and Florence at the Grand Palatino were also excellent. Our hotel in Venice could have been better. The hotel staff was a bit rude, both behind the desk and wait staff in the dining area. The hotel room itself was large and beds comfortable but the lighting was very poor, very dark. One corner where the suitcases went and the clothing was hung up had no lighting in the area at all. It was if they were trying to save on electricity. Aside from the hotel in Venice the trip was the best. I have taken other tours with other travel companies and I must say this was a 5 star! I'm so glad I went with GET!
Vacation : Great trip, great sites to see and people were wonderful to share the trip with.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Carrie Dira
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Service rating : The trip was wonderful. The tour director was knowledgible and very patient.
Vacation : Great trip, great value!!
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Kathleen Shirk
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Service rating : Trafalgar gave us an excellent tour guide. He made us feel well cared for and was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his country.
Vacation : I loved that we didn't have to pack up and move to a new hotel every day. Yet we took side trips and saw quite a lot.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Billie Slifer
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Service rating : The tours that were included and the optional tours were excellent. Saw so much & learned so much. Specialists were all so nice and funny and well informed.
Vacation : Great vacation and a great experience.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Robert Willis
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Service rating : Nice trip, excellent guide and host. Only problem i encountered was spending one night in venice at one hotel and then changing to another hotel for 2 nights. The local guides were very good also.
Vacation : good value for the money.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Christine Bigelow
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Service rating : This was our first tour -- Grand European Travel and Trafalgar were excellent. The Travel Director was outstanding -- knowledgeable, enthusiastic, personal, helpful, informative, and humorous. The local specialists were good. The pace of this package was just right -- walking, time spent in each location, side trips and experiences -- all good. Grand European Travel's arrangements made it easy -- good communication, correct documents and clear instructions...all received well in advance of the trip. The website provided good travel tips, too. The only negative was the very short layover in Paris CDC (Venice to Paris to LAX) -- 1 hour and 20 minutes was barely enough time to get through customs and catch our connecting flight...not even time for a restroom stop...just running through the airport! We'll definitely consider using Grand European Travel and Trafalgar on future trips.
Vacation : Optional Experiences: Pompei/Naples - excellent tour, time for browsing and shopping San Gimignano - great Medieval city Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica - very ornate palace; St. Mark's was the best church we saw -- great mosaics
Monday, September 25, 2017
Pamela Berkihiser
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Service rating : The tour was excellent, however, the optional tours with local tour guides was not enjoyable. The tour itself was excellent, but the local tour guides were hard to understand and provide way too much information that is uninteresting. We were all interested in hearing the most important points about the location, but not the useful information they provided. Yes I would definitely book with them again, but hope they will rethink the local tour guides or at least how much time is given to them.
Vacation : Great tour. Italy was amazing.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
John Corso
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Service rating : I would definitely travel with them again. The only complaint I had was with the information provided upon arrival at Rome airport. It was confusing.
Vacation : It was beyond my expectations
Monday, August 21, 2017
Minerva Lockery
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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
Roland Beurer
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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
Argelis Hipp
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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 .
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write.  We will share your comments with Nick and the rest of the GET team.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Maryann Ward
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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
Debra Hatz
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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.
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
Vacation : So well planned and included experiences I never dreamed of!
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Carol Heckert
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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
Bill Landrum
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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
Glen Russo
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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.
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
Vacation : this was the best of Italy, great optional trips and perfect amount of time at each.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Trusted Customer
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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
Mary Provence
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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
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
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  • 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.

    Florence

    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.

    Venice

    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.  

    Rome

    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 24 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.

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