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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Grand Canal, Venice
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $2,696 per person

The tragic story of Pompeii takes center stage on this journey from Rome, south to the trendy Amalfi Coast and north to Venice via Florence. Take a walking tour past the ruins of the Amphitheater, Temple of Apollo and Basilica, and hear how the 79AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city, fatally claiming its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Ease into la dolce vita and embrace excess on this At Leisure jaunt through the highlights of Italy, which begins in Rome. On arrival to 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. Spend the day soaking up its sumptuous flavors and striking cityscape before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception. We enjoy a leisurely orientation through the city this evening to see such highlights as St. Peter's Basilica, crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome before our gentle meander through Italy begins.

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  3. Journey to the Vatican City this morning in the company of a Local Specialist who will help you uncover the extraordinary masterpieces created by artists inspired by the Divine. We venture into Ancient Rome, to the site of exhilarating chariot races and visit inside the imposing Colosseum after which we have time to explore this glorious city on our own terms. Walk up the Palatine Hill to the ruins of Flavian Palace, see the House of Nero and the ruins of Trajan's baths, or visit the Castel Sant'Angelo, built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian centuries ago.
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  4. Discover why the Italians say "it is sweet doing nothing" spending your day watching Rome's beautiful people embrace life lived to its fullest in the exquisite Piazza Navona. Delve into the treasures spanning millennia – the fascinating museums, churches, gardens and architecture that remain as the enduring symbols of a powerful city. Or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d'Este.
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  5. Today we pay homage at the Commonwealth War Cemetery to the thousands of brave souls whose final resting place was the battlefield of Monte Cassino and view the 6th century Abbey that was destroyed during World War II. We venture south, to a city frozen in time, joining a Small Group Sightseeing tour through the excavations of Pompeii that yield the tragic story of a once vibrant city engulfed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Wander down the stone avenues past such sights as the Amphitheater, Forum and Temple of Apollo. We arrive later at our hotel on the iconic Mediterranean Amalfi Coast where we'll dine tonight.
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    hotel:San Pietro
  6. Today is yours to explore, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the beautiful clifftop seaside villages of the Amalfi Coast – clamber up the stairs of Positano, soak up the extraordinary beauty of Ravello that has long inspired musicians, writers and artists, and smell the fresh scents of lemons as you meander alongside cliffside terraces and indulge in the picture-perfect setting. After a day of sightseeing, spend a relaxing evening sipping limoncello and watching the sky light up in glorious pinks, yellows and blues over the Bay of Salerno.
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  7. This morning, we have free time to wander around the medieval town of Amalfi and its spectacular 11th century Romanesque Cathedral of Sant'Andrea, the campanile and convent of the Cappuccini. Later, we set sail to the glamorous Island of Capri, ascending to Capri Town by funiculare for a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist who will share magnificent views of the charming Marina Piccola and famous Piazzetta, the heart and soul of this beautiful town.
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  8. From Amalfi, we travel north through the rolling green and golden landscape of Umbria into scenic Tuscany before arriving in the Renaissance city of Florence. Spend this evening at leisure, ambling along the picturesque Arno River, enjoying the famous city skyline at night from Piazzale Michelangelo, or indulging in the finest antipasti in town.
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  9. Experience a city renowned for its art, architecture and cultural treasures, which you will have an opportunity to explore with your Local Specialist who will show you the city highlights including views of the exquisite marble Duomo and Baptistery. Wander through the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine political life since the 14th century with its amazing sculptures and prominent Palazzo Vecchio overlooking the square. Later join your companions for an authentic Be My Guest dinner at an unforgettable castle venue set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate.
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  10. The breathtaking scenery follows our journey north, across the Appenines via Bologna to the family home of the notorious d'Este family in Ferrara, a charming Renaissance city set within medieval walls. We continue meandering north to our stop for the next two nights, the exquisite Queen of the Adriatic.
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    hotel:Principe/Amadeus
  11. Glide through the bustling canals of Venice on board a private launch to experience the extraordinary sights and sounds of this island city. Experience first-hand the centuries-old craft of glassmaking during an unforgettable Cultural Insight on the island of Giudecca, before arriving at the gateway to the city, St. Mark's Square. Our love affair with Venice continues as we view St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, before enjoying a Farewell Dinner with our Travel Director and newfound friends to toast to the delicious flavors of Italy.
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  12. For now our leisurely encounter with an extraordinary destination has come to an end. Return transfers will arrive at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Conditions apply.

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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 $750 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $120 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $100 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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Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet, explore the castle dungeons, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting

Cultural Insight

  • 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 Pompeii with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Florence
  • Orientation of Amalfi Town, Venice
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum in Rome, the ruins of Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri, private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • View the ancient sites in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey in Cassino, the Duomo in Florence, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica
  • See the home of the d'Este family in Ferrara

Reviews

Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Service rating : good customer service.Total price of vacation was $1700 more than a couple we met had paid for the same tour.They booked directly through Trafalgar and were on the same round trip direct flight to and from JFK.
Vacation : Over paid,see above comments.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
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Service rating : Our Travel Director, Patrizia Tocco was so friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed her stories! Our accommodations were varied and excellent. I would highly recommend Grand European Travel to anyone looking for a complete packet of activities and friendly people!
Vacation : I thought the prices were fair and full of value.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Service rating : Great staff all around at GET & Trafalardar. Reservation & discussions process very easy & informative, plane tickets reservations done well too. Maurice the travel director exceeded all expectations of caring about every one's needs.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Vacation : Hotels in Venice, Florence, Miori were great but in Rome needed some maintenance but it was clean.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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  • 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 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.

Amalfi

Explore Ravello

Adult Price: € 40

Join us on a trip to the balcony of the Amalfi coast. Ravello is perched high above the terraced groves with breathtaking views. Your Local Specialist will show you the gardens of the Villa Rufolo, which inspired Wagner, and you’ll have free time to visit the 11th century cathedral.

The Highlights of Capri

Adult Price: € 58

Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. You'll cruise around the island and visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe, whose gardens are rated amongst the finest in Europe. The tour will finish at the elevated village of Anacapri. A light lunch will replace the cruise in the event of bad weather.

Dinner On The Amalfi Coast

Adult Price: € 64

Come with us for a short drive to a restaurant we know and love on the Amalfi Coast. You'll get to try some locally-loved dishes and drinks, all served alongside Neapolitan hospitality and beautiful views.

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Adult Price: € 46

Join us as we take in delightful villages and spectacular scenery along the incredible Amalfi Coast. You’ll visit the celebrated town of Positano, which is also a Unesco World Heritage site. There will be time to shop for local goods or enjoy a drink in a cafe overlooking the beach.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Florence

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.

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.

Rome

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.

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.

Tivoli And Gardens Of The Villa D’Este

Adult Price: € 45

Visit the ancient Sabine town of Tivoli to enjoy the gardens and fountains of the Villa D’Este. You’ll get to see its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, and the Dragon Fountain of the Organ.

Inside The Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel

Adult Price: € 54

Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You’ll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 4 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Venice

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.

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Adult Price: € 36

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

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.

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