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Italian Concerto

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $3,525 per person
Grand Canal, Venice

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, River Tiber, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Castel Sant Angelo, Piazza Navona, Amalfi, Marina Piccola Bay, Piazzetta, Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Venice, St Marks Basilica, St Marks Square, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs ...more Rome, River Tiber, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Castel Sant Angelo, Piazza Navona, Amalfi, Marina Piccola Bay, Piazzetta, Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Venice, St Marks Basilica, St Marks Square, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

    Embrace excess on this At Leisure jaunt through the highlights of Italy, which begins in Rome. Spend the day soaking up its vibrant atmosphere before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception. We enjoy a leisurely orientation through the city this evening, venture into Ancient Rome before our journey through Italy begins.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Villafranca
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Explore the Vatican City this morning with a Local Specialist who will reveal all the highlights of St. Peter's Basilica. We venture into Ancient Rome next, to admire where exhilarating chariot races were once held, and pay a visit to the imposing Colosseum. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore on your own. From Roman ruins to Renaissance Palazzi - Rome has it all.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome At Leisure

    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 city. Delve into its treasures spanning millennia - the museums, churches, gardens and architecture that remain as enduring symbols of a powerful city. Or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d'Este Gardens.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Amalfi Coast (Maiori) (3 Nights)

    Today we pay homage to the thousands of brave souls whose final resting place is the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino. View the 6th-century Abbey that was destroyed during World War II, before venturing south to a city frozen in time. Join 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. Wander down the stone avenues past such sights as the Forum and Temple of Apollo. We arrive later at our hotel on the iconic Mediterranean Amalfi Coast where we'll dine tonight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel San Pietro/Pietra di Luna
  5. Day 5 Amalfi Coast At Leisure

    Indulge in a full free day at leisure. Consider joining an Optional Experience along the Amalfi Coast to the beautiful clifftop seaside village of Positano, a true painter's paradise. You could also choose to soak up the extraordinary beauty of the clifftop village of Ravello which has long inspired musicians, writers and artists. Smell the fresh scents of lemons as you stroll along cliffside terraces and indulge in the picture-perfect setting. After a day of sightseeing, spend a relaxing evening sipping limoncello and watching the Mediterranean sky light up in glorious pinks, yellows and blues.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Amalfi Town and Isle of Capri Excursion

    This morning, we have some free time to stroll around the medieval town of Amalfi and see its spectacular 11th-century Romanesque Cathedral of Sant'Andrea and Campanile. Later, we set sail to the glamorous Island of Capri, ascending to Capri Town by funicular for a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist who will share views of the Piazzetta, the heart and soul of this beautiful town.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Amalfi Coast (Maiori) – Florence (2 Nights)

    From the Amalfi Coast, we travel north through the rolling green and golden landscape of Umbria into scenic Tuscany before arriving in the Renaissance city of Florence. You'll have a free evening to amble along the Arno River, admire the famous city skyline at night from Piazzale Michelangelo, or indulge in the finest antipasti in town.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  8. Day 8 Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Delve into the history of a city renowned for its art, architecture and cultural treasures. Join your Local Specialist for a city sightseeing tour, including views of the exquisite marble Duomo, Baptistery and Ponte Vecchio. Wander through the Piazza della Signoria, the centre of Florentine political life since the 14th century with its prominent Palazzo Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner at a castle set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  9. Day 9 Florence – Venice (2 Nights)

    A leisurely start to your day could see you visit the Accademia Gallery in Florence to see Michelangelo's David. Continue north bound for Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic and our home for the next two nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Principe/Amadeus
  10. Day 10 Venice Orientation and At Leisure

    Glide through the bustling canals of Venice on board a private launch. 'Dive Into Culture', witnessing first-hand the centuries-old craft of glassmaking 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 flavours of Italy.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. Day 11 Depart Venice

    For now our leisurely encounter with an extraordinary destination has come to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence
  • ORIENTATION of Amalfi Town and Venice
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum in Rome, the ruins of Pompeii and the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino
  • CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • VIEW the ancient sites in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey in Cassino, the Duomo in Florence and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING a guided walking tour of Pompeii with a group size of no more than 25 guests.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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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

Inside The Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel

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 four 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.
Adult Price: €55

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.
Adult Price: €49

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: €33

Tivoli And Gardens Of The Villa D’Este

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.
Adult Price: €45

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast and Positano

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.
Adult Price: €46

Explore Ravello

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.
Adult Price: €40

The Highlights of Capri

Why not take in more amazing views of Capri by joining us as we ascend to Anacapri? Here, on the highest part of the island, you'll have the option of visiting the Villa and spectacular gardens of Swedish Doctor Axel Munthe or you can choose to head to the summit of ‘Monte Solaro” by cable car for a 360 degree view of the island.
Adult Price: €41

Dinner On The Amalfi Coast

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.
Adult Price: €64

Florence

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
Adult Price: €65

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
Adult Price: €65

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.
Adult Price: €36

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: €70

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

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.
Adult Price: €36

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: €72

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Andrew Esposito
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Service
While we had a good time, and enjoyed it overall, we were very disappointed in all of the "optional experiences" - not the experiences themselves, but the fact that they were add-ons that should have been included in the first place. Factor in those packages and build them into the price, even if it means the overall price would be slightly greater. And as to whether we would recommend GET, we now realize the trip was really a Trafalgar trip, and GET is merely a subcontractor, which means you make a profit on top of whatever the Trafalgar deal was. I would need convincing that a GET deal was less than Trafalgar's deal.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback very much. All of trips are designed to have a balance of included sightseeing and free time or Optional Experiences. This is standard with most Tour Companies unless you pay a much higher overall price for your trip that includes these experiences. GET is not a subcontractor for Trafalgar. We are owned by the same company and our pricing is the same. Although by booking with us and being an AARP member, you did receive an additional discount that you would not have received if booking with Trafalgar directly. So happy that you enjoyed yourself on the trip overall.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Vacation
As noted, my overall consideration of the value of this purchase was marred by the excessive amount of add-ons, like selling someone a car without the tires. "Got a great deal on the car, but if I want to drive it, " you'll need to buy some tires." However, I must add that our tour director, Antonio Abbruzzese, was incredibly helpful, informative, accommodating, and was a major factor in creating a wonderful enjoyable trip.
Lisa Levy
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Service
Booking was easy and reps were always available and helpful when we had to book airfare.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your experience! We'll pass your comments on to our Travel Specialist, they'll be happy to hear they helped make your trip as hassle-free as possible. We'll pass on your comments concerning timing to the Operations team. Happy travels!
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Vacation
Loved the itinerary. Did not like that our day in Florance was a Monday, when all the museums are closed. Would have preferred one less day on the Amalfi Coast to be able to visit the Florance museums.
Robert Sweeney Jr
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Service
Overall the experience was great, the only negative I would have is with the level of the tour described as "Leisurely". It was a fast paste tour that covered a lot of ground.
Vacation
When adding in all the optional tours available the tour got pricey.
Kenneth Bassett
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Service
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.
Sally Young
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Service
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.
Gene Kogan
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Service
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.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when we can exceed your expectations.  Thank you for taking the time to write.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Vacation
Hotels in Venice, Florence, Miori were great but in Rome needed some maintenance but it was clean.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Service
Top Notch !!!
Vacation
Excellent
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Service
All aspects of services provided was extremely high.
Vacation
Guides, drivers, and the tour was all top notch.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Service
Well planned, good variety of activities to choose from
Vacation
Same as above Sally Reynolds was a great tour guide! Always aware of any special needs.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Service
Excellant tour guides, very good pace
Vacation
Excellent
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