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Italian Discovery

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,606 per person

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Florence, Turin, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Assisi ...more Rome, Florence, Turin, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Assisi
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Tread in the footsteps of emperors and slaves - your first encounter with intoxicating Italy is the 'Eternal City' and its glorious past which you will have an opportunity to explore on your own before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. This evening, we enjoy an enchanting antipasto of our Italian Discovery during an orientation drive past some of the city's most famous sights.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Villafranca
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Our exploration of Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we have priority admission, allowing entry to view the masterpieces collected by Popes throughout the centuries. 'Dive Into Culture' during an included sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist', admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Crossing the Tiber, we venture to Ancient Rome to see where hundreds of thousands of spectators would cheer chariot riders to victory at Circus Maximus followed by a visit to the imposing Colosseum. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the magnificent sites of what was once the capital of the world, or kick back in a piazza soaking up the aromas of fine coffee while you watch the world go by.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Florence

    Today we drive north through rolling Tuscan landscapes to the Renaissance city of Florence. Beauty and artistry seep through the walls of the city's exquisite palazzi, churches and bridges. Embark on a walking tour with your 'Local Specialist'. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, which once lay at the heart of the flourishing Florentine Republic, then admire the exquisite marble Duomo and famous Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Later, we enjoy some free time on your own before this evening, we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner set against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Ambasciatori
  4. Day 4 Florence – Pisa – Turin

    A short journey brings us to Pisa and its Square of Miracles, home to the famous Leaning Tower, ornate Baptistery and Cathedral. We continue northwards, past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resort hubs of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa in Liguria before arriving in sophisticated Turin. This afternoon, we venture through the grand boulevards of this aristocratic city during an orientation drive which will reveal the impressive Castello del Valentino and Po River, the longest in Italy.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Concord
  5. Day 5 Turin – Lake Como – Milan

    We leave Turin and continue to the Italian lakes for a stop at Lake Como. Then it's on to the economic powerhouse that is Milan, where we'll enjoy a walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' to explore the city's spectacular sights. We view the ornate Duomo, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, the ancient Galleria shopping arcade and the celebrated La Scala Opera House. This evening, join your companions for a delicious Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Starhotels Business Palace
  6. Day 6 Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

    Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers feature on our stop in Verona where we'll view Juliet's Balcony and the first-century ancient Roman arena still in use today. Crossing the Veneto plains, we arrive in what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, enchanting Venice.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Viktoria Palace
  7. Day 7 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    'Dive Into Culture' and witness first-hand the exquisite tradition of Venetian glassblowing - a tradition that spans centuries. Board a private launch and cruise to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square - our introduction to such sights as the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Enjoy free time to explore Venice. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys, over its bridges and into quiet squares.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Venice – Ferrara – Bologna

    Visit the Renaissance city of Ferrara, before arriving in Bologna - perhaps more famous for its gourmet achievements than being the site of the oldest university in Europe. Join a 'Local Specialist' to explore the sights, including Neptune's fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Of course, a visit to the home of tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelle and ragù would be incomplete without taking time to sample its delicious cuisine. Buon appetito!

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Best Western Plus Tower
  9. Day 9 Bologna – Assisi – Rome

    Today, we cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the mystical town of Assisi. Come face-to-face with the legacy of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan Order, during a walking tour of his home town with a 'Local Specialist'. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see his tomb, before returning to Rome past the scenic hill-town of Orte. Tonight, we celebrate a journey of discovery through Italy during a Farewell Dinner with our companions and Travel Director.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel A.Roma Lifestyle
  10. Day 10 Depart Rome

    Our journey together has come to an end so for now it's a fond arrivederci to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Italian Discovery
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • ORIENTATION of Turin and Venice
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the medieval city of Ferrara and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lake Como, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Kissing Towers in Bologna
  • SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

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

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.
Adult Price: €61

Florence

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47

Turin

Italy's Unknown Capital

From its elegant cafes to its royal palaces and baroque churches, Italy's first capital has endless treasures waiting to be discovered. Your Local Specialist will reveal the secrets of its Savoy past on a passeggiata with a special surprise treat.
Adult Price: €31

Como

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.
Adult Price: €39

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the highlights of Milan, including the famous La Scala Opera House, which is still the World's most famous for performing artists and public alike. Afterwards, you’ll visit another of the city’s highlights with our Local Specialist who will bring to life Milan’s eventful history.
Adult Price: €45

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

Bologna

Bologna Gourmet Dinner

Drive with us through the Bolognese countryside to reach our restaurant in a popular local winery. We will enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner of seasonal local specialties and a selection of wines from the Emilia-Romagna region, known as the gastronomic centre of Italy.
Adult Price: €63

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Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
Everything went well. Especially with my flight. I was cared for very well.
Vacation
My trip was very good. I got an opportunity to experience many of the cities in Italy. The hotels, excursions, food,transportation was great.
Zaynab Al-Khayat
Monday, October 8, 2018
Service
Great trip coordination, visited lots of places in 10 days, great choice of hotels and restaurants and punctual flights. The hotel in Rome however (Cicerone) was outdated and noisy.
Vacation
The trip is well worth every penny. I will definitely choose GET for future purchases.
Jimmie Mclamb
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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We love Grand European Traveling, The trips are always full of great experiences but, it is a little fast paced. We wish some places could have more time allotted for exploring.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing about your trip and thanks for being a part of our travel family.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Vacation
We certainly feel that we were well taken care of.
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