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Italian Discovery

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,995 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Aerial view of Assisi, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City ...more Italy, Vatican City

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Turin, Milan, Como, Venice, Verona, Bologna, Ferrara, Assisi ...more Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Turin, Milan, Como, Venice, Verona, Bologna, Ferrara, Assisi
  1. Day 1 Ciao Rome

    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 Discover Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    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 sights 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 Onwards to 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, enjoy some free time on your own before this evening, we Connect With Locals during dinner at a Be My Guest experience with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Ambasciatori
  4. Day 4 Admire Pisa and on to 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 Journey to Lake Como and 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 Off to Historic Verona and Venice

    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 Lido
  7. Day 7 Explore the Floating City

    Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand the exquisite tradition of Venetian glassblowing - a tradition that spans centuries. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to preserve this age-old tradition passed down through the generations. You’ll be tempted to buy a souvenir to remind you of their skill and talent after watching them work their magic. Later, 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, seeking out a quiet bacaro for some of the famous refreshing Venetian Spritz, which the locals love to take the edge of the heat of the afternoon.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Continue to Beautiful 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 Venture to Assisi on the Return to 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 Farewell 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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Italian Discovery
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 9 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Turin and Venice
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, a glassblowing factory in Venice, 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 and the Kissing Towers in Bologna
  • Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy a local Tuscan Be My Guest dinner 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'.
  • Dive into Culture Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
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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
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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.
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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.
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Thank you for sharing about your trip and thanks for being a part of our travel family.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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We certainly feel that we were well taken care of.
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