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Landmarks of Italy – the Vatican, marble Duomo and Doge's Palace – are the highlights of this journey through the birthplace of culture. Admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling, the idyllic beauty of Lake Como and stop in Verona to see Shakespeare's Juliet balcony and the 2,000-year-old Roman arena. You'll also savor the tastes of Bologna and wander through St. Francis' hometown, Assisi.
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. Tread in the footsteps of emperors and slaves, through the annuls of history that span millennia – 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 terms before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers 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.
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 vacation. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Conditions apply.
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|19 Apr 18||29 Apr 18||$2,795$2,516pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Apr 18||6 May 18||$2,795$2,516pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|3 May 18||13 May 18||$2,875$2,588pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
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|24 May 18||3 Jun 18||$2,875$2,588pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|31 May 18||10 Jun 18||$2,850$2,565pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Jun 18||17 Jun 18||$2,850$2,565pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|14 Jun 18||24 Jun 18||$2,825$2,543pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|21 Jun 18||1 Jul 18||$2,825$2,543pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|28 Jun 18||8 Jul 18||$2,825$2,543pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|5 Jul 18||15 Jul 18||$2,825$2,543pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|12 Jul 18||22 Jul 18||$2,825$2,543pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|19 Jul 18||29 Jul 18||$2,750$2,475pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Jul 18||5 Aug 18||$2,750$2,475pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Aug 18||12 Aug 18||$2,725$2,453pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Aug 18||19 Aug 18||$2,775$2,498pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Call 1-877-622-9109|
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|23 Aug 18||2 Sep 18||$2,775$2,498pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|30 Aug 18||9 Sep 18||$2,825$2,543pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Sep 18||16 Sep 18||$2,850$2,565pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
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|11 Oct 18||21 Oct 18||$2,795$2,516pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
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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 $620 p.p.
Triple Room Discount: $90 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $97 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 Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7:00 am and 9:30 am.
Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, and can be combined with a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
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.
Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to 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 reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
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.
Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum.When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.
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 center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Spend a lighthearted 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.
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.
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-colored houses - a real photographer's paradise.
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.
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.
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