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Italian Glory

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,925 per person
Amalfi, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Florence, Amalfi Coast, Milan, Como, Venice ...more Rome, Florence, Amalfi Coast, Milan, Como, Venice
  1. Day 1 Arrive Milan – Como (2 Nights)

    Stylish Milan is our launch pad to the Lake District where we spend the first night of our At Leisure jaunt through Italy. After arriving in Como, unwind and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Admire the mesmerising reflection of the surrounding peaks in its deep blue waters which makes this one of Italy's most soul-stirring settings. Enjoy a leisurely stroll past exquisite lakeside villas and gardens before meeting your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Barchetta Excelsior
  2. Day 2 Milan Excursion

    The runways of Milan take centre stage today as we explore the fashion capital of Italy. Join a Local Specialist to see the iconic and unexpected highlights of this hard-working city. View the exquisite Gothic architecture of the Duomo, with its massive stained glass windows, the neo-classical La Scala and ornate Galleria with its imposing iron and glass-domed roof - of course, all in the company of the trendsetting Milanese.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Como – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

    The tragic story of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers is revealed during our visit to romantic Verona, where we will have an opportunity to view Juliet's Balcony and the ancient Roman Arena, still in use today. Indulge in a leisurely cappuccino stop in the city's beautiful Piazza Bra, admiring the imposing bronze statue of King Victor Emanuel II. Or shop up a storm on trendy Via Mazzini before continuing to Venice, where we will spend the next two nights.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel Le Boulevard
  4. Day 4 Venice Orientation and At Leisure

    Glide through the canals of Venice by private launch visiting some of the jewels in the crown of the Queen of the Adriatic. We travel to Giudecca Island to 'Dive Into Culture', witnessing the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking. Then it's on to St. Mark's Square to admire the profound beauty of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. See the Bridge of Sighs, so named because of the sound prisoners would make when taking one last longing look at their beloved city before being imprisoned. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, or consider an Optional Experience to the colourful fishing island of Burano.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Venice – Florence (2 Nights)

    From Venice, we cross the Apennine Mountains to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Consider joining your Travel Director for a traditional Florentine dinner in the heart of Chianti Hills.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  6. Day 6 Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

    This morning we join a Local Specialist on a leisurely walking tour to delve into the culture and history of Florence. We'll visit the Piazza del Duomo to view the multi-coloured marble Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite art and palazzi, and the 674-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge which straddles the Arno River. Admire spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. This afternoon, consider an Optional Experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo's 'David'. Join your fellow travellers this evening for an opportunity to 'Connect With Locals' during a Be My Guest dinner at a castle set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  7. Day 7 Florence – Amalfi Coast (Maiori) (3 Nights)

    Journey south through the Arno Valley, passing the Bay of Naples bound for Maiori on the Amalfi Coast, where we will spend the next three nights. This evening we dine at our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel San Pietro/Pietra di Luna
  8. Day 8 Amalfi Coast (Maiori) - Amalfi Town Excursion

    This morning travel to Amalfi, perched perfectly on this dramatic stretch of coastline. See the 11th-century Sant'Andrea cathedral in the heart of the town, with its beautifully striped Byzantine façade, and soak up the laidback atmosphere. You'll also have time to join an Optional Experience to Positano.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Amalfi Coast At Leisure

    Relax at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast or wander past fragrant lemon terraces. You have a full free day to indulge in your heart's desires - consider a fresh seafood lunch, from sea to table, or take a dip in the welcoming, warm Mediterranean waters.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Amalfi Coast (Maiori) – Pompeii – Rome (3 Nights)

    Embark on a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour and discover the lost city of Pompeii, which was buried under volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Continue to the Eternal City of Rome later, enjoying views of the 6th-century Benedictine Abbey in Cassino en route. Spend the evening exploring the extraordinary heritage of Rome, which spans millennia, or consider an Optional Experience to see the exquisite art and architecture of what was once the capital of the world.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  11. Day 11 Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure

    Spend the morning in the Vatican City with a Local Specialist, visiting the imposing St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà. Consider an Optional Experience to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with its exquisite frescoed ceilings crafted by Michelangelo. Then, cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see the Circus Maximus, once the site of exhilarating chariot races that entertained thousands, and visit the impressive Colosseum. This afternoon we have time to explore the city on our own terms. Perhaps toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your return to Rome, soak up the coffee aromas on Piazza Navona or wander through the ruins of Palatine Hill.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Rome At Leisure

    Indulge in a full free day to explore the passionate embrace of the city and its zesty locals. Ease into la dolce vita, or consider an Optional Experience to Tivoli, where you can visit Villa d'Este with its magnificent Renaissance gardens and exquisite fountains. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and your Travel Director before bidding arrivederci to Rome.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. Day 13 Depart Rome

    Our unforgettable encounter with Italy comes to an end today. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 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)
  • 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 Milan, Florence, Pompeii and Rome
  • ORIENTATION of Venice
  • VISIT the excavations at Pompeii, Amalfi Town, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum
  • CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • VIEW the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, scenic Lake Como, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Duomo in Florence and the ancient sites of Rome
  • SEE the Roman Arena in Verona and the Abbey at Cassino
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING guided visit with a Local Specialist to the excavations in 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
Price Discount Availability Price
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.

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

Italian Lakes

Visit Lake Como and Bellagio

On this visit to the shores of Lake Como you’ll witness many beautiful villages and villas that retain true Italian charm. From the lakeside, a private boat will take us to visit the gem of the lake, Bellagio. We've also left some time to stroll and to shop.
Adult Price: €39

Venice

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you’ll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by local musicians. Later, private water taxi's will take you along Venice's Grand Canal, where you’ll admire the magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.
Adult Price: €70

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

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

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

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

Maori

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

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

Explore Ravello

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: €40

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

Ancient And Christian Rome

Join us on an exploration of Rome's past. On this trip you will visit the Catacombs, where the early Christians assembled to escape persecution and which were used as underground cemeteries. Continue on to the Pyramid of Cestius and the Baths of Caracalla.
Adult Price: €39

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

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

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

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Lynn Urban
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Service
The person that helped with our planning and scheduling was great. Only once was the ball dropped and it was a minor item. We had asked to have help with a side trip to my husbands grandparent's town. She assured us that our travel guide would be made aware of what we wanted to do. On the first night of our trip, we talked to our guide and she didn't know anything about it. She was great though and was able to pull it together for us.
Vacation
Pricey, but everything was taken care of. Well worth it!
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