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Italian Holiday

Operated by: Trafalgar

7 Days from $1,716 per person
Pisa Cathedral Dome and Leaning Tower of Pisa in Tuscany, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Mestre, Venice, Verona, Florence ...more Rome, Mestre, Venice, Verona, Florence
  1. Day 1 Ciao Rome

    Indulge all your senses in the imperial city of Rome, your introduction to a memorable encounter with Italy which will have you returning for more. Spend your afternoon relaxing after your journey, or explore the ancient city streets before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception. This evening, we take an orientation drive past Rome's most magnificent sights which we will have an opportunity to explore tomorrow.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Cicerone
  2. Day 2 Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

    Our encounter with Rome begins in the Holy See as we visit the Vatican Museums in the company of a Local Specialist to admire the masterpieces that have been collected by Popes throughout the centuries. Gaining priority early admission, we admire the magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and visit St. Peter's Basilica, the greatest church in Christendom, to see Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà. Crossing the Tiber, we venture into Ancient Rome to visit the imposing Colosseum and view Circus Maximus, once the site of tremendous chariot races. Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring Rome. Admire the Spanish Steps or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey to the Floating City of Venice

    This morning, we venture north through the valley of the Tiber into the green and golden landscapes of Umbria. We pass the hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto, travelling through Tuscany's terraced olive groves and the Apennine Mountains bound for Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Novotel Mestre Castellana
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Verona

    We cruise by private launch to the city's most prominent sights, including views of the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Dive Into Culture witnessing first-hand the intricate craft of glassblowing. Soak up the pageantry and elegance of Venice before continuing to Verona, home of Shakespeare's ill-fated lovers Romeo and Juliet, where we'll spend the night.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Leopardi
  5. Day 5 Admire Pisa and on to Florence

    Pisa's UNESCO-listed Square of Miracles is our first stop today where we will have the opportunity to view the Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence. Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the Medici dynasty, whose penchant for beautiful art and architecture created one of the cultural centres of the world. Tonight we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience set against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  6. Day 6 All Roads Lead to Rome

    We join a Local Specialist today to delve into the rich medieval and Renaissance history of Florence. Our sightseeing tour will take us to the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. Wandering through the narrow streets, we encounter the multi-coloured marble Duomo and famous Baptistery. We'll learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Next, we'll view the almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages and today lined with jewellers. Our journey continues through Umbria to the valley of the Tiber River and back to Rome. Toast to a memorable holiday with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  7. Day 7 Farewell Rome

    After breakfast, it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Rome, Italy and your travel companions as you return home with wonderful memories of this magnificent destination. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Italian Holiday
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Venice, Verona and Pisa
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence
  • Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Yolanda Cruz
Monday, August 26, 2019
Service
Easy to book but had to continually update reservation especially 2 weeks up to travel date.
Vacation
Very fast paced, travel coach had no working bathroom & water should have been provided even with a charge as scarce to secure. Barely time to dress/shower b4 dinner nightly. Not long enough tour time In Pisa, Venice nor Verona.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Service
most of the tour was good but the hotel for the last night was changed from what was listed and not for the better. a/c didn't work, had to bring our own luggage up to room - not the level of service we had paid for.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the last minute hotel change. The initial hotel was not able to accommodate the large group and other arrangements had to be made. We will be sure to pass on your feedback to our Quality Control team right away.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Vacation
too much time spent in coach travelling between places. paid for better hotels than we actually got in some cases.
Claudia Dijohn
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Service
We would definitely go on another Grand European vacation. Our tour guide was knowleegeable and funny.
Vacation
We saw a lot in a short amount of time.
Jennifer Varsik
Friday, July 6, 2018
Service
The communication was nonexistent once the purchase was completed. I had no idea Traflagar was the actual company providing the tour until I got an email from the guide while flying to Italy. We had no information regarding transfers to and from the airport. I had no documents with specifics. My emails were not responded to either.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the confusion regarding the operating company and transfer information. We do try to be very clear on our website, brochures and payment receipts that this trip is operated by Trafalgar. The airport transfer information is included in your documents packet as well as in the daily itinerary of the trip itself. We do apologize if this information was not communicated more clearly to you.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Vacation
The trip was great, except for the stress at the airport looking for our transportation. The events of the trip had nothing to do with GET so I cannot give the company credit for excellent guide or tour events.
Andrea Martin
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Service
I was traveling with a friend and was not included in information until I called and specifically told them that my friend lives in Montana and I live in New York and I needed to be sent separate information. Not everyone is either a solo traveler or a couple and it would be nice for GET customer service reps to keep that in mind and for GET to be sure they're automatically sending info to each traveler. I also called to ask if they knew of any of the hotels on the trip providing laundry services. The customer service rep did what I could have done, which was to Google each hotel and read their website. What the customer service rep failed to do was check to see if overnight service was available as the only hotel we stayed at for two nights was the first hotel in Rome. In the end, I did the research myself and discovered that the answer was no, there was no hotel that could provide overnight laundry services. It would be nice to see GET able to provide a bit more information by thinking ahead to those minor details. I think that Trafalgar, who organized the trip, was not very good as a whole. The tour was too rushed with very minimal support from the tour director (who was clearly miserable and hated her job.) This was not a very happy tour experience for me and my friend and I can't imagine booking with GET or Trafalgar again in the future.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize that you felt excluded from receiving information about your booked trip. We do send booking information to all guests traveling provided we are given their contact information, email and address at the time the reservation is made. We do apologize that the trip fell short of your expectations. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share your comments and suggestions with Trafalgar's Operations team. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share your comments and suggestions with Trafalgar's Operations team. Thank you for brining these issues to our attention.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Vacation
I traveled on my own before and after joining the GET tour run by Trafalgar and I think that for the most part, I had better deals and a happier experience on my own. If you're going to do a tour, book hotels IN cities, rather than half an hour outside of them... or at the bare minimum, provide transport to those cities without making them "add on experiences." How disappointing to be outside of Venice and outside of Verona. Everyone I spoke to on the tour said they'd have happily paid more money to be in the cities, rather than paying what we did and having to find taxis or pay for the add on experiences to get to the cities.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share your comments and suggestions with Trafalgar's Operations team.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Trusted Customer
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Service
GET’s service was good. I don’t think the rigors of the Active trip was accurately represented. Had no idea we had to get up at 5:30 am each day and go continuously until dinner. Also, tour director “hard sell” pushed the optional activities and there was nothing to do if you didn’t participate.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. You are correct that a trip categorized as Active means a very fast paced mix of 1 and 2 night stays in each city and early starts. We do offer more leisurely paced options as well as River Cruises which may be more to your liking. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Vacation
For the price, all optional activities should have been included.
Bobbie Scallorn
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Service
The adverting brochures are misleading in they list all the different places and activities to be experienced but do not denote much of these activities are optional at additional cost. Otherwise the trip our travel adviser, Susan Williams and the entire experience was exceptional. Fast moving filled with all one would wish to do and see. I would have enjoyed another day in Florence and time for shopping.
Vacation
As I have already mentioned
Regina Pointer
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Service
Luca & Enzo were the best. We were able to see so much in such a short amount of time. Their professionalism stood out.
Vacation
Fair price for service and accommodations. The rooms were comfortable and meals pleasant.
Peggy Ledbetter
Friday, June 2, 2017
Service
Paperwork was all in place and sent to me before I went and now problems. Could have used more information cause I was a first timer and single traveler
Vacation
The travel Director from Trafalgar was very good and made me feel safe with her organization of the trip.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Service
This was my first time traveling to Europe and alone. It was a great experience and the people I met were great companions.
Vacation
I enjoyed meeting my travel guide Lynda Damico and Alfredo the driver of the tour bus. They were both always pleasant and Lynda is full of a wealth of information about Italy. You can feel the love she has for what she does and that makes a difference. I appreciate the organizational and time management of the tour and all that we were able to see in a short time. I was comfortable with the tour and would definitely travel with Grand European again. Thank you.
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