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Italian Scene

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10 Days from $1,425 per person

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Sorrento, Assisi, Naples, Cassino, Venice, Verona, Florence, Pisa ...more Rome, Sorrento, Assisi, Naples, Cassino, Venice, Verona, Florence, Pisa
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    The 'Eternal City' has captivated travellers for centuries and you'll not be disappointed as it prepares you for an exhilarating journey across Italy. On arrival in Rome, check in to your hotel, then get ready for your very own introduction to Rome or relax at your hotel and recover from your journey. Later this evening, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead along your journey. Soak up the city's effervescent atmosphere during an optional sightseeing tour followed by a light dinner of Italian specialties.

    hotel Ergife Palace
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    With so much to see and do, you could explore Rome for an eternity without getting bored. Join an Optional Experience to Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums or start your day the Italian way - slow and relaxed. Get to grips with the city's main attractions, joining a Local Specialist at the Vatican City, the world's smallest city. Stand in St. Peter's Square, sharing your space with devoted pilgrims and pigeons. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's greatest work, the sorrowful Pietà. Cross the Tiber next, to view the mighty Colosseum and the countless other ancient sites which featured prominently in the days of the powerful Roman Empire. Choose an Optional Experience to discover the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with a Local Specialist.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Sorrento – Bay of Naples (1 Night)

    The Bay of Naples beckons and our first stop is in the picture-perfect resort town of Sorrento. Pastel-hued residences cling impossibly to craggy cliffs that plunge into the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Enjoy your time soaking up the sun-drenched views. You won't need to venture far to catch the scent of the "world's best lemons", which you'll see in abundance at the local markets. Taste some of the mouth-watering fresh produce grown locally or consider an Optional Experience to the artists' paradise of Positano, followed by a scenic drive along the coast. The Sirens of Sorrento may be nowhere in sight, but that doesn't mean their alluring call will be possible to resist. Return to your hotel for a relaxed Italian meal this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand La Panoramica
  4. Day 4 Bay of Naples – Cassino – Assisi (1 Night)

    Soak up the atmosphere as you explore the beautiful Bay of Naples during your free time this morning. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience guided walking tour of Pompeii, buried under the volcanic ash for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted. Leaving the Bay of Naples behind, journey past Cassino and view the monastery which featured as a backdrop for some of the fiercest battles of World War II. This poignant reminder of war gives way to a place of pilgrimage, as you head north to Assisi where an orientation tour reveals a medieval town that has changed very little since the time of St. Francis.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Frate Sole
  5. Day 5 Assisi – Venice (Oriago) (2 Nights)

    After a leisurely morning, your journey continues across the Apennines and through the Emilia-Romagna region, credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Before you know it, you'll have arrived in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, where an Optional Experience will see you gliding through the city canals in a private gondola.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Il Buchiello
  6. Day 6 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    The extraordinary talents of the glassblowers on Giudecca Island take centre stage during a visit to their glassblowing workshop this morning. The warmth of the fire lingering on your skin, you'll embark on a cruise by private launch to bustling St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the most famous of Venice's 417 bridges, the Bridge of Sighs, and enjoy views of the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. There's time to explore the labyrinthine lanes of this floating city on your own terms or consider an Optional Experience to the island of Burano for a relaxing meal with your travel companions.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Venice (Oriago) – Verona – Lake Como – Italian Lakes (Saronno) (1 Night)

    The plains of Veneto are all that stand between you and Verona, the tragic stage for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the ancient Roman Arena, where concerts are still held to this day, and Juliet's Balcony, from which a fictional Juliet once called for her Romeo. Indulge in a romantic moment of your own before leaving Verona, bound for Italy's irresistible Lake District. Arriving on the shores of Lake Como, you'll see first-hand why this scenic setting has been a favourite summer retreat of the rich and famous for centuries. You could choose to board an optional cruise this evening to make the most of this idyllic setting. Your hotel in Saronna is the perfect base from which to enjoy lakeside living at its best and you'll have dinner here this evening with your new friends.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Starhotels Grand Milan
  8. Day 8 Italian Lakes (Saronno) – Pisa – Florence (1 Night)

    The white marble façades of Pisa's Square of Miracles gleam in the sunshine, but it is the famous Leaning Tower that gets most of the glory when you visit this 'Meadow of Miracles', so named by 20th-century Italian writer and poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. Since Etruscan times, the exquisite structures in the piazza have symbolised man's journey through religious life - the Baptistery representing birth, life represented by the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and the Camposanto, death. After a short drive from Pisa, you'll arrive in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. A full day of sightseeing lies ahead, so kickback and enjoy the company of your travel companions this evening at an optional dinner in the Tuscan hills.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Starhotels Vespucci
  9. Day 9 Florence Sightseeing – Rome (1 Night)

    There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy equal to that of Florence. Your Local Specialist shares a superb commentary of the city's artistic and architectural heritage during a walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, the Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto's Bell Tower. Visit Piazza della Signoria and squeeze in some time for shopping - Florence is particularly renowned for its high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. Later, return to Rome, where your journey began. You'll have an evening alone to forge final memories with new friends or consider an Optional Experience whisking you away on one last sightseeing trip with a mouth-watering farewell dinner followed by live entertainment.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ergife Palace
  10. Day 10 Depart Rome

    If Italy has become engraved in your heart like it was for celebrated poet Robert Browning, you'll have a hard time saying arrivederci. Secure your speedy return by tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, then bid your Travel Director and travel companions a fond farewell before taking a transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Italian Scene
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Assisi Orientation of this beautiful town dedicated to St. Francis
  • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
  • Italian Lakes Visit Lake Como
  • Cassino Views of the monastery high on the hill
  • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
  • Rome Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
  • Sorrento Visit this popular resort
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona View Juliet's Balcony and the impressive Roman Arena

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Start Date: Fri, Nov 6, 2020
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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

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Adult Price: €49.00

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

Rome

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Adult Price: €33.00

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.

Rome

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

Adult Price: €81.00

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

Sorrento

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Adult Price: €43.00

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

Sorrento

Discover Pompeii

Adult Price: €46.00

Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years.

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Adult Price: €70.00

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.

Venice

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Adult Price: €36.00

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.

Italian Lakes

Discover Lake Como

Adult Price: €38.00

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.

Venice

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Adult Price: €70.00

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.

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: €64.00

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.

Rome

Arrivederci Roma

Adult Price: €50.00

Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savour her unforgettable sights! We then celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entertainment in one of our favourite places.

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Ramesh Naik
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Service
Josh Pericas was very patient and nice with our travel booking. He did find the right flights from Chicago to Rome and back for us. He was very pleasant and elegant through out the process.
Vacation
Our trip was very excellent. The tour director Chris Daily was very excellent. He kept everyone on the track through out the entire tour. He made sure that we are always on time. He was great with communications as well as directions. He talked lot about the places we are going to visit including history in detail, at the same time kept everyone in the loop. Our Bus driver Luca was as good as our tour director. Always on time with very clean bus. Always standing at the exit door to help people getting off the bus. Excellent and very safe driving. Only negative I can say about the entire travel was the hotels we stayed in Italy excluding hotel in Venice. We stayed three nights in Rome at hotel ERGIFE. This hotel was not only just OK but dirty carpeting all over and mold in the bathrooms. I think you should pressure them to clean their act as you offer them lots of business. We also experienced A/C problem at Starhotels at Saronno. They asked us to open the windows and finally provided a electric fan upon insistence.
Joseph Scollo
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Service
Everything was taken care of in advance, all we had to do was show up.Tours were very good, the guide and bus driver were excellent.
Vacation
The optional tours that we did were excellent, restaurants were very good.
Mary Cannestra
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Service
Alicia was very patient and proessiona
Vacation
Food and hotels were not good
Miltona Hendrix
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Service
Very helpful with one exception. Wasn’t told until a few weeks prior to trip that my passport (which still had several months remaining had to be renewed and quickly. I did but it was tight getting it before trip. Wish that had been caught earlier.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about this added stress at the last minute, but glad that it was resolved and you were able to take your trip without worry.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
Hotel beds were planks. Guide had issues but overall enjoyed the trip.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Service
I really appreciated the quick response when I had questions regarding my trip.
Vacation
The tour was fantastic. The Tour Director Agostino and bus driver Michele were knowledgeable, caring and fun to be around. It was fast paced, but we saw alot of Italy. Loved it!
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Mayra Amaro
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
My Specialist at Grand European Travel was Gianmarcos he was amazing with everyone not only with me. Gianmarcos helps me in each optional trip because I wasn't walk to much. Also, Ferdinando the driver one day drive me and my husband at the hotel because I don't feel well, thank you to both of you wonderful guys
Vacation
Gianmarco our guide was very professional and explain everything in all our trips
Gerald Norton
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Service
I received all my needed documents well in advance of our trip so that I could review and understand. They kept me informed and answer all my questions.
Vacation
I would have given them a 5 star. The only thing I didn't like was, when we didn't want to go on some of the optional side trips, we still had to go with the group and wait while they attended. Only one option allowed us to stay at the hotel instead of leaving with the group. This would have been okay if we were big shoppers but we are not. Otherwise, we enjoyed the trip and all the other guest ,guides, bus drivers and host.
Lazarus Sebastian
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Service
Seamless booking and the specialist was always in contact to provide any help required.
Vacation
Lots of optional tours which I guess it is better to consider up front. I was prepared and therefore did not feel the pinch for additional $$.
Christine Francini
Monday, May 27, 2019
Service
Every question I had was answered knowledgeable and prifessionally
Vacation
Travel quite Lydia was amazing. Friendly helpful and caring in all matters as well as knowledgeable about the country
Ann Heiland
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Service
Booking was very easy, no issues. Everything went as the brochure listed with various side trips and lots of fun with the group, I would not hesitate to book with Grand European Travel again.
Vacation
The Italian Scene trip was wonderful! Saw so many cities, landmarks, historical areas plus a variety of foods. So glad we decided to take this trip. Our tour director, Lidia, was awesome and made sure we saw as much as possible and explained in detail. Pierro, our bus driver, was the best at navigating through and around narrow streets and traffic.
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