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Italy Bellissimo

11 Day Italy Tour of Rome, Capri, Venice

11 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

11 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Pompeii, Capri, Perugia, Assisi, Venice, Pisa, Montecatini Terme, Florence, San Gimignano

15 Meals

5 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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If toasting epic Tuscan sunsets, soaking up the sun-kissed sophistication of Italy’s most popular cities and olive oil tasting in a real Italian Borgo with new friends sounds like your idea of perfection, this is one of those bellissimo Italy trips that would seduce even the sirens of Capri.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Rome

Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Spend the day exploring on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a light meal and evening orientation drive.

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Castel Sant Angelo in Rome, Italy
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Begin your captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums, where you'll join a Local Specialist to admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica. See the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, including the Circus Maximus, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome's lively piazzas or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city's many museums.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Gain early access to the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel in Rome
Discover the work of Michaelangelo at the Vatican Museums

Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Guided visit to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Delights with Dinner

Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Itali...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Admire Pompeii and on to Capri

Our Italy travel itinerary continues south towards the ancient city of Pompeii, which remains frozen in time since it was covered in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here, you'll join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's tragic history. Cruising across the Bay of Naples next, arrive at the Isle of Capri, where you'll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surroundings.

Ruins of Pompeii, Italy
Accommodation Regina Cristina Capri
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Ruins in Pompeii, Italy
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Lunch in Sorrento

Relax and enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties. The Chef will delight our senses and the exquisite hospitality will delight our souls.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit a mozarella farm and enjoy a meal in Sorrento, ItalySorrento
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

A Day on the Isle of Capri

Explore the glamour of Capri on a walking tour with a Local Specialist that will include views of the marina. Venture to the heart of the island and the legendary piazzetta, where the locals come to people-watch. Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps join an optional experience to explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.

Marina Grande in Capri Island, Italy
Accommodation Regina Cristina Capri
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of boats in the Isle of Capri, Italy
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Capri cruise and tour from Sorrento, Italy
Best of Capri

Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. Experience spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by bo...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Assisi

Sail back across the Mediterranean to Naples and venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here, you'll discover Italy’s weaving tradition during an impressive MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at our visit to Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a TreadRight and JoinTrafalgar Heritage Initiative project. Explore one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in the country, before continuing to the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where tonight we stay at one of our hotels that overlooks the old town.

Church in Assisi, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Assisi
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Discover the history of Italian hand-weaving during a private demonstration in Perugia
Visit the Laboratorio Guiditta Brozetti Museum in Perugia

Visit the Laboratorio Guiditta Brozetti Museum and meet the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise to learn about the history of Italian hand-weaving duri...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences
Umbrian Dinner

A short drive through the Umbrian Valley will take us to our favorite local restaurant, situated in the center of the village of Spello, a true gem...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Journey to Venice

Join a Local Specialist and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto's exquisite frescoes and 13th century stained glass windows. Continue north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'. Enjoy a free evening watching the sunset over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an optional experience before retiring at your Stays With Stories hotel, once a beloved home-away-from-home for Romantic poet, Robert Browning.

St. Marks Square in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido Venice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Robert Browning, a poet and playwright, loved this 'gracious country home' and you will too when you experience the beauty of this 19th-century eclectic hotel on Lido Island. 

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Iconic Experience View of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

With a Local Specialist, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered to be one of the crowning artisitic achievements of 13th-century Europe.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Scenic Drive Through Emilia-Romagna

Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, past hilltop towns and agricultural lands.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Cruise the Canals of Venice

The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as you cruise by private launch to your memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience bringing to life the 13th-century tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Watch the talented master craftsmen use the same techniques that have been passed down through the generations, perhaps inspired to buy a souvenir or two to remind you of your visit. Next, you’ll continue on to St. Mark's Square where you’ll view the Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, so named because of the sound prisoners made as they took one last look at their beloved city from the bridge before meeting their fate. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, and you’ll want to relish every second experiencing life in this enchanting city.

Canal Grande and Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
Accommodation Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills of Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Discover Pisa and the Tuscan Hills

Wondering what's next on our Italy trip itinerary? This morning, travel to Pisa and visit its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in the spa-resort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Minerva Palace Montecatini
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Pisa, Italy
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to a delightful regional restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees. Here a feas...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Off to Renaissance Florence

Explore one of the world's most cultural cities today - the former home of great masters and a testament to the ambitious legacy of the Medici family. Your Local Specialist shares all the sights, including views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Baptistery. We visit Piazza della Signoria, the heart of this flourishing city with its statues and stunning palazzi then view the Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, enjoy some free time to stroll around the city and embrace this Renaissance gem. This evening, you'll enjoy a Be My Guest experience with the Callistri family at their borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian dinner, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards.

Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Minerva Palace Montecatini
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Join the Callistri family for olive oil tasting and dinner in Montecatini Terme, Italy
Enjoy a Delicious Italian Dinner with the Callistri Family at their Borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia

Join the Callistri family at their borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian dinner, olive oil tasting and a leisurely walk through t...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Walking tour and drive in Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Venture to San Gimignano and Rome

Admire the medieval beauty of San Gimignano today, walking to the triangular Piazza della Cisterna, the hub of this historic town. See the extraordinary architecture of this hilltop 'medieval Manhattan', shop for local products or relax with a gelato at a pavement café. This evening, celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at dinner.

View of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Accommodation Shangri-La Rome
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy as you explore the UNESCO-listed center of San Gimignano and admire the city's distinctive towers. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Arrivederci Rome

After breakfast, say a fond farewell to Italy and prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery.

Car on a street in Rome, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Rome Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director see the medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches scattered throughout the city.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the work of Michaelangelo at the Vatican Museums

Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ancient Rome

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a Local Specialist. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Pompeii

Walk with a Local Specialist through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tour Capri

Join a Local Specialist on a walk through elegant Capri to gain insight into the island's local culture and historic landmarks.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the Laboratorio Guiditta Brozetti Museum in Perugia

Visit the Laboratorio Guiditta Brozetti Museum and meet the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise to learn about the history of Italian hand-weaving duri...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Robert Browning, a poet and playwright, loved this 'gracious country home' and you will too when you experience the beauty of this 19th-century eclectic hotel on Lido Island. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

With a Local Specialist, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered to be one of the crowning artisitic achievements of 13th-century Europe.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through Emilia-Romagna

Travel through the lush landscape of Emilia-Romagna, past hilltop towns and agricultural lands.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills of Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Pisa's Landmarks

During an orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery, cathedral and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Delicious Italian Dinner with the Callistri Family at their Borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia

Join the Callistri family at their borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian dinner, olive oil tasting and a leisurely walk through t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to view the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the p...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods, and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy as you explore the UNESCO-listed center of San Gimignano and admire the city's distinctive towers. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

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

What to expect

VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence
Discover Venice, Perugia and San Gimignano
Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
View the ancient sites of Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Santa Croce Basilica, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Scenic Cruise Ferry to the Isle of Capri, private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Delights with Dinner

Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Itali...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lunch in Sorrento

Relax and enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties. The Chef will delight our senses and the exquisite hospitality will delight our souls.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Best of Capri

Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. Experience spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by bo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Umbrian Dinner

A short drive through the Umbrian Valley will take us to our favorite local restaurant, situated in the center of the village of Spello, a true gem...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venice's Secrets

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 p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to a delightful regional restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees. Here a feas...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Italy

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

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Melody Nickles
Review date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
Service
It was easy and everyone answered all our questions. Essential documentation and information provided through email. They booked our flights as well and did an outstanding job.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't be happier to hear how much you enjoyed your trip to Italy. Thank you for sharing your picture and for the recommendation. We hope to help you plan another vacation very soon!
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Vacation
Paolo was awesome! I recommend Grand European tours and Travalgar to everyone, We had a very exciting trip and it was more than I expected,, Thank you so much, M Nickles
Gina and Gary
Review date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Service
They were helpful and knowledgeable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to have played a part in your life changing experience. Thank you! We hope to see you again soon!
Monday, April 15, 2024
Vacation
It was a wonderful experience. We loved our guide Federica. You are lucky to have such an experienced and caring guide. I hope you pay her well!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
Service
My booking experience was months ago. It was fine.
Vacation
I loved the sights but not fond of time on the bus.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, November 20, 2023
Service
Easy to work with
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our thanks to you! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again very soon.
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Vacation
Great trip. Thanks GET. Great time
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 27, 2023
Service
Easy booking. Answered all questions.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are so happy you enjoyed your trip to Italy.
Friday, October 27, 2023
Vacation
The trip was wonderful! Fast paced, but was able to see all the sites and more! Would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting a marvelous taste of Italy!
Rebecca Romero
Review date: Monday, October 2, 2023
Service
I would have given a 5 if one fairly major lack of communication had not occurred. I was not informed by the airline nor by GET that the connection at JFK would mean changing terminals via shuttle and having to go through security a second time. I almost missed my connecting flight. The connecting flights at the 1-8 terminals at JFK do not show up on the departure boards so I had to call the airline to find out where my flight was and then ask several people at the airport on how to get there. If the ITA desk person (Dana) had not escorted me through security, I would have missed the flight.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your trouble at JFK. We do not have access to terminal information in advance from the airlines and if we do, it often changes on the day of the flight due to air traffic control. We are glad that you were able to make your flights on time and hopefully came home with some happy memories of Italy.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Very active tour with lots of walking. Every day is filled with something if you choose to do the optional activities. On one of our stops we were told that the hotel had to be changed but that it was an "upgrade". Sadly, I ended up in a tiny room that was more like a hostel. Some of the others in our group had very nice rooms, some even had balconies. I feel that I should have a refund for not getting equivalent lodging to the others in my group.
Dee Crowell
Review date: Monday, July 10, 2023
Service
Booking experience was good. They patiently answered our many questions. I think it would have been nice to receive some more conformation emails for trip count down. I began to wonder if we were really going or if our reservation had been lost. I expected more communitcation.
Vacation
Our trip was mostly wonderful. One local guide (Solomon) in Rome was not good. She spoke and walked too quickly. She cut our time short by 30 minutes. It seemed she had somewhere else to be. She'd say it's time to stop for photos and then 10 seconds later she walked off and started taking about the next point of interest. Our Trafalgar guide and driver were great. It would have been nice to have more communication from our guide earlier. Getting an email a few days prior was not really enough time for some preparations. I'd prefer two weeks' notice. She clarified the itinerary which was a bit vague in the travel info we'd received prior. It was definitely a learning experience about group tours for us.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Service
I received the catalog and looked thorough it and selected a vacation package. I called to book it. Overall the trip matched what was offered. However, I did ask for a single so I could have my own room and they said that was not an option. Other people on the tour did have their own room however so that was disappointing.
Vacation
Over all the trip was fun. It was fast paced and we didn't' really get to stay in one place for too long but I did have fun
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Service
Always answered my questions timely and with all the covid changes and rebooking, had many phone calls.
Vacation
An awesome trip and a great way to see Italy, from Rome to Capri, Assisi, Venice, Tuscany, Florence and Sienna.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Service
Completely worry free!
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's what we love to hear! Thank you so much.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Vacation
Very aggressive schedule, but I appreciate that we saw and did so much! There were so many highlights and I don’t feel like I missed a thing. Expectations exceeded!
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