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Italy Bellissimo

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,869 per person
Canals of Venice
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    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 travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive past the iconic St. Peter's Basilica.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Tiberio
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a Local Specialist to view Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica. We visit the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, paying tribute to the gladiators and soldiers who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus before spending the afternoon at leisure. Wander up Via Veneto on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome's lively piazze or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city's many museums.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento – Isle of Capri (2 Nights)

    Venture 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 we join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's tragic history. Cruising across the Bay of Naples next, we arrive at the Isle of Capri, where we'll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surrounds.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Regina Cristina
  4. Day 4 Capri Orientation and Free Time

    Explore the glamour of Capri on a walking tour with a Local Specialist that will include views of the marina, where Ulysses was said to have been seduced by sirens. 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 and explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  5. Day 5 Isle of Capri – Naples – Cassino – Perugia – Assisi

    We sail back across the Mediterranean to Naples and remember the brave soldiers who died during World War II at their final resting place in Cassino's Commonwealth War Cemetery. Venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and discover Italy's weaving tradition during a 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 we will stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' tonight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Cenacolo
  6. Day 6 Assisi Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)

    Stroll through the narrow lanes of Assisi with 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 sun set over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an Optional Experience.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Quattro Fontane
  7. Day 7 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as your cruise by private launch to Giudecca Island. 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the delicate Venetian tradition of glassmaking that harks back to the 13th century before continuing to St. Mark's Square. See the Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, named for the sound made by prisoners taking 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Venice – Pisa – Montecatini Terme (Tuscan Hills) (2 Nights)

    This morning we travel to Pisa and to 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Minerva Palace
  9. Day 9 Florence Excursion

    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. 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 across the Arno over Ponte Vecchio and enjoy magnificent views of the city skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo. This evening, we Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest dinner at a farmhouse set amidst beautiful olive groves in the Tuscan countryside.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  10. Day 10 Montecatini Terme (Tuscan Hills) – Siena – Rome

    We admire the medieval beauty of Siena today, walking to its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, which is dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia, the site of the Palio horse race. See the hilltop town's extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a pavement café. This evening, we celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Marriott Park
  11. Day 11 Depart Rome

    After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Italy and prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery. Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 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)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • 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

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence
  • ORIENTATION of Venice and Siena
  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
  • CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Santa Croce Basilica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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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

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

Delights of Rome with Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €49

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

Sorrento

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.
Adult Price: €44

Capri

Best of Capri

Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. You'll cruise around the island and visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe, whose gardens are rated amongst the finest in Europe. The tour will finish at the elevated village of Anacapri. In the event of bad weather and the boat is unable to run, there will be a reduction in price.
Adult Price: €58

Venice

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

Montecatini

Lunch Or 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 feast of gastronomic specialities awaits, accompanied by song and music.
Adult Price: €64

Florence

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

Reviews
Service
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Independent Reviews
Katherine Sarver
Travel date: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Service
Booking the trip went well. Yes I would recommend GET!
Vacation
Some of the hotel rooms were too small. A few of the local specialists could have done a better job. We had hoped to see the David statue on the extra experience but did not as tickets were not available. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry for that disappointment and will share your comments with Trafalgar. Thank you!
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Lawrence Pohja
Travel date: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Service
Randy Fay was avaiable to answer all questions ask of him. He answered them in a time;y manner.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your experience, we'll be sure to pass the positive review on to Randy. Hope you had a wonderful time on your Italy vacation. Happy travels!
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Vacation
Good price for what we received
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Service
Great tour director she took good care of all our needs
Vacation
Great tour director she took excellent care of all of us
Michele Devine
Travel date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Service
Great trip and wonderful hotels and tour director.We will book again very soon
Vacation
Great itinerary and customer service
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Service
Trafalagar was priced reasonably and provided a truly lovely travel experience.
Vacation
Experienced travel director and associated personnel. Top of the line bus transportation. Being given travel converters and binder for passport and paperwork was a nice touch. Hotels were clean and centrally located. Breakfast buffets were enjoyable and satisfying while the majority of the dinners were fair at best. Everything was done in a timely manner. I thought "Be my Guest" while staying in Montecatini was a huge waste of time as food was terrible and would have preferred to explore the lovely town and shops. Personnel and waiters at Regina Cristina in Capri were miserable and dinner disappointing. Accomadations were acceptable. Loved the hotel in Venice. Perfect location near the Adriatic Sea. Inlaid wood factory was interesting but extremely expensive for the average consumer. The weaving factory was a pleasure to go to, but not a great selection of wares. Pino was excellent, caring and very organized. The bus driver was very professional. I would consider another tour with Grand European Travel.
Donna Artis
Travel date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Service
Our tour was well organized and fast paced. We had a wonderful tour guide who made us feel welcome and part of her "family". I have traveled several times with GET/Trafalgar and have not been disappointed yet. I will continue to book and travel through these sister companies.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much.  We greatly appreciate the repeat business.   Thank you for the terrific photo as well!
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Vacation
Great people, great sights and great tour guide.
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