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Jewels of Italy

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7 Days from $1,250 per person
Venice's Grand Canal

Countries Visited

Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Colosseum, Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Florence, Verona, Venice
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Welcome to Rome. After checking in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture.

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

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Enter the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Don't miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Afterwards, enjoy free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

    This morning, leave Rome and head north towards Central Italy. Travel through picturesque scenery in Tuscany before arriving in the town of Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures. Later, arrive at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Firenze Nord
  4. Day 4 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

    There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower, Ponte Vechio and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Don't forget to try a gelato! Later enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Florence – Verona – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights)

    Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year. Stop and view Juliet's balcony in a courtyard which has become a popular tourist site for the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Antony
  6. Day 6 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to Burano for a relaxing farewell dinner. Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon known for its brightly coloured houses.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Depart Venice (Mestre)

    This morning say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 6 Buffet breakfasts
  • 2 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 a 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

  • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
  • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
  • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
  • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island

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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

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. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialties, alongside local music and drinks.
Adult Price: €49

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 center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: €33

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

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 gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: €81

Florence

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 favorites 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. Note: This optional visit is not offered on Friday departures due to the Accademia being closed on Mondays.
Adult Price: €41

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

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 Farewell Dinner

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses—a  real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: €71

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Zohreh Ebrahimian
Travel date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Service
The person that helped me was very nice and provided a great a great flight with affordable price. He also helped with passport check to make sure, both of us that travelling do not require passport. Also because I singed up for the tour and flight, I had to get approval for availability and during this process I called him few time and if he was not available at that time, he call me back quickly and got everything taken care of. I very happy with the travel specialist.
Vacation
It was great, the tour director was very knowlageable, with very high communication skill, great sense of humor and great management skills. Also motorcoach driver was a great driver and very helpful.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
Josh was great. It did take what I thought was an inordinate amount of time to get confirmed out of London office though
Vacation
Tour guide Pamela Russo was magnificent, did a great job keeping tour on time. Had to deal with the rain issues that she hendled exceedingly well. Driver Pero was great as well. Went to the big 3 - saw the highlights of these cities that can be garnered in a fast 7 days. Saw enough to make me want to go back
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful that you want to return to Italy! Thank you for your business and we hope to be able to help you with that return trip!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Kathleen Dukas
Travel date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Service
Yes I would, from the start they updated me by email, my tour director Pamela Russo was spectacular. Knowledgeable and funny
Vacation
I did already it was great
Wanda White
Travel date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Service
Michelle was great and was helpful in making my travel arrangement and also, when I had to push my trip back one week to attend a wedding. I would definitely use Grand European Travel again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip!
Friday, May 10, 2019
Vacation
The trip, tour director and my fellow group travels were fantastic.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Service
Marco was great. Best group we have experienced so far.
Vacation
Good value with a lot of extra options.
Doug & Elena Burwell
Travel date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Service
Grand European Travel has delivered a rich variety of options and a good value for the price. Our travel director was very professional and experienced. The trip was very enjoyable and fun!
Vacation
Affordable while maintaining high quality standards.
Rochelle Morello
Travel date: Monday, January 7, 2019
Service
I certainly would recommend your service to others. The travel director was so informed and organized. He made sure that we had many things to do, it was an excellent experience. Thank you,
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Jewels of Italy! Thank you for sharing your feedback and we hope to welcome you on another trip very soon
Monday, January 7, 2019
Vacation
I thought the price for everything was reasonable
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, December 31, 2018
Service
I really enjoyed my first trip with GET. I've never done a guided tour before, and our group was able to hit all the sites I wanted to visit during our short tour. The coach bus was very spacious and comfortable. Our Travel Director, Fabrizio, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. During the guided tour, we were able to have alone time to explore some cities. This was a bit nerve-wracking, since I got a bit lost in Florence! Due to the time of year, we didn't wait in line for the historical sites, which was great. I would recommended this tour, and will definitely book another trip with GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience and your photos! We are so happy to see that you had a wonderful first trip with us. We look forward to helping you plan the next one!
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Vacation
The cost of tour, which included my airfare, was great. The optional experiences can add up, though.
Diane Dierking
Travel date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Service
I wouldn't have changed anything about our wonderful trip! It was action-packed and busy with lots of walking but was a great way to see a lot in a short period of time. The weather couldn't have been more beautiful and the included dinners were so much fun. Sorry to say it isn't that way this week, especially in Venice. I am so sad for anyone affected by the flooding.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're ecstatic you enjoyed your Jewels of Italy trip. Thank you so much for your feedback, and we hope to help you plan and book another trip in the future! All the best!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Vacation
Easy purchase and great trip. The only issue I had was with adding my passport number to the reservation. For some reason, I had to do it 3 times.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Service
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable tour guide.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited to hear you enjoyed your Jewels of Italy trip. Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate it!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
Excellent value and experience
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