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Jewels of Italy

Operated by: CostSaver

7 Days from $1,193 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Many gondoliers on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City ...more Italy, Vatican City

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Pisa, Florence, Verona, Venice ...more Rome, Vatican City, Pisa, Florence, Verona, Venice
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Buongiorno! Rome kicks off your epic Italian trilogy - one that will scratch beneath the surface of Italy's iconic cities. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day relaxing or pound the pavements to discover why Rome so deserves its title, the 'Eternal City'. Later, you'll meet up with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead. There's even time for a leisurely stroll to one of the city's thronging piazze to people-watch or to join an optional sightseeing tour of Rome followed by a light Italian dinner, if such a thing exists! Embrace life lived the Italian way - to the fullest.

    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. Why not join an Optional Experience to Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums? Get to grips with the city's main attractions, joining a Local Specialist at the Vatican City, the world's smallest country. Stand in St. Peter's Square, sharing your space with devoted pilgrims. 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.

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

    Set your sights firmly on Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and a city that has inspired poets, authors and artists for centuries. But first, a mesmerising journey through the rolling vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany awaits. Visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles, one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in the world. Yield to peer pressure and snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa, leaning precariously. You'll have some time for souvenir shopping before continuing to Florence. This evening, there's an opportunity to head into the Tuscan Hills for dinner on an unforgettable Optional Experience.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Conference Florentia
  4. Day 4 Florence sightseeing and free time

    There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy equal to that of Florence. Now's your chance to experience it in all its glory with your Local Specialist at your side. Lace up your walking shoes and view the city's most iconic sights on foot - the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and Ponte Vecchio. You'll visit Piazza della Signoria and witness a demonstration revealing the centuries-old Florentine trade of leatherwork, followed by some time to explore on your own. Later on, why not visit San Gimignano as part of an Optional Experience? If you're in the mood for some shopping, consider buying some of the high-quality leather goods you've just witnessed or shop for 18-carat gold jewellery. Later you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

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

    Journey 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 several centuries after it was built to entertain the citizens of this fair city. Juliet's Balcony is a further highlight, revealing the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud. Your journey continues to Venice, your home for the next two nights. Time on your own means an opportunity to explore one of the world's most romantic cities, watching the busy traffic on its canals over a crisp glass of Aperol Spritz, or to embark on an optional gondola ride along Venice's narrow waterways. Salute!

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Antony
  6. Day 6 Venice orientation and free time

    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, in the heart of Venice. All the main attractions are within walking distance of the Piazza so you'll have easy access to view the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark, which you could visit as part of an Optional Experience. Spend your time wandering the calle of Venice then watch talented master craftsmen at work engaged in the same craft as their ancestors from centuries ago. Witness the beautiful glass creations, that are characteristic of Venice, being made. Consider taking an Optional Experience cruise across the lagoon to the colourful island of Burano.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Depart Venice (Mestre)

    Brief but jam-packed, this memorable encounter with Italy's favourite cities has been brimming with culture, history and culinary delights. We hope you tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome, but if you didn't, you'll have a heart full of fond memories that will stay with you forever. For now, it's arrivederci, but not farewell forever as you say goodbye to your Travel Director and newfound friends. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Jewels of Italy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 6 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 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

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

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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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.


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.
Adult Price: € 51

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist 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: € 87

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


Traditional Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Tonight we’ll dine at a delightful regional restaurant, set among pine and cypress trees. After a scenic drive through the stunning Tuscan countryside, we’ll enjoy a meal of delicious specialties from the area, accompanied by local wines and music.
Adult Price: € 64

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 is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

The Gardens of Villa Gamberaia

We'll travel into the Florentine hills with our Local Specialist to visit historic Villa Gamberaia today. Built in the early 1600s, this Tuscan Villa is known for its magnificent gardens, which were praised by Edith Wharton in her book Italian Villas and Their Gardens. Then, we'll take in the stunning views whilst enjoying an aperitivo!
Adult Price: € 79

Tuscan Tasting Tour

Today, with our local foodie, we'll explore the glories of Florence's cuisine, through market tastings and visits to select shops and cafés. On this unforgettable tour, we'll sample traditional fare like: lampredotto, Schiacciata, olive oils, cheeses, pane toscano, pastries, hams and salamis. For each tasting, we'll learn about the cultural and historical significance of the food's origins.
Adult Price: € 60

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano with our Local Specialist. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as the 'Medieval Manhattan,' is one of the most beautiful in Italy - a true gem.
Adult Price: € 36


Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking 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 that 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: € 72

Independent Reviews
Barbara Sims
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Price was right and extra excursions were all worthwhile, too.
As first time travelers with GET all our expectations were met. We are looking forward to future trips.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear this and look forward to helping you plan that next trip! Thank you!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Richard Merrifield
Friday, October 11, 2019
The trip was well planned and we had the opportunity to visit many of the historic sites of Italy. Our tour director was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and informative. He was also very entertaining.
We had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the sites in comfort. The other tour participants were very nice.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 7, 2019
They were able to answer all my questions. As our trip was coming near, they were able to provide approximate days and times of the optional experiences upon my inquiry which helped my planning for the trip.
We had a fantastic Travel Director ”Rachel”! Optional experiences were so fun and insightful. She showed us some hidden gems which were a bonus. The optional dinners were delicious with unlimited wine/beverages! The luxury coach was very comfortable and modern with usb connections at every seat.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Yes. Everything was just as promised. The booking was easy and our rep was very supportive. All of my questions were always answered .
Had a wonderful time. Everything was planned and implemented beautifully.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Very professional.
Great travel guide, Made the trip very enjoyable.
Ella Washington
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Our tour director Marina was the best, she was very informative and knew the history of her city and the historic places we toured. We loved her enthusiasm and the level of care she took with the 45 people in our group. No one got left behind, everywhere we went she made sure everyone was accounted for. We loved Marina and hope GET/costsaver/Trafalgar knows what a valuable employee they have. Rome, Florence and Venice were great places to visit. The Jewels of Italy tour was great and I recommend it whole heartedly.
Great vacation loved every moment of it. Our tour director Marina was the best. Very informative, knew her city and the historic places we visited. The Jewels of Italy vacation is the best and I recommend it 109%
Sandra Dantzler
Monday, September 16, 2019
I appreciated the great communication along the way, everyone was really accommodating. Our tour director Gianmarco was fantastic, and very knowledgeable, would certainly book again
It was amazing,the areas were absolutely gorgeous, the food delicious.
Stardust Johnson
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Each specialist was knowledgeable, professional and helpful.
Well organized with an outstanding tour leader.
Angelito Cordoviz
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Very responsive to all my questions. I would recommend Grand European Travel to all my friends.
So much to see and enjoy, so little time.
Zohreh Ebrahimian
Sunday, June 16, 2019
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.
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.
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