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Jewels of Italy

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7 Days from $1,250 per person
OCT 2022 - APR 2023
Many gondoliers on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Verona ...more Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Verona
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  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 piazzas to people-watch or to join an Optional Experience dinner in a Roman trattoria. 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 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.

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  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.

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    hotel President
  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. This evening, 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!

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    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 during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Consider taking an optional cruise across the lagoon to the colourful island of Burano.

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  7. Day 7 Depart Venice

    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.

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Jewels of Italy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 2 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts

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 Visit St. Peter's Basilica, view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites with your Local Specialist
  • 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

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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.

Rome

Available on Day 1

Roman Delights With Dinner

Make the most of your Roman holiday, living la dolce vita as the locals do with a relaxed dinner in a characteristic trattoria. Soak up the atmosphere of the charming city as you dine, sampling typical Italian cuisine and drinks as you enjoy live music. This is the Italian experience you've been dreaming of!
Adult Price: € 51

Available on Day 2

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for an enlightening tour led by our Local Specialist, which shows not just the remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later, we'll hear tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: € 87

Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares in Rome’s historic center, stopping to marvel at highlights such as the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Florence

Available on Day 3

Traditional Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Make your Florentine travel dreams a reality as we 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

Available on Day 4

Bargello Museum Visit

Join us today for a visit to the Bargello museum, housed in one of the oldest and most intriguing buildings of Florence. As you'll learn from your Local Specialist, there was rarely a dull moment in this former barracks and prison! Learn how the Bargello has witnessed crucial episodes of history including fires, sieges and political executions. This fascinating building is now home to the National Museum and boasts awe-inspiring works by Donatello, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo to name but a few.
Adult Price: € 42

Tuscan Tasting Tour

Today, with our local specialist 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: 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

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, where you'll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.
Adult Price: € 47

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 Specialist, we’ll visit the wonderful "Hall of the Five Hundred," dedicated to the Medici popes. We’ll also visit rooms decorated with masterpieces by famous artists of the Renaissance like Michelangelo and Donatello.
Adult Price: € 42

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, traveling with our knowledgeable Local Specialist. Known as 'Medieval Manhattan’ this magnificently preserved town from the Middle Ages is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in Italy – a true gem to add to explore on your holiday.
Adult Price: € 36

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

Today we’ll enjoy a unique experience - truffle hunting. Our tour will take us on an adventure through a beautifully-wooded area, where truffles are most readily found. Throughout the hunt, we’ll be accompanied by a local farmer and his dog and will learn about the fascinating history surrounding truffle hunting, as well as the many varieties of truffle. Afterward, we’ll visit the wine cellars at the sumptuous Villa Machiavelli and be treated to a truffle tasting and a glass of wine.
Adult Price: € 73

Venice

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Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, catching glimpses of impressive sights such as the Palazzi Barbaro, Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Later on, you’ll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways, discovering the irresistible charm of the world-famous canals.
Adult Price: € 76

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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

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: € 38

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Richard Falegan
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Service
Reservation was easy and straightforward
Vacation
The Guide helped us with everything. We had a great time. It was tiring but overall a very splendid experience
Alfred Bockemuhl
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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Giuseppe Mastrianni is the best tour guide ever.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a grand time on your Jewels of Italy tour, which makes us very happy! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate it!
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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We saw everything possible.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 13, 2022
Service
The agents that I spoke with over the phone we’re extremely helpful and very professional. I would book another trip through them
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited you enjoyed your Jewels of Italy trip. It was our pleasure to help you book it, and we would love to help you with your next adventure when you're ready to start planning it. Thank you for the kind words. Take care!
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Vacation
Our guide was excellent, and I would love to travel with him again. The itinerary was perfect,and Giuseppe is the best I’ve travelled with.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Service
The representatives were always polite and friendly, but didn't seem always informed or empowered. Our trip was moved back 2 weeks, our booked trip was canceled, possibly not enough interest. So we scrambled and made the earlier trip work although not our 1st choice. The new trip was online ~$200 cheaper, so they gave us a discount from the original online price but my co-traveler Darlene had had discounts for AARP and prior traveler disc and she lost those discounts with the new trip pricing. With all of the information collected the airlines didn't have our passport numbers-odd. Covid rules changing daily or so it seemed, it would have been nice, but guessing it would have been a lot to manage for GET agents to follow travelers and update us on new rules. This added more work for us to continue to be informed while on vacation. All in all it was a fantastic tour through Cost Saver and Travalgo and I would recommend to anyone!!
Vacation
Loved, loved, LOVED it! Last hotel was the best, the first was adequate, the second was nice, but the food was mediocre, maybe they were trying to Americanize the food. The restaurant food was amazing!! The sights beyond words and the add-on adventures to Coliseum and Saint Mark's Basilica were worth the money we walked right past the lines and the information they shared they were really local experts!!
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Service
It was easy to reach an agent any time I called. Any question I had was answered fully and in a friendly manner. I would definitely recommend this travel agency to others.
Vacation
It was nice having someone else get me where I needed to be and not having to figure it out on my own. The travel director was outstanding. He was knowledgeable and and helped to make the trip a lot of fun.
Elizabeth Hall
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Service
We had ti call them to check on things before their communiations went out
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize that our response time was not up to par. We are working hard to improve those short comings and keep up with the pent up demand for travel this year. Thank you for your business and we hope you enjoyed your trip.
Friday, May 6, 2022
Vacation
Hotels were below par except for last one, meals were mediocre and there was too much selling - seemed like purpose of optional experioences was to sell their merchandise rather than learn
Barbara Sims
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Service
Price was right and extra excursions were all worthwhile, too.
Vacation
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
Service
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.
Vacation
We had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the sites in comfort. The other tour participants were very nice.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 7, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
Yes. Everything was just as promised. The booking was easy and our rep was very supportive. All of my questions were always answered .
Vacation
Had a wonderful time. Everything was planned and implemented beautifully.
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