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Real Italy (Winter Season)

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,150 per person
Florence

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Sorrento, Venice, Florence ...more Rome, Sorrento, Venice, Florence
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Our launch pad to an epic journey through Italy begins in the Eternal City of Rome. Tread in the footsteps of gods and goddesses, emperors and gladiators as you explore its ancient streets before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sights.

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

    We join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the Vatican Museums and a Cultural Insight. Here we'll dive into culture, ascending the spiral staircase designed by Donato Bramante and admiring Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel before visiting St. Peter's Basilica to see his sorrowful Pietà. We continue to ancient Rome, once the capital of the world, imagining the thunderous applause of spectators as they cheered brave warriors in the Colosseum and Circus Maximus centuries ago. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or relax in one of the city's piazze watching the world go by.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Venice (2 Nights)

    Journey past the hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto and cross the steep Apennine Mountains before arriving in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, where tonight we enjoy a Regional Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Principe/Amadeus
  4. Day 4 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    Dive into culture and witness the delicate craft of Venetian glassblowing at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, sharing the city's bustling waterways with ferries, gondolas and yachts. We'll see the Byzantine Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and ornate Doges' Palace before spending the rest of the afternoon on our own getting lost in the labyrinthine calli or enjoying a relaxing spritz.

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

    Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers take center stage today as we take a leisurely drive to Verona, the setting for Romeo and Juliet. We'll see the impressive Roman Arena, the third largest in Italy, and Juliet's balcony. We continue south, through the rolling vineyard-clad landscapes of Tuscany to Renaissance Florence where we'll connect with locals indulging in a memorable Be My Guest dinner with the Landi family.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Grand Mediterraneo
  6. Day 6 Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join your Local Specialist for a guided walking tour through Florence, past the multi-colored Duomo with its impressive dome engineered by Brunelleschi and the Baptistery with its inspiring gilded doors. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore a city that inspired artists, poets and painters to create masterpieces. Consider a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's statue of David, enjoy spectacular views from Piazza Michelangelo or take an Optional Experience to medieval San Gimignano, famous for its hilltop towers.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Florence – Sorrento (2 Nights)

    Travel through the fertile Campanian plains to the Bay of Naples which lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Our home for the next two nights is Sorrento and our introduction to the Amalfi Coast, a delicious dinner at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Johanna Park
  8. Day 8 Isle Of Capri Excursion and Free Time

    Cross the Bay of Naples by ferry to the chic island playground of Capri where you'll join a Local Specialist to see its sophisticated sights. Consider an Optional Experience to Anacapri for beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and insight into a slower, more peaceful way of life. This evening, we enjoy the flavors of fresh seafood during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  9. Day 9 Sorrento – Pompeii – Cassino – Rome

    We explore the tragic immortalization of an ancient civilization in Pompeii today, preserved by volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted. Here a Local Specialist will take us on a walking tour to gain insights into the day-to-day life of the city's former residents. Next, we visit the Commonwealth Cemetery in Cassino, which lies below the famous Montecassino Abbey, the site of a fierce campaign during World War II. Our Italian odyssey ends in Rome where we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a Farewell Dinner, celebrating joy in true Italian style.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Parco de' Medici
  10. Day 10 Depart Rome

    It's time to bid Rome a fond arrivederci as we prepare to depart Italy. Return transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 7 am and 9:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Meal Summary

15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners with local wine. 

Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The December 21 departure will celebrate Christmas in Florence. The December 27 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Florence. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Eight generations and plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves

Dive into Culture

  • Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public
  • Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Isle of Capri and Pompeii

Sightseeing Experiences

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • City tour in Rome and Florence
  • Orientation of Venice and Verona
  • Walking tour of Capri Town and Pompeii
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum and Vatican Museums in Rome and the Commonwealth Cemetery in Cassino
  • View St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Duomo in Florence and the Abbey of Montecassino
  • See the canals of Venice and Mount Vesuvius
  • Scenic cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Festive Celebrations
  • Vatican
  • Special Rate Solo Rooming
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Vatican: This departure will visit the Vatican in Rome on an alternate day.
  • Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include a discount on standard single supplement.
Reviews
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Independent Reviews
William Archer
Monday, April 23, 2018
Service
Our tour manager was outstanding as were the sites we visited .Tour was well planned and organized. Great trip! Would certainly go with GET again.
Vacation
Excellent value for what was included and optional excursions. One of the best tours we have experienced.
Leslie Schuller
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Service
Very good service. In the Air Dept. Dee got us out of Italy ASAP when my wife lost her passport the last day of the tour. The next day was Easter and Mon. was a Italy holiday, so we could not get to the US Embassy until Tues. Dee got us tickets on United to leave Thurs. AM. Great job Dee. Otherwise the Trafalgar tour was great. GET service over all was very good in the pre trip stages.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad that you are home safe and sound after a very stressful and frightening experience.  Here's hoping the next trip goes much smoother!
Monday, April 9, 2018
Vacation
Great presentation by the GET Business Development Mgr. at the Crown Plaza. Excellent service by Randy Fay whom we met at the LO office. Travel vouchers arrived in a timely manner. Randy answered our questions before the trip. Dee got us good air tickets after our return was delayed 4 days because my wife lost her passport the last night of the tour.
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