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Rome Explorer

Colosseum, Rome
9 Days from $1,938 per person

Enjoy a taste of ‘la dolce vita' and explore the larger-than-life verve of an ancient city that has influenced the world's heritage, art, culture and religion. 

Sit on the Spanish Steps with a gelato, admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling at the Sistine Chapel and enjoy dinner in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities at the Vatican Museums.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel, or take a leisurely stroll through the city's ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a traditional pizzeria Welcome Reception.
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  3. After a leisurely start enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist through some of the oldest streets in Rome. Visit the famous Spanish Steps, immortalized in many Italian movies, and the Trevi Fountain where you will stop to toss a coin over your shoulder and make a wish to return to Rome. Visit inside the breathtaking Pantheon and marvel at the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. See some of the impressive squares and admire the many monuments including Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers. Enjoy free time in Piazza Navona for lunch and a gelato. This afternoon leave the city center and visit the ancient catacombs with a Local Specialist for a fascinating insight into Christian history in the city.
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  4. Today experience life like a local in this bustling and vibrant capital city. Visit a local food market for a Cultural Insight with your insider host and select delicious local ingredients. Take a walk through the Jewish quarter and try focaccias and other delicious specialties in the neighborhood bakeries. Arrive at Fooxia for a cooking course with a professional chef and learn how to make proper Italian pasta. Enjoy a delicious lunch with typical Italian hospitality.
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  5. A completely free day to explore the city. Your Travel Director will give you some ideas and suggestions on how to spend your day. Alternatively you may wish to take an Optional Experience to visit the renowned excavations at Pompeii.
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  6. Enjoy your morning at leisure, exploring the magnificent historic sites of Rome, indulging in its café culture and perhaps even a shopping experience to Via Condotti. This afternoon, gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and meet an official representative of the Vatican Museums during your private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum, founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, with its remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. You'll also enjoy an exclusive after hour's dinner at the museum amidst three centuries of Vatican art, history and antiquities.
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  7. This morning after a leisurely start visit ancient Rome with a Local Specialist. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Later travel to Tivoli for a guided visit with a Local Specialist of the UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d'Este. The architectural elements and water features here had an enormous influence on European landscape design.
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  8. Your last day in the city is completely yours to explore further or do last minute shopping for souvenirs. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing in the city. In the early evening meet for a unique Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Roman Farewell Dinner with a local family in their Isola Tiberina apartment. This apartment formerly belonged to film director Michelangelo Antonioni amongst other famous inhabitants. Today it is the home of Fabio and either he or other members of his family will host you for a delicious meal with your fellow travel companions.
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  9. After breakfast, say farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable week in one of the world's greatest cities. Transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport are available. Conditions apply.
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Meal Summary

7 nights, 7 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Enjoy a private guided tour and exclusive dinner in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities at the Vatican's Missionary Ethnological Museum. Learn how to make traditional Italian pasta with a professional Italian chef who will take you through a food market to buy local ingredients. Join a local family for dinner in their apartment which was once the home of acclaimed Italian film director, Michelangelo Antonioni

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, the Vatican Museums and Tivoli

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome
  • Visit the Roman Catacombs, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Tivoli Gardens at Villa d'Este
  • View the Spanish Steps, Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers, the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus

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

Roman Evening with Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

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.

Discover Pompeii And Naples

Adult Price: € 100

Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples, before returning to Rome, passing the abbey of Monte Cassino.

Definite Departure
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22 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 checkmark $2,250$2,081pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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6 May 17 14 May 17 checkmark $2,295$2,123pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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15 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 checkmark $2,095$1,938pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,095 $1,938 pp
9 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $2,295$2,123pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,295 $2,123 pp
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These departures are subject to change price, discount and hotels. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.

undefinedFestive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $390 p.p.

Triple Discount: $60 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $57 per person.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to 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. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7:00 am and 9:30 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts and ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink. 

    Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined.  Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Monday, October 17, 2016
Rome Explorer
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Service rating : Location of the hotel was perfect for independent exploration.
Vacation : The tour guide was personable and thoughtful throughout the trip. Local experts were very knowledgeable.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Rome Explorer
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Service rating : I like the way our Tour Leader takes care of us .
Vacation : I like this idea . Five years ago we took the GRAND ITALIA TOUR and loved it and we were talking about going back to Rome on our own for a week . Then we saw this Trip and jumped at it . It was exactly what we were looking for . I can see doing it in London in a couple of years and maybe Paris .
Friday, September 23, 2016
Rome Explorer
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Service rating : GET has been wonderful to work with from the first contact to book the trip to the final good=bye at the airport, everyone was friendly, knowledgable, and very professional.
Vacation : We had a wonderful time on our trip.It was a good mix of planned outings and free time. The hotel was in an excellent location, close to the Vatican and many restaurants and shopping, and close to the subway which we used to visit other sights. Susan Williams, our tour director, went over and above in making this an excellent vacation.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your comments. We are very happy to see that you enjoyed your trip and everything went as planned. WE hope to help you plan your next vacation in the near future.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Rome Explorer
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Service rating : GET and Trafalgar did an excellent job. Everyone was very professional and helpful. Our tour director and local guide were both very good.
Vacation : Great tour with lots of free time to explore Rome on our own. Maybe, we could have one more planned dinner to get to know our fellow travelers in more depth.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's a great suggestion! Thank you for mentioning it. We're very happy that you enjoyed your trip and the wonders of Rome.

Grand European Travel
Monday, May 23, 2016

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