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Rome Explorer

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Colosseum, Rome
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $2,195 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, admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling at the Sistine Chapel and enjoy dinner amidst 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. On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Delve into the fascinating culture and ancient heritage of the Eternal City of Rome – its great squares, meandering alleys and ancient treasures are yours to explore At Leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception at a traditional Pizzeria.

  3. You'll join your insider host for a Cultural Insight into Rome's vibrant gourmet culture to select delicious local ingredients amidst the enthusiastic calls of market vendors. Ramble through the Jewish Quarter and sample delicious specialties in the neighborhood bakeries, before arriving at Fooxia for a cooking lesson with a professional chef. Learn the art of making authentic Italian pasta like only Mamma can and sample your successes afterwards. Our appetite appeased, we venture to Ancient Rome with a Local Specialist this afternoon to visit the impressive Colosseum and see Circus Maximus which was once the site for exciting chariot races.
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  4. Set your watch to Italian time, enjoying a leisurely start to your day before joining a walking tour with a Local Specialist through the quaint cobblestone streets of Rome. We venture into Ancient Rome for a visit to the breathtaking Pantheon, the best preserved building in the city, wander through charming piazze and admire the city's imposing monuments, including Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers. Spend time relaxing with the locals before leaving the city center to visit the ancient catacombs in the company of a Local Specialist who will reveal fascinating insights into the city's Christian history.
  5. Spend the day at leisure, sauntering past the sights or relaxing with a coffee and cornetti to soak up the authentic atmosphere of Rome. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing in the city. Get a real taste of the city with Trafalgar's exclusive VizEat Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavors with a local family in their home.
  6. The morning is yours to continue your leisurely exploration of the glories of Rome before venturing to St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. This afternoon, we gain priority access to The Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take us on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and enjoy the opportunity to discover the array of fascinating artifacts at the Museo Gregoriano Profano, founded in the Lateran Apostolic Palace at the behest of Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1844. You'll also enjoy an exclusive after-hour's al fresco dining under Vatican summer skies boasting spectacular views of St Peter’s - a treat for the senses. Should there be adverse weather; a contingency is provided in a newly-created dining space within the Cortile della Pigna

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  7. Trace the footsteps of ancient philosophers, senators and emperors as you enjoy a free day to explore Rome on your terms. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to spend your day. Alternatively, you may wish to take an Optional experience to visit the tragic remains of Pompeii, the victim of a devastating volcanic eruption in 79 AD.
  8. We travel to the historic hill-town of Tivoli today, joining our Local Specialist for a guided tour of the enchanting and serene UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d'Este. This evening, we meet for a unique Cultural Insight into local living, joining our hosts in their Isola Tiberina apartment, which once belonged to the famous film director Michelangelo Antonioni, amongst other famous inhabitants. Our hosts will prepare a delicious and memorable meal for you to enjoy 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 At Leisure sojourn in one of the world's greatest cities. Airport transfers will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am.


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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 $470 p.p.

Triple Discount: up to $90 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $78 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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Meal Summary

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

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before an exclusive private dinner.
  •  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 friendly locals 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, The Vatican Museums and 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


Sunday, July 30, 2017
Service rating : The tour director, Jeff Allen, did a marvelous job. As this was my third or fourth trip to Rome, he was most helpful and understanding about me wanting to do many things on my own. For example, when we went to Tivoli, he arranged for me to go to Hadrian's villa instead of sticking with the group to go see the gardens at villa D'Este, which did not interest me at all. Pompeii was incredible! I saw Walter Cronkite's "YOU ARE THERE" program on the site in 1956 when I was ten and had been wishing to visit in person for 60 years. My flight from Philadelphia to Raleigh was cancelled Sunday night so I need to file an insurance claim. I need a copy of the invoice and itinerary. I am sure they will be equally helpful with that.
Vacation : You really get your money's worth and more with Grand European.
  • 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 24 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.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a lighthearted 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

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.

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