Rome Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,775 per person
Colosseum, Rome

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii, Tivoli ...more Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii, Tivoli
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (7 Nights)

    Delve into the enthralling culture and ancient heritage of the Eternal City of Rome, exploring the city at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at a traditional Pizzeria this evening. Tonight we stay at Hotel Victoria - built in 1899 and one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' in the heart of Rome's historic centre.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Victoria
  2. Day 2 Rome Market Visit – Cooking Experience and Ancient Rome Sightseeing

    Jostle with the locals to get your pick of the best fruits and vegetables at a local food market this morning. Here you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and into Rome's vibrant gourmet scene. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter and sample delicious specialities in its neighbourhood bakeries, before taking part in a cooking course with a professional chef. Learn the art of making authentic pasta like only an Italian mamma can and sample your successes afterwards. Your appetite appeased, venture to Ancient Rome with a Local Specialist to visit the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where exhilarating chariot races were once hosted.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3 Rome City Highlights Walking tour and Catacombs Visit

    Set your watch to Italian time, enjoying a leisurely start to your day before joining a walking tour with a Local Specialist through Rome. Visit the Baroque-styled Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, tossing a coin to secure your speedy return to Rome. Continue to the heart of Rome and visit the Pantheon, the best preserved Roman building in the city. Then, wander through the city streets and piazze, admiring the city's imposing monuments, including Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. Spend time rubbing shoulders with the locals before leaving the city centre to visit the ancient catacombs with a Local Specialist who will reveal insights into the city's Christian history.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Rome At Leisure

    Spend the day discovering Rome on your own. Saunter past the sights or relax with a coffee and cornetti to soak up the city's authentic atmosphere. Make this free day in Rome count. Venture up Palatine Hill for spectacular views of Ancient Rome, shop along Via Veneto, or relax in the serene gardens of Villa Borghese. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Rome – Vatican and Sistine Chapel Visit

    This morning, 'Dive Into Culture' as you 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 more peaceful, before venturing to St. Peter's Basilica. The afternoon is yours to continue your leisurely exploration of the glories of Rome. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  6. Day 6 Rome At Leisure or Optional Experience to Pompeii

    Trace the footsteps of ancient philosophers, senators and emperors as you enjoy a free day to explore Rome. 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 remains of Pompeii, the victim of a devastating volcanic eruption.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Tivoli Villa d'Este Gardens Visit and Roman Farewell Dinner

    We travel to the historic hill-town of Tivoli today, joining our Local Specialist for a guided tour of the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d'Este. This Roman retreat, with its spectacular fountains, pools and exquisite architectural elements, had an enormous influence on European landscape design. This evening, we 'Dive Into Culture', joining our hosts who will prepare a delicious meal including local flavours for you to enjoy with your fellow travel companions.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Depart Rome

    After breakfast, say farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable sojourn in one of the world's greatest cities. Transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Rome
  • VISIT the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Catacombs, Piazza Navona, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and Villa d'Este Gardens in Tivoli
  • VIEW the Spanish Steps, the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus and Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Start Date: Sun, Mar 22, 2020
Return Date: Sun, Mar 29, 2020
$1,775pp AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Request Quote Book Now
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 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. Afterward, 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.

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Responsiveness, paid attention to detail, recommended excellent flights and connection / transfer detail. Offered ideas for things to do and see when there was down time. Offered travel advise when I was on the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds as if everything went perfectly and we could not be more pleased to see that. Thank you for taking the time to share your review of Rome and we hope to see you again soon.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Vacation was as described in the marketing literature. We did all the optional events, 4 in total, which made the trip magnificent.
Aisha Abdur-Rahman
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The hotel used for this tour has the most deplorable customer service I have ever experienced. Indifferent to the point of rudeness. Negligent and unhelpful. The concierge acted like he was doing you a favor rather than doing his job (which he was ineffective at doing). The behavior of the staff at this hotel ruined what should have been a great vacation. If GETours wants to improve customer experience you should use one of the many truly good hotels that n Rome. The Cicerone Hotel is simply the worst.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and we will act upon your feedback immediately and have our team follow up with the hotel directly. Thank you for taking the time to write and we hope that there were some happy memories despite the service at the hotel.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The tour was well planned and would have been a real value if we were put up at a decent hotel. The Cicerone is dated and tired and low on customer service.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 18, 2018
The Service was very good!!
Good Value for content., Good Tour Director.
Joan Sugg
Sunday, July 30, 2017
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.
You really get your money's worth and more with Grand European.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 17, 2016
Location of the hotel was perfect for independent exploration.
The tour guide was personable and thoughtful throughout the trip. Local experts were very knowledgeable.
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 23, 2016
I like the way our Tour Leader takes care of us .
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 .
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 23, 2016
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.
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
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.
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 23, 2016
GET and Trafalgar did an excellent job. Everyone was very professional and helpful. Our tour director and local guide were both very good.
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
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.
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