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Splendors of Italy

Operated by: CostSaver

13 Days from $1,995 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Bay of Naples, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy, Switzerland ...more Italy, Switzerland

Locations Visited

Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Lugano, Milan, Pisa, Florence, Siena ...more Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Lugano, Milan, Pisa, Florence, Siena
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    If Rome were a person, she would be confident, alluring and complex. You'll get to know her, and her quirks, over the next few days as she launches your unforgettable journey across Italy. You'll see reminders of an ancient world, a holy empire and the Renaissance around every turn should you wish to spend the day exploring on your own, after checking in to your hotel. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse of what's in store. You could continue your independent exploration of Rome later this evening or join your travel group for an Optional Experience to see some of the city's most iconic sights followed by a dinner of light Italian specialties.

    hotel Ergife Palace
  2. Day 2 Rome sightseeing and free time

    Take a moment. Standing in St. Peter's Square, you'll be in the midst of the world's holiest of Catholic shrines - where people have worshipped since the fourth century. This expansive place of pilgrimage and prayer gives way to the lofty vaults of one of the greatest churches in the world, St. Peter's Basilica. Your Local Specialist will reveal the treasures and talents of Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini who all had a hand in the construction. Continue your guided sightseeing tour across the Tiber River to Ancient Rome and imagine a time when soldiers and senators built a city that became the centre of the world. Its foundations still stand today as a tribute to its former might and you'll have the opportunity to view its iconic ancient ruins before spending time on your own exploring the ruins or joining your fellow travellers on an Optional Experience through Rome's beautiful piazzas.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Rome – Bay of Naples (2 Nights)

    This morning, consider joining an Optional Experience to the Vatican Museums, home to an impressive collection of art and antiquities. The Bay of Naples beckons and you'll head south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the site of fierce battles during World War II, to Napoli. Perhaps spend the afternoon taking an optional drive along the picture-perfect Amalfi Coast, with a visit to the artistic hub of Positano and its pastel-hued houses that seem to tumble into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Or spend the rest of your day rubbing shoulders with the Neapolitans in search of the city's best Margherita pizza. Its ingredients reflect the red, white and green of Italy's flag - could there be anything more patriotic?

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel La Panoramica
  4. Day 4 Sorrento excursion

    Today you'll take a scenic journey along the craggy Mediterranean coast, tracing the footsteps of artists, writers and high society who have long revered the sweet shores of Sorrento. Centuries on, there are no signs of the hypnotic sirens that once tempted soldiers to run their ships into the deadly rocks. Instead, fresh scents of citrus are likely to accompany your every step as you explore this beautiful resort town with plenty of time to explore on your own. Don't leave the town's historic harbour without sampling some local specialties . Then say salute to a swift and zesty limoncello - it's the perfect after-dinner digestivo.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Bay of Naples – Assisi (1 Night)

    Enjoy a relaxing morning, unless you choose to join an Optional Experience to see the excavations of Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Buried under ash when Vesuvius blew her top, Pompeii remains frozen in time and your Local Specialist will reveal what life was like as a local resident of the time. Later, we journey to the heart of Italy, through the rolling hills of Umbria, to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Your guided orientation tour around this medieval hill-top town will include views of the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of a saint who preached obedience, chastity and poverty.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Frate Sole
  6. Day 6 Assisi – Venice (Oriago) (2 Nights)

    We cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains, bound for the charismatic calle of Venice, once a maritime powerhouse whose influences can be seen across the Eastern Mediterranean. The winged lion of Venice remains an enduring symbol of the city and one you'll see often as you explore the city over the next few days. You'll arrive just in time for an optional Gondola and Grand Canal cruise - grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges lining your journey. Enjoy dinner at your hotel, then spend the rest of the evening exploring this beautiful city your way.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Il Burchiello
  7. Day 7 Venice orientation and free time

    We take to the waters of the canal and cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, the gateway to the city. Admire the ornate Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs, whose bitter-sweet views once elicited sighs from prisoners who were unlikely to see their beloved city ever again. There's time on your own to explore before we visit a glassblowing workshop to see the talents of master craftsmen at work creating the most exquisite works of art. This afternoon, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the vibrant rainbow-coloured façades of Burano Island, which beckon to resident fishermen seeking a safe beacon for their return journey home through the lagoon's thick fog.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Venice (Oriago) – Verona – Lugano – Italian Lakes (Saronno) (2 Nights)

    From Roman ruins to Romeo and Juliet, Verona certainly is the stuff of legends. Our first stop today is the city that served as the backdrop for Shakespeare's famous love story and you'll have an opportunity to view the very balcony where the fictional Juliet once called for her Romeo. Admire the Roman Arena where thrilling performances are held to this day, then continue across the Swiss border and visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. Your brief brush with Switzerland provides a beautiful introduction to the shimmering allure of the Italian Lakes, which you'll explore over the coming days. Return to Italy this evening where tonight you'll dine in your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Starhotels Grand Milan
  9. Day 9 Free day or Milan and Lake Como excursion

    You'll have the whole day free to relax at the hotel pool, but we know you'll want to soak up the sophisticated lakeside atmosphere instead on your Europe value tour. Lace up your walking shoes for a stroll along a lively promenade or people-watching with an Aperol Spritz in hand. Alternatively, consider an Optional Experience to Lake Como and Italy's fashion capital. You'll board a boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise on its glacial waters before heading to Milan to see the glass-roofed Galleria, La Scala and the spectacular Duomo.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Italian Lakes region – Pisa – Florence (Prato)(2 Nights)

    You've always wanted to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and now you're here! We'll take you to snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the famous leaning tower. Admire Pisa's Romanesque Square of Miracles in all its striped marble glory. Its structures are said to symbolise the three main stages of human life - the Baptistery (birth), the Cathedral (life) and the Camposanto (death). Then continue towards Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. For a taste of Tuscany, consider joining an Optional Experience in the Tuscan hills with regional favourites, live music and a glass or two of crisp Chianti.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Wall Art
  11. Day 11 Florence sightseeing and free time

    No expense was spared to glorify the city of Florence through art and architecture and you'll see first-hand how this city paved its way to a modern age. Join a Local Specialist this morning for an enthralling account of the city's history during a walking tour of its historic centre, including views of Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria, the city's main square where many of the political and artistic treasures of the city can be seen, then witness a leatherwork demonstration and browse the centuries-old trades of gold and leathercraft. This afternoon, perhaps head up to Piazzale Michelangelo and admire the views over Florence's signature skyline.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Florence – Siena – Rome (1 Night)

    Tuscany may claim to be the heart of Italy, but it is the stunning medieval city of Siena which will capture yours. The city's fortified walls, towers and palaces emerge from the rolling countryside on your journey through the beautiful Chianti region. This former economic and military power today hosts the Palio horse race, injecting a shot of colour amidst the burnt sienna façades of the city's Il Campo. Your visit will reveal the city's rich heritage, architecture and cuisine, most notably why Siena is renowned for its signature panforte fruit cake, which you have to sample during a visit to a pasticceria. Leaving Tuscany behind, we return to Rome for one final encounter with the Eternal City, or join your fellow travellers for an optional Farewell Dinner to end your holiday on a high note.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Raganelli
  13. Day 13 Depart Rome

    The Italian dream of eating well, laughing often and loving much will linger long after your Splendours of Italy tour comes to an end this morning. Say a fond arrivederci to your travel companions and Travel Director, reminiscing over epic shared memories along this unforgettable journey through Italy. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Splendours of Italy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

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

  • Assisi Orientation tour includes views of the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
  • Italian Lakes Enjoy a free day with spectacular views
  • Lugano Visit this magnificent lakeside resort
  • Pisa View the Square of Miracles and the famous Leaning Tower
  • Rome Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
  • Siena Visit the Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio horse race
  • Sorrento Orientation tour of this popular resort
  • 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

Dates & Prices

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.


Roman Delights With Dinner

Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.
Adult Price: € 51

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

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

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33

Arrivederci Roma

Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savor her unforgettable sights! We then celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entertainment in one of our favorite places.
Adult Price: € 50


Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
Adult Price: € 56

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens of a traditional local farm. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.
Adult Price: € 51

Discover Pompeii

Join our Local Specialist on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. This is an opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years.
Adult Price: € 49


Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice's dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: € 70

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: € 36

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal 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

Italian Lakes

Milan and Lake Como

We'll start with a visit to Lake Como where you'll enjoy views of the elegant villas and gardens as you cruise on the Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in Northern Italy. Later, you’ll visit Milan, the bustling fashion and financial capital of Italy. Highlights will include: views of the spectacular Duomo, the glass-roofed Galleria and the world-famous La Scala opera house.
Adult Price: € 55


Traditional Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills

Tonight we’ll 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

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We 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. This optional is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47

The Gardens of Villa Gamberaia

We'll travel into the Florentine hills with our Local Specialist to visit historic Villa Gamberaia today. Built in the early 1600s, this Tuscan Villa is known for its magnificent gardens, which were praised by Edith Wharton in her book Italian Villas and Their Gardens. Then, we'll take in the stunning views whilst enjoying an aperitivo!
Adult Price: € 79

Tuscan Tasting Tour

Today, with our local 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 like: 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

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano with our Local Specialist. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as the 'Medieval Manhattan,' is one of the most beautiful in Italy - a true gem.
Adult Price: € 36

Independent Reviews
Elizabeth Werhane
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Between the tour director, Rosella Roncari, and our bus driver, Ervin, we couldn't have asked for more. Rosella was personable and knowledgeable, always upbeat even when challenges arose and able to make last minute changes when the weather proved difficult, and Ervin was an amazing driver, maneuvering the extra-large bus deftly in some of the most harrowing instances of traffic any of us had ever seen.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our Travel Directors are some of the best in the industry. We are so pleased you had a chance to experience Rosella's expertise.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The only drawback to our trip was the experience of a few hotels not being up to par and quite a distance for any city center.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Grand European Travel Specialist, Alyssa Rucker’s customer service set the stage for the rest of the “Splendors of Italy” tour. She answered all my questions as if she knew exactly what I was about to ask before I did. The information and insights provided were exactly on target. Being new to this experience, I was very apprehensive, and Alyssa’s calm and polite disposition, along with her knowledge, made it very comfortable. Her follow-up messages were timely and personable. If I discover other GET tours that match my travel itches, I would definitely like, and trust, Alyssa to make the magic happen again. Thank you, Alyssa.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing experience with Alyssa and your memories of a wonderful trip. We love it when expectations are exceeded and hope we can help plan another trip for you in the near future.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The “Splendors of Italy” tour continued where the booking experienced left off. From the airport-hotel transfer and hotel checking, we felt like we were in good hands. It only got better after we met our Travel Director, Rosella Roncari and fellow travelers. There were no situations that Rosella could not handle. Her very patient dealing with non-ideal situations (weather, people, schedules, or whatever), provided the best possible experience for the group. She was constantly on guard and reviewing schedules, looking out for the group’s safety, wants and needs. She provided additional “hidden gem” experiences that greatly enhanced the included and optional tours. Details and insights provided at each local stop, as well as along the highway, helped me “feel” the experience of what we were seeing. I’d also like to praise our bus driver Ervin for his skill and professionalism in making us feel safe on the road. His courteous disposition made him a perfect match with Rosella. The venues of the “Splendors of Italy” checked off my list of most wanted to see Italy locations and was worth the price paid alone, but with the addition of excellent customer service from start to finish, the entire experience was made a value that will be difficult to be match at any price.
Michael Castro
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Very flexible and accomodating, as well as attentive
Italy was awesome; Gordon Spicer was a great tour coordinator
Amy Miller
Friday, August 2, 2019
Our travel specialist left the company shortly after we booked. No one took his place. Dinner details were not shared with us that would have been helpful to know.
Very well organized. Nice hotels. Porter service for luggage. Excellent choice of locations visited. Excellent tour director and driver!
Trusted Customer
Thursday, June 27, 2019
This was our second Trafalgar Cost Saver trip. Both were fabulous. Well organized, marvelous host, everything taken care of.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so nice to hear. We are so glad you enjoy this product and appreciate you booking with us!
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Fabulous vacation. Everything taken care of, well organized, marvelous tour director.
Paula Smith
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Kaitlynn Fitzpatrick was helpful, efficient, and stayed in close contact. She always answered any questions cheerfully and in a timely manner.
It could have been outstanding. However, our Tour Director's English was basically incomprehensible, so we missed out on much of the background, etc., of the sites we visited. Disappointing! Also, the hotels were inconveniently located, making the "Optionals" basically imperative.
Lucia Carvalho
Saturday, May 11, 2019
They helped me pick the trip that hit all the places that i wanted to visit. They also were very helpful when a direct flight became available. They called me up and saved me from a 6 hour layover. That was very much appreciated.
The Splendors of Italy tour was simply amazing. I saw amazing places, had great food, and made amazing friends. The best part was our tour director Giacomo. He made this trip the great experience that it was by going above and beyond!
Theresa Ficarra
Friday, September 28, 2018
I would have appreciated knowing that the hotels were located so far from the sites. I might have rethought which tour that I wanted to take.
Sites were amazing but hotel sites could have been a lot better.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, August 30, 2018
The Splendors of Italy tour surpassed our expectations. The itinerary was thoughtfully designed to maximize sights and experiences. The hotels were all very good and a nice sampling of family run and grander hotels. The element that took our tour over the top was our wonderful guide, Amedeo Tarquini. He was not only extremely knowledgeable about art, architecture, history,food, wine, etc. he had such love for his home country and genuinely enjoyed sharing with us. He surprised us with unexpected delights (ie. musicians on our gondola ride!) and shared all sorts of insider info for shopping, dining, etc. He made us all feel like family, looking out for one another, and managed a very full itinerary with grace, style and a wonderful sense of humor. It was a wonderful trip.
We looked at more expensive options but I don't think they would have been any better than this Cost Saver trip. We actually enjoyed staying in smaller family run hotels in addition to the grander hotels. We had thought of a smaller group tour, but we really enjoyed all 48 people on our bus. We met so many interesting people from all over the world. The pay-as-you-go optional experiences seemed spendy at first, but they were all so good they were worth the price. We did all of them.
Joshua Uhrig
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The trip was amazing. That being said...the person we booked with was very pleasant on the phone the first time we called with questions and to book. He was helpful, insightful, and very friendly. However once we booked our trip we didn't receive our itinerary when we should have. We called to inquiry about it and the booking agent we originally spoke with who gave us his direct number was very short and rude in helping to get my itinerary electronically. Thankfully we got it and the trip went on without any other issues. The Trip Director was amazing the coach driver was skilled and friendly, and the hotels were very nice.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the issue with your itinerary and the extra phone calls you had to make to sort it out.  We will certainly use this as a training opportunity for all of our staff.  Thank you for letting us know.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Very well rounded view of Italy, especially for first timers to the country. Spenders included all the major attractions and destinations one would think of when coming to Italy, plus a few local gems you would have never expected. Very pleased and hapo y we chose this specific tour and will be recommending!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback and recommendation.  We couldn't be happier to see that you enjoyed the Splendors of Italy!
Friday, June 1, 2018
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