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Wonders of Italy

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $2,633 per person
Lucca rooftops, Tuscany, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Lucca, La Spezia, Florence, San Gimignano, Venice, Verona, Assisi, Bologna, Tivoli ...more Rome, Lucca, La Spezia, Florence, San Gimignano, Venice, Verona, Assisi, Bologna, Tivoli
  1. Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Benvenuti a Roma! Open your heart to a whirlwind of fiery passion, antiquities and hearty flavours crafted by Italian mammas over centuries. Enjoy a leisurely first encounter with the Eternal City before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see the bustling cityscape.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Il Cantico
  2. Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    'Dive Into Culture' on an included sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist' at the Vatican Museums. Admire the works of great masters - the Bramante staircase, magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and the sorrowful Pietà inside St. Peter's Basilica. In Ancient Rome, we pay tribute to the brave gladiators who fought for supremacy at the Colosseum during our included visit. We'll see the Circus Maximus where chariots thundered to the applause of thousands before a free afternoon.

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

    We travel north to Lucca and enjoy time to wander through the medieval streets and admire the 14th-century San Martino Cathedral and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman arena. Relax in Piazza San Michele or ascend one of the city's ancient towers for panoramic views in your free time.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Best Western Grand Guinigi
  4. Day 4 Cinque Terre and Pisa Excursion

    A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues cling dramatically to the Ligurian cliffs in the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage Site, which we will have an opportunity to explore today on our included excursion. Join a 'Local Specialist' and delve into daily life in these picturesque fishing villages. Stop in Pisa and visit its UNESCO-listed Square of Miracles to view the architectural feat that is the leaning tower.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Lucca – San Gimignano – Florence (2 Nights)

    The gentle Tuscan landscape gives way to our next destination, the hilltop town of San Gimignano, famed for its stunning medieval architecture and historic towers, which stand today as a testament to the wealth and power of aristocratic families who lived here centuries ago. We 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch with wine in a beautiful family owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills, before arriving in Florence, our home for the next two nights.

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

    Discover Renaissance treasures, extraordinary art and exquisite architecture in one of the cultural capitals of the world. We join a Local Specialist who will bring the legacy of the influential Medici family to life. Walk along narrow lanes into expansive piazze, viewing the magnificent marble Duomo and a replica of the David statue in Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio, over 670 years old, and admire spectacular panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. You'll also learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. The rest of the day is yours to explore the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'. Visit the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci at Uffizi Gallery, wander through the architectural wonder of Palazzo Pitti or shop for high-quality leather and gold.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Florence – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

    Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers are remembered today during our jaunt to the romantic city of Verona where we will view Juliet's Balcony and the 1st-century Roman Arena, still used today to host spectacular operatic performances. We venture to Venice next, spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the city's labyrinthine calli on our own in search of hidden treasures. Wander along the Grand Canal, watch the sun set over St. Mark's Square or join an Optional Experience.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Boulevard
  8. Day 8 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    On the island of Giudecca, we 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing before seeing St. Mark's Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Cruise by private launch to see the city's most iconic attractions before enjoying free time to explore the city on your terms. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys, over ornate bridges and into quiet campi as you get lost in this enchanting city.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Venice – Bologna – Assisi

    Travel through scenic countryside to the mystical town of Assisi, stopping en route in the city of Bologna to view its Kissing Towers that lean towards one another, seemingly poised to embrace. Continue to your hotel in Assisi where you'll dine this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand
  10. Day 10 Assisi Sightseeing – Villa d'Este Gardens – Rome

    Discover the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi in his home town on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Join a 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, renowned for its beautiful frescoes depicting the life of this beloved saint. We continue to Tivoli for a guided visit with a 'Local Specialist' of the UNESCO-listed terraced hillside Renaissance gardens of Villa d'Este. Wander past bubbling fountains, manicured hedges and ornate statues as you soak up the tranquil atmosphere of this historic hill town. This evening we enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Parco de' Medici
  11. Day 11 Depart Rome

    It's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends after a memorable journey. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Wonders of Italy
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • ORIENTATION of Pisa, San Gimignano, Verona, and Venice
  • VISIT St Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum in Rome, San Gimignano, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and Villa d'Este Gardens in Tivoli
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Santa Croce Basilica and Duomo in Florence, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the Kissing Towers of Bologna
  • SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

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Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Service
Tour guide was amazing. She was energetic, funny, and was very helpful with any needs we had.
Vacation
Italy was fantastic. I feel the tour included all the things/places a tourist would want to see while giving us plenty of free time to explore on our own.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Service
They are always so willing to help when I call including some dietary restrictions which I needed help with on this vacation. My husband even received a call after our initial booking to change our flight times to ones which worked better for our schedule and reduced us to one connection from two. We will definitely recommend Grand European to others and consider future trips with them.
Vacation
We saw all of the greatest things Italy has to offer along with getting plenty of time to explore on our own and enjoy other parts of the city and countryside of this beautiful country.
Julian Eibin
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Service
Booking was easy. Tour was wonderful. The only thing I didn't like was the added cost of the optional experiences. In the past these were included. The added cost did not make the trip a good value
Vacation
Fair value with added optional excursions
Dorothy Senner
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Service
Through the years I have traveled with many tour groups to make a comparison. From now on, Grand European is my company of choice.I took two trips in the past six months and will be going again in March. The couriers (Mark in Canada and Frabizio in Italy) were so essential in making or breaking the trips. Both couriers were fantastic and the days from start to finish worked seamlessly. The itineraries of the tours were balanced: a very active day was followed up by more relaxing experience the following day. That's meticulous planning. I have nothing but praise for the tours I have taken with Grand European. I especially enjoyed the "Be My Guest" with the lovely--and beautiful--ninth generation owner of a grand mansion in the Chianti Hills who graciously served a delicious meal and then showed us through the manor. . Your tour provided excellent service. Well done!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your positive comments! We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed both of your trips booked through GET. We truly appreciate your repeat business and hope to assist you again in the near future. Enjoy your trip in March!
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Vacation
We were very satisfied with our tour. The accommodations were 3 star hotels when we were near the central attractions for accessibility in cities and 4 star when we were on the road to the next venture. Food was always very good--the breakfasts and dinners. The wine at dinner was a plus. The itinerary was well planned. We saw so many special places, in depth, not just "drive bys." Bus immaculate, driver excellent, couriers excellent, -- the tour was described as first class and we found it to be excellent.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Service
Excellent in every respect. My questions and concerns were answered quickly and without delay. Also Trafalgar is an outstanding company. I hope in the future to engage your services for another trip. Albert Lazaro Garcia
Response from Grand European Travel:
How great to hear that you had such an excellent time in Italy! That makes our day.
Thank you for sharing.
Feel free to reach out any time about your travels. We're here to make your vacations as stress-free as possible, no question is too small and it's our passion to find you the perfect trip.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
The tour was fantastic and Trafalgar is an outstanding company in their tour offerings, plans, and customer satisfaction.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Service
Their service was good. The trip was more strenuous than we thought.
Vacation
amazing itinerary. Needed some rest time. When free time, we were never near our hotel to rest.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Service
This was our first trip to Europe and they were with us every step of the way. Randy (our agent) was always available for questions or concerns and gave us really good advice. Yes! We would definitely travel with them again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so happy that you had such a wonderful experience on your first trip to Europe! Randy is a wonderful agent, we'll be sure to pass along your compliment. Thank you for sharing your experience and for being a part of our travel family.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Vacation
The cost of the tour vs the places we experienced were right in line. We were pleased.
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