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Grand Italian Experience

17 Day Italy Tour from Rome to Sorrento

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17 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

15 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Alberobello, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Milan, Baveno, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence

24 Meals

8 Dinners, 16 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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A rare opportunity to see the extraordinary limestone trulli houses of Alberobello is the highlight of this journey. Discover Italy's delights during dinner with Signor Luciano, journey across the Bay of Naples to Capri, dream of star-crossed lovers in Verona and delight in the Italian Lake District sheltered by the southern Alps.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Rome

Blaze a trail through la bella Italia – your epic journey begins in Rome, once the powerful capital of the world and yours to explore before meeting your travel companions and Travel Director for a light supper and orientation drive introducing you to some of the city's iconic and unexpected highlights.

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who for centuries have flocked to Vatican City. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in Christendom, joining a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour. See Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà, hewn from a perfect block of Carrara marble. Then, venture into Ancient Rome to see Circus Maximus, where the thundering noise of chariot races once filled the air. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Stroll down the Spanish steps or sit in an outdoor cafe on the famous Via Veneto or continue your encounter with Ancient Rome on Palatine Hill to see the Temple of Apollo and Flavian Palace, among other excavations.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Itali...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to the Alberobello Region

We travel east through the mountains of Campania to the orange and olive groves of Puglia on the Adriatic coast, our home for the next two nights. This evening, we enjoy a delicious local dinner at our hotel.

Olive Tree in Alberobello, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Sierra Silvana Alberobello
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Tivoli Gardens and Villa D'Este, Italy
Tivoli and Gardens of the Villa d’Este

Enjoy the gardens and fountains of the famous Villa d’Este. We’ll see its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, the Dragon Foun...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Admire Alberobello’s Iconic Architecture

Enjoy a morning at leisure. Consider an optional experience or relax with a swim at your hotel. This afternoon, the conical limestone houses of Alberobello take center stage during our guided tour with a Local Specialist. Here, you’ll see the UNESCO-listed collection of almost 1,500 trulli dating back to the 14th century. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest experience at a traditional masseria. Meet Signor Luciano for dinner on his Alberobello farm where you can taste seasonal produce, including fresh almonds, cherries, tomatoes and olive oil.

Trulli houses in Alberobello, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Sierra Silvana Alberobello
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Meet Signor Luciano on his Alberobello farm at a Be My Guest dinner, Italy
Meet Signor Luciano for Dinner in Alberobello

Meet Signor Luciano on his Alberobello farm where you can taste seasonal produce, including fresh almonds, cherries, tomatoes and olive oil, as wel...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Optional Experiences A guided visit to Ostuni, Italy
A Guided Visit to Ostuni

With its stark, white-washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways, Ostuni is reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina. Set agai...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Sunny Sorrento

The fresh aroma of lemons is your constant companion in the stunning coastal town of Sorrento, your home for the next two nights. View the bustling Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia before spending the afternoon at leisure. Kick back and sip delicious Limoncello di Sorrento, enjoy lunch in this picture-perfect town or spend the afternoon soaking up la dolce vita. This evening we dine in a local restaurant.

View of Sorrento, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
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 magnifi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

A Day on the Isle of Capri

Cruise the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Enjoy a guided tour of Capri town, watching the beautiful people sip cappuccino in the glamorous piazzetta.

Marina Grande in Capri Island, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Capri cruise and tour from Sorrento, Italy
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit a mozarella farm and enjoy a meal in Sorrento, ItalySorrento
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Neapolitan dinner and dance in Florence, Italy
Dinner Neapolitan Style

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialties at one of our favorite family-run restaurants. Savor local dishes all served up with the famous Ne...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Uncover Pompeii's Ruins and on to Assisi

Explore the tragic history of the ancient lost city of Pompeii with a Local Specialist. Gain a deeper understanding of what life was like in this Roman settlement that lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted. Continue your journey through the rolling green and golden fields of Umbria, arriving at the mystical hilltop town of Assisi. Meet your Local Specialist for a visit of the stunning Basilica of St. Francis, featuring exquisite frescoes by Giotto. We'll stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.

Ruins in Pompeii, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Cenacolo Assisi
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Stay at hotel Cenacoloa, a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in Assisi, Italy
Stays with Stories

Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery with the original structure maintained, a masterful blend of ancient and modern comforts.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Day 8

Onwards to Venice

We venture to the Adriatic coast bound for Venice. A city like no other in the world, you'll explore its canals and waterways during your time on the islands of the Venetian Lagoon, home to the artistic tradition of blown glass. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories.

Canal Grande and Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Preserving the tradition of Murano glass art, Hyatt Centric Murano Venice Hotel retains its industrial architecture, embodying the spirit of the glass blowers who once plied their trade there.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Trafalgar Difference Stay at the Hyatt Centric Murano Hotel in Venice, Venice
Stays with Stories

Preserving the tradition of Murano glass art, Hyatt Centric Murano Hotel retains its industrial architecture, embodying the spirit of the glass blowers who once plied their trade there.

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Trafalgar Difference

Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Cruise the Canals of Venice

This morning start the day by observing the delicate craft of Venetian glassblowing that spans centuries. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to preserve the traditions that have been handed down through the generations and you’ll be inspired to buy a souvenir to remind you of the talent and skill shared enthusiastically by the master craftsmen. Next you’ll glide by private launch along busy waterways to view the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica before exploring the city on your terms. Stroll beside the Grand Canal, nibble on delicious cicchetti at a cozy bacaro or cross the lagoon for an Optional Experience to the colorful fishermen's Island of Burano.

Gondola on the canal in Venice, Italy
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Preserving the tradition of Murano glass art, Hyatt Centric Murano Venice Hotel retains its industrial architecture, embodying the spirit of the glass blowers who once plied their trade there.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® See the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing in Venice
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Venice's Secrets

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and p...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Journey to Verona, explore Milan and on to the Italian Lakes

Celebrate the epic tale of Romeo and Juliet during this morning's visit to the fair city of Verona and view the Roman arena build in the 1st century and famously used for opera these days. Later, experience the fashion capital of Milan. Enjoy free time to explore on your own after an orientation of the city's iconic sights. See the exquisite Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the Galleria, one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Arrive on the quiet shores of Lake Maggiore, soaking up the pleasant lakeside atmosphere and exploring Baveno. An optional experience takes you to dinner in an iconic setting on Lake Maggiore.

Juliet's Balcony in Verona, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Simplon Baveno
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Walking Tour Milan, Italy
Treasures of Milan

A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst other sights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous ope...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, Italy
Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Explore Lake Maggiore

Relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore or take an optional experience taking a scenic train ride through the Alps mountains. This afternoon, the Borromean Islands optional experience is a wonderful way to soak up the incredible beauty of the Italian Lakes.

View of Lake Maggiore, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Simplon Baveno
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Borromeo Palace Garden in Lake Maggiore, Italy
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy an Alpine village walking tour & panoramic train ride
Alpine Train Discovery

The famous Centovalli Panoramic Train will lead you across dramatic viaducts, past deep ravines and through beautiful forests, whilst your Local Sp...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Onwards to La Spezia

Enjoy the sunrise reflected on the picturesque Lake Maggiore, or take a leisurely stroll before you leave your lakeside resort. Later, travel to the port city of La Spezia on the Ligurian Coast.

View of La Spezia, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Sarzana and enjoy wine tasting, Italy
Wine Tasting and Sarzana Visit

Near the ancient Via Aurelia, we'll visit a winery to learn about vermentino grapes, the pride of Liguria. We'll taste several wines paired with lo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in Sarzana, Italy
Sarzana Dinner and Drive

Tonight we'll go off the beaten track to the alluring medieval town of Sarzana, a hidden gem. We’ve chosen an elegant venue, where you’ll enjoy din...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

La Spezia Your Way

Indulge in a full free day to soak up the laid-back atmosphere. Stroll along the waterfront or consider joining an optional experience to Porto Venere and the Bay of Poets where you’ll embark on an encounter with the cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre. This evening, we dine locally.

View of La Spezia, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Cinque Terre and Porto, Italy
The Cinque Terre and Porto Venere

Today, with our Local Specialist, we’ll visit the Bay of Poets and the beautiful Porto Venere, where we can admire the UNESCO-protected Cinque Terr...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 14

Uncover Pisa and on to Florence

Traveling south through the unforgettable scenery of Tuscany, we arrive in Pisa to view its famous Leaning Tower before continuing to the Renaissance city of Florence. This afternoon is yours at leisure to wander through the grand squares and labyrinthine lanes of Florence, whose connection with the Medici family saw this city become one of the world's most cultural centers. Consider a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see the Michelangelo's statue of David, amble along the Arno River or ascend the stone steps up to Piazzale Michelangelo for spectacular views of the city.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan dinner at Villa Machiavelli in Florence, Italy
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 15

Discover Renaissance Florence

Join a Local Specialist  this morning to view the city's finest masterpieces – the magnificent Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower and the 13th-century Santa Croce Basilica, the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio which has straddled the Arno River for almost 700 years, or wander through the Renaissance Boboli Gardens, stopping for a slice or two of  schiacciata along the way.

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 16

All Roads Lead to Rome

 Today we journey past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti and beneath the hill-towns of Umbria before arriving in Rome. Tour the extraordinary Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist, including views of Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. This evening, Roman flavors and ancient ruins take center stage as you dine at Ristorante Pancrazio, located just a stone’s throw away from where the Emperor Julius Caesar is said to have been assassinated. Toast your travels over a selection of signature Roman dishes handed down over four generations. 

Vineyards in Tuscany, Italy
Accommodation Shangri-La Rome
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17

Journey Home

Our epic encounter with Italy has come to an end. We say arrivederci to Rome and our newfound friends at the end of our Grand Italian Experience.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Be My Guest
Meet Signor Luciano for Dinner in Alberobello

Meet Signor Luciano on his Alberobello farm where you can taste seasonal produce, including fresh almonds, cherries, tomatoes and olive oil, as wel...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery with the original structure maintained, a masterful blend of ancient and modern comforts.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Preserving the tradition of Murano glass art, Hyatt Centric Murano Hotel retains its industrial architecture, embodying the spirit of the glass blowers who once plied their trade there.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about the History and Ancient Skills on Venetian Glassblowing

Discover the ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing and play a part in preserving this traditional craft. Your visit directly supports United Natio...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Rome, Alberobello, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence 
Discover Sorrento, Venice and Milan
Visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and a glassblowing factory in Venice
View the ancient sites of Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence
Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hyatt Centric Murano Venice

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Evening with Dinner

Tonight, spend a lively evening with us in Rome. After a short drive, we'll arrive at a characteristic trattoria to relax and enjoy a typical Itali...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tivoli and Gardens of the Villa d’Este

Enjoy the gardens and fountains of the famous Villa d’Este. We’ll see its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, the Dragon Foun...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Guided Visit to Ostuni

With its stark, white-washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and arched stairways, Ostuni is reminiscent of a North African Arab Medina. Set agai...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 magnifi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Isle Of Capri

Experience a private, guided cruise along the beautiful southern coast to see spectacular cliffs, the famous Faraglioni Rocks and White Grotto sea ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Join us at a traditional farm in the Sorrento countryside, where you'll visit the lemon groves, olive oil mill and see first-hand how mozzarella is...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner Neapolitan Style

Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialties at one of our favorite family-run restaurants. Savor local dishes all served up with the famous Ne...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, catching a glimpse of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venice's Secrets

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and p...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

This afternoon, discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You'll enjoy a delicious meal, with a selection of drinks, on the fisherman's island ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Treasures of Milan

A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst other sights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous ope...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Alpine Train Discovery

The famous Centovalli Panoramic Train will lead you across dramatic viaducts, past deep ravines and through beautiful forests, whilst your Local Sp...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wine Tasting and Sarzana Visit

Near the ancient Via Aurelia, we'll visit a winery to learn about vermentino grapes, the pride of Liguria. We'll taste several wines paired with lo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sarzana Dinner and Drive

Tonight we'll go off the beaten track to the alluring medieval town of Sarzana, a hidden gem. We’ve chosen an elegant venue, where you’ll enjoy din...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Cinque Terre and Porto Venere

Today, with our Local Specialist, we’ll visit the Bay of Poets and the beautiful Porto Venere, where we can admire the UNESCO-protected Cinque Terr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We'll visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Palazzo Vecchio

Marvel at the legacy of the Medici as you visit Palazzo Vecchio, the symbol of Florence's political power for over seven centuries. With our Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Italy

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

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Donna Munch
Review date: Sunday, October 16, 2022
Service
They did an excellent job in preparing me for my trip to Italy. They were relatively easy to get a hold of and everything went smoothly. They also helped getting me a very good airline fare, better than what I would have found on my own. Everything went flawlessly and I would recommend them highly to others wishing to travel!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Wow! It sounds like your Grand Italian Experience tour was amazing. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed it and that we were helpful when it came to planning your vacation. We truly appreciate your business, recommendation and your feedback. Take care!
Monday, October 17, 2022
Vacation
The vacation was wonderfully planned and executed and all the details and coordination were thought out. The meals were good and the excursions interesting and enjoyable The staff members from Trafalgar were wonderful, eager to please and interested in showing us the best time ever.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Service
Barbara is fantastic! I have been working with Barbara for years now, and she is the best. She is very knowledgeable, and listens to what I want, and has helped me book 5 amazing vacations recently. I highly recommend Grand European Travel because of customer service like the amazing service I have received from Barbara.
Response from Grand European Travel:
WOW! It sounds like you had an absolutely awesome trip to Italy. We are so glad we were able to help you plan it (and we agree that Babara is amazing!). We truly appreciate the fact that you keep returning to GET for your vacation planning. That means the world to us. Thank you for all of your kind words, and we look forward to serving you again when you are ready to take your next amazing adventure. Take care!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
The Grand Italian Experience was an amazing trio. I know there is much more to explore, but I feel I got to see a lot of Italy. From Rome to Positano to the Isle of Capri, Pompeii, Venice, Pisa, Milan, Lake Cuomo, Florence, Cinque Terre, the Dolomites, Vatican City, and so much more. We really covered a lot of sights. And our tour director, Anna, was amazing. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. And, she was the most fashionable tour director I have ever traveled with (and this was my 9th trip with Trafalgar). Anna made the trip so much fun! The bus driver, Max, can put a bus in places I can't put a car! And our well-being director, Frederica, was also fantastic! We had an amazing trip with an amazing team taking care of us.
Janice Mullen
Review date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Service
It was good initially . However very little communication afterwards . When we had to rebook because our trip was cancelled no one even called us just an email . Very impersonal
Vacation
It was a very intense go go go type of vacation . We did see a lot but were alos on the bus for hours most days . Fast train ans bus combo would have been ideal.
Michael Nausin
Review date: Monday, May 2, 2022
Service
Great coomunication & insight about the trip, plus the ease of making all arrangements for the trip including airfare. Alyssa was spot on with information & was super easy to get a hold if there were any questions our follwups.
Vacation
Overall we enjoyed the tour, it was fast paced & very long days. If it wasn't for the Tour Director, Roberto Astaira, this trip would have gotten a 2-star rating. Did & experienced a lot of new things & places, would do it again ONLY if Roberto was the Tour Director!
Jo Ann Nemeth
Review date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Service
My travel companions made the reservations and then I followed up with a Specialist with my information. I also contacted your Specialist for some information regarding my trip. They were very helpful when contacted. We made arrangements nine months before travel, my only complaint was that I needed to know specifics time an dates for arrival (in Milan) to book a tour but by the time I received the info the tour was full. As a matter of fact, it was booked 6 months. If I had that info available I could have booked the tour and that was one of the main reasons I was interested in Milan and Italy. The painting of the Last Supper, which was a major disappointment. If and when I go back, I have to be more specific on what I want to see.
Vacation
This was my first experience traveling with Trafalgar. It was a little pricey but worth the added cost. Our Travel Director Danilo was exceptional. 5 plus stars for him.
Bruce Gensmer
Review date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Service
We would certainly plan future trips with GET
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you for that next trip!
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
WE had a wonderful trip and everything was great. Haven't downloaded pictures as yet but will this weekend
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Service
We had to postpone our original trip. Our agent got everything rebooked for us quickly and with no fuss. Excellent service!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a Grand Italian Experience on your trip! We are happy our Travel Specialist was able to get everything re-arranged for you so you could enjoy this great adventure. Thank you for your comments; we appreciate your feedback.
Monday, October 29, 2018
Vacation
Grand Italian Experience covers all the high points of italy from top to bottom and coast to coast. Our tour director was extremely knowledgeable about history and customs so we truly had an Italian experience.
Joseph Montanile
Review date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Service
Excellent tour of Italy. All connections were first class, tour director, driver, local specialist made this an exceptional vacation. One glitch had the group changing hotels at the last minute. Trafalgar stepped up and made it right. Will definitely look to this tour group in the future.
Vacation
Excellent value to experience
Connie Sonnier
Review date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Service
Our tour guide, Letizia, was excellent! Everything from the booking, hotels, meals, transportation & tours exceeded all our expectations. Would highly recommend Grand European & Trafalger to everyone.
Vacation
Every detail is taken care of so that all you have to do is enjoy the trip & we definitely did!
Linda Barbaro
Review date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Service
I have already bought a trip for August/September
Vacation
The trip was great but they had way too many people on it (48)
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