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Best of Italy

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$2,695

13 days

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Overview

Experience all the mesmerising highlights of Italy, including the delectable flavours that have inspired its passionate locals to coin the phrase: "First we eat, then we do everything else..."

Locations Visited

Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Como, Milan, Lake Como, Florence, Pisa

Countries Visited

Italy

Travel Style

Country Explorer

Accommodations

12 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Our introduction to the Eternal City is an evening orientation drive to view some of the sights which await tomorrow.

  • Accommodation

    Grand Tiberio

  • Meals

    Welcome Reception

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

The Vatican City takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. 'Dive Into Culture' and admire the Bramante staircase, created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in St. Peter's Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Rome. Indulge in an espresso in the Piazza Navona or clamber up the Spanish Steps.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

We journey south to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as we wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, we arrive at our hotel in the clifftop village of Sorrento where we'll dine tonight.

  • Accommodation

    Johanna Park

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Isle of Capri Excursion

We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri to visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafés in Capri Town in the company of a Local Specialist before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island. Later, we return to the mainland.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 5

Sorrento – Assisi

View the Benedictine Abbey, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio, we arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. We join our Local Specialist on a walking tour to the Basilica of St. Francis, which we will have an opportunity to visit before some free time to explore this fascinating hilltop town. We'll stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - a fully renovated old Franciscan convent.

  • Accommodation

    Cenacolo

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

We journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the birthplace of tortellini, mortadella and parmigiano cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's Balcony. Arrive later in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, where we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

  • Accommodation

    Principe/Amadeus

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Venice Orientation and Free Time

Cruise your way through Venice by private launch to soak up the sights and sounds of what was once one of the world's greatest ports. 'Dive Into Culture' on Giudecca Island, where talented tradesmen share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Continue past the Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace to St. Mark's Square to view the impressive square and Basilica. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful fishermen's houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cosy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 8

Venice – Milan – Italian Lakes (2 Nights)

Today we cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy's capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria before we enjoy dinner tonight.

  • Accommodation

    Barchetta Excelsior

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Lake Como Free Time

The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today. Explore charming Como old town, indulge in the delicious gelato of the area, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or perhaps consider a cruise on the lake.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 10

Italian Lakes – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past the marble quarries of Carrara to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Our next stop is Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.

  • Accommodation

    Grand Mediterraneo

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 11

Florence Sightseeing

Delve into the extravagant legacy of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a Local Specialist. The elegant Duomo dominates the skyline as we visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence and the over 670-year-old Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo. Then we learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner at a castle set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 12

Florence – San Gimignano – Rome

This morning we stop at the Florence American Cemetery. Continuing south, we visit the charming Tuscan hill-town of San Gimignano, within whose city walls, one finds extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by thousand-year-old towers and stroll along the town's 13th-century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

  • Accommodation

    Crowne Plaza St. Peter's

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 13

Depart Rome

Our discovery of the best of Italy has sadly come to an end. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums

  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

  • ORIENTATION of Venice and Milan

  • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Lake Como, the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, and San Gimignano

  • VIEW the Abbey in Monte Cassino, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa the Duomo in Florence

  • SEE the ancient sites of Rome

  • SCENIC CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

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What's Included

  • Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest) 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

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