If toasting epic Tuscan sunsets, soaking up the sun-kissed sophistication of Italy’s most popular cities and olive oil tasting in a real Italian borgo with new friends sound like your idea of perfection, this is one of those bellissimo Italy trips that would seduce even the sirens of Capri.
- 10 night first class guided vacation
- 10 nights accommodation
- 15 meals: 10 buffet breakfasts and 5 three course dinners
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries, reclining seats and an on-board restroom
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
- An expert Travel Director and separate driver
- Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
- Highlights: Assisi, Florence, Italian Lakes, Lugano, Pisa, Rome, Siena, Sorrento, Venice, Verona
|October 1, 2023||$4525 tax included|
|Single Room Supplement||add from $740|
|Pre-Pay Gratuities (Tour Director & Driver)||$189|
Rates are based on double or single share. If you prefer to stay in your room alone you will need to pay the additional single supplement.
Round trip air to Rome not included, but can be added once available!
Terms: $229 deposit per person, cancel up to 30 days prior less $30 processing fee
- VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
- Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
- Discover Venice and Siena
- Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum 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 Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Santa Croce Basilica, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
- Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice
The Trafalgar Difference
-Authentc Accommodation: Cenacolo in Assisi was an old Franciscan convent built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, sensitively restored, the stone walls hold slick modern decor; and Grande Albergo Aussonia & Hungaria is a prestigious icon in Venice and has original period furnishings.
-Be My Guest: Visit an ‘Agriturismo’ farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and lemon trees and taste some of the locally produced wines and olive oils.
-Cultural Insights: As Trafalgar are official partners with the Vatican Museum, enjoy early access to the Sistine Chapel to admire the frescoed ceilings by Michelangelo before access is given to other travel groups and the general public. Visit an inlaid wood factory in Sorrento. Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
-Local Specialists: in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence.
1: Arrive Rome (Welcome Reception)
Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy! Relax after check-in, or take a leisurely stroll through the city’s ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica – the perfect introduction to your holiday.
Hotel: Grand Tiberio or similar (2 nights)
2: Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City (B)
Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a Local Specialist to Dive Into Culture and admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica. We visit the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, paying tribute to the gladiators who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus before spending the afternoon at leisure. Wander up Via del Corso on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome’s lively piazze or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city’s many museums.
3: Admire Pompeii and on to Capri (B)
Venture south towards the ancient city of Pompeii which remains frozen in time since it was covered in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city’s tragic history. Cruising across the Bay of Naples next, we arrive at the Isle of Capri, where we’ll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surroundings.
Hotel: Regina Cristina or similar (2 nights)
4: A Day on the Isle of Capri (B/D)
Explore the glamour of Capri on a walking tour with a Local Specialist that will include views of the marina. Venture to the heart of the island and the legendary piazzetta, where the locals come to people-watch. Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps join an Optional Experience and explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.
5: Onwards to Assisi (B)
We sail back across the Mediterranean to Naples and venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here we’ll discover Italy’s weaving tradition during an impressive MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at our visit to Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a TreadRight and JoinTrafalgar Heritage Initiative project. Explore one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in the country, before continuing to the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where tonight we stay at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories – a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.
Hotel: Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation or similar
6: Journey to Venice (B/D)
Join a Local Specialist and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto’s exquisite frescoes and 13th-century stained glass windows. Continue north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Enjoy a free evening watching the sunset over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an Optional Experience before retiring at your Stays With Stories hotel, once a beloved home-away-from-home for Romantic poet, Robert Browning.
Hotel: Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido or similar (2 nights)
7: Cruise the Canals of Venice (B)
The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as you cruise by private launch to your memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience bringing to life the 13thcentury tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Dive Into Culture and watch the talented master craftsmen use the same techniques that have been passed down through the generations, perhaps inspired to buy a souvenir or two to remind you of your visit. Next, you’ll continue on to St. Mark’s Square where you’ll view the Basilica, the ornate Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs, so named because of the
sound prisoners made as they took one last look at their beloved city from the bridge before meeting their fate. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, and you’ll want to relish every second experiencing life in this enchanting city.
8: Discover Pisa and the Tuscan Hills (B)
This morning we travel to Pisa and to its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in the sparesort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: Minerva Palace or similar (2 nights)
9: Off to Renaissance Florence (B/D)
Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible! Your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including views of the marble Duomo and magnificent Baptistery and visit Piazza della Signoria, with its statues and stunning palazzi. Free time afterwards is an opportunity to explore museums and art galleries. Shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery in Florentine boutiques. Join your companions later for an authentic Tuscan Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amid beautiful olive groves in the country.
10: Venture to Siena and Rome (B/D)
We admire the medieval beauty of Siena today, walking to its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio horse race, and dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia. See the hilltop town’s extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a pavement café. This evening, we celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Barceló Aran Mantegna or similar
11: Rome (B)
After breakfast, say farewell to Italy and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery! Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.