Italian Holiday

2N Rome , 1N Mestre , 1N Verona , 1N Florence and 1N Rome
7 days

From

US$ 1,747

per person

Operated by Trafalgar

About the tour

Visit the Vatican before the crowds, journey through Tuscan landscapes and cruise along the canals of Venice. You'll also encounter the Renaissance highlights of Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Meals
1 Be My Guest, 1 Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner, 1 Welcome Reception, 6 Breakfasts
Max. Group Size
40
Guide Languages
English

Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Venice, Verona and Pisa
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence
  • Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Connect With Locals Eight generations of history with plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

Meals

1 Be My Guest, 1 Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner, 1 Welcome Reception, 6 Breakfasts

Accommodation

iH Hotels Roma Cicerone

2 night(s) in Rome

Room Type: Standard/Base Category
Meals Included: Breakfast

Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

1 night(s) in Mestre

Room Type: Standard/Base Category
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Hotel Leopardi

1 night(s) in Verona

Room Type: Standard/Base Category
Meals Included: Breakfast

FH55 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

1 night(s) in Florence

Room Type: Standard/Base Category
Meals Included: Breakfast

Grand Hotel Tiberio

1 night(s) in Rome

Room Type: Standard/Base Category
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Included in the price

Rome

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

Day-wise Itinerary

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Day 1: Ciao Rome

Indulge all your senses in the imperial city of Rome, your introduction to a memorable encounter with Italy which will have you returning for more. Spend your afternoon relaxing after your journey, or explore the ancient city streets before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception. This evening, we take an orientation drive past Rome's most magnificent sights which we will have an opportunity to explore tomorrow.

Day 2: Explore Ancient Rome And The Vatican City

Our encounter with Rome begins in the Holy See as we visit the Vatican Museums in the company of a Local Specialist to admire the masterpieces that have been collected by Popes throughout the centuries. Gaining priority early admission, we admire the magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and visit St. Peter's Basilica, the greatest church in Christendom, to see Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà. Crossing the Tiber, we venture into Ancient Rome to visit the imposing Colosseum and view Circus Maximus, once the site of tremendous chariot races. Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring Rome. Admire the Spanish Steps or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return.

Day 3: Journey To The Floating City Of Venice

This morning, we venture north through the valley of the Tiber into the green and golden landscapes of Umbria. We pass the hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto, travelling through Tuscany's terraced olive groves and the Apennine Mountains bound for Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'.

Day 4: Onwards To Verona

We cruise by private launch to the city's most prominent sights, including views of the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand the intricate craft of glassblowing – your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to preserve this precious Venetian tradition for generations to come. Beyond their talent and skill, you’ll admire the exquisite pieces Venice is famous for, perhaps choosing to take one home as a souvenir to remind you of this special visit. Soak up the pageantry and elegance of Venice before continuing to Verona, home of Shakespeare's ill-fated lovers Romeo and Juliet, where we'll spend the night.

Day 5: Admire Pisa And On To Florence

Pisa's UNESCO-listed Square of Miracles is our first stop today where we will have the opportunity to view the Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence. Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to the Medici dynasty, whose penchant for beautiful art and architecture created one of the cultural centres of the world. Tonight we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience set against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.

Day 6: All Roads Lead To Rome

We join a Local Specialist today to delve into the rich medieval and Renaissance history of Florence. Our sightseeing tour will take us to the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. Wandering through the narrow streets, we encounter the multi-coloured marble Duomo and famous Baptistery. We’ll learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Next, we’ll view the almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages and today lined with jewellers. Our journey continues through Umbria to the valley of the Tiber River and back to Rome. Toast to a memorable holiday with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 7: Farewell Rome

After breakfast, it’s time to say a fond arrivederci to Rome, Italy and your travel companions as you return home with wonderful memories of this magnificent destination. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

Starting from

US$ 1,747

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