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Duration: 10 Days | Departures Thursdays | From 16 Apr to 22 Oct 2015
Location: Starts: Rome, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Venice
Price: From $3,209* pp twin share
  • Trafalgar First ClassFloating islands, Papal splendour and Renaissance masters. Italy’s greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and Rome.

    It’s Insider moments like… meeting the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story ‘Room with a View’ was filmed, learning about olive oil production and dining with them in their gardens.

    The warmth of the charismatic Baj Macario family envelops you as they welcome you to the halls, vineyards and olive groves of their 14th century castle and share their family history. They tell stories of the murderous Pazzi, the original owners, as you stand in cellars that once were their dungeons, and invite you to enjoy an exclusive tasting of the Chianti wines produced on their estate.


    • Day 1 – ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS)

      Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica – a great start to your Italian holiday!(Welcome Reception)  

      Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by.(Buffet Breakfast)
    • Day 3 – ROME AT LEISURE

      Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an optional experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your Local Specialist shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and view the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

      Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals – it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

      Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This afternoon you have free time to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a Local Specialist of the colourful, centuries-old food market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
    • Day 10 – DEPART VENICE

      Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.(Buffet Breakfast)
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  • Breakfast – 9
    Lunch – 0
    Dinner – 4

    Sightseeing Highlights:

    • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice
    • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice
    • Orientations of Pisa.
    • View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
    • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi
    • Walking tour in Venice

    Insider Experiences:

    Be My Guest

    You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent villa in the Tuscan hills and visit the mill where the organic olive oil is produced before enjoying a typical Tuscan meal.

    Cultural Insights

    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

    Local Specialists

    in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
    Small Group Sightseeing in Venice, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist of ‘Secret Venice’ and the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. Then take a cruise along the Grand Canal.

    Travel Highlights:

    • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
    • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
    • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
    • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
    • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
    • A travel wallet with your documentation.
    • Complimentary keepsake photo


    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
    • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).



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