Tread up the stone steps and down the grand boulevards of Italy’s capitals, experiencing the pavement café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes, and the incredible feats of classic architecture during this leisurely jaunt through the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice. Explore the centuries-old Rialto food market, admire the embrace of Bologna’s Kissing Towers, and say ‘ciao’ to Marco Polo. Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums, and enjoy access to a part of the Vatican not open to the public for an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries – and so much more on this one-of-a-kind adventure through Italy.
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EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS
$40 credit voucher toward an optional excursion while on trip.^
- Specially selected hotels, all tried and trusted
- Daily breakfast and 4 dinners, including a Be My Guest dinner
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges, and local taxes
- VIP entry to many sights
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 for a great start to your Italian holiday.
Hotel: Grand Palatino (3 nights), Meals: Welcome Reception
Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure
Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a “Cultural 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 stop by St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire, and 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.
Hotel: Grand Palatino, Meals: Buffet breakfast
Rome At Leisure
Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you make the most of your day at leisure, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii near the Bay of Naples.
Hotel: Grand Palatino , Meals: Buffet breakfast
Rome – Assisi – Florence
Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio and visit St. Francis’ Basilica and Giotto’s enchanting frescoes with your Local Specialist. Arrive later in Florence, and get ready to explore the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Hotel: Ambasciatori (3 nights), Meals: Buffet breakfast
Florence – Sightseeing and At Leisure
Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzo, and view the multi-colored marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its gilded bronze doors. Enjoy scenic views of the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, and then explore on your own or shop for souvenirs –like Florence’s renowned high quality-leather goods and 18-carat gold jewelry.
Hotel: Ambasciatori, Meals: Buffet breakfast
Florence – Excursion to Pisa
Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian coast. In the Square of Miracles, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble cathedral with a Local Specialist, along with the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. In the evening, you’ll travel to a Tuscan villa for a special Be My Guest dinner.
Hotel: Ambasciatori, Meals: Buffet breakfast and Be My Guest dinner
Florence – Bologna – Venice
Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salami. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other and seem 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. Later in the day, consider taking a gondola ride along the enchanting canals for a perfect introduction to this magical city. Then, dine at your hotel in the evening.
Hotel: Boscolo Bellini (3 nights), Meals: Buffet breakfast and dinner with wine
Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation
Savor 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 glassblowing on Giudecca Island. In the afternoon, enjoy free time at 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 meal.
Hotel: Boscolo Bellini, Meals: Buffet breakfast
Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market
Enjoy a leisurely stroll from your hotel with a Local Specialist along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge on your guided small group walking tour, which will reveal a centuries-old food market and narrow “calle,” or streets. Admire the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house, and spend the rest of the day visiting the sights of your choice. Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers in the evening at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
Hotel: Boscolo Bellini, Meals: Buffet breakfast and Farewell Dinner
Say “arrivederci” to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Buffet breakfast
* 10% Early Payment Discount (EPD) is valid on the land only portion of new 2018 Europe summer vacations when booked and paid in full by 01/11/18. Subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time without notice, and is combinable with brochure discounts. Trafalgar’s 2018 Europe & Britain Preview pricing is available on select itineraries featured on the Trafalgar website and identified as “Preview 2018” only and is valid until 09/24/17. A non-refundable deposit is required per standard booking conditions to lock in the “best price.” If the vacation price is higher once the main brochure is released in September, Trafalgar will honor the lower Preview rate; if it is lower, Trafalgar will refund the difference. Other conditions apply.
^ AAA Member Benefit: Members receive a $40 credit voucher toward an optional excursion while on trip. Each Member Benefit is per person and must be used while on this trip. Voucher is non-transferrable, non-changeable, and non-refundable. Voucher has no value if unused on trip.