Splendours of Italy

13 days

from €120 pppd

Trip available from Sep 2016 to Oct 2016.
"Trafalgar far exceeded our expectation"
Michelle , Jul 2014

With many millennia worth of epic history, matchless works of art, and pure blue oceans and lakes, Italy's many splendours bombard the senses. See the iconic structures of ancient Rome, enjoy the view at the Italian Lakes and Bay of Naples and Renaissance Florence.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
ITSI

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome. After check-in at your hotel, relax and unwind before meeting with your Travel Director in the afternoon. This evening why not take a stroll around this fascinating city and soak up the amazing atmosphere.

    Hotel

    Ergife Palace

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city, starting with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest and most inspiring churches ever built. Your trip continues across the Tiber River with views of the iconic Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend free time exploring the wonderful sights on your own. Perhaps take on Optional Experience offered by your Travel Director. Please note: Due to religious celebrations throughout the Holy Year of Mercy the Rome included sightseeing may be modified.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ROME – BAY OF NAPLES (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the Bay of Naples, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon why not take an Optional Experience to Positano and the Amalfi Coast?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Stabia

  • 4.

    SORRENTO EXCURSION

    Your excursion to the nearby resort of Sorrento starts with a visit to an inlaid wood workshop, for which the area is renowned. Later consider an Optional Experience to see the excavations of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered for centuries beneath a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

  • 5.

    BAY OF NAPLES – ASSISI

    Drive through the rolling hills of Umbria to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, birthplace of St. Francis. Enjoy an orientation tour which includes St. Francis Basilica, renowned for its fresco paintings.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Frate Sole

  • 6.

    ASSISI – VENICE (ORIAGO) (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy a scenic drive across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the magical floating city of Venice. Dine at your hotel this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Il Burchiello

  • 7.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    You are surrounded by magnificent sights and sounds as you cruise by private launch along the Giudecca canal to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Explore the city during your free time or maybe take a trip to Burano Island in the lagoon for a delicious meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    VENICE (ORIAGO) – VERONA – LUGANO – ITALIAN LAKES (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey west to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's most famous play, and stop to admire the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony. Continue across the Swiss border and visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. Arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Capolago

  • 9.

    ITALIAN LAKES FREE DAY

    Today you have a full day to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Italian Lakes region.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

  • 10.

    ITALIAN LAKES – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Apennine Mountains, travel along the Italian Riviera arriving in Pisa. Here we see the famous leaning tower in the Square of Miracles. Later arrive at your hotel near the Renaissance city of Florence. Tonight you may wish to enjoy a wonderful dinner in the Tuscan Hills.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Wall Art

  • 11.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Florence is one of the liveliest and most creative cities in Europe and home to some of the world's greatest works of art and architecture. Your Local Specialist gives you an excellent account of the city's history during your walking tour of the city, which includes views of the Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork and in your free time visit one of the many museums or simply relax and enjoy the ambience.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 12.

    FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

    Admire the beautiful scenery as you drive through the Chianti area of Tuscany to Siena, a medieval city famous for its biannual Palio horse race. Marvel at its rich heritage during your orientation tour. This evening in Rome you might like to mark the end of an enjoyable holiday with a meal out.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Raganelli

  • 13.

    DEPART ROME

    This morning say ‘arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you prepare to return home with wonderful memories. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Rome

    Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites
  • Sorrento

    Visit a traditional inlaid wood workshop
  • Assisi

    Orientation tour includes St. Francis' Basilica
  • Venice

    Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona

    View the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony
  • Lugano

    Visit this magnificent lakeside resort
  • Italian Lakes

    Enjoy a free day with spectacular views
  • Pisa

    View the Square of Miracles and the famous Leaning Tower
  • Florence

    Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes Piazza della Signoria, Cathedral and Baptistery
  • Siena

    Visit the Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio horse race

Dining

  • 12 buffet breakfasts

  • 6 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

  • Delights of Rome with Dinner

    Adult Price: €49.00 Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.
  • Arrivederci Roma

    Adult Price: €50.00 Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savour her unforgettable sights! We then celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entertainment in one of our favourite places.
  • Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

    Adult Price: €79.00 We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
  • Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Sorrento

  • Amalfi Coast and Positano

    Adult Price: €43.00 Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

    Adult Price: €44.00 Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.
  • Discover Pompeii

    Adult Price: €40.00 Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for more than 2,000 years.

Venice

  • Gondolas and the Grand Canal

    Adult Price: €70.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
  • Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

    Adult Price: €36.00 Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.
  • Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

    Adult Price: €70.00 Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Florence

  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €64.00 Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
  • Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

    Adult Price: €40.00 Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.
  • Visit To San Gimignano

    Adult Price: €35.00 Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.

ITALIAN LAKES

  • Milan and Lake Como

    Adult Price: €52.00 We start with a visit to Lake Como where you will enjoy views of the elegant villas and gardens as you cruise on the Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in Northern Italy. Later, you’ll visit Milan, the bustling fashion and financial capital of Italy with your Local Specialist. Highlights are views of the spectacular Duomo, glass-roofed Galleria and La Scala opera house.
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