Europe & Britain First Class 2018: Italian Discovery Summer 2018

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain First Class 2018

Landmarks of Italy - the Vatican, marble Duomo and Doge's Palace - are the highlights of this journey through the birthplace of culture. Admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling, the idyllic beauty of Lake Como and stop in Verona to see Shakespeare's Juliet balcony and the 2,000-year-old Roman arena. You'll also savour the tastes of Bologna and wander through St. Francis' hometown, Assisi.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientation of Turin and Venice
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Como, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi
Dining Highlights
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • 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

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14015209

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2018
Duration
10 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1RomeArrive Rome (2 Nights): Tread in the footsteps of emperors and slaves, through the annuls of history that span millennia - your first encounter with intoxicating Italy is the Eternal City and its glorious past which you will have an opportunity to explore on your own terms before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. This evening, we enjoy an enchanting antipasto of our Italian Discovery during an orientation drive past some of the city's most famous sights.Welcome Reception
Cicerone
Day 2RomeRome Sightseeing: Our exploration of Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we have priority access allowing entry to view the masterpieces collected by Popes throughout the centuries. During our included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, gaze in wonder at Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pieta. Crossing the Tiber, we venture to Ancient Rome to see where hundreds of thousands of spectators would cheer chariot riders to victory at Circus Maximus and visit where brave gladiators met their fate in the imposing Colosseum. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the magnificent sites of what was once the capital of the world, or kick back in a piazza soaking up the aromas of fine coffee while you watch the world go by.Buffet Breakfast
Day 3FlorenceRome - Florence: Today we drive north through rolling Tuscan landscapes to the Renaissance city of Florence. Beauty and artistry seep through the walls of exquisite palazzi, churches and bridges, the most famous of which is the Ponte Vecchio which we will view during a walking tour with our Local Specialist. Visit the expansive Piazza della Signoria, which once lay at the heart of the flourishing Florentine Republic and view the exquisite marble Duomo and famous Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the fine art and architecture of this beautiful city on your own terms. This evening, we gather at a Tuscan castle set within a celebrated wine and olive oil estate for an unforgettable Be My Guest dining experience.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Grand Mediterraneo
Day 4TurinFlorence - Pisa - Turin: A short journey brings us to Pisa and its Square of Miracles, home to the famous Leaning Tower, ornate Baptistery and the Cathedral del Duomo. We continue northwards, past the marble quarries of Carrara and the charming resort hubs of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa in Liguria before arriving in sophisticated Turin. This afternoon, we venture through the grand boulevards of this aristocratic city during an orientation drive which will unveil the majestic Piazza Vittorio Veneto and River Po, Italy's largest river.Buffet Breakfast
Concord
Day 5MilanTurin - Lake Como - Milan: We leave Turin and travel to the exquisite Italian lakes for a stop at Lake Como. Then on to the economic powerhouse of Milan, where we'll enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist to explore the city's spectacular sights. We view the ornate Duomo, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, the ancient Galleria shopping arcade and the celebrated La Scala opera house. This evening, join your companions for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Starhotels Business Palace
Day 6VeniceMilan - Verona - Venice (2 Nights): Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers are remembered during our stop in Verona where we'll view Juliet's Balcony and the first-century ancient Roman arena still in use today. Crossing the Veneto Plains, we arrive in what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, the magical city of Venice.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Viktoria Palace
Day 7VeniceVenice Orientation: We board a private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square - our introduction to such sights as the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Witness first-hand the fine glassblowing tradition that spans centuries during a Cultural Insight on Giudecca Island before enjoying free time to explore Venice on your terms. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys, over ornate bridges and into quiet piazze as you get lost in this enchanting city.Buffet Breakfast
Day 8BolognaVenice - Ferrara - Bologna: Go off the beaten track and into the medieval city of Ferrara, revealing its fascinating northern Italian culture, before arriving in Bologna - perhaps more famous for its gourmet achievements than being the site of the oldest university in Europe. Join a Local Specialist to explore the sights, including Neptune's fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Of course, a visit to the home of tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelli and ragu, would be incomplete without taking the time out to sample its delicious cuisine. Buon appetito!Buffet Breakfast
Flyon
Day 9RomeBologna - Assisi - Rome: Today, we cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Come face-to-face with the legacy of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan Order in 1208, during a walking tour of his hometown with a Local Specialist. Visit the magnificent Basilica that bears his name and see his tomb, before travelling back to Rome past the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight, we celebrate a journey of discovery through Italy during a Farewell Dinner with our companions and Travel Director.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Sheraton Parco De Medici
Day 10Depart RomeDepart Rome: Our journey together has come to an end so for now it's a fond arrivederci to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
07/20/2018$2,750.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
07/27/2018$2,750.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/17/2018$2,775.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/31/2018$2,825.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/07/2018$2,850.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - FullQuote
09/14/2018$2,850.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/21/2018$2,850.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/28/2018$2,850.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
10/05/2018$2,850.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
10/12/2018$2,795.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - FullQuote
10/19/2018$2,795.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.

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