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Grand Italian Experience Escorted Coach Tour from Rome

Embark on an unforgettable adventure exploring the stunning and picturesque landscapes of Italy. Starting in the Rome, this tour will take you on a journey through the charming towns of Alberobello, Sorrento, and Pompeii. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Assisi and be captivated by the romantic allure of Venice. Bask in the natural beauty of the Italian Lakes and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Cinque Terre. Take in the sights of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and experience the art-filled city of Florence.
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Grand Italian Experience Escorted Coach Tour from Rome

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DEPARTURE DATE: September 5, 2024
Countries Visited: Italy

OVERVIEW

A rare opportunity to see the extraordinary limestone trulli houses of Alberobello is the highlight of this journey. Discover Italy's delights during dinner with Signor Luciano, journey across the Bay of Naples to Capri, dream of star-crossed lovers in Verona and delight in the Italian Lake District sheltered by the southern Alps.

Sightseeing Highlights:

Explore Rome, Alberobello, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence

Discover Sorrento, Venice and Milan

Visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and a glassblowing factory in Venice

View the ancient sites of Rome, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence

Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
September 5, 2024from $5,993 CAD - (compared to $7050)Per Person
September 19, 2024from $5,993 CAD - (compared to $7050)Per Person

What's Included

  • 16 night escorted coach tour round trip from Rome
  • 16 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi (where available)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Thu Sep 5Rome, Italy
2Fri Sep 6Rome, Italy
3Sat Sep 7Alberobello
4Sun Sep 8Alberobello
5Mon Sep 9Sorrento
6Tue Sep 10Capri
7Wed Sep 11Pompeii
8Thu Sep 12Venice
9Fri Sep 13Venice
10Sat Sep 14Verona
11Sun Sep 15Lake Maggiore
12Mon Sep 16La Spezia
13Tue Sep 17La Spezia
14Wed Sep 18Pisa
15Thu Sep 19Florence
16Fri Sep 20Rome
17Sat Sep 21Rome

Day 1 – Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome

Blaze a trail through la bella Italia – your epic journey begins in Rome, once the powerful capital of the world and yours to explore before meeting your travel companions and Travel Director for a light supper and orientation drive introducing you to some of the city’s iconic and unexpected highlights.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Roma – St. Peter’s Rome
Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Rome, Italy

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who for centuries have flocked to Vatican City. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in Christendom, joining a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour. See Michelangelo’s magnificent Pietà, hewn from a perfect block of Carrara marble. Then, venture into Ancient Rome to see Circus Maximus, where the thundering noise of chariot races once filled the air. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Stroll down the Spanish steps or sit in an outdoor cafe on the famous Via Veneto or continue your encounter with Ancient Rome on Palatine Hill to see the Temple of Apollo and Flavian Palace, among other excavations.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Roma – St. Peter’s Rome
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Alberobello

Journey to the Alberobello Region

We travel east through the mountains of Campania to the orange and olive groves of Puglia on the Adriatic coast, our home for the next two nights. This evening, we enjoy a delicious local dinner at our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Sierra Silvana Alberobello
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Alberobello

Admire Alberobello’s Iconic Architecture

Enjoy a morning at leisure. Consider an optional experience or relax with a swim at your hotel. This afternoon, the conical limestone houses of Alberobello take center stage during our guided tour with a Local Specialist. Here, you’ll see the UNESCO-listed collection of almost 1,500 trulli dating back to the 14th century. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest experience at a traditional masseria. Meet Signor Luciano for dinner on his Alberobello farm where you can taste seasonal produce, including fresh almonds, cherries, tomatoes and olive oil.

Accommodation: Hotel Sierra Silvana Alberobello
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Sorrento

Onwards to Sunny Sorrento

The fresh aroma of lemons is your constant companion in the stunning coastal town of Sorrento, your home for the next two nights. View the bustling Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia before spending the afternoon at leisure. Kick back and sip delicious Limoncello di Sorrento, enjoy lunch in this picture-perfect town or spend the afternoon soaking up la dolce vita. This evening we dine in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Capri

A Day on the Isle of Capri

Cruise the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Enjoy a guided tour of Capri town, watching the beautiful people sip cappuccino in the glamorous piazzetta.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Pompeii

Uncover Pompeii’s Ruins and on to Assisi

Explore the tragic history of the ancient lost city of Pompeii with a Local Specialist. Gain a deeper understanding of what life was like in this Roman settlement that lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted. Continue your journey through the rolling green and golden fields of Umbria, arriving at the mystical hilltop town of Assisi. Meet your Local Specialist for a visit of the stunning Basilica of St. Francis, featuring exquisite frescoes by Giotto. We’ll stay at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories – a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery.

Accommodation: Hotel Cenacolo Assisi
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 – Venice

Onwards to Venice

We venture to the Adriatic coast bound for Venice. A city like no other in the world, you’ll explore its canals and waterways during your time on the islands of the Venetian Lagoon, home to the artistic tradition of blown glass. Our home for the next two nights is one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories.

Accommodation: Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Venice

Cruise the Canals of Venice

This morning start the day by observing the delicate craft of Venetian glassblowing that spans centuries. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to preserve the traditions that have been handed down through the generations and you’ll be inspired to buy a souvenir to remind you of the talent and skill shared enthusiastically by the master craftsmen. Next you’ll glide by private launch along busy waterways to view the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica before exploring the city on your terms. Stroll beside the Grand Canal, nibble on delicious cicchetti at a cozy bacaro or cross the lagoon for an Optional Experience to the colorful fishermen’s Island of Burano.

Accommodation: Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – Verona

Journey to Verona, explore Milan and on to the Italian Lakes

Celebrate the epic tale of Romeo and Juliet during this morning’s visit to the fair city of Verona and view the Roman arena build in the 1st century and famously used for opera these days. Later, experience the fashion capital of Milan. Enjoy free time to explore on your own after an orientation of the city’s iconic sights. See the exquisite Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the Galleria, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Arrive on the quiet shores of Lake Maggiore, soaking up the pleasant lakeside atmosphere and exploring Baveno. An optional experience takes you to dinner in an iconic setting on Lake Maggiore.

Accommodation: Hotel Simplon Baveno
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – Lake Maggiore

Explore Lake Maggiore

Relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore or take an optional experience taking a scenic train ride through the Alps mountains. This afternoon, the Borromean Islands optional experience is a wonderful way to soak up the incredible beauty of the Italian Lakes.

Accommodation: Hotel Simplon Baveno
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 – La Spezia

Onwards to La Spezia

Enjoy the sunrise reflected on the picturesque Lake Maggiore, or take a leisurely stroll before your leave your lakeside resort. Later travel to the port city of La Spezia on the Ligurian Coast.

Accommodation: Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 – La Spezia

La Spezia Your Way

Indulge in a full free day to soak up the laid-back atmosphere. Stroll along the waterfront or consider joining an optional experience to Porto Venere and the Bay of Poets where you’ll embark on an encounter with the cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre. This evening, we dine locally.

Accommodation: Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 – Pisa

Uncover Pisa and on to Florence

Traveling south through the unforgettable scenery of Tuscany, we arrive in Pisa to view its famous Leaning Tower before continuing to the Renaissance city of Florence. This afternoon is yours at leisure to wander through the grand squares and labyrinthine lanes of Florence, whose connection with the Medici family saw this city become one of the world’s most cultural centers. Consider a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see the Michelangelo’s statue of David, amble along the Arno River or ascend the stone steps up to Piazzale Michelangelo for spectacular views of the city.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 – Florence

Discover Renaissance Florence

Join a Local Specialist  this morning to view the city’s finest masterpieces – the magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the 13th-century Santa Croce Basilica, the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon as you wish. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio which has straddled the Arno River for almost 700 years, or wander through the Renaissance Boboli Gardens, stopping for a slice or two of  schiacciata along the way.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 – Rome

All Roads Lead to Rome

Today we journey past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti and beneath the hill-towns of Umbria before arriving in Rome. Tour the extraordinary Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist, including views of Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. This evening, Roman flavors and ancient ruins take center stage as you dine at Ristorante Pancrazio, located just a stone’s throw away from where the Emperor Julius Caesar is said to have been assassinated. Toast your travels over a selection of signature Roman dishes handed down over four generations.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Rome
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17 – Rome

Journey Home

Our epic encounter with Italy has come to an end. We say arrivederci to Rome and our newfound friends at the end of our Grand Italian Experience.

Departure Transfer: Arrive at Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 07:00, 09:30
Included Meals: Breakfast

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