Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold

Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold

10 Days Starting in Rome and ending in Venice

Visiting: Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

FGICZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

Interests:

Cultural, History

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$2578 (USD) Operator discount: -$582 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$136 -22%
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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Italy with the "Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold" tour, where history, art, and culinary delights intertwine to create a rich tapestry of experiences. From the ancient streets of Rome to the romantic canals of Venice, this tour offers VIP admission to the Vatican Museums, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, and a chance to explore iconic cities like Florence, Bologna, and Pisa with a Local Specialist. Discover the art of gladiator combat in Rome, marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and indulge in a gelato-making experience in Florence. Enjoy luxury accommodations and travel in comfort with a luxury air-conditioned coach equipped with Wi-Fi. With expert guidance, all hotel tips, charges, and local taxes covered, breakfast daily, and up to half of your evening meals included, this tour promises a hassle-free exploration of Italy's most treasured sights.

Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums

  • Explore Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Pisa

  • Visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and gladiator school in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts and a gelateria in Florence and a glassblowing factory in Venice

  • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

  • Scenic Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Meals Included: Kickoff Party

Ciao Roma! Feast your eyes and your stomach on the 'Eternal City' – the launch pad for an unforgettable adventure with la famiglia. Tread in the footsteps of the ancients before meeting with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kickoff Party that will rock Rome.

Day 2: Explore Ancient Rome And The Vatican City
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a Local Specialist to delve into centuries of history and culture, including a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Gaze up at the wonder of Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and explore the Catholic shrine of St. Peter's Basilica. Venture across the Tiber to the Colosseum, imagining a time when brave warriors fought to the thunderous roar of thousands.

Day 3: Venture To A Gladiator School Family Fun Dive Into Culture
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast

Book your spot on the podium. It's time for Family Fun as you become a gladiator for the day. You'll learn how to wield a gladiator's sword and gain insights into military techniques with an expert. This afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore the city with the family. Perhaps count the Spanish Steps or toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Then it's time for a cheesy Family Fun affair as we Dive Into Culture and learn how to make authentic Italian pizza, sharing a tasty slice or two of our culinary masterpieces with our loved ones.

Day 4: Enjoy Pisa And On To Florence
Location: Pisa
Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Meals Included: Breakfast

Set your watch to Italian time and embark on a scenic drive north through Tuscany's golden fields. Stop in Pisa to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Piazza del Duomo to snap a selfie in front of the famous Leaning Tower. Carry on to the Renaissance city of Florence, our home for the next three nights.

Day 5 : Discover Art And Architecture In Florence
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The exquisite sights of Florence are brought to life on a walking tour in the expert company of a Local Specialist. See the magnificent Gothic Duomo and famous Baptistery before marvelling at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Where better to Dive Into Culture and indulge in a refreshing gelato than in the city where it was invented? Tonight we Connect With Locals joining Count Miari Fulcis and his family for a Be My Guest experience, enjoying delicious specialities against the backdrop of picture-perfect olive groves and vineyards on their 15th-century estate in the Tuscan hills. Salute!

Day 6: Florence Your Way
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Meals Included: Breakfast

You have a full day at leisure to enjoy this remarkable Renaissance city. Florence is a living museum that you can explore on foot. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ‘Town of Towers’ – San Gimignano.

Day 7: Venture To Bologna And Onwards To Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Novotel Mestre Castellana
Accommodation Name: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop and smell the rich aromas of Bolognese sauce, spending the morning with a Local Specialist to explore the medieval city of Bologna. Then it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the island city of Venice. Discover the 'Queen of the Adriatic' from the comfort of one of its traditional gondolas on an Optional Experience.

Day 8 : Discover Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Novotel Mestre Castellana
Accommodation Name: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

Cruise to bustling St. Mark's Square on a private launch. View the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile and the famous Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sound condemned prisoners made at catching their last glimpse of beautiful Venice. We then witness first-hand the exquisite tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to support the preservation of this precious Venetian tradition for generations to come. You’ll learn how this once-thriving Venetian art is being kept alive by talented glassmakers who delight in working their magic to craft the stunning treasures for which Venice is justifiably famous. Time for Family Fun as you learn about the art of crafting Carnival masks, decorating your own masks with enough paint, feathers and glitter to rival even the most elaborate masks seen at the annual event. This afternoon, consider an Optional Experience to the colourful island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Day 9 : Experience Venice’S Food Market
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Novotel Mestre Castellana
Accommodation Name: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Navigating the bustling canals to the Rialto Bridge, we embrace the sights and sounds of Venice from the water before we Dive Into Culture and savour the flavours of Italy during a visit to a traditional food market. We delve into the hidden highlights of Venice during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, working up an appetite for our Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Journey Home
Location: Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our unforgettable journey together has come to an end. All that's left to say is a hearty arrivederci as you prepare to return home with fantastic shared memories.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from the tour

    Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs for optional experiences and excursions are not included in the tour price.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and drinks, are not included.

  • Meals not specified in the itinerary

    Any meals not listed as included in the tour itinerary are at your own expense.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • What type of accommodation is provided?

    The tour provides cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts in Rome and ends in Venice.

  • Are there any activities for families?

    Yes, there are family fun activities such as becoming a gladiator for the day in Rome, learning how to make authentic Italian pizza, and decorating Carnival masks in Venice.

  • What are the inclusions?

    Inclusions are an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, cherry-picked hotels, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, all hotel tips, charges and local taxes, breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, and audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.

  • What type of transportation is provided?

    Transportation includes a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).

  • What are the highlights of the tour?

    The highlights of the tour include VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums, exploring Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Venice with a Local Specialist, discovering Pisa, visiting the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and gladiator school in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts and a gelateria in Florence, and a glassblowing factory in Venice, viewing the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, and a scenic cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square.

  • What are the exclusions?

    Exclusions include airfare to and from the tour, travel insurance, optional experiences and excursions, personal expenses, meals not specified in the itinerary, and any applicable visa fees.

  • What countries does the tour visit?

    The tour visits Italy.

  • What meals are included?

    Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals are included.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews of this Operator

Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Trusted Customer  

Best of Egypt

14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Marshal Daguio  

Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Barbara, Canada  

Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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