Grand Italian Experience

17 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Rome, Rome and Vatican City, Alberobello, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Venice, Verona, Milan, La Spezia, Florence, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

ITGAZM20

Activities:

Swimming, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on a grand Italian adventure that takes you through the heart of Italy's most iconic cities and hidden gems. The "Grand Italian Experience" is a cultural journey that invites you to explore the ancient ruins of Rome, the unique trulli houses of Alberobello, the glamorous Isle of Capri, and the Renaissance splendor of Florence, among other destinations. With a Local Specialist by your side, you'll discover the secrets of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, witness the excavations at Pompeii, and marvel at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. Enjoy scenic cruises to Capri and Venice's St. Mark's Square, and immerse yourself in the rich history, art, and breathtaking landscapes of Italy. This tour combines luxury coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and authentic local experiences, including a special farewell dining experience in the Vatican, making it a truly unforgettable Italian escapade.

Highlights

  • Explore Rome

  • Alberobello

  • Capri

  • Pompeii

  • Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Sorrento

  • Venice and Milan

  • Visit the Vatican Museums

  • St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome

  • the excavations at Pompeii

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Itinerary

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

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 Welcome Reception and orientation drive introducing you to some of the city's iconic and unexpected highlights.

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

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. Sit on the Spanish Steps, shop up a storm on Via Veneto or continue your encounter with Ancient Rome on Palatine Hill to see the Temple of Apollo and Flavian Palace, among other excavations.

Day 3: Journey To The Alberobello Region
Location: Alberobello
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Sierra Silvana Alberobello
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 4: Admire Alberobello’S Iconic Architecture Connect With Locals
Location: Alberobello
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Sierra Silvana Alberobello
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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, we’ll see the UNESCO-listed collection of almost 1,500 trulli dating back to the 14th century. This evening, we Connect With Locals with 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.

Day 5: Onwards To Sunny Sorrento
Location: Sorrento
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 6: A Day On The Isle Of Capri
Location: Capri
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 7: Uncover Pompeii's Ruins And On To Assisi Stays With Stories
Location: Pompeii
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Cenacolo Assisi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 8: Onwards To Venice Stays With Stories
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

We venture to the Adriatic coast bound for the 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.

Day 9: Cruise The Canals Of Venice Make Travel Matter
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 10: Journey To Verona And On To The Italian Lakes
Location: Verona
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Simplon Baveno
Meals Included: Breakfast

Celebrate the epic tale of Romeo and Juliet during this morning's visit to the fair city of Verona where you will view Juliet's Balcony and the Roman arena built in the 1st century. We spend this afternoon 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.

Day 11: Explore Milan
Location: Milan
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Simplon Baveno
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Relax on the shores of Lake Maggiore or take an Optional Experience to visit Lake Como and look for the star-studded residents who make it their summer retreat. 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.

Day 12: Onwards To La Spezia
Location: La Spezia
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed morning in the lakeside resort town of Stresa. Later, travel to the port city of La Spezia on the Ligurian Coast.

Day 13: La Spezia Your Way
Location: La Spezia
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Firenze & Continentale La Spezia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 14: Uncover Pisa And On To Florence
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 15: Discover Renaissance Florence
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 16: All Roads Lead To Rome Dive Into Culture
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Shangri-La Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we journey past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti and beneath the hill-towns of Umbria before arriving in Rome. This evening we Dive Into Culture on a tour of the extraordinary Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist, including views of Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, we gain exclusive access to the Vatican's Anima Mundi Museum for an exclusive farewell dining experience surrounded by art from around the world as we toast to our adventure.

Day 17: Journey Home
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

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

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

  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri

  • Optional Experiences and free time

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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

  • 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

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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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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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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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