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Grand Italian Experience with Trafalgar

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17 days
23 May 24 to 14 Sep 24
Book by 30 May 24
From the eternal allure of Rome to the coastal charm of Sorrento, the enchanting waterways of Venice, and the timeless beauty of Florence, each destination promises a unique and enriching experience. A rare highlight awaits as you explore the extraordinary limestone trulli houses of Alberobello, a testament to Italy's architectural marvels. Indulge in an intimate dinner with Signor Luciano, savor the romance of Verona, and cruise across the Bay of Naples to the glamorous island of Capri.

Includes

  • 16 Day Trafalgar Guided Holiday
  • 16 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 16 Breakfasts, 1 Welcome Reception, 7 Dinners
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Optional Experiences at an additional cost during your free time
  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • Explore Rome, Alberobello, Capri, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • 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
  • Discover Sorrento, Venice and Milan
  • Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and much more!

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised
  • Optional Experiences available at an additional cost
  • Not all departure dates are definite at time of loading, please enquire with one of our agents

Highlights

  • 16 Nights in cherry-picked hotels
  • 24 Meals
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri

Itinerary

Day 1: 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 Welcome Reception and orientation drive introducing you to some of the city's iconic and unexpected highlights. Arrival Transfer: Depart Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 09:30, 12:30, 15:30 Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome Included Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: 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. 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. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Roma - St. Peter's Rome Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: 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: 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 centre 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. Accommodation: Hotel Sierra Silvana Alberobello Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: 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: 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: 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: Onwards to Venice

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. Accommodation: Hyatt Centric Murano Venice Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: 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 cosy bacaro or cross the lagoon for an Optional Experience to the colourful fishermen's Island of Burano. Accommodation: Hyatt Centric Murano Venice Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Journey to Verona 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 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. Accommodation: Hotel Simplon Baveno Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Explore Milan

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. Accommodation: Hotel Simplon Baveno Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Onwards to La Spezia

Enjoy a relaxed morning in the lakeside resort town of Stresa. 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 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: Uncover Pisa and on to Florence

Travelling 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 centres. 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: 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: 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. This evening we tour the extraordinary Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist, including views of Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Accommodation: Shangri-La Rome Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: 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

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. High season supplements and block out dates may apply, pricing varies pending departure date. The package excludes flights. You can do optional free-time add-on experiences in your free time and pay for them as you travel (additional costs apply). Tour operator reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. Full payment due 120 days prior to departure or at time of booking if booked within 120 days of departure; whichever comes first. R3000 per person deposit required at time of booking for Level 1 tours to hold space; some trips require payment in full at time of booking. Savings are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. At time of loading this may not be a definite departure, please contact a travel consultant for more info. Other conditions may apply. 2024 Travel Sale, book by 30 May 2024. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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Stay
17 days
Dates
23 May 24 to 14 Sep 24
Book by
30 May 24
Experience ID
522
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