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Great Italian Cities with Trafalgar

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10 days
20 Jul 24 to 01 Sep 24
Book by 28 Mar 24
Experience a 10-day exploration of Italy, journeying from the historical allure of Rome to the artistic wonders of Florence and the romantic ambiance of Venice. This extraordinary trip reveals each city's essence, from vibrant food markets and ancient Roman ruins to timeless masterpieces by great artists. A unique highlight includes savoring the richness of Italian culture with a delightful meal in a local family's charming Tuscan villa. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Italy on this unforgettable 10-day odyssey.

Includes

  • 10 Day Trafalgar Guided Holiday
  • 9 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • 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
  • VIP Fast Track Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna and Venice with a Local Specialist
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Villa Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and a glassblowing factory in Venice
  • Scenic Cruise 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

  • 9 Nights in cherry-picked hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rome

You're in for a bellissimo journey through the spectacular cities of Italy, which kicks off in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Join your travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Dinner. Your introduction to la dolce vita begins with an orientation drive past Rome's most magnificent sights. Arrival Transfer: Depart Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 09:30, 12:30, 15:30 Accommodation: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican City

This morning we join our Local Specialist for a very special experience as we Dive Into Culture in the smallest nation on earth - Vatican City. Explore the extraordinary collections of the Vatican Museums and stand beneath Michelangelo’s sublime ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, admiring the artistry of great masters and walking in the footsteps of popes who have found peace within the walls of this enclave for centuries. Visit the expansive St Peter’s Basilica before continuing to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the lush gardens and lunch in its beautiful surrounds before returning to Rome. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Rome Your Way

Enjoy a full free day to explore Rome your way, or consider an Optional Experience delving into the tragic history of Pompeii - the Roman city frozen in time by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Specialist will bring the ancient story of this city to life before you return to Rome, passing by the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the site of fierce fighting during the Second World War. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Admire Assisi and on to Florence

Journey north through the rolling hills of Umbria to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. Here your Local Specialist will reveal the story of this most venerated figure on a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of this famous saint and home to a wonderful series of frescoes by Giotto. Later we continue our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to Florence. Tonight, we Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience enjoying delicious specialties against the backdrop of picture-perfect olive groves and vineyards. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Discover Renaissance Florence

Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic centre of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the Medici at every turn. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Uncover Pisa’s Treasures

After a morning at leisure in Florence, cross the fertile Arno Valley to Pisa and join a Local Specialist to visit the Square of Miracles, home to the incredible Leaning Tower and the iconic marble Cathedral. See the ornate Baptistery and the Camposanto, a monumental cemetery built on sacred soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Journey to Bologna and Venice

Travel north, through the Apennines, to the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious pasta sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Then it's off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Spend time at leisure gliding along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi. Accommodation Hotel Principe Venice Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Cruise Venice’s Canals

Savour the iconic and unexpected highlights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. This afternoon, your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience will see you enjoy one of the city’s last remaining studios where you’ll gain insights into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure admiring this city on water or consider an Optional Experience to the island of Burano where colourful fishermen’s homes line the canals. Accommodation: Hotel Principe Venice Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Experience Venice’s Food Market

Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today when we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge, where all the flavours of Italy come to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calli of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day visiting the sights of your choice. Our love affair with Italy's great Italian cities comes to an end this evening as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Principe Venice Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Farewell Venice

For now, it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavours. Departure Transfer: Arrive at the airport at 08:00, 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.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. The Big Tour Sale (15 - 20% Savings): New bookings only made with deposit between December 15, 2023 and March 28, 2024. 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. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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R59,700
R50,745
per person sharing
Details
Valid on 9 Aug 2024
Stay
10 days
Dates
20 Jul 24 to 01 Sep 24
Book by
28 March 24
Experience ID
422
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