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Italy Bellissimo - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days | 10 nights

The beauty and grace of Italy is a kaleidoscope of colors, fragrances and tastes, explored on a trip that ventures from the interior to the coast, and the sultry, sun-soaked island of Capri. Stay in an old Franciscan convent in the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi. The convent was originally built for pilgrims to this peaceful hillside town, but its stone walls now hold slick modern décor.

When travelling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Insider Experiences, Sightseeing, First Class Highlights:

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest: Join the Callistri family at their ‘borgo' in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian meal, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards
  • Authentic Accommodations: Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan convent in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • Cultural Insight: Witness the exquisite crafts of inlaid wood in Sorrento, glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries
  •  Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Experiences
  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence
  • Orientation of Venice and Siena
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica, Santa Croce Basilica, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence

First Class Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Rome (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 15 meals (10 hot buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners, including a Be My Guest dining experience)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Audio headsets for flexible sight-seeing

Itinerary

Day 1    Depart Canada  
Fly to Rome.

Day 2   Arrive Rome
Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure through Italy that starts and ends in the Eternal City of Rome. Spend the day exploring its ancient streets before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see the iconic St. Peter's Basilica.

Day 3   Rome Sightseeing
Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a Local Specialist for an unforgettable sightseeing tour to gaze at Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica. We visit the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, celebrating the lives of gladiators and soldiers who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum and see Circus Maximus before spending an afternoon exploring the city on our own terms. Wander up Via Veneto on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome's generous piazze or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city's many museums - the choice is yours.

Optional Experiences

  • Piazzas and Fountains of Rome (33 EUR): Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
  • Roman Evening with Dinner (61 EUR): Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Day 4   Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento - Isle of Capri
Venture south towards the ancient city of Pompeii that remains frozen in time following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's tragic history. Our next stop is beautiful Sorrento, where we will enjoy a Cultural Insightinto fine local craftsmanship at an inlaid wood demonstration. Cruising across the Bay of Naples, against the backdrop of Vesuvius in slumber, we arrive at the captivating Isle of Capri, where we'll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surrounds.

Optional Experiences

  • Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal (44 EUR):  Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Day 5   Capri Orientation
Explore the glamour and rustic charm of Capri on a walking orientation with a Local Specialist that will include views of the Marina Piccola, where Ulysses was said to have been seduced by sirens. Venture to the heart of the island and the legendary Piazzetta, where the locals come to people-watch. Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps explore the rugged coast and hidden grottos of this pretty island by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.

Optional Experiences
  • The Highlights Of Capri (58 EUR): Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. You'll cruise around the island and visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe, whose gardens are rated amongst the finest in Europe. The tour will finish at the elevated village of Anacapri. A light lunch will replace the cruise in the event of bad weather.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 6 Isle of Capri - Naples - Cassino - Perugia - Assisi
We sail back across the Mediterranean to the fiery southern capital of Naples and stop to celebrate the lives of brave soldiers at their final resting place in Cassino's Commonwealth War Cemetery, located in the valley below the town's 6th century Abbey. Venture northwards via Latium to the historic city of Perugia. The fascinating weaving tradition of Italy is explored during a TreadRight Cultural Insight and Join Trafalgar Heritage Initiative project Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in the country. Later, we arrive in the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where we will dine in our hotel tonight.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Day 7   Assisi Sightseeing - Venice
Rambling through the cobblestone streets of Assisi with our Local Specialist, we visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto's exquisite frescoes and 13th century stained glass windows, before traveling north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Enjoy your evening at leisure watching the sun set over the Venetian Lagoon or perhaps join an Optional Experience to encounter the splendor of this romantic city.

Optional Experiences
  • Gondolas and the Grand Canal (70 EUR): Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice's dreamy, narrow waterways.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Day 8   Venice Orientation
The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as your cruise by private launch to visit this enchanting island city. Enjoy a Cultural Insightinto the delicate Venetian tradition of glassmaking that harks back to the 13th century before seeing the unforgettable sights of St. Mark's Square and Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, named for the sound made by prisoners taking one last look at their beloved city from the bridge before meeting their fate. Get lost in Venice this afternoon, meandering through the narrow alleyways and hidden campi that were the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo centuries ago.

Optional Experiences
  • Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica (36 EUR): Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You'll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you'll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we'll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.
  • Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks (70 EUR): Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Day 9   Venice - Pisa - Montecatini Terme (Tuscan Hills)
This morning we travel to Pisa and to its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in the spa-resort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.

Optional Experiences
  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills (64 EUR): Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Day 10   Florence Excursion
Explore one of the world's most cultural cities today - home of great masters, the ambitious legacy of the de' Medici family and the cradle of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist shares all the sights, including views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Baptistery. We visit Piazza della Signoria, the heart of this flourishing city with its statues and stunning palazzi. Enjoy some free time to meander across the Arno over Ponte Vecchio and enjoy magnificent views of the city skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo, or perhaps shop for high-quality leather goods in Florence's boutiques. This evening, we embark on an unforgettable Tuscan Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amidst beautiful olive groves in the countryside.

Optional Experiences
  • Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia (40 EUR): Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you'll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

Day 11   Montecatini Terme (Tuscan Hills) - Siena - Rome
Today, we explore the medieval beauty of Siena, with its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Publico and Torre Del Mangia, the site of the biannual Palio horse race. Admire the hilltop town's extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a sidewalk café. This evening, we celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 12   Rome - Return to Canada
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Italy and prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery. Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.  

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Twin Room

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during your trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Rome: Grand Tibero or similar
  • Isle of Capri: Regina Cristina or similar
  • Assisi: Cenacolo or similar
  • Venice: Biasutti or similar
  • Montecatini: Minerva Palace or similar
  • Rome: Sheraton parco De Medici or similar

Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together

Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

Important notes

2019 Tour Start Dates
July 6, 13, 20, 25
August 1, 15, 22, 29, 31
October 5, 12

*Non-definite departure dates

Departure Dates:
Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

 

Airport transfers:  On arrival at Rome Airport transfers will operate at 9:30am, 12:30pm, and 3:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Airport at 7am and 9:30am.

Pre-paid gratuities option: For an additional $134 CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

Optional Experiences: Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of November 1, 2017 and are subject to change without notice.