Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Weave your way from Rome on an At Leisure jaunt past golden olive groves and lush green vineyards to medieval bastions that have preserved Tuscany's unforgettable charm for centuries. Stay in the popular thermal spa resort of Montecatini, admire the exquisite marble Cathedral in Siena and embrace la dolce vita in true Tuscan style, learning to cook Italian pasta like only Mamma can.

Trafalgar Trip Highlights

  • Connect with Locals: Enjoy an exclusive ‘Be My Guest' dinner at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills. (Day 6)

  • Dive into Culture: Visit the museum dedicated to the life of Leonardo da Vinci in his Tuscan birthplace (Day 6). Enjoy a private visit inside the Vatican where you will tour the Museo Gregoriano Profano featuring Roman and Ancient Greek antiquities before an exclusive private dinner (Day 9). 

  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Rome, Pisa and Florence.

Iconic Sightseeing Highlights 

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums.
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Pisa and Florence.
  • VISIT St. Peter’s Basilica, the Tuscan city of Siena, San Gimignano, the Leonardiano Museum in Vinci and the Sistine Chapel.
  • VIEW of the ancient sites of Rome including the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • 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

Location:

Rome, Lazio, Italy, Montecatini-Terme, IT, Italy

10  Days | 8  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Rome (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 13 meals (8 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners, including a Be My Guest dinner)
  • $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.

Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Welcome to Rome

Ciao Roma! The Eternal City opens its doors for an unforgettable At Leisure jaunt through Tuscany and two millennia of culture, history and fiery Italian verve. Spend the afternoon meandering through the city's fascinating streets before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive past Rome's iconic highlights, including views of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus, once the site of exhilarating chariot races that attracted thousands of enthusiastic spectators.

Meal(s) : Welcome Reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Rome Sightseeing - Montecatini

Our journey through Rome begins in the centre of Christendom, where we join a Local Specialist on an included sightseeing tour to visit the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's much-admired Pietà.This afternoon, we enjoy a leisurely drive through the scenic Tuscan hills to the thermal spa resort of Montecatini, the largest and most famous spa town in Italy and your home for the next six nights.

Optional Activities ($):
Optional Experiences:
  • Lunch or Dinner with Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills (64 EUR): Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to a delightful regional restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees. Here a feast of gastronomic specialties awaits, accompanied by song and music.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

Florence Excursion

Your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating account on the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. View the magnificent Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria. Perhaps in your free time visit the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks and lined with goldsmiths and jewellers, a legacy of the 16th-century decree that mandated that only jewellers and goldsmiths be allowed to ply their trade on the bridge. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Michelangelo’s ‘David’ & Accademia (47 EUR): Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit 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. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 5

Montecatini at Leisure or Optional Experience to the Cinque Terre

You have a full free day to relax in the soothing waters of Montecatini Thermal Spa on your day at leisure or join an Optional Experience to the famous Cinque Terre, whose pastel-coloured villages cling to the rugged Ligurian cliffs.

Optional Activities ($):
Optional Experiences:
  • Cinque Terre & Porto Venere (63 EUR): We’ll visit the Bay of Poets and the beautiful Porto Venere, where we can admire the UNESCO-protected Cinque Terre. Still to this day, the villages retain their charm and reputation for producing some of Italy's most exclusive wines.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Pisa and Vinci Excursion

Travelling inland, we arrive in Pisa where we join a Local Specialist to view the famous Leaning Tower, finely sculpted marble cathedral and the ornate Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We continue through Tuscany, arriving in Vinci where we’ll Dive into Culture at Museo Leonardiano and gain a deeper understanding of the life of this talented master. Admire Leonardo da Vinci’s machines and models, his sketches and handwritten notes, as well as interactive exhibits during your visit.  Tonight 'Connect With Locals' at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia where you'll enjoy an exclusive 'Be My Guest' dinner surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.

 

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • The Walled City of Lucca (37 EUR): Join us as we explore the beautiful city of Lucca, the birthplace and home of renowned composer Giacomo Puccini. You’ll explore with a Local Specialist as the monumental architecture transports you back to 13th-century Tuscany.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Be My Guest dinner with wine
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 7

Siena and San Gimignano Excursion

Saunter through the beautifully preserved medieval city of Siena to see the 13th-century marble Cathedral and the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo which hosts the biannual Palio horse race. We venture to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, renowned for its towers. Enjoy some free time strolling through its narrow lanes and shopping for locally-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery - the alluring aromas of pecorino and cured meats can be found around every turn.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 8

Tuscan Lifestyle Experience

Feast your eyes on the vibrant colours and bustling stalls heaving with fresh produce at a local Florence food market where you will join a Local Specialist for a memorable introduction to Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Learn how to cook like only an Italian Mamma can, selecting your fresh produce from the market and preparing lunch which you will enjoy with a delicious glass of local wine. The tastes of Tuscany still lingering after an unforgettable lunch, we return to our hotel in the Tuscan hills for the night, enjoying the evening at leisure.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and lunch
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 9

Montecatini - Rome - Vatican Experience

Departing Tuscany, we travel south to Rome. This evening, we 'Dive Into Culture' and enjoy a Farewell Dinner amidst the stunning Roman and Ancient Greek artistry showcased in Museo Gregoriano Profano. We'll have access to the museum before dinner and join a 'Local Specialist' later for a guided evening tour of the Vatican Museums, including a visit to Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Farewell Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 10

Rome - Return to Canada

Today we bid a sad farewell to newfound friends and an epic At Leisure experience, departing Rome today. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Rome and Tuscan Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

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.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Villafranca(or similar)
Montecatini-Terme, IT
Columbia Wellness & Spa(or similar)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Sheraton Parco de'Medici(or similar)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Villafranca(or similar)
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Columbia Wellness & Spa(or similar)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Sheraton Parco de'Medici(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together.
Twin Room. 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 INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

2020 departure dates:

April 24                                                                    
May 1, 8, 15* & 29*                                       
June 5, 19* & 26                                                         
July 3*, 10*, 17*, 24* & 31*                                      
August 7*, 14*, 21* & 28*                                              
September 4, 11*, 18 & 25*                                  
October 2 & 9*

*Non-definite departure dates

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

MORE TO KNOW

For an additional $110CAD 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.

ACTIVITIES

Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of  November 1st, 2019  and are subject to change without notice.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

Pricing display

Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.