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Best of Italy with Trafalgar

Pricing:From R47 790 per person

Valid For Travel Dates: Selected departures February 2024

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Additional Information

– On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised

– Optional Experiences are available at an additional cost

– Not all departure dates are definite at time of loading, please enquire with one of our agents

 

Highlights:

– 12 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

– 12 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 6 Dinners

– Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Day 1: WELCOME TO ROME

Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner. Our introduction to the ‘Eternal City’ is an evening orientation drive to view some of the sights which await us tomorrow.

Arrival Transfer

Depart Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 09:00, 12:30, 15:30

Welcome Dinner

Meet your Travel Director at 17:30

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome

Included Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2: DISCOVER ANCIENT ROME AND THE VATICAN CITY

The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the Vatican Museums. Dive Into Culture and admire the Bramante Staircase, created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, and Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. See the marble masterpiece of the Pietà, housed in the Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. We then enjoy a guided in depth walking experience around the walls of the Colosseum, before seeing Circus Maximus; once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Rome. Indulge in an espresso in the Piazza Navona or clamber up the Spanish Steps.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Tiberio Rome

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: EXPLORE THE RUINS OF POMPEII AND SORRENTO

We journey south to the well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as we wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, we arrive at our hotel in the clifftop town of Sorrento where we’ll dine tonight.

Accommodation: Johanna Park Hotel Sorrento

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 4: A DAY ON THE ISLE OF CAPRI

We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri to visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafés in Capri town in the company of a Local Specialist before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island. Later, we return to the mainland.

Accommodation: Johanna Park Hotel Sorrento

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5: ONWARDS TO ASSISI

See the Benedictine Abbey of Cassino, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio. We arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. We join our Local Specialist for a visit of Basilica of St. Francis, before some free time to explore this fascinating hilltop town. Tonight, 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 6: DISCOVER VENICE

We journey through the glorious countryside of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its gastronomy and is credited with being the origin of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Arrive later in Venice, the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ to spend time admiring this unique city.

Accommodation: Hotel Principe Venice

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7: ST. MARK’S AND MORE IN VENICE

Cruise your way through Venice by private launch to soak up the sights and sounds of what was once one of the world’s greatest ports. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with the master craftsmen of Venice follows. Watch as they share their centuries-old glassmaking traditions. Your visit helps to preserve this delicate craft for which Venice is justifiably famous and you’ll want to remember your visit by purchasing a souvenir or two to display at home. From there, continue past the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace to St. Mark’s Square where we will view the impressive square and Basilica. Consider an Optional Experience to see the colourful fishermen’s houses on the Island of Burano or search for a cosy bacaro and indulge in some tasty Venetian treats, starting with that refreshing Venetian Spritz which is the local drink of choice.

Accommodation: Hotel Principe Venice

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8: ON TO MILAN AND SCENIC ITALIAN LAKE DISTRICT

Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, then cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, Italy’s capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole Suisse Como

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 9: STROLL AROUND LAKE COMO

The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery which has enchanted visitors for centuries. Spend this morning exploring Como’s historical quarter, relax with a cappuccino, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or consider a cruise on the lake. Later arrive in the Italian Lakes where we’ll enjoy a Highlight Dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole Suisse Como

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10: ADMIRE PISA AND ON TO FLORENCE

Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past the marble quarries of Carrara to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Our next stop is Florence, the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 11: EXPERIENCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN FLORENCE

Delve into the extravagant history of the Medici family, whose legacy of art and architecture are explored in the company of a Local Specialist. We visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful skyline of Florence, dominated by the elegant Duomo and the almost 700-year-old Ponte Vecchio, from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. This evening we’ll Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Florence

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

 

Day 12: TREASURES OF SAN GIMIGNANO AND RETURN TO ROME

This morning we stop at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. Continuing south, we visit the charming Tuscan hill-town of San Gimignano, with its extraordinary medieval architecture and rich history. Venture to the centre of town to view the Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by medieval towers and 13th century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Rome

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 13: FAREWELL ROME

Our discovery of the best of Italy has come to an end.

Departure Transfer

Arrive at Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 07:00, 09:30

Included Meals: Breakfast

Terms And 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. Standard terms and conditions apply, and can be viewed on our website. Excludes flights, transfers, visas, travel insurance and anything not mentioned. Savings are not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are 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). Trafalgar reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. All savings / discounts mentioned have already been included in the advertised price. Sure Mithas Travel reserves the right to withdraw or amend promotional offers at any time. 2024 Early Bird Travel Sale: On sale from 05 Sep to 14 Dec 2023. Travel on selected dates from 01 Apr to 31 Oct 2024. Please note: at time of loading this is not a definite departure, please contact one of our travel consultants for more info .These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.