Trafalgar Tours | Best of Italy Winter 2016/2017

The essence of ���la dolce vita' is explored through the cuisine, art and landscapes of Italy, from its iconic cities and turquoise lakes to its balmy southern shores. You'll enjoy Insider moments like…being welcomed to the magnificent 12th century Castello del Trebbio in the Tuscan Hills by the Baj-Macario family, and joining them in the great hall for a delicious meal of traditional Tuscan cuisine.


Tour Operator: Trafalgar Tours
  • What's Included

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
    • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest).
  • Pricing

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city.Welcome Reception

     

    Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.Buffet Breakfast

     

    Day 3 - Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

    Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and enjoy views of the Montecassino Abbey. In Pompeii your Local Specialist tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

     

    Day 4 - Isle of Capri Excursion

    Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous. Later embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own.Buffet Breakfast

     

    Day 5 - Sorrento – Assisi

    Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

     

    Day 6 - Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

    Today enjoy central Italy’s glorious countryside as we travel northwards through the Emilia Romagna region, famous for its tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony. Arrive later in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

     

    Day 7 - Venice Orientation and Free Time

    This morning gain a Cultural Insight into the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious meal.Buffet Breakfast

     

    Day 8 - Venice – Milan – Como (2 Nights)

    Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan, the global capital of design and fashion. View Duomo, La Scala opera house and the famous Galleria during your orientation. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

     

    Day 9 - Lake Como Excursion

    Enjoy an orientation of Como including the Old Town and views of the Cathedral. Later consider joining a lake cruise that takes in views of beautiful villas and gardens along the shoreline.Buffet Breakfast

     

    Day 10 - Como – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

    Cross the plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight you might like to take the opportunity to enjoy dinner and a night out in the Tuscan Hills.Buffet Breakfast

     

    Day 11 - Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your Local Specialist brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. View the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Tonight experience typical Tuscan cuisine as you enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with a local family.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

     

    Day 12 - Florence – Siena – Rome

    Set in scenic Tuscan countryside visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

     

    Day 13 - Depart Rome

    Say ‘arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

     

    Best of Italy Winter 2016/2017
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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