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Gladiators Gondolas and Gold summer 2017

Hold on to your helmet for this family expedition marching through the Eternal City of Rome, illustrious Florence and the historic lagoon of Venice. Experience life as a Roman gladiator and learn the basics of sword-fighting, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain and create your own Venetian Carnival mask before devouring the pizza you've just learnt to make.

  • Price starts at: $2398
  • Tour length: 11 Days

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Day 1 Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Welcome to Italy. After check-in take a wander through the city's ancient streets and soak up the amazing atmosphere. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party.Kick-Off Party

Day 2 Rome Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a guided visit of the Vatican Museums featuring Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, visit the Colosseum, former site of gladiatorial combat, and see the other ancient sites of Rome.Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Rome – Visit a Gladiator School

Today experience life as a Roman gladiator. After a short introduction to Roman history from your Local Specialist, you will learn the basics of gladiatorial sword fighting - an experience to remember forever. This afternoon explore the city on your own. Rome's rich history is apparent everywhere you look and there is so much to see and do. Perhaps take a trip to the Castel Sant'Angelo, relax in the garden of the Villa Borghese or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. This evening gain a Cultural Insight during an authentic Italian pizza cooking demonstration and enjoy a slice or two.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 4 Rome – Florence (3 Nights)

After a leisurely start this morning drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence for a three-night stay.Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Florence Sightseeing

See the sights of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist including the magnificent Duomo and the famous Baptistery. Marvel at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards your Travel Director will take you to indulge in a refreshing gelato in the city where it was invented. This evening join your companions for a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with beautiful views across olive groves and vineyards. The villa has featured as a film location in numerous films including 'A Room with a View' by James Ivory. You will be hosted by the family and enjoy local specialities.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 6 Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa. In the UNESCO World Heritage Site Piazza del Duomo see the famous Leaning Tower as well as the beautiful sculpted marble cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery built on soil from Calvary in the Holy Land. Later arrive back in Florence to enjoy free time exploring the city.Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and stop in Bologna - the home of 'Bolognese Sauce' - for a wonderful sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Arrive later this afternoon in the magical island city of Venice - Queen of the Adriatic.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8 Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and view the Bridge of Sighs where condemned prisoners caught their last glimpse of the city. View the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. Experience a Cultural Insight first hand during a glassblowing demonstration and learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival masks with the chance to paint and decorate your own. Later perhaps take a ride on a gondola - it's a great way to see the city in all its glory.Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market

Glide along the canals to the Rialto Bridge. Gain a Cultural Insight on your visit to an ancient food market and see the hidden parts of Venice during your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. Later join your fellow travellers for a delicious Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in Mestre.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 Depart Venice

Say 'ciao Italia' at the end of your successful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your family holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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