A journey taking you from the interior of Italy to the coast. Visit the sultry, sun-kissed island of Capri and stay in an old Franciscan convent in the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi.
VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence
ORIENTATION of Venice and Siena
VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, St Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Santa Croce Basilica, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
SCENIC CRUISE to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Return cruise to the Isle of Capri
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights
Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Spend the day exploring on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive past the iconic St. Peter's Basilica.
Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a 'Local Specialist' to admire 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, paying tribute to the gladiators and soldiers who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus before spending the afternoon at leisure. Wander up Via Veneto on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome's lively piazze or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city's many museums.
Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)
Venture south towards the ancient city of Pompeii which has remained frozen in time ever since it was covered in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here we join a 'Local Specialist' who will share insights into the city's tragic history. Continue to the clifftop village of Sorrento where you will dine at your hotel this evening.
Isle of Capri Excursion
Cruise to the captivating Isle of Capri this morning and explore its glamour on a walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' that will include views of the marina, 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 join an Optional Experience and explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch.
Sorrento – Perugia – Assisi
Venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here we'll 'Make a Difference' and discover Italy's weaving tradition during a visit to Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a TreadRight and JoinTrafalgar Heritage Initiative project. Explore one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand-weaving workshops in the country, before continuing to the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where we will stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' tonight.
Assisi Sightseeing – Venice (2 Nights)
Stroll through the narrow lanes of Assisi with a 'Local Specialist' and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto's exquisite frescoes and 13th-century stained glass windows. Continue north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, the 'Queen of the Adriatic'. Enjoy a free evening watching the sun set over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an Optional Experience.
Venice Orientation and Free Time
The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as your cruise by private launch to Giudecca Island. 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the delicate Venetian tradition of glassmaking that harks back to the 13th century before continuing to St. Mark's Square. See the 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. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo.
Venice – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)
This morning we travel to Pisa and to its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in vibrant Florence, your home for the next two nights.
Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
Explore one of the world's most cultural cities today - the former home of great masters and a testament to the ambitious legacy of the Medici family. 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 and Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Later, enjoy some free time to stroll across the Arno over Ponte Vecchio and enjoy magnificent views of the city skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' indulging in a memorable 'Be My Guest' dinner with the Landi family.
Florence – Siena – Rome
We admire the medieval beauty of Siena today, walking to its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, which is dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia, the site of the Palio horse race. See the hilltop town's extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a pavement café. This evening, we celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
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.