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Rome and Tuscan Highlights (trafalgar)

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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

9 days, 8 nights

July 2024 to October 2025

US$ 2775.00 (1 adult - twin)


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Italy, Vatican City


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Highlights


Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Florence: Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia in the Tuscan hills.

Dive Into Culture

  • Vinci: Visit the museum dedicated to the life of Leonardo da Vinci in his Tuscan birthplace.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • San Gimignano: Supporting local artists, visit Franco's charming studio for an immersive pottery demonstration, where you will delve into the history and intricate techniques of ceramic traditions.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Rome, Florence, Pisa and Vinci
  • : Discover Siena and San Gimignano
  • : Visit St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the Vatican Museums and the Leonardiano Museum in Vinci
  • : View the Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Itinerary


Day 1: Welcome to Rome

Ciao Roma! Italy opens its doors for an unforgettable jaunt through Rome, Tuscany, and two millennia of culture, history and fiery Italian verve. Spend the afternoon exploring the city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for dinner. Embark on an orientation drive past some of Rome's icons and unexpected highlights, including the Circus Maximus, once the site of exhilarating chariot races which attracted thousands of enthusiastic spectators.


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Midas Palace
Dinner
Rome

Day 2: Journey to the Tuscan Hills

Our journey through Rome begins in the center of Christendom, where we join a Local Specialist on an included sightseeing tour to visit 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.


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Columbia Wellness and Spa Montecatini Terme
Breakfast
Rome, Montecatini Terme

Day 3: Explore Renaissance Florence

Your Local Specialist will reveal the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. View the magnificent Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria. In your free time, perhaps take a walk across the beautiful Ponte Vecchio. In the 16th century, a decree mandated that the only businesses allowed to ply their trade on this bridge were goldsmiths and jewellers, and to this day, some of the most prestigious jewelery shops in the city can be found here.


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Columbia Wellness and Spa Montecatini Terme
Breakfast, Dinner
Montecatini Terme, Florence, Montecatini Terme

Day 4: Montecatini Your Way

Relax in the spa atmosphere of Montecatini on your day at leisure or join an Optional Experience to Cinque Terre, whose quaint pastel-hued villages cling to the rugged Ligurian cliffs.


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Columbia Wellness and Spa Montecatini Terme
Breakfast
Montecatini Terme, Cinque Terre, Montecatini Terme

Day 5: Discover Pisa and Vinci Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals

Journey to Pisa where we join a Local Specialist to view the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble Cathedral and the ornate Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We continue through Tuscany, arriving in Vinci where you'll join a Local Specialist 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, enjoy a Be My Guest experience at the Agriturismo Borgo Vigna Vecchia surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.


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Meals
Locations Visited

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Columbia Wellness and Spa Montecatini Terme
Breakfast, Dinner
Montecatini Terme, Pisa, Vinci, Montecatini Terme

Day 6: Off to Siena and San Gimignano

Saunter through the beautifully preserved medieval city of Siena to see the 13th century marble cathedral and the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, home to the biannual Palio horse race. Then venture to the walled medieval town of San Gimignano, renowned for its towers. Enjoy some free time strolling through its narrow lanes and discover the artistry of the local, handmade ceramic on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you will see Tuscan pottery created by an artisan, before shopping for locally-produced delicacies - the alluring aromas of pecorino cheese and cured meats tempting you at every turn.


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Accommodation
Meals
Locations Visited

1
Columbia Wellness and Spa Montecatini Terme
Breakfast
Montecatini Terme, Siena, San Gimignano, Montecatini Terme

Day 7: Tuscan Lifestyle Experience

Feast your eyes on the vibrant colors and busy stalls heaving with fresh produce at a local food market where you will join a Local Specialist professional chef for a tasty introduction to Tuscan cuisine. 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.


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Columbia Wellness and Spa Montecatini Terme
Breakfast, Lunch
Montecatini Terme

Day 8: Onwards to Rome and the Vatican City Dive Into Culture

Departing Tuscany, we travel south to Rome. This afternoon, we Dive Into Culture with a Local Specialist for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including a visit to Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. This evening, toast your travels in a historical restaurant over a selection of signature Roman dishes.


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Accommodation
Meals
Locations Visited

1
Midas Palace
Breakfast, Dinner
Montecatini Terme, Rome, Vatican, Rome

Day 9: Journey Home

Today we bid a fond farewell to newfound friends and an epic experience, departing Rome.


Duration
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1
Breakfast
Rome

What's included


Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
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