Italy Tours with Grand European Travel – AARP Senior Discounts

Italy 9As I am sitting here in cold Colorado I am staying warm by planning our next trips, lol. It has been TOO long since we were able to head to Europe thanks to the stupid China virus hidden by the selfish Chinese leader Xi. Anyway, that’s not what this is about, this is about hopefully being able to travel again now that the surges are becoming lower and some places are lifting restrictions.  I really want to go and explore more of Italy. We only saw a few things in Turino, like the Muse de Egizio, but I really want to explore several regions in Italy. Thus I was looking for tours in Italy and found the site Grand European Travel.

Italy 8As you can see they have several tours all over Italy and many different regions of Italy. I would love to take two weeks and really explore, but I think the Jewels of Italy would be a great start. It is only 7 days and that gives you an extra day on each end for traveling, etc. No matter which tour you pick to do while in Italy, I am sure you will not be disappointed. If you don’t have two weeks, it will just be a great excuse to come back. 🙂

Tour 1 – Jewels of Italy

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7 Day Trip starting at $1,125 per person.

COUNTRIES VISITED – Italy, Vatican City

LOCATIONS VISITED – Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Verona, Venice

jewels of Italy Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrive Rome, Italy (2 Nights)

Buongiorno! Rome kicks off your epic Italian trilogy – one that will scratch beneath the surface of Italy’s iconic cities. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day relaxing or pound the pavements to discover why Rome so deserves its title, the ‘Eternal City. Later, you’ll meet up with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead. There’s even time for a leisurely stroll to one of the city’s thronging piazzas to people-watch or to join an Optional Experience dinner in a Roman trattoria. Embrace life lived the Italian way – to the fullest.

HOTEL Ergife Palace

DAY 2 – Rome sightseeing and free time

With so much to see and do, you could explore Rome for an eternity without getting bored. Why not join Optional Experience to Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums? Get to grips with the city’s main attractions, joining a Local Specialist at the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country. Stand in St. Peter’s Square, sharing your space with devoted pilgrims. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s greatest work, the sorrowful PietĂ . Cross the Tiber next, to view the mighty Colosseum and the countless other ancient sites which featured prominently in the days of the powerful Roman Empire.

MEALS Breakfast

DAY 3 – Rome – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

Set your sights firmly on Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and a city that has inspired poets, authors and artists for centuries. But first, a mesmerizing journey through the rolling vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany awaits. Visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles, one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in the world. Yield to peer pressure and snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa, leaning precariously. You’ll have some time for souvenir shopping before continuing to Florence. This evening, there’s an opportunity to head into the Tuscan Hills for dinner on an unforgettable Optional Experience.

MEALS Breakfast
HOTEL President

DAY 4 – Florence sightseeing and free time

There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy equal to that of Florence. Now’s your chance to experience it in all its glory with your Local Specialist at your side. Lace up your walking shoes and view the city’s most iconic sights on foot – the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Ponte Vecchio. You’ll visit Piazza della Signoria and witness a demonstration revealing the centuries-old Florentine trade of leatherwork, followed by some time to explore on your own. Later on, why not visit San Gimignano as part of an Optional Experience? If you’re in the mood for some shopping, consider buying some of the high-quality leather goods you’ve just witnessed or shop for 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – Florence – Verona – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights)

Journey across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held several centuries after it was built to entertain the citizens of this fair city. Juliet’s Balcony is a further highlight, revealing the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud. Your journey continues to Venice, your home for the next two nights. Time on your own means an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most romantic cities, watching the busy traffic on its canals over a crisp glass of Aperol Spritz, or to embark on an optional gondola ride along Venice’s narrow waterways. Salute!

MEALS Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL Antony

DAY 6 – Venice Orientation and free time

Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square, in the heart of Venice. All the main attractions are within walking distance of the Piazza so you’ll have easy access to view the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark, which you could visit as part of an Optional Experience. Spend your time wandering the calle of Venice then watch talented master craftsmen at work engaged in the same craft as their ancestors from centuries ago. Witness the beautiful glass creations, that are characteristic of Venice, being made during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Consider taking an optional cruise across the lagoon to the colorful island of Burano.

MEALS Breakfast

DAY 7 – Depart Venice

Brief but jam-packed, this memorable encounter with Italy’s favourite cities has been brimming with culture, history and culinary delights. We hope you tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome, but if you didn’t, you’ll have a heart full of fond memories that will stay with you forever. For now, it’s arrivederci, but not farewell forever as you say goodbye to your Travel Director and newfound friends. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/free transfers.

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jewels of Italy Price Includes

Dining Highlights

2 Dinners

6 Breakfasts

First Class travel Highlights

Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Variety of Optional Experiences

City orientation tours

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio

Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower

Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum

Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square and visit a traditional glassblowing workshop

Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony

Prices

The prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click “Request Quote” and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

Tour 2 – Italian Intermezzo

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8 Day trip starting at $2,195 per person

COUNTRIES VISITED – Italy, Vatican City

LOCATIONS VISITED – Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Orvieto, Rome, Vatican City

Italian intermezzo Itinerary

DAY 1 – Elegant Como, Italy

Welcome to Italy. After being greeted by your Travel Director at Milan’s Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 or 12:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and head to L’antica Riva, an elegant restaurant on the shores of Lake Como, known for serving delicious fresh produce. Your Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.

MEALSDinner with Wine
HOTELPalace Hotel, Como.
DAY 2 – Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic Relaxed Start

Journey through the beautiful Italian lake district, past Lakes Iseo and Garda to the floating city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Your hotel offers authentic Venetian charm, as it reflects the history and culture of the surrounding area.

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HOTELHotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena.
DAY 3 – Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. While here, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional arts centre, where you can see how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills. What better way to see Venice than from a private boat, cruising past palazzos and churches to St. Mark’s Square? See the gilded basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs. No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Relax and enjoy the local traditional songs, as you drift along in romantic awe. Spend the afternoon as you wish. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

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HOTELHotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena.
DAY 4 – Tranquil Tuscany, Pisa and Florence

Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa and see the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. Later, visit the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Venture on to beautiful Florence – a treasure house of the Renaissance. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum with and see Michelangelo’s David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a shopping tour, enjoying all the Italian treats and finery on offer. With your Local Expert, admire the marble-clad Cathedral and Baptistery, and wander Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. In the evening, dinner is served with a selection of Tuscany’s finest wines, presented by an expert sommelier who explains each of the wines being served.

MEALSBreakfast, Dinner with Wine
HOTELHotel Albani Firenze, Florence.

DAY 5 – Free Time in Renaissance Florence Relaxed Start

 

Learn some secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop to admire the intricate work.The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for leather or gold goods around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafés? Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. In the evening, enjoy an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous optional Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.

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HOTELHotel Albani Firenze, Florence.
DAY 6 – Chianti Country to Orvieto and on to Rome

Journey to Umbrian Orvieto, a hilltop village overlooking a vineyard-covered plain.Explore the town with your Travel Director and visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral, before continuing towards the Eternal City of Rome.In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?

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HOTELBettoja Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio, Rome.
DAY 7 – Rome Sightseeing and Dinner in the Vatican

In the morning, enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights, including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus and the legendary Colosseum, site of memorable battles and a legacy to the courage of gladiators.In the afternoon, gain exclusive fast-tracked priority entry to the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano, which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age. You’ll then enter the Sistine Chapel where you’ll marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling masterpiece.This evening, indulge in a special Highlight Dinner hosted at the Vatican’s Cortile del Giardino Quadrato with spectacular views of St. Peter’s.

MEALSBreakfast, Dinner with Wine
HOTELBettoja Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio, Rome.
DAY 8 – Arrivederci Roma

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.

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Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Florence: Stand beside Michelangelo’s monumental statue, ‘David’, in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world’s most famous sculpture.
  • Florence: Wander through the market stalls and browse for local Italian souvenirs and leather goods on a guided shopping tour.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : “One food I really love introducing my guests to is tramezzini sandwiches because they are a real art form in Venice. For the locals it is a quick inexpensive bite to get them through the day…best eaten standing up at the bar!”
  • : “Venice is so unique that anyone seeing it for the first time is never fully prepared for the magic, from seeing their first gondola to the facade of St. Mark’s Cathedral.”
  • : “I really love about showing guests the huge variety that Italy has to offer, from quaint countryside villages to cities full of stupendous art and architecture.”

Authentic Dining

  • Como: The L’antica Riva restaurant, situated on picturesque Lake Como, is built within a historic 17th century building which was one of the first houses of the area. Here you will enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Florence: During dinner, meet a sommelier who will talk you through a tasting of some of Tuscan’s finest wines.
  • Vatican City: Experience a special Celebration Dinner at the Vatican’s Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, with views of the cupola of St. Peters​​, should weather permit.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfast (B), and 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Top Rated Highlights

  • Como: Take in the exquisite views of the lake and it’s backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark’s Square and see the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Pisa: Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral and of course, the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.
  • Florence: Stand beside Michelangelo’s monumental statue, ‘David’, in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world’s most famous sculpture.
  • Florence: Wander through the market stalls and browse for local Italian souvenirs and leather goods on a guided shopping tour.
  • Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a gold and leather-work demonstration.
  • Orvieto: During your orientation of this Umbrian hilltop town with your Travel Director, visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral.
  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.

Make Travel Matter

  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices. The workshops master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft. The workshop advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Insight Experiences

  • Vatican City: Gain priority access into the Vatican Museums, witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Dates & Prices

The prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click “Request Quote” and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

Tour 3 – Best of Italy

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13 Day trip starting at $2,786 per person

COUNTRIES VISITED – Italy, Vatican City

LOCATIONS VISITED –  Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Verona, Venice, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Italian Lakes, Como, Pisa, Florence,  and San Gimignano

best of italy Itinerary

DAY 1 – Welcome to Rome, Italy

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

MEALS Welcome Reception
HOTEL Cicerone/Una
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 PietĂ , housed in St. Peter’s Basilica before crossing the Tiber into Ancient Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum and see 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.

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.

MEALS Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL Johanna Park/Grand Parco del Sole
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.

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.

MEALS Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL Cenacolo
DAY 6 – Discover Verona and 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. 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’, where we’ll enjoy a Regional Dinner.

MEALS Breakfast, Regional Dinner
HOTEL Biasutti Lido/Viktoria Palace Lido
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 and you’ll Dive Into Culture watching them 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.

MEALS Breakfast
DAY 8 – On to Milan and Scenic Lake Maggiore

Today we 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. Later arrive at Lake Maggiore where we’ll enjoy dinner served tonight at our hotel.

MEALS Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL Simplon/Grand Dino
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, indulge in the area’s delicious gelato, take the funicular for spectacular views of the lake or consider a cruise on the lake. This evening we venture by private boat to a secluded island on Lake Maggiore where we’ll Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience. Join Signor Telli for colourful stories of pirates and princes and a delicious local fare in this family-run restaurant.
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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’.

MEALS Breakfast
HOTEL Grand Mediterraneo
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.

MEALS Breakfast
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, where one finds extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by medieval towers and the town’s 13th-century city walls. This evening in Rome we enjoy a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.

MEALS Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
HOTEL Shangri-La
DAY 13 – Farewell Rome

Our discovery of the best of Italy has come to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

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The Best of Italy Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners

First-class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Venice, Milan and San Gimignano
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the excavations at Pompeii, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, a glassblowing factory in Venice, Lake Como and the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
  • View Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence
  • See the ancient sites of Rome and the Abbey in Monte Cassino
  • Scenic Cruise to the Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice
  • Connect With Locals Join Signor Telli for a Be My Guest dinner at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island.
  • Stays with Stories Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli.
  • Dive into Culture Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries.
  • Dive into Culture Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn about the history and ancient skill of Venetian glassblowing, playing your role in ensuring the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.

Dates & Prices

The prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click “Request Quote” and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

Italy 2As you can see my post only shows 3 of the tours they do through beautiful Italy. I just picked a variety since each couple or group will have different dates, the number of days, and the amount they want to spend on their trip. If you click on their website link or any of the request buttons it will take you to the page. They also have a phone number you can call and hopefully talk to a live person: 1-844-922-2684.  One more thing, AAEP members save $100 on select vacations.  Buon Viaggio!

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3 thoughts on “Italy Tours with Grand European Travel – AARP Senior Discounts”

  1. I’ve been to France and the Scandinavian countries but never to Italy. I’m sure I would enjoy any of the tours. I’m not a great traveller so not missing it. I think you would make a great travel agent, Samantha.

    1. Awe Lily, thank you so much! You are too kind. Good or bad, I think I love it! ALthough I think I would be bummed planning all these trips for people, then wanting to go myself, lol. THanks for the comment.

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