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7 Day Jewels of Italy

Costsaver Guided Tour starting in Rome and finishing in Venice

Countries Visited: Italy 
2014 CostSaver Europe & UK Tours Operator: Costsaver
Reviews: (5)
Style: CostSaver    Email a Friend
Duration: 7 Days    Compare Tour
From: Rome to Venice    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: IJWL
  

Tour Description

Enjoy all the Jewels of Italy on this adventure of a lifetime. A Local Guide will take you on a tour from the Vatican City to glorious Ancient Rome to view the Forum and mighty Colosseum. Push the Leaning Tower of Pisa over in a photo to send home to the family, stand on Juliet's balcony in Verona and watch Venetian craftsmen at work at a glass-blowing workshop in Venice.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria
  • Pisa Visit the Field of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
  • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica plus views of the Forum and Colosseum
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony

What's Included

  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. Please refer to the price panel
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Fine Dining

  • 6 buffet breakfasts
  • 2 three course dinners

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Day
1
Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome! After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture! Stay: Ergife Palace
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Rome Sightseeing And Free Time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Don't miss the opportunity to join an optional experience to visit inside the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. In ancient Rome view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Afterwards you have free time to take in the sights or explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (BB)
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Rome - Pisa - Florence (2 Nights)
Today head north to Pisa. Visit the Field of Miracles, featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures! Later arrive at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Stay: Villa Stanley
Day
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Florence Sightseeing And Free Time
There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower, and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the gelato! Later enjoy dinner at the hotel. (BB/D)
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Florence - Verona - Venice (2 Nights)
Your journey continues north 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 regularly each year, and walk to see Juliet's balcony. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice. (BB/D) Stay: Antony
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Venice Orientation And Free Time
Your day starts with a cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano for a relaxing seafood meal. (BB)
Day
7
Depart Venice
This morning, say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

7 Day Jewels of Italy Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 5 Reviews. Average Rating 4.6 of 5.

Had a great time Roberto our tour guide and bus driver Marchello were excellent made everyone feel at ease we had quite a few laughs along the way which made the tour all the more enjoyable as well. Being our first time to Italy we loved the whole experience of it, history, food, wine and the people were very friendly we would recommend it to anyone.

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At first we thought the tour coach was not very comfortable and a bit squashy. The first tour guide Juan Carlos was difficult to understand mainly because the PA was not very good from where we were about half way down. Also listening to everything in the 3 languages was tedious but I guess that's the way it is. Once we got to Pompeii and had a new tour guide everything was good. The accommodation was fantastic and the meals lovely especially in Amalfi they were quite gourmet. The guide for Capri, Marco, was also very entertaining and we had a lovely day at the Blue Grotto and Capri. We liked having free time in Amalfi to do our own thing and the small bus trips to and from Amalfi were excellent with time to stop and take photos too. Overall we enjoyed our holiday with Costsaver tours and would recommend them to others. So thank you Georgie for all your help.

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The tour director, Chris, was excellent. His knowledge of Italy was never ending. He was also a lot of fun and organised everything smoothly. The coach was comfortable and we made friends with lots of people on board. All the cities were beautiful and the tour was paced to our liking. Our main disappointment was that the hotels were so far out of each city it made it difficult to go into town by ourselves. By the time we added on the optional tours it made the holiday a lot more expensive. The standard of the hotels was good.

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Danilo our tour director was awesome. I have never met anyone who cared so much about everyones needs as he did. He made the trip so much better. The itinerary was really good except the time in Florence at the leather store - that was a waste of time and should be scrapped from the tour. Everyone else thought so too. Besides this, it was well thought out and executed. I went with my teenage kids and they loved it as well. I would travel with Trafalgar again.

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Just arrived home this morning at 5am, trying to stay awake till tonight so thought I would answer your email. Absolutely loved the tour, as it was a CostSaver we were not expecting too much but the hotels we stayed at were above expectations, not sure if it was because we had shared room with twin beds but they were king beds separated and the rooms were quite large, a real bonus and lovely clean ensuites and the hotel just out of Florence was a travellers dream, just what we think Italy is all about from all the movies we see - My Life in Tuscany etc. Also being a CostSaver tour we were thinking the food would be very basic, toast n jam for breakfast and although not 4 star still above expectation for the price. Our tour guide, Colleen was very honest and even suggested I not do one of the tours as it didn't really include the Italian Forum which I was keen to do. I did it by myself which was fine while the rest did things I was not that interested in. Very refreshing to find someone genuinely interested in you and making sure you have a good time and are not disappointed. The optional tours we did were also excellent. Yes, there was a bit of hard selling re the optional tours and gratuities but that just goes with a tour and I would like to think we are all grown up enough to make our minds up and for it not to bother us, it is just part of a tour and we accept it graciously. The week prior to the trip I found out I had fractured my foot so had a lovely boot thing to wear, once again Colleen our tour guide was very attentive to my needs, even supplying plastic bag and elastic band to cover it the day it rained. She and the driver were always on hand if I needed it, I just hope I wasn't too needy as they had a full tour to attend to but I did appreciate their concern. So many happy memories and I would recommend this tour to anybody as I feel it was very good value for money. Thank you for your help too, even making sure all our information arrived well ahead of the tour as my departure date from Sydney was earlier. Once again, the whole experince was excellent and above expectation for a CostSaver tour.

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Traveling 'The CostSaver Way' allows you to travel with the greatest flexibility at unbeatable value. Each tour is designed to include plenty of free time to experience each magical destination, but with the peace of mind of being accompanied by Trafalgar's professional Tour Directors.
Region: Europe Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 35-60
Style: CostSaver Coach: 5 Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 3+ Star Max Group Size: 49 (Avg. 40) Airport Transfers: Available
Hotels: Central - Sometimes Free Coach WiFi: No Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Costsaver for tours in Europe . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Trafalgar's First Class and CostSaver tours?

Both provide exceptional value for money, with the same professional service of a Tour Director and Driver and comfortable coaches. First Class tours include First Class Hotels, buffet breakfast daily and more sightseeing inclusions. Cost Saver hotels are guaranteed Superior Tourist class or better and continental style breakfast daily.

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

Who else will be travelling with me?

Travel with like-minded English speaking people from such countries as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America and Canada, all with one common goal; to experience the grandeur of Europe and leave with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

How many people will be on tour with me?

There will be a maximum of 49 people on your coach, however the coach carries an average of just 40 guests.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

CostSaver's fleet of modern coaches are purpose built for safety and
comfort. Each one is air-conditioned, feature large panoramic windows and include an onboard washroom for your convenience. You'll never travel for more than a few hours at a time with frequent stops to break your journey and take in all the majesty of Europe along the way.

Not only are you chauffeur driven from door-to-door of your accommodation, you are also taken right to the entrance of all the must-see sights as well as into the centre of town, not left in the car park or in line to battle the crowds. By travelling with Trafalgar, you are treated as a VIP as our coaches have access to all areas of Europe and the UK.

Where will my hotel be located and what will it be like?

We have sourced the best first class or superior tourist class hotels including trusted and renowned brands such as Hilton, Novotel and Mercure, together with private family-owned Swiss chalets and Austrian gasthofs all selected for their excellent standards of comfort, service and value for money.

Our Quality Control Team constantly monitor all of our hotels, ensuring our rigorous standards are maintained. Plus, for added peace of mind, Trafalgar names every hotel on each itinerary so you will know exactly where you're staying every night. We include porterage, hotel tips and gratuities in the price – additional expenses if you were travelling on your own.

Your Tour Director and Driver will handle everything for you – check you in, gather your room keys, allocate your rooms and ensure your luggage is delivered – all complete by the time you return from another fulfilling day. However the service doesn't stop there! On the day of your departure your Tour Director and Driver will bring the coach right to the very doorstep, load your luggage and check you out, leaving you with plenty of time for a leisurely and satisfying buffet breakfast before continuing on your journey. Gone are the worries of lugging heavy bags on public transport, up staircases or over long distances – leave it in the capable hands of your CostSaver staff.

What are CostSaver Tour Directors like?

Our Tour Directors and Drivers are the best in the business. They are selected for their knowledge, character and passion. No matter how big or small the request - whether you would like to know where to find a specific artwork in the Louvre, need help translating a foreign language or simply where to sample the tastiest Dutch cheese in Holland – they will always be there for you. You also get to enjoy sightseeing led by local guides in many destinations throughout your tour. These individuals are proud of their heritage and teeming with the knowledge only a local would know. They will uncover the sights and reveal tales of their city, presenting you with a truly authentic and in-depth experience, ensuring you don't miss a thing.

What does the tour cost include?

The prices listed cover all accommodations, all applicable sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary, motorcoach, cruise or rail transportation, services of a professional Trafalgar Tour Director, all meals as shown in the itinerary and luggage handling.

Are tips included?

Trafalgar has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you such as all baggage handling at hotels and ports. Tips to restaurant staff for meals are also included in the price of your tour. Tips are customarily given to your Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides at your discretion. The recommended amounts are: Tour Directors $4 per day, Drivers $2.50 per day and Local Guides $1 per day. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote.

What is an 'Optional Activity'?

Choose from a range of fantastic Optional Experiences to further enhance your holiday. Your Tour Director will offer you a number of unique activities that are not only affordable but are also designed to specifically complement your holiday. Enjoy such activities as an evening of traditional Irish entertainment and dinner, the chance to dress up for an elegant Mozart Concert in Vienna or a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Our expertly designed itineraries will give you all the benefits of group travel with the flexibility of travelling on your own. Your Tour Director will not only bring Europe to life before your eyes, but will also offer you a greater choice of activities and suggestions on how to spend your free time.

Those looking for the advantages of escorted touring with the freedom of independent travel, CostSaver is the perfect choice!

Do you have a share program for singles?

Many of our holidays are ideally designed for single or solo travellers. Every detail is taken care of, from start to finish, so all you need to do is enjoy your holiday in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. Meals, activities and sightseeing are all shared with your new friends, so you will never be alone - unless you choose to do some exploring or relaxing by yourself. Accommodation can be booked as a private single room or like many of our clients, you may wish to share a twin room by taking advantage of our 'Room Mate Matching Service'. You will share a room with someone from your tour (same gender), so you can avoid paying a single room supplement, in addition to making a new friend.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

Gold Seal Protection is the most effective tool to give you peace of mind. For only $A 99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, prior to departure from Australia, we will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. Read Details. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completeing the 'Quote Request'.

Where can I find out more information on CostSaver?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on CostSaver including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their tours. Read more> (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).

Airport Transfer Information

Airport Transfers in Europe

All Trafalgar guests receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle coach on the arrival and departure day of their guided holiday at specified times. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings may choose to book and purchase a transfer. Additionally, guests arriving before or leaving after the scheduled holiday may also book and buy a transfer through Global Journeys & Trafalgar providing they also purchase the additional pre and post holiday hotel night(s) through Global Journeys & Trafalgar.

Transfers in London (Heathow)

Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Trafalgar has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Trafalgar London hotel. $75 per person per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport. Heathrow Airport: guests will be picked up and dropped off in time to meet all flights booked to/from London's Heathrow Airport.

Transfers in London (Gatwick)

For passengers flying into London's Gatwick Airport, Global Journeys & Trafalgar recommend the Gatwick Express, for details visit the Gatwick Express website at: www.gatwickexpress.com

Trafalgar's Transfer Terms & Conditions
  1. Global Journeys provides detailed flight information to Trafalgar no fewer than 21 days prior to departure. Once transfers are booked they cannot be changed.
  2. For London arrivals, you must stay at a London hotel booked by Trafalgar on the night of arrival and the night prior to your departure date.
  3. Trafalgar only includes one inbound and one outbound transfer.
  4. In the event of flight delays outside of Trafalgar's control, the transfers will be deemed to be cancelled.
  5. All transfers are based on group transfers. No refund is therefore available for missed transfers, or passengers not using this service.
  6. In the event of unforeseen events (such as road or rail works, strikes or demonstrations), Trafalgar will not be responsible for delayed or cancelled transfers.

Terms & Conditions:

Yep, all the boring small print! We still recommend you read it though, as no one likes surprises!

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