DAY 1 - ARRIVE ROME ( 7 NIGHTS )
Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel, or take a leisurely stroll through the city's ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception at a traditional Pizzeria.
Welcome Reception Hotel: Una
DAY 2 - ROME CITY HIGHLIGHTS WALKING TOUR AND CATACOMBS VISIT
After a leisurely start enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist through some of the oldest streets in Rome. Visit the famous Spanish Steps, immortalised in many Italian movies, and the Trevi Fountain where you will stop to toss a coin over your shoulder and make a wish to return to Rome. Visit inside the breathtaking Pantheon and marvel at the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. During the festive holiday season, enjoy free time walking around the city centre, soaking up the lights and atmosphere from Via Veneto to Via del Corso, or visit any number of churches to see the presepi, or Nativity Scenes. This afternoon leave the city centre and visit the ancient catacombs with a Local Specialist for a fascinating insight into Christian history in the city.
DAY 3 - ROME MARKET VISIT - COOKING EXPERIENCE AND ANCIENT ROME SIGHTSEEING
Today experience life like a local in this bustling and vibrant capital city. Visit a local food market for a Cultural Insight with your insider host and select delicious local ingredients. Take a walk through the Jewish quarter and try focaccias and other delicious specialities in the neighbourhood bakeries. Arrive at Fooxia for a cooking course with a professional chef and learn how to make authentic Italian pasta. Enjoy a delicious lunch with typical Italian hospitality. Later, explore ancient Rome with a Local Specialist. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held.
Buffet Breakfast/Regional Meal
DAY 4 - ROME AT LEISURE AND TIVOLI VILLA D'ESTE GARDENS VISIT
Enjoy a morning At Leisure. Later travel to Tivoli for a guided visit with a Local Specialist of the UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d'Este. The architectural elements and water features here had an enormous influence on European landscape design.
DAY 5 - ROME - VATICAN AND SISTINE CHAPEL VISIT
Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official Partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Later visit St. Peter's Basilica to see the famous Pietà. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
Buffet Breakfast/Regional Meal
DAY 6 - ROME AT LEISURE OR OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE TO POMPEII
A completely free day to explore the city. Your Travel Director will give you some ideas and suggestions on how to spend your day. Alternatively you may wish to take an Optional Experience to visit the renowned excavations at Pompeii.
DAY 7 - ROME AT LEISURE AND ROMAN FAREWELL DINNER
Your last day in the city is completely yours to explore further or do last minute shopping for souvenirs. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing in the city. In the early evening meet for a unique Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Roman Farewell Dinner with a local family in their Isola Tiberina apartment. This apartment formerly belonged to film director Michelangelo Antonioni amongst other famous inhabitants. Today it is the home of Fabio and either he or other members of his family will host you for a delicious meal with your fellow travel companions.
Buffet Breakfast/Farewell Dinner
DAY 8 - DEPART ROME
After breakfast, say farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable week in one of the world's greatest cities. Transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport are available. Conditions apply.
# WHAT'S ALWAYS INCLUDED
- View the Spanish Steps, Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers and the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus
- Visit the Roman Catacombs, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Colosseum, Tivoli Gardens at Villa d'Este, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
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