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Gladiators Gondolas and Gold

Duration 10 days

Destinations visited :
  • Italy

Buckle up for a travel adventure, all the highlights and some surprises on this most exciting of Italy family trips. Learn how to make pizza like a local, discover your inner artists as you make your own Carnival mask in Venice and dine with a count on his Tuscan estate.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.


Arrive Rome (3 Nights)
Ciao Roma! Feast your eyes and your stomach on the Eternal City – the launch pad for an unforgettable adventure with la famiglia. Tread in the footsteps of the ancients before meeting with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-Off Party that will rock Rome.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s
Meal: Kick-Off Party


Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist to delve into centuries of history and culture, including a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Gaze up at the wonder of Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and explore the Catholic shrine of St. Peter’s Basilica. Venture across the Tiber to the Colosseum imagining a time when brave warriors fought to the thunderous roar of thousands.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Rome – Visit a Gladiator School and Free Time
Book your spot on the podium. It’s time to become a gladiator for the day. You’ll learn how to wield a gladiator’s sword and gain insights into military techniques with an expert. This afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore the city with the family. Perhaps count the Spanish Steps or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Then it’s time for a cheesy family affair as we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and learn how to make authentic Italian pizza, sharing a tasty slice or two of our culinary masterpiece with our loved ones.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal


Rome – Pisa – Florence (3 Nights)
Set your watch to Italian time and embark on a scenic drive north through Tuscany’s golden fields. Stop in Pisa to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Piazza del Duomo to snap a selfie in front of the famous Leaning Tower. Carry on to the Renaissance city of Florence, our home for the next three nights.
Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
The exquisite sights of Florence are brought to life on a walking tour in the expert company of a Local Specialist. See the magnificent Gothic Duomo and famous Baptistery before marvelling at Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Where better to ‘Dive Into Culture’ and indulge in a refreshing gelato than in the city where it was invented. Tonight we ‘Connect With Locals’ joining a local family for a Be My Guest dinner enjoying delicious specialities against the backdrop of picture-perfect olive groves and vineyards.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


Florence Free Day
A full day at leisure to enjoy this remarkable Renaissance city. Florence is a living museum that you can explore on foot. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ‘Town of Towers’ – San Gimignano.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)
Stop and smell the rich aromas of Bolognese sauce, spending the morning with a Local Specialist to explore the medieval city of Bologna. Then it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to the island city of Venice. Discover the Queen of the Adriatic from the comfort of one of its traditional gondolas on an Optional Experience.
Hotel: Novotel Mestre Castellana
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation
‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness first-hand the exquisite tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Learn about the art of crafting Carnival masks, before cruising to bustling St. Mark’s Square on a private launch. View the famous Bridge of Sighs, so named for the sound condemned prisoners made at catching their last glimpse of beautiful Venice, the exquisite Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Campanile. The afternoon is yours to explore – in search of the cosiest trattoria in town.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market
Navigating the bustling canals to the Rialto Bridge, we embrace the sights and sounds of Venice from the water before ‘Diving Into Culture’ to savour the flavours of Italy during a visit to an ancient food market. We delve into the hidden highlights of Venice during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, working up an appetite for our Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Lunch

DAY 10

Depart Venice
Our unforgettable journey together has come to an end. All that’s left to say is a hearty arrivederci as you prepare to return home with fantastic shared memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice
  • VISIT St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence
  • CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark’s Square
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING guided walking tour of ‘Secret Venice’ to the Rialto food market, with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Dining Highlights

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Gladiators Gondolas and Gold

Buckle up for a travel adventure, all the highlights and some surprises on this most exciting of Italy family trips. Learn how to make pizza like a local, discover your inner artists as you make your own Carnival mask in Venice and dine with a count on his Tuscan estate.