Rome Explorer

Rome Explorer - Winter 2016/2017

Historic giants the Colosseum and the Vatican meet show-stopping fountains in Tivoli's beautiful gardens, taking you inside the heart of this great city and surrounding area.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like…
rubbing shoulders with the locals as you pick out the freshest ingredients at Campo di Fiori market, sampling focaccia straight from the baker's oven, then learning how to make your very own pasta the Italian way.

Trip type: At Leisure | Trip code: WOW1

Trip duration: 8 days | Price: from INR 1,03,224 pp

Trip available from Nov 2016 to Mar 2017.

Rome Explorer

Trip Itinerary

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 traditional pizzeria Welcome Reception.

Meal(s): Welcome Reception | Hotel: Una

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 coins 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. See some of the impressive squares and admire the many monuments including Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers. During the 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.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

3. ROME MARKET VISIT – COOKING EXPERIENCE

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 proper Italian pasta. Enjoy a delicious lunch with typical Italian hospitality.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast / Lunch

4. 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.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

5. ROME VATICAN AND SISTINE CHAPEL VISIT

Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Wowtrip 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. This afternoon return to your hotel or perhaps consider a shopping experience to Via Condotti where you will find many fashionable boutiques.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

6. ANCIENT ROME SIGHTSEEING AND TIVOLI VILLA D'ESTE GARDENS VISIT

Explore to ancient Rome with a Local Specialist. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. 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.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

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.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner

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.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Wow Trip Difference
Local Specialists
For included sightseeing in Rome and the Vatican Museums.

Cultural Insights
Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine. Visit an apartment which formally belonged to Antonioni and meet a local family and experience typical Italian hospitality.

Hidden Treasures
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

What's Always Included
Sightseeing Highlights
City tour in Rome
Visit the Colosseum, Tivoli Gardens at Villa d'Este, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Roman Catacombs
View the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers

Dining
7 hot buffet breakfasts.
1 lunch.
2 dinners.

Travel Highlights
Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
Porterage and local charges included
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

Airport Transfers

Optional Experiences
We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Wowtrip Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.