Day 1 RomeDepart on your flight to Rome today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel which is located in the heart of the city and close to many of its star attractions, including the Trevi Fountain. After you've settled into your room, why not venture out and soak up some of the sights. Back at the hotel, you can get to know your travelling companions this evening over dinner. Meals included: D
Day 2 Christmas Eve, Rome
Today's the day that we really get to know Rome.
After breakfast we'll begin with a walking tour with an expert Local Guide, who will bring this exceptional city's history roaring to life. We'll take a close look at famous attractions including the Spanish Steps, which join the Piazza di Spagna with the Church of Trinità dei Monti, and the incredibly ornate Trevi Fountain.
This afternoon you will have some free time to discover even more of Rome's main sights. You could pass the magnificent Colosseum, where gladiators would fight for public entertainment in the 1st century, and also see the Roman Forum, around which ancient Rome was built. Meals included: B,D
Day 3 Christmas Day, the Vatican City
It's Christmas Day and we've a really special experience this morning which will make this a Christmas to remember. We'll head to St Peter's Square in the Vatican City, where we'll join the crowds who have gathered to hear the Urbi et Orbi message delivered by Pope Francis from the balcony of St Peter's Basilica. After hearing the pontiff's blessing for the world and soaking up what is sure to be a truly magical atmosphere, we'll return to the hotel.
Our festive celebrations continue as we are served a special Christmas lunch with mince pies. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the company of your fellow travellers.
Day 4 Boxing Day, Rome - at leisure
Today has been left free for you to spend just as you please. You might choose to discover more of Rome's highlights independently or with your fellow travellers.
As an alternative, we offer an optional half-day trip to the Villa D'Este. In the company of your Tour Manager, you'll explore this 16th century villa, which is located in the hilltop town of Tivoli. It is most famous for its Italian Renaissance garden, where we'll see a beautiful collection of fountains, water features and sculptures.
Day 5 Rome - UK
Today we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.