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Rome

A mix of Roman ruins, inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities.

Rome is an exhilarating 2000 years old: ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as Caput Mundi or Capital of the World.

It is also the home of the Catholic Church, with St. Peter’s Basilica towering over the Vatican. Elsewhere, vibrant piazzas, hundreds of churches and fountains add to the city’s captivating streets.

Essential Rome

Guideline price: €380 per student (2 Night / 3 Day Itinerary)

Day 1 – Arrival in Rome
  • Fly to Rome.
  • Meet your guide for a sightseeing coach tour of the most important landmarks in Rome.
  • Free time for lunch.
  • The Gladiator’s walking tour – including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
  • Time Elevator Experience: Learn about ancient Rome in a 3D multisensory experience that combines video, moving platforms and surround sound.
  • Transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – The Vatican and La Dolce Vita
  • After breakfast, depart to Vatican City to explore St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
  • Highlights include the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Maps and the Sistine Chapel.
  • La Dolce Vita walking tour from Castel Sant’Angelo over the bridge to Piazza Navona.
  • Free time for lunch.
  • Continue to the Spanish Steps via the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and finish up seeing Villa Borghese and the Piazza del Popolo.
  • Free time for shopping in Via Del Corso.
  • Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3 – Thrills and Adventure
  • Breakfast and hotel check-out.
  • Coach transfer for full day at Rainbow Magic Land. Get ready to embark on an exciting trip featuring rides, shows and attractions.
  • Coach transfer to Airport, for return flight to Ireland.

Rome and Beyond

Guideline price: €470 per student (3 Night / 4 Day Itinerary)

Add an extra day to the above itinerary:
  • After breakfast, enjoy a trip to Castel Gandolfo holy town in the picturesque setting of the Roman hills.
  • Enjoy the stunning views over the volcano-shaped lake from the Pope’s summer residence.
  • Free time for lunch.
  • Explore the secrets of Ostia Antica, the ancient port of the Roman Empire.
  • The site is known as “the other Pompeii” and ranks among the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world.
  • Coach transfer to airport for return flight to Ireland.

Local Knowledge

Thought of going to Pompeii? We have a better idea: Ostia Antica! American Travel Writer Rick Steves is amongst those who believe that Ostia Antica offers more ancient thrills than rival Pompeii (which is three hours south of Rome). Plus, Ostia has less crowds and is only around 45 minutes from the Colosseum (Pompeii is 3 hours away from Rome).

Did You Know?

  • The Romans had built a road network of 53,000 miles by the early fourth century. Each Roman mile was about 4,800 feet and marked by a milestone, giving birth to the saying “All roads lead to Rome.”
  • The mascot of Rome is a she-wolf that cared for brothers Romulus and Remus, the mythological founders of Rome.
  • St Peter’s basilica inside Vatican City is the largest church ever constructed: modern Rome has 280 fountains and more than 900 churches.
  • The Colosseum was not called “The Colosseum” (at least not when it was first built – it was the “Amphitheatrium Flavium” back then). Nor are the Spanish Steps Spanish! That name comes from the location of the Spanish Embassy at the time of their construction.
  • Some €3,000 is thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day, mainly by tourists keen to pay heed to the idea that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder and into the fountain, using your right hand, you will return to the city. All proceeds are donated to charities to help those in need.

 

Pricing Terms and Conditions

  • Guideline price represents the itinerary as shown. Changes to the itinerary can be accommodated and quoted accordingly.
  • Price is based on 40 students + 5 free teacher places. We can also quote you directly for 32+4, 24+3 or a larger group if requested.
  • Price includes: Half-board accommodation / all coach transfers / all guide costs as listed / entrance fees as listed.
  • We offer a further discount of €10 per student if schools elect to pay directly.
  • Flight are not included but are booked at cost for your group – no booking fees or extra non-airline fees apply.
  • Accommodation is based on ensuite rooms in a hostel – hotel rooms can be quoted as well. We also offer the possibility of staying in Rome Capitol Holiday Resort in Ostia Antica: an alternative lodging with free access to on-site facilities such as supermarket, restaurants, bars, sports grounds and swimming pools (seasonal).

And finally…

Don’t forget to ask us about our Teacher Incentive Scheme – our way of acknowledging the work you do to allow your school to run a tour abroad.

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