Get a Local Insider's View of Italy With Trafalgar's Award-Winning Guided Vacations


ANAHEIM, Calif., March 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading travel company and insider of guided vacations, Trafalgar, is pleased to announce an 11-day trip giveaway for two to Italy, Europe's #1 travel destination. One lucky entrant and their guest will win Trafalgar's Flavors of Italy vacation with round-trip airfare. This culinary journey offers unique Insider Experiences through Rome, Tuscany, Pisa, Parma, Bologna, Venice and more, all while exploring a truly authentic Italy as only Trafalgar can offer. Enter to win* by March 26 here:

For travelers interested in Italy, Trafalgar is hosting a live Facebook chat on March 5, 2013 from11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. PST/ 2 p.m-2:45 p.m. EST with President Paul Wiseman and expert Italian Travel Director of more than 11 years, Antonino Cacace, otherwise known as 'Trafalgar Tony.' Travelers can get answers to their questions about Italy and hear first-hand about the unique experiences found on Trafalgar vacations. Questions are encouraged and can be posted now on Trafalgar's Facebook wall at

"Having spent many years showing hundreds of our guests all that Italy has to offer, I'm excited to give insider tips on the March 5th Facebook chat and meet potential travelers," says Italian Travel Director, Tony Cacace. "I am very passionate about sharing the history and culture of my country with Trafalgar guests and want everyone to experience Italy as a true insider."

Trafalgar's collection of 25 guided vacations throughout Italy include unique Insider Experiences and the services of an expert Travel Director, who is like having a local friend and personal concierge in each destination. Guests will get to skip the lines at all the must-see sights from the Sistine Chapel to the Colosseum. At the Vatican, travelers will ascend Bramante's famous step-less spiral staircase in an area not open to the public. While in Florence, they'll be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and take a private tour of the castle and cellars that were once used as dungeons. This Be My Guest dining experience will have Trafalgar's guests enjoying a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste delicious local Chiantis. In Pompeii, travelers will have an expert Local Guide while discovering the ancient town and excavations with a small group for enhanced experiences. These are just a few of the unique Insider Experiences that make traveling with Trafalgar unlike anything travelers could do on their own.

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Starting at just $134 per day**, vacations include hotels, luxury coach transportation, services of a Trafalgar Travel Director, daily breakfasts and many local dinners, airport transfers, must-see sightseeing and more. Plus, for a limited-time travelers can take advantage of additional savings with Trafalgar's 5% Early Payment Discount°. Book and pay in full by April 30, 2013 to save up to $400 per couple on 2013 Italy guided vacations**.

Trafalgar's top-selling Italy vacations:
Best of ItalyTrafalgar's #1 best-selling vacation
14 days starting at $3,285
Save up to $172 per person if booked and paid in full by April 30, 2013°
Taking in some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, travelers will get to experience Italy like a local through Insider Experiences such as taking a private boat trip to an exclusive Be My Guest dinner on Lake Maggiore, see the glassblowing Venetian artisans of Guidecca Island and follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting parts of the Vatican not open to the public.

Flavors of Italy
11 days starting at $2,699 - click HERE for a chance to win this trip!
Save up to $141 per person if booked and paid in full by April 30, 2013°
Discover a delectable Italy while on Trafalgar's Flavors of Italy vacation with travels through Venice, Parma, Bologna, Tuscany and Rome. While in Rome, enjoy a Be My Guest dining experience hosted by an Italian family who tends an olive grove in the Chianti hills as they share their regional specialties. Shop at a local fruit and vegetable market in Florence, and then use the fresh produce during a cooking lesson with a professional Italian Chef who offers unique insight into Italian cuisine. Sightseeing highlights include the Roman Forum, Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, Academy of Fine Arts, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice canals, Neptune's Fountain and more.

Gladiators, Gondolas & Golda hassle-free, Family Experiences vacation
11 days starting at $2,575
Save up to $136 per person if booked and paid in full by April 30, 2013°
Guests of all ages will get to admire the ancient wonder of Rome and experience a truly authentic Italy while visiting Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, and Venice with Local Guides, canal cruises, and special evening meals on this guided vacation. Sightseeing highlights include the mighty Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts, and St. Marks Basilica. Insider Experiences include a morning at Gladiator School, learning how to make authentic Italian pizza, and a Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with views across olive groves and vineyards.

Contrasts of ItalyTrain Journey
11 days from $2,675
Save up to $145 per person if booked and paid in full by April 30, 2013°
On this incredible train journey, travel through the landscapes of Italy and spend a comfortable three nights each in Rome, Florence and Venice. When in Rome, visit the Vatican Museums and ascend the step-less spiral staircase in an area not open to the public, and marvel at the Sistine Chapel, Forum, ancient Colosseum and Circus Maximus. A Local Guide shows travelers a wealth of historical treasures while in Florence with a stop at the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance – the statue of David. Cruise by canal through Venice, take a walking tour of "Secret Venice" with a Local Guide and view the home of Marco Polo.

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning a prize. Click for Official Rules. Prize is a trip for two on Trafalgar's Flavors of Italy itinerary, with economy airfare. Sweepstakes period is from 02/19/13 at 1:00pm WST through 03/26/13 at 5:00pm WST. To enter, click here and complete the entry form. Conditions apply. **Per day price is based on Trafalgar's Highlights of the Italian Lakes 4/19/13 departure. °Based on Trafalgar's 5% Early Payment Discount on 2013 Europe summer vacations when full payment is made by 04/30/13. Savings will vary by itinerary and are not valid on all vacations and/or departure dates. Sample savings of up to $400 per couple ($200 per person) is based on Trafalgar's Best of Italy & Greece departing 6/22/13. Featured prices are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. CST#2077132-20

About Trafalgar

Trafalgar is the world's leading guided vacation company offering exceptional quality and value itineraries to a range of exciting destinations. With 65 years of experience and unrivaled local expertise, Trafalgar provides an authentic insider's view to create truly unique travel experiences in Europe,
Britain, Eastern Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, USA and Canada. Visit for more.

2007 to 2011: Winner Best Tour Operator category, Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards
2012: Winner, Best Europe Tour Operator, Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards
2010, 2011, 2012: Winner, Best Tour Operator, Europe, TravelAge West WAVE Awards
2010, 2011: Winner, Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Awards

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