Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rome! See fireworks light up the iconic Roman skyline, and raise a glass (or two) of Prosecco to the New Year. In addition to crossing Rome off your bucket list, you’ll explore 2 more iconic Italian cities. Cruise through the canals of Venice, see world-famous art by Michelangelo, and delve into the Renaissance in Florence. Oh, and of course eat as much pasta, pizza, and gelato as humanly possible. Ring in the New Year in style on this Italian adventure.
What are the top highlights?
- Ring in the New Year in Rome
- Wind through the organized, yet surprisingly confusing streets of Venice (word of advice: grab a map)
- Eat gelato until you can't eat any more. Wait 10 minutes. Then eat more.
- Visit the ruins of the Colosseum in Rome, where you can picture yourself as a gladiator (or one of the 80,000 spectators)
- Head to seaside Cinque Terre for the best Instagrams and a quick swim
- Visit a guy named David and witness the Birth of Venus in Florence
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- Eurostar train from Paris to London
- 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Metro passes in each city
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Italy. Get ready to eat spaghetti on penne on linguine on fettuccine on gnocchi on ravioli on chocolate gelato (not literally, but maybe literally).
Day 2: Arrive in Rome + Welcome Mixer
Welcome to Rome, Italy’s capital city that is bursting at the seams with energy. Locals fill the streets, day and night, usually doing something that involves eating or drinking. And how can you blame them when pasta, pizza, gelato, coffee, and wine are everywhere you look? Rome is all big city/ancient ruins, served with a side of spaghetti.
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
- Take a guided tour of some top sights around Rome.
In the evening, it's time for our Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.
Day 3: Explore Rome + Optional Catacombs of Rome
They say all roads lead to Rome, but once you’re there you quickly realize that all roads actually lead to restaurants. Take the morning to satisfy your cravings and sip some espresso, then see perhaps the most staggeringly important building you can possibly see in Europe: the Roman Colosseum.
- Tour the city with a local guide who will show you why Rome is one of the most legendary cities in Europe.
- Experience the heart of ancient Rome with a visit to the Forum, once a hub of activity for the city.
- Stand in the Colosseum, where gladiators battled to the death in mortal combat, and be glad you live in the 21st century.
- See the ruins of several Roman temples, including the Temple of the Vestal Virgins.
Roman Catacombs & St. Paul's Basilica(extra cost)
Rome isn’t all spaghetti and Sistine Chapels. It’s also got a bit of a spooky side, and you get to see it firsthand. Travel several stories underground to the labyrinth of catacombs built by early Christians as a burial ground for peasants and popes alike. Some of the original nearly 2,000-year-old wall paintings and inscriptions remain, preserved in the eerie and sometimes chilly environment. You’ll also have a chance to tour the stunning St. Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls. A basilica has stood on these grounds since at least 324 AD, and they say St. Paul himself is buried there—a fact further corroborated by bone fragments and an engraved stone tomb carbon-dated to Biblical times.
Day 4: Free Day in Rome + Vatican City (Optional)
Today you get to explore centuries worth of culinary perfection, unbelievable architecture, and local fashion on your own. And let it be said, Rome looks goooood for being 2,000 years old. (It must moisturize.) Shop, eat, drink, and talk like an Italian (with your hands) during your free day. Embrace the culture and indulge in carbs during your last day in the Eternal City. Plus, if you're up for it, join an optional excursion to the Vatican.
- Explore the bustling streets and famous sights while enjoying a cone of gelato.
- Take your carb overload one step further—by making your own pasta (Taste of Italy Excursion).
- Soak in the history by exploring ancient ruins.
- Act like a fashonista on Via del Corso, the main street in historical center of Rome lined with brand names and local eateries.
Free Time Suggestions
Trevi Fountain: Rumor has it, if turn your back to the Trevi Fountain and toss a coin over your shoulder, it guarantees you’ll return to the Eternal City. Throw in a second coin, and you’ll not only come back, but also find love. (Significant other not guaranteed by EF Ultimate Break.)
Shopping on Vide del Corso: Walk down the longest pedestrian street in the city for some prime shopping. Populated by both locals and tourists, there’s room for everyone on the narrow store-filled street.
A Visit to the Vatican(extra cost)
Hey MTV Cribs, welcome to the Pope’s house: Vatican City. Skip all the lines (you’re welcome) and take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and get your Intro to Art History up close and personal. Make like Michelangelo and crane your neck in the Sistine Chapel to get a glimpse of the single most famous painting of two fingers touching ever made. Let the neck craning continue as you tour St. Peter’s Basilica and gawk at its iconic dome. A great excuse to go to church, and an even better excuse to make a massage appointment when you get home.
Day 5: Travel to Florence via Oriveto
Travel to Florence via Orvieto Goodbye, Rome. Hello, Tuscan countryside. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to art, history, and incredible food.
- Board your private coach, bound for Florence.
- Stop in Orvieto, a quaint Italian hill town perched atop a rock cliff.
- Marvel at the artistry of the facade of Orvieto’s stunning cathedral, built in 1290 (no, that’s not a typo—it’s really that old).
- Arrive in Florence and begin exploring.
Day 6: Tour Florence
You’ve got a full day in Florence, the compact capital of the Tuscany region known for its famous Renaissance artwork. Throw on some comfortable shoes and join a local guide for a walking tour of the city. By the end of it, you’ll be looking up how to live in Italy forever.
- Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants. Get ready for some bling.
- Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and that famous naked guy (also known as Michelangelo’s David).
- Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city.
Free Time Suggestions
Get Some Fresh Air: Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air sculpture museum, with a number of Renaissance statues. It’s beautiful, it’s in the open, and it’s free.
Leather-Bound Books: Florence is known for its plethora of leather goods, from belts and jewelry to purses and wallets. Maybe you can finally buy that leather jacket you’ve always wanted but have been too embarrassed to buy.
Day 7: Free Day in Florence + Optional Tuscan Wine Tasting
Enjoy a full free day in Florence, or take an excursion to San Gimignano for an optional wine tasting.
- Get in touch with your artsy side at the Uffizi museum. The Medici Family’s art collection makes up one of the best art museums in the world.
- Stop and smell the flowers in the Boboli gardens, and keep an eye out for 16th century sculptures (you can stop and smell those, too, but it might attract strange looks).
- Snap the perfect picture of Florence’s skyline after hiking up to San Miniato al Monte. Then reward yourself with some gelato.
- Shop till you drop; the area between Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo is our favorite.
Tuscan Wine Tasting(extra cost)
Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from October through April. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date.
Some of the world’s best wines come from Tuscany, and now you get to sample the local product at a scenic winery. Who knows, you might even become a connoisseur. Next head to the town of San Gimignano, aptly known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” The small medieval walled city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to Gelateria di Piazza, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best food hot spots in the world. That’s some tasty gelato.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 8: Travel to Venice
Travel to Venice, the renowned former naval power of Italy. Grab your walking shoes, a good map (like a really good map) and hit the narrow, winding, organized, yet maddeningly confusing streets. Watch the gondolas, browse the shops, and eat the gelato until you can't eat anymore. On your way, stop for lunch in Bologna, one of Italy's oldest and most celebrated cultural centers.
- Stop yourself before you order Spaghetti Bolognese—they call it Tagliatelle al ragu here.
- Arrive in Venice in the evening, settle in, and take an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
Day 9: Tour Venice
Get ready to see Venice through the eyes of a local Italian. Your guide will show you canals, an extraordinary basilica, and a staircase shaped like a snail. End the day with a group farewell dinner.
- Travel from mainland Venice to the island, catching sight of St. Mark's Basilica, plenty of gondolas, and the spectacular Venetian skyline.
- See several historic churches and lose yourself in the narrow streets of Venice.
- Follow the winding Grand Canal through the heart of Venice.
- Play Marco polo from across the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in the city that connects San Marco and San Polo.
Free Time Suggestions
Book Worm: Check out Acqua Alta Library, a hidden bookstore where the books are piled from floor to ceiling, and kittens run around just waiting for some company.
***Go for Gondola:***Make your dreams come true by floating down the Venetian canals aboard traditional gondolas.
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 10: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.