Guided City Break to Rome

Italy

Code: RMLCL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • History

Holiday overview

A guided City Break with an HF Holidays’ leader is the ideal way to explore Rome’s capital city, otherwise known as the ‘Eternal City’. Visit the Vatican, the smallest country in the world and home to the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo’s frescoes. Watch life go by and sample Italy’s mouth-watering ice cream at the Trevi Fountain. Experience the might of ancient Rome as you visit iconic sites including the Colosseum and Pantheon.

Holiday highlights:

  • Wander through the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
  • Take a photo of the Pantheon, possibly the best preserved Roman monument
  • Explore the mighty Basilica of St Peter and stare at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican 

Great reasons to join us:

  • Great value: all prices include ensuite bed & breakfast accommodation in the centrally located Hotel Rome Garden
  • Knowledgeable leader: explore the city of Rome on foot and using local transport with our friendly leader
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays, explore together, relax together, and if you want, dine together in the evenings

In pictures...

Accommodation

Hotel Rome Garden in Rome, Italy

Formerly a private villa, the 3-star Hotel Rome Garden has now been fully restored into an elegant hotel surrounded by a private garden. The hotel is just 200m from Porta Pia, a gate in the Aurelian Walls of Rome designed by Michelangelo, and 20 minutes' walk from the famous Via Vaneto. The historic centre is 1.5km away and easily accessible from the hotel both on foot and by public transport.

Your room

All bedrooms are en-suite and equipped with:
  • Free WiFi
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning/heating
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hairdryer
Hotel Rome Garden bedroom

Facilities

Hotel Rome Garden lobby
The Hotel Rome Garden has a:
  • Multilingual concierge
  • Private Garden
  • Well-lit breakfast room

Dining

Our holidays at the Hotel Rome Garden are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Breakfast
This hotel offers a continental buffet breakfast with Italian specialities.

Evening meal (payable locally)
In the evenings enjoy group dining at carefully selected restaurants or dine independently if you prefer. Your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.
Lunch (payable locally)
Lunches can be bought during the day in local cafés or shops - or you may prefer to make up a small packed lunch. Your leader will advise you of the options each day.
Hotel Rome Garden dining room

Your evenings

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, taken either independently or with your fellow guests.

Your leader will also be checking out for any local events.

Itinerary

Each day our experienced leader will lead you on a sightseeing walk of Rome, exploring the different areas of the city. Although you should expect to spend most of the day sightseeing by foot, the metro and buses will also be used during the programme. 

Highlights of the sightseeing programme include:

Colosseum: The largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire, the city’s iconic image was the site of gladiatorial combats and public spectacles.

Roman Forum: The heart of Roman politics and social activity, the Forum was Rome’s marketplace, business district and civic centre.

Vatican: The smallest sovereign state has enough treasures to compete with many larger countries. Highlights include Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms.

Pantheon: Originally built as a temple to all the gods in Ancient Rome and later used as a Christian church and a tomb, the Pantheon is the most complete Roman structure in the city.

Spanish Steps: Dating from the 18th century, these steps connected the Spanish embassy to the Holy See and nowadays are a popular place to relax and watch life go by.

Trevi Fountain: Rome’s grandest Baroque fountain was made famous in the film La Dolce Vita and overwhelms with its sheer size. 


Holiday information

Every effort is made to adhere to this itinerary, however there may be circumstances beyond our control which could lead to a change in the programme.

Admission Fees: Most admission costs are not included in the cost of the holiday. We do include the cost of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel (with audio guide). Pleasea allow around €40 for other entrance costs, although reductions on admission costs are often available for students and senior citizens.

Local Transport: During this City Break the sightseeing programme will involve the use of Rome’s metro system and buses. Please allow approx €15 for this. Your leader will provide further information on arrival in Rome.

In the Evenings: This holiday is sold on a bed and breakfast basis. However, your leader will make arrangements at local restaurants should members of the group wish to eat together. You will find that most guests enjoy dining together but the choice is yours. If you do choose to dine independently, your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.

Travel

‘With Flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow to Rome Fuimicino.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes 45 minutes.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included. For more information about travelling from the airport, please visit this website: https://www.rometoolkit.com/airport/rome_airport_transfers.htm

Some City Break itineraries can involve sightseeing on your arrival day, depending on flight times. If you travel independently and arrive after the HF Holidays' flight, you may miss some of the first day's activities (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). If your flight arrival time coincides with that of the HF Holidays' flight you can join our hotel transfer at a cost of £16 (single). Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet this transfer.

Leaders

Gordon Simmonds

Gordon Simmonds enjoys travel and is delighted to share his experiences with HF Holidays' guests. He has been an HF Holidays' leader since 1999 and has led many holidays, especially in Italy. For thirty years, his job gave him Europe wide responsibilities and scope to enjoy different cities and friendships with people of many nationalities. A great plus of leading for HF Holidays is being able to enjoy the diverse food of our many regions. He is fascinated by the variety as well as the common threads of our different histories, art and architecture. His background as a research engineer gives a slightly different slant and understanding of these aspects of our shared culture. He speaks Italian, French and German. His knowledge and enjoyment extends beyond the city, for he loves the natural world and counts gardening as a hobby.

Francis Gottesman

Francis has been involved with the teaching of European foreign languages (he speaks seven) and group overseas travel all over Europe throughout his working career.  He believes that the perfect recipe for instilling pleasure in travelling combined with an appreciation and understanding of a different culture is through a mixture of visiting cultural and historical sites, enjoying the lifestyle and cuisine of the host destination. This is his aim for the groups he leads and he will do his utmost to ensure this happens.

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Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £43 per night  (2016), £48 per night (2017)
  • Extra night: £58 (2016), £61 (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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