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Best of Rome 2022

My wife and I will be doing this tour starting April 24, 2022 and would love to hear from folks who have taken this tour. The website seems quite vague in some respects. Can anyone inform me what non breakfast meals are included? Also, how much spare time is available? I tried to find answers in the travel forum but there isn't a search function so I finally gave up after looking page by page.

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Generally, half your dinners are included.
https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/the-most-value-for-your-money

The day-by-day itinerary should give you a good idea of the free time. I haven't done this particular tour, but over 6 tours, the days were generally a walking tour in the morning and the afternoon free. This can vary, of course, because of opening times of attractions.

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Not in this case. I finally heard back from RS Tours and they are doing two dinners and two lunches.

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7792 posts

Not done that tour, but on days that 'lunch' was included, it was a full meal, and that evening I had no desire/need for a 'dinner'

(There is a gray search bar at the top of the page on the TOUR FORUM or TRAVEL FORUM page)

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@ joe The gal from RS said the same thing!

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Have you checked any of the scrapbooks for this tour? If you click “Our Tours” there is a section for scrapbooks. It has a list of the 2019 scrapbooks but there is also a link to the archived scrapbooks and in 2018 there is one for that tour. There may be others in different years.

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Hi from Anoka. I took this tour at xmas 2008, but I don't think it has changed much. I'd be happy to meet you and your wife for coffee to discuss the trip and even bring my photo book. (Send me a private message if you are interested.) It was a great week. We basically spent one day in historic center to see Colosseum, Pantheon, etc, one day in Vatican City, one day going to Ostia Antica. One day we went to the Borghese. One luncheon included a cooking demonstration in the kitchen. I had a cappuccino every morning with my breakfast at the hotel. 1st evening we had a walk after dinner to the Trevi Fountain. Most day's activities ended early afternoon so there was always time to do things on your own. We didn't do the Trastevere day then and that area is still on my bucket list. It was a great trip. I have also taken the Sicily tour, the Venice, Florence and Rome tour and the Village Italy tour (my all time favorite.)

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I took this tour in November 2015. Meals included were Opening Night meal, lunch the next day between Colosseum and Forum visits (though not advertised as an included meal), they were just transitioning from the cooking class (which they no longer have) to the Trastevere food crawl (which they currently have), so we got to do both, and the Last Night meal. We were really busy and only had evenings and the afternoon of the last day for free time, as I recall.

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When I did the tour, about 8 years ago, we had three dinners, one the first night, at a restaurant close to the Pantheon, one at a Sicilian restaurant on a hill overlooking the city, the last one was the farewell dinner close to the hotel. Lunch was always on our own. At Ostia Antica we had lunch together in the on site cafe, paying for ourselves. lunch was usually something on the go….a panini, or a salad etc. The hotel we stayed at did not have a huge selection of restaurants close by but enough to provide a choice for evening meals. And a great gelato joint just up the street!