Easy Pace Italy - Insight Vacations

Easy Pace Italy (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Italy

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Discover three of Italy's most cultural cities. Savour Rome's rich heritage, soak up the Renaissance atmosphere of Florence, and look beyond the canals and gondolas to gain a deeper understanding of Venice.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

    Rome is one of the world’s most historic cities, filled with classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Then this historic city is yours to discover. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a relaxed evening of dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3

    Exploring The Vatican City

    A Local Expert will introduce you to the grandeur of the city. Start off in the Vatican State, the richest community in the world. While others wait in line, you will be fast-tracked through the VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums. Admire the collection of priceless art, gathered by Popes over the ages. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to parts of the Vatican denied to the general public - the famous Bramante Staircase. Then enter the sublime Sistine Chapel where you can gaze up to admire Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Next door, in St. Peter's Basilica, see one of Michelangelo's early works, the Pietà, and the splendid dome completed after his death. For the rest of the day, enjoy free time.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Rome at Leisure

    (Relaxed Start) Explore Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take an optional experience to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD? Alternatively, why not spend some time in the boutiques of the Via del Corso, the Via Nazionale or the elegant designer stores near the Spanish Steps? As night falls, perhaps sip a glass of prosecco at a sidewalk cafe in the Piazza Navona (the 'Living Room of Rome') and enjoy life's pageantry pass by?

  5. Day 5

    Under the Tuscan sun to Florence

    Journey through the picture-perfect scenery of the Tuscan hills, where deep-green cypress trees pierce blue skies and olive groves hug the rolling hillsides. Then, head for Renaissance Florence. Join a local art historian to meet Michelangelo's ‘David' in the Accademia Museum. Next, walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's ‘Gates of Paradise'. You will also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Signoria Square, the political heart of the city.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Renaissance Florence

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day to explore at your own pace, wander through the museums or treat yourself to some shopping. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit Tuscany’s most famous hilltop town - UNESCO listed, San Gimignano?

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Pisa and the Tuscan Countryside

    (Relaxed Start) After a leisurely morning in Florence, explore the nearby town of Pisa with a Local Expert and see the baptistery, bristling with marble spines, and the colonnaded bell tower behind the cathedral. In the evening, enjoy an authentic dinner of delicious Tuscan specialities.

  8. Day 8

    Verona and Venice

    Passing the city of Bologna, a highlight stop is the elegant city of Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Walk with your Tour Director past the Roman Arena to the reputed famous balcony in the courtyard of the Capulet home. After free time to explore, take the autostrada east to Venice, ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Your luxurious hotel gazes out over the Giudecca Canal and a romantically unforgettable city skyline.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Venice, 'Queen of the Adriatic'

    (Relaxed Start) Wake up ready to embrace the most sensuous of cities. Admire the art of glassblowing on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Then board your private launch, sit back and enjoy your introduction to this unique city of ornate palaces, bridges and gondolas. Disembark a short stroll from the Bridge of Sighs before turning the corner to stand in awe at the marble arcades of Piazza San Marco. St. Mark's Basilica, with its dazzling domes, occupies the corner next to the clock tower. Beside it stands the pink and white marbled Doge's Palace. In the afternoon, there will be plenty of time to explore the museums, galleries and churches or browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge. Perhaps cruise out to some of the other islands in the lagoon to experience the age-old lifestyle of Venetian fishermen and lace-makers?

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    The magic of 'La Serenissima'

    (Relaxed Start) Who could refuse another day to take in the unique atmosphere of this wonderful city? Lose yourself in the back lanes and ‘campi' (small squares), where tourists seldom tread and the Venetians go about their daily lives. Maybe visit some of the 90 churches that house masterpieces of Venetian art or explore the modern artworks in the Guggenheim? Relax a while at a canal-side cafe and sip the local wine or sample delicious lagoon-fresh fish. Later, board a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. In the evening, celebrate your tour finalé with fantastic food, great wine and wonderful company in this magical setting.

  11. Day 11

    Arrivederci Venice

    Bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Rome: Gain VIP entrance to the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the Renaissance Bramante Staircase, off limits to the general public. Once through the Popes' treasure-trove, observe the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with a local historian to study 'David', Michelangelo's original 17ft marble masterpiece.
  • Florence: Join your local historian to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pisa: Visit this historic town and see the famous leaning tower, baptistery and cathedral.
  • Verona: Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval city. See the Roman Arena and Juliet's famous balcony.
  • Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals, gliding on a gondola.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rome: Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Florence: View the city skyline from the sumptuous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo. See the cathedral, ‘Gates of Paradise' on the baptistery, and Signoria Square. See a traditional Florence leather-work demonstration. 
  • Verona: Walk with your Tour Director past the Roman Arena to the famous balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark's Square by private launch. See St. Mark's Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Autumn: Learn about olive oil pressing and have a taste. Take in the beauty of the stunning autumn colours of the Tuscan landscapes.
  • Winter: In Tuscany, with a local vintner, learn about the origins of Italian mulled wine - Vin Brulé, and enjoy a tasting of this soul-soothing, aromatic drink.
  • Spring: Admire the fields of wild flowers and savour a tasting of the region's famous Chianti wines.
  • Tuscany: Enjoy a fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialities in a picture-perfect setting.
  • Venice: Join your fellow guests for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine in the heart of historic Venice.
  • Included Quality Dining: 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Rome: The Veneto Palace Hotel is located among the monumental and unique scenery of ancient Rome, not far from Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese, which is the largest park in central Rome.
  • Florence: Hotel Londra is an elegant Deluxe property situated right in the heart of Florence, within walking distance to the Accademia gallery and all major sights.
  • Venice: The Hilton Molino Stucky is located in a magnificently restored 19th century granary on Giudecca Island, only minutes away from St. Mark's Square by boat. There are also excellent views from the roof bar.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from Rome Fiumicino Airport and to Venice Airport are available at scheduled times only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Veneto Palace Hotel Rome

Rome (Traditional) - Italy

The elegant 4-star Veneto Palace hotel is located in one of the most elegant parts of the historical centre.

Hotel Londra Florence

Florence (Contemporary) - Italy

An elegant hotel situated right in the heart of Florence.

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