Road to Rome - Insight Vacations

Road to Rome start Paris (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
  • Reviews
  • Dates & prices

Proverbially, all roads lead to Rome. This one includes grand views from the Eiffel Tower, the atmospheric canals of Venice and the art of Renaissance Florence, all of which are a delight whether travelling in autumn, winter or spring.

  1. Day 1

    00 Your Journey Begins

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

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Paris

    Welcome to Paris, join your Tour Director at 17:00 for an orientation, passing the imposing façades of the Louvre. During your time in Paris, see the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. In the evening, get together with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3

    Paris, the 'City of Light'

    Meet your Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Later, ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.

  4. Day 4

    Beautiful Burgundy and Lucerne

    Journey through the Burgundy wine region, before passing the Jura Mountains and crossing into Switzerland. Arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne and enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.

  5. Day 5

    Lucerne’s Lake and Lion

    Join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Embark on a spectacular journey, by cable car and cog-wheel railway, to the summit of Mount Pilatus for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and chocolate in Lucerne.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Lucerne to Innsbruck

    (Relaxed Start) Start the day with a journey to the heart of the Alps and visit the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz, with its castle located on a hillside overlooking the city. Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed Innsbruck. Your orientation will show you the 14th century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.

  7. Day 7

    The Dolomites to Venice

    Leave Innsbruck and travel across the impressive Europa Bridge and through the Dolomites into Italy. Follow the Adige River through spectacular scenery to glorious Venice, known for over a thousand years as 'La Serenissima'.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Magic of 'La Serenissima'

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, prepare to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is only steps away from St. Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doge's Palace which is connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. A visit to Venice would be incomplete without a gondola serenade. Glide along the atmospheric canals, exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. Enjoy a free time in the afternoon.

  9. Day 9

    Pisa and Florence

    Head into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Stop to see the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa with a Local Expert, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. Also see the splendid cathedral and baptistry, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey then continues to Renaissance Florence.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Florence Sightseeing

    (Relaxed Start) Walk with your Local Expert to the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s 'Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces, to spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune and David, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. After a demonstration of leather-work, there is free time to shop.

  11. Day 11

    Orvieto and the Eternal City of Rome

    Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto – its cathedral is one of Italy’s most celebrated buildings. Immerse yourself in the flavours and culture of the region at Zeppelin Restaurant, where you join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, followed by lunch and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience! Continue to Rome, where you can perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata’ (traditional evening stroll)?

  12. Day 12

    Papal and Imperial Rome

    Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. In order to avoid the crowds, Insight has arranged your special VIP entrance, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture and normally off-limits to the general public. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. In St. Peter’s Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and overlook the Forum. Later, there is time for shopping or sightseeing at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.

  13. Day 13

    Arrivederci Roma

    Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.




  • Paris: Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter, along the Seine and continue on to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
  • Florence: Walk with your Local Expert to the cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise' and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
  • Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and privileged access to the Bramante Staircase, witness Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel with your Local Expert.


  • Christmas Markets: Prepare to be dazzled by the wonders and magic of Christmas, with market stalls featuring local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein. On selected departures, there is free time to explore in some of the cities visited.
  • Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy glorious panoramas.
  • Mount Pilatus: Take a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus for expansive mountain views.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.
  • Pisa: See the incredible Leaning Tower with a Local Expert, as well as the Duomo and baptistery.


  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde. Drive along the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument and see the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
  • Liechtenstein: Visit the tiny capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz.
  • Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
  • Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St Mark's Square. See the Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Basilica.
  • Tuscany: Enjoy a short tutorial about Chianti wines.
  • Orvieto: Visit the pleasant Umbrian hilltop town.
  • Rome: Visit St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
  • Scenic Drives: Burgundy, Jura Mountains, Arlberg, Inn Valley, the Dolomites, Apennines & Tuscany.


  • Lucerne: Enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.
  • Orvieto: At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo.
  • Rome: Savour a four-course Celebration Dinner complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best-loved opera.
  • Included Quality Dining: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) 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.


  • Paris: The Pullman Paris Centre Bercy is located in the heart of the Bercy Village pedestrian quarter and a few steps from the River Seine.
  • Lucerne: The modern Renaissance Lucerne Hotel, is a converted centuries-old city palace. Located only minutes to Lake Lucerne, it offers tastefully furnished rooms.
  • Innsbruck: Located in the city centre of Innsbruck, the Hotel Grauer Bär is a short stroll from historic Old Town. From the breakfast room and the spa area, enjoy panoramic views over the roofs of Innsbruck and the surrounding Tyrolean mountain scenery.
  • Venice: The outstanding Starhotels Splendid Venice, is perfectly positioned in the centre of Venice Island - only a stone's throw away from all the sights and walking distance to St. Mark's Square.
  • Florence: The Una Hotel Vittoria, is located in the historic district of San Frediano and is walking distance from the city centre.
  • Rome: Hotel Romanico Palace is a centrally located hotel in the Veneto area. It boasts a spectacular roof garden affording incredible views.


  • 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.
  • Charged transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport can be booked through Insight Vacations. Complimentary transfers to Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport are available at scheduled times on the last day of your escorted journey. Additional charged transfers are available on arrival and departure days or when additional accommodation is booked through Insight Vacations. Otherwise, please make your own way to/from 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 trips. 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.

Moulin Rouge

Why not enjoy an evening of excitement and glamour and a glass of champagne at a dazzling French cabaret show? Depending on availability it might be dinner with wine and cabaret at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Parisian cabaret – immortalized by the award winning film!

Adult Price: EUR 162.00

Code: PAR0002

Guided Visit To Le Grand Louvre

Visit one of the world's best known art collections at the Louvre. A specialist art historian guides you through the galleries to see the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, Mona Lisa and many more works from the collection amassed over the ages by the Kings of France. The provision of personal headsets ensures you wont miss any of the clear, expert commentary.

Adult Price: EUR 54.00

Code: PAR0005

Seine Cruise And Illuminations

The City of Light really lives up to its name when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. First, a specially designed sightseeing boat takes us for an unforgettable cruise along the Seine and beneath famous bridges to appreciate the Left and Right Banks and the Île de la Cité & St Louis. Then, with a Local Expert, we'll enjoy an illuminations tour, when the rubies & diamonds of the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower are at their magnificent best.

Adult Price: EUR 38.00

Code: PAR0006

Lake Lucerne Happy Hour Cruise

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. Admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few, privileged to live on its scenic shores, as we cruise gently by. Two drinks will be served during the trip.

Adult Price: CHF 49.00

Code: LUC0005

Carriages & Countryside

In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angular spire of a traditional white church shoots skyward and rickety old wooden storehouses still dot the landscape. Call in at a local farm where a wonderful spread of homemade drinks and snacks is served.

Adult Price: CHF 67.00

Code: LUC0001

Tyrolean Evening & Dinner

Enjoy a lively evening including dinner, featuring dancers in national costume, yodelling and entertainment typical of the life, crafts and traditions of the Tyrolean people. Two drinks are included.

Adult Price: EUR 67.00

Code: INN0002

Magical Venice

Venice can be Europe's most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go on. Sit back and take it all in as private water taxis whisk you to the centre of it all, Piazza San Marco, where we have seats reserved outside a famous Venetian cafe, in front of a live orchestra and in view of those illuminated St Mark's sights. Our private water taxis will also take us the length of the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our hotel, having seen Venice at its most magical.

Adult Price: EUR 55.00

Code: VEN0001

Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces -- St Mark's Square; the Rialto; the Grand Canal -- is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through some of the lesser known quarters of Venice. The back lanes and ‘campi’, small squares, where tourists seldom tread are full of history and great places to sample local life.

Adult Price: EUR 34.00

Code: VEN0002

Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Burano, a photographer's paradise, famous for its candy coloured houses, artisan lace makers and leaning bell tower that would give Pisa a good run for its money. Enjoy a superb meal sampling the local specialities with wine included. An excursion not to be missed!

Adult Price: EUR 71.00

Code: VEN0003

San Gimignano Excursion

A wonderful excursion to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to its towers which dominate the skyline. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this ancient gem which has remained intact since the 14th century and today is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Adult Price: EUR 36.00

Code: FLO0002

Dinner In The Tuscan Hills

A fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialities awaits you. We drive into the hills surrounding Florence for a delicious typical Florentine meal complete with Chianti wine, music and lots of fun! An evening to remember. Viva Italia!

Adult Price: EUR 65.00

Code: FLO0005

Illuminations Drive & Pizza Dinner

Tonight enjoy a pizza dinner in a typical Roman restaurant before rounding off the evening with a sparkling illuminations tour of Rome's floodlit ancient monuments, classical buildings, palaces and churches. Marvel at the 'wedding cake' Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Forum, mighty Colosseum and Campidoglio.

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: ROM0010

Guided Visit To Colosseum & Roman Forum

With our local expert, We'll explore the glorious history of the Roman Empire. Enjoying priority reserved entrance ahead of the crowds, we'll hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat inside the mighty Colosseum. Then, we'll walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and gaze over the incredible ruins of the forum, once the centre of political, religious and social life, while hearing tales of the mighty Roman Empire. Truly an incredible vision as history comes alive! n.b. On the first Sunday of the month, the price of this optional experience will be reduced. Please note: This optional is subject to availability

Adult Price: EUR 54.00

Code: ROM0003

Piazzas & Fountains

With our local expert, let's take a “passeggiata” (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the fascinating Pantheon and the beauty of 17th-century fountains and beautiful Piazzas. Come and enjoy the Rome of the Romans.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Code: ROM0004



Pullman Paris Centre Bercy

Paris (Central) - France

The Pullman Paris Bercy Centre is conveniently located in Bercy village in the 12th arrondissement, amongst leafy patios. It offers a vibrant atmosphere and gastronomic-bistro inspired restaurants.

Hotel Grauer Bar Innsbruck

Innsbruck (Central) - Austria

Located in the city centre of Innsbruck, the Hotel Grauer Bär is a short stroll from historic Old Town. From the breakfast room and the spa area, enjoy panoramic views over the roofs of Innsbruck and the surrounding Tyrolean mountain scenery.

Starhotels Splendid Venice

Venice (Central) - Italy

The outstanding Starhotels Splendid Venice, is perfectly positioned in the centre of Venice Island - only a stone's throw away from all the sights and walking distance to St. Mark's Square.

UNA Hotel Vittoria Florence

Florence (Contemporary) - Italy

This hotel is located in the historic district of San Frediano.

Hotel Romanico Palace Rome

Rome (Contemporary) - Italy

Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
8788 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 31 January, 2018


    Trip: We got a taste of a lot of things with a few added extras that made us feel special.

    Service: Overall, our trip was great. Our tour guide Gary was exceptional.

  • 29 January, 2018


    Trip: Well planned and loved two nights accomadation at most stops.

    Service: The way everything was sorted out in a timely manner by our guide.

  • 15 January, 2018


    Trip: We got what we had hoped for, which was the highlights. I thought it was well paced, having only one one-nighter. Gave us a great taster as we were first-timers to Europe.

    Service: Our guide, Gary was professional, knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. We were very happy.

  • 15 January, 2018


    Trip: Great tour good selection of countries. Appropriate pace and time in cities.

    Service: Cultural experience and locations were as advertised.

  • 23 December, 2017


    Trip: Very knowledgeable tour leader who was able to make the history of the areas come to life.

    Service: Both the tour leader and the driver were excellent. They did everything possible to make the tour enjoyable for everyone even locating an alternate excursion when the weather was against us.

  • 23 December, 2017


    Trip: The included and optional activities were excellent. We didn’t have to wait in lines to buy tickets, everything was organised smoothly and we could pack in a lot of activities each day. Local experts/guides were all fantastic and were a real highlight of the trip.

    Service: Excellent itinerary and optional activities, very good accommodation, seamlessly organised and comfortable coach. Would definitely recommend Insight.

  • 14 December, 2017


    Trip: too much on the last day. need to add more time in Rome

    Service: great director and driver, would use them again

  • 06 December, 2017


    Trip: Covered all the areas of interest

    Service: Tour guide's commentary and knowledge, friendly attitude.

  • 03 December, 2017


    Trip: Just perfect, tour director was also perfect. Wouldn't change a thing. Also everyone except us was given the option to fly to London before our trip, and did. Also others were offered extentions on the end of the trip like Spain etc... ans also did. Why were we not offered other trips before and after our trip when we booked? This was our first time doing this and would of been nice to get the options.

    Service: Customer service was great, the whole trip was fantastic, until we got to Florence. Up till this point every Hotel was perfect, but almost everyone in our group agreed that this hotel was a total disaster. The room were awful and no one wanted to even be in their rooms. Also half of the staff were great and the other have seemed miserable. There were not many people who liked the meal we were served there either. This was truly the only blemish on the whole trip, but it was a BIG one.

  • 28 November, 2017


    Trip: There was the right balance of seeing the sights, with free time, and the local tour guides were exceptional

    Service: The best way to express our experience with Insight, they exceeded our expectations, from the accommodations, to food, local tour guides, but most of all our tour director and driver (Peter and Lupo) I had high expectations coming into it, and they were continuously exceeded.

  • 28 November, 2017


    Trip: Gave us just enough in each country which in turn had us thinking when and where we would return to tour more in depth.

    Service: Whole trip was awesome. Had a hotel change prior to trip. Was informed of change in a timely manner through AAA. Had no issues with the change. The transition into the new hotel was seamless.

  • 27 November, 2017


    Trip: We were kept busy the entire tour.

    Service: The entire experience was fabulous we have not traveled with your company in the past. Our tour guides and drivers were excellent. Peter and Lola were friendly and approachable. Peter spent time with an elderly guest until she had to leave the tour it became too difficult to continue. Lola kept us entertained throughout the entire trip. we had a few hiccups during both tours but the TG's made it work. The drivers Lupo and Hadel can maneuver the coaches as if they were small cars and parked in tight places with ease. They made us feel safe and comfortable. Thank you so much for the adventure. We have already recommended your company to other friends.

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