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Duration: 11 days Visiting: Italy
Your Journey Begins
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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.
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.
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?
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.
(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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.
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.
Join your Tour Director for a classic journey through one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rome by night is a vision with its ancient monuments, classical buildings, palaces and churches beautifully illuminated against the evening sky. A wonderful introduction to the Eternal City!
Adult Price: EUR 19.00
Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.
Adult Price: EUR 61.00
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
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
We travel south to the famous Roman city of Pompeii, buried in 79 ad, by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Here we visit one the greatest archaeological sites in the world! Our local guide strolls us into a 2,000 year old town revealing fascinating discoveries preserved in time! Later a panoramic tour of the Bay of Naples with the dormant Volcano as a back drop. We then return to Rome passing the formidable Abbey of Montecassino, one of the greatest shrines of Christendom, and the site of the epic battle of 1944.
Adult Price: EUR 100.00
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
Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we'll travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part of the Chianti, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. This wonderful cooking demonstration, with superb food and wine, will provide warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality.
Adult Price: EUR 69.00
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
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
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
An unforgettable introduction to this unique and magical city. We cruise along the Grand Canal by private water taxi, admiring the magnificent and elegant palazzos. We see the Rialto Bridge and then reach "the most beautiful outdoor drawing room in the world" - St Mark's Square.
Adult Price: EUR 41.00
Rome (Traditional) - Italy
The elegant 4-star Veneto Palace hotel is located in one of the most elegant parts of the historical centre.
Florence (Contemporary) - Italy
An elegant hotel situated right in the heart of Florence.
Our guests rate us
8002 independent user reviews received during the past year.
17 April, 2018
Trip: Everything was wonderful except the room size. Would gladly have paid more. Consensus opinion of all I spoke with.
Service: Fabulous, Chris was great. My wife gets very carsick and he arranged a seat for her where she could comfortably see the road ahead. She had no troubles with any of the travel.
16 April, 2018
Trip: This was perfect for my tastes. There was enough downtime to explore and the optional tours were great.
Service: I think the best customer service is when you don't need any. Everything went very smoothly and the information provided prior to departure was timely and helpful
16 April, 2018
Trip: Good mix of free time and scheduled tours/activities.
Service: Tours , tour director, driver were excellent. We felt that the hotels should have been a step up on quality.
16 April, 2018
Trip: The 3 days at each location was perfect! Have us time to soak it in and just do as much as we wanted! Just wish the average age group wasn’t over 50! We were the youngest couple on the trip! Market to 30&40 year olds too
Service: Chris Beck on our Easy Pase Italy trip was great! For us we celebrated our 25tb anniversary and it was a lifelong dream trip! We enjoyed the extras, the learning as we drove, Tuscan dinner from a local farm to table property, the romantic gondala ride with music and all the touches!
16 April, 2018
Trip: We had no free time in Rome. I would have like one free day at least in Rome and Florence. Also, your marketing material said we would be staying at the Hilton in Venice but we stayed at the Principe.
Service: Chris Beck,the tour director, got me tickets to the Uffizi Gallery and Doge's Palace. I appreciated that. The local guides were excellent. I liked the city walks in each city too
12 April, 2018
Trip: Was excellent and the variety to choose was great. Enjoyed all the commentaries from the tour director to the site lecturers.
Service: The tour director was excellent, the coach drive was skillful and did a good job, the accommodations were great, the dinners and extras were wonderful, and the activities given for selections were great.
10 April, 2018
Trip: Met all expectations. A memorable experience.
Service: The tour was very well planned and managed. The service and experience were very personal, and all aspects professionally executed.
10 April, 2018
Trip: Great trip best tour ever
Service: Yes I’ll tell all my friends
10 April, 2018
Trip: very organized, tour guide very helpful and thought of everything
Service: Great time, very well organized
28 March, 2018
Trip: Got to see all new places that we never had seen before as well as variety of sizes, art types and architecture types.
Service: Excellent itinerary. tour guide able to be flexible regarding weather to improve experience. would like to travel with Insight again. Wonderful experience
27 March, 2018
Trip: J'ai adoré l'italie , les choix des restaurants et l'information culturelle tout au long du voyage Tout etait facile et sans stress
Service: Voyage très bien organisé Les activités , les lieux visités, les hotels, les restaurants, la directrictrice de voyage tout etait superbe !
27 March, 2018
Trip: Everything was good at all the trip locations. The local guides were excellent. The first hotel was the only thing I found to be sub par. The rooms were extremely small.
Service: Truly a wonderful trip. Caroline made the trip fun and informative would go with her again to other end of Italy.