Italy

Italy

Regional Journey

Treasures of Italy (Summer 2018)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Italy

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This escorted journey immerses you in Italy’s historic cities, idyllic fishing villages, islands, lakes, and canals, heritage buildings, inspiring art, fabulous food and breathtaking scenery.

  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 the former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport with transfers departing for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30, before getting to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

  3. Day 3

    VIP Vatican and Rome with a Local.

    In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert who will lead you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry to the museums and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo’s genius is on display next door in St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy some free time, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum? Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.

  4. Day 4

    Ancient Pompeii and the Isle of Capri.

    Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century before enjoying a refreshing lemon granita. Then continue to the Bay of Naples and board your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. In brilliant sunshine, enjoy a scenic drive by open-top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel, then appreciate the glorious vistas over the rugged coastline and sparkling sea.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    The Isle of Dreams.

    (Relaxed Start) Wake up refreshed on this delightful island. Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A Local Expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks. The afternoon is yours to devote to Capri’s fashionable boutiques, craft shops and artisans studios. Alternatively, perhaps join an Optional Excursion to the Almalfi Coast and Positano? A boat delivers you to mainland Italy where you are driven along the coastline with its clear blue waters, to reach the artist's paradise of Positano, clinging to the cliff face. After time to explore, you are then returned to the Isle of Capri by another boat transfer. As the glow of twilight descends and the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, the island is yours to saunter along scenic paths, gather with the locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine at an al-fresco restaurant.

  6. Day 6

    The Autostrada del Sole to Florence.

    Descend to the port by open-top taxi and take the hydrofoil across the Bay to Naples. Follow the Autostrada del Sole, or Motorway of the Sun, north passing Rome and continuing through the Province of Umbria. Journey through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, centre of art and culture, and the heart of the Italian Renaissance.

  7. Day 7

    Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance.

    Begin the morning by joining a Local Expert for a walk through Florence's historic centre. Visit the Accademia Gallery, full of priceless art treasures, to see Michelangelo's masterpiece statue, David. See the multi-coloured marble cathedral, Giotto's bell tower and the baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the Piazza della Signoria - an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. Stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce famous for its basilica and the quality of its luxury goods. The joys of Florence are varied so the afternoon will be free for your own personal exploration.

  8. Day 8

    The Cinque Terre and Portofino to Santa Margherita.

    The famous Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre are a highlight of your journey as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing along to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of la dolce vita. Admire the colourful houses, browse the boutiques or stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbour. Should weather permit, return along the rugged Ligurian coast by boat to the resort of Santa Margherita.

  9. Day 9

    Lake Maggiore.

    In the morning, journey north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands? For your dining pleasure, you are invited to choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

  10. Day 10

    To Venice with Wine and Verona along the way.

    Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards, close to the shores of Lake Iseo. Winemaking traditions run deep here and you will get to taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to Verona, the setting for one of history’s most romantic love stories. Walk with your Travel Director to Juliet’s balcony in the inner courtyard of the reputed Capulet home and see the well-preserved Roman Arena, still used for open-air opera performances. Continue to the unique city of Venice - a complete step back in time to the 16th century.

  11. Day 11 - Relaxed Start

    Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.

    (Relaxed Start) Cruise to a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island to admire the skillful art of glassblowing. Visit St. Mark’s Square where the city’s former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica and admire the Doge's Palace with its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. The waterways of Venice are renowned for gondolas that drift by. Take your seat on a gondola and be serenaded through the myriad of beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. In the evening, cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon to arrive at Burano, famous for its candy coloured houses. Sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialities.

  12. Day 12

    Arrivederci Venice.

    Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
  • Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes’ treasure-trove and witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
  • Florence: Gain a fascinating insight into the work of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, with a Renaissance art expert during your visit to the Accademia Museum.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vatican City: Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Isle of Capri: Get a flavour of the jet-set lifestyle with two nights on this famous isle. Cruise between the island and mainland by hydrofoil and relax as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.
  • Isle of Capri: Discover the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.
  • Isle of Capri: Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.
  • Florence: During your guided walk see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Cinque Terre: These hidden UNESCO World Heritage protected fishing villages, are ingeniously fashioned into impossibly steep hillsides. Join a Local Expert to travel to them on the 19th century railway line through some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on earth.
  • Portofino: Delight in a taste of la dolce vita as you explore this elegant fishing village and cruise to Santa Margherita.
  • Verona: During your orientation, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces where once the likes of Casanova would have come calling.
  • Scenic Drives: Admire the classic Italian countryside views of Umbria, the rolling hills of Tuscany and the beauty of the Italian Lake District.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Venice: Cruise to the charming fisherman's island of Burano to enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine and new-found friends.
  • Italian Lakes: For your Dine-Around Evening, you are offered a selection of hand-picked local restaurants to choose from, each with its own distinctive ambience and cuisine.
  • Lake Iseo: Visit a local winery passed down through the generations and taste their latest vintages with a master vintner.
  • Included Quality Dining: 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • 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 We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or 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 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.

Rome By Night - Illuminations Drive

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

Code: ROM0001

Roman Dinner Party

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

Adult Price: EUR 61.00

Code: ROM0002

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

Tour of Capri

Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise to the most beautiful part of the island, the southern side. You descend to the port by funicular with your local expert and board your private boat to view the beautiful grottoes and unique coastline! This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.

Adult Price: EUR 43.00

Code: CAP0003

Amalfi Coast Drive and Positano Visit

From one paradise to another. Late this morning we take a hydrofoil across to the pristine waters from Capri to Positano. There is no better way to witness the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast's gravity-defying, vertical towns and spectacular coastline. We'll disembark to explore Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, with all of its colours, wonderful aromas, local shops and a small beach on the Mediterranean sea. Later, we'll return to the Island of Capri by boat. Note: this optional is weather dependent

Adult Price: EUR 57.00

Code: CAP0004

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

Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration

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

Code: FLO0003

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

eatwith Experience

eatwith is the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals in over 130 countries. Choose between our hand-selected hosts and dine like a local with a local. Fully immerse yourself in food and culture while meeting other travelers at your table and experience the magic of social dining. Transport is not included in this optional experience. Note: Bookings cancelled within 48 hours will not be refunded. €45 - €65

Adult Price: EUR

Code: FLO0011

Isola Bella

The premier attraction of Lake Maggiore is the Borromean Islands. We take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the largest and most famous island, renowned for its incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens. A guided tour of this privately owned palace with free time to admire the gardens is a must.

Adult Price: EUR 42.00

Code: ITA0001

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

Venetian Dinner

The secret to enjoying Venice is knowing where to go. This evening join us as we take you into the heart of the San Marco District in the historic centre of Venice to enjoy dinner in a typical local restaurant hidden in the lesser know calle of the city. Enjoy typical Venetian cuisine washed down with wine from the Veneto region.

Adult Price: EUR 61.00

Code: VEN0008

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

Accommodation

 

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.

Hotel La Residenza Capri

Capri () - Italy

This prestigious hotel is located in the centre of the island village, next to the main shopping and leisure districts.

Hotel Londra Florence

Florence (Contemporary) - Italy

An elegant hotel situated right in the heart of Florence.

Best Western Regina Elena Santa Margherita Ligure

Santa Margherita Ligure (Traditional) - Italy

A modern hotel boasting fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding coast.

Hotel Simplon Baveno Lake Maggiore

Baveno, Italian Lakes (Traditional) - Italy

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel

Venice (Historic) - Italy

The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel is located in a magnificently restored 19th century granary on Giudecca Island, only minutes away from St. Mark’s Square by boat. Amenities include a rooftop pool, spa and wellness centre, and five different restaurants and bars. Enjoy excellent views from the roof bar.

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  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Grat tour. We saw more than we expected to see with some special moments.

    Service: Friendly, knowledgeable & professional is how I would describe both the tour director & the coach driver. I would recommend Insight & would use Insight for future tours.

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    Trip: Loved this itinerary of Italy. We were on the go the whole time but we experienced and saw alot of what Italy has to offer

    Service: Definitely recommend to friends and family and customer service is of high standards

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    Trip: A couple of additional "spare" days would have been great for us.

    Service: Really could not have been better !

  • 13 July, 2018

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    Trip: I loved all the destinations visited on this itinerary. I was immersed in the Italian culture and learned a lot about life in Italy.

    Service: From the very moment you begin your vacation until the moment you depart your destination, every detail is meticulously planned.

  • 13 July, 2018

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    Trip: Going to all the cities in Italy was wonderful.

    Service: We had a wonderful time. Belinda our travel guide made sure we had fun, that we were safe and treated us wonderful. I have a diet restriction and she made sure at all our restaurants we went to it was followed. It was my husband's birthday and she got him a cake. By the end of our trip it felt like our group was family.

  • 12 July, 2018

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    Trip: The choice of locations (towns) plus time spent at each site and what we did at each location was perfect. I suspect the itinerary has been fine-tuned over the years, so I think the company's and tour guide's experience made a difference.

    Service: This Italy vacation was awesome. My wife and I with our two junior-high aged kids had such a great time. It exceeded our expectations in terms of the convenience, efficiency, hotels, transportation, sites, and tour director. She was fantastic and made the experience fun, informative, and even humorous at times. The cost was a bit more than we originally planned for Italy, but it turned out to be worth it.

  • 12 July, 2018

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    Trip: I loved all the places we saw,I just wish we could have more time there as thay were so nice, but we saw a lot in the time.

    Service: Yes I would recommend them to friends,as a matter of fact two friends recommended Insight Vacations to me. I was very pleased with the care and attention I received, as I was traveling alone it was important to feel safe,and I felt Debra was looking out for me and my fellow travelers.

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    Trip: Exactly what we anticipated!

    Service: Made my vacation absolutely stunningly wonderful!

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    Trip: Debra Deangelo was fantastic and made our experience fun and informative.

    Service: Insight Vacation thinks of everything for you. It is truly a stress free vacation.

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    Trip: Loved two nights on Capri, Florence and visiting the Tuscan Hills-San Giminano, The Cinque Terre with many boat and train rides, Santa Margherita Lingure, Lake Maggiore-Baveno and Isola Bella and Portafino, and two nights in Venice. So happy we visited Burano, and left via water taxi to the Venice airport. What an experience!

    Service: Debra was a fantastic tour director. The flourishes provided, along with the comfortable coaches with fewer passengers, were an added bonus. The trip exceeded all expectations with Capri, the Cinque Terre, San Gimingano, Isola Bella, and Portofino as the outstanding highlights. Loved Florence and Venice too, with A visit to Burano very memorable. The entire trip was amazing and wouldn’t change a thing. Had an incredible experience! Would definitely recommend this trip and traveling with Insight to anyone interested in visiting the wonderful country of Italy. Bellisimo! Thank you!

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    Trip: We specifically chose our particular trip because of the destinations included.

    Service: We will definately use Insight Vacations for our next trip.

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    Trip: Looks vex the itinerary. Just when you though it coulnd’t Get any better, it did. It was very cool to see Juliet’s balcony, though the trip to Verona was quick and rushed a bit. It probably could have been skipped with more time in Venice. The two hotel dinners were not good and those could have been we do e in our own and include one optional tour as an included tour. Hotels were lovely and guide was excellent!!

    Service: I called a few times prior to my trip and they were extremely helpful with website registration. Very patient and thorough at explaining what needed to be done and why.

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