Seasons

Italy

Regional Journey

Italian Intermezzo (Winter 2018-19)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Italy

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Italy’s most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise, yet surprisingly diverse itinerary.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

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

  2. Day 2

    Lively Milan.

    Welcome to Italy. After being greeted by your Travel Director at Milan's Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 or 12:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and head to local restaurant where your Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.

  3. Day 3

    Verona and on to Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.

    Head east to elegant Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a leisurely walk with your Travel Director, passing the well-preserved Roman Arena that is still used for opera performances. Stand beneath the balcony where the Capulet family is said to have lived and perhaps recite Shakespeare’s immortal words. There is free time to explore or perhaps browse the local market before continuing to the glorious city of Venice.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.

    Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Transfer to Giudecca Island to witness the art of glassblowing. Then appreciate the splendour as you cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark’s Square. Your Travel Director will explain the glorious history of La Serenissima, once one of the greatest trading centres of the world – its wealth and power is echoed by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. See the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.

  5. Day 5

    Tranquil Tuscany, Pisa and Florence.

    Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Venture on to beautiful Florence - a treasure house of the Renaissance. On arrival, meet your Local Expert for a walk through the historic centre. Visit the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's masterpiece statue, David. Admire the marble clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Wander through Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. In the evening, dinner is served with a selection of Tuscany's finest wines, presented by an expert sommelier who explains each of the wines being served.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Renaissance Florence.

    Florence is known for its quality leather goods and you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leather-work when you visit a local workshop. The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for luxury goods at the markets around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafes. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. In the evening, there is an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.

  7. Day 7

    Chianti Country to Assisi and on to Rome.

    Journey through the vineyards of the Chianti region passing Lake Trasimeno, the Italian Peninsula’s largest lake and site of a great battle in ancient times against Hannibal and his war elephants. Continue up the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to reach delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica, before continuing along the valley of the River Tiber towards the Eternal City of Rome. In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?

  8. Day 8

    Rome Sightseeing and Dinner with an Operetta.

    A Local Expert leads 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. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica before enjoying some free time.

  9. Day 9

    Arrivederci Roma.

    Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Venice: See a master craftsman honouring age-old Venetian crafts, when you visit an artisan showroom and workshop on Giudecca Island.
  • 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.
  • Vatican City: Join your Local Expert and explore the city's highlights including St. Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, with VIP access into the Vatican Museums. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public, the Bramante Staircase.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Verona: During your orientation, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: 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 are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • 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. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods. Witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Pisa: See the cathedral, baptistery and gravity-defying Leaning Tower.
  • Assisi: A Local Expert will explain why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • 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.
  • Vatican City: Visit the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Florence: During dinner, meet a sommelier who will talk you through a tasting of some of Tuscan’s finest wines.
  • Rome: Savour a four-course Celebration Dinner with wine to the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best-loved opera.

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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Lake Como Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise on Italy’s most famous lake. See some of the most beautiful villas in Italy – homes to the rich and famous where many have stayed including Gianni Versace, Sophia Loren, George Clooney, Mussolini and Churchill just to name a few. Afterwards there is free time to enjoy shopping in the boutiques of Como, famous for its silk products.

Adult Price: EUR 38.00

Code: COM0001

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: 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

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

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

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

Accommodation

 

B4 Bellini Venezia.

Venice (Traditional) - Italy

Athenaeum Personal Hotel

Florence (Contemporary) - Italy

A modern hotel which is fantastically-located for Florence’s highlights, especially the David.

Veneto Palace Hotel

Rome (Traditional) - Italy

The Veneto Palace Hotel is located in 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. The guest rooms offer a classic style that blends in perfect harmony with the style of the building.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11508 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 04 January, 2019

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    Trip: It was packed full of history and you get to see everything you could imagine. It hits all the main spots with a few surprises tucked in there. Absolutely incredible!!

    Service: There are not enough words to explain how absolutely phenomenal our trip was. Every single person from booking to post trip exceeded expectations. It truly made this trip unforgettable and we are already planning our next one. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything!!

  • 04 January, 2019

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    Trip: The itinerary was planned such that there was adequate free time to do whatever we wanted (including not doing anything) outside of the pre-arranged trips.

    Service: Everything was organized very well, from the time we landed at the airport to begin our trip to the time we left for the airport after finishing our trip.

  • 04 January, 2019

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    Trip: Fantastic - and we particularly appreciated the accommodations made through the holidays!

    Service: Fantastic!

  • 19 November, 2018

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    Trip: It was very thorough but a little rushed. However, I realize that this was necessary in order to maximize the number of attractions seen in the limited amount of time available.

    Service: Excellent and very curteous.

  • 19 November, 2018

    TRIP:
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    Trip: The main itinerary was very well planned while the Optional Tours were quite interesting even if it involved a lot of walking. Did not do much on our start of the Tour, Milan,

    Service: All Insight Staff (Driver / Local Expert / Tour Director) were very accommodating and friendly.

  • 18 November, 2018

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    Trip: I would have rated a 5 but didn’t because the trip to Pisa wasn’t worth the travel time to and from. I get it’s a push the pin in the map bucket list item for some people but the time could have been better spent in Florence or Rome at least in my opinion

    Service: Everything was very well coordinated and drama free before and during the trip. Clearly professionals at the their vocation. I would highly recommend to future customers. I’m sure we’ll be using Insight Vacations again. Just amazing.

  • 18 November, 2018

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    Trip: We hit upon all the expected highlights and more. Anne Kennedy and our Local Experts were absolutely great. Anne and our Local Experts obviously put a great amount of preparation into all our experiences. Our coach driver, Tiziano Tediosi, was outstanding. We really appreciate everyone's efforts.

    Service: I would certainly recommend Insight Vacations and the team again. We wanted to be thoroughly entertained without having to be concerned about any logistics and this trip certainly accomplished that.

  • 16 April, 2018

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    Trip: Not a moment wasted, our optional tours helped to round out and complement the experience. It wasn't too jam-packed so as to feel overwhelming and stressful either. Very intimate, with focus on food and artisanal items that carry the country's DNA.

    Service: In both of our itineraries, our guides were very personal, attentive to our concerns, and expressed genuine hospitality and care, and, despite the (on paper) hectic schedule, never did we feel hassled, or stressed, and never did we worry AT ALL about our belongings or if we would get to see the sight that we came all the way across the world for. Just as they have been very personal with us, we would like to personally commend our directors, as well as their partner drivers, and hope that these are reflected in their record somehow, because this played a VERY BIG part in making Insight an absolute delight to book a tour with, a thought we fully intend to act on when we plan our next vacation, or recommend to a friend. MR MARCO *Personal information removed by Feefo* was our tour director for Italian Intermezzo, and he was a pure delight to listen to on the road. His knowledge of each region we passed was extensive, and tempered historical and linguistic facts with warm and personal details, and tips, that made us feel less tourists and a whole lot like we were on our way to settling in; that is to say, less the awkward intruder than the family friend who's only just come back after a long time away. He ensured we all had our bearings, especially when we got to a new city after a long journey, and made sure we were all accounted for at the end of the day. Mr *Personal information removed by Feefo* was professional, sincere, and very knowledgeable, and made us wish our dearest family friends could experience the brand of flair and storytelling with which he wove our trip with. He made us look forward to our next Italian package from Insight, and has raised the bar for travel directors very high. MS SUSANNA *Personal information removed by Feefo* was a great complement to Mr *Personal information removed by Feefo* brand of tour direction, which suited our Glories of Greece leg very well; where it was easy to simply be awestruck and frankly astounded by the millennia of history our sites took us to, *Personal information removed by Feefo* gentled these with a background of Greek mythology, grounding our experience in story. Her presence was calming and reassuring; motherly in the best ways, she also selected calm, beautiful tiny towns along the way with which to take our breaks. These were picturesque and quiet, and modern, with VERY good local fare. Ms *Personal information removed by Feefo* personally escorted us to the nearest Orthodox church when we just asked for directions on how to get to one on a Palm Sunday morning, during free time. She personally saw everyone off in the end as well. Our drivers were amazing people as well, and we were NEVER late for anything; likewise, they slid us right through impossible tiny side streets. Already, my family is casting lots and taking votes where we intend to go next year/ or later this year, and we want to go with Insight again. These people have made our decision!

  • 15 April, 2018

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    Trip: Great tour and ideal locations

    Service: Our tour director Danieli was so amazing. He added so much value to our tour.

  • 15 April, 2018

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    Trip: We saw all the highlights

    Service: Although we had a full agenda each city was planned with unique and highlights. We had a real Italian experience. Our guide Marco was so knowledgeable and helpful. He loves his country and had everyone feeling the same way!

  • 14 April, 2018

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    Trip: Very well planned helped us avoid crowded areas as able and still see it all well. Extra options great way to see more.

    Service: Tour director responded quickly to emails and helped with all details. Requests were handled without having to ask twice.

  • 14 April, 2018

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    Trip: Milan and Pisa we're not worth the visit. If you add the Last Supper by Leonardo de Vinci then it would make it better. We saw The Last Super on our own. Well worth it. Leaning toward of Pisa too many pick pockets and overcrowded.

    Service: The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had great people skills. Overall each hotel was very clean except the one in Florence. May need to reconsider that one although it was centrally located. They were all located in the heart of the city. The hotel in Venice was perfect on the channel. Lots of great food and music. Pisa and Milan are okay but my least favorite... little to do. The Tuscany Hills at Macaveli's was as impressive as St. Mark's in Venice. The trips to the islands of Murano, for glass blowing and Bruano, known for lace and as a fishing community we're definitely a must see. The lunch held there was extremely delicious. Rome had so much to offer.

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