Italian Escapade - Small Group

Italian Escapade - Small Group

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$7250

$5463

Italian Escapade - Small Group

13 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Rome, Vatican City, Siena, Florence, Lake Maggiore, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE937ZM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Balanced

Age range:

5-99

From:
$7250
$5463 (USD) Operator discount: -$1500 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$288 -25%

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Tour Overview

Travel from Rome to Venice during this 13-day guided tour of Italy. Experience ancient Rome: See the Colosseum, where gladiators once fought, and Circus Maximus, where chariots raced for sport. Cruise around Venice in a private boat, then step onto St. Mark’s Square and stand in awe of its gothic-style Doge’s Palace. Sail to Murano Island, where a glassblower will manipulate molten glass into a work of art in front of your eyes. View the southern cliffs of Sorrento and see majestic Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Travel by open-top taxi with a Local Expert to the top of the island of Capri, then explore its charming alleyways — and duck into a shop to purchase a memento. Celebrate a spectacular vacation with an equally spectacular experience: a private operetta performed during a final feast in Rome.

Highlights

  • Florence: Wander through the market stalls and browse for local Italian souvenirs and leather goods on a guided shopping tour.

  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum.

  • Vatican: Gain priority access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

  • 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.

  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

  • Capri: Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.

  • Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To The Eternal City Of Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 17:30, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Vatican City And Rome With A Local
Location: Vatican City
Accommodation: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 priority visit includes fast-tracked entry to the museums and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase. Later, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica. Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus. Come up close and personal with the beautifully preserved Arch of Constantine, walking on the ancient pavement. Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure.

Day 3: Siena And Medieval Florence
Location: Siena
Accommodation: Michelangelo Florence.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel north to medieval Siena and stroll through the winding stone-paved streets to the vast Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race takes place amid great festivities. See the Fountain of Joy and then walk up to the hilltop cathedral, striped with marble. Continue through the cypress-clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany to Florence. Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a speciality not to be missed.

Day 4: Florence, Birthplace Of The Renaissance
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Michelangelo Florence.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum and see Michelangelo's David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a shopping tour, enjoying all the Italian treats and finery on offer. Walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Visit Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune as well as Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio.  Famous for the quality of its luxury goods like gold and leather, Piazza Santa Croce is also the perfect spot to see the basilica. Later, use your free time to shop or continue exploring at your leisure.

Day 5: Pisa And The Italian Lakes
Location: Lake Maggiore
Accommodation: Hotel Simplon, Baveno.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Stop in Pisa to see the incredible Leaning Tower from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity, as well as the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey continues past the marble quarries at Carrara, used since the time of Ancient Rome, through the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the fertile valley of the River Po. Continue to your lakeside resort on beautiful Lake Maggiore. As dusk falls, why not work up an appetite with a traditional evening stroll, or passeggiata as they say in Italy?

Day 6: The Italian Lake District Relaxed Start
Location: Lake Maggiore
Accommodation: Hotel Simplon, Baveno.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Today is set aside for you to relax and enjoy all the fantastic sights of this beautiful lakeland area.On your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked restaurants carefully curated for your dining pleasure.

Day 7: To Venice With Wine Along The Way Relaxed Start
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards by the shores of Lake Iseo. Here, winemaking traditions run deep.  Taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate.  Continue to the unique city of Venice and step back in time to the 16th century.

Day 8: The Magic Of La Serenissima
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice.
Meals Included: Breakfast

A private boat ferries you to St. Mark’s Square. See the basilica, Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional arts centre, where you can see how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills. Enjoy being serenaded with beautiful music on a gondola ride, gliding through the city canals in romantic awe. Spend the afternoon as you wish. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Day 9: Hilltop Assisi
Location: Assisi
Accommodation: Hotel Giotto Assisi.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Skirt the Venetian Lagoon and cross two of Italy’s most important rivers, the Adige and Po. The scenery will then change dramatically as you drive through the wild Apennines. Your destination is the stone-built, hilltop town of Assisi, home of St. Francis. See the Church of St. Mary of the Angels before continuing up Mount Subasio. Then with our Local Expert we visit the beautiful Basilica of St. Francis.

Day 10: Sorrento On The Coast
Location: Sorrento
Accommodation: Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey along the clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, perched upon the southern cliffs of the Bay of Naples and looking out to Mount Vesuvius. With the evening at leisure, why not try some of the local specialities during a regional dining experience?

Day 11: Capri, The Isle Of Dreams
Location: Capri
Accommodation: Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, cruise to Capri, known as the Isle of Dreams. In one of the island's iconic open-top taxis, head up the steep, winding roads while a symphony of cicadas sing away in the pines. With your Local Expert, explore the narrow alleyways of Capri town, browse in exclusive boutiques and wonder at the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento for some relaxation time. Perhaps join an optional visit to Positano and the Amalfi Coast?

Day 12: On To Ill-Fated Pompeii And Rome
Location: Pompeii
Accommodation: Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey north to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Your Local Expert walks you through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Witness the colourful frescoes that were hidden for centuries. Continue beneath the striking hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino and back to Rome where your journey reaches its zenith in the evening. In the heart of The Eternal City, you are treated to a quintessential Italian experience. Fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta for your Celebration Dinner.

Day 13: Arrivederci Roma
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast

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

What's Included

  • Welcome Dinner in Rome

    Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.

  • Traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina Dinner

    In Florence, savor a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine.

  • Dine-Around Evening at Lake Maggiore

    Choose from a selection of hand-picked restaurants for your dining pleasure at Lake Maggiore.

  • Winery Visit and Tasting at Lake Iseo

    Learn about a historic winery and taste its latest vintages at Lake Iseo.

  • Celebration Dinner in Rome

    Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved songs.

  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Visit

    Gain priority access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase and the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Guided Tours with Local Experts

    Discover the treasures of Rome, Florence, Venice, and more with passionate local guides.

  • Gondola Ride in Venice

    Delight in the magic of Venice with a serenaded gondola ride through its atmospheric canals.

  • Glassblowing Demonstration

    Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing in Venice, supporting the survival of this traditional craft.

  • Transportation

    Enjoy the convenience of private boat rides in Venice and luxury coach travel throughout your tour.

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What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions and personal spending are not included.

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities for tour director, driver, and local guides are not included.

  • Airport Transfers Outside Scheduled Times

    Transfers to and from the airport outside of the scheduled times are not included.

Mode of Transport

A private boat ferries you to St. Mark’s Square. See the basilica, Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional arts centre, where you can see how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills. Enjoy being serenaded with traditional songs on a gondola ride, gliding through the city canals in romantic awe. Spend the afternoon as you wish. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Accommodation

Hotel Romanico Palace, Michelangelo Florence, Hotel Simplon, BW Premier Collection CHC Continental, Hotel Giotto Assisi, Hotel Isabella, Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the primary tag of the tour?

    The primary tag of the Italian Escapade - Small Group tour is Coach tours (worldwide).

  • What are the tags associated with this tour?

    The tags associated with the Italian Escapade - Small Group tour are Luxury, Cultural, History, Art Galleries & Museums, and Boat/Cruise Excursion.

  • What meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) and 12 Breakfasts (B).

  • Is there a private option available for this tour?

    The information does not specify whether there is a private option available for the Italian Escapade - Small Group tour.

  • What are the highlights of the Italian Escapade - Small Group tour?

    The highlights of the Italian Escapade - Small Group tour include choosing between two carefully selected activities, enjoying a Welcome Dinner in Rome, a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner in Florence, a Dine-Around Evening at Lake Maggiore, wine tasting at Lake Iseo, a Celebration Dinner in Rome, priority access to the Vatican Museums, exploring ancient Rome, visiting the Sistine Chapel, seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, cruising to St. Mark's Square in Venice, exploring the quaint town of Assisi, and visiting the ill-fated town of Pompeii.

  • What type of accommodations can be expected on this tour?

    Accommodations on the Italian Escapade - Small Group tour include Hotel Romanico Palace, Michelangelo Florence, Hotel Simplon, BW Premier Collection CHC Continental, Hotel Giotto Assisi, Hotel Isabella, and Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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