Italian Escapade - Small Group

Italian Escapade - Small Group

13 Days
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$7250

$5463

Italian Escapade - Small Group

13 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Rome, Vatican City, Siena, Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Lake Maggiore, Lake Iseo, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Cassino

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE937ZN20

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Age range:

5-99

Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group

Interests:

Cultural, History

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: Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery

  • Rome: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant

  • Lake Maggiore: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked restaurants for your dining pleasure

  • Lake Iseo: Learn about this historic winery, passed down through the generations, and taste its latest vintages

  • Vatican: Gain Fast Track 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: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters

  • 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

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. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director and getting to know your fellow travelers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Vatican City And Rome With A Local
Location: Rome, 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 visit includes fast-track 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: Rome, Siena, Tuscany, Florence
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 specialty 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. After continue on foot to admire the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Continue into the 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 and Hercules and Cacus along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Alternatively, take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce to enjoy a typical Italian treat in a local café, where you will be in the perfect spot to admire the basilica, indulge in people-watching the elegant Florentines and pamper yourself shopping for luxury goods like gold and leather.

Day 5: Pisa And The Italian Lakes
Location: Florence, Pisa, 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 night time draws in, why not work up an appetite before dinner 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. For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked restaurants for your dining pleasure.

Day 7: To Venice With Wine Along The Way Relaxed Start
Location: Lake Maggiore, Lake Iseo, Venice
Accommodation: BW Premier Collection CHC Continental
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: BW Premier Collection CHC Continental
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 center, 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 savor the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Day 9: Hilltop Assisi
Location: Venice, 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: Assisi, 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 specialties during a regional dining experience?

Day 11: Capri, The Isle Of Dreams
Location: Sorrento, 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: Sorrento, Pompeii, Cassino, Rome
Accommodation: Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, 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 colorful 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.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 7 dinners with wine, 12 breakfasts, and traditional meals like Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner in Florence.

  • Accommodation

    Stay connected with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Transport

    Travel in comfort on Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. A private boat ferries you to St. Mark’s Square in Venice.

  • Expertise

    Benefit from the services of a Travel Director and Local Experts for in-depth exploration of the destinations.

  • Unique Experiences

    Enjoy a range of unique experiences like a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Venice, witnessing glassblowing on Murano Island, and exploring the ancient city of Pompeii.

  • Additional Services

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included, as well as all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. Enjoy the ease of having your bags carried for you and delivered to your hotel room.

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International flights to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and beverages, are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary are not included in the tour price.

  • Meals Not Mentioned

    Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions are not covered.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees 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 center, 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 savor the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Accommodation

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Check out our Q&As

  • What type of accommodation is included?

    The tour includes stays in hotels with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi where available.

  • What type of transport is used?

    The tour uses a private boat to ferry to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and includes a luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom for other travel segments.

  • What are the highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include 7 dinners with wine, 12 breakfasts, a choice between two carefully selected activities, visits to famous locations such as Florence's Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's 'David', the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a gondola ride in Venice. The tour also includes wine tasting, a visit to a traditional arts center in Venice, and a celebration dinner in Rome with Italian cuisine and wine.

  • Are there any age restrictions for this tour?

    The tour does not specify any age restrictions.

  • What meals are included?

    The tour includes 7 dinners with wine and 12 breakfasts.

  • What is the group size for this tour?

    The tour does not specify the group size.

  • What is the ending location of the tour?

    The tour ends in Rome.

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The tour starts in Rome.

  • What countries does the tour visit?

    The tour visits Italy.

  • What is the primary tag of the tour?

    The primary tag of the tour is Luxury.

  • 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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