Italian Intermezzo - Small Group, Summer

Italian Intermezzo - Small Group, Summer

8 Days



Italian Intermezzo - Small Group, Summer

8 Days Starting in Milan and ending in Rome

Visiting: Lake Maggiore, Italian Lakes Wedding, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Orvieto, Rome, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

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Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group


Art, Cultural

$3677 (USD) Operator discount: -$80 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$194

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Tour Overview

Travel from the shores of Venice to the ancient city of Rome on this 8-day guided tour of Italy. Begin your journey in the Italian Lake District, where a feast - complete with decadent Italian wines - awaits you on the shores of Lake Maggiore. In Venice, relax on a private boat as you pass by its iconic floating houses to St. Mark’s Square, where you will see a gilded basilica anchoring the bustling piazza. Later, take a traditional gondola ride and sail through the canals as your Italian gondolier serenades you with songs. See the legendary Colosseum in Rome, then travel to the Vatican Museums, where a Local Expert will lead you through the papal art collection and to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Dine with your fellow travellers to celebrate a fantastic trip through Italy.


  • 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities

  • Florence: Take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce to enjoy a typical Italian treat in a local café.

  • Florence: Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world's most famous sculpture.

  • : 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.

  • : 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.

  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

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

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Day 1: Italian Lakes
Location: Lake Maggiore
Accommodation: Hotel Simplon, Baveno.
Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Italy. Greet your Travel Director at Milan’s Malpensa Airport. Later, join your Travel Director and head to an elegant restaurant known for serving delicious fresh produce. Your Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.

Day 2: Venice, The Queen Of The Adriatic Relaxed Start
Location: Italian Lakes Wedding, Venice
Accommodation: Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey through the beautiful Italian lake district, past Lakes Iseo and Garda to the floating city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Your hotel offers authentic Venetian charm, as it reflects the history and culture of the surrounding area. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Day 3: Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. What better way to see Venice than from a private boat, cruising past palazzos and churches to St. Mark’s Square? See the gilded basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs. No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Relax and enjoy the local traditional songs, as you drift along in awe. While here, 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. Spend the afternoon and evening as you wish or join an Optional Experience to the island of Burano. 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, 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 specialties with wine included.

Day 4: Tranquil Tuscany, Pisa And Florence
Location: Venice, Pisa, Florence
Accommodation: Hotel Albani Firenze, Florence.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey to Pisa and see the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. Later, continue to Florence and start your explorations 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. With your Local Expert, admire the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, and stroll around Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. In the evening, dinner is served with a selection of Tuscan wine.

Day 5: Free Time In Renaissance Florence Relaxed Start
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Hotel Albani Firenze, Florence.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Learn the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop to admire the intricate work. The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for leather or gold goods around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafés. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. Choose to take an excursion to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town, San Gimignano. Soak up the atmosphere of this ancient gem which has remained intact since the 14th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening, enjoy an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous optional Tuscan dinner, served with local wine. Your destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince'. After a welcome drink and a visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa's own vines.

Day 6: Chianti Country To Orvieto And On To Rome
Location: Florence, Orvieto, Rome
Accommodation: Golden Tulip Rome Piram.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey to Umbrian Orvieto, a hilltop village overlooking a vineyard-covered plain. Explore the town with your Travel Director and visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral, before continuing towards the Eternal City of Rome. Join an optional experience, Piazzas & Fountains. With your Local Expert, 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. In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?

Day 7: Rome Sightseeing And Dinner In The Vatican
Location: Rome, Vatican City
Accommodation: Golden Tulip Rome Piram.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights, including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus and the legendary Colosseum, site of memorable battles and a monument to the courage of gladiators. In the afternoon, gain exclusive priority entry to the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and visit the breathtaking Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling Masterpiece. This evening, indulge in a special Highlight Dinner hosted inside the galleries of the Vatican’s Anima Mundi Museum.

Day 8: 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.

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