Italian Intermezzo - Small Group, Winter

Italian Intermezzo - Small Group, Winter

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Italian Intermezzo - Small Group, Winter

6 Days Starting in Milan and ending in Rome

Visiting: Milan, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Orvieto, Rome, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SW971ZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Dynamic

Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group

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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 Milan, where a festive feast complete with decadent Italian wines await you. 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 in the Pope’s garden, beneath the cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica, and celebrate a fantastic trip.

Highlights

  • 2 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 5 Breakfast (B)

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities

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

  • Milan: Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travellers.

  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices. The workshop's master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft. The workshop advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

  • Florence: During dinner, meet a sommelier who will talk you through a tasting of some of Tuscan's finest wines.

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

  • Pisa: Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral and of course, the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Lively Milan
Location: Milan
Accommodation: Ritz Milan.
Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

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.

Day 2 : Venice, The Queen Of The Adriatic
Location: Milan, Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: NH Venezia Santa Lucia
Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue to the glorious city of Venice.

Day 3 : Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima
Location: Venice
Accommodation: NH Venezia Santa Lucia Venice.
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 centre, 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, famous for its colourful houses and enjoy a delicious meal of local specialities.

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

Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa and see the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. Later, venture on to beautiful Florence - a treasure house of the Renaissance. 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. With your Local Expert, admire the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, and wander 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, Adler Cavalieri Florence.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

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. In the evening, enjoy an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous optional Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.

Day 6 : Chianti Country To Orvieto And On To Rome
Location: Florence, Orvieto, Rome
Accommodation: room 007 Select Rome.
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.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 With An Operetta
Location: Rome, Vatican City, Rome
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: room 007 Select
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning enjoy the very best of the city's highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. You then gain exclusive fast-tracked priority entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel where you'll marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on its ceiling. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public, the Bramante Staircase. Afterwards, enjoy some free time. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.

Check out our Q&As

  • 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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