Road to Rome - Start Paris, Classic Group

Road to Rome - Start Paris, Classic Group

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Road to Rome - Start Paris, Classic Group

12 Days Starting in Paris and ending in Rome

Visiting: Paris, Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Vaduz, Innsbruck, Dolomites, Veneto, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

E924ZN120

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Take the road to Rome through the cobbled streets of Paris and across the Alps of Innsbruck. Journey through the vineyards of Burgundy and slip across the Swiss border for an indulgent Dine Around meal in Lucerne. Enjoy a feast of local delicacies at a selection of hand-picked restaurants, set along the beautiful lakeside vistas. Voyage across the Dolomites to Venice and bear witness to the ancient skill of glassblowing. Practiced by precious few, this almost extinct artform is led by local craftsmen, intent on keeping the fifteenth century tradition alive. In ancient Rome, enjoy exclusive fast track access to the Vatican Museums and see Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel.

Highlights

  • Paris: Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Paris for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.

  • Lucerne: Choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening and hand-pick your preferred ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

  • Veneto: Visit a local winery and delight in a tasting of their magnificent prosecco. Meet the vignerons and learn how to make the perfect Bellini.

  • Tuscany: Visit Il Poggio to learn about organic olive and grape farming. Then enjoy a tasting as you sit down to a fabulous lunch of Tuscan specialties, complimented by stunning views.

  • Rome: Savor a four-course Celebration Dinner complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best-loved opera.

  • 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. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices.

  • Stanserhorn: Journey to the top of Mount Stanserhorn on a panoramic, open-top cable car powered by solar energy, and enjoy spectacular views from the summit.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.

Accommodation Name: Le Méridien Etoile

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Paris, enjoy time at leisure to settle into your hotel. During your time here you will see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe. Later, join your Travel Director at a local brasserie in the heart of Paris for a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Paris, The 'City Of Light'

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.

Accommodation Name: Le Méridien Etoile

Meals Included: Breakfast

Start your day with an Insight Choice. Choose to explore community life in the picturesque Montorgueil district. Alternatively, join an avid foodie, as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. With the afternoon free, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this glittering city, perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the Paris cabaret?

Day 3: Burgundy And Lucerne

Location: Paris, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey through the rural French countryside of Burgandy, famous for its vineyards and wines, pass the Jura Mountains crossing into Switzerland. Arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne. A range of enticing options are available for your Dine-Around Evening. Choose from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants.

Day 4: Lucerne & Mount Stanserhorn

Location: Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore Mount Stanserhorn on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, as an open-top cable car powered by solar panels take you up the summit. Walk along beautiful scenic pathways, keeping an eye out for marmots and other native animals, with the chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger, to learn about local wildlife and flora. Take in the pristine mountain air and, on a clear day, witness views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Upon return to Lucerne, see the town's proud Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff and dedicated to the heroic Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Then, take some time to stroll across the covered Chapel Bridge to the baroque Jesuit Church. The rest of the day is at leisure to shop for delectable chocolate and glamorous Swiss watches in the traffic-free Old Town.

Day 5: Lucerne To Innsbruck Relaxed Start

Location: Lucerne, Vaduz, Innsbruck

Accommodation: AC Hotel Innsbruck.

Accommodation Name: AC Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast

Start the day with a journey to the heart of the Alps passing through the Principality of Liechtenstein. See its tiny capital, Vaduz, with its castle located on a hillside overlooking the city. Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed Innsbruck. Your Travel Director will show you the 14th century houses of the old town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.

Day 6: The Dolomites To Venice

Location: Innsbruck, Dolomites, Veneto, Venice

Accommodation: Hotel Continental Venice.

Accommodation Name: BW Premier Collection CHC Continental

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Innsbruck to travel across the impressive Europa Bridge and through the Dolomites. Cross into Italy and stop at a local family winery in Veneto to discover the art of prosecco production. Savor a tasting of these luxurious sparkling wines and discover how to make the perfect Bellini. Continue to the romantic city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the islands with dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7: The Magic Of 'La Serenissima' Relaxed Start

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel Continental Venice.

Accommodation Name: BW Premier Collection CHC Continental

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, prepare to embrace this most romantic city. See the immense Campanile and Doge's Palace on St. Mark's Square, connected to the ancient prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts center. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps shop in the small arcades or why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?

Day 8: Tuscany, Pisa And Florence

Location: Venice, Pisa, Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Indigo Florence

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit Il Poggio organic farm for a guided walk and learn about organic food and wine production. On the veranda, take in beautiful views of the rolling Tuscan hills, as you taste the farm's wines and freshly produced olive oil. Enjoy an authentic Italian meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Explore the nearby town of Pisa with a Local Expert and see the baptistery with its intricate marble facade, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the cathedral and of course the famous Leaning Tower. Afterwards, travel to Florence.

Day 9: Florence Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Indigo Florence

Meals Included: Breakfast

Walk with your Local Expert to the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. The next stop is 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 David along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. The area around Santa Croce Basilica is famous for the quality of its luxury goods of gold and leather and there's free time to shop or continue exploring.

Day 10: Chianti Country To Assisi And Onto Rome

Location: Florence, Assisi, Rome

Accommodation: Kolbe Hotel Rome.

Accommodation Name: Kolbe Hotel Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey through the vineyards of the Chianti region passing Lake Trasimeno, one of the Italian Peninsula’s largest lakes 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?

Day 11: Papal And Imperial Rome

Location: Rome, Vatican City

Accommodation: Kolbe Hotel Rome.

Accommodation Name: Kolbe Hotel Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. To avoid the crowds and maximise your time, Insight has arranged special priority access to the Vatican Museums. Your Local Expert will guide you through the halls of artwork and take you behind the scenes to view the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally closed to the public. Next, visit the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Next door in St. Peter’s Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and see Circus Maximus, the ancient chariot-racing stadium. Later, there is time for last-minute shopping or exploring at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course Celebration 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.

Day 12: 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

    Enjoy 11 Breakfasts (B), 4 Dinners with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch with Wine (LW) at hand-picked local restaurants for an authentic culinary experience.

  • Exclusive Experiences

    Gain Fast Track access into the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Experience a panoramic, open-top cable car ride to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and enjoy a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger. Visit a local winery in Veneto for a prosecco tasting and learn how to make the perfect Bellini.

  • Luxury Travel

    Travel in comfort with Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Stay connected with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Handpicked Hotels

    Stay in carefully selected, high-quality hotels throughout your journey, ensuring a comfortable and restful experience.

  • Local Experts

    Benefit from the knowledge and insights of Local Experts in various destinations, enhancing your experience with their expertise.

  • Seamless Service

    Enjoy the ease of having your bags carried for you and delivered to your hotel room, along with included hotel and restaurant tips, all taxes, and porterage charges.

  • Authentic Dining

    From a Welcome Dinner in Paris to a Celebration Dinner in Rome, savor local flavors and regional specialties throughout your journey.

  • Cultural Insights

    Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the places you visit, from the art of glassblowing in Venice to learning about organic farming in Tuscany.

  • Airport Transfers

    Complimentary airport transfers are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any wine tasting events included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes wine tasting events in Veneto and Tuscany. In Veneto, you'll visit a local winery for a prosecco tasting and learn how to make the perfect Bellini. In Tuscany, you'll visit Il Poggio for a tasting of the farm's wines and freshly produced olive oil.

  • What are some of the cultural highlights included in the Road to Rome tour?

    Cultural highlights of the tour include a visit to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, witnessing the skill of glassblowers in Venice, and exploring the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi with a Local Expert.

  • What measures are taken for health and safety during the tour?

    Health and safety measures on the tour include the sanitization of the luxury coach before the start of the tour, implementation of physical distancing measures on the coach, and the availability of hand sanitizer on board for you to use throughout the day.

  • Is transportation provided during the Road to Rome tour?

    Yes, the tour includes the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Transfers are available at scheduled times if your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates.

  • How many meals are included in the Road to Rome tour?

    The Road to Rome tour includes 11 Breakfasts (B), 4 Dinners with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch with Wine (LW).

  • Are there any optional experiences available during the tour?

    Yes, the tour offers optional experiences such as exploring the Montorgueil district in Paris, a Dine-Around Evening in Lucerne, and the opportunity to cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine.

  • What countries will we visit on the Road to Rome tour starting in Paris?

    The Road to Rome tour starting in Paris visits France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy.

  • What type of accommodation can we expect on the Road to Rome tour?

    Accommodations on the tour include hotels such as Le Méridien Etoile in Paris, Hotel Astoria in Lucerne, AC Hotel Innsbruck, BW Premier Collection CHC Continental in Venice, Hotel Indigo Florence, and Kolbe Hotel Rome.

  • 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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