Treasures of Italy - Classic Group

Treasures of Italy - Classic Group

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Treasures of Italy - Classic Group

11 Days Starting in Rome and ending in Venice

Visiting: Rome, Vatican City, Pompei, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure, Lake Maggiore, Venice

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

E980ZN20

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Experience Italy on an 11-day guided tour. Explore the Eternal City with a Local Expert, who will whisk you to the Vatican Museums for a tour of the Pope’s art collection and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a spiral architectural masterpiece. Later, see the infamous Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine. Cruise to Capri, where you’ll take an open-top taxi to the top of the island for unparalleled views of the rugged coastline and sparkling sea - then walk the Caesar Augustus Gardens and see the Faraglioni rocks with a Local Expert. In Venice, walk through St. Mark’s Square and see its basilica of the same name; later, allow yourself to be serenaded as a gondolier glides you through the city’s canals. Sail to the candy-colored island of Burano, where you can toast to a fantastic trip at a celebration dinner featuring wine and freshly-caught specialties.

Highlights

  • 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

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

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

  • Burano: Cruise to the charming fisherman's island of Burano to enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine and new-found friends

  • 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

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To The Eternal City Of Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Romanico Palace

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.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Romanico Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast

The day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Insight has arranged special priority entry to gain behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to visitors.
Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Popes are elected, to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà,’ and stand beneath the dome completed after his death.
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.
Later, perhaps continue your exploration of Rome to see the Pantheon, toss a coin in Trevi Fountain and enjoy free time around Piazza Navona?

Day 3: Ancient Pompeii And On To Sorrento

Location: Rome, Pompei, Sorrento

Accommodation: Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Isabella

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century before enjoying a refreshing lemon granita. Then continue to your hotel in the charming town of Sorrento. The afternoon is yours to explore as you wish, or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the artist's paradise of Positano.

Day 4: The Isle Of Dreams

Location: Sorrento, Capri

Accommodation: Hotel Regina Cristina, Capri.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Regina Cristina Capri

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning in the town of Sorrento before heading off to the port to board your jetfoil to the Isle of Capri. Enjoy a scenic drive by open-top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel, then appreciate the glorious vistas over the rugged coastline and sparkling sea.Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A Local Expert escorts you to the lush Gardens of Augustus for views of the Faraglioni rocks. As the glow of twilight descends and the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, the island is yours to saunter along scenic paths, gather with the locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine at an al-fresco restaurant.

Day 5: The Autostrada Del Sole To Florence

Location: Capri, Florence

Accommodation: NH Firenze, Florence.

Accommodation Name: NH Firenze

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Descend to the port by private open-top taxis and take the jetfoil across the bay to Naples. Follow the Autostrada del Sole north passing Rome and continuing through the region of Umbria. Journey through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, center of art and culture, and the heart of the Italian Renaissance.

Day 6: Florence, Birthplace Of The Renaissance

Location: Florence

Accommodation: NH Firenze, Florence.

Accommodation Name: NH Firenze

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.  Continue to the multi-colored marble cathedral to admire Giotto's bell tower and Gates of Paradise. Visit Piazza della Signoria and explore the area around Santa Croce Basilica. After a demonstration of leatherwork, there's free time to shop or explore Florence on your own. In the evening, why not sample fine Florentine cuisine of tasty starters and typical Tuscan dishes accompanied by Chianti wine?

Day 7: Cinque Terre And Portofino To Santa Margherita

Location: Florence, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure

Accommodation: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure.

Accommodation Name: Best Western Regina Elena

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The famous Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre are a highlight of your journey as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach. Our journey continues to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of la dolce vita. Admire the colorful houses, browse the boutiques or stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbor.

Day 8: Lake Maggiore

Location: Santa Margherita Ligure, Lake Maggiore

Accommodation: Hotel Simplon, Baveno.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Simplon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, journey north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands? For your dining pleasure, you are invited to choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 9: To Venice With Wine Along The Way

Location: Lake Maggiore, Venice

Accommodation: Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice

Accommodation Name: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to Franciacorta wine region, which gained DOCG status - the highest level of Italian wine classification, in 1995. 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 10: Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice

Accommodation Name: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Visit St. Mark’s Square where the city’s former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica and admire the Doge's Palace with its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Take your seat on a gondola and be serenaded through the myriad of beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover Venice at leisure. 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. Cruise the Venetian lagoon to Burano and sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialties.

Day 11: Arrivederci Venice

Location: Venice

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 5 dinners with wine and 10 breakfasts.

  • Accommodation

    Stay in hand-picked hotels throughout the tour.

  • Transport

    Travel in comfort with an air-conditioned coach, including Wi-Fi where available.

  • Expertise

    Benefit from the knowledge of a Local Expert and a Travel Director throughout your journey.

  • Exclusive Experiences

    Enjoy exclusive experiences such as a wine tasting in Lake Iseo, a glassblowing demonstration in Venice, and a visit to the Vatican with Fast Track access.

  • Cultural Visits

    Explore iconic sites like the Colosseum in Rome, Michelangelo's David in Florence, and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.

  • Scenic Cruises

    Take scenic cruises on Lake Iseo and to the island of Burano.

  • Hotel and Restaurant Tips

    Tips for hotel and restaurant staff are included, so you don't have to worry about it.

  • Luggage Handling

    Enjoy the convenience of having your bags carried for you.

  • Airport Transfers

    Complimentary airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of the tour.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    Flights to and from the tour start and end points are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is recommended but not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional experiences not included in the itinerary may incur an additional cost.

  • Personal Expenses

    Expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, and additional drinks/meals are not covered.

  • Visa Fees

    Any required visas or related fees are not included.

  • Airport Transfers Outside Scheduled Times

    Transfers outside the scheduled itinerary start and end dates are not included and may require an additional fee.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any boat or cruise excursions included?

    Yes, the tour includes boat/cruise excursions to the fisherman's island of Burano, a cruise to St. Mark's Square in Venice, and possibly more as part of exploring the Italian Riviera and the Venetian lagoon.

  • What are the departure and drop-off times for the tour?

    The pick-up times in Rome are at 09:30, 12:30, and 15:30. The drop-off times in Venice are at 08:00 and 09:30.

  • What type of transportation is provided during the tour?

    The tour provides transportation on Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi is also available.

  • How many meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes 5 dinners with wine and 10 breakfasts.

  • What are the highlights of the Treasures of Italy - Classic Group tour?

    The highlights of the Treasures of Italy - Classic Group tour include dinners with wine, breakfasts, a choice between two activities, visits to Florence including a stroll with the Travel Director and a visit to see Michelangelo's 'David', personal radio headsets for tours, included hotel and restaurant tips, baggage handling, Insight Flourishes representing local specialties, complimentary Wi-Fi in coach and hotels, airport transfers if arrival and departure times match the itinerary, a Welcome Dinner in Rome, a Dine-Around Evening in the Italian Lakes, wine tasting in Lake Iseo, a Celebration Dinner in Burano, Fast Track access into the Vatican Museums, a glassblowing demonstration in Venice, exploring ancient Rome, Pompeii, Capri, the Gardens of Augustus, luxury goods demonstration in Florence, visiting Cinque Terre, Portofino, and cruising to St. Mark's Square in Venice.

  • What are the included activities in Florence?

    Included activities in Florence are a stroll with the Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce for a typical Italian treat, a visit to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's 'David', a demonstration of gold and leatherwork, and a stroll through Renaissance Florence.

  • Is there a wine tasting included in the tour?

    Yes, there is a wine tasting included in the tour at Lake Iseo.

  • 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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