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Insight Vacations Italian Escapade (Preview 2018) (E937)

14 Days starts and ends in Rome Print
Tour Style: Regional Trip
Europe Britain Preview 2018/19
Visits: Italy

Revel in the riches of Rome and Florence, observe the beauty of the Italian Lakes and mix with the fashionable crowd on sun-kissed Capri during this adventure.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rome: Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Siena: See the striped cathedral and vast Campo Square.
  • Florence: During your guided walking tour, see the Cathedral, belltower, ‘Gates of Paradise' on the Baptistery and visit Signoria Square. Witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Pisa: See the Cathedral, Baptistery and ‘Leaning Tower.
  • Italian Lakes: Join us in the social ritual of ‘La Passeggiata'.
  • Verona: See the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony.
  • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark's Square by private launch. See St. Mark's Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Cassino: Visit the peaceful Commonwealth War Cemetery.
  • Sorrento: witness an ‘Intarsio' demonstration.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Lake Maggiore: Enjoy a Dine-Around evening.
  • Lake Iseo: Lean about this historic winery, passed down through the generations, and taste the latest vintages.
  • Rome: Enjoy an exclusive Celebration Dinner inside the Vatican after it closes to the public. What better way to toast your tour than in true VIP style?
  • 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 2 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW), 3 Restaurant Dinner (RD, 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Freestyle Evening (FSD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Rome: Be among the select few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Rome: Sightsee the local way with a leisurely passeggiata through the backstreets, where a friend in Rome will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures.
  • Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with an art expert to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, David.
  • Venice: Delight your senses as you are serenaded through the canals by gondola.
  • Assisi: With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle and in the style of the jet-set, ride up to town by open-top taxi. Your Local Expert will show you around the narrow alleyways and exclusive boutiques.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Lake Maggiore: The Grand Hotel Dino sets overlooking Lake Maggiore and combines elegance and tranquillity of life on the shores of the lake.
  • Assisi: The Giotto, is located in the centre of the medieval village of Assisi with beautiful views over the Umbrian countryside. All guest rooms are decorated in local Umbrian style.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome
Welcome to Rome, once the hub of a vast empire that spread from Britain to the Persian gulf and from Africa to Germany. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, airport transfers leave for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Relax and settle in. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(WD)
Day: 3 Rome Sightseeing with a Local
In the morning, enjoy the very best of the city's highlights including a tour of the magnificent St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican with our Local Expert. There's free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum. Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking tour in the afternoon has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time for dinner in Piazza Navona.(BB)
Day: 4 Medieval Siena and on to Florence
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 black and white marble. Continue through the cypress clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany to Florence, jewel of the Renaissance.(BB / DW)
Day: 5 Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance
Join a resident expert inside the Accademia Gallery to admire Michelangelo's statue, David. Gaze up and truly appreciate the significance of Michelangelo's work. Then continue to the cathedral to see Giotto's bell tower and the ‘Gates of Paradise' adorning the Baptistery. Visit Signoria Square, filled with works of art and finally pause in Santa Croce Square, overlooked by its basilica, the final resting place of Galileo and Michelangelo. After a demonstration of leather-work, you will have spare time to shop or perhaps visit San Gimignano. By night, don't miss the chance to try the delicious local cuisine and sample rich Chianti wine.(BB)
Day: 6 Pisa and Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lakes
Your first stop is 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. Head onwards, 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 passeggiata/stroll.(BB)
Day: 7 At Leisure in the Italian Lake District
(Relaxed Start) The day is set aside for you to relax and enjoy all the fantastic sights of this beautiful lakeland area. Perhaps take a cruise over to Isola Bella, one of the picturesque Borromean Islands? As the evening draws in, choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.(BB / DA)
Day: 8 Venice with Wine and Verona along the way
Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards, close to the shores of Lake Iseo. You will see that winemaking traditions run deep here when you visit a family-owned estate that goes back generations. In an arcaded building dating back to the 13th century, with 16th century frescoes in the cellars, taste the delicious vintages together with a master vintner. Continue to Verona, the setting for one of literature's saddest love stories. Walk with your Tour Director to Juliet's balcony in the reputed courtyard of the Capulet home and see the well-preserved Roman Arena, still used for open-air opera performances. Next, on to your hotel in Venice, a city of 118 islands, with no motor car traffic to mar its beauty.(BB / DW)
Day: 9 Venice and the Magic of ‘La Serenissima’
(Relaxed Start) Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. What better way to see Venice than from a private launch, 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 atmospheric songs, as you drift along in romantic awe. While here, you also visit a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island where you can see how their beautiful handcrafted glass is made. Spend the afternoon as you wish. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark's square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?(BB)
Day: 10 Hilltop Assisi
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, hill-town of Assisi, home of St. Francis. See the Church of St. Mary of the Angels before continuing up Mount Subasio, with a Local Expert visit the Basilica of St. Francis.(BB / DW)
Day: 11 Along the Autostrada del Sole to Sorrento
Drive to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Continue along the clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, which bustles with life until late each night.(BB)
Day: 12 Capri, the Isle of Dreams
In the morning, cruise to Capri - the Isle of Dreams. In one of the island's iconic open-top taxis, head up the steep, windy roads while a symphony of cicadas chirp 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?(BB / DW)
Day: 13 VIP Vatican with Private Dinner
In the morning, depart for Rome where on arrival you are fast-tracked through our special VIP entrance of the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's masterpiece on its ceiling. After the museums close their doors to the public, our tour culminates with a special invitation from a curator of the Ethnological Museum to share their immense knowledge of the collection. Dine tonight in the Vatican in refined elegance among its priceless treasures at a private VIP Celebration Dinner.(BB / CD)
Day: 14 Arrivederci Roma!
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(BB)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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