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Best of Italy (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $3,285 per person
Aerial view of street in Vatican, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Naples ...more Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Naples
  1. Day 1 Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

    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 at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30.Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 17:30, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
  2. Day 2 VIP Vatican and Rome with a Local

    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 VIP entry to avoid the lines and gain behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where the 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?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
  3. Day 3 Tuscan Hills & Medieval Florence

    Travel through Tuscany to the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli. Indulge in a private picnic of seasonal produce on the grounds of the estate. Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. On arrival, you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop, and see a gold demonstration.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Athenaeum Florence/Hotel Londra.
  4. Day 4 Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance

    Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's David or alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. Walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Visit 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 as well as Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Athenaeum Florence/Hotel Londra.
  5. Day 5 Pisa to Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic

    Journey to the coastal town of Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, as well as the baptistery and colonnaded bell tower behind the cathedral. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you cross the spectacular Apennine Mountains, through the Emilia-Romagna region - one of Europe's most intensely farmed fertile plains. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon before crossing the causeway into the floating city of Venice. As evening falls, day-trippers desert the city to return to the mainland. Appreciate the peace and tranquillity of Venice from your centrally located hotel. This evening, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Bellini Venezia, Venice.
  6. Day 6 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

    In the morning, a visit to an arts centre lets you admire the age-old skill of glassblowing by skilled artisans.In the afternoon, your private boat takes you past historic churches and 13th century palaces to St. Mark's Square. The first sight is the pink marble of the Doge's Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape. Turn the corner, and the gilded regalia of St. Mark's Basilica comes into view.Afterwards, board a traditional gondola for a serenade along the romantic canals.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Bellini Venezia, Venice.
  7. Day 7 Assisi

    Journey to the peaceful town of Assisi, dotted with medieval churches, colourful frescoes and shady courtyards. In the valley, see the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. With your Local Expert, step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, built in the 13th century, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art. Arrive at your hotel, located in the heart of the medieval Old Town. Enjoy the tranquility of the historic old town during free time.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Giotto Assisi.
  8. Day 8 Sorrento on the coast

    Travel south passing Cassino, the scene of a fierce battle during World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at your leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.
  9. Day 9 Capri, the Isle of Dreams

    Cross the Bay of Naples to reach the beautiful Isle of Capri, a rock rising sheer from the Mediterranean! For 2,000 years, Capri has beckoned visitors from Tiberius Caesar to Gracie Fields. Arriving at the Marina Grande by boat, ascend to Capri town by one of the island's iconic open-top taxis. A Local Expert joins you for an exploration of the narrow alleyways. Browse in exclusive boutiques and wonder at the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento, where you are at leisure for the rest of the day the day. Perhaps head to Positano for an exploration of the colourful Amalfi Coast?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Isabella, Sorrento.
  10. Day 10 Pompeii, frozen in time and on to Rome

    Continue to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. A walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of ancient Roman civilisation. Visit the Forum and peer into shops and patrician villas, decorated with colourful wall paintings. Then continue north as you travel to your hotel in Rome. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course Celebration Dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, enjoy a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio / Kolbe Hotel, Rome.
  11. Day 11 Arrivederci Roma

    Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Top Rated Highlights

  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand besides the Colosseum, which bears witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.
  • Pisa: During your orientation, your Travel Director 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.
  • Florence: Enjoy panoramic views over of the city and see the Florence Cathedral. During your guided walking orientation, see the bell tower, Gates of Paradise on the baptistery and visit Piazza della Signoria.
  • Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Assisi: See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets to St. Clare's Church and see the cathedral.
  • Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
  • Isle of Capri: Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
Rob was very knowledgeable and very responsive to every question in a very carrying way.
Vacation
The Italian tour was the greatest with a very knowledgeable and attentive guide to all facets of the tour. She increased my joyful memories when she added my birthday celebration! I would give the tour 5 stars, but I lowered my rating for my travel plans arranged by GET. I missed flight connections both directions thru Heathrow with too-short connections. but the tour was the best!
Response from Grand European Travel:
What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! Thank you for letting us play a small part in making that happen for you. We do apologize for the trouble with your flights, but are so happy that you enjoyed Italy.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Service
Caroline Pugsley, our Tour Operator, is superb. She kept everything very well organized, kept it all moving, adapted as needed and was a delight with clear communication, wit and humor beginning to end. She put together a great itinerary and delivered it flawlessly.
Vacation
The Best of Italy (Premium) trip is fast-paced, filled with variety, hits all the highlights and leaves one knowing that there is more to be explored in the future. I especially enjoyed the overnight in Assisi.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Service
I think the service is excellent. It was our second trip with you this year. Margaret is a wonderful tour guide with a great sense of humor. Barbara G
Vacation
This was a wonderful tour at a discounted winter price. The weather was fine throughout the trip.
Kathi Schneider
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Service
Our tour guide Margaret was awesome. Very knowledgeable and great personality. Also was impressed with the local experts, really enjoyed all the history they shared with us
Vacation
Enjoyed going to all the locations.
John Foster
Monday, September 24, 2018
Service
The Insight tour guide was not very personable. She was always walking way ahead of the group and I had a hard time keeping with her.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear this. Every destination and every trip we sell is unique but we do strive to provide a great experience for all. We do apologize that we fell short with you on this trip.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
Too many extra costs not spelled out in the advertisement.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Service
Tour manager, Lynn Meadows, did an outstanding job in organizing group and setting schedule to allow us ample time to see the many sights with the smallest crowds possible. The bus service was great as were the hotels. I would heartily recommend to others considering going to Europe.
Vacation
Some of the extras were a little pricey for what you got. In fact, some of them I felt should have been included based on other tours. Hotel breakfasts were generally good. The dinner though at the Florence hotel was very bad.
Richard Giusti
Friday, June 22, 2018
Service
Mark was a wonderful travel guide and leader - he knew the places to go and when to be there. Driver Matteo was super.
Vacation
We have learned a new way to travel!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We couldn't be happier to hear that! Thank you so much for your business and hope to see you again soon.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Edward Gronbeck
Friday, November 3, 2017
Service
GREAT TRIP - Tour Director Phillip was awesome. Got us everywhere on time - no stress. Additional experts were wonderful ! Many praises to GET and Insider. PS lived the up grade in Perugia and the Chocolate Festival that was going on.
Vacation
Awesome - We got our money's worth and more - will highly recommend both GET and Insider to friends and family. When we plan our next trip overseas you will hear from us !
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to know you enjoyed our Best of Italy guided vacation and the service you received from our staff. We hope to see you and your friends again soon!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Excellent tour guide!!!
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The accommodations in Florence and our Room in Asassi were old and run down. Great location in VENICE AND ROME. Our dinner in Sorrento was amazing. Loved Margaret our tour guide.
Daniel Rioux
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Great guide , Margaret was wonderful and patient.
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Hotels were to be four star, but two were very sub par I would rate maybe two star. The Antheneum Hotel in Florence had the toilet partially under the sink ,so you had to sit sideways to use it. The room was small and tight. Picture is included. In Assisi we stayed at the Giotto hotel,even though some Insight guests had good rooms with a view. My wife and I had a tiny room with a view of the alley. This might have been better if we had a marginal bed . The mattress was about 4 inches thick and felt straw filled. It might have been St Francis` original bed from 700 years ago. Good accomodations make a good touring trip. When 30% of your hotel picks are terrible it wrecks the trip for me. Danny Rioux/Users/dannyrioux/Desktop/IMG_0319.jpg
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with some of the hotels on this trip.  We will share your comments with Trafalgar's Quality Control team for immediate review.  Thank you for bring this to our attention.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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