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Best of Italy (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $4,075 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Aerial view of street in Vatican, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City ...more Italy, Vatican City

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Umbria, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius ...more Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Umbria, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius
  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.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
  2. Day 2 Vatican City 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 priority 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?

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    hotel Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
  3. Day 3 The Chianti Hills to Florence

    Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. On arrival, you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork and see a gold demonstration. This evening, indulge in a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence., NH Firenze, Florence.
  4. Day 4 Florence, Birthplace 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 guided shopping tour, enjoying all the Italian treats and finery on offer. 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. In the afternoon, perhaps visit medieval San Gimignano?

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    hotel NH Firenze, Florence., Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.
  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 and 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 tranquility of Venice from your centrally located hotel.This evening, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel NH Venezia Santa Lucia, Venice.
  6. Day 6 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima Relaxed Start

    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. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional arts centre. See how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Venezia Santa Lucia, 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. The frescoes painted by Giotto here 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.

    meals Breakfast, 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.

    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 deluxe 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. Perhaps head to Positano for an exploration of the colourful Amalfi Coast?

    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. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Vesuvius National Park and visit Casa Barone. This small family run farm on the slopes of the volcano is one of the world’s only producers of Piennolo tomatoes, an endangered fruit that only thrives in the fertile volcanic soil. Each harvest is sustainably farmed and cared for by the extended Barone family, who all work here. Be sure to savour the unique flavours of this rare tomato during a truly unique Farm-to-Table lunch. Your journey continues to 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
    hotel NH Roma Centro, Rome., 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.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Florence: Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world's most famous sculpture.
  • Florence: Wander through the market stalls and browse for local Italian souvenirs and leather goods on a guided shopping tour.

Authentic Dining

  • Rome: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.
  • Rome: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved songs.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfast (B), 5 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Insight Experiences

  • Vatican City: Gain priority 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.

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.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a gold and leather-work demonstration.
  • Florence: Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world's most famous sculpture.
  • Florence: Wander through the market stalls and browse for local Italian souvenirs and leather goods on a guided shopping tour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assisi: With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.
  • 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.
  • Capri: Cruise by hydrofoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
  • Capri: Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.
  • 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.

Make Travel Matter

  • 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 workshops 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.
  • Vesuvius National Park: Visit Casa Barone, a small family-run farm on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius and one of the world’s only producers of Piennolo tomatoes. Learn about their commitment to sustainability and taste the flavours of this special tomato during your Farm-to-Table lunch. Casa Barone cultivates the endengered endemic food specie of Piennolo tomato as well as other traditional elements of the classic Vesuvian Countryside, using cultivation methods with low environmental impact. Through their production the farm prevents the local biodiversity from disappearing. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land.

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Reviews
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Kenneth Odom
Thursday, October 7, 2021
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Very helpful in planning and preparing for our trip to Italy! Always available via phone. Good suggestions on packing and the amount of foreign currency to carry.
Vacation
Especially enjoyed the lunches and dinners. Memorable and unique locations. Loved excursions to small towns and backroads.
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.
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Thursday, April 4, 2019
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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
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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
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Enjoyed going to all the locations.
John Foster
Monday, September 24, 2018
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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.
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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
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Too many extra costs not spelled out in the advertisement.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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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.
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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
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Mark was a wonderful travel guide and leader - he knew the places to go and when to be there. Driver Matteo was super.
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We have learned a new way to travel!
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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
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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.
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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 !
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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
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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.
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