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Country Roads of Italy

Operated by: Insight Vacations

16 Days from $4,314 per person
Scenic view of Verona, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Orvieto, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Lucca, Modena, Parma, Venice ...more Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Orvieto, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Lucca, Modena, Parma, Venice
  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 Veneto Palace Hotel, 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. There’s free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a walking tour and toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.
  3. Day 3 Castel Gandolfo

    Venture to Castel Gandolfo to explore the artistic treasure of the Villa Barberini Gardens. Ride an electric train along the pathways to marvel at the intricately designed mosaic flower beds and fountains. After our visit to the former papal gardens our journey continues on south past Naples to the resort town of Sorrento.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento.
  4. Day 4 Capri, the Isle of Dreams

    Meet your Local Expert and 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 and explore 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento.
  5. Day 5 The Picturesque Amalfi Coast

    Travel along Italy’s finest coastline, the Amalfi Coast. Board minibuses and stop to admire a view of the terraced houses of the artist's paradise of Positano, clinging to the cliff face. Take time to be tempted by the local boutiques.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Majestic Palace Hotel, Sorrento.
  6. Day 6 Pompeii and Orvieto

    Journey to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and explore with your Local Expert. Travel into the heart of Italy to enjoy free time in Orvieto, located on a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyard-covered plain. Savour the distinctly medieval ambiance during your orientation and admire the richly decorated facade of the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. Take in the flavours of the region and enjoy a Highlight Dinner with a glass of Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience!(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Aquila Bianca Hotel, Orvieto.
  7. Day 7 Assisi and on to Perugia

    Cross the River Tiber to arrive at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Assisi. Under the dome is a small medieval chapel and the spot where St. Francis died. Continue to visit the huge Basilica of St. Francis. With a Local Expert, walk down the Via San Francesco to St. Clare’s Church and see the cathedral. Journey to beautiful Perugia - the jewel of Umbria. Your guided walking exploration begins in the main street of Perugia's Old Town. See the Collegio del Cambio, the splendid Priors' Palace, the cathedral and the finely sculptured Great Fountain in the magnificent main square. Visit an artisanal workshop to meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how Marta and her weavers are preserving the ancient craft of loom-weaving.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.
  8. Day 8 Perugia, the Jewel of Umbria

    The entire day is at leisure for you to explore this gem of a town on your own. Perhaps visit Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany. On this Optional Experience, journey to a recently unearthed Etruscan Temple before a guided exploration through the town's historic centre with views of Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana. In the evening there is the option to discover the edible treasures of a traditional Umbrian kitchen, accompanied with wines of the region.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.
  9. Day 9 Siena and Radda in Chianti

    Drive past Lake Trasimeno to Siena. Explore Siena with Insight Choice. Choose between visiting the medieval Cathedral or alternatively, sample panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert. Travel through the cypress-clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany to your elegant hotel. On arrival, enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany's red wines, discovering their robust flavours and absorbing history.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel CDH Hotel Radda, Tuscany.
  10. Day 10 Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance

    Journey to Renaissance Florence where on arrival you will walk with a Local Expert, to see the marble-clad cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at the fountains and sculptures along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Wander the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods of gold and leather.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel CDH Hotel Radda, Tuscany.
  11. Day 11 San Gimignano and on to Lucca

    Visit the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Enjoy a tasting with award-winning, master ice-cream maker, Sergio Dondoli whose great inventions include innovative and mouth-watering flavour combinations. Continue to Lucca, to view its churches, squares and palaces that are perfectly preserved within encircling medieval ramparts. Pause a while and taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca's sweet raisin anise bread, said to be a favourite of the ancient Roman army.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hotel Villa La Principessa, Lucca.
  12. Day 12 Exploring the Cinque Terre

    Get ready to explore the Cinque Terre, or five villages, which for years were only accessible by foot. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. Join a Local Expert in one of the picturesque fishing villages, before cruising along the rugged coastline (weather permitting). There is plenty of time to explore the old medieval quarter and popular sandy beach before returning to your hotel in Lucca.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Villa La Principessa, Lucca.
  13. Day 13 Modena and on to Parma

    Visit one of Modena's top producers of authentic, traditional, artisan balsamic vinegar and take a master class to understand what makes this vinegar as expensive as top-rated wines. Continue to the beautiful university town of Parma, world-famous for its local ham and cheese. Meet one of the locals, Paolo. Learn about the process of making Parmigiano-Reggiano as the Signor shares with you his passions for Italian food, especially excellent quality Parmesan cheese. Taste samples of the famous cheese, accompanied with a glass of wine.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Du Parc Parma.
  14. Day 14 Onto Venice

    Continue on through the Soave vineyards past Padua to Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Molino Stucky Venice.
  15. Day 15 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

    Visit a traditional arts centre on Murano Island to delight in the skillful art of glassblowing. 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. The waterways of Venice are renowned for gondolas that drift by. In the evening, cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon to arrive at Burano, famous for its candy coloured houses. Sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialities.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Molino Stucky Venice.
  16. Day 16 Arrivederci Venice

    Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 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: During you orientation with you Travel Director see the medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Castel Gandolfo: Explore the artistic treasure of the Villa Barberini Gardens and marvel at the intricately designed mosaic flower beds and fountains.
  • Sorrento: Experience the social ritual of la passeggiata.
  • Isle of Capri : Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.
  • Positano: Drive along the Amalfi Coast to visit this colourful town that looks as if it is almost tumbling into the sea.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Orvieto: During your orientation of this Umbrian hilltop town with your Travel Director, visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral.
  • Assisi: Discover why the Basilica of Saint Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Perugia: Led by your Local Expert, your orientation will explore the Old Town and show you Priors' Palace, Collegio del Cambio, the cathedral, the Great Fountain and main square.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a gold and leather-work demonstration.
  • San Gimignano: Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!
  • Lucca: Your orientation with your Travel Director will show you the churches, squares and palaces within the medieval ramparts.
  • Cinque Terre: Led by your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, travelling by train and boat and dedicated time to explore one of the five charming fishing villages.
  • 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.

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Sandra Labruna
Monday, June 11, 2018
Service
Excellent service, all questions answered, documents arrived as scheduled. I would definitely use them again
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your experience. We're so glad we could be here to help make your Italy vacation a success. Happy travels!
Monday, June 11, 2018
Vacation
Price was good, airfare price was much better with GET.
Alice Li
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Service
Foremost, an excellent travel specialist(Kari Nixon) had facilitated booking of my Italy trip, she is knowledgeable, trustworthy,kind & helpful. Her expertise had made made my trip went smoothly w/ no problem. Definitely I will recommend GET to my friends & collegues
Vacation
A little expensive since it was a little bit late booking for me, I was not able to get the50% off single supplement discount since there was no available room as per insight vacation. All the while the trip was amazing esp w/ excellent weather upper 70’s the whole 17 days w/ the wonderful caring group of 38 people
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review and kind words about Kari - she is excellent. We are delighted to know you enjoyed your trip, Country Roads of Italy, and made some new friends along the way. We look forward to seeing you on tour again soon!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Stowe Beam
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Service
Very efficient travel agent(Diane Angeloni) as always she tries to accommodate.
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Thank you! We will be sure to share this with Diane.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Vacation
Outstanding experience. Covered a lot of beautiful and historical territory.
Philip Dellegrotti
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Service
Our guide- Andie- was wonderful. Very articulate and knowledgeable.
Vacation
Loved the trip! Could not have packed more into it.
Nancy Sutherlin Huffaker
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The service was excellent. Our tour guide Sara was informative, caring and patient!
Vacation
This tour went to all the places I wanted to see in Italy...Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi,Capri, Orvieto, Cinque Terra, Siena, Verona, Florence, Venice and more! I loved seeing the craft people and the side trips to see cheese making and wine tasting. The coach was very comfortable.
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We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip! Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Trusted Customer
Thursday, November 3, 2016
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It was fine. The people were very helpful in planning. This has nothing to do with them but I hated my Alitalia experience. If I ever go again I will avoid this airlines.
Vacation
Some hotels were better than others. Most had hard beds and pillows. I really enjoy learning about the history and culture from our tour guide Caroline Pugsley. She was excellent. Loved our bus driver too, Massimo with Cialone. I felt very safe with him. The optional trips were outstanding. Love the farm overlooking Bay of Naples, Dinner in the town near Sorrento and Afra at the organic Parmesan place.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
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They were responsive to all our questions.
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This trip was amazing! From the tour director, to the hotels, and to the places we visited. All top notch and well organized.
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Friday, October 7, 2016
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Have traveled with Grand European for 15 years. They are great to work with.
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Tour was as advertised but hotel locations were very inconvenient. Rome and Sorrento were especially bad. The locations seemed designed to force us to buy the optional meals in order to get away from the hotel in the evenings.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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The website and catalogues are great and we always received help and answers by calling the headquarters.Received excellent instructions and advice about travel.
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We couldn't be happier to see that you enjoyed your experience from start to finish. Thank you for taking the time to write. We hope to welcome you on another trip very soon. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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Tour was well-organized and managed, very comprehensive, fascinating. Special visits and demonstrations were highlights. Our tour guide, Francis, was outstanding - very knowledgeable, passionate about Italy, and shared that with us.
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
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I'm very satisfied with all my Grand European trips which is why I have traveled with you many times. Our tour guide Debra was one of the very best. She worked hard to meet the needs of each of us. We were happy and everyone got along well. We all were sorry to say good-bye to her.
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This was my 5th trip to Italy. This trip visited most of the places that I have enjoyed on earlier trips. I wanted to enjoy them again. My farewell to Italy. The only negative was the hugh increase of travelers over the past 20 years clogging St Peter's and the other sites of Rome. The smaller towns had far fewer travelers and since we spent most of our time in small villages, I could still enjoy them.
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