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Country Roads Of Italy (1)
16 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

19 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Castel Gandolfo, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Pompeii, Todi, Assisi, Perugia, Florence, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Parma, Modena, Venice

20 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 15 Breakfasts

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Plenty of free time. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Journey across the Italian peninsula in this 16-day guided tour that stretches from the sapphire waters of the Amalfi Coast to the calming canals of Venice. Step outside Rome to Vatican City, where you’ll be treated to a behind-the-scenes viewing of the winding Bramante Staircase. Before reaching Sorrento, stop at Castel Gandolfo to ride an electric train past its papal gardens, marveling at the mosaic flower beds. Sail to the rock isle of Capri, where you can climb nearly 2,000 feet by an open-top taxi for unrivaled views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. In Perugia, learn the art of loom-weaving from a Local Expert. And in Venice, cruise along the canals and to Burano, an idyllic, colorful island in the Venetian Lagoon where you’ll toast to a fantastic trip and indulge in local specialties.

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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. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director and getting to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

The Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
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About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

The room 007 is located in the monumental and unique scenery of ancient Rome, not far from Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese, which is the largest park in central Rome. The guest rooms offer a classic style that blends in perfect harmony with the style of the building.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Welcome Dinner Rome, Italy
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Rome Welcome Dinner

Day 2

Vatican and Rome with a Local

Today 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 fast-track 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 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 views of ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus and the legendary Colosseum. 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.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
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About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

The room 007 is located in the monumental and unique scenery of ancient Rome, not far from Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese, which is the largest park in central Rome. The guest rooms offer a classic style that blends in perfect harmony with the style of the building.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Guests on their VIP visit to the Vatican Museums
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Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry

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Rome City Tour

Top Rated Highlights Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy
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Rome Orientation

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.

Glimpse of Castel Gandolfo, Rome
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Majestic Palace Hotel

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Sorrento, Italy

The Majestic Palace Hotel is ideally located in the Sant'Agnello area of Sorrento with views over the Gulf of Naples to the Isle of Capri and Mt. Vesuvius from the rooftop. Its perfectly positioned with easy access to beaches and the heart of Sorrento, which is just 2 minutes by train. Rooms are simply decorated and feature a balcony for you to enjoy. Perhaps spend some time wandering the lush gardens surrounding the hotel, or taking a dip in the pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Castel Gandolfo Barberini Gardens
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Castel Gandolfo Barberini Gardens Visit

Top Rated Highlights Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples in Sorrento, Italy
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See Mount Vesuvius

Top Rated Highlights La Passeggiata Sorrento, Italy
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Sorrento Evening Walk

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. 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.

Isle of Capri, Italy
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Majestic Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Sorrento, Italy

The Majestic Palace Hotel is ideally located in the Sant'Agnello area of Sorrento with views over the Gulf of Naples to the Isle of Capri and Mt. Vesuvius from the rooftop. Its perfectly positioned with easy access to beaches and the heart of Sorrento, which is just 2 minutes by train. Rooms are simply decorated and feature a balcony for you to enjoy. Perhaps spend some time wandering the lush gardens surrounding the hotel, or taking a dip in the pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sorrento Capri Day Trip Jetfoil
Cruise by Jetfoil to the Isle of Capri Learn more

Cruise by Jetfoil to the Isle of Capri

Top Rated Highlights Statue of Tiberius Isle of Capri, Italy
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Isle of Capri City Tour

Day 5

The Picturesque Amalfi Coast

Travel along Italy’s finest coastline, the Amalfi Coast. Stop for a bird’s-eye view of the terraced houses of Positano before venturing in to the heart of the town. There’s time to be tempted by the boutiques before returning to Sorrento to enjoy stunning views down to the clear waters of the Bay of Naples. Maybe relax over coffee and contemplate your options. You could stroll down to the harbour, visit the Church of St. Francis, take a swim from the foot of the cliffs or just relax and enjoy the warm, southern sunshine.

Positano Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Majestic Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Sorrento, Italy

The Majestic Palace Hotel is ideally located in the Sant'Agnello area of Sorrento with views over the Gulf of Naples to the Isle of Capri and Mt. Vesuvius from the rooftop. Its perfectly positioned with easy access to beaches and the heart of Sorrento, which is just 2 minutes by train. Rooms are simply decorated and feature a balcony for you to enjoy. Perhaps spend some time wandering the lush gardens surrounding the hotel, or taking a dip in the pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Coast Drive Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Visit the Seaside Town of Positano

Day 6

Pompeii and Todi

Journey to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and explore this extraordinary site with your Local Expert. Travel into the heart of Italy to enjoy free time in Todi, located on a hilltop pedestal overlooking a vineyard-covered plain. Savour the distinctly medieval ambiance during your orientation and admire the Piazza del Popolo where locals take their evening 'passeggiata'. Take in the flavours of the region and enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant with a glass of Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience!

Accommodation Hotel Fonte Cesia
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Ruins of Temple of Apollo in Pompeii, Italy
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Pompeii City Tour

Day 7

Assisi and on to Perugia

Cross the River Tiber to see the church of St. Mary of the Angels. Under the dome is a small medieval chapel and the spot where St. Francis died. In Assisi see St. Clare’s Church and the cathedral. Continue to walk down the Via San Francesco and visit the huge Basilica of St. Francis with a Local Expert. 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. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit an artisanal workshop and meet Marta, a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how Marta and her weavers are preserving the ancient craft of loom-weaving.

Townscape, Assisi, Italy
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Sangallo Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Perugia, Italy

Located in central Perugia, the elegant Sangallo Palace Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. The hotel offers fantastic facilities and features modern rooms with wonderful views over the town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Narrow medieval street in the hill town of Assisi, Italy
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Assisi City Tour

Top Rated Highlights Traditional street and the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy
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Assisi Basilica of St Francis Visit

Top Rated Highlights A rooftop view of Perugia on a sunny day. Perugia, Italy
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Perugia City Tour

Make Travel Matter Perugia Weavers, Italy​
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Meet Artistanal Hand Weavers in Perugia

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.

Spello, Province of Perugia, Italy
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Sangallo Palace Hotel

About the Hotel

Perugia, Italy

Located in central Perugia, the elegant Sangallo Palace Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. The hotel offers fantastic facilities and features modern rooms with wonderful views over the town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional

Day 9

Florence and Radda in Chianti

Journey past Lake Trasimeno to Renaissance Florence. 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. Later, travel through the cypress-clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany to your elegant hotel.

Duomo in Florence, Italy
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CDH Hotel Radda

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Radda in Chianti, Italy

In the heart of Chianti, surrounded by serene, rolling hills, you'll discover the CDH Hotel Radda, your quintessential Tuscan countryside stay for two nights. Relax as you take in the beautiful views as you laze beside the pool or indulge in the restaurant.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights Piazza Della Signoria Florence, Italy
Florence City Tour Learn more

Florence City Tour

Top Rated Highlights Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration Learn more

Florence Leather Demonstration

Day 10

San Gimignano and Siena

This morning visit the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Enjoy a tasting with award-winning, master gelato maker, Sergio Dondoli whose great inventions include innovative and mouth-watering flavour combinations. Continue to Siena and explore with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the medieval Cathedral or alternatively, sample panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert. This afternoon enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany's red wines, discovering their robust flavours and absorbing history.

Skyline in Siena, Italy
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CDH Hotel Radda

About the Hotel

Radda in Chianti, Italy

In the heart of Chianti, surrounded by serene, rolling hills, you'll discover the CDH Hotel Radda, your quintessential Tuscan countryside stay for two nights. Relax as you take in the beautiful views as you laze beside the pool or indulge in the restaurant.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit San Gimignano Learn more

Visit San Gimignano

Authentic Dining Sergio Dondoli gelato parlour​, San Gimignano, Italy
San Gimignano Gelato Tasting Learn more

San Gimignano Gelato Tasting

Top Rated Highlights Medieval Siena Cathedral Siena, Italy
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Siena Cathedral Visit

Authentic Dining Panforte Siena, Italy
Siena Panforte Tasting Learn more

Siena Panforte Tasting

Authentic Dining Wine tasting, ​Radda, Italy​
Radda Wine Tasting Learn more

Radda Wine Tasting

Day 11

On to Lucca

Travel to Lucca to view the churches, squares and palaces, 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. Later, perhaps explore Pisa?

Sunset in Lucca, Italy
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Hotel Villa La Principessa

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Lucca, Italy

Set in a private park, the 4-star Villa La Principessa is an elegant hotel that offers a relaxed atmosphere. Guest rooms have charming traditional decor and are located within walking distance to Lucca's city centre.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Sunset in Lucca, Italy
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Lucca Orientation

Authentic Dining Bucellato Lucca, Italy
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Taste Buccellato in Lucca

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.

Explore the villages of Cinque Tierre, Italy
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Hotel Villa La Principessa

About the Hotel

Lucca, Italy

Set in a private park, the 4-star Villa La Principessa is an elegant hotel that offers a relaxed atmosphere. Guest rooms have charming traditional decor and are located within walking distance to Lucca's city centre.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Cruise Cinque Terre, Italy
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Cinque Terre Visit

Day 13

On to Parma

Journey 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 Signor Paolo shares with you his passions for Italian food, especially excellent quality Parmesan cheese. Taste samples of the famous Parmigiano-Reggiano, accompanied by a glass of wine.

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Starhotels Du Parc Parma

About the Hotel

Parma, Italy

A modern hotel located in the heart of Parma near to all the key attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Business Centre
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Parma Tour, Italy
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Parma Cheese Tasting

Day 14

Modena and on to Venice

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 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 as you glide by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and rococo palaces.

Gondolas, Venice, Italy
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Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel is located in a magnificently restored 19th century granary on Giudecca Island, only minutes away from St. Mark’s Square by boat.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Authentic Dining Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Barrels, Modena, Italy
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Modena Vinegar Tasting

Top Rated Highlights Gondola Ride Venice, Italy
Venice Gondola Ride Learn more

Venice Gondola Ride

Day 15

The Magic of La Serenissima

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

Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy
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Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel is located in a magnificently restored 19th century granary on Giudecca Island, only minutes away from St. Mark’s Square by boat.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Make Travel Matter Glassblowing demonstration​, Venice, Italy​
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Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

Top Rated Highlights Cruise Venice, Italy
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Venice Orientation

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner
Burano Celebration Dinner Learn more

Burano Celebration Dinner

Day 16

Arrivederci Venice

Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Picturesque Burano in Venice, Italy
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Insight Experiences
Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry Learn more
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Rome City Tour Learn more
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Rome Orientation Learn more
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Castel Gandolfo Barberini Gardens Visit Learn more
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See Mount Vesuvius Learn more
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Sorrento Evening Walk Learn more
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Cruise by Jetfoil to the Isle of Capri Learn more
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Isle of Capri City Tour Learn more
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Visit the Seaside Town of Positano Learn more
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Pompeii City Tour Learn more
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Assisi City Tour Learn more
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Assisi Basilica of St Francis Visit Learn more
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Perugia City Tour Learn more
Make Travel Matter
Meet Artistanal Hand Weavers in Perugia Learn more
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Florence City Tour Learn more
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Florence Leather Demonstration Learn more
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Visit San Gimignano Learn more
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Siena Cathedral Visit Learn more
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Lucca Orientation Learn more
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Cinque Terre Visit Learn more
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Venice Gondola Ride Learn more
Make Travel Matter
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration Learn more
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Venice Orientation Learn more

Authentic Dining

5 Dinner with Wines, 15 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Rome Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.

San Gimignano Gelato Tasting

Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli for a taste of his finest frozen treats.

Siena Panforte Tasting

Enjoy a tasting of Panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert containing fruits and nuts.

Radda Wine Tasting

Learn what to look for in a quality vino rosso, and what foods to pair it with when ordering Florentine cuisine.

Taste Buccellato in Lucca

Visit a traditional steam bakery and sample Buccellato, the sweet raisin bread typical of the region.

Parma Cheese Tasting

At Ciaolatte Parmesan you will meet, Signor Paolo, a local passionate about Italian food and quality cheese. Witness the cheese-making and ageing process of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Modena Vinegar Tasting

Visit a producer of authentic balsamic vinegar to learn about its production, history and distinctive taste.

Burano Celebration Dinner

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

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

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Majestic Palace Hotel
Sangallo Palace Hotel
CDH Hotel Radda
Hotel Villa La Principessa
Starhotels Du Parc Parma
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Piazzas & Fountains
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Piazzas & Fountains

Roman Dinner Party
€71.00
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Roman Dinner Party

Sorrento Evening
€74.00
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Sorrento Evening

Island Tour of Capri
€52.00
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Island Tour of Capri

Delights Of The Bay Of Naples
€56.00
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Delights Of The Bay Of Naples

Discovering Naples
€63.00
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Discovering Naples

Ravello – Crown Jewel of the Amalfi Coast
€53.00
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Ravello – Crown Jewel of the Amalfi Coast

Cortona Under The Tuscan Sun
€37.00
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Cortona Under The Tuscan Sun

Umbrian Dinner Experience
€70.00
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Umbrian Dinner Experience

Local Tuscan Dinner
€70.00
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Local Tuscan Dinner

Pisa and The Arno Valley
€53.00
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Pisa and The Arno Valley

A Taste of Tuscany
€65.00
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A Taste of Tuscany

Magical Venice
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Magical Venice

Hidden Venice
€37.00
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Hidden Venice

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

 

 

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Sandra Labruna
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Service
Very efficient travel agent(Diane Angeloni) as always she tries to accommodate.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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
Review date: 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
Review date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Service
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.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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
Review date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Service
They were responsive to all our questions.
Vacation
This trip was amazing! From the tour director, to the hotels, and to the places we visited. All top notch and well organized.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Service
Have traveled with Grand European for 15 years. They are great to work with.
Vacation
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Service
The website and catalogues are great and we always received help and answers by calling the headquarters.Received excellent instructions and advice about travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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
Vacation
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Service
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.
Vacation
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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