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Country Roads of Northern Italy - Small Group

10 Day Italy Tour to Milan, Venice & Verona

Country Roads of Northern Italy
Country Roads Northern Italy Guided Tour
10 Days
1 Country

Italy

11 Cities

Milan, Verona, Trento, Bolzano, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Conegliano, Venice, Sirmione, Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Como

13 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
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If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Prefer to get off the beaten track? On our Country Roads tours, you'll leave the tourist hotspots behind and explore your destination from the perspective of a local. You'll eat like a local and enjoy farm-to-table dining. Seen all the iconic sites? Discover a new perspective!

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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See the breathtaking scenery of Northern Italy on this 10-day guided tour. Settle into Cortina d'Ampezzo, an exclusive ski resort nestled in the limestone peaks of the Dolomites; explore designer stores and enjoy panoramic views of the unique mountain range. In Venice, drift along the city’s famous canals as you are serenaded by traditional songs — then sail on to Murano to see a skilled craftsman turn molten glass into a colorful work of art. Meet a local fisherman in Lake Maggiore, where you will tour Isola dei Pescatori, then indulge in a farm-to-table feast featuring fresh-caught fish and delicious local wine.

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Day 1

Welcome to Italy

After a warm welcome at Milan’s Malpensa Airport, transfers depart for your hotel. Later meet your Travel Director and join a local historian to naviguate through Milan's history and the life of Leonardo da Vinci. See the impressive facade of Milan Cathedral and the world famous La Scala Opera House. Linking the two is the elegant glass vaulted shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, lined with luxury boutiques. Mingle and get to know your fellow travelers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy
Crowne Plaza Hotel Milan City View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Crowne Plaza Hotel Milan City

About the Hotel

Milan, Italy

The chic designed Crowne Plaza Hotel Milan City is centrally located and offers minimalist rooms with a comfortable feel.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Experiences Walking Tour Milan, Italy
Milan Walking Tour with a Local Historian

A local historian brings Milan's history to life, including the contributions of Leonardo da Vinci, during a guided walking tour.  See the impress...

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Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow guests in Milan, Italy
Milan Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travelers.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Fair Verona and Trento

Cross the fertile plains of Lombardy to fair Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Explore its maze of elegant squares and visit the well-preserved Roman Arena, still used for opera performances. Explore Verona with Insight Choice. Choose a walking tour through the grand piazzas, see the statue of Dante and admire the Gothic tombs of the Scala family. Alternatively, embark on a Shakespeare-themed walk to recount famous moments from the story of Romeo and Juliet. Continue on to Trento, regarded as one of Italy's most appealing cities to live in.

View of Old Town Verona, Italy
NH Trento View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

NH Trento

About the Hotel

Trento, Italy

The very trendy, eco-friendly NH Trento perfectly lends modern style with luxurious comfort, the ultimate home away from home. Located in the newly created Albere district, both the hotel and surrounding area were designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. Designer style rooms will make for a comfortable stay and free Wifi will ensure you're connected to friends and family.

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Torre Civica in piazza duomo, Trento, Italy
Trento Orientation

See the pristine streets lined by stone castles during your an orientation of this unique, historical city.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Statue of Dante in Verona, Italy
Verona Grand Piazzas Walking Tour

See the statue of Dante and the Gothic tombs of the Scala family on a walking tour through Verona's grand piazzas.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Juliet in Verona, Italy
Verona Shakesphere-themed Walk

Embark on a Shakespeare-themed walk to recount famous moments from Romeo and Juliet's story, ending in Piazza dei Signori, the main square where th...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

Climb up to Cortina d’Ampezzo

Follow the Adige River north into the magnificent mountains and the distinctive limestone peaks of the Dolomites. Arrive at the town of Bolzano, where Italy and Austria culturally collide and you are at leisure to explore the arcaded streets and squares. Continue along the zig-zagging scenic route to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy’s most exclusive ski resort and a beautiful alpine haven during summer.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy
Hotel de la Poste View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel de la Poste

About the Hotel

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

The oldest hotel in Cortina, the De La Poste started in 1804 as post station and later becoming an inn. Run by the Manaigo family from its early years, today it is honored by the exclusive recognition of the “Historical Places of Italy”.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Bolzano Orientation, Bolzano, Italy
Bolzano Orientation

Explore the streets and squares of this alpine town, with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Town Cortina, Italy
Cortina Orientation

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Cortina, a small town framed by magnificent alps as your Travel Director conducts an orientation.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Bolzano Visit and Ötzi the Iceman

With our Local Expert, we'll discover some of the spectacular highlights of Bolzano, including the Archaeologic sensation, media star, research top...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

The Dolomites at Leisure

Enjoy a day at your leisure in this fashionable playground of the rich and famous, surrounded by towering cathedrals of rock. Take in the fresh mountain air as you stroll the pedestrianized Corso Italia, lined with designer stores and backed by the impressive green and white bell tower of the parish church. Why not ascend to the summit of one of the nearby peaks for magnificent panoramic views of the Dolomites?

Mountains, Cortina di Ampezzo, Italy
Hotel de la Poste View Hotel Details
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Hotel de la Poste

About the Hotel

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

The oldest hotel in Cortina, the De La Poste started in 1804 as post station and later becoming an inn. Run by the Manaigo family from its early years, today it is honored by the exclusive recognition of the “Historical Places of Italy”.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences
Highlights of Innsbruck

Travel through the splendid Alpine valleys of the Brenner highway, this scenic route leads us to the enchanting city of Innsbruck. Explore the magn...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dolomites Cable Car, Veneto, Italy
Grand Tour Of The Dolomites

Explore the colorful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites – one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. Your full-day of discovery ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in the Mountains, Veneto, Italy
Dinner in the Mountains

This evening we'll drive through the countryside to the foot of the Tofane Mountain in the heart of the Dolomite Ranges, where we'll enjoy fantasti...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Through Prosecco Country to Venice

Travel down through more majestic Dolomite scenery to one of the world’s most breathtaking wine regions. Protected by the Alps to the north and caressed by the warm breezes from the Adriatic, the vineyards around Conegliano Veneto produce Italy’s most prized sparkling wine. Stop in Conegliano, where great care is taken to ensure these hand-picked grapes produce the world's finest prosecco. See how production differs from its more famous French counterpart, champagne. Be tempted with a taste of the crisp and aromatic flavors. Continue on to the unique and remarkable island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic and check into your hotel.

The vineyards around Conegliano, Italy
Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio View Hotel Details
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Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio Venice is a hotel with traditional and modern elements complete with a door opening onto a canal.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Authentic Dining Winery visit and Prosecco tasting, Venice, Italy​
Veneto Prosecco Tasting

Visit a local winery and delight in a tasting of their magnificent prosecco. Meet the vignerons and learn how to make the perfect Bellini.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

The Magic of La Serenissima

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional arts center, where you can see how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills. What better way to see Venice than from a private boat, cruising past palazzos and churches to St. Mark’s Square? See the gilded basilica, the Doge's Palace and Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs. No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Relax and enjoy traditional local songs, as you drift along in romantic awe. Spend the afternoon as you wish. As night falls, why not savor the magic of St. Mark’s Square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Visit Doge's Palace and St. Marks in Venice, Italy
Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio Venice is a hotel with traditional and modern elements complete with a door opening onto a canal.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Gondola under The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
Venice Orientation

With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Gondola Ride Venice, Italy
Venice Gondola Ride

Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, traveling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditiona...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Canal Grande and Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy
Venetian Splendor

Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world and, after the crowds have left, it's at its most beautiful. We board our private water taxis ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Fair Baveno

Depart enchanting Venice journey to Lake Garda. Admire the castle and views over Lake Garda from the stylish resort of Sirmione perched on the tip of its peninsula. Cross the fertile lands of Lombardy to Lake Maggiore where Baveno beckons. Later you have a choice of cuisine and ambience from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Hotel Simplon View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Simplon

About the Hotel

Baveno, Italy

Hotel Simplon is located mere minutes from the center of Baveno which is nestled along the banks of Lake Maggiore. Its pink façade showcases the famous local marble, while the interiors provide a classic, luxurious feel. The hotel features a permanent art exhibition of famous paintings displayed along one of its corridors.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining
Baveno Dine-Around Evening

Choose your dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, each offering their own unique cuisine and ambience on your Dine-Around Evening.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Protaso church, Baveno , Maggiore Lake Italy
Baveno Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the cobbled streets and 16th century square.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Lake Como and Lake Maggiore

Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, enjoy the glamour of the Italian Lakes, a prime people watching spot where Europe's rich and famous spend time too. Revel in the ambiance of Como town, renowned for its celebrity clientele, beautiful silk scarves and lakeside location, which you can admire during your orientation.

A view over the town of Como, Italy
Hotel Simplon View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Simplon

About the Hotel

Baveno, Italy

Hotel Simplon is located mere minutes from the center of Baveno which is nestled along the banks of Lake Maggiore. Its pink façade showcases the famous local marble, while the interiors provide a classic, luxurious feel. The hotel features a permanent art exhibition of famous paintings displayed along one of its corridors.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Streets of Como, Italy
Como Orientation

Take in the exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Lake Orta cruise, Orta San Giulio, Italy
Lake Orta Cruise

With our Local Expert, we'll experience the historical and spiritual heart of Lake Orta, one of the hidden gems of the Italian Lake District. From ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lake Como Cruise, Italian Lakes, Italy
Lake Como Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise on Italy’s most famous lake. See some of the most beautiful villas in Italy – homes to the rich and famous where many have st...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Italian Lakes at Leisure

Relish a full day to relax and enjoy this popular resort and beautiful lake. Napoleon came here to plan his Italian Campaign, and Mussolini and Chamberlain met here before World War II to sign the Treaty of Stresa. Perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands? Isola Bella is where Carlo Borromeo built his charming Palace.
Savor delicious Farm-to-Table cuisine during your Celebration Dinner, accompanied by some exquisite Italian wines. Raise a glass to your travels and newfound friends.

La Passeggiata, Italy
Hotel Simplon View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Simplon

About the Hotel

Baveno, Italy

Hotel Simplon is located mere minutes from the center of Baveno which is nestled along the banks of Lake Maggiore. Its pink façade showcases the famous local marble, while the interiors provide a classic, luxurious feel. The hotel features a permanent art exhibition of famous paintings displayed along one of its corridors.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Toast to your travels at your Celebration Dinner
Lake Maggiore Celebration Dinner

Meet Stefano, the last true fisherman on Lake Maggiore, before sitting down to a Farm-to-Table Celebration Dinner with local wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Borromeo Palace Garden in Lake Maggiore, Italy
Isola Bella

The premier attraction of Lake Maggiore is the Borromean Islands. We'll take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the most famous island, renowned f...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Depart Italy

Your journey draws to a close in the morning and transfers arrive at Milan's Malpensa Airport.

Lake Maggiore, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Insight Experiences
Milan Walking Tour with a Local Historian

A local historian brings Milan's history to life, including the contributions of Leonardo da Vinci, during a guided walking tour.  See the impress...

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Top Rated Highlights
Trento Orientation

See the pristine streets lined by stone castles during your an orientation of this unique, historical city.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Verona Grand Piazzas Walking Tour

See the statue of Dante and the Gothic tombs of the Scala family on a walking tour through Verona's grand piazzas.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Verona Shakesphere-themed Walk

Embark on a Shakespeare-themed walk to recount famous moments from Romeo and Juliet's story, ending in Piazza dei Signori, the main square where th...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bolzano Orientation

Explore the streets and squares of this alpine town, with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cortina Orientation

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Cortina, a small town framed by magnificent alps as your Travel Director conducts an orientation.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Venice Orientation

With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Venice Gondola Ride

Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, traveling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditiona...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Baveno Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the cobbled streets and 16th century square.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Como Orientation

Take in the exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
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.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 9 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.

Milan Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travelers.

Veneto Prosecco Tasting

Visit a local winery and delight in a tasting of their magnificent prosecco. Meet the vignerons and learn how to make the perfect Bellini.

Baveno Dine-Around Evening

Choose your dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, each offering their own unique cuisine and ambience on your Dine-Around Evening.

Lake Maggiore Celebration Dinner

Meet Stefano, the last true fisherman on Lake Maggiore, before sitting down to a Farm-to-Table Celebration Dinner with local wine.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Crowne Plaza Hotel Milan City
NH Trento
Hotel Simplon

Optional Experiences

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

Optional Experience
Bolzano Visit and Ötzi the Iceman

With our Local Expert, we'll discover some of the spectacular highlights of Bolzano, including the Archaeologic sensation, media star, research top...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Highlights of Innsbruck

Travel through the splendid Alpine valleys of the Brenner highway, this scenic route leads us to the enchanting city of Innsbruck. Explore the magn...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Tour Of The Dolomites

Explore the colorful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites – one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. Your full-day of discovery ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Mountains

This evening we'll drive through the countryside to the foot of the Tofane Mountain in the heart of the Dolomite Ranges, where we'll enjoy fantasti...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Venetian Splendor

Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world and, after the crowds have left, it's at its most beautiful. We board our private water taxis ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Orta Cruise

With our Local Expert, we'll experience the historical and spiritual heart of Lake Orta, one of the hidden gems of the Italian Lake District. From ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Como Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise on Italy’s most famous lake. See some of the most beautiful villas in Italy – homes to the rich and famous where many have st...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Isola Bella

The premier attraction of Lake Maggiore is the Borromean Islands. We'll take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the most famous island, renowned f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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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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Theresa Iverson
Review date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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October 3, 2018 Dear Ms. Lee, RE: Recent Insight Travel – 9/13-23rd – Country Roads of Italy My Husband and I are a three-time Insight traveler with two trips taken this year , one in June and the recent subject trip noted above that we just returned from. Of all three trips, the recent trip failed to meet our expectations as in the prior two. Overall, all the travelers were displeased and should be reflected on the survey. With the initial greet by the Tour Director (Director, first impression) to the accommodations and excursions, we wished we would have passed on this trip. Trip was scheduled for 9/20 but was moved up 1 week, an inconvenience but we accepted as we could not travel in October timeline that was offered. Find below key factors that impacted our unsatisfactory experience: •Director did not greet us inside the airport, only after seeing a few other traveler’s inquiry we went outside the airport and saw our bus and inquired. The Director and Bus Driver were there, however never offered to assist with bags nor proper intro nor check off to ensure we were all accounted for. In fact, we never got, as in previous travels, an intro email on the Director where we can find him etc. The Bus Driver was too busy on his phone and that was a common theme the entire trip, too busy using his phone. •Once at the Hotel, WE not the Driver or Director assisted in bag retrieval from the bus. •Check in was very unorganized and it took us over 45 minutes to check-in and Director did not assist in facilitation. •Welcome dinner, a bust the food was horrible and limited. Many complained. •Our visit to Verona, the Local Guide (Local) was 30 minutes late and when he greeted us he called us “lazy Americans”, of which the Director did nothing (The Local as experienced but clearly didn’t want to be there that day).. We all complained profusely for this behavior. He noted it and said he would let head office know not use again. oOn this same tour we lost a guest and the Director or the Local was not phased or concerned while all the others guests were. She was finally located, but again in other trips this WOULD not have happened. •Our visit to Baveno we opted for two optional excursions. Isla of Pescadore was not to our liking, first the island closes after lunchtime, our excursion was dinner. We go to the island at 5:15 and our restaurant didn’t open until 6:30, there was nothing to do on the island but wait… ghost town. Second optional was the next day to Isla of Bella we told the Director given our experience the night before we would not be going. •Hotels were less than par and not in areas that allowed for walking around/site seeing oHotel in Trento – clearly don’t understand why we stayed there not even near the city and had to take a bus, then we went to Bolzano (should have stayed there) which was 45 mins away from Trento and next excursion. oHotel in Venice – horrible – 25-minute walk to anything but more importantly to San Marco square – It was dark, musty/moldy and a place you didn’t want to wander at night, it didn’t appear safe – old monastery but still not 4 or 5 star – Last year went on the South Italy trip and stayed in a very nice Hotel in Venice and right on the canal – What happened??? oHotel in Milan last night was the best and more accustom to this accommodation along with the farewell dinner the best. We all wondered did Insight save money on where we stayed and ate for the final night and dinner? •All optional excursion restaurants are not recommended in the future – Burano was the worst restaurant – service did not meet our service standards – confused, late with food, missing guest’s meals to not everyone being served all at the same time. I trust our experience is a one-off experience as we talked to many on our trip that all raved about Insight travels, their hotel picks to the optional excursions. We are contemplating a two back to back excursion to France for a total of 23 days in May but we are cautious and thinking we should go consider another vendor. We have spent significant amount of money this year on two trips, including taking my Mother on our June trip to the Highlights of Spain to have an experience like this is truly not acceptable. The Director was a very nice young man, however not experienced enough to travel with well-traveled guests, he gave it his best try but missed the mark on many fronts. Guest were always looking out for each other, we ended up counting number of guests on excursions to ensure we were all accounted for etc., he finally caught on in this effort. He didn’t do well with informing us what to expect for the day or leave out key things we may need to prepare for. When we had time to explore after a Local or excursion, he failed to give us time or meeting place to reconvene. Given our well-traveled guests, we felt we were prodding him along. 5 For the $10,000 plus we paid for this trip we are very very dissatisfied. Please know we/all of us on the trip were patient and helpful to the Director, provided feedback to assist in him stepping up his game, finally we just knew our expectations weren’t going to be met and we all just agreed a trip not gone well. Given our experience we are requesting a significant credit of the subject trip mentioned for our time and unfortunate experience that would be used for our pending two trips back to back we’re considering to France ($16,000) and have on hold with Dave Frontella until 10/8 with air. Lastly, talk about a great customer experience, Dave Frontella has assisted us with all three trips and he exemplifies the true experience, helpful, resourceful and provides tips to make our travel experience amazing. Sincerely, Ron and Theresa Iverson
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Our Guest Relations department received a copy of your feedback as well and will be in touch with you shortly.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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