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12 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

13 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Florence, Tuscany, San Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, Lake Maggiore, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Venice

18 Meals

6 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

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 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Experience the food and fun of Italy on this 12-day guided tour. In Rome, see the Colosseum where gladiators fought to the death, then visit the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Travel from Florence to the heart of Tuscany, stopping in scenic San Gimignano for a taste of gelato with a world-champion gelato maker; later, arrive at your hotel for a sampling of the region’s most robust red wines. Prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a photo and see the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cinque Terre with a Local Expert, who will join you for a sea-to-table feast in the medieval town of Monterosso. Allow yourself to be serenaded as you float along the canals of Venice in a traditional gondola, and watch a renowned craftsman blow Venetian glass into a masterful work of art.

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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 at 17.30 and getting to know your fellow travelers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy
Hotel Romanico Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hotel Romanico Palace

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City. Guests rooms combine traditional style with modern comforts, designed with elegant décor, frescoes, marble floors and antique furniture. The panoramic breakfast room offers spectacular views over Rome, the lobby bar provides the perfect place to unwind and the concierge are always on-hand to help ensure you make the most of your stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Dinner Di Rienzo Restaurant, Rome, Italy
Ristorante Di Rienzo by the Pantheon

Savor regional flavors and embrace Rome's rich culinary heritage as you toast to the Eternal City at Ristorante Di Rienzo, nestled beside the Pantheon. 

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and the Vatican

In the morning, enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City with your Local Expert. Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus famous for its chariot races, and the iconic Colosseum. Enjoy fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection, before entering the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. Dine on Lazio's culinary specialties at Ristorante Di Rienzo, located beside the Pantheon, an architectural masterpiece and symbol of Italy.

The Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Hotel Romanico Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Romanico Palace

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City. Guests rooms combine traditional style with modern comforts, designed with elegant décor, frescoes, marble floors and antique furniture. The panoramic breakfast room offers spectacular views over Rome, the lobby bar provides the perfect place to unwind and the concierge are always on-hand to help ensure you make the most of your stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Vatican Visit with Fast-Track Entry

Gain fast-track access into the Vatican Museums, witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights The Colosseum, Rome
Rome City Tour

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dinner Di Rienzo Restaurant, Rome, Italy
Ristorante Di Rienzo by the Pantheon

Savor regional flavors and embrace Rome's rich culinary heritage as you toast to the Eternal City at Ristorante Di Rienzo, nestled beside the Pantheon. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Pantheon Rome, Italy
Piazzas & Fountains

With our Local Expert, let's take a "passeggiata" (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Renaissance Florence

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum and see Michelangelo’s David. After, continue on foot to admire the multi-colored marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Continue into the Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune and Hercules and Cacus along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Alternatively, take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce to enjoy a typical Italian treat in a local café, where you will be in the perfect spot to admire the basilica and indulge in people-watching the elegant Florentines. Marvel at the artistry during a demonstration of leather work and admire how the goldsmiths create their designs both famous luxury goods found in Florence.

Duomo in Florence, Italy
Villasanpaolo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Villasanpaolo

About the Hotel

San Gimignano, Italy

The Villasanpaolo is a charming resort situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the Tuscan countryside. The guest rooms are surrounded by nature with traditional decor, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Accademia Museum in Florence, Italy
Florence Accademia Museum Visit

Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world's most famous sculpture.

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Ice cream in Florence, Italy
Enjoy a Local Treat

Take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce and immerse yourself in the essence of la dolce vita of Florence while you enjoy a ty...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Piazza Della Signoria Florence, Italy
Florence Orientation

Enjoy a stroll through Renaissance Florence and admire the medieval buildings that gave birth to this new style of architecture.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

The flavors of San Gimignano

Spend time exploring the maze of alleyways and admire scenic views across the valley. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his finest frozen treats.

Hilltop town of San Gimignano, Italy
Villasanpaolo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Villasanpaolo

About the Hotel

San Gimignano, Italy

The Villasanpaolo is a charming resort situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the Tuscan countryside. The guest rooms are surrounded by nature with traditional decor, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Sergio Dondoli gelato parlour​, San Gimignano, Italy
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.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Venice Celebration Dinner, Venice, Italy
Local Tuscan Dinner

The secret to dining well in Tuscany is knowing where to go, picking the small towns and restaurants where locals dine. Exploiting our countryside ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

The Chianti Hills to Pisa, Lucca and Santa Margherita

Drive through the patchwork of vines, olives and cypresses that typify the Chianti hills before continuing to the delightful town of Lucca. Taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca's sweet raisin anise bread. Head for Pisa and see the incredible Leaning Tower, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Next, cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, the epitome of la dolce vita (should weather permit). Continue along the coast to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. 

The leaning tower of Pisa, Italy
Best Western Regina Elena View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Best Western Regina Elena

About the Hotel

Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

A modern hotel boasting fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding coast.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

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

Explore the city of Lucca. Admire the churches, piazzas and palaces within the medieval ramparts.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Bucellato Lucca, Italy
Taste Buccellato in Lucca

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

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Duomo and the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Pisa Orientation

During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, and the colonnaded bell tower lurches behi...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Santa Margherita Portofino Cruise, Santa Margherita, Italy
Cruise to Portofino

Cruise from Santa Margherita and get a taste of the sweet life in this elegant fishing village.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 6

The Cinque Terre and Portofino

Head for the port of La Spezia for a highlight of your travels and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes, the Cinque Terre. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Sea-to-Table dining experience. Enjoy leisure time to admire the colored houses, browse the boutiques or simply stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbor.

Harbour, Cinque Terre, Italy
Best Western Regina Elena View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Best Western Regina Elena

About the Hotel

Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

A modern hotel boasting fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding coast.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

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

Led by your Local Expert, visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, tucked away on the mountainous Italian Riviera coastline. Explore one of th...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Santa Margherita Portofino Cruise, Santa Margherita, Italy
Cruise to Portofino

Cruise from Santa Margherita and get a taste of the sweet life in this elegant fishing village.

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 7

Lake Maggiore

Head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with lush vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake.

La Passeggiata, 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
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

Optional Experiences Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, Italy
Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’...

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Day 8

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Travel through the stunning northern Italian countryside to one of the world’s most breath-taking 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. Great care is taken to ensure these hand-picked grapes produce the world's finest prosecco and you see how production differs from its more famous French counterpart, champagne. Be tempted with a taste of the crisp and aromatic flavors and learn how to make the perfect bellini. Continue through the Dolomites, to the mountain resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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

Day 9

Experience the Dolomites

The whole day is free for you to explore the colorful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites, one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. During summer, once the snow and ice have melted away, a breathtaking landscape is revealed. There are a number of walking tracks through pristine Alpine wilderness for the adventurous to explore, or for a more relaxed pace, perhaps take a thrilling Optional Experience to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking panoramic views?

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

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 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.

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Top Rated Highlights

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

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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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Venice, Queen of the Adriatic

Descend through the mountains to the romantic city of Venice.  A private boat glides you past canals lined with ornate palaces to St Mark’s Square. See the basilica, the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, before checking into your luxurious hotel.  With the afternoon at leisure, why not cruise the Venetian Lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?

Gondolas, Venice, Italy
Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

The Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione is perfectly located in the heart of Venice, a stone's throw away from all the sights. The elegant guest rooms, private pier and rooftop terrace ensure you have an enjoyable stay in this charming city. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Boutique
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 11

Venice at Leisure

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. Then there is free time to enjoy the magical atmosphere of this incredible city at your own pace. Mingle with the locals at the open air markets near the Rialto Bridge and explore the back lanes and squares where Venetians go about their day. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. This evening, indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce during a magical Celebration Dinner.

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

The Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione is perfectly located in the heart of Venice, a stone's throw away from all the sights. The elegant guest rooms, private pier and rooftop terrace ensure you have an enjoyable stay in this charming city. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Boutique
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

Authentic Dining La Fenice restaurant in Venice, Italy
Venice Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a special Venetian Celebration Dinner with wine, situated in the heart of this historic city.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

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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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Magical Venice

Venice can be Europe's most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go...

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Day 12

Arrivederci Venice

Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.

Picturesque Burano in Venice, Italy
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Insight Experiences
Vatican Visit with Fast-Track Entry

Gain fast-track access into the Vatican Museums, witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Rome City Tour

Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand beside the Colosseum, which bears w...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Florence Accademia Museum Visit

Stand beside Michelangelo's monumental statue, 'David', in the Accademia Gallery, and admire the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world's most famous sculpture.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Enjoy a Local Treat

Take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce and immerse yourself in the essence of la dolce vita of Florence while you enjoy a ty...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Florence Orientation

Enjoy a stroll through Renaissance Florence and admire the medieval buildings that gave birth to this new style of architecture.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit San Gimignano

Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lucca Orientation

Explore the city of Lucca. Admire the churches, piazzas and palaces within the medieval ramparts.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Pisa Orientation

During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, and the colonnaded bell tower lurches behi...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cruise to Portofino

Cruise from Santa Margherita and get a taste of the sweet life in this elegant fishing village.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cinque Terre Visit

Led by your Local Expert, visit this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, tucked away on the mountainous Italian Riviera coastline. Explore one of th...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cruise to Portofino

Cruise from Santa Margherita and get a taste of the sweet life in this elegant fishing village.

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 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...

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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

6 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

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.

Ristorante Di Rienzo by the Pantheon

Savor regional flavors and embrace Rome's rich culinary heritage as you toast to the Eternal City at Ristorante Di Rienzo, nestled beside the Pantheon. 

Ristorante Di Rienzo by the Pantheon

Savor regional flavors and embrace Rome's rich culinary heritage as you toast to the Eternal City at Ristorante Di Rienzo, nestled beside the Pantheon. 

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.

Taste Buccellato in Lucca

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

Venice Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a special Venetian Celebration Dinner with wine, situated in the heart of this historic city.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Hotel Romanico Palace
Villasanpaolo
Best Western Regina Elena
Hotel Simplon
Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione

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
Piazzas & Fountains

With our Local Expert, let's take a "passeggiata" (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Local Tuscan Dinner

The secret to dining well in Tuscany is knowing where to go, picking the small towns and restaurants where locals dine. Exploiting our countryside ...

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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
Optional Experience
Dinner on Isola dei Pescatori

This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’...

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
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
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
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Magical 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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Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Service
Grand European travel is where we found our tour with Insight, which was fabulous. GET was helpful in booking this tour for us, and mostly flexible when we needed to move to a different date.
Vacation
Our tour director was fantastic, very knowledgeable, helpful and kind. she had everything planned down to the last minute. We loved all the locations we visited, and cannot wait to return.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, June 4, 2023
Service
The rating is based on our experience with Rob, who was particularly helpful in providing us additional information about what to expect and available activities for our extra time on arrival into Rome. Plus, he was quite helpful & informative about other trips to consider
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your rocky start with the airport pick up and will be sure to share this information with the operation team for immediate follow up. We appreciate your kind words about Rob and the fact that you enjoyed your trip despite the delay in arriving to your hotel.
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Vacation
First, we had arranged with GET for airport pickup & transfer to hotel to start our vacation, since we were arriving a day early. This was so poorly handled and such a disappointment, it got our trip off to a very rough start. Second, the hotel (Room 007) was/is not of the standard we’ve come to expect of Insight. Fortunately, the actual tour with Insight Vacations (Italian Elegance) was another excellent experience and largely made up for the less than stellar start . The 5-star rating gives pertains really only to Insight Vacations part of our experience
James Ellis
Review date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Service
Tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable of all our stops.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your Italian Elegance tour. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Vacation
We saw many sights and kept moving the whole trip!
Gretta Sencevicky
Review date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Service
In-sight Vacations was absolutely "incredible"...Anne Kennedy and Carlos, bus driver, handled the itinerary, the group, and the over-touristed venues with incredible ease! Anne made the arrangements "mesh" in situations which defied control...Rome, Venice! Her persona is exquisite and made each member of our group feel important and appreciated! Anne was also enabling for those of us who wished to do the Uffizy in Florence rather than the Academia. Above all, we had several members of the group who had difficulty walking, keeping up, or climbing stairs...Anne saw too it they were accompanied and kept track of their progress as we walked long distances, stairs (elevators were identified), dark allies, and boarding/disembarking from buses, boats, trains, and gondolas. Anne Kennedy is the best tour director in my experience! Carlos handled the bus beautifully...our tour took us through the busiest streets in Rome, Florence, and Venice... The Dolomites were beautiful, but the roads were built for one vehicle, not a bus and heavy traffic! We were never frightened or nervous! So many thank you's to both Anne and Carlos for a great vacation with In-Sight Vacations! Gretta Sencevicky, 10-17-18
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful to hear that you had an incredible time on your Italian vacation. We'll pass on your wonderful compliments to the Insight team, I'm sure they'll be happy to know how delighted you were with both Anne and Carlos. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Vacation
The tour was perfectly orchestrated...all the hotels were appropriate, the new bus with a highly skilled driver...the tour director was "the best I've ever encountered... Our itinerary was perfect... Will certainly use In-sight Vacations on my next bus trip!
Barbara Vosganian
Review date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Service
Everything, from the iternary to the time planning. The tour director, Jackie was excellent and taught us so much. The local guides really knew their areas. If you’ve never been to Italy, this is the trip to take. I especially liked seeing the Dolomites.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing about your experience. We're so glad you had a wonderful time on your Italy vacation.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Vacation
Well worth the price of the trip!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Service
The itinerary was perfect! Our tour director was outstanding. He is very knowledgeable and was attentive to every detail. Our coach driver,too, did a wonderful job driving us and keeping us safe. There is so much that we would not have seen or heard if we did this trip on our own. Except for one dinner, all breakfasts and dinners were included. We enjoyed being with our fellow travelers and plan to stay in touch with them. My husband and I most definitely will seek out another Insight vacation and recommend them to our friends. M
Vacation
There were no optional tours to purchase while on Italian elegance
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Service
Our vacation planning with Rob Rainwater started August 13 2016. We had done our research and had decided what we wanted before contacting him. He was most agreeable and showed us areas where we could save a little e.g the insurance and air fare had specials. Our seating arrangements was suitable and all our documents arrived in a timely manner. The trip itself was delightful and practically stress free. It was like making a pilgrimage to what you have read or heard of all your life.
Vacation
This trip was all inclusive. You have no idea how stress free that can be. All we did was show up and enjoy.
S Gorman
Review date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Service
Well organized tour director. Great locations. Loved Benito, our bus driver--excellent driver & extremely helpful & kind.
Vacation
I do not recommend Peruzzi leather shop. I purchased many gift items here, including a leather bag for myself, based solely on my tour company's recommendation (Insight Tours). The very day I purchased it I noticed the entire zipper had left a discoloration imprint along both sides of the leather closure. I immediately notified my tour director, who contacted Peruzzi immediately. I remained in Italy another two weeks and this company NEVER sent me an email or attempted to resolve the situation. I had to continue to reach out once I had returned home before I even received an email from this company to acknowledge the problem and flaws in the bag. Now we are in an email battle due to Peruzzi's refusal to handle the replacement of the bag in a fair manner. They clearly do not stand behind their inferior products, in spite of their stated "guarantee". I agree with the previous customer (j chiaro) -- Insight, Trafalgar and any other major tour companies who recommended this store should definitely rethink their stance until this company can learn (if ever) to appropriately resolve situations with their flawed products.
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