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Italian Intermezzo

Operated by: Insight Vacations

8 Days from $2,114 per person
Sistine Chapel

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Milan, Verona, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome ...more Milan, Verona, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome
  1. Day 1 Lively Milan.

    Welcome to Italy. After being greeted by your Travel Director at Milan's Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 or 12:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and head to local restaurant where your Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ritz Milan.
  2. Day 2 Verona and on to Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.

    Head east to elegant Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a leisurely walk with your Travel Director, passing the well-preserved Roman Arena that is still used for opera performances. Stand beneath the balcony where the Capulet family is said to have lived and perhaps recite Shakespeare’s immortal words. There is free time to explore or perhaps browse the local market before continuing to the glorious city of Venice.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Continental Venice.
  3. Day 3 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.

    Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Transfer to Giudecca Island to witness the art of glassblowing with skilled artisans. Then appreciate the splendour of Venice as you cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark’s Square. Your Travel Director will explain the glorious history of La Serenissima, once one of the greatest trading centres of the world – its wealth and power is echoed by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. See the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Continental Venice.
  4. Day 4 Tranquil Tuscany, Pisa and Florence.

    Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Venture on to beautiful Florence - a treasure house of the Renaissance. On arrival, meet your art historian for a walk through the historic centre. Visit the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's masterpiece statue, David. With your Local Expert, admire the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Wander through Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. In the evening, dinner is served with a selection of Tuscany's finest wines, presented by an expert sommelier who explains each of the wines being served.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Londra, Florence.
  5. Day 5 Free Time in Renaissance Florence.

    Florence is known for its quality leather goods and you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop. The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for luxury goods around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafes. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. In the evening, there is an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous optional Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Londra, Florence.
  6. Day 6 Chianti Country to Assisi and on to Rome.

    Journey through the vineyards of the Chianti region passing Lake Trasimeno, one of the Italian Peninsula’s largest lakes and site of a great battle in ancient times against Hannibal and his war elephants. Continue up the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to reach delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica, before continuing along the valley of the River Tiber towards the Eternal City of Rome. In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.
  7. Day 7 Rome Sightseeing and Dinner with an Operetta.

    In the morning enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. You then gain exclusive fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel where you'll marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public, the Bramante Staircase. Afterwards, enjoy some free time, perhaps joining a tour of the Colosseum? In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.
  8. Day 8 Arrivederci Roma.

    Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Florence: During dinner, meet a sommelier who will talk you through a tasting of some of Tuscan’s finest wines.
  • Rome: Savour a four-course Celebration Dinner with wine to the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best-loved opera.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Festive Highlight Dinners: 21 Dec Christmas Day in Florence. 28 Dec New Year’s Eve in Florence.

Insight Experiences

  • Venice: See a master craftsman honouring age-old Venetian crafts, when you visit an artisan showroom and workshop on Giudecca Island.
  • Florence: Gain a fascinating insight into the work of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, with a Renaissance art expert during your visit to the Accademia Museum.
  • Vatican City: Join your Local Expert and explore the city's highlights including St. Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, with VIP access into the Vatican Museums. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public, the Bramante Staircase.

Stay in Style

  • Florence: Hotel Londra is an elegant hotel situated right in the heart of Florence.
  • Rome: The Veneto Palace Hotel is located in the monumental and unique scenery of ancient Rome, not far from Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese, which is the largest park in central Rome. The guest rooms offer a classic style that blends in perfect harmony with the style of the building.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Verona: During your orientation, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Florence: During your guided walk see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery and visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Pisa: See the cathedral, baptistery and gravity-defying Leaning Tower.
  • Assisi: Enjoy strolling through this quaint little town with your Local Expert and seeing it's beautifully preserved medieval lane ways and streets.
  • Assisi: A Local Expert will explain why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Vatican City: Join your Local Expert and visit St. Peters Basilica.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Festive Celebrations
  • Solo Traveler Discount
Price Discount Availability Price
  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Solo Traveler Discount: This departure includes a 20-100% discount on standard single supplement subject to availability.
Reviews
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M. Crist
Monday, July 29, 2019
Service
Alicia was very easy to work with. The booking was easy and she responded to all questions and requests quickly and courteously.
Vacation
The trip was wonderful from start to finish. Our guide was extremely organized, friendly, and knowledgable. We appreciated that he took us to places early in the day to avoid the crowds. Our coach was quite nice and our driver did a great job and was very courteous. The optional experiences that we chose were certainly worth it, and some of our favorite parts of the trip. We felt that we had a good balance between free time and guided activities at each place along the tour. We saw a lot and made many memories. We'll certainly return to Italy again in the future!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your comments and the beautiful pictures. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon!
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Patricia Walsh
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Service
Italian Intermezzo was the most unguided guided tour we have ever taken. After an overnight in Como, we were on to Verona. We were taken to the area next to the arena and walked through the town to the balcony of Romeo and Juliet. At this point we were given 2 hours of 'free time'. This was far too much time as all there was to do was shop. Next it was on to Venice and taken to St, Marks square for a brief history of the square and 'you have 3 hours free time'. Next day we were back at St. Marks square for another 3 hours 'free time'. This was the prevailing theme in Florence - more 'free time' and we'll be back here tomorrow. No information given on the museums and fountains and where to find them. On to Rome and the most disappointing experience at the Vatican museum. We were walked through gallery after gallery filled with paintings of Italy. When we reached the Sistine chapel, we entered amidst a throng of people all standing in the chapel trying to admire the beautiful ceiling. This was next to impossible as there was no place to sit. Our celebration dinner was almost cafeteria style and we were limited to 1 hour to enjoy a final dinner with our travel companions. This was our second trip with Insight Vacation and will definitely be our last! We have traveled with Trafalgar many times and have never been disappointed. If it were not for the optional excursions this would have been the worst trip we have ever taken.
Vacation
Not worth what we paid, would not recommend this trip to others!
Enna Del Russo
Monday, August 13, 2018
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Second trip booked through GET. Everything was perfect, from start to finish.
Vacation
Great value for the cost of the trip.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 12, 2018
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We loved our trip. Great group, excellent guide and bus driver.
Vacation
Beautiful country and nice itinerary. Not rushed.
Janet Smoot
Monday, August 6, 2018
Service
Our tour director was so knowledgeable about Italy. He was organized and made you feel like you were his only customers. Since this was the first ever guided tour for most of our group, Vincenso helped us navigate the ins and outs of a tour. Even though only 9 days, this tour included all the cities you would lime to see in Italy! The coach was great and our driver was excellent!
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. We're beyond pleased to know you had the best time in Italy and that Vincenso helped to make the trip so special for you. Happy travels!
Monday, August 6, 2018
Vacation
The best number of cities to see in Italy. The extra excursions were fantastic! We couldn't't ask for more. I would recommend this trip and Insight vacations to everyone.
Sylvia Palmer Seidel
Monday, October 23, 2017
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It was a little strenuous than I thought it would be. Too much walking and not enough time to brouse and shop. Disappointed that we did not get to the Pontaveccio. The hotels were very comfortable and clean. The breakfasts were great. Our tour director, Chris Beck was outstanding. He was knowlegable ..and extremely kind. He gave me euros when my ATM card wouldn't work. He was outstanding. If there is any way to get my remarks about him to whoever is his boss and to Chris himself I'd really appreciate it. He made this trip.
Vacation
Worth every penny. I would recommend them to family and friends
George Offutt
Monday, July 31, 2017
Service
Well organized, the employees were always very willing to try to accommodate in whatever ways they could help.
Vacation
Well organized tour. Saw a lot of Italy
Judy Greene
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Service
very friendly Belinda was the best. She even got me some batteries when my camera's batteries went dead. I had no change to throw in the Trevi fountain and she made sure I had 3 coins. We got along so well with the other travelers on the bus. Belinda made everything just fit so well.
Vacation
The only downside was the hotel in Florence. The service staff was great but the room was strange. We made the best of it and had a lot of fun describing our rooms to each other.
Kecia Brassell-Veasley
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Service
Wonderful!!! Very active tour route...tour guide was knowledgeable, considerate and very patient. Italy is beautiful. It's amazing how close you become with a group of people you have only known for 9 days. Future travel friends.
Vacation
Great rate for all that's included.
James Houston
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Service
My wife and I truly had a remarkable experience. Our tour director was very knowledgeable and also humorous which made traveling with the group a thrill. We got to see many historic sites as well as eat at some local favorites. A+
Vacation
A wonderful trip that gives you 3 great Italian cities that will leave you wanting more.
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