• Aarp Logo Red
    AARP Members Save $100 AARP SAVE $100 on select vacations booked with us on select vacations
    Learn More
  • ADDITIONAL SAVINGS FOR PAST TRAVELERS

    ADDITIONAL SAVINGS FOR PAST TRAVELERS LEARN MORE

Picture Perfect Italy

Operated by: Insight Vacations

18 Days from $5,799 per person
SEP 2021
Grand Canal with gondolas at sunset, Venice, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

...more
  1. Day 1 Welcome Venice

    Transfers from Venice airport depart at 09.30, 12.30, 15.30 to your hotel. Later, join your Travel Director for a welcome drink and a relaxed evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Dei Dogi, Venice Island
  2. Day 2 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

    A Local Expert introduces you to this fabled city. Standing in the iconic Piazza San Marco, admire the grand basilica and Doges’ Palace. See the Grand Canal and learn about the history and culture of “La Serenissima”. The rest of the day is free for independent exploration. Perhaps experience a romantic gondola ride or get a bird’s eye view of Venice from one of the bell towers.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  3. Day 3 Cortina d'Ampezzo and the Dolomites

    It’s through the distinctive formations of the Dolomites, where rugged peaks take form of towers, belfries or domes to visit the chic ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Faloria Spa Hotel, Cortina d’Ampezzo.
  4. Day 4 A Relaxing Day at Leisure

    Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps ascend to the summit of one of the nearby peaks by cable car?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 From the Mountains to Milan & Magical Lake Maggiore

    Head for magnificent Milan to see the impressive cathedral, with its façade dripping with pinnacles and spires. Now onto the enchanting Italian Lake District for three nights by the water in beautiful Baveno.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Simplon Hotel, Baveno
  6. Day 6 The Borromean Islands

    Take to the waters of Lake Maggiore for a delightful cruise to the beautiful Borromean Islands. Visit Isola Bella renowned for its incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Lake Como Excursion and Lakeside Lugano

    Spend time in Bellagio – the pearl of Lake Como! Enjoy glorious water views and explore the narrow cobblestone alleyways, filled with luxurious boutiques. Visit the romantic gardens of Villa Carlotta. Built at the end of the 17th century, the botanic haven is famous for its art and a photographer’s dream come true! Next, embark on a scenic drive along the shores of the lake, past splendid villas set in the sub-tropical gardens with the Swiss Alps providing the backdrop. Cross into Switzerland to explore the fashionable resort of Lugano.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Portofino and Rapallo on Italian Riviera

    Leave the Italian Lake District and travel down the sunny, colour-splashed Ligurian coast, known as the Italian Riviera! Here, visit the exclusive fishing village of Portofino, epitome of La Dolce Vita. Admire the gaily coloured houses, browse the trendy boutiques, stay a while in the cafes on the piazetta and watch yachts bob in the harbour. A short cruise (weather permitting) along the Ligurian coast brings you to your waiting coach which transfers you to your hotel. Fans of seafood are in for a treat at this evening’s dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Bristol Resort and Spa, Rapallo
  9. Day 9 Explore the Cinque Terre

    Get ready to explore the “Cinque Terre” or “five villages” which were for years only accessible by donkey. With our Local Expert we explore a couple of the fishing villages hugging the cliffface, where there are amazing opportunities to capture great photographs. Enjoy some free time to soak up the atmosphere before returning to your hotel.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  10. Day 10 Tuscany

    A relaxed start this morning before continuing to your charming hotel set in the wine growing region.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano / Il Borgo Di Vescine, Radda in Chianti.
  11. Day 11 Tales of Tuscany Excursion

    Get your camera’s ready for a drive through the beautiful rolling countryside of Tuscany, past olive groves, old farmhouses, medieval towns and rows of vineyards. Visit an estate in the heart of Tuscany to taste the finest produce of wine and olive oil. Enjoy a cooking lesson where you prepare a Tuscan meal, from antipasto to dessert. Afterwards, you get to eat what you have prepared for lunch, along with a glass of the famous wine. Salute!(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
  12. Day 12 Florence Excursion

    Today is dedicated to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Join your Local Expert and enjoy commentary via your audio headsets as you walk from the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo is buried, to the Uffizi Gallery. Here we study works of art by some of the most famous masters. We reach Signoria Square, adorned with statues and fountains, where we have some free time for lunch before we visit the Pitti Palace and relax amid the formal terraces of the Boboli Gardens.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Hilltop Orvieto

    Drive to hilltop Orvieto overlooking a sea of vineyards. Sightseeing with your Local Expert shows you the Gothic Cathedral, housing Luca Signorelli’s beautiful frescoes.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Italia / Aquila Bianca Hotel Orvieto.
  14. Day 14 Pompeii & The Amalfi Coast

    Drive south to the ancient city of Pompeii, preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets to explore the shops, villas and temples. Continue to the exclusive artists paradise of Positano on the breath-taking Amalfi Coast – its Moorish flair and colourful houses make it one of the most photographed places in Italy. As evening descends, make the most of this beautiful setting with an imaginative dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Royal Hotel, Positano.
  15. Day 15 Excursion to the Isle of Capri

    There is magnificent scenery at every turn as you travel along the Amalfi Coast to board your ferry to Capri – the Isle of Dreams. Arriving at the Marina Grande, ascend to Capri Town by funicular railway. There is time to browse in the elegant shops before taking the spectacular Corniche road to Anacapri, with its magnificent views over the Mediterranean. There is free time to explore before returning to the mainland.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
  16. Day 16 The Gardens of Villa De'este and Rome

    Drive to the UNESCO listed gardens of Cardinal d’Este. In the 16th century he diverted the River Aniene to feed hundreds of fountains for his fantasy garden which still function perfectly today! Later we arrive in the “Eternal City” of Rome.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Kolbe, Rome
  17. Day 17 Highlights of Rome

    Hear tales of the glory of ancient Rome as you see the Colosseum and Forum with a Local Expert. On the opposite side of the Tiber, see St Peter’s Basilica, home to Michelangelo’s early masterpiece the Pieta, before enjoying some last minute shopping or sightseeing. At this evenings Celebration Dinner, savour the flavours of Italy along with local wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  18. Day 18 Arrivederci Roma

    Your memorable trip comes to an end today. Transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07.00 and 09.00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
Price Includes

PRICING INCLUDES

  • Accommodation in hand picked hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of the trip (selected times)
  • Hotels and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout

Authentic Dining

  • Venice: Welcome Dinner in Venice, Seafood Dinner on Liguarian Coast
  • Tuscany: Cooking Lesson in Tuscany
  • Rome: Celebration Dinner in Rome
  • Liguarian Coast: Seafood dinner on the Liguarian Coast
  • Dining Summary: 17 breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW), 7 dinners with wine (DW)

Insight Experiences

  • Italian Lake District: Cruise to the island of Isola Bella, renowned for its opulent palace and stunning gardens.
  • Tuscany: Visit an estate, taste the wine and olive oil, then learn the art of Italian cookery.
  • Florence: Visit the Pitti Palace, full of art treasures, and enjoy views over Florence from the Boboli Gardens.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Cinque Terre: Explore the Cinque Terre
  • Capri: Cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • Lake Como: Visit Villa Carlotta in Lake Como
  • Florence: Admire works at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Venice: City Tours of Venice
  • Local Expert: Cinque Terre, Florence, Orvieto, Pompeii and Rome all with a Local Expert
  • Venice: See St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace in Venice
  • Milan: Milan’s cathedral
  • Orvieto: Orvieto’s cathedral
  • Rome: The Colosseum, Roman Forum and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

Online Booking Process

Onlinebookingprocesssteps
September 2021
AARP Members Save $100
Sep 21 Tue
Oct 8 Fri
AARP Members Save $100
Guaranteed Departure This departure is guaranteed
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$5,799
AARP Members Save $100
Sep 28 Tue
Oct 15 Fri
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$5,799
Reviews
Independent Reviews

Trip not yet reviewed

See More Reviews
Terms & Conditions
Click here to view Terms and Conditions for this guided vacation
Back To Top