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Treasures of Italy

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $4,175 per person
Cinque Terre, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Lake Maggiore, Venice
  1. Day 1 Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

    Rome is the former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport with transfers departing for your hotel at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Join your Travel Director at 5:30 pm, before getting to know your fellow travelers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Romanico Palace
  2. Day 2 VIP Vatican and Rome with a Local

    In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert who will lead you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry to the museums and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo's genius is on display next door in St. Peter's Basilica. Enjoy some free time, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum. Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from the Roman period with a local, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Romanico Palace
  3. Day 3 Ancient Pompeii and the Isle of Capri

    Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century. Enjoy a refreshing lemon granita. Then continue to the Bay of Naples and board your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. In brilliant sunshine, enjoy a scenic drive by open-top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel, then appreciate the glorious vistas over the rugged coastline and sparkling sea.

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    hotel Hotel La Residenza
  4. Day 4 The Isle of Dreams

    Wake up refreshed on this delightful island. Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A Local Expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks. The afternoon is yours to devote to Capri's fashionable boutiques, craft shops and artisans studios. Alternatively, perhaps join an Optional Excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano? A boat delivers you to mainland Italy where you are driven along the coastline with its clear blue waters, to reach the artist's paradise of Positano, clinging to the cliff face. After time to explore, you are then returned to the Isle of Capri by another boat transfer. As the glow of twilight descends and the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, the island is yours to saunter along scenic paths, gather with the locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine at an al-fresco restaurant.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel La Residenza
  5. Day 5 The Autostrada del Sole to Florence

    Descend to the port by open-top taxi and take the hydrofoil across the bay to Naples. Follow the Autostrada del Sole north passing Rome and continuing through the Province of Umbria. Journey through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, center of art and culture, and the heart of the Italian Renaissance.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Londra
  6. Day 6 Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance

    Begin the morning by joining a Local Expert for a walk through Florence's historic center. Visit the Accademia Gallery, full of priceless art treasures, to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, David. See the multi-colored marble cathedral, Giotto's bell tower and the baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the Piazza della Signoria—an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. Stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its basilica and the quality of its luxury goods. The joys of Florence are varied so the afternoon will be free for your own personal exploration. 

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Londra
  7. Day 7 The Cinque Terre and Portofino to Santa Margherita

    The famous Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre are a highlight of your journey as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing along to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of la dolce vita. Admire the colorful houses, browse the boutiques or stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbor.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Best Western Regina Elena
  8. Day 8 Lake Maggiore

    In the morning, journey north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands. For your dining pleasure, you are invited to choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Simplon
  9. Day 9 Venice with Wine and Verona along the way

    Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards by the shores of Lake Iseo. Here, winemaking traditions run deep. Taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to Verona, the setting for one of history's most romantic love stories. Walk with your Travel Director to Juliet's balcony in the inner courtyard of the reputed Capulet home and see the well-preserved Roman Arena, still used for open-air opera performances. Continue to the unique city of Venice—a complete step back in time to the 16th century.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
  10. Day 10 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

    Cruise to a traditional arts center on Giudecca Island to delight in the skillful art of glassblowing. Visit St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica and admire the Doge's Palace with its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. The waterways of Venice are renowned for gondolas that drift by. Take your seat on a gondola and be serenaded through the myriad of beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. In the evening, cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon to arrive at Burano, famous for its candy-colored houses. Sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialties. Meet a local fisherman who will talk to you about his life on the canals.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel
  11. Day 11 Arrivederci Venice

    Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8 am and 9:30 am. 

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Price Includes

Included Quality Dining

    Authentic Dining

    • Italian Lakes: For your Dine-Around Evening, you are offered a selection of hand-picked local restaurants to choose from, each with its own distinctive ambience and cuisine.
    • Lake Iseo: Visit a local winery passed down through the generations and taste their latest vintages with a master vintner.
    • Venice: Cruise to the charming fisherman's island of Burano to enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine and new-found friends.
    • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee.

    Insight Experiences

    • Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes’ treasure-trove and witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
    • Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
    • 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.
    • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.

    Stay in Style

    • Venice: The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel is located in a magnificently restored 19th century granary on Giudecca Island, only minutes away from St. Mark’s Square by boat. Amenities include a roof top pool, spa and wellness centre and five different restaurants and bars. Excellent views from the roof bar.

    Top Rated Highlights

    • 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.
    • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
    • Isle of Capri: Cruise between the island and mainland by hydrofoil and get a flavour of the jet-set lifestyle with two nights on this famous isle.
    • Isle of Capri: Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.
    • Isle of Capri: Explore Capri with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.
    • Isle of Capri: Discover the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.
    • Florence: During your guided walk see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. 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.
    • Cinque Terre: These hidden UNESCO World Heritage protected fishing villages, are ingeniously fashioned into impossibly steep hillsides. Join a Local Expert to travel to them on the 19th century railway line through some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on earth.
    • Portofino: Delight in a taste of la dolce vita as you explore this elegant fishing village and cruise to Santa Margherita.
    • 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 will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces where once the likes of Casanova would have come calling.
    • Scenic Drives: Admire the classic Italian countryside views of Umbria, the rolling hills of Tuscany and the beauty of the Italian Lake District.

    Dates & Prices
    Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
    • Definite Departure
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    Optional Add-Ons

    Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

    Rome

    Rome By Night - Illuminations Drive

    Join your Travel Director for a classic journey through one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rome by night is a vision with its ancient monuments, classical buildings, palaces and churches beautifully illuminated against the evening sky. A wonderful introduction to the Eternal City!
    Adult Price: €19

    Guided Visit To Colosseum & Roman Forum

    With our local expert, We'll explore the glorious history of the Roman Empire. Enjoying priority reserved entrance ahead of the crowds, we'll hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat inside the mighty Colosseum. Then, we'll walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and gaze over the incredible ruins of the forum, once the centre of political, religious and social life, while hearing tales of the mighty Roman Empire. Truly an incredible vision as history comes alive! n.b. On the first Sunday of the month, the price of this optional experience will be reduced. Please note: This optional is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
    Adult Price: €54

    Roman Dinner Party

    Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.
    Adult Price: €62

    Capri

    Positano Visit

    From one paradise to another. Late this morning we take a hydrofoil across to the pristine waters from Capri to Positano. There is no better way to witness the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast's gravity-defying, vertical towns and spectacular coastline. We'll disembark to explore Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, with all of its colours, wonderful aromas, local shops and a small beach on the Mediterranean sea. Later, we'll return to the Island of Capri by boat. Note: this optional is weather dependent
    Adult Price: €57

    Tour of Capri

    Experience the spectacular cliffs and famous turquoise waters of Capri during a relaxing cruise to the most beautiful part of the island, the southern side. You descend to the port by funicular with your local expert and board your private boat to view the beautiful grottoes and unique coastline! This optional experience is weather dependent and may be replaced by a minibus tour of the Island with a visit to Anacapri and the Villa San Michele.
    Adult Price: €43

    Florence

    Dinner In The Tuscan Hills

    A fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialities awaits you. We drive into the hills surrounding Florence for a delicious typical Florentine meal complete with Chianti wine, music and lots of fun! An evening to remember. Viva Italia!
    Adult Price: €65

    Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration

    Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we'll travel into the hills near Florence to the Chiantri countryside, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. This wonderful cooking demonstration, with superb food and wine, will provide warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality.
    Adult Price: €69

    San Gimignano Excursion

    A wonderful excursion to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to its towers which dominate the skyline. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this ancient gem which has remained intact since the 14th century and today is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Adult Price: €36

    Italian Lakes

    Isola Bella

    The premier attraction of Lake Maggiore is the Borromean Islands. We take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the largest and most famous island, renowned for its incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens. A guided tour of this privately owned palace with free time to admire the gardens is a must.
    Adult Price: €43

    Venice

    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 on. Sit back and take it all in as private water taxis whisk you to the centre of it all, Piazza San Marco, where we have seats reserved outside a famous Venetian cafe, in front of a live orchestra and in view of those illuminated St Mark's sights. Our private water taxis will also take us the length of the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our hotel, having seen Venice at its most magical.
    Adult Price: €55

    Hidden Venice

    To only experience Venice's big set pieces -- St Mark's Square; the Rialto; the Grand Canal -- is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through some of the lesser known quarters of Venice. The back lanes and ‘campi’, small squares, where tourists seldom tread are full of history and great places to sample local life.
    Adult Price: €34

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    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Service
    I booked my trip with a travel specialist who left the company at the end of Dec. She was very helpful in finding the exact trip in Italy that I wished to book. She also booked my flight information, which was changed without notification several times afterward an d I had to calll and find different flights. The worst was the return flight through JFK That wa a nightmare! We just barely made out flight to MSP because of the lengthy hallways and the crowds at Customs.
    Vacation
    Excellent Tour Leader, Daniele Nannetti! We saw a lot of Italy with comfort and ease. Good travel companions and good weather helped to make this a wonderful experience. The crowds were thick everywhere even though this was a late May, early June trip. I would book April or very early May next time.
    Lynda Ficili
    Travel date: Friday, April 19, 2019
    Service
    The process was very easy
    Vacation
    The hotels were great, the excursions terrific
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Service
    GET made our 30th wedding anniversary one of our best vacation experiences ever! We had the best rooms at all the hotels! Everything was very organized and professionally handled. There were no glitches whatsoever!! We will highly recommend booking through GET to all our friends!
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    Wow! We're delighted to hear that you had an amazing time in Italy for your anniversary. How wonderful to have been a part of such an important milestone and celebration. Thank you for sharing about your vacation, we can't wait to help you start planning your next trip!
    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Vacation
    We thoroughly enjoyed everything about this trip! We enjoyed our driver Benito and our tour guide Bradford McEwen! Can't wait to book another trip with GET!
    Jeanne Dale
    Travel date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
    Service
    Our tour director, Francis T was absolutely fabulous. We got what amounted to a brief history lesson before going to each new place and made us appreciate what we were seeing so much more. Everything was first rate- from the hotels, to the local tour guides to the meals. The fact that our luggage was transported every day for was a real bonus. Looking forward to touring with GET and Insight in the future. Thanks for a truly lovely trip.
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    Thank YOU for sharing your experience and for being a part of our travel family! We're so happy to hear that your Italian vacation was first-rate and amazing. We're excited to help you start planning your next trip!
    Friday, September 14, 2018
    Vacation
    Great trip.. would definitely use again
    Gisela Nobinger
    Travel date: Monday, June 11, 2018
    Service
    Excellent tour director: Belinda Richardson, simply outstanding.
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    We're so pleased to hear you had a wonderful time on your trip through Italy! Thank you for sharing, happy travels!
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    Vacation
    Easy and well executed. Good service
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
    Service
    The agents we talked to were so friendly and helpful! We needed to make a change in our airline portion because we were extending our stay by traveling to another country and that was not a problem; we even received a refund on our air portion. The hotels we stayed at were wonderful! We felt like we were staying in another country, not an American hotel but beautiful enchanting Italian hotels! There were several special little extras included, such as specialty food items from different locations that added to our experiences. We saw more and did more in each location then we thought was possible. Our tour guide Daniele Nanetti was the best guide we have ever had. We will definitely travel with this company again.
    Vacation
    We saw everything we wanted and more, the hotels were great, our tour guide was excellent and his little extras were so much fun. The agents we talked to were very helpful and friendly. We got our moneys worth.
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
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    We had a marvelous tour guide, better than many we had considered to be very good. We were able to get the flights to fit around other travel plans we had in conjunction with this particular tour. Insight was the tour company, but we booked it through GET and we are very happy with the trip.
    Vacation
    we found many treasures in Italy.
    Mary Whitaker
    Travel date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
    Service
    Everyone was always very helpful and since this was my first experience going to Europe it made the trip so enjoyable!
    Vacation
    The Treasures of Italy was exactly what I wanted to experience in Italy, thank you!! Every city was beautiful and unique in it's own special way, so diverse.
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    Service
    They did a great job making airline reservations to suit our travel dates. We have already recommended them to friends & family!
    Vacation
    Good value for money. Two things would have made it perfect. 1. All people on the tour don't get the same class of rooms. Few people in our group had rooms with great views whereas we did not. 2. The "private" gondola ride in Venice wasn't really private. We as a couple got split up on the boat & could not even take a photo together.
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
    Service
    Touring with Grand European Travel was more than we expected. Although we changed hotels every few nights, it was nice knowing the baggage would be handled by the driver and we only had to move the carry on. Most selected hotels were hotels that had the same standard of comfort that we have on a daily basis. Our tour director, Beatrice, went above and beyond and made sure everyone's needs were met.
    Vacation
    The extra excursions were fantastic and well worth the money. Some hotels were definetly 5 stars, some 4, and one would be in the 2.5-3 range. Tours like the Vatican and Florence museum where scheduled early in day when it was less crowded and there was no waiting in long lines.
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