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Treasures of Italy - Small Group

11 Day Tour to Isle of Capri, Venice & Florence

Treasures of Italy
Italy Venice Night Time Street Scene
11 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

10 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure, Lake Maggiore, Venice

15 Meals

5 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts

Comfortable

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

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

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

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Experience Italy on an 11-day guided tour. Explore the Eternal City with a Local Expert, who will whisk you to the Vatican Museums for a tour of the Pope’s art collection. Later, see the infamous Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine. Cruise to Capri, where you’ll take an open-top taxi to the top of the island for unparalleled views of the rugged coastline and sparkling sea - then walk the Caesar Augustus Gardens and see the Faraglioni rocks with a Local Expert. In Venice, walk through St. Mark’s Square and see its basilica of the same name; later, allow yourself to be serenaded as a gondolier glides you through the city’s canals. Sail to the candy-colored island of Burano, where you can toast to a fantastic trip at a celebration dinner featuring wine and freshly-caught specialties.

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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. Settle in before joining your Travel Director for a visit to Trastevere, Rome's bohemian quarter. Enjoy a private visit to Farmacia of Santa Maria della Scala, the oldest pharmacy in Europe. Gain historic insights from a Carmelite friar as you admire the Farmacia and explore the adjoining 16th-century church. Take in the vibrant atmosphere of this charming neighborhood as you indulge in a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Alley of Trastevere 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
Insight Experiences Farmacia Santa Maria Della Scala, Rome, Italy
Visit the ancient pharmacy of Santa Maria della Scala

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the oldest pharmacy in Europe, Rome’s Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria della Scala, also known as the ‘Pharmacy of the P...

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Day 2

Vatican City and Rome with a Local

The day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. 

Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Popes are elected, to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà,’ and stand beneath the dome completed after his death.

Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus. Come up close and personal with the beautifully preserved Arch of Constantine, walking on the ancient pavement. Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure.

Later, perhaps continue your exploration of Rome to see the Pantheon, toss a coin in Trevi Fountain and enjoy free time around Piazza Navona?

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Hotel Romanico Palace View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

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
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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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

Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Dinner Party

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

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Day 3

Ancient Pompeii and on to Sorrento

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 before enjoying a refreshing lemon granita. Then continue to your hotel in the charming town of Sorrento. The afternoon is yours to explore as you wish, or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the artist's paradise of Positano.

Temple of Apollo Pompeii, Italy
Hotel Isabella View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Isabella

About the Hotel

Sorrento, Italy

Hotel Isabella is a newly refurbished Hotel in a great location with modern furnishings. Guest can relax by the pool or head into the beautiful town of Sorrento which is 1 mile from the Hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Ruins of Temple of Apollo in Pompeii, Italy
Pompeii City Tour

Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast Drive & Positano Visit

Drive along the clear blue waters and picturesque resorts of the Amalfi Coast, arguably the most glamorous and scenic stretch of coast in Europe. M...

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Optional Experiences Sorrento Dinner & Local Restaurant, Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento Evening

A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties. We arrive at one of the area's unique local restaurants for an incredible dining experie...

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Day 4

The Isle of Dreams

Enjoy a morning in the town of Sorrento before heading off to the port to board your jetfoil to the Isle of Capri. 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.
Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A Local Expert escorts you to the lush Gardens of Augustus for views of the Faraglioni rocks. 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.

Isle of Capri, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Regina Cristina Capri
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Statue of Tiberius Isle of Capri, Italy
Isle of Capri City Tour

Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Ceasar Augustus Garden Capri, Italy
Visit the Gardens of Augustus in Capri

Discover the luxuriant Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Capri Cruise and Visit, Capri, Italy
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 south...

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Day 5

The Autostrada del Sole to Florence

Descend to the port and take the jetfoil across the bay to Naples. Follow the Autostrada del Sole north passing Rome and continuing through the region of Umbria. Journey through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, center of art and culture, and the heart of the Italian Renaissance.

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 caffè, where you will be in the perfect spot to admire the basilica, indulge in people-watching the elegant Florentines and pamper yourself shopping for luxury goods like gold and leather.

Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany Guided Tour
NH Firenze View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

NH Firenze

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Located near to the gates of the ancient Walls of Florence, NH Firenze offers modern rooms within walking distance to the city center.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional

Day 6

Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance

See how the local leatherwork is created with a demonstration of the craft and learn about the artistry of the goldsmiths who are famous in the city of Florence. In your free time wander Florence on your own, shop or opt to explore the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano on an Optional Experience. In the evening, why not sample fine Florentine cuisine of tasty starters and typical Tuscan dishes accompanied by Chianti.

Duomo in Florence, Italy
NH Firenze View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

NH Firenze

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Located near to the gates of the ancient Walls of Florence, NH Firenze offers modern rooms within walking distance to the city center.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
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 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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
San Gimignano Excursion

A wonderful excursion with our Local Expert to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to it...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan dinner at Villa Machiavelli in Florence, Italy
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demo, Florence, Italy
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 northernmost part o...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

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. Our journey continues 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.

Harbour, Santa Margherita, 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 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 Fishing Village Portofino, Italy
Portofino Orientation

Visit this elegant fishing village and admire the colored houses and yachts moored in the harbor. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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.

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

Hotel Simplon

About the Hotel

Baveno, Italy

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant
Italian Lakes Dine-Around Evening

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.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

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

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

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Day 9

To Venice With Wine Along the Way

Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to the Franciacorta wine region near Lake Iseo. Over 100 vineyards produce the famous sparkling wine of the region and winemaking traditions run deep. Taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to the unique city of Venice and step back in time to the 16th century.

Vineyard, Lake Iseo, Italy
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

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.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Historic
Authentic Dining Wine Tasting, Lake Iseo, Italy
Franciacorta Wine Tasting

Learn about this historic winery, passed down through the generations, and taste its latest vintages.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

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 10

Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

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. Take your seat on a gondola and be serenaded through the myriad of beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover 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. Cruise the Venetian lagoon to Burano and sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialties.

 

Picturesque Burano in Venice, Italy
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

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.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Historic
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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Make Travel Matter

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

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

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Gondola Ride Venice, Italy
Venice Gondola Ride

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

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner
Burano Celebration Dinner

Cruise to the charming fisherman's island of Burano to enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine and new-found friends.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

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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Day 11

Arrivederci Venice

Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Gondola on the canal of Venice, Italy
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Insight Experiences
Visit the ancient pharmacy of Santa Maria della Scala

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the oldest pharmacy in Europe, Rome’s Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria della Scala, also known as the ‘Pharmacy of the P...

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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
Pompeii City Tour

Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Isle of Capri City Tour

Explore Capri town with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans studios.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Gardens of Augustus in Capri

Discover the luxuriant Gardens of Augustus with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.

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...

See More
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
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

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
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...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Portofino Orientation

Visit this elegant fishing village and admire the colored houses and yachts moored in the harbor. 

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

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

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Venice Orientation

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Venice Gondola Ride

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

Included in Trip

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

5 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Italian Lakes Dine-Around Evening

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.

Franciacorta Wine Tasting

Learn about this historic winery, passed down through the generations, and taste its latest vintages.

Burano Celebration Dinner

Cruise to the charming fisherman's island of Burano to enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine and new-found friends.

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
Hotel Isabella
NH Firenze
Best Western Regina Elena
Hotel Simplon
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

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
Roman Dinner Party

Enjoy an evening of delicious Roman cuisine with drinks and a great Italian ambiance.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Amalfi Coast Drive & Positano Visit

Drive along the clear blue waters and picturesque resorts of the Amalfi Coast, arguably the most glamorous and scenic stretch of coast in Europe. M...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sorrento Evening

A chance to enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties. We arrive at one of the area's unique local restaurants for an incredible dining experie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 south...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
San Gimignano Excursion

A wonderful excursion with our Local Expert to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan, due to it...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Through the Chianti hills, we'll drive past vineyards to a delightful hamlet. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 northernmost part o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Isola Bella

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

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

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

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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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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Review date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
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Booking was easy.
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The vacation was great, but the travel guide seemed to not want to offer other options for guests to do. Some times my group would like to go off and do other things and the guide would discourage this.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
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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.
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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
Review date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Service
The process was very easy
Vacation
The hotels were great, the excursions terrific
Trusted Customer
Review 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
Review 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
Review 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
Review 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
Review date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Service
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
Review 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
Review 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.
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