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Italian Intermezzo – Small Group

8 Day Tour of Florence, Venice & Vatican City

Italian Intermezzo
8 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

8 Cities

Lake Maggiore, Italian Lakes, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Orvieto, Rome, Vatican

10 Meals

3 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

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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Travel from the shores of Venice to the ancient city of Rome on this 8-day guided tour of Italy. Begin your journey in the Italian Lake District, where a feast - complete with decadent Italian wines - awaits you on the shores of Lake Maggiore. In Venice, relax on a private boat as you pass by its iconic floating houses to St. Mark’s Square, where you will see a gilded basilica anchoring the bustling piazza. Later, take a traditional gondola ride and sail through the canals as your Italian gondolier serenades you with songs. See the legendary Colosseum in Rome, then travel to the Vatican Museums, where a Local Expert will lead you through the papal art collection and to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Dine with your fellow travelers to celebrate a fantastic trip through Italy.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Italian Lakes

Welcome to Italy. Greet your Travel Director at Milan’s Malpensa Airport. Later, join your Travel Director and head to an elegant restaurant known for serving delicious fresh produce. Tonight's dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant evening.

View of Lake Maggiore, Italy
Hotel Simplon View Hotel Details
Included Meals 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 Guest enjoying their welcome dinner
Italian Lakes Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travelers.

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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Optional Experiences

Day 2

Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic

Journey through the beautiful Italian lake district, past Lakes Iseo and Garda to the floating city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Your hotel offers authentic Venetian charm, as it reflects the history and culture of the surrounding area. As night falls, why not savor the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Gondolas, Venice, Italy
Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena is a boutique hotel converted from an old convent, offering guests authentic Venetian charm as it reflects the history and culture of the surrounding area.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Boutique
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 3

Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. What better way to see Venice than from a private boat, sailing past palazzos and churches to St. Mark’s Square? See the gilded basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs. No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Relax and enjoy the local traditional songs, as you drift along in awe. While here, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional glassmaking enterprise, where you can see how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills. Spend the afternoon and evening as you wish or join an Optional Experience to the island of Burano. Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Burano, famous for its candy colored houses, artisan lace makers and leaning bell tower that would give Pisa a good run for its money. Enjoy a superb meal sampling the local specialties with wine included.

Sightseeing in Venice, Italy​
Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena is a boutique hotel converted from an old convent, offering guests authentic Venetian charm as it reflects the history and culture of the surrounding area.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Boutique
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 glide along the canals by gondola.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Glassblowing demonstration​, Venice, Italy​
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

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

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences See St. Marks Basilica on a walking tour in Venice, Italy
Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Tranquil Tuscany, Pisa and Florence

Stop in Pisa to see the incredible Leaning Tower from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum and see Michelangelo’s David. After that, 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, Hercules and Cacus along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Alternatively, take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce to enjoy a typical Italian treat in a local café, where you will be in the perfect spot to admire the basilica and indulge in people-watching the elegant Florentines.

The leaning tower of Pisa, Italy
Hotel Albani Firenze View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Albani Firenze

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

An elegant, stylish hotel perfectly located in a quiet street in the center of Florence, with the sights in your doorstep. Enjoy beautifully decorated, comfortable rooms that still retain an old Florence charm, and exceptional service.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Duomo and the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Pisa City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral a...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice 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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Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice 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

Insight Choice

Authentic Dining Dinner with Sommelier, Florence, Italy
Meet a Sommelier during Dinner in Florence

Meet a sommelier who will guide you through a tasting of some of Tuscan's finest wines during dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 5

Free Time in Renaissance Florence

Learn the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop to admire the intricate work. The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for leather or gold goods around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafés. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. Choose to take an excursion to Tuscany's most famous hill-top town, San Gimignano. Soak up the atmosphere of this ancient gem which has remained intact since the 14th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening, enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine served with local wine, including of course, Chianti from the vineyards of Tuscany.

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Hotel Albani Firenze View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Albani Firenze

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

An elegant, stylish hotel perfectly located in a quiet street in the center of Florence, with the sights in your doorstep. Enjoy beautifully decorated, comfortable rooms that still retain an old Florence charm, and exceptional service.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Leather craftsman Florence, Italy
Florence Leather Demonstration

See the historic neighborhood of the Santa Croce Basilica and witness local craftspersons at work during a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

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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Additional Cost Applies

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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Additional Cost Applies

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 6

Chianti Country to Orvieto and on to Rome

Journey to Umbrian Orvieto, a hilltop village overlooking a vineyard-covered plain. Explore the town with your Travel Director and visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral, before continuing towards the Eternal City of Rome. Join an optional experience, Piazzas & Fountains. With your Local Expert, take a "passeggiata" (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the fascinating Pantheon and the beauty of 17th-Century fountains and beautiful Piazzas. In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?

Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy
Golden Tulip Rome Piram View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Golden Tulip Rome Piram

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Combining 19th-Century architecture and 21st-Century facilities, Rome's Hotel Golden Tulip welcomes guests to the vibrant center of the Italian capital. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Duomo Di Orvieto Umbria, Italy
Orvieto Orientation

During your orientation of this Umbrian hilltop town with your Travel Director, visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Enjoy a guided passeggiata with a Local Expert through the cobblestoned streets of Rome. Visit the spectacular Trevi Fountain, toss a coin to secur...

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Additional Cost Applies

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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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Rome Sightseeing and the Vatican

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

The Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Golden Tulip Rome Piram View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Golden Tulip Rome Piram

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

Combining 19th-Century architecture and 21st-Century facilities, Rome's Hotel Golden Tulip welcomes guests to the vibrant center of the Italian capital. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

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

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

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights The Colosseum, Rome
Rome City Tour

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

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dinner Di Rienzo Restaurant, Rome, Italy
Roman Restaurant dinner

Savor regional flavors and embrace Rome's rich culinary heritage as you toast to the Eternal City over your Roman dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 8

Arrivederci Roma

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. 

Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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 glide along the canals by gondola.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Venice Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration

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

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Pisa City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral a...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
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
Insight Choice
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 historic neighborhood of the Santa Croce Basilica and witness local craftspersons at work during a gold and leatherwork demonstration.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Orvieto Orientation

During your orientation of this Umbrian hilltop town with your Travel Director, visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Vatican Visit with Fast-Track Entry

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Rome City Tour

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

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Included in Trip

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

3 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Italian Lakes Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travelers.

Meet a Sommelier during Dinner in Florence

Meet a sommelier who will guide you through a tasting of some of Tuscan's finest wines during dinner.

Roman Restaurant dinner

Savor regional flavors and embrace Rome's rich culinary heritage as you toast to the Eternal City over your Roman dinner.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Hotel Simplon
Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena
Hotel Albani Firenze

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
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
Optional Experience
Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Buran...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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
Piazzas and Fountains

Enjoy a guided passeggiata with a Local Expert through the cobblestoned streets of Rome. Visit the spectacular Trevi Fountain, toss a coin to secur...

See More
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

Italy

  • 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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marie ehlinger
Review date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Service
I had trouble registering online but when I called for assistance, my issues were handled easily, pleasantly and very much to my satisfaction. It could not have gone any easier
Vacation
our guide and driver (Margherita and Enrico) were excellent. Each of the side trips brought us new knowledge, amazing views, great food and lasting memories. This was our 50th anniversary trip and they made it special.
Nancy C
Review date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Service
Our tour director Barbara was wonderful. Her knowledge was impressive.
Vacation
Our Trip was perfection!!
Kyra Lirosi
Review date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Service
Anne was amazing!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your trip to Italy. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
We were able to see everything we wanted, while traveling with great company.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Service
The entire staff at GE was very helpful. This trip was delayed twice due to COVID. The staff helped me rebook without question.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited to hear that you were finally able to travel to Italy on your Italian Intermezzo trip. It sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous time, which makes us so happy! Thank you so much for sticking with us through the pandemic and allowing us to help you plan your trip. We appreciate your kind words. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
The tour director, Debra, was fantastic and very helpful. Her depth of knowledge about each venue was entertaining and educational. She and our driver, Enrico, are great assets to their employers. My traveling companion and I couldn't have asked for a greater duo. Our wellness director, Karl, was also fantastic.
Christopher Oneill
Review date: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Service
The staff was great…. Thank you! Very enjoyable trip !
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are ecstatic that you enjoyed your Italian Intermezzo trip, and we are so glad we could help you plan it. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate the kind words.
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Vacation
Italy was amazing….your staff was famtastic
Reginald Small
Review date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Service
He paid attention to detail and delivered a great product
Vacation
Excellent from beginning to end
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
The website was fairly easy to use. There were agents available by phone for questions.
Vacation
Insight Tours was highly organized. Our tour director, Debra, was amazing. One of our party was vegan and this was a bit challenging. The Italians could usually come up with alternative meals, but not the airlines. Tour was very fast paced. If I did a tour like this again, I would arrive a day early to rest a bit. Two of the optional experiences I wanted to do were cancelled. I wish I had been aware of the difficulty in getting museum tickets, so I could have booked them in advance. I missed a couple of places because I didn't have advance tickets.
M. Crist
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Monday, August 13, 2018
Service
Second trip booked through GET. Everything was perfect, from start to finish.
Vacation
Great value for the cost of the trip.
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