Italian Intermezzo (Winter 2019 2020)

Italian Intermezzo (Winter 2019 2020)


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Assisi, Florence, Milan, Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Verona

Tour Itinerary

Italy’s most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise, yet surprisingly diverse itinerary.

Day 1 - Lively Milan.
Welcome to Italy. After being greeted by your Travel Director at Milan's Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 or 12:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and head to local restaurant where your Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.(Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Ritz Milan.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2 - Verona and on to Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.
Head east to elegant Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a leisurely walk with your Travel Director, passing the well-preserved Roman Arena that is still used for opera performances. Stand beneath the balcony where the Capulet family is said to have lived and perhaps recite Shakespeare’s immortal words. There is free time to explore or perhaps browse the local market before continuing to the glorious city of Venice.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Hotel Continental Venice.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.
Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Transfer to Giudecca Island to witness the art of glassblowing with skilled artisans. Then appreciate the splendour of Venice as you cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark’s Square. Your Travel Director will explain the glorious history of La Serenissima, once one of the greatest trading centres of the world – its wealth and power is echoed by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. See the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Hotel Continental Venice.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Tranquil Tuscany, Pisa and Florence.
Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Venture on to beautiful Florence - a treasure house of the Renaissance. On arrival, meet your art historian for a walk through the historic centre. Visit the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's masterpiece statue, David. With your Local Expert, admire the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Wander through Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. In the evening, dinner is served with a selection of Tuscany's finest wines, presented by an expert sommelier who explains each of the wines being served.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Hotel Londra, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Free Time in Renaissance Florence.
Florence is known for its quality leather goods and you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop. The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for luxury goods around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafes. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. In the evening, there is an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous optional Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Hotel Londra, Florence.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Chianti Country to Assisi and on to Rome.
Journey through the vineyards of the Chianti region passing Lake Trasimeno, one of the Italian Peninsula’s largest lakes and site of a great battle in ancient times against Hannibal and his war elephants. Continue up the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to reach delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica, before continuing along the valley of the River Tiber towards the Eternal City of Rome. In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Rome Sightseeing and Dinner with an Operetta.
In the morning enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. You then gain exclusive fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel where you'll marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public, the Bramante Staircase. Afterwards, enjoy some free time, perhaps joining a tour of the Colosseum? In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Arrivederci Roma.
Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.(Breakfast)
Meals: Breakfast

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Authentic Dining

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

Insight Experiences

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

Stay in Style

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

Top Rated Highlights

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

Included Insight Services

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

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Questions & Answers

Question: Are there possible side trips, such as to Pompeii? Or can a tour be extended?

Tours can be extended with pre-nights or post-nights. In regards to optional excursions, those can be purchased on tour. For a more detailed list please consult any of our available travel consultants at 1 800 935 2620

Question: CAN YOU ALSO BOOK A FLIGHT FOR THE CUSTOMER?

Yes, we can arrange flights for you as well.

Question: How physically demanding is this trip?

This trip is listed as moderately paced. There will be several strolls through outdoor plazas, ancient basilicas, and local markets.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 22 reviews . Currently showing 7 reviews with comments only.
By Pritti P on May 19, 2019

Very impressed. Tour was excellent.

By Daniel P on Apr 29, 2018

I was disappointed with my agent this year. I believed her to be too comfortable with me after booking three trips with her. I was concerned about missing our pick up with the shuttle from the airport. When I asked her if I did miss the shuttle how far is the hotel from the airport. She told me to google the information. I felt if she cared enough as my agent she would have told me that she would get back to me with an answer.

By Judy A on Sep 03, 2017

The tour gave us the chance to see the best of Italy in a very short time span. The pace was robust, but we were very happy with all the sights and excursions provided in the short time. Hotel accommodations were very good and our tour director was exceptional. Our only criticism was the quality of the food when dining with the group. The added destinations were great, but we would have preferred dinner on our own to truly experience the best cuisine in the area. The vatican dinner was especially disappointing.

By Leslie S on Apr 23, 2017

My wife and I were completely happy with this travel experience. The itinerary/package was just as described by our booking coordinator.

By Sukhjender G on Jul 10, 2016

Every thing was fine . Could use little more time for lunch but that's not a big deal

By Marina V on Apr 12, 2015

Our tour director was so knowlegeable and efficient. We loved her.

By Maria R on Oct 05, 2014

The tour and cities we visited were great, Insight Tours were good with the itinerary, the hotels were excellent very good location and the driver very cautious and very good, the only complain is the Tour Conductor was really bad, no knowledge about the cities, no desire to give us information, no changing seats on the bus, in general no desire to work and that made the trip not as good as I would like to.


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