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Cannot be combined with Small Group, Young Traveler or Triple Room Discounts. To qualify, all names and the event celebrated must be advised to Insight at the time of booking. Exceptions: Does not apply to additional accommodation, Stopovers, airfares or flight supplements. Does not apply to 'City Breaks', Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Eastern Mediterranean trips with included cruises, and cruise extensions.
Does not apply to additional accommodations, stopovers, airfares of flight supplements, Independent City Breaks, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Greece, trips with included cruises or cruise extensions. All trips must be booked at the same time to qualify. Additional details may apply.
Insight's Club Bon Voyage and 5% savings is available after your initial trip is completed. It is limited to one saving per trip, and will be applied against the higher priced of two trips, if you book two at once. If you wish to apply a credit for travel in the same year, then there must be at least 60 days gap between completion of your first Insight vacation and the date on which you make your new booking. This discount is not available on extra night stays, airfares, taxes and fees, flights supplements and surcharges and airport transfers. Additional restrictions may apply.
To qualify, the names of all passengers travelling must be advised at the time of booking. Applies to all vacations except: City Breaks, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Eastern Mediterranean trips with included cruises and cruise extensions. Exceptions apply.
Offer does not apply to all vacations, contact your travel consultant for applicable vacations. There is a no-smoking policy in all shared rooms. Does not apply to additional accommodation, stopovers, airfare or flight supplements, Independent City Breaks, Israel, Jordan, Eastern Mediterranean trips with included cruises, cruise extensions or Glories of Greece. Exceptions apply.
Offer may not be available on all vacations. Note the third bed may be a foldaway. Cannot be combined with our Small Group Discount. Discount varies by package. Additional restrictions may apply.
Young Travelers must be under the age of 18 years old on the tour departure date and accompanied by an adult (limit of one Young Traveler Discount per room). Children under 5 years old are not accepted on any escorted tour. This discount cannot be combined with our Milestone Celebrations offers.
A comprehensive exploration from the well-heeled north to the bucolic south. Contrast Sicily’s Greek heritage with the beauty of Capri and Venice’s very own captivating character. Tour Pace - Comfortable/Lively: One of the more lively paced tours with some longer touring days. These are moderated with frequent stops, often with great photo opportunities, like in Pisa. The itinerary is also balanced by the free day in Florence, clever use of the overnight ferry and free time in several idyllic resorts.
Day 1 Depart USA
Board your overnight flight (not included).
Days 2-3 Papal and Imperial Rome
Welcome to Rome - not only the modern capital of Italy but also a spectacular encyclopedia of living history! You are met on arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30 transfers depart for your hotel. Early evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, drinks and a light informal meal. In the morning you are joined by a resident expert who guides you through the art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo’s genius is on display next door in St Peter’s Basilica. Now cross the Tiber to over look the Roman Forum and visit the Colosseum, scene of bloody contests, wild beasts and Gladiators. Rome is now yours to discover at your own pace.(Welcome Reception / Buffet Breakfast)
Day 4 Pisa and Santa Margherita Ligure
Drive northwards today through the Tuscan hills. En route, there is a wine tasting and informative talk about the Chianti wines that make this region so famous. Then cross the Arno river to Pisa. Celebrated for its incredible leaning tower, Pisa also boasts a beautiful cathedral and baptistry. Continue along the coast, through tunnels and mountains that plunge dramatically into the sparkling sea. Your destination is the charming seaside resort of Santa Margherita.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 5 Portofino and the Elegant Italian Lakes
Enjoy a short cruise (weather permitting) along the Ligurian coast to the exclusive and elegant village of Portofino, epitome of La Dolce Vita. Admire the gaily-coloured houses, browse the boutiques, stay a while in the café bars on the piazzetta and watch the yachts moored in the harbour. Later, head north to beautiful Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lake District. Why not join in the traditional ritual of la passeggiata tonight.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Grand Hotel Dino
Days 6-7 Fair Verona, Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima
Follow the southern fringes of the Alps to romantic Verona, setting for one of history’s saddest love stories. See Juliet’s balcony and the Roman Arena, then it’s off to romantic Venice, ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking-up in Venice. Admire the skill of glassblowers, mask makers and gondola builders on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Then cruise by private launch along canals lined with ornate palaces. Alight at St Mark’s Square where St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs await. Now step aboard your glossy black gondola for a serenade through the watery streets. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, music and songs as you drift along the canals. The afternoon is entirely at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast)
Molino Stucky Hilton
Days 8-9 Florence, Birthplace of the Renaissance
Head for the Apennines and the Tuscan capital of Florence. Join your local expert to visit the Statue of David in the Academy Gallery. Walk to the Cathedral to see Giotto’s bell tower and ‘Gates of Paradise’ before continuing to Signoria Square. Your walking tour finishes at the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo lies buried. Finally, watch a leather work demonstration before some time at leisure. All of the next day is also set aside to explore this glorious city, treasure house of the Italian Renaissance. Check out the art galleries or take an optional drive into the beautiful Tuscan countryside?(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner / Buffet Breakfast)
Days 10-11 Sorrento and the Isle of Dreams
Take the smooth motorway southwards through the province of Umbria . Continue through the rich volcanic hills of Frascati to Cassino where you visit the Commonwealth Cemetery, overlooked by the austere monastery of Montecassino. Now follow the cliff top road to the resort of Sorrento. In the morning, see the local art of ‘intarsio’, before cruising to the beautiful Isle of Capri. An open top taxi takes you up to Capri town to spend time among the shops and admiring the sea views. Descend to the port by funicular and return to Sorrento. For your dining pleasure tonight, choose from a selection of local restaurants.(Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)
Grand Hotel La Pace
Days 12-13 Taormina, overlooking Mt Etna and the Ionian Sea
Head south this morning, following the smooth Autostrada along the very edge of the mountainous Calabria region, so often compared to Switzerland. Continue down to the very toe of Italy for the short ferry crossing to Sicily and on to Taormina. Next morning, meet a local expert for a guided walk through the old town, clinging to the side of Mt Tauro. From the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja walk along paved streets to visit the Greek Theatre, graced with the most spectacular of backdrops. Now stroll along elegant Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile for more panoramic views. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy at your own pace.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner / Buffet Breakfast)
Villa Diodoro/Hotel Caparena
Day 14 Valley of the Temples and Palermo
Drive to Agrigento on the southern coast of Sicily where the Valley of the Temples once formed part of the Greek colony of Akragas. Walk with your guide along the fortified ridge to witness the main temples. Cross the island now to the Sicilian capital of Palermo.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Grand Hotel Garibaldi
Day 15 Palermo's Golden Age and the Night Boat to Naples
Your local expert shows you the highlights of the capital. Pass the Teatro Massimo, the baroque Quattro Canti Square and glimpse the ‘fountain of shame’. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years - go inside to appreciate the composite of architectural styles. Now to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. Outside there are few clues to its interior - completely covered in glittering 12th-century mosaics. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore, or perhaps take an optional excursion to Cefalu, until it’s time to board your overnight ferry.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 16 Ancient Pompeii and the Eternal City
Arrive in Naples in time for breakfast and an orientation tour of the city. Afterwards, continue to Pompeii, buried in 79 AD by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Walk through the cobbled streets with your guide and inspect some of the villas before returning to Rome. Tonight, your tour reaches its zenith with an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a favourite Roman restaurant. As you dine, you are serenaded with popular songs and arias from best-loved operas.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
Day 17 Return to USA
Arrivederci Roma! Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(Buffet Breakfast)
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