ITALIAN ESCAPADE – INSIGHT VACATIONS

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ITALIAN ESCAPADE – INSIGHT VACATIONS

Embrace the Art of Living ‘la Dolce Vita’ During a 13-Day Guided Tour of Italy

Travel from Rome to Venice during this 13-day guided tour of Italy. Experience ancient Rome: See the Colosseum, where gladiators once fought, and Circus Maximus, where chariots raced for sport. Cruise around Venice in a private boat, then step onto St. Mark’s Square and stand in awe of its gothic-style Doge’s Palace. Sail to Murano Island, where a glassblower will manipulate molten glass into a work of art in front of your eyes. View the southern cliffs of Sorrento and see majestic Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Travel by open-top taxi with a Local Expert to the top of the island of Capri, then explore its charming alleyways — and duck into a shop to purchase a memento. Celebrate a spectacular vacation with an equally spectacular experience: a private operetta performed during a final feast in Rome.

Save up to $816 per person

Expired on Saturday September 28th, 2024

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Day1: Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director and getting to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Arrival Transfer -
Depart Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 09:30, 12:30, 15:30

Accommodation
Hotel Romanico Palace

Included Meals
Dinner with Wine

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Rome Welcome Dinner.
Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.

A Local Expert leads you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your visit includes fast-track entry to the museums and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase. Later, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica. 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.

Accommodation
Hotel Romanico Palace

Included Meals
Breakfast

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Vatican Visit with Fast-Tracked Entry.
Gain Fast Track access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

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 witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.

Travel north to medieval Siena and stroll through the winding stone-paved streets to the vast Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race takes place amid great festivities. See the Fountain of Joy and then walk up to the hilltop cathedral, striped with marble. Continue through the cypress-clad hills and vineyards of Tuscany to Florence. Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a speciality not to be missed.

Accommodation
Michelangelo Florence

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Siena Orientation.
See the Fountain of Joy, striped cathedral and vast Piazza del Campo.

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Florence Restaurant Dinner.
Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a specialty not to be missed.

Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum and see Michelangelo's David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a shopping tour, enjoying all the Italian treats and finery on offer. Walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Visit 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 as well as Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Famous for the quality of its luxury goods like gold and leather, Piazza Santa Croce is also the perfect spot to see the basilica. Later, use your free time to shop or continue exploring at your leisure.

Accommodation
Michelangelo Florence

Included Meals
Breakfast

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.

INSIGHT CHOICE
Choose between two carefully selected activities.

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.

OR

Enjoy a Local Treat in Piazza Santa Croce.
Take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce to enjoy a typical Italian treat in a local café.

Stop in Pisa, to see the incredible Leaning Tower from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity, as well as the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey continues, past the marble quarries at Carrara, used since the time of Ancient Rome, through the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the fertile valley of the River Po. Continue to your lakeside resort on beautiful Lake Maggiore. As night time draws in, why not work up an appetite before dinner with a traditional evening stroll, or passeggiata as they say in Italy?

Accommodation
Hotel Simplon

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Pisa Orientation.
During your orientation, your Travel Director will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, and the colonnaded bell tower lurches behind the 11th century cathedral - the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Italian Lake District La Passeggiata.
Step out with your Travel Director to experience the charming traditional social ritual of la passeggiata. All across Italy, in cities, towns and villages people leave their houses to gently walk streets, from babies in strollers to the most senior citizens. Savor a gelato or glass of wine along the way and observe, as new romances, new babies and new shoes are all put on display. Note the ever-stylish Italians love to dress up for the occasion so feel free add a touch of flair to your outfit!

Today is set aside for you to relax and enjoy all the fantastic sights of this beautiful lakeland area.
For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked restaurants for your dining pleasure.

Accommodation
Hotel Simplon

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Lake Maggiore Dine-Around Evening.
For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked restaurants for your dining pleasure.

Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards by the shores of Lake Iseo. Here, winemaking traditions run deep. Taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to the unique city of Venice and step back in time to the 16th century.

Accommodation
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

AUTHENTIC DINNING

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

A private boat ferries you to St. Mark’s Square. See the basilica, Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during a visit to a traditional arts centre, where you can see how beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers, safeguarding traditional skills.
Enjoy being serenaded with traditional songs on a gondola ride, gliding through the city canals in romantic awe. Spend the afternoon as you wish. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?

Accommodation
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

Included Meals
Breakfast

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 traditional practices. The workshop's master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.
The workshop advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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.

Venice Gondola Ride.
Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.

Skirt the Venetian Lagoon and cross two of Italy’s most important rivers, the Adige and Po. The scenery will then change dramatically as you drive through the wild Apennines. Your destination is the stone-built, hilltop town of Assisi, home of St. Francis. See the Church of St. Mary of the Angels before continuing up Mount Subasio. Then with our Local Expert we visit the beautiful Basilica of St. Francis.

Accommodation
Hotel Giotto Assisi

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Assisi City Tour.
See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval laneways of this quaint town.

Assisi Basilica of St Francis Visit.
With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.

Journey along the clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, perched upon the southern cliffs of the Bay of Naples and looking out to Mount Vesuvius. With the evening at leisure, why not try some of the local specialities during a regional dining experience?

Accommodation
Hotel Isabella

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

See Mount Vesuvius.
Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.

In the morning, cruise to Capri, known as the Isle of Dreams. In one of the island's iconic open-top taxis, head up the steep, winding roads while a symphony of cicadas sing away in the pines. With your Local Expert, explore the narrow alleyways of Capri town, browse in exclusive boutiques and wonder at the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento for some relaxation time. Perhaps join an optional visit to Positano and the Amalfi Coast?

Accommodation
Hotel Isabella

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Cruise by Jetfoil to the Isle of Capri.
Cruise by jetfoil to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.

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.

Isle of Capri Open-top Taxi Ride.
Relax and enjoy the views as you are driven in an iconic open-top taxi.

Journey north to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, eerily preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Your Local Expert walks you through cobbled streets to explore some of the shops, villas and temples. Witness the colourful frescoes that were hidden for centuries. Continue beneath the striking hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino and back to Rome where your journey reaches its zenith in the evening. In the heart of The Eternal City, you are treated to a quintessential Italian experience. Fine food, wine, music and a private performance of enchanting operetta for your Celebration Dinner.

Accommodation
Hotel Mediterraneo

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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.

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Rome Celebration Dinner.
Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine, accompanied by the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved songs.

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport.

Departure Transfer -
Arrive at Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) at 07:00, 09:30

Included Meals
Breakfast

GROUP SIZE: Classic up to 40 guests

Departure Return Offer Price
02 Apr 2024 14 Apr 2024 $8404
30 Apr 2024 12 May 2024 $8903
18 May 2024 30 May 2024 $8903
25 Jun 2024 07 Jul 2024 2024 Travel sale $8846 10% Off $7959
02 Jul 2024 14 Jul 2024 2024 Travel sale $8633 10% Off $7770
09 Jul 2024 21 Jul 2024 2024 Travel sale $8573 10% Off $7716
23 Jul 2024 04 Aug 2024 2024 Travel sale $8228 10% Off $7406
30 Jul 2024 11 Aug 2024 2024 Travel sale $8168 10% Off $7352
13 Aug 2024 25 Aug 2024 2024 Travel sale $8228 10% Off $7406
03 Sep 2024 15 Sep 2024 $8978
24 Sep, 01 Oct 2024 06, 13 Oct 2024 $8903

*Price are per person base on twin room

BOOKING TERM & CONDITIONS

UPDATED BOOKING CONDITIONS: The following conditions apply to bookings made after 15 August 2023 for tours departing on or after 1 April 2024. If you booked before 15 August 2023 or are travelling before 1 April 2024, please see the relevant Booking Conditions for your tour.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

Payment and cancellation terms vary by tour so please review this tour deposit level table to view the terms that will apply.

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2  AIRLINE TICKETS
Deposit due per person $200 $350 As per airline policy
Final Payment due
(before departure)
60 days 90 days As per airline policy
Cancelation Charges (per person) if you cancel your holiday (No. of Days before travel)
Before Final Payment Date Deposit Deposit As per airline policy
Final Payment Date until 30 days before departure 50% 50% $75 plus airline charges
29 days – 2 days before departure 80% 80% $75 plus airline charges
1 day before or day of departure 100% 100% $75 plus airline charges

Cancellation charges pertain to the tour, extra nights’ accommodation as well as chargeable transfers.

NOTE: Included flights are outlined in each trip itinerary in our brochure or online. Guests travelling on any flight must provide their full name (as appears on their passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worst-case scenario, be denied boarding.

Level 1: Cancellation fees are the minimum cancellation fee charged and is used unless the trip is described as Level 2.

Level 2: These trips are generally trips which include cruise/ferry, train, intra-trip flight elements and small group departures.

A full list of all trips and levels can be found at Tour Deposit Level.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® EXPERIENCES

Our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences connect you with people, the planet and wildlife and promote the values of sustainable tourism.

UNIQUE INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Explore destinations with engaging Local Experts, gain special access to iconic sites and enjoy fun activities with our Unique Insight Experiences.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

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

AUTHENTIC DINING

12 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners with Wine
Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Sip, savour and sense the local flair with every meal.

STYLISH HAND PICKED HOTELS

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service and superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

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