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Insight Vacations - Italian Escapade 2013

13 Days - Italy

This is a perfectly paced tour with two-night stays in Rome, Florence, the Italian lakes, Venice and Sorrento, and one-night in Assisi. All travelling days are of a reasonable length with interesting stops for refreshments and photo opportunities.

  • Summary
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    After testifying to the riches of Rome, Florence, Italian Lakes, Venice, Assisi and Capri, your tour comes full circle amid the ill-fated streets of Pompeii.

    Tour Pace
    This is a perfectly paced tour with two-night stays in Rome, Florence, the Italian lakes, Venice and Sorrento, and one-night in hill-top Assisi. All travelling days are of a reasonable length with interesting stops en route for refreshments and photo opportunities.

    Hotels
    There is a diverse mix of hotel styles, with the modern Sheraton in Rome contrasting with Venice's Carlton, built by the Grand Canal, and the tranquil setting of the Simplon hotel overlooking Lake Maggiore. While in Assisi, the Hotel Roseo has a understated elegance and wonderful Italian charm.

    Passenger Testimonial
    'Trevi Fountain- Rome's largest and most famous fountain is staggering. One minute you are strolling along a tiny alley and suddenly you can hear the sound of spilling water. Seconds later, you step into Piazza di Trevi. Allora, I wanted to pinch myself that I really was there. It is staggering. I actually believe that this sight was the first vision in Rome that had me catching my breath'.
    Maureen

     PREMIUM EXPERIENCES AND DINING

    • Be among the select few to gain VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
    • Hear tales of gladiators and the glory of ancient Rome as you visit the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum
    • Stand in awe beside Michelangelo’s monumental Statue of David in the Academy Gallery, Florence.
    • Visit a local winery passed down through the generations and taste their latest vintages.
    • Delight in the unique magic of Venice as you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
    • Ravenna’s austere buildings give little hint of the shimmering mosaic riches to be found inside!
    • Find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
    • Cruise to the famous Isle of Capri and in the style of the jet-set, ride up to town by open top taxi.
    • Walk with a guide through the cobbled streets of ill-fated Pompeii, frozen in time since the 1st century.
    • Choose from a selection of Lake Maggiore restaurants during your Dine-Around evening.
    • Dine with the tenors in a lighthearted evening of food and fun! Enjoy a four-course menu complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best loved songs.
       

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

    • Rome: Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica.
    • Siena: See the striped cathedral and vast Campo Square.
    • Florence: During your guided walking tour, see the Cathedral, belltower, ‘Gates of Paradise’ on the Baptistery and visit Signoria Square. Witness a leather-work demonstration.
    • Pisa: See the Cathedral, Baptistery and ‘Leaning Tower.
    • talian Lakes: Join us in the social ritual of ‘La Passeggiata’.
    • Verona: See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony.
    • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See St. Mark’s Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Witness hand made Venetian glass-blowing.
    • Cassino: Visit the peaceful Commonwealth War Cemetery.
    • Sorrento: witness an ‘Intarsio’ demonstration
       

    PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

    • This is such a fantastic tour that there can be up to three departures a week, which is why we show multiple hotels for most locations. In Assisi, the Hotel Roseo has a understated elegance and wonderful Italian charm. The opulent Grand Hotel Dino overlooking Lake Maggiore, contrasts with your final tour hotel, the sleek and stylish Sheraton, which has been selected for its easy access to Rome airport.
       

     INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

    • A Welcome Reception with light informal meal (WR)
    • 12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 4 three-course table d’hôte Dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)

     INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES

    • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
    • Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
    • Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
    • Airport transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 13 (Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, please make your own way to/from the airport or purchase a transfer)
       
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