Exclusive: Italian Elegance

    Europe in Style | September 9 - 20, 2022 | 12-Days | Small Group - Country Roads Style | Offer valid until July 10, 2022

    Exclusive: Italian Elegance 

    All-in Price: $5,660CAD* Per Person

    Single Supplement: $1,800CAD

    *Rate is per person, land only, based on double occupancy in Canadian Dollars including taxes. Flight options are available on request.

    Departure Date: September 9, 2022

    Return Date: September 20, 2022

    Photo: Shoreline in Italy

    Highlights: 

    • Rome: Taste a nutritious meal at Rome's welcome dinner. The venue adopts a flexiterian philosophy; to them, sustainable consumption and healthy meals is what's important.
    • San Gimignano: Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli for a taste of his finest frozen treats.
    • Tuscany: In the Tuscan countryside, where deep-green cypress trees pierce blue skies and olive groves hug the rolling hillsides, taste the wines of an eminent estate.
    • Vatican City: Be among the select few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and see Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Visit the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age. Then you'll be privileged an exclusive VIP Highlight Dinner at the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, whilst enjoying views of the cupola of St. Peters, should weather permit.
    • Cinque Terre: Savour a freshly-prepared Sea-to-Table meal, made of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients typical of the region.
    • Lucca: Visit a traditional steam bakery and sample Buccellato, the sweet raisin bread typical of the region.
    • Venice: Enjoy a special Venetian Celebration Dinner with wine at La Fenice, situated in the heart of this historic city.
    • Dining Summary: 11-Breakfast (B), 6-Dinner with Wine (DW), 1-Lunch with Wine (LW)

    Tour Inclusions:

    • 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

    Tour Exclusions:

    • No early check in/late checkout included
    • International, domestic and internal airfares
    • Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature
    • Gratuities to Travel Director, Coach Drivers and Local Experts

    Photo: Map of Italian Elegance Itinerary

    Italian Elegance Itinerary:

    Day 1: Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2022

    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 at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 17:30, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. 

    MEAL(S): Dinner with Wine

    ACCOMMODATION: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.

    Day 2: Rome with Vatican Dinner

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022

    In the morning enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican with your Local Expert and see the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. In the afternoon, enjoy special fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age. Enter the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. After, dine in the Vatican's elegant Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, should weather permit, where you will enjoy incredible views of the cupola of St. Peter's during your private VIP Highlight Dinner. 

    MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    ACCOMMODATION: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.

    Day 3: Renaissance Florence

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

    Take the autostrada north to Renaissance Florence. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's David or alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. From there, see the cathedral, campanile and the baptistery, adorned with the Gates of Paradise. Walk on to Piazza della Signoria with its open-air gallery of Renaissance sculpture. There is time to shop for Florentine leather or gold before continuing to your elegant Tuscan villa near the walled town of Monteriggioni. After spending two days in the metropolis of Rome, your villa resort will be a welcome retreat. Rest in the shade of the lush, verdant gardens, swim in the pool, or participate in a variety of leisure activities. 

    MEAL(S): Breakfast

    ACCOMMODATION: Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni.

    Day 4: Siena and the Flavours of San Gimignano

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

    In the morning, visit medieval Siena where narrow cobbled streets lined with palaces and patrician mansions, lead to Piazza del Campo, scene of the Palio horse race. Explore with your Local Expert and visit the beautiful, striped cathedral. Continue to hilltop San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers that scrape the azure Tuscan sky. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his finest frozen treats. On return to your hotel, stop at a local winery to sample some of the robust red wines of Tuscany and learn about their origins. 

    MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    ACCOMMODATION: Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni.

    Day 5: The Chianti Hills to Pisa, Lucca and Santa Margherita

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2022

    Lucca - Italy, Santa Margherita Ligure - Italy

    Head for Pisa and see the incredible Leaning Tower, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Drive through the patchwork of vines, olives and cypresses that typify the Chianti hills before continuing to the delightful town of Lucca. Taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca's sweet raisin anise bread. Continue along the coast to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    ACCOMMODATION: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure.

    Day 6: The Cinque Terre

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

    Head for the port of La Spezia for a highlight of your travels, the Cinque Terre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Enjoy a delicious Sea-to-Table lunch in Monterosso. There is time to explore the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before returning to your hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps make the most of the hotel’s private beach.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

    ACCOMMODATION: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure.

    Day 7: Portofino and Lake Maggiore

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

    Cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, the epitome of la dolce vita (should weather permit). Enjoy leisure time to admire the coloured houses, browse the boutiques or simply stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbour. Next, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with lush vegetation.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast

    ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes.

    Day 8: Cortina d'Ampezzo

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

    Continue through the Dolomites, to the mountain resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    ACCOMMODATION: Faloria Mountain Spa Resort, Cortina d'Ampezzo.

    Day 9: Experience the Dolomites

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022

    Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy

    The whole day is free for you to explore the colourful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites, one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. During summer, once the snow and ice have melted away, a breathtaking landscape is revealed. There are a number of walking tracks through pristine Alpine wilderness for the adventurous to explore, or for a more relaxed pace, perhaps take a thrilling Optional Experience cable car ride to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking 360-degree views.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast

    ACCOMMODATION: Faloria Mountain Spa Resort, Cortina d'Ampezzo.

    Day 10: Venice, Queen of the Adriatic

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

    Descend through the mountains to the romantic city of Venice. A private launch glides you past canals lined with ornate palaces to St Mark’s Square. See the basilica, the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, before checking into your intimate and luxurious hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialities and wine.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast

    ACCOMMODATION: Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezion.

    Day 11: Venice at Leisure

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

    Visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. Then there is free time to enjoy the magical atmosphere of this incredible city at your own pace. Mingle with the locals at the open air markets near the Rialto Bridge and explore the back lanes and squares where Venetians go about their day. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. This evening, stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    ACCOMMODATION: Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezion.

    Day 12: Arrivederci Venice

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

    Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.

    MEAL(S): Breakfast

    Deposit: $200 CAD per person – cancel for any reason within 30-days of deposit and receive a full refund. Non-Refundable after 30-days from booking date. 

    Final Payment Date: July 10, 2022

    Small Group: Max capacity 24-passengers

    Tour style: Country Road: *Optional info: Go off the well-trodden tourist path and visit hidden retreats, meet amazing locals and enjoy Farm-to-Table dining.

    Offer valid until July 10, 2022! Don't delay and book Italy today!

    Terms And Conditions

    A deposit of $200 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Final Payment date: July 10, 2022. AIR TRANSPORTATION: Not included unless otherwise outlined in each itinerary page Trip Planner. Please be advised that due to transportation security, Airlines will collect the necessary required information from guests. Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify the information you will be providing to Insight Vacations when filling out the Wellness Declaration upon arrival. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: PASSPORTS AND VISAS: We strongly recommend that you have a valid passport (with seven-month validity) for all travel outside Canada. Please be advised transit visas may be required if connecting through a country on route to your final destination. IMPORTANT PREVIEW BOOKING CONDITIONS: The finalized itinerary and dates will be confirmed upon the release of Insight 2022 Europe brochure. Preview itineraries and trip content are based on the itineraries featured in Insight 2021 Europe brochure (unless specified otherwise) however items such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations are all subject to change. NOTE: This trip falls under LEVEL 1 Schengen countries require Canadian guests to have proof of travel/health insurance. Minimum coverage of the health insurance must be at least 35,000 EURO. (Approx. C$50,000) INSURANCE When travelling outside Canada, health insurance is required. Contact your booking agent for more details. Group Booking Number: A163713 / IVCANS

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