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Italian Intermezzo

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Deal ID: JZxDEq
DATES AVAILABLE:
DURATION: 8 Days
Departing weekly from Apr-Oct

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Airfares from Australia to Milan, Italy with a premium airline
  • 7 nights accommodation in hand-picked hotels with porterage & staff tipping – 1 night in Lake Como, 2 nights in Venice, 2 nights in Florence, & 2 nights in Rome
  • Services of a highly-skilled Insight Vacations Travel Director throughout
  • Transport by Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard washroom, complimentary Wi-Fi,
  • Personal radio headsets whilst touring & sightseeing
  • 7 Buffet Breakfasts and 3 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee
  • Airfares from Rome, Italy to Australia with a premium airline

 

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.
  • Vatican City: Enjoy VIP, after-hours access to the Vatican Museums with a curator of the Ethnological Museum, as they share their immense knowledge of the collection.

 

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: 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. Visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods. Witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Pisa: See the cathedral, baptistery and gravity-defying Leaning Tower.
  • Assisi: A Local Expert will explain why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.

 

AUTHENTIC DINING:

  • Lake Como: The L’antica Riva restaurant, situated on picturesque Lake Como, is built within a historic 17th century building which was one of the first houses of the area. Here you will enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Florence: During dinner, meet a sommelier who will talk you through a tasting of some of Tuscan’s finest wines.
  • Rome: Enjoy an exclusive Celebration Dinner inside the Vatican after it closes to the public. What better way to toast your escorted journey than in true VIP style?
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year’s Eve enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.

 

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.

 

 

DATES AVAILABLE:
DURATION: 8 Days
Departing weekly from Apr-Oct

 

Italian Intermezzo - Pricing

Prices are to be considered as a guide only due to fluctuations in flight, hotel and cruise availability. Prices are based on per person, twin share unless otherwise stated. Some components may also require compulsory additional payments such as gratuities or visas. Prices are based on the lowest available cabin category at time of quoting therefore cabins may have an obstructed view at these rates. For unobstructed cabin categories please discuss your options with a travel consultant. Call or enquire now for up-to-date information.

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The Insight Difference

We work passionately, 24 hours a day, to ensure you, and tens of thousands of other travelers, can confidently explore your dream destinations. Your safety is our utmost priority, and in the rare event of a circumstance requiring attention, no matter the scale, you can rest assured that we are always in close communication with our Travel Directors, regional offices and partners in the places in which we operate. We find practical solutions for travel issues and will take care of all the details so you can travel at ease.

Your highly-skilled Travel Director will be on hand to share knowledge, advice, act as a travelling concierge, give practical assistance, and manage the details of your journey so that everything runs smoothly. Leave the baggage handling, check-ins, reservations, tips, and all the other details to us. Hassle-free travel is our speciality and we’ve thought of everything, leaving you to relax and effortlessly enjoy your vacation. If you would like suggestions on how you could spend your free time, your Travel Director will be only too happy to offer guidance. See for yourself, and meet our Travel Directors as they guide you through a selection of trips.

Our introductions to locals make it possible for you to gain a meaningful understanding of what it is like to actually live in an area. Historians, artisans, chefs, growers and other local experts who reside in the region will share their stories, traditions and insights, bringing the places you visit to life in a meaningful way. Nothing compares to hearing and seeing first hand from local legends who are passionate about their way of life and keen to share it with others.

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Insight Experiences

A carefully curated collection of memories-in-the-making.

When you travel with Insight, we’ll introduce you to authentic experiences, fascinating activities and expert insights that you could never enjoy as an independent traveller. Your journey will include unique Insight Experiences from a carefully curated collection of more than 70. We’ve selected a few of our favourite unique experiences below. With these and many more, magical moments and memories await you…

  • Take in a Parisian gourmet walk
  • Enjoy VIP entry to the Sistine Chapel
  • Discover cider-making in Norway
  • Meet professional dog-sled racers
  • Ride to the top of Mount Stanserhorn by cable car
  • Lunch at Villa Machiavelli, Tuscany
  • Afternoon Tea at Ballindalloch Castle, Scotland
  • Meet Poland’s Goral Highlanders
  • Meet an Umbrian olive-grower
  • Savour a Tuscan Celebration Dinner
  • Explore loom-weaving in Perugia
  • Meet a genuine Gondolier in Venice
  • Sip tea in Morocco, the traditional way
  • Enjoy a cocktail to remember in Venice
  • Discover the art of strudel-making
  • Enjoy a Prado visit with an art expert

 

Deliciously Authentic Dining

Dining the Insight Way – So Many Deliciously Well-Considered Ways to Dine

Dining well isn’t just about great food; ambience, service, location – and, of course, good company – are all essential ingredients of an unforgettable meal. When you travel with us, we provide dining experiences that really connect you to the heart and soul of each destination. In addition, we’ve designed our deliciously varied menu of dining choices to perfectly complement each well-planned day of your journey with us.

Welcome Dinner

How better to start your Insight vacation than by sitting down to a leisurely dinner with your fellow guests and Travel Director? It’s your chance to mingle, make friends, and learn more about the journey ahead of you.

Dine-Around

An experience designed to present a delicious dilemma: a selection of excellent restaurants, recommended by your Travel Director, where you and a smaller group of companions can enjoy authentic local cuisine in an intimate setting. But which will you choose?

Cooking Demonstration

A fun, interactive way to learn more about local cuisines. You won’t just watch as an expert chef shares how delicious regional specialities are made, you’ll also be able to join in the cooking – and, of course, sample the finished dish.

Highlight Dinner

A chance to hit new gastronomic heights, eating truly outstanding food at acclaimed restaurants. Music, a show, or another form of entertainment may very well be on the à la carte menu, too.

Dine-at-Home

We’re introducing an exciting new experience for selected trips in 2018: the opportunity to dine in the home of a local foodie. You’ll eat with your host – who is also the “chef” – and enjoy a lovingly prepared dinner, as well as an opportunity to get to know them, and find about their lives.

VizEat Meal-Sharing

In 2018, we’re delighted to partner with VizEat, who specialises in connecting travellers with local foodies for meals in their homes. VizEat’s warm and welcoming hosts will be included on a variety of our journeys, enabling our guests to share deliciously authentic meals and a unique experience.

Farm-to-Table

Another innovation for 2018, our Country Roads journeys – plus a few others – will now feature meals showcasing the best and freshest agricultural produce of the region, very often including a chance for guests to meet the local farmers and growers.

Celebration Dinner

On the final night of your journey, we guarantee a meal to remember. Wherever you are, we’ll find a truly special restaurant for a celebratory farewell to your travelling companions and friends; very often the best, most highly rated restaurant of the trip.

 

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.

 

Travel in Style

Always the Best Seat

When you travel with us, we want you to feel entirely relaxed and at ease throughout your holiday. So naturally, we take care of the driving, leaving you free to sit back, and enjoy the journey.
Our experienced coach drivers are hand-picked to transfer you seamlessly to your destination, via the best and most scenic routes.
Sitting high above the traffic in your uniquely customised Insight Vacations coach, you’ll enjoy the best possible views along with personal air conditioning and double the legroom of a standard coach. And you can catch up online, sharing your photos and highlights with our complimentary Wi-Fi.
It’s a sociable way to travel, too. As part of a smaller group, Insight guests enjoy spending quality time together, really getting to know each other – and their Travel Director and coach driver – en route to the next amazing destination.

SMALLER GROUPS mean easier travel, more time to enjoy your destination, with less waiting around.
EXTRA LEG ROOM and personal air conditioning allow you to stretch out and relax in real comfort, with free onboard Wi-Fi.
EXPERIENCED COACH DRIVERS know the best routes for scenery and travel time, so you’re free to relax and enjoy the journey.

Other Travel, Always Seamless

Your Insight Vacations journey may also involve other modes of travel, such as a ferry cruise or train. As ever, the “leave everything to us” principle applies. Every leg of your journey will be smoothly and seamlessly coordinated by our team, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Hand-Picked Hotels

At Insight, we believe that where you stay makes the difference between a good vacation and an unforgettable one. That’s why we take the greatest possible care in choosing hotels that are truly exceptional in terms of style, location and service.

Stay in Style

With Insight, your hotels will always be stylish, comfortable and well located. And on some journeys, you’ll have a chance to stay somewhere truly remarkable. Whether that’s a castle steeped in centuries of history, a French chateau set on a beautiful vineyard estate, or an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of one of Europe’s great cities, these are places that will stay with you as treasured memories, for life.

Desirable Addresses

What’s the perfect location for a hotel? Of course, there is no single answer to that question; but at Insight, we’ve made an art of choosing hotels that are ideally situated in the context of the journey you are making. That could be in a city centre, conveniently close to shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. Or it might be in a stunningly scenic setting, with glorious views of the ocean or enfolded in a tranquil rural landscape.

Exceptional Service

Wherever you stay on your travels with us, you’ll enjoy a seamless, stress-free experience, with nothing at all to distract you from relaxing and getting maximum enjoyment from your vacation. Your hotel check-ins will be expertly managed by your Travel Director, and your luggage will appear in your room, as if by magic. There’s no need to worry about tipping either, because all hotel and restaurant gratuities are included. We really do take care of everything!

Here’s a list of your

Day by Day Itinerary

  1. Elegant Como

    Fly from Australia to Milan, Italy. 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 L’antica Riva, an elegant restaurant on the shores of Lake Como known for serving delicious fresh produce. Your Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.

    Overnight: Palace Hotel, Como.

    Meals: Dinner with Wine

  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.

    Overnight: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena, Venice.

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

  3. Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.

    (Relaxed Start) 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. Then appreciate the splendour 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.

    Overnight: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena, Venice.

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

  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 Local Expert for a walk through the historic centre. Visit the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece statue, David. 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.

    Overnight: Hotel Londra, Florence.

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

  5. Free Time in Renaissance Florence

    (Relaxed Start) Florence is known for its quality leather goods and you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leather-work 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 at the markets 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 Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.

    Overnight: Hotel Londra, Florence.

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

  6. Chianti Country to Assisi and on to Rome.

    Journey through the vineyards of the Chianti region passing Lake Trasimeno, the Italian Peninsula’s largest lake 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?

    Overnight: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast

  7. Rome sightseeing with Private Vatican Dinner.

    In the morning enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Afterwards, enjoy some free time, perhaps joining a tour of the Colosseum? In the afternoon, 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. After the museums close their doors to the public, you are extended a special invitation from a curator of the Ethnological Museum, as they share their immense knowledge of the collection. Dine in the Vatican in refined elegance among its priceless treasures at a private VIP Celebration Dinner.

    Overnight: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

  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.

    Meals: Buffet Breakfast