Tours & Packages in Italy, Florence, Roma, Vatican City, Venezia, Capri, Pisa, Santa Margherita Ligure, Alberobello, Sorrento, Pompei, Taormina & Palermo

17-day Italy & Sicily Grande Tour - Including Airfares

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DURATION
16 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day tours
  • Exclusive experience
  • Flights
  • Multiple departure locations
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected meals
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected transfers
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Solo traveller

About this holiday

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17 days, 16 nights

Enter the Vatican Museum in VIP style, visit the fishing villages of the famous Cinque Terre and join an expert vintner for a tasting of Puglia’s most celebrated blends. From picture-perfect Capri to romantic Sicily, this is your perfect opportunity to discover the very best of Italy.

  • Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show.
  • Vatican City: Be among the select few to gain VIP access to the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
  • Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.

Inclusions

  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Pisa: Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral and of course, the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.
  • Cinque Terre: Led by your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site with dedicated time to explore two of the five charming fishing villages.
  • Portofino: Get a taste of the ‘sweet life’ when you visit this elegant fishing village, before cruising to Santa Margherita.
  • Italian Lake District: Experience the social ritual of la passeggiata.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Florence: Enjoy a walking exploration with your Local Expert to see the Florence Cathedral, with its bell tower and baptistery and wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
  • Isle of Capri: Ride in style back to the port by open-top taxi.
  • Matera: Visit this UNESCO World heritage Site and see famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
  • Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
  • Palermo: Visit Palermo Cathedral and walk through the Palace of the Normans to stand in the jewel-like Palatine chapel for an up-close look at some of the finest examples of Norman art.
Authentic Dinning
  • Florence: Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina dinner in the city known for its delicious cuts of steak.
  • Alberobello: Stop at a cellar for a local insight into the robust wines of the region with tasting.
  • Alberobello: After embracing the town as its natives do, enjoy Dine-at-Home experience as you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly-prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family for dinner and learn more about their life.
  • 16 Breakfasts (B) and 8 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Standard Inclusions
  • Highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of a 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.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.
  • 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.

Accommodation

HOTEL ROMANICO PALACE - ROME (TRADITIONAL) - ITALY

Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.

BEST WESTERN REGINA ELENA - SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE (TRADITIONAL) - ITALY

A modern hotel boasting fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding coast.

HOTEL SIMPLON - BAVENO (TRADITIONAL) - ITALY

Hotel Simplon is located mere minutes from the centre of Baveno which is nestled along the banks of Lake Maggiore. Its pink façade showcases the famous local marble, while the interiors provide a classic, luxurious feel. The hotel features a permanent art exhibition of famous paintings displayed along one of it's corridors.

BELLINI VENEZIA - VENICE (TRADITIONAL) - ITALY

Situated in the Cannareggio Quarter and overlooking the Grand Canal, Bellini Venezia was converted from an 18th century palazzo to a luxury hotel. Indulge in its classic Venetian décor and enjoy free WiFi throughout the hotel.

HILTON GARDEN INN FLORENCE NOVOLI - FLORENCE (TRADITIONAL) - ITALY

The Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli is a stylish hotel located just north of the city. Spacious rooms are designed with your convenience and comfort in mind.

GRAND HOTEL VESUVIO - SORRENTO - ITALY

The Grand Hotel Vesuvio is ideally located on the seafront, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Isle of Capri and Mt. Vesuvius. Built in 1882 this heritage, 5-star, deluxe hotel features sophisticated and elegantly decorated rooms with modern comforts, and a fitness and relaxation centre. The Sky Lounge Cocktail Bar showcases incredible views, why not admire the beauty at sunset with a cocktail in hand?

GRAND HOTEL LA CHIUSA DI CHIETRI - ALBEROBELLO (TRADITIONAL) - ITALY

The Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.

RG NAXOS HOTEL - TAORMINA (TRADITIONAL) - ITALY

Overlooking the Ionian Sea, the RG Naxos Hotel boasts traditional Mediterranean hospitality and fabulous rooms and facilities.

BEST WESTERN AI CAVAILERI HOTEL, PALERMO.

Best Western Ai Cavaileri Hotel, Palermo.

Travel dates

Below prices include RETURN FLIGHTS!*

  • Friday 10 April 2020 from $8,149 pp twin share
  • Friday 17 April 2020 from $8,194 pp twin share
  • Friday 01 May 2020 from $8,194 pp twin share
  • Friday 22 May 2020 from $8,194 pp twin share
  • Friday 29 May 2020 from $8,194 pp twin share
  • Friday 05 June 2020 from $8,194 pp twin share
  • Friday 12 June 2020 from $8,194 pp twin share
  • Friday 19 June 2020 from $8,249 pp twin share
  • Friday 26 June 2020 from $8,249 pp twin share
  • Friday 03 July 2020 from $8,374 pp twin share
  • Friday 10 July 2020 from $8,374 pp twin share
  • Friday 17 July 2020 from $8,249 pp twin share
  • Friday 24 July 2020 from $8,249 pp twin share
  • Friday 07 August 2020 from $8,324 pp twin share
  • Friday 21 August 2020 from $8,274 pp twin share
  • Friday 28 August 2020 from $8,274 pp twin share
  • Friday 04 September 2020 from $8,324 pp twin share
  • Friday 02 October 2020 from $8,224 pp twin share
Solo Traveller?

Enquire now for a solo quote. If you wish to avoid the single supplement entirely, you can choose to be paired with another solo traveller of the same gender. If you are not able to be matched, you'll receive a single room at no extra cost!

Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 for details or to book your tour.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME.
Rome is not only the modern capital of Italy, but also a spectacular encyclopaedia of living history. You will be met on arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30 transfers depart for your hotel. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2 - VIP VATICAN AND ROME WITH A LOCAL.
In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to guide you through the art collection of the Vatican Museums, culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to visitors. More of Michelangelo’s genius is on display next door in St. Peter’s Basilica. With time at leisure, perhaps venture inside the Colosseum to learn about the mighty Gladiators? Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.
Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - PISA AND SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE.
Enjoy a delightful drive through rolling countryside dotted with cypress trees, passing vineyards and olive groves to Pisa. With a Local Expert, view the incredible Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles 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. Your journey continues to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.
Hotel: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4 - THE CHARMS OF THE CINQUE TERRE.
Head for the famous Cinque Terre, which translates to Five Lands, located on a gorgeously wild yet hospitable part of the coastline and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two of the picturesque fishing villages before taking the train to Santa Margherita Ligure, and then journeying on to Portofino. There is plenty of time for you to admire the coloured houses, browse the boutiques and stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbour. Should weather permit, return with a cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to your hotel in the resort of Santa Margherita.
Hotel: Best Western Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - RELAXED START LAKE MAGGIORE.
Head north to the beautiful Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lakes District and the town of Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square. On arrival, settle into your hotel and take in the magical scenery. In the afternoon, why not join an optional cruise to Isola Bella to explore the palace and admire the stunning and immaculate Italian style gardens.
Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - ONTO VENICE.
Your travels continue through the Soave vineyards, passing Padua and on to the canals of Venice.
Hotel: Bellini Venezia, Venice.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 7 - RELAXED START THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.
Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Admire the art of glassblowing by master craftsmen when you visit a traditional arts centre on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch along canals lined with ornate palaces to arrive at St. Mark’s Square where St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs await. Board your gondola to be serenaded through the beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. Relax amongst the romantic atmosphere as you drift along before having an afternoon to enjoy at leisure.
Hotel: Bellini Venezia, Venice.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - A SCENIC JOURNEY TO FLORENCE.
Bid farewell to Venice and begin your journey to Renaissance Florence. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between wandering through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. Alternatively, visit the Academia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Walk to the cathedral and see Giotto’s bell tower and the Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria, gazing at statues such as Neptune, Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Your exploration will finish in front of the basilica where Michelangelo lies buried in Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its quality goods. Enjoy a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner paired with delicious local wine, a specialty not to be missed.
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 9 - RELAXED START FLORENCE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE.
Start the day with a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration, then there is plenty of time to shop with the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the hilltop town of San Gimignano?
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - ILL-FATED POMPEII AND ON TO SORRENTO.
Journey south through the volcanic hills of Frascati to Pompeii, which was buried in A.D. 79 by Mount Vesuvius' catastrophic eruption. Walk with a Local Expert through the preserved cobbled streets for a glimpse into the daily life of civilisation during the Roman Empire. Follow the clifftop road to the resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - CAPRI, THE ISLE OF DREAMS.
Meet your Local Expert and cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. The funicular railway takes you up to Capri town where you will explore the narrow alleyways and have time to browse exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by open-top taxi, just as the jet-set do and return to Sorrento where the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 - SASSI DI MATERA AND ALBEROBELLO.
After breakfast, discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, visit Matera for an in-depth guided exploration of the extraordinary Sassi, ancient troglodyte dwellings and churches dug out of the rock. These are the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean and were inhabited by about 20,000 people up until 1950. Matera was also used as the setting for the film 'The Passion of the Christ'. Continue to Alberobello, the second UNESCO World Heritage Site and your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 13 - RELAXED START ALBEROBELLO.
Join your Local Expert to admire the Trulli of Alberobello - small, circular structures with conical roofs and clustered together like mushrooms. They are built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar. Venture into the surrounding region, a paradise for wine-lovers. Join an expert vintner for a tasting of Puglia's most robust and structured red wines. For your Dine-at-Home experience, you are invited to join a local and their family. See Nonna making pasta and enjoy a freshly prepared meal together, traditional of southern Italy.
Hotel: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, Alberobello.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 14 - SICILY AND THE TAORMINA RIVIERA.
The local roads will take you south, following the shores of the Gulf of Taranto to the mountainous Calabria region. Travel along the Purple Coast to the very 'toe' of Italy and board your ferry bound for Sicily. According to ancient legend, it was here at the Straits of Messina where the twin whirlpools of Scylla and Charybdis carried unwary seafarers away to their doom! After you disembark, continue to the Taormina Riviera.
Hotel: RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina Riviera.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 15 - RELAXED START TAORMINA AND THE DAWN COAST OF EUROPE.
Join a Local Expert for a visit to the Greek theatre. Set on a cliff and open to the sky, take a moment to sit in this ancient theatre and absorb the view through the crumbling arches to Mount Etna. Stroll on to the tiny courtyard of the Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina’s grandest building. Further along the elegant Corso Umberto, the Piazza IX Aprile offers panoramic views. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Perhaps join an optional experience to Mt. Etna?
Hotel: RG Naxos Hotel, Taormina Riviera.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 - PALERMO, CAPITAL OF SICILY.
Head to the Sicilian capital of Palermo. On arrival, your Local Expert will show you the highlights of the capital. Palermo Cathedral has been altered over the years and a venture inside will help you to appreciate the composite architectural styles. Next, head to the amazing Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans. With the outside completely covered in glittering 12th century mosaics, it provides an insight to what's within. Join your travelling companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine.
Hotel: Best Western Ai Cavaileri Hotel, Palermo.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 17 - DEPART PALERMO.
Your journey draws to an end with departure transfers arriving at Palermo's Falcone–Borsellino Airport at 06:00 and 08:00.
Meals: Breakfast

Questions

IS THERE SEAT ROTATION?

Yes, your Travel Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you’ll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers. 

HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?

You are allowed to bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 30.5”x22”x12.5” (77.5 x 56 x 32cm) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs (23kg) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescope handles. Please note that air carriers, cruise lines and other forms of transportation may have other restrictions and requirements including weight, and we recommend that you contact the suppliers directly for additional information. We regret we are unable to accept a second suitcase or any luggage exceeding these limits.

DO YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL NEEDS?

We make every effort to accommodate any special needs requests, whether it be a dietary restriction or a physical limitation. In order to accommodate your needs as best as possible, we ask that you let us know at time of booking so we can assess the request and see how and where we can accommodate you.We may ask you to fill out a form depending on the request in order for us to assess how and if we can accommodate. 

DO YOU HAVE A SHARE PROGRAM FOR SINGLES?

If you wish to share with another traveller of the same sex you can advise us at the time of booking. Insight believes that travelling solo doesn't have to cost you more. They will try to match you with someone of the same sex in order to avoid having to pay the single supplement. If they are not able to provide a suitable room mate, Insight will provide a single room at no extra cost.

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Fine print

Travel at 60 & supplier booking conditions apply.

Air Offer: Valid for travel in economy class on selected airlines, booking classes and European gateways. Surcharges may apply. Not combinable with Early Payment Discounts. Deposit conditions for the trip in addition to full air payment (including surcharges) will apply. Final Payment Conditions will also apply to the trip therefore please ensure to review your Payment Schedule to determine when payments will be due. Complimentary arrival transfers are available on the first day of the trip and depart Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Flight information is required to book transfers. Complimentary departure transfers are available on the last day of the trip and arrive at Palermo Airport (PMO) at 06:00 & 08:00. Isle of Capri: Open-top taxis are dependent on favourable weather conditions.

NB: Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Note prices displayed reflect available discounted rates (i.e. Early Payment Discount, Last Minute Deals). All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however is subject to change, please confirm all details at time of booking. 

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