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Italian Elegance - Classic Group

Experience the food and fun of Italy on this 12-day guided tour. In Rome, see the Colosseum where gladiators fought to the death, then visit the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert for a behind-the-scenes look at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Travel from Florence to the heart of Tuscany, stopping in scenic San Gimignano for a taste of gelato with a world-champion gelato maker; later, arrive at your hotel for a sampling of the region’s most robust red wines. Prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a photo and see the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cinque Terre with a Local Expert, who will join you for a sea-to-table feast in the medieval town of Monterosso. Allow yourself to be serenaded as you float along the canals of Venice in a traditional gondola, and watch a renowned craftsman blow Venetian glass into a masterful work of art.
Tour details
Tour Provider Insight Vacations
Price From
$7,098
Number of Days
12
Start Location
Rome, Italy
End Location
Venice, Italy
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
30 to 40
Tour Style
Luxury
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
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.
Rome with Vatican Dinner
A day to enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including fast-track 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. Visit the magnifcent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican with your Local Expert and afterwards see the Colosseum and Circus Maximus, symbols of ancient Rome.
Renaissance Florence
Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Accademia Museum and see Michelangelo’s David. After, continue on foot to admire the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Continue into the 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 and Hercules and Cacus along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Alternatively, take a stroll with your Travel Director to Piazza Santa Croce to enjoy a typical Italian treat in a local café, where you will be in the perfect spot to admire the basilica and indulge in people-watching the elegant Florentines. Marvel at the artistry during a demonstration of leather work and admire how the goldsmiths create their designs both famous luxury goods found in Florence.
The flavours of San Gimignano Relaxed Start
Spend time exploring the maze of alleyways and admire scenic views across the valley. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his finest frozen treats.
The Chianti Hills to Pisa, Lucca and Santa Margherita
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. 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. Next, cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, the epitome of la dolce vita (should weather permit). Continue along the coast to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.
The Cinque Terre and Portofino
Head for the port of La Spezia for a highlight of your travels and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes, the Cinque Terre. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Sea-to-Table dining experience. 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.
Lake Maggiore Relaxed Start
Head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with lush vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake.
Cortina d’Ampezzo
Travel through the stunning northern Italian countryside to one of the world’s most breath-taking wine regions. Protected by the Alps to the north, and caressed by the warm breezes from the Adriatic, the vineyards around Conegliano Veneto produce Italy’s most prized sparkling wine. Great care is taken to ensure these hand-picked grapes produce the world's finest prosecco and you see how production differs from its more famous French counterpart, champagne. Be tempted with a taste of the crisp and aromatic flavours and learn how to make the perfect bellini. Continue through the Dolomites, to the mountain resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Experience the Dolomites Relaxed Start
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 to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking panoramic views?
Venice, Queen of the Adriatic Relaxed Start
Descend through the mountains to the romantic city of Venice.  A private boat 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 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?
Venice at Leisure Relaxed Start
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. 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, indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce during a magical Celebration Dinner.
Arrivederci Venice
Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport.
Inclusions
  • 6 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
19 Apr 2024 30 Apr 2024 Available $8,525
10 May 2024 21 May 2024 onRequest $8,525
17 May 2024 28 May 2024 Available $8,350
24 May 2024 04 Jun 2024 Available $7,098
07 Jun 2024 18 Jun 2024 Available $7,098
21 Jun 2024 02 Jul 2024 Available $7,098
28 Jun 2024 09 Jul 2024 Available $7,289
12 Jul 2024 23 Jul 2024 Available $7,289
16 Aug 2024 27 Aug 2024 Available $7,586
30 Aug 2024 10 Sep 2024 Available $7,098
06 Sep 2024 17 Sep 2024 Available $8,475
13 Sep 2024 24 Sep 2024 Available $7,204
20 Sep 2024 01 Oct 2024 Available $7,204
27 Sep 2024 08 Oct 2024 Available $8,475
04 Oct 2024 15 Oct 2024 Available $8,525
18 Apr 2025 29 Apr 2025 Available $9,930
02 May 2025 13 May 2025 Available $9,930
09 May 2025 20 May 2025 Available $9,930
16 May 2025 27 May 2025 Available $9,714
23 May 2025 03 Jun 2025 Available $9,714
30 May 2025 10 Jun 2025 Available $9,714
06 Jun 2025 17 Jun 2025 Available $9,714
20 Jun 2025 01 Jul 2025 Available $9,714
27 Jun 2025 08 Jul 2025 Available $9,990
11 Jul 2025 22 Jul 2025 Available $9,990
08 Aug 2025 19 Aug 2025 Available $10,470
15 Aug 2025 26 Aug 2025 Available $10,470
22 Aug 2025 02 Sep 2025 Available $9,990
29 Aug 2025 09 Sep 2025 Available $9,714
05 Sep 2025 16 Sep 2025 Available $9,870
12 Sep 2025 23 Sep 2025 Available $9,870
19 Sep 2025 30 Sep 2025 Available $9,870
26 Sep 2025 07 Oct 2025 Available $9,870
03 Oct 2025 14 Oct 2025 Available $9,930