Easy Pace Italy - Insight Guided Vacations

Discover three of Italy's most cultural cities. Savour Rome's rich heritage, soak up the Renaissance atmosphere of Florence, and look beyond the canals and gondolas to gain a deeper understanding of Venice.

Vacation type: Easy Pace

INSIGHT CHOICE

  • Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour.

Insight Experiences

  • Vatican City: Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.

Top Rated Highlights

  • SEE the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • RIDE a gondola through the canals of Venice while being serenaded.
  • VIEW the city skyline from the sumptuous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo. During your orientation of the city, your Travel Director will show you the cathedral, the Gates of Paradise adorning the baptistery and Piazza della Signoria.


Authentic Dining

  • Vatican City: VIP Dinner at the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino Quadrato.
  • Tuscany: Visit Il Poggio to learn about organic olive and grape farming. Then enjoy a tasting as you sit down to a fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialties, complemented by stunning views.
  • Venice: Join your fellow guests for an extra special Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine in the heart of romantic Venice.

 

Location:

Rome, Lazio, Italy, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Italy

11  Days | 9  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Flight into Rome and out of Venice (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • 13 meals including 9 Buffet Breakfasts and 4 Dinners with Wine , all with tea or coffee
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience (described in the itinerary below; 1 voucher per person)
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organizer, 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 WiFi (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 Air Canada Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Rome.

Easy Pace Italy - Insight Guided Vacations

Day 2

Welcome to Rome

THE ETERNAL CITY

Rome is one of the world's most historic cities, filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Then this historic city is yours to discover. At 5:30 p.m, join your Travel Director for a uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner. Get to know your travelling companions over a relaxed evening of dinner and wine.

Meal(s): Dinner with wine
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 3

Rome

EXPLORING THE VATICAN CITY

In the afternoon, enjoy special fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. 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. 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): Buffet breakfast and Dinner with wine
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Easy Pace Italy - Insight Guided Vacations

Day 4

Rome

ROME AT LEISURE

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. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take a stroll to the boutiques of the Via del Corso and Via Nazionale or visit the elegant designer stores near the Spanish Steps. As night falls, why not sip a glass of prosecco at a sidewalk cafe in the Piazza Navona, the 'Living Room of Rome', and enjoy life's pageantry pass by?

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 5

Rome - Assisi - Florence

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN TO ASSISI

Journey through Umbria and 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. Continue through the picture-perfect scenery of the Tuscan hills, where deep-green cypress trees pierce blue skies and olive groves hug the rolling hillsides to reach Renaissance Florence.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 6

Florence

RELAXED START - FLORENCE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE

Walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Visit 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 as well as Hercules and Cacus, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. The area around Santa Croce Basilica is famous for the quality of its luxury goods of gold and leather and there's free time to shop or continue exploring. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. 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.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Easy Pace Italy - Insight Guided Vacations

Day 7

Florence - Pisa - Florence

RELAXED START - PISA AND THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

After a leisurely morning in Florence, explore the nearby town of Pisa with a Local Expert and see the baptistery with its intricate marble facade, the colonnaded bell tower lurking behind the cathedral and of course the famous Leaning Tower. Upon your return to Florence, stop at the il Poggio organic farm for a guided walk through the vineyards and olive trees, learning about the production of olive oil and wine. On the veranda, take in beautiful views of the rolling Tuscan hills as you enjoy tasting the farm's freshly produced wines and olive oil, in addition to an authentic Italian meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 8

Florence - Venice

VENICE, QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC

Passing the city of Bologna, take the autostrada east to Venice, ‘Queen of the Adriatic'. Your luxurious hotel gazes out over the Giudecca Canal and a romantically unforgettable city skyline.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 9

Venice

RELAXED START - VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA

Wake up ready to embrace the most sensuous of cities. Admire the art of glassblowing on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Then board your private boat, sit back and enjoy your introduction to this unique city of ornate palaces, bridges and gondolas. Disembark and stroll to the Bridge of Sighs before turning the corner to stand in awe at the marble arcades of Piazza San Marco. St. Mark’s Basilica, with its dazzling domes, occupies the corner next to the clock tower. Beside it stands the pink and white marbled Doge’s Palace. In the afternoon, there will be plenty of time to explore the museums, galleries and churches or browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge. Perhaps cruise out to some of the other islands in the lagoon to experience the age-old lifestyle of Venetian fishermen and lace-makers.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Easy Pace Italy - Insight Guided Vacations

Day 10

Venice

RELAXED START - VENICE AT LEISURE

Who could refuse another day to take in the unique atmosphere of this wonderful city? Lose yourself in the back lanes and campi, the small squares where tourists seldom tread and the Venetians go about their daily lives. Maybe visit some of the 90 churches that house masterpieces of Venetian art or explore the modern artworks in the Guggenheim. Relax at a canal-side café and sip the local wine or sample delicious lagoon-fresh fish. Later, board a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. 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): Buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Easy Pace Italy - Insight Guided Vacations

Day 11

Venice - Return to Canada

Bid farewell to this enchanting city today and depart for Venice Marco Polo Airport to arrive at 8:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
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ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Veneto Palace Hotel(or similar)
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Hotel Athenaeum Florence(or similar)
Venice, Veneto, Italy
Hilton Molino Stucky(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together.
Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

2020 Dates:
April 19 & 26*
May  24
June 14 & 21*
July 5*, 19* & 26*
August 2*, 23* & 30*
September 6, 20 & 27
October 4, 11

*Non-definite departure dates

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

MORE TO KNOW

For an additional $130 CAD per person, travellers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

ACTIVITIES

Optional Experiences

Most Insight Guided Vacations already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences ($) which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optional Experiences and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Rome By Night - Illuminations Drive

Join your Travel Director for a classic journey through one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Rome by night is a vision with its ancient monuments, classical buildings, palaces and churches beautifully illuminated against the evening sky. A wonderful introduction to the Eternal City!

Adult Price: EUR 19

Code: ROM0001

Guided Visit to the Colosseum

With our local expert, step back in time to explore the glorious history of the Roman Empire. Admire the Arch of Constantine and tread in the footsteps of Gladiators and Roman Soldiers. Enjoy priority reserved entrance ahead of the crowds and once inside the mighty Colosseum hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat and the mighty Roman Empire.

Please note: This optional is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this Optional Experience, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.

Adult Price: EUR 50

Code: ROM0003

Piazzas & Fountains

With our local expert, let's take a ‘passeggiata’ (stroll) to enjoy the backstreets and secrets of pedestrian Rome. Be amazed at sights such as the fascinating Pantheon and the beauty of 17th-century fountains and beautiful Piazzas. Come and enjoy the Rome of the Romans.

Adult Price: EUR 33

Code: ROM0004

Pompeii And The Bay Of Naples

We travel south to the famous Roman city of Pompeii, buried in 79 ad, by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Here we visit one the greatest archaeological sites in the world! Our local guide strolls us into a 2,000 year old town revealing fascinating discoveries preserved in time! Later a panoramic tour of the Bay of Naples with the dormant Volcano as a back drop. We then return to Rome passing the formidable Abbey of Montecassino, one of the greatest shrines of Christendom, and the site of the epic battle of 1944.

Adult Price: EUR 100.00

Code: ROM0014

Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration

Florence and Tuscany are renowned for their rich gastronomic heritage. Tonight we'll travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part of the Chianti, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. This wonderful cooking demonstration, with superb food and wine, will provide warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality.

Adult Price: EUR 69

Code: FLO0003

Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

A fabulous dinner of Tuscan specialties awaits you. We drive into the hills surrounding Florence for a delicious typical Florentine meal complete with Chianti wine, music and lots of fun! An evening to remember. Viva Italia!

Adult Price: EUR 65

Code: FLO0005

San Gimignano Excursion

A wonderful excursion to Tuscany's most famous hilltop town! Visit San Gimignano, considered a medieval Manhattan due to its towers which dominate the skyline. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this ancient gem which has remained intact since the 14th century and today is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Adult Price: EUR 36

Code: FLO0002

Magical Venice

Venice can be Europe's most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go on. Sit back and take it all in as private water taxis whisk you to the centre of it all, Piazza San Marco, where we have seats reserved outside a famous Venetian café, in front of a live orchestra and in view of those illuminated St Mark's sights. Our private water taxis will also take us the length of the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our hotel, having seen Venice at its most magical.

Adult Price: EUR 55

Code: VEN0001

Hidden Venice

To only experience Venice's big set pieces - St Mark's Square, the Rialto and the Grand Canal - is to miss out on a hidden world full of surprises! Join a Local Expert for a fascinating walk through some of the lesser known quarters of Venice. The back lanes and campi, small squares, where tourists seldom tread are full of history and great places to sample local life.

Adult Price: EUR 34

Code: VEN0002

Burano Excursion & Meal

Leave the hustle of St Mark's Square behind on a delightful private cruise around the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Alight at the island of Burano, a photographer's paradise, famous for its candy-coloured houses, artisan lace makers and leaning bell tower that would give Pisa a good run for its money. Enjoy a superb meal sampling the local specialties with wine included. An excursion not to be missed!

Adult Price: EUR 72

Code: VEN0003

Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of August 15, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

TRANSPORTATION

On arrival at Rome airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at approximately 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

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Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.