Italian Elegance

October 4, 2017 to October 17, 2017


Experience the epitome of picture postcard Italy, awash with color, blending historic cities and exquisite resorts with rustic towns and idyllic fishing villages. This superb itinerary includes all evening dining and sightseeing experiences. In addition we’ve added an extra night in Rome!









With our air-inclusive package, your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select pick up points to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe. Or use your own air and meet us in Rome.

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with Classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Upon arrival in Rome, you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Hotel: Mercure Roma Centro Colosseo, Rome (or similar)

After breakfast enjoy a free day in Rome, and tonight you’ll join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner. Later, enjoy a Rome Illuminations tour.
Hotel: Mercure Roma Centro Colosseo, Rome (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast/Welcome Reception and Dinner

In the morning, immerse yourself in a world of priceless art in the Vatican Museums. With Insight's fast-track VIP entry, you will be ahead of the queues and one of the first into Michelangelo's masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel. Using your audio headset, a Local Expert will explain the significance of Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Next door, explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. While marveling some of the wonders of ancient Rome, imagine yourself back in the days of the gladiators during your visit to the Colosseum.

The afternoon is free for shopping or sightseeing. Visit Trevi Fountain before dinner.

Hotel: Mercure Roma Centro Colosseo, Rome (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast /Dinner

Take the autostrada north to Renaissance Florence. Accompanied by an art expert, venture inside the famous Academy Gallery to admire Michelangelo's original statue of David. Back outside, see the Cathedral, Campanile and the Baptistery, adorned with the ‘Gates of Paradise'. Walk on to Signoria Square 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, take a swim in the pool, or participate in a variety of leisure activities.

Hotel: Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner

In the morning, visit hilltop San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers that scrape the azure Tuscan sky. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice-cream parlor of World Champion gelato Maestro, Sergio Dondoli for a taste of his finest frozen treats.

Stop at a local winery to sample some of the robust red wines of Tuscany and learn about their origins before continuing on to medieval Siena. See narrow cobbled streets, lined with palaces and patrician mansions, which lead to Piazza del Campo, scene of the Palio horse race. With a local expert, visit the beautiful-striped cathedral before enjoying dinner.

Hotel: Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner

Drive through the patchwork of vines, olives and cypresses that typify the Chianti hills. Head for Pisa and see the incredible Leaning Tower, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See also the splendid Cathedral and Baptistry, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble, before continuing to the delightful town of Lucca.

Visit a traditional steam bakery and taste the history in the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca's sweet raisin anise bread. Continue along the coast to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner

Head for the port of La Spezia and a highlight of your tour, 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 a picturesque fishing village by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing along to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of La Dolce Vita.

Admire the colored houses, browse the boutiques, stay a while in the café bars on the piazzetta and watch the yachts moored in the harbor. Weather permitting, return along the rugged Ligurian coast by boat to your hotel.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel Regina Elena, Santa Margherita Ligure (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner

Head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with luxuriant subtropical vegetation.

Take a private boat over to Isola Bella, the largest and most famous of the Borromean Islands. Enjoy a guided tour, with a Local Expert of the incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens. (weather dependent). In the evening, choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast /Dinner Dine-Around

Drive to the town of Verona, legendary home of Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy free time to admire the well-preserved Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony.

Continue through the rose-colored peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites, some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery that Europe has to offer, to the mountain resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Your hotel is located right across from the church tower.

Hotel: Ancora, Cortina d’Ampezzo (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner

Explore the colorful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites – one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. Your full-day of discovery includes a thrilling cable car ride to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking 360 degree views. Later, your Freestyle Evening offers you the ultimate in dining choices!

Hotel: Ancora, Cortina d’Ampezzo (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Freestyle Evening

Descend through the mountains to the romantic city of Venice. A private water taxi will take you down the Grand Canal to St. Mark's Square. See the Basilica, the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs.

Visit a Venetian Arts center to learn about its beautiful handcrafted glass, before checking into your intimate luxurious hotel, which is only steps away from St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge.

Hotel: Starhotels Splendid, Venice (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Dinner

Your final day is free 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.

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. In the evening, celebrate your tour finalé with good food, good wine and good company in a magical setting.

Hotel: Starhotels Splendid, Venice (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner

After breakfast check out of the hotel for your transfer to the Venice airport and your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago return on the motorcoach to your drop of locations.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

  • Optional round trip air from Chicago to Rome, returning from Venice, Italy
  • Optional motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare from select locations
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Rome and Venice
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Equivalent of $40USD per person in local currency to use as you wish
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Meal Inclusions

  • Daily breakfast
  • Nine dinners

Hotel Accommodations

  • Three nights in Rome at Mercure Roma Centro Colosseo
  • Two nights in a Tuscan Villa in Monteriggioni at Borgo San Luigi
  • Two nights in Santa Margherita Ligure at Best Western Hotel Regina Elena
  • One night on Lake Maggiore at Grand Hotel Dino
  • Two nights in Cortina D’Ampezzo at Ancora
  • Two nights in Venice at Starhotels Splendid

Hotel accommodations for twelve nights in 4-star hotels including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling. Similar hotels may be substituted.

Premium Sightseeing Experiences

  • Rome: Be among the select few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums; see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Visit the Colosseum, still echoing with the thronging crowds and ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat
  • Florence: Stand beside Michelangelo’s monumental Statue of David in the Academy Gallery, while an art expert explains the exquisite technique and absorbing history behind the world’s most famous statue.
  • Lake Maggiore: Visit the palace and gardens on the beautiful island of Isola Bella.
  • Siena: Explore medieval Siena with a Local Expert and visit the Cathedral.
  • Cinque Terre: Explore one of the idyllic villages of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Portofino: Cruise from Santa Margherita and get a taste of the ‘sweet life’ in this elegant fishing village.
  • The Dolomites: Experience a thrilling cable car ride to the summit of one of the peaks.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces where the likes of Casanova would have come calling. Cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See St. Mark’s Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs.

Not included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.


Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy


Airfare From Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $860.00
Triple Reduction: $140.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
 No later than June 26, 2017

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $xxx per person ARE INCLUDED and subject to change.

Past Passenger Discount: $212.00 off per person available for those who have traveled with Insight Vacations or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years.

Departing from Chicago

Depart October 4

Lufthansa #431 – Depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:05 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 7:20 a.m. on October 5

Lufthansa#232 – Depart Frankfurt at 10:35 a.m. and arrive in Rome at 12:20 p.m.

Return  October 17

Air Dolomiti #8203 – Depart Venice at 1:20 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 2:20 p.m.

Lufthansa #434 – Depart Munich at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to June 26, 2017: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • June 27 to August 4, 2017:  50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 5 to September 3, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 4, 2017 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.