With its 100 windows overlooking St. Mark's Basin, the Londra Palace for over 140 years has been a favorite gathering place for artists, people of culture, travelers and tourists who appreciate authentic places that are not bound by the spirit of time. Offering 53 rooms in Biedermeier style, each one unique from the others, featuring elegant upholstery, brocades and marble bathrooms. Its restaurant, Do Leoni, is a temple to Venetian cuisine, thanks to the artistry of the chef, Loris Indri, who combines tradition with innovation. Concierges Clefs d'Or and the reception staff, on duty 24 hours, are always happy to provide guests with accurate directions, assist in scheduling excursions and are there to meet your every need.
Land price is per person based on double occupancy for select travel dates noted.
Bonus: Classic city view room, daily breakfast, Private Dorsoduro District excursion
Mediterranean Highlights (Start Rome) (Start Rome, End Madrid)
Beginning in Rome, your 2 week adventure takes you to all the hotspots along the Mediterranean coast. Flamenco dance in Barcelona, rub shoulders with the rich & famous on the French Riviera, enjoy the delights of Tuscany, walk in the footsteps of Roman Emperors & soak up the Spanish flavour of Madrid. Plus heaps more in between!
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona Watch how the locals make Italian style pizza
Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
Rome To Florence
See the towers & town square in San Gimignano
Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
Florence To Italian Riviera
See the Leaning Tower of Pisa Cruise (weather permitting) & train along the scenic coast Visit the towns of Monterosso & Portovenere
See the Royal Palace in Monaco Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino
The Riviera To Avignon
Visit a French perfumery Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur See the Cours Mirabeau See the Papal Palace
Avignon To Barcelona
Dinner in a scenic Barcelona restaurant
See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex Walk the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district
Barcelona To Madrid
See Zaragoza's monumental cathedral
See the Gran Via, the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana Guided tour of Royal Palace in Madrid
12 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation
Modern, air-conditioned coach
Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
12 continental breakfasts
4 Regional Dinners: regional feasts in our favourite local spots
An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
Grand Italy And Sicily (Summer 2018)Explore the wonders of Italy, as you 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, discover the very best of Italy.Additional Included HighlightsRome: Visit St Peter’s Basilica. See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as other medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered through the city.Baveno: Join us for the Italian the social ritual of la passeggiata.Verona: See the Roman Arena and Juliet?s balcony and the reputed Capulet home.Venice: A vaporetto cruise delivers you to St Mark?s Square. See St Mark’s Basilica, the bell tower, clock tower, Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs.Florence: See the Gates of Paradise adoring the baptistery and the basilica where Michelangelo is buried. Witness a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration.Sorrento: See an intarsio demonstration and enjoy views over the Bay of Naples across to Mount Vesuvius.Alberobello: See the clustered trulli, built with from limestone and without mortar.Taormina Riviera: Visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.Palermo: See Quattro Canti Square. Visit Palermo Cathedral.Authentic DiningAlberobello: 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.Alberobello: Stop at a cellar for a local insight into the robust wines of the region with tasting.Included Quality Dining: 16 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.Insight ExperiencesPompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century.?Rome: Explore the city?s backstreets accompanied by a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures.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.Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.Stay At The Best AddressesRome: Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.Alberobello: The Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.Top Rated HighlightsIsle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle and in the style of the jet-set, enjoy a ride by open-top taxi. Your Local Expert will show you around the narrow alleyways and exclusive boutiques.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: Explore this fascinating place with your local Expert. Visit the Greek Theatre, see Palazzo Corvaja and wander Corso Umberto to admire the views from Piazza IX Aprile.Palermo: Discover the Sicilian capital with your Local Expert. See Teatro Massimo, the Quattro Canti Square and the Fountain of Shame. View the composite architectural styles of the Palermo Cathedral and visit the Palatine Chapel, showcasing some of the finest examples of Norman art.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.Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with a Local Expert to see Michelangelo?s masterpiece, David. Then enjoy a walking exploration to see the Florence Cathedral, with its bell tower and baptistery. Wander through the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce.Additional five Star ServicesOur 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.