“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…? Perhaps you?re heard this famous Shakespearean line. We?re not entirely sure, but we suspect he was about to say, ?Monograms has made it easy for visitors to come to Rome?as well as Florence and Venice.? In fact, on this Italy trip, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train station. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host?, someone who is there throughout your stay to help you feel comfortable, answer questions, offer suggestions, and help make sure your Italy vacation runs smoothly. You?ll have a Local Host in Venice, Florence, and Rome.Your Italy vacation begins in Venice, where we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Here, your Local Host will greet you with a warm benvenuto and a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city. The next morning, after included breakfast, we?ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. We?ll show you St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, as well as Doges’ Palace, the very symbol of Venice, and the Bridge of Sighs. We’ve also arranged for you to watch skilled glassblowers as they work on their creations, and we’ve included entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums. In Florence, your walking tour with a local expert includes the must-see attractions, such as Michelangelo?s David and the Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge that has housed stores since the 13th century. In Rome, your guided tour with a local expert includes the attractions you must see in Rome, including the Vatican Museums; the Sistine Chapel, where you?ll see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment; St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD; the Colosseum, opened in 80 AD and famous for the gladiator fights; and the Roman Forum, where you?ll see the oldest structures of the ancient city.In each city, you?ll have time to explore on your own. In Venice, perhaps enjoy a Vivaldi concert performance; take a ghost walking tour; enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola serenaded by live music; shop for a Venetian carnival mask; grab a drink at Harry’s Bar, one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts; or visit one of the many churches. In Florence, perhaps take an excursion to Sam Gimignano, Italy’s most famous medieval town, and Verrazzano Castle, where you’ll taste Tuscan wine; learn to make gelato; or shop for some Florentine gold jewelry. Rome offers endless possibilities. Perhaps visit one of the many museums, shop at the Italian fashion boutiques along the Via Condotti, take a ghost or walking tour, and enjoy Italian cuisine at one of the many local restaurants. And don?t forget?your Italy trip includes transportation on the high-speed train (first-class) between the cities. We’ve even included the transfers so we?ll pick you up at your hotel, take you to the train station, get you on the correct train, pick you up at the next train station, and bring you to your hotel in the next city. Plus, sightseeing includes VIP access, which means you get to skip the lines at the attractions, such as the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. That saves over four hours of time just in Rome. That doesn?t include all the time we’ve saved you by handling your vacation details?not to mention the time saved by having a Local Host there to assist you rather than reading guidebooks and trying to figure it out on your own. This trip to Italy is a vacation of a lifetime!Included Features:Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice.
Want to boat through the canals of Venice, see Paris from the Eiffel Tower, explore the Switzerland and party in Amsterdam? And all in just over a week? Fear not! It's all possible on the European Magic. No rabbit out of a hat could blow your mind like the sights you'll see on this trip.
Rhine Valley to Munich
See the Lorelei Rock
Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
Visit a French perfumery
For 9 amazing nights, you'll be snoozing in hotels located in the heart of each city you visit. If you're not keen on sleeping twin share, you can save a bit of cash and go three share, or even treat yourself and upgrade to single share.
Fill your belly with pasta in Italy and gorge yourself on cheese everywhere in between with 8 breakfasts and and 5 dinners.
You'll be safe in the hands of your professional Trip Manager, who knows the streets of Europe better than you know the hairs on your toes. When it comes to transport, an experienced and legendary driver team will be taking the reins; trust us, they're always a hoot.
Sicily In-Depth With Malta (Summer 2018)
Enjoy warm Mediterranean hospitality, as you journey from picture-perfect fishing villages to ancient Greek temples. Witness the rich legacies of the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Ottoman Turks and even uncover a few secrets about the local Ma?a. Taste Sicilian wine, feast on delicious seasonal cuisine and meet passionate locals along the way.
Additional Included Highlights
Syracuse: Explore the ancient streets and delightful squares of in the Old City of Ortygia.Ragusa: See the famous Baroque buildings and churches.Erice: Explore the quiet alleys of this ancient walled town, as if you've stepped into the Middle Ages. See the medieval churches and marvel at the sea views from the gardens of the Castle of Venus.Cefalu: See the cathedral, built to fulfil a vow, walk to the medieval stone fountain in the old fishermen’s quarter, find the Gothic arch of the Porta Marina and see the harbour.Taormina Riviera: Should you awake early, you may see why this is known as 'The Dawn Coast of Europe.'Valletta: Enjoy time to explore the capital at your leisure.Marsaxlokk: See the Luzzus lined along the waterfront and enjoy time to browse the local market.
Top Rated Highlights
Catania: During an exploration with your Local Expert see the Duomo, Piazza and the noble buildings of Palazzo Senatorio.Syracuse: Walk through the gardens of Paradise Quarry, listen to the acoustics in the mysterious Ear of Dionysius and visit the Greek theatre.Agrigento: Crowning a ridge at the Valley of the Temples is the magnificent remains of the Greek colony Akragas. Join your Local Expert for a walk to the Temples of Juno, Concorde and Hercules, some of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world.Monreale: The sombre exterior of the cathedral at Monreale gives away few clues to the riches inside. Step into a world where the walls glitter with 12th century mosaics, the best of their kind in the world.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.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.
Additional five Star Services
Our 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.