COUNTRY ROADS OF UMBRIA & TUSCANY with Insight Vacations

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Explore Italy’s most famous regions, taste authentic cuisine and meet the locals, as you journey through bustling cities, medieval hill towns and romantic landscapes.

COUNTRY ROADS OF UMBRIA & TUSCANY

9 DAYS | May 19-27, 2019

LAND ONLY
$3,085.00 per person | twin share*
Pay in full by January 31, 2019.

SEAMLESS, STRESS-FREE TRAVEL
Wherever you stay on your travels with us, you’ll enjoy a seamless, stress-free experience, with nothing at all to distract you from relaxing and getting maximum enjoyment from your vacation. We work passionately, 24 hours a day, to ensure you, and tens of thousands of other travelers, can confidently explore your dream destinations.

TRAVEL AT EASE
Your safety is our utmost priority, and in the rare event of a circumstance requiring attention, no matter the scale, you can rest assured that we are always in close communication with our Travel Directors, regional offices and partners in the places in which we operate. We find practical solutions for travel issues and will take care of all the details so you can travel at ease.

YOUR INSIGHT TRAVEL DIRECTOR
Your highly-skilled Travel Director will be on hand to share knowledge, advice, act as a travelling concierge, give practical assistance, and manage the details of your journey so that everything runs smoothly. Leave the baggage handling, check-ins, reservations, tips, and all the other details to us. Hassle-free travel is our speciality and we’ve thought of everything, leaving you to relax and effortlessly enjoy your vacation. If you would like suggestions on how you could spend your free time, your Travel Director will be only too happy to offer guidance. See for yourself, and meet our Travel Directors as they guide you through a selection of trips.

LOCAL EXPERTS
Our introductions to locals make it possible for you to gain a meaningful understanding of what it is like to actually live in an area. Historians, artisans, chefs, growers and other local experts who reside in the region will share their stories, traditions and insights, bringing the places you visit to life in a meaningful way. Nothing compares to hearing and seeing first hand from local legends who are passionate about their way of life and keen to share it with others.

MAGIC ISN'T IMAGINARY. IT'S JUST VERY WELL PLANNED.

HIGHLIGHTS
INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Vatican City: Gain VIP fast-track entrance into the Vatican Museums and appreciate the genius of Michelangelo and his painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how Marta and her weavers are preserving the ancient craft of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vatican City: Enjoy a special private viewing of the Bramante Staircase, normally closed to the public.
  • Vatican City: Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
  • Perugia: Join a Local Expert to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Promenade the wide Corso Vannucci, resplendent in pale pink stone, past the princely Priors' Palace, cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square.
  • Assisi: A Local Expert will explain why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Siena: With your Local Expert explore the cobbles streets of Siena, making your way to the black-and-white striped marble cathedral. Learn about the Palio horse race while standing in Piazza del Campo. See the 14th century Town Hall and its Mangia Tower.
  • San Gimignano:
  • Explore the stunning hilltop town with your Travel Director. Navigate the winding streets, hunting out the towers and palaces for which it is so famous.
  • Florence: View the city skyline from the sumptuous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo. Explore the city and its landmarks with your Local Expert - see the domed cathedral, it's adjacent baptistery with its Gates of Paradise, and the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Orvieto: Meet Etruscan Chef Lorenzo Polegri, who shares his virtuoso cooking skills, followed by a memorable Highlight Lunch with wine.
  • Perugia: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
  • Mount Subasio: Follow the evolution of the olive, from tree to table, with a tasting at a family-run olive mill.
  • San Gimignano: Meet world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, and sample silky frozen treats in a range of unique flavours.
  • Tuscany: Nestled in the rolling hills surrounding Sam Gimignano and surrounded by its own vineyards, olive groves, saffron crop and orchards, is the homely Il Vecchio Maneggio. Admire the beautiful views as you enjoy a drink before sitting down to your Celebration Dinner - a delicious Farm-to-Table experience, with all the organic produce sourced from the surrounding farm.

INCLUDED INSIGHT 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.

HURRY, OFFER ENDS AUGUST 31, 2018!

Terms: *Price is in Canadian Dollars, land only per person, based on sharing a twin room. Single & triple rooms are on a request basis. Please inquire about air fare. †Itinerary and trip content is based on 2018 itinerary, however items such as, but not limited to, hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip itinerary, transfers and transportation, are all subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in Insight’s 2019 Europe brochure, due for release in September, 2018. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary. In the event that your finalized trip price is lower, we will refund the difference to you. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or liveries imposed by any government or its agencies. $200.00 non-refundable deposit due within 3 days of booking. Insurance is highly recommended, please inquire for details. Final payment due by July 10, 2019 or by Early Payment Discount, if applicable, make Full Payment before January 30, 2019 and receive 10% off. This offer can be reduced or withdrawn at any time. Excludes: Any item not mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses, drinks, optional experiences, Group Transfer: If flights are booked outside of the group transfer, guests can make their own way to the/from hotels/airports or can arrange for transfers at an additional cost. No refund for missed or unused transfers. Excludes: Any item not mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses, drinks, optional excursions, gratuities to your assigned Travel Director, Driver and Local Guides. We reserve the right to alter, cancel arrangements or adjust pricing according to the number of confirmed.

Itinerary

Day 1: Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany

WELCOME TO ROME.
Transfers to your centrally located hotel, a short stroll from the Via Veneto, depart from Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and
15:30. Relax and settle in before meeting your Travel Director at 17:30. Get to know your fellow guests during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2: SISTINE CHAPEL, COOKING IN ORVIETO AND ON TO PERUGIA.
Your special VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican normally closed to visitors.  View the imposing Basilica of St. Peter, the largest in the world. Journey north to Orvieto where you are welcomed into the kitchens of zesty, Etruscan chef Lorenzo Polegri, who shares with you his love of Italian food. Delicious pasta fresca, combined with olive oil, cheese, prosciutto and focaccia, make for a memorable Highlight Lunch, served with a chilled glass of Orvieto Classico wine. Continue to Perugia, one of the most beautiful centres of art in Italy. The evening is at leisure to explore and dine as you please.

Hotel: Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia. (3 nights)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

DAY 3: RELAXED START
PERUGIA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME.
Join a Local Expert to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Walk Corso Vannucci passing the princely Priors’ Palace, cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square. Meet Marta, beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. See how the fascinating art of loom-weaving textiles has been passed down through the generations and
learn how this ancient craft is being preserved. Choose your ideal ambience and palate-pleasing menu from a hand-picked selection of Perugian restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Buon appetito!

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4 : RELAXED START
ASSISI, IN SEARCH OF ST. FRANCIS.
Journey to Assisi, a hilltop town enclosed by fortress walls, set high up in the mountains. See the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels, then continue up Mount Subasio and step inside the massive, 13th century Basilica of St. Francis. Your Local Expert explains how Giotto masterfully painted frescoes that inspired a variety of Renaissance artists. Continue to a family-run mill, meet a third generation specialist to follow the evolution of the olive from tree to table. Relish the intense flavours drizzled over crusty bread with a sprinkle of salt –
delizioso!
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5: TUSCANY TO CORTONA, SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO.
Follow the shores of Lake Trasimeno to Cortona where you are at leisure. Continue to the narrow cobbled streets of Siena to explore with your Local Expert. See the Campo, and the superb 14th century Town Hall. Climb up to the black-and-white striped marble cathedral. Travel to your home for the next three nights, a delightful villa near the medieval town of San Gimignano.

Hotel: Villasanpaolo, San Gimignano. (3 nights)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 6: RELAXED START
SAN GIMIGNANO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME.
Venture with your travel director who shows you San Gimignano’s medieval skyscrapers, serpentine streets and hidden squares. The town is also home to world champion gelato maestro Sergio Dondoli. At his artisan ice-cream parlour on Piazza della Cisterna, the jaunty gelataio doles out his silky, frozen treats in a range of unique flavours.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7: RELAXED START
FLORENCE AND TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE.
A walking exploration with a Local Expert takes you to the marble-clad cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s dome. See the baptistery adorned by the Gates of Paradise and Giotto’s bell tower. Wander Piazza della Signoria and enjoy free time to shop for top-quality Florentine leather and gold. Journey through the Tuscan hills to Podere La Marronaia and meet the family that owns, lives and works on the organic farm. For your Celebration Dinner, savour a delicious Farm-to-Table abbinamento experience, where each course is perfectly paired with organic wine produced on the property.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 8: VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.
Descend from the Apennine Mountains before crossing the fertile valley of the River Po and continue to magical Venice, a city which seems to float on the lagoon. There is no better way to see Venice than by water. Once you disembark, a short walk will bring you to St. Mark’s Square. Wonder at its marbled expanse as well as the Byzantine basilica, Doge’s Palace and lofty bell tower. Later, embark on a romantic gondola ride along the charismatic canals while musicians serenade you with some of Italy’s best-loved songs. With the afternoon at leisure, why not immerse yourself in this romantic city with an Optional Experience to St. Mark’s Square by private water taxi, where you take your reserved seat at a famous Venetian cafe for a live orchestral performance?
Hotel: B4 Bellini Venezia, Venice.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9: ARRIVE DERCI VENEZIA.
Delight in your final views of this sea-lapped city in the morning. Transfers arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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