Set Your 'I' on a Magical Journey with Insight Vacations

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Explore the sights of Italy and Ireland when you receive a $50 Optional Experience Voucher.

Keep Your 'I' on the Prize!

(Experience Italy's best-loved cities and discover a treasure trove of cultural riches, authentic cuisine and enchanting dolce vita)

From February 1 to March 31, 2019, receive a $50 Optional Experience Voucher on all trips to Italy and Ireland!

ALL IN PRICE: Best of Italy tour starting from $4650 CAD to $4975 CAD

                         Focus on Ireland tour starting from $2550 CAD to $2750 CAD

INSIGHT SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • A 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 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 may your own way from/to the airport

(Explore the sights of Italy and Ireland)

HURRY, OFFER ENDS MARCH 31, 2019!

*Terms & Conditions: Valid on new bookings only and must be made between 1 February 2019 00:00 to 31 March 2019 23:59 for travel by December 31, 2019. $50 optional experience voucher per person is only applicable on trips to Italy and Ireland featured in the 2019 Europe Brochure. Combinable with brochure discounts, not applicable to trips that include cruise components, Last Minute Deals, Special Interest or Expert Hosted Itineraries. A $200 deposit is required within three days of booking and full payment is due 45 days before departure. This offer is based on availability, does not apply to all journeys/departures, and may be withdrawn at any time and without notice. Further restrictions apply.

Itinerary

Day 1: Best of Italy - Rome The Eternal City

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for the your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 for a uniquely Roman Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel dei Borgia/Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

(Alberobello, Italy: Nonna welcomes you to her home for a family-style dinner of Southern Italian specialties)

Day 2: VIP Vatican and Rome with a Local

The day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Insight has arranged special VIP entry to avoid the lines and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where the Popes are elected, to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pietà,’ and stand beneath the dome completed after his death. There’s free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum? Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.

Hotel: Hotel dei Borgia/Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Renaissance Florence

Travel north through glorious, peaceful Tuscan landscapes. Meet your Local Expert for a guided visit through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli, with a special opening of his private office where he wrote 'The Prince.' Visit the Italian garden for views of Florence's iconic domed cathedral and see the historic cellar which connects to one of the oldest restaurants in Italy by a secret underground tunnel. Taste wines made from the vineyards surrounding the home, accompanied by delicious samples of local Tuscan fare. Continue on to Renaissance Florence.

Hotel: Hotel Athenaeum Florence/Hotel Londra.

Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with Wine

Day 4: Florence Sightseeing

Join an art historian for a walking orientation of the historic city centre. A highlight is the visit to the Accademia Gallery to study Michelangelo's monumental statue, David. Continue to the multi-coloured marble cathedral to admire Giotto's bell tower and Gates of Paradise, recreated in all their glory. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence, and explore the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods. After a demonstration of leatherwork, there's free time to shop or venture on your own. In the evening, why not sample the fine Florentine cuisine of tasty starters and rich pastas accompanied by Chianti wine?

Hotel: Hotel Athenaeum Florence/Hotel Londra.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Pisa to Venice, The Queen of the Adriatic

In the morning, journey to the coastal town of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the baptistery, with its intricately detailed marble facade, and the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the cathedral. Then relax and enjoy the scenery as you cross the spectacular Apennine Mountains, through the Emilia-Romagna region - one of Europe's most intensely farmed fertile plains. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon before crossing the causeway into the floating city of Venice.

Hotel: Bellini Venezia, Venice.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 6: Relaxed Start - Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

In the morning, visit an arts centre on Giudecca Island will allow you to admire the age-old skill of glassblowing by skilled artisans. After, board a traditional gondola for a serenade along the romantic canals. In the afternoon, your private boat takes you past Palladian churches and 13th century palaces to St. Mark's Square. The first sight is the pink marble of the Doge's Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape. Turn the corner, and the gilded regalia of St. Mark's Basilica comes into view.

Hotel: Bellini Venezia, Venice.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Relaxed Start - Into the Hills of Umbria to Assisi

Leave Venice and journey to peaceful Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful mountain towns. In the valley, see the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. With your Local Expert, step inside the huge Basilica of St. Francis, built in the 13th century, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art.

Hotel: Hotel Giotto Assisi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 8: Relaxed Start - Sorrento on the Coast

Travel south passing Cassino, the scene of a fierce battle during World War II. Follow the spectacular clifftop road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvious. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Regina/Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto, Sorrento.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Capri, The Isle of Dreams

In the morning, cruise to the Isle of Capri. Under the Mediterranean sun, take one of the island's iconic open-top taxis up to Capri town where your Local Expert will take you around the narrow alleyways to browse exclusive boutiques and enjoy views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Perhaps join an optional cruise around Capri? Descend to the port on a funicular ride and return to Sorrento for some time to relax. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a memorable Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine.

Hotel: Hotel Regina/Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto, Sorrento.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 10: Pompeii, Frozen in time and onto Rome

Continue to Pompeii, the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. A walk with your Local Expert through the cobbled streets and extensive excavations reveals the daily life of ancient Roman civilisation. Visit the Forum and peer into shops and patrician villas, decorated with colourful wall paintings. Then continue north as you travel to your hotel in Rome.

Hotel: Hotel dei Borgia, Rome.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Arrivederci Rome

Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at approximately 07:00 and 09:30.

Meals: Breakfast

(Enjoy drinks and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world, connecting guests to the culinary cuisine of Ireland)

Day 1: Focus on Ireland - In Dublin's Fair City

Welcome to the land of legends, misty mountains, lovely lakes and friendly greetings. At Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00. Meet your Travel Director at 14:30 for a Dublin orientation, taking you past the Custom House and along O’Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle, before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Enjoy priority entry to the 9th century Book of Kells and walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a university insider who will share insights into modern life and the establishment’s impressive history. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over the evening.

Hotel: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2: Relaxed Start - To Galway, City of the Tribes

Leave Dublin and set off through the delightful landscape of the Emerald Isle. Pass by the former fortress town of Athlone on the River Shannon, to reach historic Galway, the City of the Tribes, at the mouth of the Corrib River. Join your Travel Director to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

Hotel: Harbour Hotel Galway.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Relaxed Start - The Cliffs or Moher, Adare and Killarney

Take the scenic route through the mysterious rocky limestone landscape of the Burren, with its underground caverns, streams and rare flora. Stop at the Exhibition Centre, situated next to the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher with breathtaking views of the Clare Coast. Continue past the city of Limerick, stop in quaint Adare and take a relaxed village walk to see its thatched-roof cottages. In the evening, stay in the heart of the action in lively Killarney.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Relaxed Start - Ring of Kerry Experience

Enjoy a memorable ride on a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car with the local Jarveys before taking a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry with stunning views of mountains and sea. Pass through the small towns of Killorglin, where the famous Puck Fair takes place, and Cahersiveen, birthplace of the great patriot, Daniel O'Connell. Follow the narrow road as it winds along the cliffs to the fishing town of Waterville. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies View. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park? For your Farm-to-Table dining experience, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef John Sheehan. Join John and his wife, Freda for drinks and a personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world. Then, settle down for a night of great food and drink in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 5: Relaxed Start - Blarney Castle and Cobh on the way to Cork

Journey along the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains to visit the 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Then drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh, which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Walk through the Queenstown Story exhibition at the Heritage Centre, which recounts the era of Irish emigration and the life of this once great passenger port. Continue on to Cork along the spacious Grand Parade and South Mall and see the City Hall, Opera House and fine Georgian houses en route to your hotel. In the evening, raise your glass and revel in rich flavours at a lively Celebration Dinner.

Hotel: Maldron Hotel South Mall, Cork.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 6: Waterford, Kildare and on to Dublin

An exciting day takes you along the coast via Youghal, where tradition says Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potatoes in Ireland. Continue via Dungarvan to Waterford to see the 11th century Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the old city walls. Enjoy a guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. Your journey continues, passing the Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Return to Dublin and your hotel, located in the heart of Dublin’s leafy south side just minutes from the city centre. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to further explore if you wish.

Hotel: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Depart Dublin

Your memorable trip comes to an end. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

Meals: Breakfast

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