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Road to Rome Tour Package

ROAD TO ROME TOUR PACKAGE

12D/11N

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Travel Period : Valid until March 27, 2018

Description

Proverbially, all roads lead to Rome. This one includes grand views from the Eiffel Tower, the atmospheric canals of Venice and the art of Renaissance Florence.

Inclusions

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

    EXCLUSIONS

    The following are not included in the basic package price, but etravel PH can easily arrange them for you.
    • Airfare and Airline Taxes
    • Airport transfers
    • Pre and Post-accommodation which maybe necessary depending on flight schedule
    • Visa Fee and airport taxes
    • Personal expenses and other services that are not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Tips to guides, drivers, porters and waiters

Things we love

    • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train from London, via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris.  
    • Paris: Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter, along the Seine and continue onto the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
    • Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy glorious panoramas.
    • Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views.
    • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.
    • Pisa: See the incredible Leaning Tower with a Local Expert.
    • Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and privileged access to the Bramante Staircase, witness Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.

Departure Dates

  • Note:Pre and post-accommodation maybe necessary before and after the tour

Itinerary

    DAY 1 DEPART FROM LONDON BY EUROSTAR FOR PARIS
    After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable two-hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris. Alternatively, join at the Paris hotel. Join your Tour Director for an orientation, passing the imposing façades of the Louvre. During your time in Paris, see the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Get together for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    Hotel: Pullman Montparnasse, Paris
    Welcome Reception and Dinner, Full Breakfast
     
    DAY 2 PARIS, THE 'CITY OF LIGHT'
    Meet your Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.
    Hotel: Pullman Montparnasse, Paris
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 3 BEAUTIFUL BURGUNDY AND ON TO LUCERNE
    Journey through the Burgundy wine region, before passing the Jura Mountains and crossing into Switzerland. Arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne and enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.
    Hotel: Astoria, Lucerne
    Buffet Breakfast, RD
     
    DAY 4 LUCERNE’S LAKE AND LION
    Join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Embark on an exhilarating journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, in addition to the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and chocolate in Lucerne.
    Hotel: Astoria, Lucerne
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 5 LUCERNE TO INNSBRUCK
    Start the day with a journey to the heart of the Alps to visit the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz, with its castle located on a hillside overlooking the city. Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed Innsbruck. Your orientation will show you the 14th century houses of the old town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.
    Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 6 THE DOLOMITES TO VENICE
    Leave Innsbruck to travel across the impressive Europa Bridge and through the Dolomites into Italy. Follow the Adige River through spectacular scenery to glorious Venice, known for over a thousand years as 'La Serenissima'.
    Hotel: Hotel Gabrielli, Venice
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 7 VENICE & THE MAGIC OF 'LA SERENISSIMA'
    In the morning, prepare to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is only steps away from St. Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doge's Palace which is connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. A visit to Venice would be incomplete without a 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. Enjoy a free afternoon.
    Hotel: Hotel Gabrielli, Venice
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 8 JOURNEY THROUGH TUSCANY TO PISA AND ON TO FLORENCE
    Head into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Stop to see the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa with a Local Expert, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. Also see the splendid cathedral and baptistry, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. The journey then continues to Renaissance Florence.
    Hotel: Una Hotel Vittoria, Florence
    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
     
    DAY 9 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING
    Walk with your Local Expert to the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces and spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune and David along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening, why not make the most of warm summer evenings and venture into the Tuscan countryside to taste the fine rustic dishes with some local Chianti wine.
    Hotel: Una Hotel Vittoria, Florence
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 10 HILLTOP ORVIETO AND THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME
    Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its cathedral is one of Italy's most celebrated buildings. Immerse yourself in the flavours and culture of the region at Zeppelin Restaurant. Join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, followed by lunch and a  glass of the Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience! Once in Rome, perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata' (traditional evening stroll).
    Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome
    Buffet Breakfast, Highlight Lunch
     
    DAY 11 PAPAL AND IMPERIAL ROME
    Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. In order to avoid the crowds, Insight has arranged special VIP entrance, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to the general public. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door in St. Peter's Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and overlook the Forum. Later, there is time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.
    Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome
    Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
     
    DAY 12 ARRIVEDERCI ROMA
    Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.
    Buffet Breakfast

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