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Welcome to Italy! This tour will take you from Rome to Milan, passing through some of Italy's most interesting cities of art and beautiful lakes.
Visit Assisi, one of Italy's most famous towns and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena and Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, will conquer you at first sight. The tour continues towards Bologna and world-wide famous Venice. You will then reach Sirmione, at Lake Garda, and be able to explore its charateristic old town. Last stop is Lake Como and then off to Milan to return home or to continue your holidays.
Regular guaranteed departures in English!
Personalise your vacation: customise your trip with additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour
Itinerary: Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Verona, Sirmione, Como, Milan.
1st Day: Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
Departing at 7:15am from the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, where you will be able to explore this tiny town, surrounded by walls built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and to have lunch (not included). Board the bus for Siena, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls that is known for the Palio, an annual summertime horse race around the shell-shaped townsquare, Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
2nd Day: Florence
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance”, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise”. In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence.
3rd Day: Florence - Bologna - Padua - Venice
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna is a real gourmet’s heaven...don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: Venice
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “skip the line” tickets to visit the splendid St.Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
5th Day: Venice - Verona - Sirmione - Como
After breakfast departure heading to the famous city of Verona: the town of Romeo and Juliet. A walk through its narrow streets will allow you to get in touch with Verona’s varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid roman origins, as the world-famous Arena and its medieval structures, its magnificent renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting the city. The combination of art and history will fascinate you. You will proceed to Sirmione, where you will see the Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Enjoy the area, rich in vege- tation including lemon trees, oleanders and magnolias. You will see the Sirmione cape, the castle and the ruins. Then, in the afternoon, we will arrive in Como and enjoy the picturesque view of Lake Como. Free time to visit Como, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. After the visit check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
6th Day: Como - Milan
Breakfast and departure to Milan (End of the tour at the central railway station).
Florence: Hotel Mediterraneo 4 stars or similar
Venice: Hotel Carlton Grand Canal 4 stars or similar
Como: Hotel Como 4 stars or similar
EXTEND YOUR STAY
With additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour.
HIGH SEASON 2017
MAY 6 13 20 27
JUNE 3 17 24
JULY 1 8 15 22 29
AUGUST 5 12 19 26
SEPTEMBER 2 9 16 23 30
OCTOBER 7 14 21
- Due to technical and/or logistic issues, the itinerary could be slightly changed.
- In case of loss or damage to the headsets a 55EUR fee per device shall apply.
The package includes
- Accommodation in 4 star hotels with breakfast included
- Deluxe motor coach transport
- English or bilingual Spanish/Portuguese tour-escort
- Entrance ticket to St. Mark Basilica in Venice (skip the line)
- Meals as per itinerary
- Visits with expert local guides as per itinerary
- International flights
- Transfer in/out
- Italian Visa, if applicable
- Travel insurance
- Portage service
- Drinks during meals and meals not specified in the program
- City taxes, to be paid onsite according to each city council rules
- Anything that is not mentioned in “The package includes”