Enchanting Northern & Southern Italy
14 days/13 nights, Milan/Naples
2019 departures: Mar 10, 24. Apr 07, 14, 28. May 05, 12, 19, 26. Jun 02, 16, 30. Jul 07. Aug 25, Sep 01, 08, 15, 22, 29. Oct 06, 15, 20. Nov 10, Dec 08
2020 departures: Jan 05, Feb 09, Mar 08.
Cost from: $ 3846 s/s $1117
A supplemnt applies for high season :Apr 28, May 05, 12, 19. Jul 07. Aug 25. Sep 01, 08, 15, 22, 29. Oct 06
day 01 sun Milan
Own arrangements to the hotel. Meet your fellow travellers over dinner.
day 02 mon Milan
Buffet breakfaStToday we will enjoy a half day panoramic tour of the Economical Capital of Italy: The tour will continue to Piazza dei Mercanti, and you'll get to admire the medieval heart of the city, hidden away from the crowded streets. The Scala Theatre, built in 1776 and located in Piazza della Scala, is not only a monument, but a true temple of Music and Italian History and Culture.You will also enter the majestic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a treasure of XIXth century engineering, more than a building, its a real symbol of Italian excellence. And, last but not least, you’ll reach the Duomo, the third biggest Cathedral in Europe. Lunch at leisure. Afternoon at leisure to discover the city by your own or to go shopping (one of the main attractions in Milan). Dinner and overnight.
day 03 tue Milan – Sirmione – Verona - Venice
Buffet breakfaSt Depart to the Garda lake and in particular to Sirmione: an ancient town replete with quaint cobbled streets and historical landmarks. Time at leisure to visit the city or the beautiful Roman villa and the Grottoes of Catullus (Grotte di Catullo). Enjoy also the magnificient Scaliger Castle, a rare example of a medieval port fortification. Continue to Verona where we will enjoy a panoramic walking tour of the city, known for its famous Arena and for being the hometown of Romeo and Juliet. Departure to Venice. Dinner and overnight.
day 04 wed Venice – Murano – Burano - Venice
Buffet breakfaSt Today we will first enjoy a walking tour of the Serenissima: one of the most beautiful cities in the World among italian Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Venice historic center is situated in the middle of a lagoon, with a total of 118 small islands separated by canals and connected by bridges for pedestrian use only. We will walk through beautiful monuments (exterior visits) as Palazzo Ducale, the famous Bridge of Sights, the tour will continue discovering the beauty of Venice, with the Basilica of San Marco (exterior visit). Lunch at leisure.
In the afternoon, we will take an excursion to the Lagoon islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello which are the traditional destination among the islands located in the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon. After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, a 16th century Benedectine church designed by Andrea Palladio and built between 1566 and 1610, the public Gardens, the tip of Sant'Elena and the Lido (the famous beach resort), the boat arrives at Murano known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Here there is a stop to visit one of the factories. The second stop is on the picturesque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace but also for its fishermen's houses painted in bright colours. Then, after a short sail, you will reach the quiet and sparsely populated island of Torcello, the first centre of civilization in the estuary. Only the Cathedral of "Santa Maria Assunta" with its magnificent mosaics and the church of "Santa Fosca" remain the testimony of its former glory. Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
day 05 thu Venice – Florence
Buffet breakfaSt Depart to Florence. Lunch at leisure. Once in the city, we will enjoy a half-day walking tour: The walking tour begins at the Piazza San Firenze; home of the Bargello and the Tribunale Fiorentino, once a church and convent complex and now home to the Florence courts.You'll walk first to the Church of Santa Croce, home to many well-known masterpieces and burial place of some of Italy's most important personages. Next you'll arrive at Piazza Signoria, the heart of the city of Florence since ancient times. It is famous for Neptune's Fountain, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the lovely Piazzale degli Uffizi as well as the famous Ponte Vecchio. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
day 06 fri Florence – Cinque Terre – Pisa - Florence
Buffet breakfaSt Today enjoy a marvelous excursion to one of the most famous area in Italy: Cinque Terre. (Meteorological conditions permitting, depart to Portovenere. In case of bad meteorological conditions, we will stop in La Spezia and do the visit to Cinque Terre by train) : here embark on a regular ferry which will bring us to Monterosso, the largest town among the Cinque Terre. Your tour leader will guide you through the terraced vineyards, the ancient olive groves and the spectacular panoramic views. Then depart to the charming town of Vernazza, characterized by its narrow streets and small square looking out over the sea. Then back to Portovenere. Back to Florence but first we will do a stop in Pisa to admire (exterior visits) the famous Leaning Tower. Arrive in Florence. Dinner and overnight.
(Part of the trip is done by ferry but if the atmospheric conditions don’t permit boarding, the visit will be done by train). According to the time at disposal and the meteorological conditions, you are assured a visit to one of the indicated villages in the Cinque Terre: Vernazza or Monterosso
day 07 sat Florence – Siena – San Gimignano - Florence
Buffet breakfaSt Depart to the medieval city of Siena. Walking tour of the city including (exterior visits) : the Cathedral, admiring the unique marble, the Piazza del Campo, the famed site of the Palio di Siena, the horse races held twice a year. Afterward, soak up some free time to continue exploring independently or to purchase lunch. In the afternoon, depart to the walled medieval city of San Gimignano. Resting on the top of a hill, explore the area’s impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture, frescoes, towers and more. Back to Florence. Dinner and overnight
day 08 sun Florence – Chianti area - Assisi – Rome
BreakfaSt Depart to the famous Chianti area where apart admiring the famous Tuscany countryside, we will be able to do a wine tasting (not including). Continue to Assisi: famous pilgrimage site. Stroll the maze of medieval streets, and visit the Basilicas of Santa Chiara and St Francis to see one of Italy’s largest collections of church art. Depart to Rome. Dinner and overnight.
day 09 mon Rome-Amalfi - Sorrento
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the departure meeting point in Rome. Departure to Amalfi. City tour. Continue to Sorrento through the panoramic road that will allow us to admire from the top the famous village of Positano. Arrival in Sorrento and visit the town with its typical streets. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
day 10 tue Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento
BreakfaSt Departure to Sorrento to board the Jet foil that takes us to the magnificent island of Capri, resting place of Roman emperors, that surprises with its landscape of cliffs and caves. Highlights include the Marina Grande and multiple scenic spots from where you can enjoy spectacular views. Free lunch. Jet Foil return to Naples. Dinner and overnight.
day 11 wed Sorrento- Pompeii-Salerno
BreakfaSt Departure towards Pompeii, where we will visit the excavations of this famous city that was completely buried by a Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. Continue to Salerno, the second most important city of Campania and a panoramic tour, where you can see places such as the Castle, the Church of San Pietro a Corte, the Verdi Theater or its Cathedral of San Matteo. Dinner and overnight.
day 12 thu Salerno-Pertosa Caves-Paestum-Salerno
BreakfaSt Departure to Pertosa to visit the famous Angel Grottos which are considered the most important of the South of Italy: we will first make a boat trip and then a walk on foot where we can see all the formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Continuation to Paestum and view of the archaeological zone where we will admire the Doric temples. Possibility also to visit the Museum which keeps important remains of the ancient Greek city of Poseidonia. Dinner and accommodation
day 13 fri Salerno - Naples
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Naples. On arrival we will take a panoramic tour of the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, starting with Vomero Hill, passing by the promenade, we will visit the historical center of the city with monuments such as the Teatro de San Carlos, Royal Palace, the New Castle, the Plebiscite Square, etc. Also visit on foot with local guide of the historical center of the city where we will visit the Chapel of San Severo famous for its masterpiece: The Veiled ChriSt Tonight, we will greet the South of Italy with a farewell dinner at a Pizzeria in the center of Naples as this dish, famous throughout the world, was born in the city of Naples. Back to the hotel. Accommodation
day 14 Sat Naples
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast at. Opotional: extended stay and transfer services on request
Inclusions: accommodation in 3 SUP/4* (FIRST CLASS), Half-board accommodation with buffet breakfast, from the dinner on first day to the breakfast on last day, City taxes. Compulsory whispers for visit to Palermo, Monreale and Syracuse Cathedrals, transportation from Venice central parking to the nearest point to your hotel roundtrip, half day excursion to Murano and Burano by ferry, Cinque Terre ferry from Portovenere to Monterosso and Vernazza (meteorological conditions permitting. On the contrary excursion will be done by train from La Spezia to Monterosso and Vernazza, Ferry to Capri roundtrip, transportation on deluxe motorcoach (sizes accordingly to the number of passengers) under 7 participants, the trip could be done with English/Spanish speaking driver/guide, transfer from the hotel in Rome to the point where the Southern part of the tour starts, transfer from Palermo hotel to Palermo airport, assistance in Spanish and English from 7 participants throughout the tour except on Day 1 and last day (multilingual), With less than 7 participants, the tour takes place without tour guide., panoramic visits (no local guides) except for the visits to Milan, Venice and Florence, panoramic visits (no local guides) in Reggio Calabria, Naples, Capri, Sorrento and Amalfi, English/Spanish local guides for visits to Milan, Venice and Florence
Southern Italy: transfer from the hotel of Rome to the meeting point in Rome, accommodation with breakfast buffet in hotels of category 4 stars, occupying double rooms with private bathroom or shower.
4 dinners in hotel according to program (without drinks), 1 farewell dinner in local restaurant according to the indicated program (without drinks), transportation by luxury coach of last generation according to number of participants
Note: with less than 7 participants, the trip could be done with a driver / guide, assistance in Spanish / English during the whole trip except the last day.Note: with less than 7 participants, the trip could be done without a guide, Panoramic visits with tour escort except in Pompeii, Naples, Paestum and Pertosa Grottos, Bilingual local guides (Spanish / English) in Pompeii (max 02 hours), Naples (max 04 hours), Paestum (max 02 hours) and Pertosa Caves (max 02 hours), excursion to Capri with public ferry round trip. Attention: in case of cancellation of the excursion to Capri due to meteorological reasons, no refund will be made, tax
Exclusions: flight to Milan, transfers in&out meals not mentioned in inlcusions, beverages during meals, local guides in Piazza Armerina, Tropea and Taormina, visit to the Blue Grotto in Capri, entrance fees, tips and personal extras, porterage
Hotels: Milan- Grand Hotel Adi Doria 4*, Venice- Hotel All’Angelo 4* / Hotel Santa Chiara 3*, Florence- Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli 4* ,
Rome- Hotel Donna Laura Palace 4*/ Massimo d’Azeglio 4*, Sorrento - Grand Hotel Vesuvio 4*/ Hotel Cesare Augusto 4*
Salerno -Grand Hotel Salerno 4*/ Hotel Novotel 4*, Naples - Hotel Naples 4*/ Mediterraneo 4*
Note: the tour itinerary can be changed or inverted without notice due to technical reasons. All previous visits, excursions and services will be guaranteed. Dinners during the tour could be at hotel or at local restaurant.The excursion to Capri depends on the weather conditions.