Rome-Florence-Cinque Terre-Venice-Lake Maggiore-Lake Como-Milan
08 days/ 07 nights, Rome/Milan
2018 depart Tue: May 15, 22, 29. June 12, 19, 26. July 10, 17, 24. Aug 21, 28. Sep 04, 11, 18, 25. Oct 02, 09.
Day 01 tue Rome-Florence
At 07.30 am pick-up at your hotel in Rome and transfer to the meeting point to join the group. Departure to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, known worldwide for its unequalled treasures. A stop is planned at Michelangelo’s square for a first photo opportunity. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the city with your guide including the Cathedral (outside), Giotto’s Bell Tower (outside), the doors of the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Santa Croce, the sanctuary of many famous Italian artists. Lunch in local restaurant. Overnight in Florence.
Day 02 wed Excursion to Cinque Terre
Breakfast at hotel. Today discover by train the highlights of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the world. Five (cinque) villages, suspended between sea and land listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. You will first reach Manarola. Your journey will continue to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered the pearl of the Cinque Terre, where you will be overcome by its enchanting beaches. Back to Florence and free time. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 thu Florence-Venice
After breakfast departure to the Door of the Orient. Upon arrival in Venice enjoy a guided tour of this unique and romantic city. Strolling through the ancient and narrow streets of Venice, you will reach the Rialto Bridge (outside) and St-Mark’s Square with the impressive Basilica (outside). Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 fri Venice-Verona-Lake Maggiore
Breakfast is followed by departure to Verona, one of Italy most romantic city, featuring a wide array of monuments and historic buildings, such as Juliet’s Balcony (the star-crossed lover from the masterpiece by Shakespeare) and the Roman Theatre (outside). Continuation to Stresa/Baveno, two quaint, picturesque towns on Maggiore Lake, where you’ll spend two nights. Maggiore Lake is one of most beautiful Italy lakes, known for its splendid climate and sightseeing. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 05 sat Lake Maggiore
After breakfast enjoy a full day at leisure on the shore of the second largest lake of Italy, surrounded by the peaceful and breathtaking scenery of the Alps. Make the most of your local ferry daily ticket to visit Isola Bella, where you can admire the palace (one of the Borromean palaces) and the beautiful Italian gardens. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 sun Lake Maggiore-Lake Como
Breakfast at hotel, meet your driver for your transfer to lake Como. Upon arrival check-in at hotel and overnight.
Day 07 mon Como
After breakfast enjoy a whole day at leisure to explore the area. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta). With your ferry daily ticket, you can travel at your own pace on the lake side. Back to hotel and overnight.
Day 08 tue Como-Milan
After breakfast, transfer to Milan where your tour comes to an end.
Inclusions: twin share in 4 star accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, deluxe Transportation, licensed English speaking tour escort until day 4, dedicated licensed local guides in Florence andVenice, admission fees to Church of Santa Croce, headset in Florence and Venice, local train ticket in Cinque Terre, boat transfer to/from Venice, daily Ferry ticket on Maggiore Lake valid 1 day, daily Ferry ticket on Como Lake valid 1 day, sharing transfers: from Hotel in Rome to Meeting Point / From Verona to Maggiore Lake / From Maggiore Lake to Como Lake / From Como Lake to Milan and baggage handling at hotel (1 piece of luggage per passenger from day 1-4).
Exclusions: tips, extras, hotel city tax, drinks at meals if not specified, optional excursions
Hotels: Florence-Mediterraneo, Venice-Santa Marina, Lake Maggiore – Zacchera Hotel, Lake Como-Como (or similar)
Note: for operational reasons, the order of excursions may be changed. Optional excursions not specified in our Itinerary, will be suggested by our tour leader.