Northern Italy Tour

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Tour Introduction

13 NIGHT TRIP
From Palladio's heritage in Vicenza, to the magnificent hues of Lake Como, to the charming palette of the Cinque Terre, this trip is designed to enchant your soul!

Highlights:

  • Lake Como and its romantic villages by boat
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site Dolomites
  • Scrovegni Chapel and Giotto’s masterpiece
  • Sun-drenched villages of Chianti

DAY 1: ARRIVE MILAN
Morning arrival at Milan airport, meet your private driver for transfer to your hotel accommodation in the Como area. After check in, enjoy a cruise in Italy’s most romantic destination. Stop in the village of Varenna & continue cruising on Lake Cruise.  Overnight.

DAY 2: LAKESIDE VILLAGES OF COMO
Breakfast at the hotel. Day on your own to explore and enjoy the lake. Go for a hike enjoy and enjoy the fresh air and amazing views of the lake or explore one of the many charming villages along the Lake, like Cernobbio, Moltrasio, Bellaggio, or Tremezzo. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 3: MIGHTY DOLOMITES FROM VERONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Verona.  Upon arrival check in at your hotel.  In the afternoon city tour through this romantic city, setting of Shakeaspeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Included is also the Roman amphitheater, the famous Arena di Verona. Following lunch, on your own,  departure to  Alpi di Siusi. the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe and part of the Dolomites UNESCO heritage site. Here you will enjoy an authentic Tirolean dinner in a typical restaurant. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 4: VICENZA - PALLADIO’S HERITAGE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Vicenza also known as  "The Gorgeous City" thanks to its impressive architectures such as the Olympic Theatre, “Corso Palladio,” the “Piazza dei Signori." Lunch based on Vicenza’s specialities in the heart of the city’s historical center. Afternoon visit of Villa Rotonda & Villa Godi two Renaissance Villas built by Palladio as summer residents of rich patricians. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 5: PADUA - GIOTTO’S MASTERPIECE
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion to the university city of Padua, knows also as the city of St. Anthony.  Visit the famous Scrovegni Chapel, a masterpiece of 14th century frescos, famous for a complete series of frescos executed by Giotto. The walking tour will include also the Caffé Pedrocchi, the three major places (Piazza delle Erbe, della Frutta, dei Signori), Basilica of S. Antony and its wonderful chapels, and Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Europe. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 6: VENICE CITY OF CANALS
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Venice, once the Serenissima Republic. After checking in,  meet with your guide for a tour of the Bacari (typical wine bars,) where you will taste some traditional small plates of Venetian specialties (nizioleti,) pared by a glass of good wine (chicheto). Dinner on your own. Overnight.

DAY 7: MARVELS OF ST MARKS AND DOGE’S PALACE & EVENING SHOW
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to the discovery of this one of a kind citu. Join your guide on a Classic Venice tour and be ready to be amazed by the treasures of this romantic city. Explore St. Mark’s Square and St. Mark's basilica, built over several centuries and resulting in a blend of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Admire the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sights and the the Piombi prison. Afternoon on your own. Evening show at the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto at 8:30 PM The performances take place in several rooms of the palace. Reviving the tradition of the "Salotto Musicale" dating from the late 1800’s, this approach revolves around the interaction between the artists, the musicians and the public. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 8: FLORENCE - GENIUSES OF THE RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Florence and check in at your hotel upon arrival.  Lunch on your own. At 3:00 PM meet  your guide at your hotel for a guided walking tour of the city center, including Accademia museum,  the Duomo with the magnificent Brunelleschi’s Dome and Ghiberti’s Baptistery door, and the main streets of this lively city. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 9: UFFIZI GALLERY TREASURES
Breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will meet with you at the hotel for a private tour of Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi museum. Afternoon and evening on your own to visit some of the city’s art-filled churches (Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, just to name a few), stroll across the Ponte Vecchio and perhaps try one of the many trattorie or restaurants of your liking.

DAY 10: CHIANTI DISCOVERY WITH LUNCH AT A FARMHOUSE
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will depart toward the Tuscan countryside. A journey through the Chianti countryside, one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany famous the world over for its wine and for its unforgettable landscapes, it’s a life time experience. You will visit two historic wineries of the Chianti Region where you will experience excellent tastings of wines, extra-virgin olive oil and local delicacies. The itinerary includes also the visit to three picturesque old villages: Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and San Donato in Poggio. Lunch at a local farmhouse. Following lunch continue to Siena, famous for its Palio that takes place every year on Piazza del Campo. Check in and evening at leisure/

DAY 11: SIENA & GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with your guide after breakfast for a walking tour to discover  the historical the historical center and admire the Town hall and the Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral. Finish the tour with a visit to an artist studio to learn about the ancient tradition of glass making. Your guide will suggest various good restaurants and places to visit on your own in the afternoon, from good wine bars to current exhibitions, to antique stores and other shopping. Return to your hotel. Overnight.

DAY 12: PISA LEANING TOWN
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to the UNESCO Word Heritage Cinque Terre, five fishing villages connected by walking paths, train or boats. On the way first stop in Pisa and admire the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth.  Lunch on your own. Departure to the Cinque Terre after lunch. Check in at your hotel. Afternoon guided tour of one of the villages or guided hike along some stunning paths where you will be able to observe the terraced hills all the way to the crystal clear waters. Overnight.

DAY 13: DRAMATIC PANORAMAS OF THE CINQUE TERRE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is full day on your disposal to discover one of the villages, explore its alleyways and stairways, sun bathe at the beach, take a dip in the blue waters or just sipping cappuccino and people watching. This day is for you to enjoy at the fullest. Overnight.

DAY 14: MILAN -  THE CAPITAL OF FASHION
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Milan and check in at your hotel. You will stay in Milan for 1 night.  Meet your guide at the hotel and start a walking guided tour. Your guide will lead to on a discovery journey to the most famous sites, Milan is known for. First stop will be at the marvelous church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, to admire the world’s most celebrated painting by one of the world’s greatest geniuses ever: Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper”. Following the visit, continue to the historical center of Milan to the magnificent Gothic cathedral on Piazza Duomo. Stroll around and walk through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele,  the world's oldest shopping mall that hosts.   Evening on your own.

DAY 15: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!

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