Exploring Italian Waters

Genova port, Galeone Neptune

9 NIGHT TRIP

Explore Italy through its waters: from the Milan's Navigli, to the Ligurian sea by the Cinque Terre, to the fresh waters of Lake Garda.

Highlights:

  • Milan and its hidden canals
  • Lake Garda and its Healing Waters
  • Cinque Terre: The Five Villages
  • Genoa and the Aquarium

Day 1: Arrive in Milan. Private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon discovering Milan’s Navigli neighborhood with its canals, the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese. Evening at Leisure. Overnight

Day 2: Milan’s Treasures
Start the journey at the Santa Maria delle Grazie to admire Leonardo Da Vinci’s most celebrated painting The Last Supper. 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. Lunch on your own. Visit the world-famous Opera House Teatro alla Scala. Find your way to San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore 16th-century church and former monastery with vivid biblical-themed artwork and frescoes Pass by the Castle Square Fountain before you stop at Castello Sforzesco to see Sala delle Asse: a beautiful room with a mulberry forest painted by Da Vinci. Pass through Sempione Park where you’ll find Fontana dell'acqua marcia fountain known for its sulphurous water. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 3: Lake Garda
Departure to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Check in to hotel. View the beautiful historic villas of Gardone Riviera on the way to see the Vittoriale degli Italiani, the former home of famed poet and soldier, Gabriele d’Annunzio.  Tour the museum and beautiful gardens, pools and streams and see the spectacular view from the top of Lake Garda. Evening at Leisure. Overnight.

Day 4: Sirmione and Thermal Spa
Travel by boat across to Sirmione, known for its ancient fortress The Scaliger Castle and the thermal waters. Visit the Roman ruins at one end of peninsula and meander through the cobble stone streets of this medieval village. After lunch, pamper yourself at the world-famous Terme di Sirmione Thermal spas. Evening at Leisure. Overnight.

Day 5: Limone sul Garda
Journey to the northern part of Lake Garda to the quaint village of Limone sul Garda, the land scented by lemons  Visit an organic lemon garden. In the afternoon visit a lemon grove to appreciate the rich heritage of lemon harvesting and wander the narrow streets, cute shops and harbor. Relax on the beach or undertake one of the many water sports available. Evening at Leisure.

Day 6: Cinque Terre
Depart to Cinque Terre, the Five Colorful Villages along the Ligurian Sea. Afternoon at Leisure to shop in the village. Overnight.

Day 7: The Villages and Waters of Cinque Terre
Hiking Option: Meet your guide and for a full day tour on the Sanctuaries hiking path, named this way as it links all the sanctuaries of the National Park of the Cinque Terre. Visit to the famous seaside villages:  Vernazza – Reggio Sanctuary – Soviore Sanctuary- Monterosso. On the way stop for wine tasting in a local winery.
Cruising option: Experience a private boat cruise to enjoy the amazing Cinque Terre from the water and enjoy swimming and snorkeling, sip some wine and enjoy la Dolce Vita. Dinner. Overnight

Day 8: Genoa
Depart to Genoa, the bustling port city of Italy. After checkin, experience this fascinating old city. We will guide you through the narrow alleys (caruggi) of the widest historical centre in Europe to discover its many curiosities and secrets. The tour starts from the Old Port area, wonderfully renewed by the famous Genoese architect Renzo Piano in 1992, and it guides you through the historical centre and the most important places (the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, The Doge Palace, the Opera House, the old and narrow alleys and the many small squares). It will end at the Strada Nuova Museums.  In these museums (Galleries of Palazzo Bianco, Rosso and Tursi) you can visit part of the old furniture and important masterpieces of Italian and foreign artists such as Veronese, Procaccini, Rubens, Van Dyck. Option to enjoy an evening opera. Overnight.

Day 9: The Aquarium
The largest aquarium in Europe the Acquario di Genova was built on the occasion of the Expo ’92 and features a wide variety of fish, jellyfish, penguins, sharks and dolphins. Visit its biosphere and Galata museum, the largest and most innovative maritime museum. Afternoon at Leisure. Overnight.

Day 10:
Depart Italy with your mind, body and spirit refreshed and renewed, full of joyful memories.

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