Wonders of Northern Italy Escorted Tour
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Begin your journey to northern Italy in the town of Assisi, known for its association with St Francis, the humble saint who was known for his great love of animals. Onward to Siena, known for its Palio horse race, but also for its sweets made by the local nuns. Continue to Florence via Padua, a university town and one of the oldest cities in northern Italy, known as the setting for the Taming of the Shrew. Investigate some of the most famous works of art in Florence, and then enjoy many photo opportunities in Italy’s unique city built on water, gorgeous Venice. After surveying the city’s most famous landmarks, the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs, learn the secrets of Italian glass making at a local glass factory. Later, stop at another city associated with Shakespeare, Verona, the setting for the most famous love story of all, Romeo and Juliet. End your travels in the striking northern Lake District. Stroll waterside along tranquil Lake Garda before traveling on to luxurious Lake Como, where George Clooney owns one of the beautiful lakeside villas.
Roundtrip flights into Rome, from Milan on available carrier
Escorted sightseeing by luxury motorcoach
Professional driver/guide included as per itinerary
Accommodation at four star hotels for 7 nights
Buffet Breakfast (B) daily except morning of arrival
Five dinners (D) as per itinerary
Hotel service charges and taxesItalian City Taxes are not included.
These taxes are paid to the hotel directly at time of check out.
Day 1: Depart USA Your trip begins with an overnight transatlantic flight to Rome. Relax and enjoy the in-flight meal service and onboard entertainment.
Day 2: Welcome to Italy Upon arrival at Rome airport, collect your luggage make your own way to your hotel at your own expense. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon and evening. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city center. Tonight enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Rome
Day 3: Rome, Assisi, Siena & Florence Departing at 7:15 am from the hotel Diana by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, where you can 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 town square, 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.
(B,D)Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Florence
Day 4: Florence After breakfast, you will spend the Day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance” ,where, with the help of Michelangelo, italian art reachedits pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the middleages as a free “comune” and was further refined by the renaissance. You will be fascinated by its numerous 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 that Michelangelo dubbed 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. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional excursion),one of the four main historical marine republics of Italy. There you will tour the square of miracles, which houses the duomo, the leaning tower, and the baptistry.
Florence dinner in a typical restaurant in Santa Croce square
(B,D)Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Florence
Day 5: Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. There, you will wander through the city’s 38 kilometers worth of elegant arcades (or porticos), for which Bologna is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune Square and Major Square) in the heart of the city, where you will find Neptune fountain; King Renzo Palace; Podestà Palace; and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, world-renowned for its classic gondola boats and its elegant, refined art. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner and overnight stay.
(B,D)Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Venice
Day 6: Venice Hit the water after breakfast as you board a private water bus to St. Mark’s square, interior visit of the splendid cathedral, the Dogi Palace, a symbol of the glory and authority of Venice as it housed the seat of the government and the court of justice. Nearby you will see the legendary bridge of sight. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.
(B,D)Overnight: 4 Star hotel in Venice
Day 7: Venice, Verona, Sirmione, Como Breakfast and depart to the famous city Verona to see 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, its medieval structures, its magnificent renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting it. 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 of vegetation, 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 we will reach our hotel. Dinner and overnight.
(B,D)Overnight: 4 Star hotel in Como
Day 8: Como & Milan Departure for Milan and end of the tour at Central Railway station. From the Rail station you will then be transferred to your hotel in Milan. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon and evening. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city center. Tonight enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants (B)Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Milan
Day 9: Milan/USA After a final breakfast, you will have to make own arrangements to the Airport for your departure
flight home. (B)
Languages: English, French and Spanish
Luggage Allowance: 1 piece of checked luggage and 1 carry on allowed per person
Tipping: Is not included
Check out our optional sightseeing. Save time and money by pre-booking your sightseeing tours before you travel.
*Not Included:Please Note:
Airport Taxes, Fees and September 11th Security Fee, optional tours, tips to local guides, driver, and tour manager
Hotels in itinerary might be replaced with similar hotels if original hotel is sold out on the dates of your requested tour.
Italian City Taxes are not included.
Most cities in Italy impose a city hotel tax that is charged at the end of a hotel stay. This tax is approximately €1 - €5 per person per night.
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