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Places Covered: Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Murano Burano Torcello, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Rome, Vatican, Capri
Duration: 08 Nights & 9 Days Package
Tour Cost: See Below

DAY 01

Welcome to Milan, Italy.

Day at leisure and overnight stay at Milan.

DAY 02

Take in the stunning scenery of world-famous Lake Como on this day trip from Milan, just a quick 1-hour drive away.

Explore the fashionable lakeside town of Como, surrounded by snowcapped mountains and picturesque Mediterranean villas, and enjoy a breathtaking cruise along Lake Como. In the summer, dock at the enchanting village of Bellagio for free time to dine and shop; in the winter, take the funicular up to the town of Brunate for a sweeping panorama of the city and the lake below.

Inclusions

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Boat ride on Lake Como
  • Funicular ride to Brunate (Nov - March only)

Duration: 9 Hrs

Departure Time: 8:30am

Departure Point: central Milan

Overnight stay at Milan.

DAY 03

Train transfer to Venice and check-in at your hotel.

In evening float past the beautiful palaces and bridges of Venice on a 35-minute Venice gondola ride and enjoy a serenade, too. An evening ride, and see the sights of the city from the impressive Grand Canal. Aboard a traditional wood-carved gondola boat, look out for top Venice attractions such as Rialto Bridge and listen to Italian songs; it's a must-do Venice experience!

Inclusions

  • Gondola ride
  • Serenade

Duration: 35 minutes

Departure Time: 7:00pm

Departure Point: Near Santa Maria del Giglio Square, central Venice

Overnight stay at Venice.

DAY 04

Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon - Murano, Torcello and Burano - on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat.

Accompanied by a local guide, you'll stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano, visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello and shop for handcrafted lace on Burano. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands around the medieval city of Venice and its enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea.

Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens, and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. You'll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant'Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center.

Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano's wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe's glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano's palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele - Venice's 19th-century cemetery - across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass.

When you reach the island of Torcello - established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon - you'll see evidence of the island's glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior.

Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you'll find the famous lace - abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano
  • Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration: 4 hours

Departure Time: 11am

Departure Point: Tour departs from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens (Giardinetti Reali) at San Marco

Overnight stay at Venice.

DAY 05

Train transfer to Florence and check-in at your hotel.

Discover the delights of Pisa on an afternoon tour from Florence, led by a friendly local guide. After traveling through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, explore Cathedral Square (Piazza dei Miracoli) and pose for photos by the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Learn about other monuments like Pisa Baptistry and then either enjoy some free time, or continue your walking tour to Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri) seeing attractions like the Church of San Sisto and Scuola Normale di Pisa.

Leave central Florence and travel west through the emerald hills of Tuscany. Your destination is Pisa, an elegant Tuscan city located near Lucca. Hop off your coach after a journey of 1.5 hours and set off to sightsee with your guide.

Walk around Cathedral Square, home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pose for photos by the tilting monument, which has captivated sightseers for centuries, and learn all about its history from your guide. The square is also home to Pisa Baptistry, Campo Santo and Duomo di Pisa, so listen to your guide explain each one as you walk around.

After your tour of Cathedral Square, choose from one of two different options. Either enjoy free time to discover Pisa at your own pace or continue sightseeing on a guided walk to Knights' Square. Pass the Church of San Sisto, the oldest church in Pisa. See the house of Conte Ugolino who is mentioned by Dante on the Divive Comedy. Then enter Knights' Square itself, seeing the prestigious Scuola Normale di Pisa, part of the city's university that was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. Admire the square's Renaissance buildings and marble statues, and hear how it was once the political center of medieval Pisa. Continue past an ancient house where the 18th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi once lived, and then finish your walking tour with a visit to Piazza Arcivedscovado to see Palazzo Vescovile.

If you opted to spend your afternoon at leisure, simply return to the meeting point at the pre-arranged time to meet your tour escort and return to the coach.Travel back to Florence, and then finish your day trip with a drop-off at the start point.

Inclusions

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tour escort
  • Professional guide in Pisa

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

Departure Time: 1:45pm

Departure Point: Central Florence, near Santa Maria Novella Station (Central Station)

Overnight stay at Florence.

DAY 06

Relax as you travel towards the Cinque Terre, listen to stories about Lucca and its famous son Giacomo Puccini, and admire Michelangelo's astonishing marble mountains of Carrara.

Passing just above Manarola (the first village of the Cinque Terre), you'll enter the National Park before tightening your boots for the first section of the trail to Corniglia, a beautiful stretch that finishes with a climb of 382 steps. On the cliff top village of Corniglia a delicious lunch made of fresh Mediterranean seafood and the most authentic pesto pasta is served in a local restaurant with a perfect view of the sea and surrounding hillside.

After lunch, your continue along the steep, ancient path, climbing high up through spectacular terraces of olives towards the village of Vernazza, one of the prettiest and most characteristic of the five towns, where you have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafs, or even have a cooling swim in the bay.

Next you will take a short train ride to Monterosso, this village is renowned for its beautiful beach and artisan shops. Enjoy free time to taste the local wine, explore the shops or dip your toes in the cool Mediterranean sea. Now, its time to sit back and relax as you enjoy a scenic 40-minute boat ride (weather permitting) along the shores of the Cinque Terre, the journey takes you to Riomaggiore.

In Riomaggiore you begin the last part of the trail, called Via dell'Amore, "Lover's Lane" - a walkway hanging above the sea which leads to Manarola, completing your Cinque Terre visit before returning to Florence by coach.

Please note: Due to a landslide which occurred at the end of September 2012, the famous path "Via dell'Amore" has been closed.

Please note: The total walking route on this tour covers a distance of approximately 3.4 miles (5.5km), most of which is along stone steps, trails, dirt tracks and a small amount of paved sidewalks. The longest section of the walk is a 2.5-mile (4-km) stretch along the steps and this usually takes a person of average-level fitness around 1.5 hours. If weather permits, stops are included in each of the five towns as per the itinerary.

Inclusions

  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • 40-minute boat ride (weather permitting)
  • Rail travel between villages, where necessary
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=lunch)
  • Entry into Cinque Terre National Park

Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes

Departure Time: 8:00am (arrive strictly at 7:45am)

Departure Point: Santa Maria Novella station

Overnight stay at Florence.

DAY 07

Train transfer to Rome and check-in at Hotel. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour!

With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican's magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael's Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's fresco 'The Creation of Adam.' Finish with a St Peter's Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Skip the long lines for St. Peter's Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Inclusions

  • Entrance fee
  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Duration: 3 hours

Departure Time: 2:15 pm

Departure Point: Vatican Museums entrance

Overnight stay at Rome.

DAY 08

Start your day with a pickup from your central Rome hotel or alternatively, start your tour at a meeting point in town, near Rome Termini Station.

Travel south, and as you gaze out at the pretty landscape of Castelli Romani look out for Abbey of Montecassino -- a spectacular Benedictine monastery perched atop of a hill.

After a journey of roughly three hours, arrive in the southern Italian region of Campania and head straight to its capital, Naples. At the port, hop off your coach and board your catamaran or hydrofoil boat for your 45-minute crossing to the island of Capri - the jewel of the Amalfi region's islands.

On arrival at Capri's Marina Grande harbor, hop aboard a rowing boat and relax as your guide rows you around the island to see the intriguing Blue Grotto (entry own expense). The cave is said to have sunk further into the sea since prehistoric times -- blocking out most natural light. Rays entering from an underwater cavity combine with the trickle of light from the caves' only entranceway, giving the water its magical vivid-blue effect. Return to Marina Grande and travel by coach to the unassuming little village of Anacapri, perched high on the hills overlooking Capri town. Enjoy free time for lunch in a traditional trattoria here, and soak up incredible views of the sun-baked Bay of Naples just across the water.

Head back down the hill and explore Capri Town at leisure, perhaps visiting the elegant Piazetta (Piazza Umberto) or browsing the shops for keepsakes of Capri to take home. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, board your boat and return to your coach at Naples Port.

As you head out of the city, your guide will point out some of Naples' star attractions like medieval Castel Nuovo, Certona di San Martino - a sprawling monastery complex - and the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale). Relax on the journey north back to Rome, and finish your tour near Termini Station. Alternatively, make use of a drop-off at Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica; simply let your guide know on the day.

Note: In extreme cases of bad weather, boats to Capri are cancelled. Should this happen, you will spend the day exploring Naples and the UNESCO-listed ancient ruins of Pompeii instead with your guide.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
  • Lunch
  • Round-trip boat journey from Naples to Capri

Duration: 13 hours

Departure Time: 7:30 am

Departure Point: near Rome Termini Station

Overnight stay at Rome.

DAY 09

Departure

Proceed to Rome Airport for your onward journey.

  • All train transfers(2nd Class): Milan > Venice > Florence > Rome
  • Lake Como Trip
  • Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
  • Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
  • Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip
  • Cinque Terre Tour
  • Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's
  • Capri Island Tour
  • 2 nights in Milan, room, bath or shower/WC, breakfast
  • 2 nights in Venice, room, bath or shower/WC, breakfast
  • 2 nights in Florence, room, bath or shower/WC, breakfast
  • 2 nights in Rome, room, bath or shower/WC, breakfast

Hotels

Milan:

3star: Flora Hotel, Zurigo, Napoleon Hotel, New York Hotel, Terminal Hotel, Ibis Centro, Demindoff / Similar

4star: Michelangelo Hotel, Colombia, Hotel Bristol, Starhotel Anderson / Similar

Venice:

3star: Santa Chiara E Residenza Parisi Hotel, Gardena Hotel, Canal E Walter Hotel, Antica Casa Carettoni Hotel, Agli Artisti Hotel / Similar

4star: Carlton & Grand Canal, Principe Hotel, Hotel Continental, Amadeus Hotel, Residenza Cannaregio / Similar

Florence:

3star: Unicorno, Hotel Universo, Hotel Botticelli, Benivieni Hotel, Hotel Beatrice, Rosary Garden / Similar

4star: Roma Hotel, Gallery Art, Eden Rock Resort, Pierre Hotel, Rivoli Hotel, Grand Hotel Cavour, San Gallo Palace, Monna Lisa Hotel, Hotel Santa Maria Novella / Similar

Rome:

3star: Pavia, Bettoja Nord Nuova Roma Hotel, Marconi Hotel, Hotel Giorgi, Yes Hotel Rome, Hotel Milani, Eurostars Domus Aurea Hotel / Similar

4star: Bettoja Mediterraneo Hotel, Una Roma, Best Western Royal Santina Hotel, Bettoja Atlantico Hotel, Hotel Diana Roof Garden, Starhotels Metropole, Augusta Lucilla Palace / Similar.

Tour Cost: Price per Person in Euro

1.4.14–1.10.15

3 Star Hotel

4 Star Hotel

Double Room

EUR 1623

EUR 1863

NOTES:

  • Prices are not valid for during Events, Bank holidays or any other special occasion.
  • All above Rates, hotels and other services are subject to availability on the actual time of booking.

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