From the artistic treasures of Florence to the iconic canals of Venice and the striking natural beauty of Lake Como, Italy offers countless unique destinations for any dream vacation. Join this 6 day escorted group tour to visit some of Italy's most famous highlights and indulge in the Italian lifestyle. During this tour you will marvel at the frescoes in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, stroll Florence's cobblestone streets, snap unforgettable photos of Venice's canals, fall in love with the striking landscapes of Lake Garda and Lake Como, and much, much more. A perfect itinerary for first-time travelers and families, get ready to fall in love with Italy and create memories that will last a lifetime.
From Rome to Milan (or Rome)
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa (optional), Padua, Venice, Verona, Sirmione (Lake Garda), Lake Como, Milan
DAY 01 (Monday): ROME, ASSISI, SIENA, FLORENCE
Early morning meeting with your tour leader at a designated meeting point in Rome. By motor coach you will depart to Assisi, located in the heart of the Umbria region. This tiny town will enchant you with its surrounding walls and the famous Basilica of Saint Francis housing important frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue. After Assisi, you will continue to Siena in the Tuscany region. Siena’s notoriety is due to its historic importance, its beautiful surroundings and the Palio of Siena, a historic horse race in which all the districts of the town participate. You will enjoy some time at leisure in the medieval historical center where you can explore Piazza Del Campo, the Palazzo Pubblico and the Tower of Mangia. In the afternoon, the tour continues to Florence, which is known as the Cradle of the Renaissance and is one of the most admirable art cities in Italy. Dinner with the group and overnight stay at your hotel in Florence.
DAY 02 (Tuesday): FLORENCE, PISA (Optional, Not Included)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing on a sightseeing tour of Florence. You will explore Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery of St. John. The rest of your day will be at leisure to enjoy a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important art museums in the world, and the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s David. If you prefer, you may enjoy an afternoon of shopping at the street markets or, perhaps, take a quick trip to Pisa, famous for its Leaning Tower (optional tours and activities, not included). Dinner with your group and a good night's rest at your hotel.
Day 03 (Wednesday): FLORENCE, PADUA, VENICE
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Venice. On the way you will stop in Padua where you will have a brief visit of the Basilica of St Anthony, home to a number of beautiful frescoes guarded by the famous Gattamelata statue by the great master Donatello. The motor coach will then continue to Venice, internationally famous for its architectural beauty and lively canals. Your hotel will be right on the main Venice Island, surrounded by canals and bridges, narrow streets and beautiful palaces. Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour of Venice, exploring Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons before dinner with your group at your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04 (Thursday): VENICE
After breakfast at the hotel, you will cross the lagoon by boat and reach the Island of Murano to visit a glass factory and see the artisans mold each piece by hand and create a unique Murano Glass piece. In the afternoon, you will have some time at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, maybe to enjoy a gondola ride (optional, not included) or relax in a café’ with an authentic bellini in front of the Grand Canal. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 05 (Friday): VENICE, VERONA, SIRMIONE (LAKE GARDA), LAKE COMO, MILAN
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will depart towards Milan with a few detours to discover some of the highlights of Northern Italy. The first stop will be in Verona for a brief visit of the romantic hometown of Romeo and Juliet. From there you will continue to the lovely small town of Sirmione on the shores of Lake Garda where you will have time at leisure for lunch. After lunch, you will board your motor coach and depart to the beautiful Lake Como for a short panoramic visit before arriving in Milan. Dinner and overnight at your hotel accommodation.
Day 06 (Saturday): MILAN or FREE TRANSFER TO ROME
Breakfast at the hotel, before taking on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Milan and its historical center including the famous Duomo and the Sforza Castle. The tour will end at the Milan Centrale Rail Station, where our services will end. If you prefer, you can take advantage of a complimentary transfer to Rome arriving in the Eternal City in the evening.
We had a wonderful time! If you can give us a few days we can let you know what we liked the most and least. Brett took
"Tommaso, Venice, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena were wonderful! Just arrived in Rome. Ciao!"
PACKAGE START AT $1,294.00 INCLUDES:
- Transportation by Deluxe motor coach as per itinerary
- 5 Nights accommodation in 4 Stars Hotels centrally located in double/twin rooms with private facilities (please note that in Venice the accommodation is a 3 Star Hotel Superior right on the Venice island)
- Daily Buffet Breakfast
- 5 Dinners as per itinerary
- English Speaking Tour-Escort
- Panoramic Visits as per itinerary
- Local Guided tours and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Vat Taxes and service Charges
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- All Land & Air prices: Additional U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
- Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. Where applicable it must be paid locally to the hotel.
- Other monuments and museums entrance fees, Tips and Extras.
- Tips and Extras.
- All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
Only English speaking escorted group tour.
All departures are Guaranteed.
The Intinerary may be reversed or modified for technical reason.
(*) Rate based on two adult persons sharing a double or twin bedded room with private bathroom. Single rooms are available at an additional supplement. Children’s, triple room rates and alternative accommodation arrangements are available upon request. (Additional and different charges may apply).