If northern Italy is your dream destination, consider spending time in Venice and in Lake Como. This independent travel package will guide you through the highlights of Venice's city center including St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Take some time to stroll through Venice's winding streets on your own to visit local markets or shop for artisan crafts. You will then have time at leisure to explore Lake Como and all of its beauty. This part of Italy has attracted domestic and international travelers for centuries and thanks to its tranquil waters, verdant landscapes and snow-capped mountains it's easy to understand why. Featuring one of Italy's most iconic cities and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, this 11 day travel package is a great option for travelers seeking to spend a relaxing vacation in northern Italy.
Day 01: OUT-BOUND FLIGHT
Board your overnight flight to Italy.
Day 02: VENICE
Arrive in Venice, Italy. Upon your arrival at Venice Airport, board your pre-arranged water taxi to the hotel and complete check in. Spend the rest of the day exploring the streets of Venice.
Day 03: VENICE
After breakfast at the hotel, start your morning with a walking tour of Venice's city center. Make your way through the local "calli" (narrow streets) through the historical city center exploring various landmarks including St. Mark’s Basilica, The Doge's Palace, the Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs. You will have the rest of the day free to continue exploring on your own.
Day 04: VENICE
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then consider traveling to Murano Island and visiting a Glass Workshop. During the visit you will have the chance to observe a local artisan craft a masterpiece out of glass. Another option could be to visit Burano Island to learn about lace-making and snap photos of the colorful buildings. You could also continue to explore other highlights of Venice's city center, such as the market area or the Guggenheim Museum. No matter what you choose, we know you'll enjoy your time in Venice!
Day 05: VARENNA, LAKE COMO
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and then pick up your rental car. Your final destination will be Varenna, a charming town on the shores of Lake Como, but along the way you may wish to make a stop or two. A few ideas include Padua, the city of Saint Anthony, Verona with its remarkable Arena amphitheater or Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy.
Upon your arrival in Varenna, you will check in at your hotel and take in the breathtaking beauty of the Alpine scenery reflected on the tranquil waters of the lake. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant followed by an overnight stay at your hotel.
Days 06 -07: VARENNA, LAKE COMO
Spend two unforgettable days taking in panoramic views and enjoying all that Lake Como has to offer. Take the steamboat across the lake to experience stunning vistas of beautiful villas and majestic mountains. Be sure to stop by other lakeside towns such as Bellagio, Tremezzo and Lenno. There is much to see and you will be in control of how you spend your time during this part of the trip.
Days 08-10: CERNOBBIO, LAKE COMO
Your final stop on will be the town of Cernobbio, positioned on the other side of the lake. Check into the hotel and then you will have further time at leisure to explore independently. Consider spending a day in Como to visit its museums or to shop for silk at its boutiques (silk has been made here for centuries). Another option would be to head to the Swiss border and spend a day visiting the town of Lugano and its lake. There is plenty to see and you certainly will not be bored during your time in Lake Como!
Day 11: RETURN FLIGHT
Drive to Milan Malpensa Airport to drop off your rental car and then board your return flight. End of our services.
PACKAGE START AT $2,323.00 INCLUDES:
• Roundtrip flights in economic class with in-flight meals, drinks and entertainment. (*)
• 3 Nights accommodation in a premium 4 star HOTEL in Venice. (**)
• 3 Nights accommodation in a premium 4 star HOTEL in Varenna. (**)
• 3 Nights accommodation in a premium 4 star HOTEL in Cernobbio. (**)
• 9 Daily Buffet Breakfast at your Hotel.
• 6 Days of Rental Car.
• Ground Transfer from/to Airport.
• Vat Taxes and Service Charges (in Italy) included.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
• 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 at the hotel.
• All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
(*) Rate based on NYC departure gates. Alternative U.S. departure cities available upon request at 1-866-GO ITALY or email Trips2italy
(**) 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).
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