During this 11-day vacation, travelers will experience several of Italy’s major highlights as well as off-the-beaten-path destinations that are cherished by locals. Lovers of culture will be amazed by Milan’s elegant charm as they explore the historical city center and admire such gems as Da Vinci’s Last Supper , the marvelous Duomo, La Scala Theater and much more. Afterwards, travel south and make a stop in Modena to sample the legendary Balsamic Vinegar. Then, several days will be dedicated to the Umbria region to discover its treasures and to engage with the local culture in authentic ways. Saving the best for last, the trip will conclude in Italy’s lively capital where travelers will have time to visit famous landmarks of the Eternal City including the Colosseum and the Vatican. For those travelers seeking a unique cultural vacation, this customizable itinerary to Milan, Perugia and Rome is the perfect fit!
From MILAN to ROME
Milan, Monza, Arese, Modena, Perugia, Assisi, Umbria Countryside, Orvieto, Rome, Vatican
DAY 1: DEPART USA
Head to the airport and begin your journey to Italy as you board your flight. Buon viaggio!
DAY 2: MILAN
Once the plane has landed in Milan, collect your checked luggage and travel to your hotel via private car transfer. Located in Milan’s historical city center, your hotel will be in the perfect location for independent exploration of Milan’s cultural gems. You will also be within walking distance of many museums, restaurants and boutiques. After checking into the hotel, make your way to the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses the famous Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci. Upon arrival, begin your timed entrance and admire the skill required to execute this renowned masterpiece. Afterwards, we recommend taking a stroll through Milan’s historic streets to discover a few of its highlights on your own. During this time, you may wish to stop by the Castello Sforzesco, an emblem of the city, to explore the castle or to simply unwind in the adjacent Parco Sempione, a large park in Milan’s city center. In the evening, head to a historic restaurant and enjoy your first dinner featuring a local specialty, such as cotoletta alla milanese, which is a breaded veal cutlet. When your dinner has concluded, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 3: MILAN
Enjoy a hearty breakfast to prepare for a full day of sightseeing in Milan’s fabulous city center. Afterwards, begin your walking tour with your guide. Since you will be participating in a private tour, the guide will be able to customize the itinerary based on your particular interests or requests. With this being said, a few must-see highlights include the Galleria of Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala Theater and the mesmerizing Duomo, which is the largest church in Italy. When you part ways with your guide, take a moment to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, your time will be at leisure to continue your independent exploration of Milan. If you would like to visit a museum, there are numerous options available depending on your personal interests such as Palazzo Reale, the Museo del Novecento (which focuses on art from the 1900s) and the National Science and Technology Museum. You may also wish to visit the Monumental Cemetery which features many artistic tombs. Lastly, consider spending time in the Brera area, which is a designated artistic hot spot and a favorite among the locals. Afterwards, return to your hotel to freshen up before your final dinner in Milan followed by an overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 4: MODENA AND PERUGIA
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey south to the beautiful Umbria region. Along the way, stop in the historic city of Modena where you will enjoy a private walking tour. Your guide will lead you through the city center and provide historical context for the main monuments including the Cathedral, Piazza Grande and the Torre della Ghirlandina, which together are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. When the tour concludes, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and do not miss this opportunity to taste the famous Balsamic Vinegar of Modena!
In the afternoon, continue onto the Umbria region and check into your hotel located in the historical city center of Perugia. After settling in, the remainder of the day will be at leisure for you to start familiarizing yourself with Perugia. During this time, you may wish to visit a museum, such as the National Gallery, which features an impressive collection of Umbrian art. In the evening, enjoy your first taste of Umbria’s unique cuisine during dinner at a historic restaurant. Afterwards, take a nice leisurely stroll through the city center, perhaps stopping for a few scoops of gelato, before returning to your hotel for the night.
DAY 5: PERUGIA
Once you finish breakfast at the hotel, depart for a very sweet excursion. Your morning will be spent at the Perugina House of Chocolate, a museum dedicated to one of Italy’s historic chocolate companies that is based in Perugia. Enjoy a tour of the museum where you will learn about the history of Perugina as well as the process behind some of Italy’s most delicious chocolate. There will also be opportunities to taste this special treat for yourself.
Afterwards, return to Perugia’s city center where you will take a break for lunch. In the afternoon, meet with your guide to begin your private walking tour of the historical highlights of Perugia. As you explore the streets of Perugia, your guide will lead you to a number of remarkable gems including the Duomo, Fontana Maggiore and the Rocca Palatina. At the end of the tour, enjoy time at leisure to continue exploring on your own. At this point, you may wish to visit Perugia Underground, which is a system of ancient tunnels underneath the city featuring significant historical artifacts including Etruscan structures and the underground portions of key monuments, such as the Duomo. At the end of the day, stop for dinner at a nearby restaurant and taste another local specialty. Then, return to your hotel for a good night’s rest.
DAY 6: ASSISI
Today you will spend time in the famous town of St. Francis and visit one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in all of Italy. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then depart for Assisi via private driver. Upon arrival in Assisi, meet with your guide and begin your walking tour of the historical city center. Along the way you will admire several key highlights including the Basilica of San Francesco, which is actually divided into an Upper Church and a Lower Church. The Basilica alone is filled with many remarkable artistic treasures, such as the series of frescoes by Giotto that depict the life of St. Francis. Other must-sees in Assisi include the Basilica of Santa Chiara, the Rocca Maggiore, the Cathedral of San Ruffino and of course the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which is unique due to the fact that it houses the Porziuncola, a tiny church in which the Franciscan movement was founded. At the end of the tour, unwind during lunch at a family-owned restaurant and take a moment to process all of the remarkable art and history you absorbed.
Your afternoon in Assisi will be at leisure to continue sightseeing on your own or perhaps visit the town’s shops where unique souvenirs can be purchased. Afterwards, return to Perugia via private car transfer and take the opportunity to freshen up at your hotel. Enjoy a lovely dinner this evening before settling in for the night at your hotel.
DAY 7: UMBRIA COUNTRYSIDE
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then depart for the rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside. Though not as well-known among international travelers, the Umbria countryside is just as picturesque as its cousin, the Tuscan countryside. Admire the scenic panoramas before stopping at a local winery where you will enjoy a tour of the grounds as well as a tasting of locally-produced wines. During this time, you will learn about the historic production process that makes Umbrian wine unique. Enjoy time at leisure at the winery, then return to Perugia and take a moment to freshen up at the hotel. Afterwards, sit down for your final dinner in Perugia and celebrate your time in this incredible region of Italy.
DAY 8: ORVIETO AND ROME
In the morning, check out of your hotel and depart for your last destination in Umbria: the charming, hilltop town of Orvieto. Admire the views as your driver takes you up the winding road to Orvieto’s historical city center. Then, meet with your private guide and enjoy a walking tour of Orvieto’s highlights. Not to be missed is the Cathedral, which is said to have one of the most beautiful facades in Italy. Other key sights include the Pozzo della Cava and the Well of St. Patrick. When you have parted ways with your guide, re-energize during lunch at a local restaurant then meet back with your driver to continue your journey to Rome.
Upon arrival in the Eternal City, check into your final hotel and begin your exploration of the city center. We recommend visiting the Vittoriano Monument and taking the elevator up to the panoramic terrace where you can admire remarkable views of Rome from above. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Rome’s many family-owned restaurants. There are countless specialties you could try and one recommendation is cacio e pepe, which is pasta with Pecorino cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Afterwards, take a stroll through the city center to admire the skyline under the moonlight before returning to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 9: ROME
After breakfast, head to the Colosseum to embark on a walking tour of the main highlights of Ancient Rome. The first stop will be the Colosseum and thanks to your skip-the-line entrance reservations you will maximize your sightseeing time. Follow your guide as you explore the different levels of the Colosseum and learn about its historical significance. Your guide will recount fascinating tales of the brave gladiators that once fought here. Afterwards, continue on to the Roman Forum, which was the political center of Ancient Rome. Here you will observe the ruins of many structures that were pivotal during the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. When the tour concludes, head to the summit of the Palatine Hill to admire remarkable views of Rome from above. Then, stop for lunch at a local restaurant or sample some Roman street food, such as pizza al taglio.
The afternoon will be open for you to continue exploring Rome independently. Depending on your preferences, you may wish to visit a museum, such as the Capitoline Museums or the National Etruscan Museum. Alternatively, you could visit the many open-air monuments of Rome such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and Largo di Torre Argentina. No matter what you choose to see, in the evening we recommend spending time in a characteristic neighborhood of Rome, such as Trastevere, to enjoy a traditional dinner at a restaurant favored by the locals. Afterwards, enjoy a nice stroll through the area and grab a few scoops of gelato before spending the night at your hotel.
DAY 10: VATICAN
Your final full day in Rome will be dedicated to the magnificent Vatican. Once you finish breakfast, make your way to the Vatican Museums, one of the largest museum complexes in the world. As you stroll through these hallowed halls with your guide, you will admire many fascinating works of art including the frescoes of the Raphael Rooms and the stunning Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, continue on to St. Peter’s Basilica and spend some time inside the largest church in the world. The guide will provide historical context and explain the significance of some of the major highlights, such as the Pietà sculpture by Michelangelo. The tour will conclude inside of the Basilica, which means that you will be able to continue exploring this fascinating church independently. We recommend climbing to the top of the dome to admire the scenery and visiting the underground crypt area where several Popes are buried. When you exit the Basilica, take a moment to admire the impressive colonnade in St. Peter’s Square before stopping by a local trattoria or osteria for lunch.
Enjoy your final afternoon in Rome with some additional sightseeing. Before leaving the Vatican Area, we recommend visiting Castel Sant’Angelo, an ancient structure that served as a Papal fortress for many centuries. Afterwards, cross over the Sant’Angelo Bridge (be sure to admire the marble angel sculptures along the way) in order to return to the historical city center of Rome. Feel free to either continue your sightseeing or partake in souvenir shopping. Be sure to set aside plenty of time for your final dinner this evening during which you can toast to your time in Italy.
DAY 11: RETURN HOME
After an unforgettable Italian vacation, head to the airport in the morning and begin your journey home.
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PACKAGE START AT $3,454.00 (***) INCLUDES:
• Roundtrip flights in economy class with in-flight meals, drinks, and entertainment. (*)
• 2 Nights accommodation in a premium 4 star HOTEL in Milan. (**)
• 4 Nights accommodation in a premium 4 star HOTEL in Perugia. (**)
• 3 Nights accommodation in a premium 4 star HOTEL in Rome. (**)
• 9 Daily Buffet Breakfast at your Hotel.
• 7 Private Tours and tasting as per Itinerary.
• Ground Transfer from/to Airport.
• Transportation as per itinerary with Private Driver .
• 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”
(*) Based on departure from Nyc Airport(s). Alternative U.S. based airport departure available upon request. Additional and different fares and fees may apply.
(**) 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).
(***) Rate based on a Small group of minimum of 8 passenger traveling together (At least land portion). Party of less or more then 8 traveler(s) rate may change.