Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Rome - one of the most charming cities and capital of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel.
The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.
Day 2: Train to La Spezia
Following breakfast you check-out from the hotel in Rome and your driver takes you to the rail station to board the train to La Spezia.
Day 2: Arrival in La Spezia
Upon arrival to La Spezia walk to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Cinque Terre Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide takes you on a fascinating full day-trip along Cinque Terre to visit the most remarkable little towns.
You take the train from La Spezia to Monterosso, the biggest village of the 5 Terre and the only one with a nice sandy beach. The town is divided in two parts. In the medieval one you walk along its alleyways, called carrugi, see the “tower houses” and their coloured facades, the parish church, many restaurants and shops. The new one called Fegina is close to the train station and a sandy beach.
Continue with a short train ride to the village Vernazza, which has a natural pier with an amphitheater shape making it perhaps the most picturesque village of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza was a Roman installation and had big strategical importance during the age of the Maritime Republics of Genoa. It was also famous for its carpenters.
Here you have time for a light lunch before you head to the last village in your tour today by the boat.
Arrive in beautiful and the oldest village Manarola surrounded by wineries. During the tour you explore local sights and of course you see the Church of San Lorenzo dating back to 1338 and afterwards you travel back to La Spezia hotel by the train.
Upon arrival in La Spezia you have the rest of the evening at your leisure.
*Note: The ferries between the villages are available From April 20th till November 1st. If weather is not permitting tourists have the whole trip with trains.
Day 4: Departure to Milan
Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and walk to the train station, where you board a train to Milan.
Day 4: Arrival
Upon arrival to Milan you are met by your driver and taken to your downtown hotel.
There are no planned activities for you for today day, so you can relax and recover after the trip. If you would like to do some looking around, we suggest visiting the world famous shopping and fashion avenue, Quadrilatero della Moda.
Day 5: Trip to Como Lake
Following breakfast at your hotel you meet your driver who transfers you to Como, located on the shores of another stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como. Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods.
Upon arrival you meet your local guide who shows you around. During the city tour you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. During the tour you enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.
The highlight of the tour is visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.
After the tour your driver takes you back to your hotel in Milan.
Day 6: Milan Sightseeing & Departure to Venice
Following breakfast and check-out, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital.
You start with visiting to world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included). You continue with picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas, with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. After all you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.
In the afternoon you are transferred to the rail station to board the train which will take you to Venice.
Day 6: Arrival in Venice
Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you have a private water-taxi transfer to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 7: Venice Sightseeing
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places.
Your sightseeing program starts with a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. Next you go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.
Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.
After the tour return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional 1-hour gondola ride (170 USD per person).
Day 8: Day at Leisure & Departure
After breakfast and check-out you can explore and enjoy Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or joining a carefully planned optional group day trip to the islands of Murano & Burano (55 USD per person).
In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a transfer by a water-taxi.
Day 8: Arrival in Florence
Welcome to Florence! Upon arrival, your driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 9: Florence Sightseeing
After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.
Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the Dome and its famous Bell Tower.
As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Repubblica - you pass by the touristic area of the Strozzi Palace a bustling shopping street, via Tornabuoni.
Then you enter in Oltrarno where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinian monks. In this very part of the city you can find the first official work of Michelangelo dating back to the age when he was 17 years old.
We also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the famous Michelangelo's statue David as well before ending the tour on the Ponte Vecchio.
After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional Uffizi Gallery guided tour (160 USD per person).
Day 10: Day at Leisure in Florence & Evening Wine Tasting
Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Florence on your own. After breakfast you can do some independent sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or have a good rest.
Today you have a chance to join our carefully planned optional cooking class and market tour (191 USD per person) or a day trip to Pisa (150 USD per person).
In the evening meet your fellow travelers for a wine tasting organized for your small group. Enjoy a tasting of 3 different wines selected by the sommelier and paired with snacks.
Day 11: Departure to Sorrento
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for a transfer to the train station.
Day 11: Arrival in Sorrento
After the tour of Pompeii you arrive in Sorrento and have a check-in to the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 12: Amalfi Coast Tour
Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide and driver at the hotel lobby for a scenic 6-hour trip around the scenic Amalfi Coast. During this tour, you stop at the Belvedere of Madonnina to take in the breathtaking views of Positano from above.
Then you proceed to the old picturesque Positano center where you enjoy a walking tour and marvel at splendid panoramas of the Amalfi Coast.
One more highlight of the tour is a visit to the medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew and adjacent to it Cloister of Paradise in the city of Amalfi.
After the tour, you are transferred to the hotel in Sorrento.
Day 13: Departure to Rome
After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the Naples train station, where you board a train to Rome.
Day 13: Arrival & Highlights of Rome
An hour and a half later you arrive in Rome. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel where you meet with your guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.
You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini and visit famous Pantheon.
After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.
Day 14: Discovering Ancient Rome
In the morning after breakfast you meet your guide to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City on a walking tour.
Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, it was the key political, ritual, and civic center of ancient Rome and can be traced 3 thousand years back. Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, archs and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements.
The next place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheatre, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators.
After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.
Day 15: Vatican Sightseeing
In the morning after breakfast you meet your guide and have a transfer to the walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*.
When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.
Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.
After a coffee break, your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.
The ending point of your tour is St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.
After the tour of the Vatican, you enjoy a leisurely walk to the hotel with your guide and have a photo stop at the legendary Castel Sant'Angelo, built originally as a mausoleum, and then used by the popes as a fortress, refuge and a prison.
Upon your return to the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.
*Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks. Due to religious services St. Peters Basilica may be spontaneously closed, thus entrance to St. Peters Basilica may not be guaranteed.
Day 16: Departure
This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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