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Classic Northern Italy: Journey by Car
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Classic Northern Italy: Journey by Car

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10 days
5 cities
2nights

Milan, Italy

The world's fashion capital, Milan, has much to offer travelers. The most recognized symbol of this Italian city is the impressive Milan Cathedral, also called Duomo by locals, that took about half a century to build! Other notable places worth seeing are the famous La Scala theater, the Royal Palace of Milan and the Sforza Castle. Of course, a visit to Milan wouldn't be complete without high-end shopping, thus going to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a must....
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy! Upon arrival, you pick up your rental car and proceed to your centrally located hotel.

    There are no planned activities for you for today day, so you can relax and recover after the flight. If you would like to do some looking around, we suggest visiting the world famous shopping and fashion avenue, Quadrilatero della Moda.

    Journey by car: the total distance to be covered is 31 miles (approximately 55 minutes pure driving).

    If you are full of energy and ready to explore Milan and surroundings on arrival day you may dine at a fine panoramic restaurant in the very heart of the city. Or travel to Turin where you can take a short walking tour with a private guide. 

    For some great shopping deals you may travel south to Serravalle Designer Outlet which is actually one of the largest designer outlets in Europe and combines a relaxing atmosphere with 300 of your favorite designer brands.

    Day 2: Milan Sightseeing  
    Following breakfast 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.

    *Please note: Milan Cathedral 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.

    Performance at Theatre La Scala could become a highlight of your stay in Milan. Take a chance to witness famous Italian opera even if you don't know the language as it is full of emotions, happiness and tragedy.

    Day 3: Departure to Como
    Following breakfast and check-out you head to the next destination - the lake side town Como.

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    Hotel Milano Scala
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Hotel Milano Scala is located in the center of Milan in proximity to the La Scala Opera House and the Milan Cathedral. Each room is decorated to reflect a famous opera and has air-conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV and parquet floors. Guests can dine in the on-site La Traviata Restaurant serving traditional dishes from Lombardy, prepared from local ingredients....
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    • Half Day Walking Tour with Private Guide & Visit to the Milan Duomo
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Connection | Milan - Como
Journey by car. The distance from Milan hotel to Como hotel is 51 miles (approximately 1 hour).
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Como, Italy

Como is one of the most sought-after destinations in Italy chosen by travelers for its beauty and surroundings. This outstanding town is set in a magically beautiful location - on the waterfront of Lake Como at the foot of the Alps. Only about a 1-hour ride away from Milan on train, picturesque Como is a perfect place for a laid-back getaway. Top-notch villas, historic architecture, such as the Como Cathedral, rich colors and an unforgettable atmosphere - this is what Como is all about!...
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    Day 3: Tour of Como 
    Upon arrival in Como, you meet with your local guide in the hotel lobby and start your Como tour. Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods.

    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. You also 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 you are guided back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

    Day 4: Day at Leisure in Como 
    Today you have a free day to spend near Lake Como. You can also choose to join our carefully planned optional tour.

    There are so many opportunities in Como to spend an interesting day as you can travel to Bellagio by car or by public boat and see small towns located on the shores of this amazing lake. 

    Or you can take a cooking class in the Italian family, or join a group class. In the very heart of the city you may visit a private ceramic studio and have a workshop (upon availability). 

    If you want to explore towns around lake como we recommend you to travel north to Varenna and visit Castello di Vezio. There is a special schedule for the falcon demonstration which we can check for you. Step in the gardens of Villa Monastero stretching for 1.2 miles along the coastline. The villa itself is now a house museum displaying vast number of objects belonging to its several owners and is open for public.

    Day 5: Departure 
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Como.

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    Palace Hotel, Como
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel

    The upscale Palace Hotel is set in a restored Art Nouveau palace on the shores of Lake Como near Teatro Sociale, Como Cathedral and Tempio Voltiano museum. Its contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks, hairdryers, in-room safes and minibars. The hotel provides free breakfasts and welcomes guests to spend leisure time in the in-house snack bar with a terrace overlooking the lake, and a bar.

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    • Half Day Walking Tour with Visit to Como Cathedral & Boat Ride
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Connection | Como - Sirmione, Garda
Journey by car. The distance from Como hotel to Sirmione hotel is 108 miles (approximately 2 hours 20 minutes).
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Sirmione, Garda, Italy

Sirmione is a lovely resort town located on the shores of Lake Garda in the Veneto region. It is famous for leftovers of luxurious Roman Villa - Grottoes of Catullus and 13th-century Scaligero Castle, being one of the most preserved Italian castles. This Lombardian location is perfect for relaxing weekend for both families and single travelers....
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    On your way from Como have a  stop in Bergamo as there are so many places to enjoy like an old funicular leading to the Upper Town (“Città Alta”), Piazza Vecchia, the beautiful heart of the city,  and Piazza Duomo. 

    If you are fond of shopping step in the Franciacorta Outlet Village near Brescia and continue your trip to Sirmione.

    Arrival in Sirmione
    Upon arrival to Sirmione hotel you have a check-in and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Day 6:  Sirmione Sightseeing
    Following breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and embark on a 3-hour walking tour of Sirmione, the "pearl" of Lake Garda with its history dating back to the Roman times.

    The first on your list today is visit to the Scaliger Castle, which is the symbol of Sirmione. The views of the castle completely surrounded by water are breathtaking. You also have a chance to admire churches dating back to the 15th century: the small Sant'Anna della Rocca, and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, as well as a church dating back to the 8th century: Church of St Peter in Mavinas. 

    During the tour, you get to walk along the shores of Lake Garda and visit a viewing point that offers the best photo opportunities with amazing scenery of Lake Garda and Monte Baldo. 

    As a highlight of the tour you visit the Grottoes of Catullus, an archeological park housing remains of an ancient Roman villa, built between the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D. This grand villa belonged to the family of Catullus, the neoteric poet of the late Roman Republic.

    You also learn about the local thermal spas, known for its amazing preventive and therapeutic properties, that you have a chance to visit.

    After the tour, you return back to the hotel.

    In the afternoon, to relax after a sightseeing day, we invite you to a nearby winery for tastings and a tour. Here you can also take a cooking class and have a traditional Italian meal freshly made by you (prior arrangements required).

    Journey by car: the total distance to be covered for the round trip is 7 miles (approximately 40 minutes pure driving).

    Day 7: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and continue the journey.

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    Hotel Olivi Thermae
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Peaceful hotel, hidden in the olive groves on the Sirmione peninsula tip, just a few moments away from the famous Lake Garda. Each of the hotel rooms equipped with air-conditioning system, along with LCD TV and minibar. Complimentary WiFi available as well. The hotel features impeccable Thermae & Natural Spa service - including Sauna and two heated pools....
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    • Half Day Walking City Tour with Visits to Scaliger Castle & Grottoes of Catullus
    • Half Day Private Wine Tasting
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Connection | Sirmione, Garda - Verona
Journey by car. The distance from Sirmione hotel to Verona city centre is 27 miles (approximately 1 hour).
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Verona, Italy

Verona is a lovely Italian city steeped in romance as this city was the setting of Shakespeare's famous "Romeo and Juliet". A petite courtyard with Juliet's balcony is among the most visited sights in Verona. Other attractions worthy of seeing are the Roman Arena di Verona that dates back to the 1st century, the medieval sites like the Castelvecchio castle and Torre dei Lamberti tower. The Piazza delle Erbe Market square is a great place for local cuisine....
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    Day 7: Verona City Tour
    Upon arrival in Verona, you meet your guide and enjoy a 2-hour walking city tour of Verona, the city renown worldwide for being the place of action of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Verona is a crossroads of history and a mosaic of landscapes: the gentle hills and the sinuous river embrace this checkerboard of streets with its soaring red-brick towers.

    During the tour, you explore the main highlights of the city, including Piazza Brà, Roman Arena, della Scala castle and famous Scaligero family tombs. Juliet’s house is naturally on the program too!

    After the tour, you continue your journey by car to the hotel located near Venice.

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Connection | Verona - Venice
Journey by car. The distance from Verona city centre to Venice hotel is 65.5 miles (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes).
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Venice, Italy

Venice is indeed one of the most romantic cities on the planet! Serene gondolas passing the narrow canals, historic palaces, squares and colorful buildings adorning the Venetian lagoon and islands - this Italian gem is surely worth a visit. Among the must-see places are the beautiful Dodge's Palace, the symbol of the city - Rialto Bridge, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, the colorful islands of Murano and Burano, and the Piazza San Marco, home to the gorgeous Saint Mark's Basilica....
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    Day 7: Arrival in Venice
    Welcome to the Province of Venice! Upon arrival, you have a check-in and the rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

    Day 8: Venice Sightseeing 
    After breakfast at your hotel, you drive to Piazzale Roma, where you meet your private guide 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 meeting point and have the rest of the day at leisure or may also go on an optional gondola ride and spend more time in this The Floating City.

    Journey by car: the total distance to be covered for the round trip to Piazzale Roma is 22 miles (approximately 50 minutes pure driving).

    Day 8: Day at Leisure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you have a full day at leisure. You may continue exploration of the region on your own or choose one of our optional tours.

    Veneto is a fruitful region for local wineries and today you may visit one of them. We can also offer you a walking city tour in Padua.

    One more place to visit is a thermal Spa in Eugenian Hills. This is a unique spa region famous for its mineral springs and numerous opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing and golfing.

    Day 10: Departure
    This is the final day of your amazing journey! After breakfast you have a check-out and  depart from your hotel to Venice Marco Polo Airport where you drop off your rental car.   

    Journey by car: the total distance to be covered for the one way transfer is 14.5 miles (approximately 22 minutes pure driving).

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    Romantik Hotel Villa Margherita
    4-star hotel
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    4 days / 3 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Nestled in the picturesque surroundings, overlooking the scenic Brenta Riviera, Romantik Hotel Villa Margherita is a nice 4-star property offering top quality service. Hotel's facilities include modern air-conditioned guestrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, and a restaurant serving local specialties....
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    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
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What’s included:

 

  • Accommodation with parking for the rental car included at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Milan, Como, Sirmione & Province of Venice; 
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Vaporetto (public boat) tickets in Venice; 
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Milan Duomo, Como Cathedral, Scaligero Castle, Grottoes of Catullus, Sirmione winery, St. Mark's Basilica, Doges Palace and Loggia dei Cavalli;
  • Funicular and public boat ride in Como;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses. 

Note: 

  1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. 
  2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.
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