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Cultural Capitals with Verona and Garda
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Cultural Capitals with Verona and Garda

Small group tour
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11 days
5 cities
2nights

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 1: Arrival 
    Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in and you have the evening at leisure.

     

    Day 2: Verona City Tour & Evening  Wine Tasting
    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy a 2-hour walking city tour of Verona, the city renowned 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!

    In the evening enjoy local food and wine and discover the traditions of the locals together with your guide. 

    Day 3:  Departure 
    Following breakfast at your hotel and check-out, and meet your private driver who transfers you to picturesque Sirmione on magnificent Lake Garda.

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    Hotel Colomba d'Oro
    4-star hotel
    IT, Via Carlo Cattaneo, 10, Verona, 37121
    Hotel Colomba d'Oro
    Standard Double
    The regal Hotel Colomba d'Oro is set in a restored medieval convent dating from 1337 located near Verona's major attractions like the Castel Vecchio palace and Piazza delle Erbe. Rooms have classic-style décor and include climate control, hairdryers, flat-screen TVs, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Guests are treated to free buffet breakfasts, served in a bright room with mosaics and original stone walls.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Guided Walking Tour
      Take a 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.
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    • Arrival Private Airport Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Verona - Sirmione, Garda
Private Transfer Minivan
Verona, Italy
1 h
Sirmione, Garda, Italy
1day

Sirmione, Garda, Italy

Located on the southern bank of the unforgettable Lake Garda, the charming resort town of Sirmione is a dream holiday destination of any visualist. The list of notable people who fell in love with the city includes Naomi Jacob and Alfred Tennyson, even the famous Latin poet Catullus sang praises to the city and its superb location way back in the 1st century BC. But the gorgeous nature is far from being the only remarkable thing about this beautiful place in Northern Italy! Although Sirmione is among the tourist-favorite Italian destinations, the charming town doesn't feel crowded and radiates a lot of personality. With its charming streets, old colorful buildings, and ancient cobbled alleys, it feels essentially Italian. And as any city in Italy, it boasts numerous amazing sights to explore. You can start discovering its wonders by visiting the ancient Scaligero Castle, the remains of the Roman Grotte di Catullo or enjoying an unforgettable boat ride across the crystal clear waters of Lake Garda!...
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    Day 1: Sirmione Sightseeing and Boat Ride
    Upon arrival in the charming Sirmione, you meet your private guide 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, enjoy a short boat ride around Sirmione Peninsula and discover it from a different angle! 

    After having some free time for lunch, you continue your trip and your driver takes you to your hotel in Venice. 

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    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Walking City Tour with Visits to Scaliger Castle & Grottoes of Catullus
    • Short Private Boat Ride around Sirmione
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Connection | Sirmione, Garda - Venice
Private Transfer Minivan & Water Taxi
Sirmione hotel
Sirmione, Garda, Italy
2 h
Venice hotel
Venice, Italy
2nights

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 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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.  

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    Al Theatro Palace
    4-star hotel
    IT, Campiello Fenice, 1925/A, Venice, 30124
    Al Theatro Palace
    Comfort Double Breakfast Included
    Nestled in the center of Venice on the same piazza as the Gran Teatro La Fenice and just 250 meters from the St. Mark’s Square, the Al Theatro Palace is destined to become a point of reference for those who love art, music and ready to fall in love with magnificent Venice.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
      Explore the main landmarks of Venice with the help of a professional English-speaking guide. During the walking tour, you will have the chance to visit the St. Mark's Basilica, marvel at the views from Loggia dei Cavalli, cross the Bridge of Sighs and more.
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    • Arrival Private Water Taxi Transfer
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Connection | Venice - Florence
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Santa Lucia
Venice, Italy
2 hours
Santa Maria Novella
Florence, Italy
3nights

Florence, Italy

Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, is among the most outstanding cities in Italy, rich in historic architecture and some the world's finest museums. When visiting Florence, make sure to save enough time to view not only the symbol of the city, the red-domed Florence Cathedral, and but also visit outstanding galleries. As such, the iconic Uffizi Gallery, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, and the Galleria dell'Accademia, home to Michelangelo's masterpiece "David", are must-visit sites....
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    Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for a transfer to the train station.

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    Hotel De La Ville
    4-star hotel
    IT, Piazza degli Antinori, 1/r, Florence, 50123
    Hotel De La Ville
    Classic Double Breakfast included
    Centrally located on a pedestrian high-fashion street of Via Tornabuoni, this 4-star hotel is within a walking distance of the Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery.... show more
    1 room / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
      Embark on an Italian adventure and enjoy Florence sightseeing with a professional English-speaking guide. Some of the highlights of the walking tour include Piazza della Signoria, Strozzi Palace and the famous statue of David by Michelangelo at Galleria dell'Accademia.
    • Evening Wine Tasting
      In the evening enjoy a wine tasting of 3 different wines selected by the sommelier and paired with snacks.
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
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Connection | Florence - Rome
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Firenze S.M. Novella
Florence, Italy
1 hour
Roma Termini
Rome, Italy
3nights

Rome, Italy

Often referred to as "the Eternal City", Rome is like a living museum which every person should see at least once in their life. The capital of Italy has historic sites from different eras just about around any corner and attracts over 4 million tourists a year. Among the top sights of Rome are without a doubt the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum, the iconic Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona to name a few. Moreover, a whole country, Vatican, is set right in the beating heart of Rome!...
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    Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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!

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    Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
    4-star hotel
    Via Muzio Clementi, 81, Rome, Italy, 00193
    Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
    Superior Double Breakfast included
    Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. ... show more
    1 room / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Highlights of Rome Tour
    • Half Day Discovering Ancient Rome Tour
    • Half Day Tour of the Vatican Museums
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Venice, Florence & Rome;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome;
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence, Rome;
  • Wine tasting in Florence;
  • 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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