Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Milan! Upon arrival, you are met by your driver and taken to your downtown hotel.
There are no planned activities for you for today, 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.
Day 2: Milan Sightseeing and the Last Supper
Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 4-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history.
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.
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.
During the tour, you also have a chance to witness the unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary painting The Last Supper located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
*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.
*Note: entrance to the Last Supper is available with a group only. Your private guide waits for you outside while you have a visit in the church which takes 15 minutes as per regulations. The tour is not available on Monday.
Day 3: Sforza Castle and Leonardo's Machines Museum
Following breakfast at your hotel, you meet your private guide and start a tour to discover significant works of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.
Today you visit the fortress of Milan - Sforza Castle and see the Sala delle Asse. It had been recently restored with an accurate work of 7 years and reopened for the 500-years anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Your guide leads you through the periods of the masterpiece creation and tells you in details about the motive, instruments, and history behind. An interesting fact that it reflects a revolutionary idea of cultivation of mulberry trees, which are used in the silk production and made Milan capital of the production and trade of silk, and afterwards the city of fashion.
You also take a chance to see the last unfinished work by Michelangelo, located in the Sforza Castle. Witness the Pietà and feel the powerful emotional involvement.
Have a short walk to Ambrosiana - one of the most ancient cultural institutions in the North of Italy. Here you see Da Vinci manuscript (Codice Atlantico) containing many of his projects and drawings. Along with many precious paintings, you find here the Portrait of Musician by Da Vinci, presenting the most famous musician of the time.
After lunch break you go to the Leonardo da Vinci’s Museum and meet a museum guide who takes you on a 1.5-hour tour. Here you are amazed by the dozens of models built in the 1950s based on the huge number of sketches and designs left by Leonardo. An expert guide explains how the machines work and their original purpose, explaining the reasoning behind them.
Once the guided tour is finished you may continue exploring the museum on your own.
Day 4: Departure
Following breakfast and check-out, you meet the driver who takes you to the train station.
Day 4: Arrival in Florence
Welcome to Florence! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.
We have planned for you a 1-hour guided tour to the Da Vinci Museum. Here you find yourself in the interactive and extraordinary world of Da Vinci. The exhibition is devoted to real machines designed by Leonardo that were assembled for the exposition. At one of the halls, you also have a chance to see Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and the Annunciation to the Lady with the Ermine up close and in high resolution that is not possible to do in the museums.
Day 5: Florence Sightseeing and Uffizi Gallery
After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your private guide and go on a 3-hour walking tour of Florence's highlights (no entrances).
Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo as well as the main square of the city - Piazza della Signoria. You pass through the heart of the historical center with its landmark sites like Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. Stroll down via Tornabuoni, one of the most beautiful streets of the city, famous for its fine shops.
Together with the guide you also cross over the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio to enter the Oltrarno district where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinians. In this very part of the city, you can find an early work of Michelangelo dating back to when he was just 17 years old.
After a lunch break, you continue with a tour to Uffizi Gallery. During a 3-hour private tour, you see an outstanding collection of art presented in its sprawling galleries.
Devote your attention to famous masterpieces like The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Medusa by Caravaggio, Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael.
Here you also find works of young Leonardo Da Vinci painted before he moved to Milan in 1482 being in the service of Duke Ludovico il Moro.
In the hall 15 dedicated to Leonardo, you see the Adoration of the Magi and Annunciation. Here you also find the difference in style in the canvas of Baptism of Christ, where the main part was painted by a great master Verrocchio and a part of it was done by Leonardo.
After the tour you have the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 6: Birthplace of Da Vinci
Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private driver and start a 5-hour tour to Vinci - the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Together with a local guide, you explore the Museo Leonardiano, located inside the Castello dei Conti Guidi and the Palazzina Uzielli in Vinci. See one of the most extensive and original collections of models that faithfully reproduce the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.
After the tour in Vinci, you are taken to the house of Leonardo in the village of Anchiarno.
Once you are in the countryside you also enjoy a light lunch with a wine tasting at one of the local wineries before you return to Florence.
Day 7: Departure
This is the last day of an amazing trip devoted to a unique person Leonardo Da Vinci! Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the transfer.
We also recommend you to extend the tour to France where Leonardo spent his final years. Louvre has a special exhibition devoted to the masterpieces of Leonardo held from October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020. Also, you may take a trip to visit his castle in the Loire Valley.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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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