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Cultural Capitals with Northern Italy
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Cultural Capitals with Northern Italy

Small group tour
16 days
6 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 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 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  
    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.

    *Note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

    Day 3: Trip Lake Como
    After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to Como, located on the shores of another stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como.

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    Hotel Milano Scala
    4-star hotel
    Via dell'Orso, 7, Milan, Italy, 20121
    Hotel Milano Scala
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    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.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Half Day Walking Tour with Private Guide & Visit to the Milan Duomo
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Connection | Milan - Como
Private Transfer Minivan
Milan hotel
Milan, Italy
1 h
Como hotel
Como, Italy
2nights

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.

    Day 5: Departure 
    Today you check-out from the hotel in Como and your driver transfers you to Lake Garda.

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    Palace Hotel, Como
    4-star hotel
    Lungo Lario Trieste, 16,, Como, Italy, 22100
    Palace Hotel, Como
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included

    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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    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Half Day Walking Tour with Visit to Como Cathedral & Boat Ride
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Connection | Como - Sirmione
Private Transfer Minivan
Como hotel
Como, Italy
2 h
Sirmione hotel
Sirmione, Garda, Italy
3nights

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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    Day 5: Sirmione Sightseeing 
    Upon arrival at your hotel in the charming Sirmione, you have some free time for lunch. After a break for lunch, you 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.

    Day 6: Day Trip to Verona & Winery Visit 
    After breakfast you are picked up from the hotel and taken directly to 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!

    Following a lunch break you travel to Valpolicella area which is a birthplace of Amarone, a well-known Italian wine. You will enjoy a wine tasting with a guided tour at one of the local wineries.

    After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel in Sirmione.

    Day 7: Day at Leisure in Sirmione
    Today you have a free day at Lake Garda. We recommend spending the day at Terme di Sirmione, one of the best Thermal Centers in Europe or include an optional boat tour of Lake Garda for this day.

    Day 8: Departure from Sirmione
    After breakfast and check-out, you have a transfer to the rail station to continue the journey.

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    Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa
    4-star hotel
    Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa
    Deluxe Double Breakfast Included
    You will be staying in a hand-picked downtown hotel. We carefully inspect all of our hotel properties and recommend only the ones that are conveniently located to major city attractions, have great atmosphere, comfortable rooms, and guarantee exceptional service.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
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    • Half Day Walking City Tour with Visits to Scaliger Castle & Grottoes of Catullus
    • Day Trip to Verona & Winery Visit
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    • Departure Private Transfer Minivan
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Connection | Sirmione, Garda - Venice
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Train departs from Desenzano Station to Venice.

Desenzano Del Garda
Sirmione, Garda, Italy
1 h 30 min
Venezia S. Lucia
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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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
    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
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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 h
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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for a transfer to the train station.

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    Cerretani Firenze MGallery by Sofitel
    4-star hotel
    IT, Via de' Cerretani n. 10, Florence, 50123
    Cerretani Firenze MGallery by Sofitel
    Superior Double Breakfast Included
    Ideally located in the old town center near the cathedral, the Hotel Cerretani is framed by Renaissance buildings. Guestrooms have modern décor and high-comfort amenities.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
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    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
    • Evening Wine Tasting
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Connection | Florence - Rome
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Firenze S.M. Novella
Florence, Italy
1 h
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 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, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others.

    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. Dating back to the 3rd century A.D., the landmark served as the key political and ritual center of ancient Rome.

    Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, arches, 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 amphitheater, 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 walk to a 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 in 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!

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    Hotel Dei Mellini
    4-star hotel
    IT, Via Muzio Clementi, 81, Rome, 00193
    Hotel Dei Mellini
    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
    4 days / 3 nights
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    • Half Day Discovering Ancient Rome Tour
    • Half Day Highlights of 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 4-star hotels in Milan, Como, Sirmione, Venice, Florence and Rome;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Sirmione - Venice, Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Funicular and public boat ride in Como;
  • Wine tasting in Florence and Valpolicella region;
  • 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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