Elite Escorted Tour
2 nights Venice, 1 nigh Lake Como and 2 nights Florence

  • Florence City by night
    Florence City by night
  • Florence Cathedral
    Florence Cathedral
  • Florence
    Florence
  • Venice by night
    Venice by night
  • Venice
    Venice
  • Como Lake
    Como Lake

Overview:

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No more than 15 passengers Travel, live and eat as locals do. English speaking tour leader always included.
Travel in comfort with a deluxe minibus for the entire tour. Stay in 4* superior hotels centrally located. Private tours with professional English speaking guides.
Skip the line entrance tickets. Window seat guaranteed. Professional head set system for comfortable visits.
Guaranteed departures. Taste the local cuisine in selected restaurants 3 courses with wine & mineral water included. Daily American buffet breakfast.

OPERATED ON TUESDAYS FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER 2015

Departures:
April: 7 – 14 – 21 – 28
May: 5 – 12– 19 - 26
June: 2– 9 – 16 – 23 - 30
July: 7 – 14– 21 - 28
August: 4 – 11– 18 - 25
September: 1 – 8 – 15 – 22 – 29
October: 6 – 13 – 20 – 27

SELECTED HOTELS
Venice: Hotel Bonvecchiati 4* Superior or similar
Como:  Grand’ Hotel di Como 4* Superior or similar
Florence: Grand’ Hotel Baglioni 4* Superior or similar

ITINERARY: ROME-ASSISI-RAVENNA -VENICE-VERONA-SIRMIONE (LAKE GARDA) LAKE COMO -MILAN-FLORENCE-PISA-SIENA-ROME

HIGHLIGHTS DAY BY DAY:
⋅ Assisi: View of the Churches of St Francis and St.Claire
⋅ Ravenna, guided visit of the Mosaics and Saint Apollinare Basilica
⋅ Venice: Guided visit of the famous Square of St Mark, the Ducal Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the prisons and Murano Island
⋅ Verona: Guided visit the town of Romeo and Juliet
⋅ Sirmione: on the Lake Garda with its beautiful castle
⋅ Lake of Como: famous for its villas and mountain scenery
⋅ Milan: Panoramic tour and guided visit of the city
⋅ Florence: Guided visit of the most important monuments including the inside visit of the Academia museum with its Michelangelo statue
⋅ Pisa: View of Piazza dei Miracoli with its famous Leaning Tower
⋅ Siena: Guided visit of the city with its Piazza del Campo and the Municipal Palace

SCENIC DRIVES THROUGH:
⋅ The beautiful Autostrada del Sole
⋅ The Emilia Romagna region, land of the world famous “prosciutto” and parmesan cheese
⋅ The Veneto region and its Villas of Palladio.
⋅ The Tuscan countryside through and medieval towns
⋅ The Italian Alps

FEATURES:
⋅ Accommodation at 4* superior hotels centrally located
⋅ Daily American buffet breakfast
⋅ 5 dinners in selected Restaurants (3 courses with wine and mineral water included)
⋅ Service charges and taxes included
⋅ Ground transportation by deluxe minibus with air conditioning English speaking tour leader
⋅ English speaking tour guides
⋅ Sightseeing as per itinerary
⋅ Skip the line Entrance tickets included
⋅ The tour is equipped with professional headset system

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Itinerary

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Day 1 – Tuesday: ROME-ASSISI-RAVENNA-VENICE
07.30 am meeting point at the sightseeing office, or pick up at the hotel from 06.45 am to 07.15 am. Meet your tour leader and departure by deluxe minibus to ASSISI where you will visit for 2 hours with a private English speaking guide the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls, the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Continue towards RAVENNA , known as the mosaic city because of the stunning 5th-6th century mosaics that decorate the walls of its churches and monuments and because it is still one of Italy's top producers of mosaics. You will meet a private English speaking guide and discover for 2 hours this marvelous city. Ravenna has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Roman sites, museums, Dante's tomb, and just a little outside its city centre, the spectacular Sant’Apollinare in Classe, a splendid 6th century basilica, with mosaics in the Presbytery and, outside, a cylindrical bell tower.
Following the sightseeing tour, the tour continues to Venice.
Check in at a 4 star superior hotel in the city centre of Venice (deluxe room) followed by a 3 courses gourmet dinner at a local restaurant (wine, mineral water or sodas are included) where you will discover the Venetian cuisine. Overnight at the hotel in Venice.
Meals: D
Day 2 – Wednesday: VENICE
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will meet a private English speaking guide for a panoramic 2 hour walking tour of this unique city. You will see the Piazza and Basilica of St. Mark, enjoy an inside visit of the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prison (Skip the line entrance tickets included). Lunch at leisure, and in the afternoon with your tour leader you depart by boat to the island of Murano. Once in Murano you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (time for shopping). Return to the city centre for 3 courses gourmet dinner at a local restaurant (wine, mineral water or sodas are included) where you will continue your culinary adventure and taste evenmore Venetian specialties.
Overnight at the hotel. Meals: B,D
Day 3 – Thursday: VENICE-VERONA-SIRMIONE (Lake Garda) – LAKE COMO
American buffet breakfast the hotel, meet your tour leader and boat transfer from the hotel to Piazzale Roma and board your deluxe minibus. Your journey continues to VERONA. Once in Verona, you will meet a private English speaking guide for a 2 hour visit of the town of Romeo and Juliet! Following the visit, you will continue to SIRMIONE, a charming town located in the southern part of Lake Garda. Upon arrival, you will have free time for lunch and for a brief walking tour on your own of the historical centre. In the early afternoon, the tour will continue to COMO located on the shore of Lake Como. Your driver and tour leader will take you around for panoramic visit of this beautiful lake before arriving at the hotel in Como. Check in at a 4 star superior hotel situated in the city centre of Como (deluxe room) followed by a 3 courses gourmet dinner at a local restaurant (wine, mineral water or sodas are included) where you will savour more specialties of the Northern Italian cuisine. Overnight at the hotel in Como. Meals: B,D
Day 4 – Friday: LAKE COMO -MILAN-FLORENCE
American buffet breakfast at the hotel, board the minibus and proceed to MILAN. Once in the city, enjoy a tour with a 3 hours tour of the city centre. You will visit the shopping gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, the Sforza castle, and the Splendid Duomo, one of the world’s largest most striking Gothic cathedrals. Free time for lunch before continuing your journey to Florence.
Check in at a 4 star superior hotel in the city centre of Florence, followed by a 3 courses gourmet dinner at a local restaurant (wine, mineral water or sodas are included) where you will discover the Tuscan cuisine. Overnight at the hotel in Florence. Meals: B,D
Day 5 – Saturday: FLORENCE
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Meet a private English speaking guide and start a 3 hour tour of this magnificent Renaissance city. You will visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Academia Gallery (inside visit, skip the line entrance tickets included) , famous for the Milchelangelo’s David. The afternoon is at your disposal to stroll on your own among the charming streets of Florence. Ask your tour leader for suggestions! In the evening enjoy 3 courses gourmet dinner at a local restaurant (wine, mineral water or sodas are included) where you will continue your culinary adventure and taste even more Tuscan specialties. Overnight at the hotel. Meals: B,D
Day 6 – Sunday: FLORENCE-PISA-SIENA-ROME
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to PISA. You will drive through the picturesque Tuscan countryside and reach PISA. After the panoramic drive on board of your minibus along the banks of the Arno river, You will meet a private English speaking guide for a 2 hour guided tour of Piazza dei Miracoli, with the celebrated Leaning Tower (exterior visit), the Baptistery (exterior visit) and other important monuments. Time at leisure for lunch, and then proceed to SIENA where you will meet a private English speaking guide for a 2 hour tour of the old city centre. You will walk along these beautiful medieval streets admiring splendid palace. The tour will end in the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600+ year-old Palio horse-race. Here you will also visit the spectacular Cathedral. After the guided tour, board your minibus and continue to ROME. The estimates arrival time in Rome is 6 pm.


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Optional Tours

Vatican Museums Walking Tour
 
Your knowledgeable guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums to explore the world's most extensive collection of art. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the museums are brimming with treasures and history. Your guide will lead you through the 2000 rooms that stretch over almost nine miles, and share the stories and secrets contained within the Vatican's walls.
Highlights of the museums are Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will encounter another of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pieta, in St Peter's Basilica. For a fascinating finish to your small group guided walking tour, stop to admire magnificent St Peter's Square, as your guide points out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusion.

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour
 
Perfect for first-time visitors, this guided morning tour is the ideal introduction to Ancient Rome, leaving you with the afternoon free to explore Rome at your leisure. Several major sites are covered in just three hours, and you'll receive enlightening insights into Rome's millennia of history as you stroll, without wasting time waiting in line.
Your tour begins atop the Colle Oppio with a panoramic view of the Colosseum, Rome's most recognizable landmark. Next, you will skip the long lines and gain special access to the Colosseum. Once inside, your expert official guide will take you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome.

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