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16 Day Tuscany & Amalfi with Lake Region, Venice & Rome - Monday Departure

16 Day Tuscany & Amalfi with Lake Region, Venice & Rome - Monday Departure


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Italy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Baveno
Arrive in Milan and then transfer to your hotel in the town of Baveno, on Lake Maggiore, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day) with your Tour Manager to discuss the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Baveno
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Cross Lake Maggiore, Visit Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori
Today, cruise Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella and visit the palace of Prince Borromeo with its splendid gardens and famous white peacocks. Continue to the charming Fishermen's Island (Isola dei Pescatori) that gets it name from the occupation of its inhabitants. Walk along the windy medieval streets and marvel at the incredible views of the lake. Sail back to Baveno with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views
Overnight: Baveno, Lake Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Verona Walking Tour, Travel to Venice
After breakfast, set out for Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the richest cities in Roman remains, representing today one of the best examples of a fortified city. Its urban structure developed progressively and without interruption over the last 2000 years. Verona is also known worldwide as the setting of Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet. Participate in an orientation walking tour followed by free time to savor the atmosphere of this unique city. Continue to Venice and enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. While here, visit a local factory to witness the art of glassblowing. Afterward, continue to the main Venice Island and take a walking tour with your local guide through the maze of narrow alleyways and bridges before reaching St. Mark's Square. Upon reaching the square, stop to view its most prominent monuments, the pink marble Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and golden Basilica of San Marco. The Doge's Palace was the official residence of the Venetian ruler. The Bridge of Sighs offers one of the most notable scenes of this romantic city. Marvel at the golden Basilica of San Marco, that is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It was built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently, or participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Tour Lucca en route to Montecatini
Magnificent panoramas are waiting for you today as you travel through the rolling Tuscan countryside dotted with olive and fig trees to Lucca. With its massive 17th century walls that completely surround the city, the town is a jewel of medieval architecture. Walk along the winding streets of the original Roman grid revealing layers of history at every turn. Arrive at the Church of San Michele adorned by its beautiful piazza, occupying the site of the ancient Roman Forum. Continue to Montecatini for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in Montecatini
Explore Montecatini on your own today, or join the optional full day excursion to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be. It is now the site of the famous Palio horse race, that takes place twice every summer to celebrate the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square before returning to Montecatini
Optional: Full Day Siena from Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Montecatini
Spend a full day at leisure to explore Montecatini and its surroundings on your own, or take an optional tour to the spectacular Cinque Terre*, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises five small villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas. This active walking tour covers a fair amount of ground facing uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation between the towns. This evening, indulge in the Tuscan atmosphere, its food and wines!*Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and group size and will be advised locally
Optional: Full Day Cinque Terre
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Excursion to Florence
Today, travel to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the heart of Florence, to view the magnificent Duomo, with its Brunelleschi-designed dome, the renowned “Gates of Paradise” of the Baptistery by Ghiberti and Giotto's Bell Tower. Proceed to the open-air art museum of Signoria Square and admire the statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, former residence of the Medici family, before continuing to the Ponte Vecchio, the “Old Bridge”. Spend time on your own in the early afternoon to visit Museums, shop for gold and quality leather before returning to Montecatini for dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Travel towards the Sunny South
Depart Montecatini, driving south. Along the way, stop for lunch in the hills of Lazio. Then, on to the Gulf of Naples, where you are welcomed by the spectacular panoramic views and sapphire blue waters. Tonight, a dinner together highlights your arrival in Sorrento
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Full Day in Sorrento
A day at leisure awaits, in picturesque Sorrento, strikingly beautiful with its seaside setting and soaring cliffs plunging into the sea. Don't miss the optional full day tour to the enchanting and picturesque Isle of Capri by boat - it will be a highlight! Here, you'll walk through the narrow lanes of Anacapri, with its chic boutiques and shops offering tastings of the island's famous limoncello. Then, continue on to La Piazzetta, where everyone gathers to socialize, and to the Gardens of Augustus, a natural paradise, from where you can see splendid views of the sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations, one of the island's natural wonders. After a lovely day in Capri, return to Sorrento for an evening at leisure
Optional: Full Day Capri
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - The Gorgeous Amalfi Drive
Embark on one of the most spectacular drives in the world along the rugged Amalfi coast, with its dramatic landscapes and amazing panoramas. Nestled into mountains that rise thousands of feet above the sea, you’ll see enchanting villages, cliffs terraced with lemon groves, whitewashed villas and sparkling turquoise seas. Drive by Positano and stop in Amalfi, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to spend time at leisure in town. Return to Sorrento in time for dinner
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Visit Pompeii en route to Rome
Depart Sorrento and head towards Rome. On the way, visit Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. Walk through the original sloping streets of Pompeii and view the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape beside their children and dogs. Marvel at the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter as well as the Forum. Continue north towards Rome, at a distance you can view the magnificent Abbey of Monte Cassino perched high on the mountaintop (weather permitting). This was the scene of a huge battle near the end of World War II during which the abbey was completely destroyed, but has now been lovingly restored. The rest of the day is at leisure after checking in to your hotel in Rome or join the optional dinner with musical entertainment and a scenic drive through Rome, taking in the breathtaking sights at sunset
Optional: Dinner with Entertainment and Scenic Drive of Rome
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Sunday - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins with a walk along the uneven and irregular paths of the Roman Forum, the original central plaza of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine's tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiatorial contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Spend the afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Monday - Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Today, visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica,* built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo’s Pieta. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that includes the Spanish Steps, the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Farewell Cocktail at the hotel*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter's Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Tuesday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Rome for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Milan, Rome-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Lake Region
  • 2 nights Venice
  • 4 nights Montecatini
  • 3 nights Sorrento Coast or Naples
  • 3 nights Rome
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 22 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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    Special Features

  • Discover the Lakes Region with a scenic cruise
  • Walking tour of Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit St. Mark's Square in Venice, with its extraordinary treasures and architectural wonders
  • Walking Tour in the walled city of Lucca, a jewel of medieval architecture
  • Enjoy a Tuscan farm dinner with wine and olive-oil tasting
  • Explore the Renaissance city of Florence with a guided walking tour
  • Experience one of the world's most spectacular drives along the Amalfi coast
  • Travel past the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius to Pompeii, the city frozen in time
  • Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel
  • Historic tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Milan Linate Airport to Como or Baveno transfers available at an additional cost.


    Accommodation Details:
    Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.

    Some departures may stay at the Grand Hotel Dino in Baveno instead of the Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa.

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Simplon
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Baveno.

    NH Venezia Rio Novo
    This first class hotel is situated in Venice's Dorsoduro district.

    Grand Hotel Vittoria
    This first class hotel is located in Montecatini Terme, near Terme Park.

    Hotel Michelangelo
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Sorrento.

    K Hotel Boutique
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Colosseum.

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