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Lake Como and Lake Garda Tour from Rome

Rome Assisi  Siena Florence Padua Venice Verona Lake Garda Lake Como, Milan

Italy Northern Lakes excursion

6 days/5 nights First Class Escorted trip from Rome to Milan.
Departures on Saturdays from Rome between  Apr 10 and 16 October 2017

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ITINERARY
Day 1 | Rome. Assisi. Siena. Florence
You will meet your group and guide at the hotel Massimo  D’Azeglio at 7:15 a.m. from where we will depart by deluxe motor coach to Assisi, the mystical town of St. Frances.  You can explore this tiny town, surrounded by walls built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Time for lunch on your own, then departure to Siena, famous for its Roman square, the Piazza del Campo and the Palio, a summertime horse race.  Continue on to Florence, check in to your hotel and rest before dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Florence. D.

Day 2 | Florence
Breakfast, then we embark on our guided tour of Florence, the center of Renaissance where Italian art reached its zenith. The city has  Etruscan-Roman origins, and has been an important independent state though the Middle Ages. Admire the city of several outstanding monuments, churches, and buildings like the  Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo with its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. We will cross the small piazza across the Duomo to Giotto’s bell tower with his depiction of the gates of the Paradise.  We will also see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant near Santa Croce square. In the afternoon free time to stroll around the ancient cobblestone streets of Florence or visit its famous galleries.  We will also offer you an optional tour to Pisa,  a formerly important Maritime republic with its famous  Leaning Tower and baptistery.  Dinner in Florence at a typical restaurant in Santa Croce square. Overnight in Florence. B.L.D.

Day 3 | Florence . Bologna . Padova. Venice
After breakfast departure to Bologna to the city of the thousand porticos, where you can wander around even during the heat of the summer in soothing shades through the many arcades a total of 38 kms long. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore where you will find Neptune fountain; King Renzo Palace; Podestà Palace; and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest ones in the world. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio basilica, then on to Venice, the magical city of lagoons, a once powerful Maritime republic. Check into your hotel, dinner and overnight. B.D.

Day 4 | Venice – Milan
After breakfast at your hotel you will head to Milan. Once there, you’ll have the day to explore this hectic city, world-known for fashion and design,
before checking in at your hotel for some rest. *From Venice to Milan, up to five people, the transfer will be by train.

Day 5 | Venice – Milan – Lake Orta -Stresa- Como
Departure at 8:30 am from Milan to Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated in the north-eastern side of the region Piedmont. Stop at the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then, tour by boat to reach the island of San Giulio, just in front of the village: it is known as “ the Pearl of the Lake”, almost entirely occupied by the Monastery Mater Ecclesiae, famous for studies on antique books. After a short visit, you will take the ferry back to Orta and then leave by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian lakes. Wedged between slopes of the pre-Alps, and of clear glacial origin, it is framed in its lower section by the soft hills of the region of Novara and – in the upper section – by high mountain peaks with perpetual snows. These features guarantee an average temperature during all seasons, milder
in winter than in the inner areas and cool in summer by the breezes that blow on the water’s surface changing the lake’s colour. Thanks to its mild climate, many species of
flowers and plants typical to the sub-tropical climate adapted to the lake local climate. Arrival in Stresa, an international tourist resort situated in a central but also picturesque position along the lakeside, just in front of the ‘Borromee’ islands. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, tour of the “Isola dei Pescatori” (Fishermen’s Island)
by boat. by now half abandoned with only a few families still practicing their anceint occupations. Tourists can enjoy the athmospher by wondering around the simple houses, the narrow lanes, the stone portals and the attractive underpasses. We will continue to the “Isola Bella” (The Beautiful Island), where you might opt for a visit of the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa (free time for lunch, not included). At the and of the visit departure to Como. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6 | Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo Brescia
Breakfast at your hotel then a short visit of the town of Como,  a small town with wonderful  vistas of mountains, the lake Como, and wild alpine valleys. You’ll also see the Brianzola hill, downtown Como, and the small houses in the village. The lake itself, sometimes called Lario, has long been famous for its y-shape, its three branches intersecting at Bellagio, that you will visit via boat. Separating the lake’s two southern arms with the Alps dominating the horizon to the north, Bellagio is home to some of the most charming landscapes in Italy. Spend some time strolling this picturesque resort village with its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens, stopping for lunch in one of the many cafés in town (not included). Back on the boat continuing to Varenna, where we will have a panoramic tour before moving on to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel characterized by its urban structure: the “lower town” (città bassa) is modern and dynamic, while the famous “upper town” (città alta) with its beautiful Medieval chruches and houses.  After a short walking tour in the city center, departure to Brescia, where you will check in at your hotel for the night.

DAY 7 – Brescia, Lake Garda, Sirmione, Riva del Garda, Verona
This lovely warm lake, the largest in Italy, Lake Garda will charm you with its romantic little towns, orange grove covered hills, cypres trees and bougainvilleas. It has been a favourite holiday destination since Roman times. After breakfast we will have a panoramic tour driving along the lake’s west coast, taking in the splendid natural scenery: brilliant colors, the Dolomites of Brenta, and the gentle slopes of the Moraine hills. Enjoy the area’s rich vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders and magnolias that flourish thanks to the mediterranean climate. So be sure to taste some of the olive oil and wines made locally. Next, we will continue on to Sirmione, where you will see the lake Garda and its surroundings at their finest. See the sun shining off of the lake’s blue waters and tree-lined shores, the Sirmione cape, the Castle, and the Catullo’s ruins during a boat tour. Back on land, you will have free time for lunch before departing for Riva del Garda on the north side of the lake, where you will see its Venetian-style historic center. Verona will be your final stop of the day, where you will check in to your hotel for the night.

DAY 8 – Verona – Milan
After breakfast we embark on a city tour of the famous pink city of Verona eternalized as the town of Romeo and Juliet. It is well known for its famous Roman arena, pink marble sidewalks  from Renaissance times, frescos, medieval buildings,  magnificent renaissance palaces and moving little churches.  The combination of art and history will fascinate you. Spend some time eating lunch (not included) before departing for Milan, where your tour will come to an end and the railway station. Check out other tours from Milan

 TOUR INCLUDES:
* Accommodation at 4 Star hotels with downtown location 7 nights
* Buffet breakfast daily and  3 dinners
* Service charges and taxes included, city taxes are extra payable locally to the hotels
* Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach, bilingual tour.
* Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary,  English speaking local guides

HOTELS USED (4-star ):
Florence: Mediterraneo****
Venice: Carlton Gran Canal****
Milan: NH Touring****
Como: Como Four****
Brescia: NH Brescia****
Verona: Montresor Palace****

2017 – Price per person in Euro
($rate varies depending the exchange rate)
double single child up to age 6

8 days/7 nights

Apr 10, 17, May 1, 18, 22, June 5,19,26, July 10, 24, Sep 25, Oct 9, 2017

2109 2742 free
Aug 7 and 21 departures only 2070 2647 free
Sep 11, Oct 2, Oct 16, 2017 NET Milan trade show surcharge 150 150

 

Extra nights in Rome 2016

Hotel Per person based
on double
Per person based on single Per person based on triple
Superior First Class
Hotel Ludovisi Palace
67 129 79 (only deluxe room)
First Class 53 92 49
First Class
Hotel Diana
55 85 49
Hotel Morgana 43 79 42
Standard
Hotel San Remo  
40 59 33

Private car transfer in Rome:

Airport to Hotel or v.v : Euro 61 per car (1-2 Pax) , Euro 70 per minivan (3-4 passenger)

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