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Venice to Rome with Milan, Northern Lakes, Cinque Terre & Tuscany – Tour IT124

2 nights / 3 days – Fully escorted tour

Guaranteed Thursday Departures Apr 11 – Oct 24, 2019:
Apr 11, 25, May 16, 23, 30, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 15, 22, 29, Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 10, 17, 24

Visit: Venice, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lake Como, Milan, La Spezia, Portovenere, Vernazza, Monterosso, Lucca, Pisa, Montepulciano, Rome

Spend three unforgettable days traveling from Venice to Rome in style. On day one this fully escorted tour takes you to the beautiful Lake Garda and on a walking tour of Lake Como. You will overnight and dine in Milan then spend an enchanting day experiencing the Parco delle Cinque Terre by boat and train. After the sea air and unforgettable scenery, you will stay overnight and dine in the ancient Roman city of Lucca. The third day is dedicated to the heart of Tuscany with a walking tour of Pisa including its famous tower and then Montepulciano, home of Italy’s most delectable wines. Your tour will end in Rome in the early evening. Extra nights and tours in Venice and or Rome can be added to this tour on request. 

Day 01 – Thursday – VENICE – SIRMIONE (Lake Garda) – LAKE COMO – MILAN
Meet your tour leader at Tronchetto in Venice at 8:00am. You can contact the tour leader the day before departure for extra information regarding your meet up. Depart for SIRMIONE known as the Pearl of Garda Lake, “the gem of all the peninsulas”. The visit to the village starts with the spectacular Scala Castle dating back to medieval times. It was built at the end of the 13th century by the Lords of Verona. Wandering along narrow medieval streets one reaches the Parish Church of S. Maria which houses many images and paintings to be admired, together with different altars and precious 18th century works of marble. Slightly uphill, one reaches the S. Salvatore Church, which dates to the 8th century. Optional boat tour to admire the park of the prestigious and luxurious 5-star Hotel Villa Cortine and the nearby Villa of Maria Callas, from here you will reach the entrance to the Grotte di Catullo. It is the most important archaeological area in the entire region of Lombardy, with imposing remains of what was once a luxurious Roman Villa on the edge of Lake Garda. In the afternoon, proceed to COMO LAKE where your tour leader will walk you around all the historic highlights. We will stroll through ancient streets in the heart of the town, surrounded by Roman walls. We will admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches, Piazza Volta and the Piazza Duomo with its bell tower and superb 600-year old Cathedral. Depart to MILAN where you can enjoy a panoramic tour to see: Sforzesco Castle, the medieval Piazza Mercanti and Piazza della Scala, admire the marble façade of Milan Cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. Your tour ends in the historic Piazza del Duomo. In the evening check in at hotel, dinner and overnight at the hotel in Milan. Meals: B D

Day 02 – Friday – MILAN – LA SPEZIA – PORTOVENERE – VERNAZZA – MONTEROSSO – LUCCA
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Depart to LA SPEZIA to embark on an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the World: “CINQUE TERRE”. We will reach the first village of PORTOVENERE, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses, while narrow medieval streets, lined with shops, lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle. By boat you reach VERNAZZA, a small fishing village, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village is surrounded by steeply-terraced olive groves which are said to produce amongst the finest olive oil in the country. The last stop will be in MONTEROSSO, the largest of the five coastal villages. Its amazing beaches, beautiful reefs and the sea’s crystal-clear waters, make this small village one of the most convivial of the Ligurian Riviera. In the late afternoon return to La Spezia by train and take the coach to LUCCA. With your tour leader, stroll through the cobblestone streets and bustling piazzas, to the old Renaissance walls. Trace the city’s Roman past along Via San Paolino and Piazza San Michele and see the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside San Frediano church and visit landmarks such as the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore. At the end of the walk transfer to your hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight in Lucca. Meals: B D

Day 03 – Saturday LUCCA – PISA – MONTEPULCIANO – ROME
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Depart to PISA for a walk with your tour leader to the heart of the city. Admire the Cathedral Square with the Duomo di Pisa, Campo Santo, Pisa Baptistry, and, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take time for lunch and shopping and in the afternoon depart to cross VAL D’ORCIA, the area famous for its superb wine production and for its amazing landscape, symbolic of the Tuscan region. Enjoy a stop in the most iconic town in the area, MONTEPULCIANO. Surrounded by the ancient city wall, Montepulciano is a symbol of the power and wealth of the noble families from the 14th to 16th centuries. Be enchanted by the beauty of Piazza Grande, with the magnificent Duomo and Palazzo Tarugi; continue to see the Fortezza and the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi, one of the finest examples of Renaissance art. Montepulciano is well known for its fabulous red wine. The “Nobile di Montepulciano” is one of the most lauded Italian wines in Italy and abroad. Montepulciano has a distinct peculiarity, in that you can find several historic cantinas right within the city walls, which have been dug out underneath the prestigious palazzos. Take time to taste local wines and buy some souvenirs. Proceed to Rome where you will arrive around 7.30pm. End of our services. Meals: B

Includes:

  • 1 night’s accommodation in 4* hotel in Milan
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a 4* hotel in Lucca
  • Ground transportation by deluxe coach with air conditioning
  • Boat and train ticket in Parco delle Cinque Terre
  • 2 American buffet breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (drinks NOT included).
  • Multilingual escorted tour (English / French or English / Spanish)
  • One bag per person included (any size) plus one piece of hand luggage.

 Excludes:

  • Flights
  • City taxes collected by the hotel. Euro 2-3 per night per guest
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned

Hotels:

  • Milan: Hotel Starhotel Business Palace 4* / Antares Concorde 4* or similar
  • Lucca: Hotel Grand Hotel Guinigi 4* or similar

2019 Price Per Person in Euro:

  • US$ rate varies depending on exchange rate
  • Children 12 years and over accepted at adult rate

Additional services:

  • Departure transfers are available please ask us for pricing
  • Additional tours in Venice & Rome can be added pre and post tour, please ask for options and pricing
  • Additional night’s accommodation in Rome & Venice can be booked pre or post tour please ask for rates