The private tour starts in Milan where you can discover the riches of Italy or walk in footsteps of Leonardo. Take a day trip to Lake Maggiore nestled in the lap of Alps bordering Italy and Switzerland. Next spend a couple of days relaxing in Lake Como. This beautiful Lake in northern Italy not only offers beautiful scenery but also benefits from an elegant Italian architectural style and the magnificent setting created by the Alps tumbling into pristine Lake Como. From here you head to Verona the city of Romeo and Juliette-relive their romance. Enjoy sipping wine on shores of Lake Garda. Finish the trip in most romantic city in the world Venice. Enjoy its great art treasures, extraordinary architecture and a romantic gondola ride.
Enjoy an airport transfer in private vehicle with driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
UNA Maison Milano (4*), located in Milan, is in a prestigious and historical building that has been restored as a hotel. This property is ideally located in the heart of the city, only a few steps from the famed Duomo. UNA Maison Milano's interior has been furnished using a variety of light and elegant colours amongst the numerous pieces of international design and art. It features 27 rooms that offer comfort and space, and in some cases splendid views of this historical and beautiful city.
Enjoy an exciting private, guided tour of the great monuments of Milan, such as the Cathedral, Sforzesco Castle, La Scala Opera House and the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. Milan's giant cathedral is one of the largest Gothic churches in the world at 157 metres long. The Castello Sforzesco is a Renaissance palace which combines a forbidding exterior with a delightful interior. The Neo-Classical opera house, known popularly as “La Scala”, opened in 1778 and is now one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. The Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, a beautiful 15th century Renaissance convent is famous all over the world for the Cenacolo (Last Supper) by Leonardo da Vinci. Entrance fees to Last Supper & Scala Theatre included.
This afternoon is perfect for shopaholics! Milan is world famous for its shopping. Begin your shopping discovery in the heart of the luxury shopping areas in Milan: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. These elegant streets, together with Via Manzoni, Via Borgospesso and Via Santo Spirito are the outer limits of the famous Fashion Quadrilatero. This area contains the most prestigious boutiques and showrooms in the world, full of minimalist design and high tech.
Enjoy a private transfer from Milan to Como. Journey will take approximately an hour.
Enjoy a 2 hour privately guided walking tour of the sites and history of Como. Piazza Cavour and the History with ancient port of city, the cathedral – il broletto and the Square, ancient build in the old town – porta torre, San fedele Church and Volta‘s statue. At the end you will take a boat to Bellagio while you may have a lunch on board (not included). When you arrive in Bellagio you'll walk in the city centre. At the end you’ll take a boat to Cadenabbia.
The Hotel Barchetta (4*) is situated on the lake, right in the center of Como. The hotels large windows look out onto the hustle and bustle of Como. Each season has something to offer hotel guests: strolls through the summer concerts, Christmas markets and children ice skating in the winter. Boats leave from close by the hotel and guests often find it relaxing to watch them sail into the horizon. Upstairs you'll find the guest rooms overlooking the lake, with balconies overhanging. You're in the center of the most famous landscape in the world, in the center of the city.
Take in the scenery of Lake Como and explore the many quaint lakeside villages and towns as you explore by public boat.
You will be able to buy a day pass for between 1-8 trips, and these range from 5 euro up to 22 euro per person (payable locally).
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Take the train to Verona. Your journey will involve a change of train in Milan. The trip will take approximately 2h 40min.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Meet your guide today for this classic sightseeing tour, which unfolds through the streets and alleys of Verona. Experience Verona as it stood more than two thousand years ago, with buildings and monuments of various ages accumulated through the centuries: Romanesque churches, Gothic towers and castles, Renaissance palaces, squares, and elegant courtyards. This walking tour will include the famous house of Romeo, the famous house of Juliet, the stunning Scala family tombs, masterpiece of gothic architecture, Signori square, Erbe square with the fountain of Madonna Verona, the Arena, and the Roman amphitheatre.
Villa Quaranta Park Hotel (4*), located between Lake Garda and the city of Verona, covers an area of more than 20.000 square metres in the heart of the historic wine growing area known as Valpolicella Classica. The hotel has 85 rooms finely furnished, the restaurant “Borgo Antico” and a new Wellness Centre – Termarium. Villa Quaranta Park Hotel is a stunning villa with frescos, marble staircases and luxurious furnishings. There is an ancient chapel decorated in the Romantic style and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Here you can admire frescoes depicting scenes of the New Testament. Hotel amenities are numerous and attractive and have been created to make your vacation a truly remarkable experience. Facilities include a fine restaurant, a lobby bar, an ample garden and park, an outdoor swimming pool, TV room and wireless Internet connection in the hall.
Meet your driver and guide today to take you to the enchanting village of Bardolino, along the Veronese shore of Lake Garda. This half day tour includes a walk through the streets and along the lakeside of Bardolino. You will enjoy a visit to the ancient churches of San Severo and San Zeno, as well as a wine-tasting session with Bardolino, Chiaretto and Bardolino Superiore wines. To finish off, your taste buds will become satisfied with an olive oil tasting at a local farm.
Enjoy the direct train ride from Verona to Venice. The train ride is approximately 1 hr 10 mins.
Take a private water taxi transfer from your hotel to the train station and vice versa. The service includes full time assistance with meet & greet. Private motorlaunch from the city terminal landing stage to the hotel or closest pier.
Sit back and relax on a marvellous and enchanting half an hour evening gondola ride through the Grand Canal and inner canals of Venice. You will breathe the atmosphere of this ancient city built on water. Start your journey at the 'Stazio Gondole Santa Maria del Giglio". Close to Saint Mark, right on the Grand Canal, in front of Guggenheim Collection palace and Santa Maria della Salute church; this gondola station is one of the oldest Gondola stops in Venice.
Enjoy your stay at the Hotel Saturnia & International (4*), located along the famous Venetian Via XXII Marzo, in the heart of this dramatic city. This fantastic property is within steps of both the Accademia Art Galleries and the famous San Marco Square. The Saturnia & International features 89 charming guestrooms, elegantly decorated with a lovely Venetian theme in mind. Truly convenient and delicious, La Caravella Restaurant located on-site, features some inspirational cuisine options for guests to choose from. Considered one of Venice's best, and most popular dining locales, La Caravella is sure to satisfy with is variety of traditional Italian dishes and popular westernized fares. With touring a mere step away from the property, fine dining within reach, it’s no wonder why the Hotel Saturnia & International is considered amongst Venice's best overnight accommodations.
Meet your English speaking guide in the hotel lobby. You will discover the most renowned sites in Venice with a walking tour of Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square and Cathedral. A prime example of Gothic architecture, the open-faced rooms and ornate façade demonstrate the splendor of this beautiful city. Climb the Golden Staircase and cross the Bridge of Sighs, spanning the palace to a historic prison across the canal. Visit St. Mark’s Square with elegant buildings and cafes, the site of many musicians and artists, and the magnificent St Mark’s Cathedral. Get an explanation from your guide outside of the basilica prior to entering, as they are not allowed to give narration inside. Follow your guide through the impressive interior of the cathedral, and proceed to the glass showrooms where you have an opportunity to purchase authentic Venetian glassware. Entrance fee to Doge`s Palace & Basilica included.
Board a water-based taxi for this transfer from your hotel to the airport. The arrangements for this transfer can be made by the hotel`s concierges, and depending on the location of your hotel, and the amount of people being transferred will affect the total fare (to be paid on-site). Alternatively, your Sales Advisor can arrange a private transfer to the airport if you`d like.
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