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.
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
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.
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 private excursion to Bellagio and the villages on the lake with a private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide. Bellagio has been called the pearl of Lake Como and some have even gone as far as calling it the most beautiful town in Europe. Indeed, its superb location in between the two 'legs' of Como and Lecco and its mild climate year-round have enchanted the famous and the wealthy for centuries. Guided visit to Villa Melzi d’Eril, built between 1808 and 1810 for Francesco Melzi d`Eril. Time at leisure for individual activities and shopping. Individual lunch (not included) in a restaurant to taste some typical local dishes. Transfer by ferry boat (public service) from Bellagio to Cadenabbia (Villa Carlotta stop) for a 15 minute sail to give you the chance to enjoy part of the lakeside villas. Guided Visit to Villa Carlotta, built at the end of XVII century by the Milanese marquis Giorgio Clerici in a natural basin between lake and mountains, facing the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio and surrounded by over 70.000 square meters of botanic gardens. At the end of the tour, you will return to your Como hotel. Entrance fees to Villa Melzi D’eril & Villa Carlotta, ferry boat tickets (public service) are included.
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).
Meet your driver for a private tranfer from Como to Verona.
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.
Discover the landscape, the story, and the wines of Soave. Meet your driver and guide today to take you to the fascinating middle age village of Soave, 20 km from Verona. This half day tour includes a walk through the streets of Soave, a visit to the medieval Castle of Soave, and a visit, with wine-tasting session, selection of cold cuts and cheese in a local cellar. Entrance fee to Castle of Soave included.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
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 and greet. Your private motor launch will take you 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 a 2-hour private walking tour of Venice with an English speaking local guide. Visit St. Mark's Square, the heart of political and religious power of the Venetian Republic for centuries. You’ll learn the history that lies behind the walls of its most famous landmarks; the Basilica and its Byzantine heritage, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining prisons that retain the true secrets of how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities in the western world. Then, leave St. Mark's behind you to discover the enchanting Hidden Venice. Following a monumental route, your guide will narrate the in-depth history of Venice from its origins to the modern-day. You'll hear tales of illustrious Venetian characters like Marco Polo and Casanova. Other highlights include Marco Polo's House, a Merchants’ Warehouse, the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Venetian Palaces, the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (the Pantheon of Venice), and at the Scuola di San Marco you'll learn about the famous Confraternities (Schools) of merchants and artisans that provided the foundations of the Venetian mercantile empire. This walking tour of Venice finishes at the evocative Rialto Bridge overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto Market. Entrances are not 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 concierge. The total fare (to be paid on-site) is dependent on the location of your hotel and the amount of people being transferred. Alternatively, your Sales Advisor can arrange a private transfer to the airport if you’d like.
The Grand Visconti Palace (4*) is situated in the Porta Romana neighborhood of Milan, near Palazzina Liberty, the Cathedral of Milan, and Sempione Park. Guestrooms have satellite television, minibars, and direct-dial phones; bathrooms include jetted tubs, bathrobes, and bathroom phones. Grand Visconti Palace provides an indoor pool, a bar/lounge, and a business center. Other amenities include wireless Internet access and spa services.
Nestled in Como between the Swiss border and the city of Milano is the Hotel Metropole Suisse (4*). Located in the main square and directly on the Lake Como, the hotel boasts four generations of Cassani family ownership. Featuring 71 rooms, the hotel offers all the amenities to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as can be. The Imbarcadero Restaurant features the best regional and international cuisine in the formal dining salon or outside on the summer lakefront terrace.
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.
Located in the historical heart, Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati is one of the newer and better hotels in Venice, as well as one of the closer ones to Saint Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge. Inviting rooms, defined by contemporary Italian design, break with 18th century tradition and make a new statement for Venetian hospitality. The rooms at the hotel each have their own personality and charm and are enhanced by all the modern comforts. La Terrazza Restaurant offers traditional Venetian and Italian dishes, served in an enchanting setting. Palace Bonvecchiati has a spa, which features a range of services to keep the guests relaxed.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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