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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the historical heart, Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati is one of the newer and better 4-star 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 the 18th century tradition and make a new statement for Venetian hospitality. The 70 rooms at the hotel each have its 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.
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, and 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 to comprehend 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. And you'll see Marco Polo's House, a Merchants’ Warehouse, explore 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 of Venice 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 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 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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