Duration: 9 Days
COUNTRIES VISITED: Italy
PLACES VISITED: Milan, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, Rome Florence, Parma
Welcome to the world-famous fashion capital of Europe Milan. Meet your assistance at the airport who will take you to the coach and transfer to the hotel. Check –in (subject to arrival time). Meet your guide at the hotel for a 3 hours guided city tour which will include, Sforza castle from the outside, La Scala theatre and Piazza Duomo and entrance to Milan cathedral. Late afternoon browse the multiple designer boutiques on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11. Evening dinner at leisure and transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Milan.
After breakfast head to the striking city of Verona the idyllic setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Meet your local guide for a 2 and half hour walking tour. The tour will include the Arena from the outside, Juliet’s court, Romeo’s house and the street where Mercutio was killed. During the walking tour, you will walk the castle walls, see the historic churches and observe the well-preserved medieval buildings. After lunch head towards Venice. The unique city of Venice is a man-made island with canals, bridges, and monuments. Overnight on the mainland of Venice. Dinner at leisure or at a local restaurant. Overnight in Venice.
After breakfast head to the boat terminal and take the Vaporetto (private boat) from Piazzale Tronchetto to St Marco Cornoldi. Meet your local guide for 4 hours walking tour to the magical city which has no cars only gondolas: highlights include Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and visits to the Basilica di San Marco and Doge’s Palace and the bridge of Sighs. Sample how the locals live by visiting the islands fresh fruit and vegetable fish and spices market. A visit to Venice would be incomplete without a visit of a Murano glass factory. The rest of the afternoon at leisure to meander along the narrow cobbled streets of this enchanting city with over 400 bridges, or why not have a ride on one of the many gondolas a perfect way to explore Venice. Evening transfer back by private Vaporetto from St Marco Cornoldi to Tronchetto. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast leave Venice and travel through Ravenna to Rome. Meet your guide in Ravenna for a two-hour walking tour including entrance to San Vitale Church, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Dante’s grave and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo Basilica, whispers included. After lunch, you head toward the eternal city of Rome evening arrival and overnight in Rome.
After breakfast today you’ll immerse yourselves in ancient Rome. Meet your guide for a full-day guided tour and visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and St Peters Basilica. After lunch, you will explore the magnificence of Baroque Rome. Highlights include: Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, built on the site of the Roman Stadium of Domitian, Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, and visits to the Pantheon. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast today you leave Rome and head towards the picturesque area of Tuscany to Florence. En-route stop at Pisa to marvel at the world-famous leaning tower of Pisa and then after lunch head to Florence. Before reaching your hotel, stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, for your first picture postcard panoramic view of the city. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Florence. Dinner at leisure or at a local restaurant.
After breakfast meet your local guide for a full-day walking tour of the historic centre of Florence. Highlights include Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower, Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio, a beautiful 14th-century covered bridge; visits to Uffizi Gallery the home of Renaissance art, here are the masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titan, Donatello and many more! Dinner at leisure or at a local restaurant Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast leave Florence and head to Parma. Half-day sightseeing tour of Parma including the visit of Parma Cathedral, Museo Della Pasta and visit of a ham factory, max 4 hours, and whispers included. Early afternoon head to Milan. Overnight in Milan.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the city Centre for shopping. After shopping transfer to the airport in Milan where you say good bye to Italy.