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Bike, Hike & Boat in Italy: Florence to Milan

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,640

Get off the beaten track and explore three incredible regions of Italy in three unique ways. Cycle your way through olive groves and vineyards in the Tuscan countryside near Florence, hike through the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre, and take a boat out onto Lake Maggiore near the bustling metropolis of Milan.


This 10-day Italian vacation takes you across the nation by bike, foot, and boat as you journey to Florence, Levento, and Milan.

Your trip to Italy begins in Florence, the Tuscan capital and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Wander around the old city squares to admire the gorgeous architecture and dine on Tuscan cuisine, known for its fresh ingredients, bright colours, and wonderful flavours. You’ll have a full day at leisure to explore the city’s many wonders. Stroll through the heart of the city to learn about the architecture and the history of the Medici Family, which ruled Florence during the Renaissance and commissioned many of its artistic masterpieces. Be sure to visit Brunelleschi’s famous Duomo as well as the Accademia Gallery, home to the most famous statue in the world, Michelangelo’s “David.” While in Florence, you’ll head on a bike ride through the Tuscan countryside. Travelling with an expert tour guide, you’ll head into the heart of Florentine Chianti and bike through a landscape of olive groves, vineyards, and Florentine castles and villas.

Continue your Italy vacation by heading to Levanto, a gorgeous seaside village that’s a great base of exploration for the villages of Cinque Terre. Staying in Levanto, you’ll spend a day hiking through the breathtaking hillside villages of Cinque Terre. Start in Corniglia and wind through pine forest and terraced vineyards while enjoying exceptional views over the sea. Stop in Luciano to visit a local wine cellar and munch on snacks like focaccia. Then continue your hike along the romantic stairway passing through olive groves on the way to Manarola to end your journey. The next day is at leisure to explore the picturesque coastal villages and admire their pastel-coloured homes.

Next stop is Milan, Italy’s second-largest city and the undeniable metropolis of the north. As one of Europe’s capitals of fashion and design, Milan has a lot of culture to boast of. But it’s also a working city with a bustling financial industry. Spend a day at leisure seeing some of its most popular landmarks, including the stunning Gothic Duomo di Milano, the country’s most stunning Gothic church, and the Santa Maria dell Grazie convent, which houses da Vinci’s famous painting of “The Last Supper.” Also be sure to do some shopping in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest active shopping mall in all of Italy. While in Milan, you’ll head to the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland to head onto Lake Maggiore, the nation’s second-largest lake. Stroll through the streets of Stresa before boarding a boat to discover the breathtaking scenery of the lake and its picturesque islands.

At the end of your Italy vacation, head to the train station to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,640

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Day 1

Florence Train Station to Florence Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel L'Orologio

The L'Orologio Hotel in Santa Maria Novella is an oasis of peace in the heart of one of the most famous squares of the capital of Tuscany, where art and social life combine to create an environment in which to relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Hotel L'Orologio is decorated with a collection of prized vintage watches and an array of watch-themed art. Guests can sit at the hotel's bar and nibble chocolate watch faces while they wait.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel L'Orologio

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    Hotel L'Orologio



    The L'Orologio Hotel in Santa Maria Novella is an oasis of peace in the heart of one of the most famous squares of the capital of Tuscany, where art and social life combine to create an environment in which to relax and enjoy a well-deserved ...

    The L'Orologio Hotel in Santa Maria Novella is an oasis of peace in the heart of one of the most famous squares of the capital of Tuscany, where art and social life combine to create an environment in which to relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Hotel L'Orologio is decorated with a collection of prized vintage watches and an array of watch-themed art. Guests can sit at the hotel's bar and nibble chocolate watch faces while they wait.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 3

Tuscany By Bike

How about a change of scenery? A little bit of fresh air, a light breeze and the possibility to see Tuscany from a different perspective. Ride your e-bike under the guidance of an expert escort and enjoy this wonderful experience riding across the Florentine countryside. You will be picked up from the centre of Florence and taken to the Florentine Chianti where the adventure will start. From here, you will ride your bike through beautiful olive groves and past fertile vineyards, you will see and visit Florentine castles and hillside villa estates until you stop for a light lunch at a local Chianti winery, where you will taste some of the local wines.

Note: The tour runs rain or shine. Only in case of heavy rain the tour will not operate. This will be decided upon departure and customers are asked to check in at meeting point in any case, in order to claim for reimbursement. Should heavy rain happen during the tour, a minivan support will be provided. Please be advised that the weather in Florence may differ from that in the countryside.

Duration7 Hours
Day 4

Florence Hotel to Florence Train Station

Duration1 Hour

Florence S.Maria Novella to Levanto

(Florence / Pisa + Pisa / Levanto)

Duration2 Hours

Levanto Train Station to Levanto Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Park Argento

The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a 4 star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the coast, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a massage section, a wellness centre with sauna, turkish bath and emotional shower , free outdoor parking, and a parking garage available upon request for a fee. Our friendly staff are pleased to provide information about the sights to explore in the surrounding area.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Park Argento

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    Hotel Park Argento



    The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a 4 star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the coast, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with ...

    The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a 4 star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the coast, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a massage section, a wellness centre with sauna, turkish bath and emotional shower , free outdoor parking, and a parking garage available upon request for a fee. Our friendly staff are pleased to provide information about the sights to explore in the surrounding area.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Drycleaning
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 5

Cinque Terre Hiking and Wine (ex Corniglia)

Get off the beaten tracks on an authentic Cinque Terre hiking and wine experience. Starting from Corniglia, you will hike on a very varied path first crossing pine forests and then the famous terraced vineyards. Along the way, enjoy stunning views over the sea and tiny little villages. Then, discover Cinque Terre wine with your expert guide as they explain more than thousand years of history of wine growing in the Cinque Terre region, the dry stone walls and the people. Taste these fine wines during the visit of the traditional wine cellar of the winemaker Luciano and enjoy some local snacks like focaccia or vegetable cakes. The last part of the hike is the long romantic stairway through olive groves down to Manarola.

Duration7 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Levanto Hotels to Levanto Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Levanto to Milan Central

Duration3 Hours

Milan Train Station to Milan Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Grand Visconti Palace

Located a short walk from the centre of Milan, the Grand Visconti Palace encapsulates the best of Milanese hospitality. The hotel is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity and combines the culture of welcome of an historic grand hotel with the convenience of modern technology for hosting events. The hotel is near Porta Romana, the historic gate to Milan, and is the only hotel in the city featuring a winter garden and 2,500-square meter park.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Visconti Palace

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    Grand Visconti Palace



    Located a short walk from the centre of Milan, the Grand Visconti Palace encapsulates the best of Milanese hospitality. The hotel is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity and combines the culture of welcome of an historic grand hotel with the convenience of modern ...

    Located a short walk from the centre of Milan, the Grand Visconti Palace encapsulates the best of Milanese hospitality. The hotel is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity and combines the culture of welcome of an historic grand hotel with the convenience of modern technology for hosting events. The hotel is near Porta Romana, the historic gate to Milan, and is the only hotel in the city featuring a winter garden and 2,500-square meter park.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Lobby
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Lake Maggiore

Visit the fashionable Stresa and the amazing islands on Lake Maggiore on a half day trip from Milan. Set in Italy's beautiful Lake District just 1.5-hour drive from Milan, Lake Maggiore is surrounded by the majestic Alps and home to some of Italy's most impressive gardens. After some free time for shopping in Stresa, you will take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on the lake, visiting the Borromean Islands (Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella). Enjoy the views of exquisite lakeside villas and lush gardens surrounded by crystal blue waters set amidst the beauty of snow capped alps. Pass the exotic Isola Madre, home to a 20-acre park that is considered one of the most impressive in Italy, then head back in time to the simple life of Isola dei Pescatori where you will have free time to explore, shop or enjoy a light lunch. The next stop will be the luxurious Isola Bella with the elaborate gardens of the Borromean Palace (not included) surrounded by boutiques and cafés housed in grand historic buildings.

Duration7 Hours
Day 10

Milan Hotel to Milan Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Saturdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Train tickets in 2nd class between cities 
  • 9 nights' first class accommodations
  • Tuscany by bike shared excursions
  • Cinque Terre Hiking and Wine private excursion*
  • Lake Maggiore shared boat excursion

* On Day 5, the Cinque Terre hiking excursion starts from Corniglia (23km from Levanto).  Clients must make their own way to the meeting point by train or private transfer (on request).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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25 May 2019
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