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Bike, Hike & Boat in Italy: Florence, Cinque Terre and Milan

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,584

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Get off the beaten track and explore three incredible regions of Italy in three unique ways! Cycle your way through olive groves and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside, 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$ 2,584

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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

Vespa Tour of Tuscany - 2 passengers

This is the original VESPA TOUR in Tuscany! Drive along scenic and silent country roads through the hillside of Tuscany on a Vespa admiring the sights, smells and sounds of the Chianti region! A comfortable minivan will take you to the countryside, and will be available in case of any need during all the tour. With a short ride, you will be taken just outside of the busy and bustling city center.

First, you will receive an orientation conducted by an English speaking trained professional, ensuring the safe operation of the Vespa's, including a driving test in an enclosed space to ensure everyone has enough confidence and safety on the Vespa to drive on open roads. The ride, along scenic country roads will offer splendid views of the rolling hillside, vineyards and olive groves, little medieval churches and ancient wineries. Some stops for photo opportunities will be made along the way. You will visit a famous winery, producing some of the most appreciated Chianti wines, and enjoy a guided tour of their cellars, where you will learn all the secrets of wine production. You will end the Vespa ride at a boutique winery, learning their approach on wine making ending then your memorable experience with a typical Tuscan lunch (or dinner, depending on which departure you choose) that will be served with a wine and olive oil tasting.

Duration6 Hours
Day 4

Florence Hotel to Florence Train Station

Duration1 Hour

Florence S.Maria Novella to Levanto via Pisa

(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 Full 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 Manarola)

One of the most authentic Cinque Terre experiences with a beautiful hike off the beaten tracks. An expert hiking guides welcomes you in Manarola, one of the little Cinque Terre villages which you will explore during a little walk. You will hike on a very varied path first crossing pine forests and then the famous terraced vineyards. Enjoy the stunning views over the sea and the tiny little villages that will make you speechless. In this unique scenery grows the renowned Cinque Terre wine. Your guide will introduce you to more than thousand years of history of wine growing in the Cinque Terre. Once you reach Corniglia, you will taste these fine wines and enjoy some local snacks like focaccia or vegetables cakes.

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 Florence S.Maria Novella via Pisa

(Levanto / Pisa + Pisa / Florence)

Duration2 Hours

Florence S.Maria Novella to Milan

Duration2 Hours

Milan Train Station to Milan Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Unahotels Cusani Milano

The Cusani Milano is a modern 4-star hotel is ideally situated between the Duomo and Castello Sforzesco, perfect for exploring Milan's historic center. Guests will enjoy its modern, spacious bedrooms and suites, renowned restaurant, meeting and business facilities and fully equipped fitness room. Other services the hotel offers are free WiFi, accessibility rooms and babysitting services.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Unahotels Cusani Milano

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    Unahotels Cusani Milano



    The Cusani Milano is a modern 4-star hotel is ideally situated between the Duomo and Castello Sforzesco, perfect for exploring Milan's historic center. Guests will enjoy its modern, spacious bedrooms and suites, renowned restaurant, meeting and business facilities and fully equipped fitness room. Other services …

    The Cusani Milano is a modern 4-star hotel is ideally situated between the Duomo and Castello Sforzesco, perfect for exploring Milan's historic center. Guests will enjoy its modern, spacious bedrooms and suites, renowned restaurant, meeting and business facilities and fully equipped fitness room. Other services the hotel offers are free WiFi, accessibility rooms and babysitting services.

    Facilities

    • Breakfast Room
    • Cafe
    • Fitness Room
    • Free WiFi
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant

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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 Como + Cruise with Lunch

On this small-group tour, you will leave cosmopolitan Milan behind for a day and head towards the beautiful Lake Como, framed by verdant mountains and crowned by the snow-peaked Alps.

Lake Como boasts an enchanting shoreline studded by sumptuous historical villas and dainty towns; rich in heritage and lively traditions, Lake Como is one of Italy's most idyllic spots and a retreat for tycoons and movie stars. Discover the most remarkable features of Lake Como including a guided walking tour of the elegant town as you stroll through the picturesque city center while admiring its historic landmarks.

Admire the Duomo and lovely Basilica di San Fedele and discover the fascinating local heritage before setting off on your unforgettable cruise. Soar across the lake's peaceful waters enjoying the soft breezes as you take in extraordinary views and admire the charming villages, gorgeous monumental period villas, thick woods and verdant hills. You will reach Bellagio and Varenna for the visit of two of the most charming and famous towns for a pleasant walk and free tastings of local products at small selected shop before heading back by boat to Como.

Duration8 Hours
Day 10

Milan Hotel to Milan Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Saturdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure transfers at train stations
  • Train tickets in 2nd class between cities 
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Florence
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Levanto
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Milan
  • Vespa Tour of Tuscany
  • Private Cinque Terre Hiking and Wine*
  • Full day Lake Como and Cruise with lunch
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch in Tuscany, wine tasting in Cinque Terre

*On Day 5, the Cinque Terre hiking excursion starts from Manarola. Clients must make their own way to the meeting point by local train.

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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15 Oct 2022
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