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Classic Northern Italy: Milan, Venice, Florence

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,295

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the artistic masterworks of Italy’s north on this trip to Milan, Venice, and Florence. Stay in first-class accommodations as you venture through the cities to gaze upon world-famous paintings, admire Renaissance architecture, and enjoy the charming Italian culture.


This 10-day Italian vacation takes you to popular cities in the north of the country, including Milan, Venice, and Florence. It features first-class accommodations and a mix of private and small group tours. 

Your journey begins in Milan, which may lack the flashy, postcard appeal of some Italian cities, but still charms with its architectural masterpieces and culinary culture. A grand tour of the city will take you to Sforza Castle and the Duomo, perhaps the most striking Gothic cathedral in Italy, before window shopping the famous shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Swing by the Opera House and then skip the line at the Santa Maria dell Grazie to see da Vinci’s famous “The Last Supper.” The following day, get out of the city and explore Lake Como. You’ll tour the historic town, cruise across the waters, and visit Bellagio, one of the lake’s most attractive villages. 

Ride the train to Venice, the world-famous canal city where you’ll enjoy a private walking tour of classic city sights, including St. Mark’s Square and its Byzantine basilica, the birthplace of Marco Polo, and the Rialto Bridge, which unites the city from atop the Grand Canal. That afternoon, enjoy the quintessential Venetian experience of a gondola ride along the canals. Sit back and allow an expert gondolier to show you the city from the water, weaving along narrow canals and hidden corners of the city. While based in Venice, you’ll also head to nearby Verona and Amarone to learn about the stories behind Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and enjoy a wine tasting of celebrated vintages.

Continue on the train to Florence where you’ll uncover the legacy of the Renaissance. Few cities reward those who travel by foot better than Florence, so head on a walking tour to see some of the magnificent Renaissance buildings constructed by the Medici family. You’ll see the famous Duomo with its cupola, cross Pontevecchio Bridge, and tour the Accademia Gallery, where you’ll lay eyes on Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “David.” On your final day in the city, you’ll enjoy the fresh air and Tuscan countryside on a Vespa tour through olive groves, vineyards, and medieval townships. 

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to head back home. 


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,295

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Day 1

Linate Airport 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 2

Walking Tour and Da Vinci's Last Supper

Enjoy a small group tour of Milan and visit one of the world's most famous paintings at the Cenacola Museum, Leonardo's Last Supper.

Explore the heart of one of Italy's most vibrant city, the main industrial hub and futuristic metropolis, with a tour created to be the perfect mix of art and history. Led by an expert local tour guide, you will learn about Milan's history which dates back to 400 B.C. Once the epicenter of power, it was ruled by the Visconti family and cultivated by the Sforza lords, leaving behind the grandiose castle namesake, the city boasts a refined atmosphere and brilliant contemporary art scene, as well as unique artistic masterpieces. It was the home and workshop of Leonardo Da Vinci and many other artists.

On the walking tour, you will visit the square and see the stunning Duomo Cathedral and its flamboyant gothic pinnacles and gargoyles. Next, stroll down elegant shopping streets and wide avenues, as you discover the city's grandeur, its fine landmarks and palaces. Admire La Scala, one of the world's leading opera houses before reaching the Sforza Royal Palace. During your walking tour, you'll get an introduction to Milan's gastronomic culture with a typical food tasting. On the visit to the Cenacolo Museum, skip the line and enter the impressive masterpiece of Leonardo Da Vinci, "The Last Supper", wherein silent contemplation you will be able to witness the grandeur of this city and its soul, painted by one of mankind's greatest genius, Leonardo. This is a comprehensive tour into the heart and soul of Milan that will take you on a journey in time, from the past and a glance into the future.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

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 4

Milan Hotel to Milan Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Milan to Venice by Train

Duration5 Hours

Venice Train Station or Piazzale Roma Car Terminal to Hotel in Venice with Difficult Canal Surcharge

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Ca' dei Conti

Housed in an eighteenth-century Venetian building, the 4-star Ca' dei Conti offers its guests an authentic Venetian atmosphere located in the centre of Venice. The hotel is made up of two fully restored historical buildings with marble floors, refined carpets, Baroque furnishings and Murano glass chandeliers. It is conveniently located within a few walk to St. Mark's square and Riva degli Schiavoni with its many vaporetto stops to allow access to the beautiful islands of the Venetian Lagoon.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Ca' dei Conti

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    Hotel Ca' dei Conti



    Housed in an eighteenth-century Venetian building, the 4-star Ca' dei Conti offers its guests an authentic Venetian atmosphere located in the centre of Venice. The hotel is made up of two fully restored historical buildings with marble floors, refined carpets, Baroque furnishings and Murano glass …

    Housed in an eighteenth-century Venetian building, the 4-star Ca' dei Conti offers its guests an authentic Venetian atmosphere located in the centre of Venice. The hotel is made up of two fully restored historical buildings with marble floors, refined carpets, Baroque furnishings and Murano glass chandeliers. It is conveniently located within a few walk to St. Mark's square and Riva degli Schiavoni with its many vaporetto stops to allow access to the beautiful islands of the Venetian Lagoon.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Conference Centre
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • TV

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Day 5

Classic Venice Saint Mark's Area - Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2 hour private walking tour of Venice with an English speaking local Guide. See 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. 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.

Duration2 Hours

Private Gondola Ride Day

Today, sit back, relax and admire the views during an exciting, traditional Venetian Gondola ride.

After boarding your gondola, your fully licensed Gondolier will navigate your vessel through the narrow canals and beneath the many stone bridges of Venice during a serene, half-hour gondola ride. Gently guide on this traditional means of aquatic travel along the Venetian Grand Canal, passing the many landmarks and sites that have made Venice a global tourist hub. A quintessential Venetian experience!

Duration30 Minutes
Day 6

Murano, Burano and Torcello

After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant' Elena and the famous Lido beach resort, the boat arrives in Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Here you stop for around 40 minutes to visit to one of the factories. The second stop is at the picturesque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace but also for the fishermen's houses painted in bright colours. The stop will last about 30 minutes. Then after a short cruise, you reach Torcello, the earliest centre of civilization in the estuary. Only the Cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and the church of Santa Fosca remain as testimony of its former glory. The stop will be for about 30 minutes before returning to St.Mark's Square.

Highlights: The Lagoon Islands - Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration6 Hours
Day 7

Hotel in Venice to Venice Train Station or Piazzale Roma car terminal with Difficult Canal Surcharge

Duration1 Hour

Venice S.Lucia to Florence S.Maria Novella

Duration2 Hours

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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    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 8

Walk in Florence + Meet David

A pleasant walk in Florence is just what you need to be introduced to the city and its splendor and secular heritage! Get the chance to have a taste of one of the most important and charming cities of UNESCO World Heritage. Walk through the amazing center of Florence and discover its unique secular heritage and breathtaking beauty with an expert and fun tour guide. Our tour explores the historic and architectural evolution factors from the Roman foundation through medieval centuries and its Renaissance glorious period up to modern time Florence. Learn about the Medici: masters of Florence. The Medici family rose to become famous and revered throughout the Western world in the 14th and 15th Century. The Medici came to power at a time of great social and economic inequality. They were great disrupters. Their banking practices led to the creation of a middle class, making them unimaginably wealthy. The Medici in turn used their vast power and resources to challenge traditional thinking, ushering in a new era of revolutionary art and science such as the world had never seen: the Renaissance. It's a powerful story that resonates even now. Our professional guide will take you to some of the most important spots where the greatest minds and artists have stood and been inspired. During this walk, you will see Piazza della Signoria with the town hall Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo, the Baptistery with its 'Gates of Paradise', Giotto's independent bell tower, Brunelleschi's Dome, Santa Trinita and Orsanmichele Church, Pontevecchio Bridge and the secret Vasari Corridor, as well as famous shopping streets and the Oltrarno -- the fourth and last district, the manual crafts neighbourhood. Also, stop for a surprise "tasting", a nice and delicious break during your pleasant walk.
Tour also includes the visit to Accademia Gallery

Duration4 Hours
Day 9

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 10

Florence Hotel to Florence Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Thursdays: April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Milan
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Venice
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Florence
  • Train tickets betwen Milan, Venice and Florence
  • Half day Walking Tour and Da Vinci's Last Supper
  • Full day Lake Como and Cruise with lunch
  • Private Classic Saint Mark's Walking Tour
  • Private Gondola Ride
  • Shared Murano, Burano and Torcello tour
  • Walk in Florence tour with entrance tickets to Accademia Gallery and gelato tasting
  • Vespa Tour of Tuscan with lunch and winery tour
  • Breakfast daily

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

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Not exactly what you are looking for?  Let us know!  We can customize this itinerary. This can also be done on a private basis (please enquire).

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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20 Oct 2022
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