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Classic Northern Italy: Milan, Venice, Florence

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 3,061

This Northern Italy tour focuses on Milan, picture perfect Venice and the romantic splendour of Florence, taking in the most famous aspects of each city, alongside some local secrets.


This 10-day trip through Italy immerses you in the country’s modern powerhouse, Milan, then goes on to two of its most iconic cities, Venice and Florence.

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Though it lacks the flashy, postcard appeal of some Italian cities, progressive Milan still has its charms, which you’ll discover on a walking tour that takes you to Teatro alla Scala, and through the Duomo, perhaps the most striking Gothic cathedral in Italy. Admittedly, it’s not the most walkable city, but a panoramic bus tour will help you along. It also takes you to the Santa Maria delle Grazie Basillica, where you’ll skip the line to see Da Vinci’s famous ‘The Last Supper.’ The following day, get out of the city and explore Lake Como, on the edge of Alpine Italy. Enjoy a panoramic cruise and some time exploring the namesake town, as well as the charming village of Bellagio.

Travel to Venice, the unmistakeable canal city where a tour takes you to key sights such as the Corte del Milion, the Rialto Bridge, San Giacometto church, and the bustling Rialto market. Of course, no visit to Venice is complete without a ride in a gondola. Though most passengers today are tourists, this remains a peerless way to experience all the unique beauty of Venice. The following day, visit Murano, including a stop at one of its renowned glass factories. You’ll also stop at the colourful fishing island of Burano, and Torcello, the oldest settlement in the area. Return to Venice for one more night. Many of Venice’s tourists actually stay on the mainland, so by staying in the city itself, you’ll enjoy a much less crowded, more intimate side of Venice in the evenings.

Arrive in Florence, where you’ll uncover the legacy of the Renaissance for yourself. A city tour takes you to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a magnificent city view. This is followed by the Academy Gallery, finally ending at the Square of the Duomo, where you can learn about Giotto’s Bell Tower. Then explore Florence by night with a delicious Tuscan dinner included. You’ll visit Il Salotto di Firenze, Ponte Vecchio, and other parts of the city that come alive after dark, showing Florence at its most romantic. Of course, there’s more to Tuscany than the city, and your last full day on tour is a chance to get out into the fresh air and explore the Tuscan countryside. Journey through olive groves and vineyards, visiting castles and estates. Afterwards, return to Florence for your departure, or stay an extra few days in this historic centre for art and cuisine.


 

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Accommodation in Milan

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    Starhotels Rosa Grand



    The Rosa Grand hotel perfectly captures Milan's mix of the innovative and the inspiring. The refurbished interior exudes Italian craftsmanship with each of the 330 rooms fusing impeccable comfort with chic Italian style. Widely acclaimed as one of the best hotels in Milan, the Rosa ...

    The Rosa Grand hotel perfectly captures Milan's mix of the innovative and the inspiring. The refurbished interior exudes Italian craftsmanship with each of the 330 rooms fusing impeccable comfort with chic Italian style. Widely acclaimed as one of the best hotels in Milan, the Rosa Grand puts you in the heart of the city's historic district with the Duomo and world-famous Via Monte Napoleone just moments away. There's room service, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, laundry and dry-cleaning, and a fitness center. And to help you get under the skin of the city, there's a concierge service and the option to rent a car with a personal driver.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Car Rental Available
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Accommodation in Venice

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    Hotel Tiziano



    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in ...

    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building in the Dorsoduro district, near the Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Venice. The famous Churches St. Nicolo dei Mendicoli or Angello Raffaele are only several metres from the front door.

    Facilities

    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (Limited hours)
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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    Luna Hotel Baglioni



    Ideally positioned a stone's throw from Piazza San Marco, right in the heart of Venice, facing the San Marco Basin and the island of San Giorgio, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is situated a short distance from the most famous historical and artistic attractions of the ...

    Ideally positioned a stone's throw from Piazza San Marco, right in the heart of Venice, facing the San Marco Basin and the island of San Giorgio, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is situated a short distance from the most famous historical and artistic attractions of the city. This historic Venetian hotel, member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Fine Hotels and Resorts, is housed in a magnificent, aristocratic Venetian palace and offers its guests an intimate, welcoming atmosphere combined with impeccable service.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Newsstand
    • Safety Deposit Box

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    Ruzzini Palace Hotel



    In the 18th century, this Venice palace was home to one of the city's most prominent families, including doge Carlo Ruzzini. Renovated by renowned architect Bartolomeo Manopola, the building is now the luxurious Ruzzini Palace Hotel Venice. Overlooking the square of the Church of Santa ...

    In the 18th century, this Venice palace was home to one of the city's most prominent families, including doge Carlo Ruzzini. Renovated by renowned architect Bartolomeo Manopola, the building is now the luxurious Ruzzini Palace Hotel Venice. Overlooking the square of the Church of Santa Maria Formosa, the hotel is centrally located within walking distance to most of Venice's most popular attractions, including St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. Experience all this while living like an aristocrat in dramatic Venetian style.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge Bar

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Accommodation in Florence

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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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    Hotel Brunelleschi



    The Hotel Brunelleschi is located overlooking Brunelleschi's Cathedral, and is firmly established as one of the best and most famous hotels in downtown. The highly sought-after Uffizi Gallery, together with many other Museums and other primary attractions, are all within close distance. The hotel originates ...

    The Hotel Brunelleschi is located overlooking Brunelleschi's Cathedral, and is firmly established as one of the best and most famous hotels in downtown. The highly sought-after Uffizi Gallery, together with many other Museums and other primary attractions, are all within close distance. The hotel originates from the recovered invaluable historic structures of the ancient tower named 'Pagliazza' and the medieval church of San Michele in Palchetto. For those who love going back to the past, the hotel's very own Private Museum, with exhibits unveiled during the reconstruction project, is not to be missed.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service

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    Hotel River



    Hotel River perfectly matches the unparalleled charming and stylish mood of Florence. Ideally located on the undisturbed Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, a ten minutes stroll to the center, the Piazza Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio, this Florence 4 star hotel is the perfect base for ...

    Hotel River perfectly matches the unparalleled charming and stylish mood of Florence. Ideally located on the undisturbed Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, a ten minutes stroll to the center, the Piazza Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio, this Florence 4 star hotel is the perfect base for your sightseeing weekends or relaxing business trips to Florence.

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    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Parking
    • Transfers
    • WiFi

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    Hotel Pierre



    Hotel Pierre awaits you in a fascinating Gothic style residence, in the splendid artistic and architectural context that has made Florence one of the world's capitals of culture. Among hotels in the center of Florence, the Hotel Pierre offers the best amenities and furnishings for ...

    Hotel Pierre awaits you in a fascinating Gothic style residence, in the splendid artistic and architectural context that has made Florence one of the world's capitals of culture.
    Among hotels in the center of Florence, the Hotel Pierre offers the best amenities and furnishings for a perfect balance between modernity and classic taste, rendering each one of its spaces and rooms comfortable and full of charm.

    Just a short distance from the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, the Hotel Pierre is the ideal choice for elegant accommodations in Florence.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,061

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Day 1

Linate Airport to Milan Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Uptown Palace

Elegant and sophisticated, Uptown Palace Hotel Milan welcomes discerning travelers with plush accommodations and central location ideal for discovering the wonders of Milan. Uptown Palace is a 7-minute walk from Torre Velasca, and 14 minutes on foot from Milan's sublime Duomo or cathedral. There are 2 metro stations are within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, quickly connecting guests with the city's fashion district. Tourists check out the Arena Civica and Sforza Castle or marvel at Da Vinci's The Last Supper at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Uptown Palace

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    Uptown Palace



    Elegant and sophisticated, Uptown Palace Hotel Milan welcomes discerning travelers with plush accommodations and central location ideal for discovering the wonders of Milan. Uptown Palace is a 7-minute walk from Torre Velasca, and 14 minutes on foot from Milan's sublime Duomo or cathedral. There are ...

    Elegant and sophisticated, Uptown Palace Hotel Milan welcomes discerning travelers with plush accommodations and central location ideal for discovering the wonders of Milan. Uptown Palace is a 7-minute walk from Torre Velasca, and 14 minutes on foot from Milan's sublime Duomo or cathedral. There are 2 metro stations are within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, quickly connecting guests with the city's fashion district. Tourists check out the Arena Civica and Sforza Castle or marvel at Da Vinci's The Last Supper at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Santa Maria delle Grazie.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Car Rental Available
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Grand Tour Of Milan

From the meeting point you will depart on a 1.5 hour walking tour of Milan. You will wander past the Teatro alla Scala and through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade, and your guide will give you various glimpses into Milan's history. You will also enjoy a tour of Duomo, one of the world's largest and most striking Gothic Cathedrals. A bus will then take you on a panoramic tour of Arco della Pace, Cadorna, Churches of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Sant'Ambrogio, Corso Venezia, Piazza San Babila and Piazza Fontana. The bus will trasfer you to Santa Maria delle Grazie Basillica, which is a wonderful site to walk through and is also home to Da Vinci's painting 'The Last Supper'. It can be quite difficult to obtain tickets to see this work of art, with this tour provides you with both a guaranteed ticket and line skip to enjoy the painting.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Lake Como and Bellagio

Discover Lake Como in Italy's beautiful Lake District, just a short distance from Milan. Nestled between the huge snow-capped Alps that rise up from its shores, is fashionable lakeside town Como. In Como, stop to visit Villa Olmo and S. Abbondio church. Visit of the city centre and free time for shopping. After spending time shopping and dining, you will take a two-hour panoramic cruise on Lake Como to the enchanting village of Bellagio. Docking at the town of Bellagio, one of the most famous towns on the lake, you can follow the steep alleys running up from the lake and stop for a coffee or gelato at one of the lively cafes housed in grand historic buildings. In the afternoon, return to beautiful Como to enjoy a guided walking tour.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Milan Hotel to Milan Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

St. Lucia Railway Station to Venice City Centre Hotel - Private Transfer

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Violino d'Oro

The Hotel Violino d'Oro is located right in the heart of Venice, a short distance away from Piazza San Marco and from Teatro la Fenice and only 2 minutes away from Ponte di Rialto. Facing Calle Larga XXII Marzo, it also gives you the chance of visiting the Venice filled with fashion boutiques, historic dry goods stores and glassmakers' workshops.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Violino d'Oro

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    Hotel Violino d'Oro



    The Hotel Violino d'Oro is located right in the heart of Venice, a short distance away from Piazza San Marco and from Teatro la Fenice and only 2 minutes away from Ponte di Rialto. Facing Calle Larga XXII Marzo, it also gives you the chance ...

    The Hotel Violino d'Oro is located right in the heart of Venice, a short distance away from Piazza San Marco and from Teatro la Fenice and only 2 minutes away from Ponte di Rialto. Facing Calle Larga XXII Marzo, it also gives you the chance of visiting the Venice filled with fashion boutiques, historic dry goods stores and glassmakers' workshops.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • TV/Movie Room

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Day 5

Rialto, Market and Merchants

From Campo San Bartolomeo (St Bartholomew's Square) you will walk with your guide to the ancient houses of the Corte del Milion. The Malibran Theatre stands were archaeologists think was the house of Marco Polo. Then you cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the commercial heart of Venice: the Banco Giro (which has given its name, the 'giro', to a particular sort of cheque in Britain), the old church of San Giacometto and the leaning facades of Palazzo dei Camerlenghi. At last you will mingle with the crowd of Venetians shopping in the lively fruit and vegetable and fish market of the Rialto. The colours of the fruit, the variety of the fish from the Adriatic and the fragrance from a florist shop stuck amongst the stalls make the visit something not to be missed; the sight of what was, and still is, the very heart of the city. The tour might end in the Campo Santa Sofia, after crossing the Grand Canal with the traditional Gondola ferry.

Duration3 Hours

Private Gondola Ride Day (Summer)

A unique form of water transportation, the gondola has been used to carry passengers along Venice's waterways for centuries. Not everyone can be a gondolier. In Venice, it is considered a noble profession that has been passed down from generation to generation through the centuries. Gondolas were once the chief form of transportation through the canals of Venice. Today, they are generally used as sightseeing vessels for tourists willing to shell out quite a few euros for a ride on these historic rowing boats.

Sit back and relax on a marvelous and enchanting half an hour evening gondola ride through the Grand Canal and inner canals of Venice. You will take in the atmosphere of this ancient city built on water.

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

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Venice City Centre Hotel to St. Lucia Railway Station - Private Transfer

Duration1 Hour

Florence Train Station to Florence Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Centrale

Situated in the heart of Florence, Florence Centrale Hotel is just a few steps away from the Duomo and the principal monuments of the City, a short distance from the central Train Station S. Maria Novella, from the Fortezza Da Basso (home of the most important trade shows) and the Palazzo Dei Congressi. Its location, inside the prestigious Malaspina Palace, now the Conti Palace, is setting for a carefully and finely furnished building where one can breathe in the authentic atmosphere of the past, bringing back the beauty and taste of the ancient "historic residences".

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Centrale

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    Hotel Centrale



    Situated in the heart of Florence, Florence Centrale Hotel is just a few steps away from the Duomo and the principal monuments of the City, a short distance from the central Train Station S. Maria Novella, from the Fortezza Da Basso (home of the most ...

    Situated in the heart of Florence, Florence Centrale Hotel is just a few steps away from the Duomo and the principal monuments of the City, a short distance from the central Train Station S. Maria Novella, from the Fortezza Da Basso (home of the most important trade shows) and the Palazzo Dei Congressi. Its location, inside the prestigious Malaspina Palace, now the Conti Palace, is setting for a carefully and finely furnished building where one can breathe in the authentic atmosphere of the past, bringing back the beauty and taste of the ancient "historic residences".

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Concierge

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Florence By Night (with Dinner) - Seat in Coach

A unique experience in the heart of Florence. At sunset, after a scenic tour of the most beautiful places of the city, you will enjoy an exclusive dinner in the heart of Florence. Discover Florence sitting comfortably aboard one of our mini-buses or vans. In 1.5 hours you will visit all the major tourist attractions, under the experienced guidance of our entertaining and fun, professional guide. We will visit Piazzle Michelangelo with its amazing view over the city. During the tour you will see lesser-known suburban areas hard to reach on foot, but of artistic and historic interest. Then we will head back to the centre of Florence and will reach on foot some of the most amazing and secluded monuments. During this pleasant excursion, we will stop at several locations to learn about history and interesting facts. Our guides will help you discover the most of Florence in the least amount of time and in the best way. This tour is a simple yet perfect introduction to Florence as well as a great experience for those who think they've seen it all. We will end the night with a delicious typical dinner, and you will taste one of the city's culinary icons; a delicious bistecca alla florentina!

Duration3 Hours
Day 8

Florence City Tour with Academy Gallery - Seat in Coach

Please make your own way to the meeting point and ensure you arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. This discovery tour begins with one of the most beautiful and romantic stops in the world: Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can drink in the sights and historic panorama of Florence lying before your eyes. You will then plunge into the city itself: first stop is the Academy Gallery, famous for its "David of Michelangelo", the unfinished works of Prigioni, San Matteo, La Pieta di Palestria and other master pieces by great artists. The tour ends with a stroll through the historic streets of the city, to arrive in the Square of the Duomo. Here you will learn secrets of Giotto's Bell Tower, and discover the beauty of the Baptistery with its golden and bronze doors. Last but not least, there is the breathtaking Cathedral itself.

Duration3 Hours
Day 9

Vespa Tour of Tuscany in Summer

Have fun riding a Vespa along the scenic and peaceful roads on the Tuscan hills. An alternative way to admire the sights of Chianti, wrapped in the perfumes of the Tuscan countryside and the sound of the working farms. You can join the tour every day and enjoy this experience together with our escorts (speaking Italian and English), who will be showing you around small medieval villages situated in the heart of Tuscany. Those who do not feel confident enough about riding on their own can opt for riding with one of our expert escorts. The tour along the Chianti hills lasts all day. You will be stopping in a renowned farm for a wine tasting and a delicious lunch.

A valid driving licence is required and you must be at least 18 years old to ride a Vespa, or 13 years old to be a passenger. If you opt for the double Vespa with your own passenger you will pay 207 euros for the two of you!

Duration8 Hours
Day 10

Florence Hotel to Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (Peretola)

Duration1 Hour

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2017: Departs Daily (subject to availability)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers between hotels and train stations
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.

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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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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16 Oct 2018
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