FROM: USD $2,895

Travel from Venice to Florence in 7 days, enjoying a taste of Italy. Discover the beautiful Venetian canals and visit Juliet's famous balcony in Verona. Relax by Lake Como, explore the breathtaking Cinque Terre trail and visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, topped off with wine tasting and delicious Italian cuisine.

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Itinerary
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Hotels

Trip Highlights

Small group tour, with maximum group size of 16, and boutique hotels
Venice - cruise along the beautiful Grand Canal in a water taxi, visit St Marks Square and the breathtaking Basilica
Lake Como - spend two nights by this beautiful lake, which is a playground for the rich and famous
Pisa - visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa
Verona - explore its pretty piazzas, the impressive Roman Arena and visit Romeo & Juliet's famous balcony
Florence - end your tour in this beautiful and historic Renaissance city, allowing you to spend as much time as you'd like, to take in its incredible architecture and world class art
Preschiera del Gardia - sample fine Italian wines at a local wine cellar
Milan - take in the highlights of the fashion capital on a morning tour, including the extravagant gothic Milan Cathedral
Genoa - Enjoy an Italian Cooking Demonstration, sampling tasty local produce
Bassano del Grappa - sample Italy's favourite tipple on a tour of the Grappa Museum
Cinque Terre - follow a spectacular coastal trail to discover five captivating fishing villages in pastel hues, which cling to the cliff face
Lucca - stop to visit the enchanting Tuscan town of Lucca, set within imposing Renaissance walls

Included

Escorted by a local English speaking tour leader
6 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Venice arrival transfer from Marco Polo Airport on day 1 by water taxi
Cinque Terre day pass
Wine & Grappa tasting
Services of a local English speaking guide in Venice, Verona and Milan
6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Private transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
Food demonstration & tasting - Genoa

Not Included

International flights and visa
Departure transfer - can be booked upon request
Entrance Fees: 25 Euro (payable locally)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
A hotel tax to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in. Please budget Euro 15, for the duration of the tour. See Trip Notes for details.

Itinerary

Day 1

Venice

Sunday. Today is arrival day into the magnificent city of Venice. At Venice Marco Polo Airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel by water taxi, giving you the opportunity to take in the beautiful Grand Canal and the buildings lining its banks. This afternoon there's free time to settle in and explore or enjoy a traditional Gondola ride along the canals. This evening at 19:00, meet your tour guide and other members of the group for a welcome dinner.

If you would like to spend more time exploring Venice we can book pre tour accommodation upon request and we also offer an interesting selection of Venice excursions which can be pre booked.
Overnight: Venice  |  Dinner

Day 2

Venice & the Grappa Museum

Venice - Verona. This morning we discover the wonderful city of Venice as our local guide takes us on a walking tour along the waterways and narrow back streets of the island. We visit the Rialto Bridge, one of only four that span the Grand Canal, St Mark's Square and see the spectacular St Mark's Basilica with its golden domes.

We depart Venice as we arrived, by water taxi, then board our coach and head north west to Bassano del Grappa at the base of Mount Grappa. Here we take a tour of the Grappa Museum, where you can sample this popular Italian tipple, before we travel on to Verona, where we spend the night.
Overnight: Verona  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Verona & wine tasting

Verona - Lake Como. This morning we explore the old centre of Verona and see Juliet's famous balcony. Our tour also includes the Roman Arena, the Basilica of San Zeno and the Arco di Gavie, a fine example of Roman antiquity. Then it's time to tickle our tastebuds with a stop at Zeno Gelati e Cioccolato, where we'll sample some very unique flavoured gelato. Later we visit a local wine cellar in Preschiera del Gardia, where we are able to sample the locally produced wine.

We then depart for Lake Como. Our hotel for the next two nights is located near the historic and charming lakeside town of Como, which has a 12th-century city wall and pretty piazzas, a wealth of shops, cafes and a lovely shoreline.
Overnight: Lake Como  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Lake Como

Renowned for the rich and famous who live and holiday here, Lake Como's shoreline has some amazing villas which we can peek at as we enjoy a scenic drive along the west bank today. We head north to Tremezzo, where we visit The Villa Carlotta which is famous for its numerous Canova masterpieces and stunning gardens. Here we enjoy some free time to wander around the gardens and the villa.

In the early afternoon we take the ferry across to the beautiful lakeside town of Bellagio, which sits at the tip of the long promontory between the two southern branches of the lake. We can enjoy a leisurely Italian lunch, admire the spectacular views across the lake and explore the town, with its maze of cobbled streets and steep stone staircases, historic villas and picturesque waterfront. Late this afternoon we travel down the east shoreline back to Como, where we spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Lake Como  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Milan & Genoa cooking demo

Lake Como - Milan - Genoa. Bidding farewell to Lake Como, we spend the morning in the fashion capital Milan, where we explore some of the sights on a guided walking tour including the iconic Milan Cathedral and La Scala Opera House. After the tour there's some free time to grab a bite to eat and shop or take a stroll around the Quadrilatero d'Oro, where some of the world's most famous fashion houses stand.

This afternoon we travel on to Genoa, where we visit an ancient palace for a pesto sauce cooking demonstration. Here we learn how to prepare the famous pesto Genovese with a mortar before tasting it with some traditional focaccia. This traditional sauce will then be served with a typical lingurian appetizer and glass of wine. We have the rest of the evening to explore Genoa after checking into our hotel for the night.
Overnight: Genoa  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cinque Terre

Genoa - Cinque Terre - Montecatini. It's an early start this morning as we make our way to Cinque Terre where we discover the five captivating villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Monterosso, the oldest, then Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. Armed with your day pass, there's free time to explore each village at your leisure and you can choose to walk the scenic trails between each village and soak up the spectacular views, or take the train that services the five villages. We will rejoin our coach late afternoon and transfer to the Tuscan town of Montecatini, on the outskirts of Lucca. This evening we enjoy a group dinner at a local Trattoria.
Overnight: Montecatini  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Lucca, Pisa & Florence

Saturday. Montecatini - Pisa - Florence. After breakfast, we visit the charming Tuscan town of Lucca, which is entirely surrounded by its original wall. There's time to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the cobbled streets, or relax with a coffee in one of the lovely piazzas, before we depart for a short drive to Pisa.

In Pisa we visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa for that all important photo opportunity! there's time to enjoy lunch and have a stroll around the city centre before we travel on to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, where our tour comes to an end in the city centre.

Note: Flights from Florence Airport should not depart before 6pm.

Alternatively we can arrange post tour accommodation in Florence, allowing you as much time as you'd like to independently explore this historic city, famed for its world class art and extraordinary architecture. We also offer a range of Florence excursions and departure transfers.
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Santa Marina, Venice

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This intimate yet elegant hotel is located on the site of an ancient convent in the heart of Venice and provides a luxurious Venetian experience. Start your day with a buffet breakfast on the hotel terrace, then stroll down to the Rialto Bridge or St Mark's Square, both of which are less than 10 minutes away. Rooms combine beautiful furniture and modern comforts such as WiFi and satellite TV; many feature marble floors and Murano glass furnishings.

Hotel Italia, Verona

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Conveniently located just 300m from Verona city centre, this family run hotel is within walking distance of all the main sites including Piazza Bra, the Roman Theatre, The House of Giulietta and the wonderful market of Piazza Erbe. All rooms offer Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and ensuite facilities; some even have balconies, if you are hoping to find your Romeo on the streets below. The hotel's restaurant serves traditional Italian and local cuisine, and its staff are always available at the 24-hour concierge to help you find your way around the city.

B&B Hotel Como, Lake Como

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated close to one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes, B&B Hotel Como offers a relaxing and comfortable stay. The en-suite guestrooms are modern and spacious, complete with free WiFi, air-conditioning and a large flat-screen TV. The all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast features a wide selection of sweet and savoury food, including croissants, artisan bread, muffins and more. A perfect base for exploring, you can take a stroll to the famous Cathedral Square or walk through the ornate gardens of Villa Olmo.

Hotel Due Corti, Lake Como

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Facing the medieval town gates of Como, this former 19th-century post office is one of the city's oldest hotels. Its cozy restaurant and lounge with free Wi-Fi, surrounded by stone walls and polished furniture, make it the perfect place to relax after exploring the Lake Como region. The soundproof rooms combine modern amenities with antique furnishings; some overlook the hotel's inner courtyard and outdoor pool.

Starhotels President, Genoa

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This upmarket hotel in the heart of Genoa offers city views in a comfortable setting. Its spacious rooms provide a choice of pillows, wake-up calls, and a concierge service for a painless stay. When you're finished exploring the sights of this bustling port city - the Natural History museum is nearby - try some homemade Ligurian dishes at the La Corte restaurant or relax with an Italian aperitif in the bar.

Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale, Montecatini

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Grand Hotel has a storied history dating back to 1908, offering guests a luxurious yet welcoming stay in the heart of Montecatini. Furnished with an incredible art collection accumulated over the years, the hotel houses rooms with amenities such as Wi-Fi and LCD TVs, two elegant restaurants, and the Achilles' Shield lounge-bar. The Grand Hotel is only ten minutes' walk from the town's famed thermal baths - where hotel guests can claim a 10% entry discount - or if you prefer the peace and quiet of the hotel grounds, it has its own solarium and outdoor pool.

In Brief

Range
Starts
Venice
Ends
Florence
Departs
Sunday
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 Star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Dinner: 2
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