From Venice to Verona to Como to Lugano to Lucerne to Zurich, Private Tour, 13 days
Day 1: Arrival in Venice
Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Venice
After having delicious breakfast at your hotel you meet your private guide to start a touring program around Venice.
During the tour you visit St. Mark's Basilica, where you can see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar as well as the Treasury with numerous exhibits surviving from Venice's notorious raid on Constantinople back in 1204. Next you go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.
Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.
You may add an optional gondola ride to your city tour to admire Venice from water.
After the tour return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or my go on an optional gondola ride.
Day 3: Fre Day & Transfer to Lake Garda
Today you check out from the hotel and have half of the day free. The morning is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or joining our carefully planned optional day trip to the islands of Murano & Burano.
Optional tour: Murano & Burano Boat Tour, Venice
In the afternoon you meet your private driver for a transfer to Lake Garda. In about 2 hours you reach your hotel for the check-in. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax.
Day 4: Lake Garda Sightseeing & Private Boat Ride
Following breakfast you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and have a memorable private boat ride around the most magnificent landmarks of Lake Garda.
During the cruise you make a stop in Sirmione, one of the most popular sights on Lake Garda, for a short walking tour. Then continue sailing around the peninsula and discovering the western coast of the lake with its lush nature and fascinating villages. You get to see the Rocca di Manerba, Isola dei Conigli and Isola del Garda. Your boat tour provides the possibility to make stops to explore the shore and islands with your private guide. You see historical places and enjoy the always loved atmosphere of this lake.
After the tour you return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Day Trip to Verona & Winery Visit
After breakfast you are picked up from the hotel and taken directly to Verona, the city renown worldwide for being the place of action of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".
Verona is a crossroads of history and a mosaic of landscapes: the gentle hills and the sinuous river embrace this checkerboard of streets with its soaring red-brick towers.
During the tour you explore the main highlights of the city, including Piazza Brà, Roman Arena, della Scala castle and famous Scaligero family tombs. Juliet’s house is naturally on the program too!
Following a lunch break you travel to Valpolicella area which is a birthplace of Amarone, a well-known Italian wine. You will enjoy a wine tasting with a guided tour at one of the local wineries.
After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel in Garda.
Day 6: Transfer to Como & Sightseeing
Following breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to Como, located on the shores of another stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como.
Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods. Once you check-in at the hotel, you meet your local guide who shows you around. During the city tour you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. During the tour you enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.
The highlight of the tour is visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture. After the tour you are guided back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 7: Free Day Near Lake Como or Optional Trip
Today you have a free day to spend near the Lake Como or you can choose an optional day trip to Milan or Bellagio.
Optional trip to Milan
Note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.
Optional trip to Bellagio
Day 8: Transfer to Lugano & Sightseeing Tour
Following breakfast you check-out from your Como hotel, meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and your private driver transfers you to Lugano. The city stands on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano, surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Upon arrival you check-in the hotel, leave your luggage and start a 2-hour walking tour. Together with your guide you explore this wonderful city that sits on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Lugano is situated in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is closely related to that of Italy’s northern Lombardy region. This mix is reflected in its architecture and cuisine.
After the tour you have rest of the day free.
Day 9: Free Day in Lugano or Optional Tour
Today you have a free day in Lugano so you can choose any of the optional day trips available.
Optional Trip #1: San Salvatore Mountain
Optional Trip #2: Lake Lugano Cruise
Optional Trip #3: Alprose Chocolate Factory
Day 10: Train to Lucerne
After breakfast you check out from your hotel and head to the railway station for a train ride to Lucerne. Upon arrival you go to your centrally-located hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day is free, so you can start exploring the nearby attractions on your own, dine in a local restaurant or take a rest after your train journey.
Overnight at your hotel in Lucerne.
Day 11: Exploring Lucerne Region
Today after breakfast you are invited to take an unforgettable trip with your private guide who shows you the magnificent views of Mount Pilatus and the Lucerne region.
The tour starts with a cruise across the Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. There you board the famous cogwheel train that takes you across the world's steepest railway passing through lush Alpine meadows, spectacular rocks and sparkling mountain streams to the top of Mt Pilatus, altitude of which is (132 m) (6995 ft).
For the return journey you ride a cable car to enjoy the fantastic scenery once again. As the last part of your magnificent tour you take a 20-minute bus from Kriens to Lucerne. Tickets* for public boat cruise, cogwheel train, cable car and bus are included.
After the tour you return to your Lucerne hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Please note: The boat cruise and the cogwheel train are available only from May to September.
Day 12: Train to Zurich & City Tour
After breakfast you check out from your hotel and head to Zurich.
Upon arrival you check-in at the hotel, leave your luggage and meet your private guide. You then proceed on a sightseeing tour around the most beautiful landmarks of Zurich. Immerse yourself into the unique atmosphere of the Old Town for the following 3 hours, walking through its narrow cozy streets and exploring its breathtaking medieval houses, churches and town halls.
After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 13: Departure
This is the final day of your tour. Following breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your driver takes you to the airport for the departure.
Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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