From Milan to Venice, Private Tour, 10 days
Day 1: Arrival in Milan
Welcome to the Milan! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 2: Milan Sightseeing Tour
Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital.
You start with a visit to the world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre.
Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included).
You continue to the picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. Afterward, you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.
*Please note: Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
*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.
After the tour you return to your hotel and have the day free.
Day 3: Trip to Lake Como
After 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. After 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 4: Free Day in Como
Today is free for you to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world - Lake Como. you can choose to join our carefully planned optional tour. Please let us know if we should assist with any arrangements for this day.
Optional tour: Trip to Bellagio
Day 5: Lake Garda Sightseeing & Private Boat Ride
Today you check-out from the hotel in Como and your driver transfers you to Lake Garda.
Upon arrival you check-in the hotel, 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 to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: 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 Bra, 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 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 7: Free Day at Garda Lake
Today you have a free day to spend near Lake Garda. We recommend to spend the day at Terme di Sirmione, one of the best Thermal Centers in Europe.
Day 8: Transfer to Venice & Venice Sightseeing Tour
In the morning you check-out from the hotel. Your driver takes you to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are taken directly to the hotel where 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 free.
Optional tour: Go on a 1-hour Gondola ride with a guide
Day 9: Free Day or Optional Murano & Burano Boat Tour
Today is a free day for you to explore and savor Venice! If you would like to have a scheduled itinerary for that day, we have prepared an optional tour to one of the most fascinating day-trips from Venice.
Optional Tour: Trip to Murano and Burano
Day 10: Departure
This is the last day of your amazing tour to Northern Italy! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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