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23 Days the best of Italy
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  • Private visits in Venice, Milan ,Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Siena, Cortona , Rome, Pompei ,Capri , Monreale , Palermo, Agrigento.
  • Gondola ride with dinner and Cicchetti tasting in Venice
  • Private boat for h/d excursion on L

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights at the hotel Cà de’ Conti 4**** in Venice (Superior double room) or similar
  • 2 nights at the hotel Bellagio 3***L in Bellagio (classic double room with lake view) or similar
  • 3 nights at Hotel Margherita 3*** in Monterosso (double superior room)
  • 2 nights at the hotel Degli Orafi 4**** in Florence (executive double room) or similar
  • 3 nights at Relais Il Falconiere 4****L in Cortona (classic double room) or similar
  • 3 nights at Hotel Forty Seven 4**** in Rome (classic double room)
  • 3 nights at Hotel Parco dei Principi 5***** in Sorrento (superior double room with sea view)
  • 1 night of Ferryboat from Naples to Palermo (double outside cabin)
  • 1 night at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4**** in Palermo
  • 1 night at the Hotel Baglio della Luna 4**** in Agrigento
  • At all hotels : breakfast every day
  • All private transfers and excursions with private luxury minivan , equipped with A/C, including English speaking driver, as per program.
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Venice with private water taxi
  • Lunch in Pisa (4 courses without beverage)
  • Dinner in Florence (4 courses wine included)
  • Lunch in Siena (3 courses + beverages)
  • Lunch in Cortona
  • Lunch in Civita di Bagnoregio (3 courses + beverages)
  • Wine tasting with lunch in Montalcino
  • Professional, personal, English speaking guide for tours in the following cities, as per program: Venice, Milan ,Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Siena, Cortona , Rome, Pompei ,Capri , Monreale , Palermo, Agrigento.
  • Gondola ride with dinner and Cicchetti tasting in Venice
  • Private driver with private boat for h/d excursion on Lake Como
  • 1st class train tickets from Rome to Naples
  • Entrance tickets at monuments, as per program, with pre-reserved turn of visit in Venice, Florence ,Pisa, Rome, Pompei, Monreale, Palermo, Agrigento.
  • Cheese making and limoncello tour
  • Hydrofoil tickets from Sorrento to Capri and back to Sorrento
  • Ferry tickets from Naples to Palermo (3 double outside cabins)
  • Minivan Mercedes Viano and English speaking driver at disposal 8 hours per day from Sept.21 until Sept.23 in Sicily;
  • Private transfer to Acireale by Minivan Mercedes Viano and English speaking driver
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Regaleali estate;
  • Cannolo tasting and pastry tasting

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Municipality taxes at hotels that have to be paid on arrival directly at each hotel
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

Upon arrival at Venice airport meet your personal English speaking driver just outside the airport who will escort you to your private taxi boat, for a transfer to the hotel in Venice: Hotel Ca de conti 4****.

Day 1 - Venice/ Venice Airport

Upon arrival at Venice airport meet your personal English speaking driver just outside the airport who will escort you to your private taxi boat, for a transfer to the hotel in Venice: Hotel Ca de conti 4****. Ca' dei Conti, is in the heart of Venice, just a stroll from St. Mark's Square, and offers you that once in a lifetime experience of staying in an age-old Venetian residence. Each detail was attentively studied to bring to life an harmonious atmosphere, where it is a pleasure to take some time out to relax. The typically Venetian atmosphere creates a perfect setting between the hotel and the city. Late afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour and you will discover a different Venice, far from the crowd. You’ll learn about the mysteries and the dark stories of this incredible city. Tour will start at Saint Mark’s square, with the Clock’s tower ( the two clock makers were blinded because the Government didn’t want they could create another one) and looking for the spot for capital executions. You will take then the Gondola for a fantastic tour in the venetian canals, with other incredible stories and you will end your day at Rialto’s Bridge in a nice local typical restaurant for a delicious dinner. Overnight at the hotel Ca’ dei Conti.

Day 2 - Venice Half day walking tour of Venice highlights and cicchetti tasting

You will meet your English speaking guide directly at the lobby of your hotel. This is the perfect tour for those who want to know the history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. Entering in San Marco square by the two monumental columns in front of the lagoon (the so-called “water square”), near the Bridge of Sighs, suddenly we can admire the history of the Republic of Venice displayed: we can visit the Doge’s Palace, seat of government and center of political and administrative life of the city, the Basilica, with its golden mosaics and precious marbles, the Clock Tower and the Bell Tower. The walk then leads to the Grand Canal and to the famous Rialto Bridge through beautiful and hidden corners. After a 3 hours historic guided tours, your guide will bring you to discover the “Enogastronomic” Venice, passing by the most hidden areas and canals of the lagoon city. Throughout the tour you will make some appetizing stops, enabling you to sample "i cicchetti" (classic Venetian appetizers) made with the best ingredients found in the city accompanied by well-known wines ; a gastronomic and historical tour of this wonderful ancient city on the lagoon perfect for those who want their journey to be a unique, unforgettable experience. Rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner free, overnight in Venice at hotel Ca’ dei Conti.

Day 3 - Venice/ Bellagio Lake Como

After your breakfast and check-out, you will meet your personal driver and private water taxi for a transfer to Piazzale Roma and departure, by private car, to Bellagio. Check in at your Hotel Bellagio 3**** and rest of the day at your leisure to stroll around and start to appreciate this beautiful lake resort. Overnight at Hotel Bellagio The rooms in the Bellagio hotel provide romantic views over the downtown rooftops and picturesque streets. Some of the rooms also offer a splendid view over Lake Como.

Day 4 – Bellagio Boat tour

After breakfast you will enjoy a beautiful private boat ride and while sailing on the lake you will admire the several beautiful villas and natural landscapes that only Lake Como can offer, such as Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi. Villa Balbianello is a beautiful 16th century residence that is under the ownership of the FAI (the Italian Foundation for the Environment) since 1988. This villa has been chosen also for some scenes included in the 17th movie of the 007James Bond saga: ‘Casinò Royal’ of 2006 by Martin Campbell. Villa Melzi called Villa Gallarati Scotti, was formerly of the Melzi Family. This building with neoclassical features was built between 1810 and 1815 and designed by G. Albertolli. The extensive park, which runs down to the edge of the lake, surrounds the villa and among the trees, there are Egyptian, Etruscan- Roman, Renaissance and neoclassical Sculptures. Rest of the day at your leisure Overnight in Bellagio.

Day 5 - Bellagio/Milan/Cinque Terre

After breakfast and check out you will leave Bellagio for direct transfer to Milan where you will meet your private guide for a 3 hours tour of this city, including the famous dome of Milan and the must-see spots of the city , Teatro alla Scala (from outside) .Milan has always been a rich and important city. It offers variety of churches, buildings and monuments as well as many historic palazzos like the Royal Palace situated in the south side of Piazza Duomo. Eventual visit of the Last Supper can be included on request. The large fresco ( 460 x 880 cm ) was painted by Leonardo between 1495 and 1497. Technique used is a mixed technique on the wall . Example of sacred art among the most famous of all time.The Last Supper decorates one wall of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan . The fresco is the later affirmation of Christ " one of you will betray me " , and describes through gestures , expressions and postures of the bodies the different reactions to the words of the apostles of Jesus ; The apostles are asking incredulous , expressing dismay and astonishment , the meaning of his words , wonders who is the traitor ; reigns agitation, confusion , discussion . Your long day tour will end at Monterosso at Cinque Terre after your visit in Milan. Overnight at the Hotel Villa Adriana 3*** .

Day 6 - Discovering the Cinque Terre

After breakfast meet your personal English speaking guide at your hotel to start a full day guided visit to discover the beauties of this part of the region. The Ligurian Coast is a masterpiece of nature that offers its visitors unique and breathtaking vistas; here you will find five little “jewels” or hills - the Cinque Terre - the true “jewels” of the Mediterranean sitting along a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. On today’s tour you will be chauffeured in a luxury car by your personal driver to the idyllic village of Monterosso: the most populated of the five Cinque Terre villages, it is situated in the center of this small natural bay. Take time to explore, before continuing your journey to Vernazza, nestled in a breathtaking inlet whose shoreline features classic cultivated terraced grapevines. Next, perched atop a rock (or promontory) 90 meters high, you will visit the only hill of the Cinque Terre that is not directly adjacent to the sea: Corniglia. Here you will pause briefly to enjoy lunch on your own, and experience the incredible panoramic vistas beyond the area’s stunning terraced vineyards. The tour continues after lunch on to Manarola: a region characterized by its colorful houses facing the sea, and its small intertwining streets connected by a network of stairways that lead to the little village. The last stop on your tour today will be Riomaggiore. This southern-most village contains a very high concentration of houses in a small area, a distinctive feature giving the impression of a "tree" with its buildings as the branches. Overnight at Villa Adriana.

Day 7 – Cinque Terre

Day free at your leisure to explore the surroundings and discover more about this beautiful land. Overnight at Villa Adriana.

Day 8 - Cinque Terre/ Pisa/Florence

After breakfast and check out of the hotel , on your way to Florence today you will stop in Pisa for an interesting visit of this lovely town. Here you will meet your personal English speaking guide: your tour will begin at the central Piazza dei Miracoli, famous for its Leaning Tower and the myriad of beautiful architectural structures that distinguish this city. Named after a Greek city (from where it’s believed the first inhabitants originated) Pisa will be yours to explore alongside your personal guide. Thanks to its Tower, Pisa has become a symbol in Italy and around the world where it is often cited as one of the seven wonders of the medieval world; one that has fascinated film directors and location researchers alike. Skip the line tickets to visit the Leaning Tower are included in this visit. Before proceeding to next destination you will enjoy a nice meal at a local restaurant reserved for you to appreciate the Tuscan cuisine. You will then leave to Florence with your private minivan where you will get in about 1 hour. Free time to relax and rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Florence at Hotel degli Orafi 4**** . Between Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, the hotel degli Orafi could hardly be more central offering a delightfully panoramic roof terrace, and an ornate, frescoed breakfast room with Arno views that runs the whole length of the building.

Day 9 – Florence Uffizi and Accademia Gallery

AM This is going to be a very interesting and cultural day!! Your English speaking guide will lead you to the famous Uffizi Gallery which houses a superb collection of priceless art, originating in great part from the Medici family collection, enriched over the centuries by endowments, exchanges and donations, among which an important group of religious works stands out, resulting from the suppression of the monasteries and convents between the XVIII and XIX centuries. Here, you will find the richest collection in the world of works of the Tuscan school, Florentine in particular, among which: Cimabue, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello. Without parallel is the collection of works by Sandro Botticelli. PM Free time for lunch at your choice before heading to another famous Gallery Museum: the Accademia so to admire the many masterpieces that this Gallery hosts: ‘David’ and ‘Prigioni’ sculptures by Michelangelo , just to name a couple. Your night will be delighted by a delicious dinner run by a very good restaurant considered one of the best in town, an informal setting complete with works by young artists who dress the graphics menu in collaboration with major contemporary art galleries in Florence. Overnight at Hotel degli Orafi.

Day 10 – Florence /Siena /Cortona

On this day, after breakfast and check out of the hotel, we will drive southbound towards Siena, escorted by our private English speaking driver on a full day journey to discover the beauties of the Tuscan city of Siena. You will meet your personal English speaking guide in the city center of Siena and begin your tour. The history of this small and unique city will be expertly illustrated, allowing you to open your heart as if you were a true inhabitant of Siena. You will discover the Magnificent Piazza del Campo where , twice a year (2 July and 16 August) an event , that every citizen of Siena looks forward to , takes place : the Palio di Siena. You will learn about the history of the Contrade (ancient Sienese name for neighborhood) and visit the famous Duomo but also other monuments of the city. PM At the end of the visit you will have lunch in a nice and typical restaurant in the city centre with a stunning view over the city. Here you will be able to taste some delicious Tuscan dishes: from the flavors of wild boar ravioli to the classic "ribollita“ (Tuscan soup) and their exquisite Florentine steak, all accompanied with the best local wines. The tour will end in the nice old village of Cortona framed in the center of a triangle which has for its corners Arezzo, Siena and Perugia, three of the richest cities of Central Italy in history and art works. Check in at the splendid Relais Il Falconiere 4****L. The hotel is situated in a quiet rural location among vineyards and olive groves. Overnight at the Relais il Falconiere.

Day 11 - Full day tour Montalcino and Brunello with wine tasting and lunch

Everything seems like a dream in the Brunello kingdom-the castle and village of Montalcino at the top the highest hill, the roads through the Sangiovese grosso vineyards, the taste from the huge barrels resting in the deep cellars. We offer full-day guided tours to Montalcino wineries by private miniva with driver. The tour includes an English speaking guide, wine cellar visits, wine tasting and lunch. 9:00 Departure from your hotel in Cortona 10.30 Visit the Altesino winery and tasting 12:00 Visit of Montalcino historical center 13:00 Lunch at Restaurant or Enoteca 15:00 Visit the San Antimo Abbey 16:00 Visit the Poggio Antico winery and wine tasting 18:30 You are back to your location where you may relax at the beautiful SPA of the Relais Overnight at the hotel Il Falconiere.

Day 12 - AM - Half day guided visit in Cortona including a unique lunch in a typical restaurant / PM Pienza

A lovely mountaintop town straddling Tuscany and Umbria. Cortona is a very well preserved Etruscan town, which belonged to the “dodecapolis” of the 12 main Etruscan cities. Today, it’s possible to see the original city walls dating back to 5th century B.C. You can also visit a very interesting Etruscan Academy displaying bronzes, vases and other objects from the Etruscan era. You will have free time to explore Cortona’s main attractions, including churches, museums, and the shopping area of Via Nazionale. Then, we will head to Le Celle is referred to as "Santuario Le Celle" or "Convento delle Celle" (Convent of the cells). Outside the walls of Cortona , through the woods to an amazing complex of stark beige buildings spilling down the slopes of Monte Sant' Edigio. Saint Francis founded the monastery in the early 13th century, preaching here in 1211. Locals and pilgrims alike find great spiritual inspiration from visiting Saint Francis' spartan cell with its stone bed and wooden pillow. There is a church and a small store on the property. After the visit lunch is reserved for you in a unique restaurant in the hearth of Cortona, it is a cozy, family-run restaurant, you are guaranteed a warm welcome from owner Romano, a DOP cheese affineur and charcuterie expert as well as, and above all, a lover of Arretine cuisine, his wife Agostina who, true to local tradition, accurately prepares superb traditional dishes from the Cortonese and Tuscan cuisine, including soups, hand-made pasta, I.G.P. Chianina beef and traditional desserts, using impeccable seasonal ingredients. PM After the visit in Cortona and lunch transfer to the beautiful Pienza, here you will have free time approx. 2hours. Pienza has started as a Siennese citadel, called Corsignano, from what lasts only a piece of city walls, and a Romanesque church located 3km away. However, Pienza is completely Renaissance style, because has been built by order of the Pope Pio II – Enea Silvio Piccolomini – that decided to transform his home town in a beautiful place for him and his court to be protected and relaxed near the water risings of Valdorcia. Actually, this area is very special because stays near to three important lakes: Trasimeno (of Cortona), Chiusi and Montepulciano Lake; and also close to a great quality water source called Vivo – this the main source that supplies Siena nowadays. Pienza is also the capital city of the “Pecorino” – sheep cheese, and organizes every year, on the second Sunday of September, the “Fiera del Cacio” or the Festival of the local sheep cheese. The milk is particularly aromatic because the configuration of the clayey land where many aromatic herbs grow, and sheep all freely grazed, producing a perfumed milk and cheese. Pienza Pecorino cheese has the D.O.P. European label (which means a Protected Origin Denomination). Pienza Pecorino cheese and Brunello di Montalcino are undoubtely a perfect match!!!! After the visit you private driver will escort you back to your Relais Il Falconiere.

Day 13 – Cortona/Civita di Bagnoregio/Rome

Breakfast and check our from your hotel to proceed then towards Civita di Bagnoregio accompanied by your private English speaking driver with minivan. This is a small town of Lombard origins, where you will enjoy a wonderful lunch in one of the most well-known restaurants in the area. Here, the cuisine is simple with traditional dishes of Viterbo, where you will discover piciarelli (local pasta made with water and flour), wild boar, truffle and fungo porcino (boletus mushroom). For wine lovers, or for those who simply enjoy a good glass of wine to accompany your meal, there is an excellent and abundant list from which to choose, with particular regard to the local wines and wineries, such as the famous Orvieto Classico or the EST EST EST di Montefiascone. Before lunch you can enjoy a walk around the village and you will discover all of its hidden, evocative corners, before heading to Rome where you will get in about 1 hour drive. Check in at your Hotel Forty Seven 4**** very centrally located. This Boutique Hotel is a luxury 4-star hotel in the historic centre of Rome, right next to the impressive Roman Forum, the emblematic Piazza Venezia square, the Colosseum and the Palatine, and the famous Bocca della Verità, and offers impressive views over the Temple of Vesta and the Circo Massimo. An enviable location in the very heart of the Eternal City. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel

Day 14 - Rome half day tour in the ancient Rome

After breakfast you will reach a gorgeous archaeological site whose foundations are embedded in an historic building of the roman nobility, where rooms, stairs, baths, paintings, flooring and polychrome mosaics belonging to the ancient residences of the imperial city emerged and now are on permanent display adding to Rome's already rich historical and artistic heritage. the ancient Rome will begin in the area of Coloseum and Imperial Fora. The construction of the Colosseum was desired and begun by Emperor Vespasian, the founder of the Flavian dynasty, and continued in the years ahead. Titus, the son and successor of Vespasian, added two rows of seats to the structure willed by the Father and to celebrate the work (80 AD), called for a hundred days of games. The Colosseum is today one of the most important and representative monuments of Rome, which imposes its majestic presence at the center of the city. With direct access to this remarkable landmark and no waiting in long lines, you will be awestruck even before entering. Once inside, your personal guide will bring to life the ancient world of the various emperors, noblemen, aristocrats, gladiators and wild beasts that once populated this building. You will then be accompanied to the nearby Roman Forum, known as the "heart" of ancient Rome, and the commercial, political and religious center. Spend the rest of the day ay your leisure. Overnight at the hotel FortySeven.

Day 15 – Rome tour to the Vatican Museum and Sistine chapel

Meet with your private English speaking driver for a transfer to the Vatican Museum. Just outside the entrance of the Museums you will meet with your private English speaking guide. There are no queues and no waiting as your specialist guide introduces you to the masterpieces of such great painters as Raffaello, and Michelangelo. This one of the greatest Collections of art in the world, a gathered over the centuries by the Popes of the Catholic Church. You will be enthralled and enchanted by the stunning vision of the Sistine Chapel and also Continuing on to the Cortile della Pigna ( "Court of the Pinecone" ) and the celebrated Raphael’s rooms, and finally direct access into Saint Peter's Basilica. Rest of the day free. Overnight at the hotel Forty Seven.

Day 16 - 2015 Rome/Naples/Pompei/Sorrento

Check out of the hotel in Rome to be transferred by private minivan to rail station for departure to Naples with 1st class reserved seats. On your arrival you will be greeted by your private driver with minivan to proceed towards Pompei where you will meet your personal guide for a tour at the excavations. Here you will visit the archeological site and admire the ruins of this famous city that in AD 79 was submerged by lava from the nearby volcano Mt Vesuvius. You will be able to examine up close, the daily life of this Roman population and how it was devastated by one of the worst natural disasters in ancient history. The excavations of Pompei, due to their importance and relevance, are the most visited archeological site in the world. Free time for lunch and transfer to your beautiful hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento 5***** located in one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Sorrento Coast, close to the Capri and Ischia islands, at only 1.5 km from the main Sorrento attractions, the city center and the harbour Marina Piccola. Overlooking the sea and surrounded by a magnificent botanical park, the hotel offers to its guests the emotion of living and enjoying of an unique and everlasting landscape: the Vesuvius and its Gulf. Rest of the day and dinner at your leisure Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 17 – Amalfi coast

Today your English speaking driver will chauffeur you along the charming scenic route to the nearby city of Ravello, the city of music. Set on the Amalfi Coast in an area of extraordinary natural beauty, your private driver will accompany you on a tour of this beautiful coast, before heading to the nearby town of Amalfi, one of the oldest maritime republics. Here you can spend time exploring this splendid Cliffside town, unlocking its fascinating history, including local ceramics which date back to ancient times and the Duomo di S. Andrea. Later in the afternoon your driver will transfer you back to your beautiful hotel. Overnight at Hotel Parco dei Principi 5**** In Sorrento

Day 18 - Sorrento/Capri/Sorrento

Breakfast at the hotel . Private transfer from the hotel to the embarkation point at the port of Sorrento to catch hydrofoil to Capri .On this day, you will have the chance to enjoy the splendid sea surrounding the strip of land that is the Sorrentina Peninsola and discover the secrets of the Island of Capri. After a pleasurable boat ride (30 minutes approx), during which you are able to breathe in the healthy brackish sea water while admiring the gorgeous Sorrento Coast, you will arrive at Capri's where you can disembark and visit the island with your English speaking guide waiting for you . You could stroll around Capri visiting the Famous and elegant ‘ Piazzetta’, Anacapri with its beautiful Villa S. Michele and many other highlights that Capri can offer. At the end of the visit came back on the hydrofoil to Sorrento and transfer by car to your hotel. Dinner at a local typical restaurant in Sorrento. Overnight at Hotel Parco dei Principi 5**** In Sorrento

Day 19- Sorrento / Cheese making/Limoncello tasting

AM After breakfast meet the driver who with private minivan will take you to the owner of the cheese factory at the hotel, or nearby, one of the oldest Cheese factory of the Peninsula Sorrentina. It is a family run cheese factory: here, during the day you will discover all the secret how they make the Fresh Mozzarella every day since 1940. You will enjoy: - how they produce the best cheeses Sorrento has to offer. - practical demonstration of how they create mozzarella from the simple cow’s milk - final tasting of all own specialties in their welcoming tasting room : mozzarella, caciocavallo, provolone del monaco and caciotta. At the end of the tasting with the driver and the guide transfer to a the lemon grove, with elucidations about the typical “Sfusato Amalfitano” lemon. You will discover how they made Limoncello every day and everything about the production steps. The tour will ends with the limoncello and the typical local liqueurs tasting. Free time for lunch. PM Transfer from Sorrento to Naples harbour for embarkation and departure at 8.00 pm to Palermo . Overnight on the boat. Accommodation in double outside cabins.

Day 20 - Palermo/Monreale

Upon arrival at Palermo Port, meet your personal English-speaking driver/guide and will be transferred by Mercedes Minivan for explore the fascinating city of Palermo, which was ruled at different times by the Normans and the Arabs. As you discover this fascinating city, admire its unique and brilliant convergence of western and eastern influences. Begin at the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Royal Palace, and discover the incredible 12th-century Palatine Chapel, the best example of the Arab-Norman-Byzantine style, decorated with rich Byzantine mosaics. Proceed next to the nearby Palermo Cathedral, erected in 1185 on an earlier Byzantine basilica, and which continued to be built until the 18thcentury, to enjoy its splendid architecture and decoration. During the afternoon, will drive to the nearby town of Monreale and discover its world-famous Duomo, the greatest extant example of Norman architecture, entirely covered with celebrated, priceless mosaics and 24-carat gold, depicting stories from the Old and New Testaments. Transfer to the hotel Grand hotel Piazza Borsa and overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 21 - Regaleali Estate and Valley of Temples

Breakfast in hotel. Meet your private driver for direct transfer to Regaleali Estate, the famous estate of the Tasca d’Almerita family located in the center of the island. Eight generations of the Tasca family have been involved in the creation of some of Italy’s best wines from 500 hectares of land in the heart of Sicily. Here they will take care of their guests by sharing their history, wine, and authentic Sicilian cuisine. Then will continue to Agrigento . Transfer and check in at your hotel and rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Agrigento at Baglio della luna hotel 4****or similar Day 22 – Agrigento /Valley of the Temples /Taormina Breakfast and check out of your hotel and meet your private driver and guide for an unforgettable tour of one of the most remarkable sites in the world—the legendary Valley of the Temples, where the remains of seven Doric temples stand in a breathtaking setting of almond groves and olive trees. After the visit proceed towards your last destination : Taormina. Here you will visit the ancient Greek Amphitheatre before heading to your hotel Villa Diodoro 4**** centrally located and overlooking the beautiful sea. Spend the rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Taormina

Day 23 – Taormina /Catania back home

After breakfast and check out direct transfer to Catania airport for flight back home.

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10 days charming Sicily
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  • Private tours in Monreale, Segesta and Erice, Valley of The Temples, Modica, Siracusa and Ortigia 500 Vitage car Wine tour on the Mt. Etna & Alcantara Gorges Several gourmet tour and Lunches

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4**** - executive room in Palermo
  • 1 Night at the Hotel Villa Athena 5*****L- deluxe room in Agrigento
  • 2 Nights at the Algilà Hotel 4**** in classic room in Syracusa
  • 3 nights at the The Ashbee hotel 5***** classic room in Taormina Arrival and departure transfers with private luxury water taxi in Venice and with private luxury MERCEDES minivan/car , equipped with A/C and English speaking driver in all the other cities, as mentioned in the program
  • Professional, personal English speaking guide for the all tours and experiences in : Monreale, Segesta and Erice, Valley of The Temples, Modica, Siracusa and Ortigia (sicily)
  • 500 Vitage car Wine tour on the Mt. Etna & Alcantara Gorges
  • Lunch in Palermo after the cooking class
  • Lunch in Modica in a Farm
  • Lunch in Agrigento with wine tasting and visit of the estate and winery
  • Lunch in Siracusaspecial lunch tasting of typical Sicilian products (salumi, cheese and caponata) served in a historic delicatessen.
  • Cooking class in Palermo with a Duchess in a 18th centuries building overlooking the sea
  • All Private dinner transfers with private Mercedes car
  • No waiting lines entrance tickets in : palermo, Siracusa, Agrigento.

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Municipality tax at hotels: they have to be paid directly at hotels
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

Arrival at Palermo airport. Pick up by private English speaking driver and transfer to Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4* for 3 nights.

Day 1 - Palermo: ARRIVAL DAY

Arrival at Palermo airport. Pick up by private English speaking driver and transfer to Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4* for 3 nights. Accommodation in Deluxe room Overnight at the hotel Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4*

Day 2 - Food Market, Cooking class & Palermo Tour

This morning you will tour the Capo Market with a Duchess in a fascinating exploration of Sicilian culture and cuisine. The itinerary begins with a morning visit to the Capo market, the oldest in Palermo, where we will purchase fresh seasonal ingredients, chosen from the colorful stalls featuring an abundance of fruit, vegetables, seafood and meats as the sellers’ cries bid for our attention. Following the market tour, you will go with the Duchess to her seaside Palazzo (Palace) for a hands on cooking lesson. Lunch will be served with the Duchess and her husband the Duke). After lunch they will take you through the splendor of the exquisite and beautifully restored 18th century palazzo by the sea. This was the last home of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of the world-famous novel “The Leopard”. During the afternoon meet you guide to visit Palermo and Monreale. Palermo, stretches along a beautiful bay on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th and 8th centuries B.C., it was conquered by Arabs in 831, and a period of immense prosperity commenced. The city’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces’ll enchant you. We will visit the Royal Palace and the twelfth-century Duomo (Cathedral). Then drive to Monreale to admire the wonderful Cloister. Return at hotel and overnight stay.

Day 3– Segesta - Erice (B, Pastry Tasting)

In the morning, we will head to Segesta, for the guided Tour of the Temple and the Tether. You will continue to Erice, a magical, medieval town perched atop Monte San Giuliano overlooking the city of Trapani, the Egadi Islands and the famous saltpans where sea salt is made. The views from this mountain top village are breathtaking, and on a clear day, you can see the African coast. Visit the Norman Castle and Duomo as you walk through the cobble-stoned streets of the town, taking in the fresh air and a variety of aromas emanating from the numerous pastry shops for which Erice is known. In fact, we will stop to visit Maria Grammatico’s famous pastry shop to see the variety of sweets she lovingly creates. After visit return in Palermo. Overnight stay in Palermo

Day 4– Regaleali Estate and Valley of The Temples (B, L)

Breakfast and check out. Leave to Regaleali Estate, the famous estate of the Tasca d’Almerita family located in the center of the island. Eight generations of the Tasca family have been involved in the creation of some of Italy’s best wines from 500 hectares of land in the heart of Sicily. The Tasca family will host us for three nights at their historic estate where they lavish care on their guests by sharing their history, wine, and authentic Sicilian cuisine. Lunch with wine tasting and visit of the estate and winery . After lunch will transfer to Agrigento to admire the superb archaeological park, the Valley of the Temples. If there is one thing to see in all of Sicily, Agrigento’s stunning temples would be it. Private guided tour of the Valley of the Temples. We will visit all of the iconic temples including Juno, Concord, and Castor and Pollux. Overnight stay at Hotel Villa Athena 5*L, classic room in Agrigento.

Day 5– Sicily and Modica (B, L, Chocolate tasting)

Breakfast in hotel and depart towards the Baroque area of Sicily, whose heritage, both for importance and for beauty, has been de-clared World Heritage by UNESCO. Arrival in Scicli and visit at GLI AROMI Farm with the owner Enrico. From over 10 years “GLI AROMI” deals with the production and marketing of officinal plants and aromatic herbs, focusing on endemic species of the Sicilian coast and in particular of the Iblean area. The firm produces more than 120 different varieties using traditional methods; the workmanship of the herbs still happens manually, all in a unique contest, made of exiting perfumes in a magnificent view. Even Andy Luotto has been comed to visit them… The tour includes a ride in the firm illustrating all the varieties of the herbs and their possible using. Lunch and tasting at farm. In the afternoon transfer to Modica, where admire picturesque lanes and arrows streets, with plenty of old workshops, St. George’s Church, the only one including a nave and as good as four aisles. You will visit the oldest confectionary shop of Sicily and taste the very famous chocolate of Modica. Meeting with the owner Pierpaolo Ruta to discover the secrets of Modican Chocolate. The chocolate of Modica is special and very particular because of the lack of cacao butter, the only ingredients are cacao and sugar. Overnight stay in Hotel Palazzo Failla Deluxe room/ Sea view room Hotel Algià in Syracusa

Day 6– Siracusa (B, L)

Breakfast in hotel and meet your guide for a Tour of Siracusa that was the most important Greek cities of antiquity and a formidabile seafaring power nearly equal to Athens. In the heyday of its power, it dared to take on both Carthage and Rome. At one time, its wealth and size were unmatched by any other city in the ancient world, and today it is one of the richest historical sites in Europe. We’ll see remarkable Greek and Roman ruins, including the cave called “The Ear of Dionysius,” because of its unusual shape, resembling a human ear. Finally we will enjoy the elegant island of Ortigya, where we will admire the architectural splendour of ancient medieval streets, baroque structures, and classic churches as the Duomo, built upon the old temple of Athena A very special lunch tasting of typical Sicilian products (salumi, cheese and caponata) will be served in a historic delicatessen. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy shopping (transfer not included during the afternoon). Overnight stay in Syracusa.

Day 7— Catania and Cyclops Coast (B)

We will depart to Catania situated between the Ionian Sea and the looming bulk of Mount Etna, which every so often rains ash upon the streets. The town was rebuilt in the Baroque style, and it was during this era that many of the town’s finest buildings were constructed. You will visit the ebullient Pescheria, (the daily fish and vegetable market). Then we visit the towns of Acireale, and Aci Castello, with its Medieval Norman Castle built in 1076 on a prehistoric basalt lava terrace. Here we will admire the Rocks of the Cyclops, imposing, spiky shards of black lava that rise up from the water. It is here, as told in Homer’s Odyssey, that the Cyclops Polyphemus threw these rocks at the fleeing Ulysses, who had blinded him. This afternoon we will arrive in Taormina, accommodation at The Ashbee Hotel 5*in Superior room and overnight stay.

Day 8– Free day in Taormina

Check out and leave to Taormina. Time at Leisure in Taormina Sicily’s most famous city. Dating from the fourth and third centuries B.C.,Taormina is perched dramatically high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea. It’s a charming medieval town with typical cobblestoned streets leading into spacious squares and the extraordinary classical Greco-Roman theatre and the historical centre. (services not included). Overnight stay in Taormina, sea view room.

Day 9- Taormina –Exclusive 500 Tour “Etna Wine Roads and

Taormina”

After breakfast your own Fiat 500 car will be waiting for you to start this memorable one day tour of Sicily. Sicily is famous all around the world for its wine production. In the last ten years, many Sicilian wines have won prestigious awards. Mt. Etna is well known as a wine production area due to his extremely fertile soil since the 8th century BC when the first Greek settlers arrived. Follow your tour leader car to discover the Etna wine roads. You will drive a fantastic Classic Convertible Fiat 500 across the vineyards and cellars on the slopes of the highest volcano of Europe and enjoy the taste of Sicilian wines! Starting from Taormina / Giardini Naxos travel along roads secondary to reach the valley of Alcantara. After a brief tour of the Alcantara Gorges, the tour will continue through the villages of Castiglione di Sicilia and Lingfield. during the path will be made of the short stop to take some beautiful panoramic photographs. The tour will then continue through the "Wine Route": path you climbs from Lingfield until higher elevations of the volcano where you are most wineries of the place. Once in one of the finest wineries will make a short visit of the cellar and then we could taste the wines of the area accompanied by some typical local cuisine. At the end of the tasting tour will resume to Taormina / Giardini Naxos, where will end our excursion. overnight stay in Taormina

Day 10–Taormina / Catania / DEPARTURE

After breakfast and check out at your hotel, your personal driver with a private minivan will transfer you to Catania airport for your flight back home.

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6 Days in Milan Venice and Rome
  • Milan
  • Duomo Visit
  • Private Water taxi in Venice
  • Private Guided tour in Venice
  • Gondola ride
  • Private guided tour in Rome
  • Tickets included
  • Lunch with view in Rome

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 1 night at Hotel Napoleon 4**** in Milan – 1 double classic room
  • 2 nights at Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4**** in Venice – 1 double classic room
  • 2 nights at Hotel Trevi Collection 4**** in Rome – 1 double classic room
  • Breakfast at the hotels
  • Private transfers with luxury car and English speaking driver for all mentioned transfers
  • Private English speaking guide in Milan for a half day walking tour (3 hours)
  • 2 skip the lines tickets for Duomo terraces
  • 2 first class train tickets Milan – Venice
  • Private transfers with water taxi and English speaking water chauffeur for all mentioned transfers
  • Private English speaking guide in Venice for a half day walking tour (2 hours)
  • Gondola ride (30 minutes)
  • 2 first class train tickets Venice – Rome
  • Private English speaking guide in Rome for a half day tour to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica (4 hours)
  • 2 skip the line entrance tickets to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica
  • 1 lunch in Rome with view on the Colosseum (3 courses beverages not included)

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • • Municipality tax at hotels: they have to be paid directly at hotels
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

After your arrival at Milan’s airport you will be greeted by you private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to the centrally located Hotel Napoleon 4****.

Day 1 – Milan arrival

After your arrival at Milan’s airport you will be greeted by you private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to the centrally located Hotel Napoleon 4****. Check in and free time at your leisure. Overnight in Milan.

Day 2 – Milan walking tour / Venice

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private English speaking driver and guide at the lobby of your hotel and start your half day tour. You will have a private walking tour of the city, including the famous Teatro alla Scala (from outside) and the Duomo with its golden Madonnina and the wonderful terraces. Milan has always been a rich and important city. It offers a particular assortment of churches, buildings and monuments. The most important church is the Cathedral, the Duomo, which is the third largest church in the world. Milan has many historic palazzos like the Royal Palace that you will admire in the south side of Piazza Duomo. After the tour you will have some free time for lunch. After your meal, meet at your private driver at the hotel for a transfer to Centrale station, to get your fast train o Venice. At your arrival you will be greeted by your private water chauffeur who will accompany you by water taxi to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4****. Check in and free time at your leisure. Overnight in Venice

Day 3 – Venice walking tour and gondola ride

After breakfast meet your personal guide at the hotel and start a perfect tour for those who want to know the history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. The tour consists of a visit of Saint Mark’s Square and the explanation of its main monuments: Basilica (outside), Doge’s Palace (outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower, Bell Tower. At the end of the tour your guide will accompany you to get your private gondola for a 30 minutes ride through the canals. After the ride you will have the rest of the day at your free disposal. Overnight in Venice.

Day 4 – Venice / Rome

After breakfast and check out meet your private English speaking water chauffeur for a direct transfer by water taxi to Santa Lucia railway station where you will get your fast train to Rome. At your arrival you will be greeted by your private driver who will accompany to your hotel: Hotel Trevi Collection 4****. Check in and free time at your leisure. Overnight in Rome.

Day 3 – Venice walking tour and gondola ride

After breakfast meet your personal guide at the hotel and start a perfect tour for those who want to know the history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. The tour consists of a visit of Saint Mark’s Square and the explanation of its main monuments: Basilica (outside), Doge’s Palace (outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower, Bell Tower. At the end of the tour your guide will accompany you to get your private gondola for a 30 minutes ride through the canals. After the ride you will have the rest of the day at your free disposal. Overnight in Venice.

Day 4 – Venice / Rome

After breakfast and check out meet your private English speaking water chauffeur for a direct transfer by water taxi to Santa Lucia railway station where you will get your fast train to Rome. At your arrival you will be greeted by your private driver who will accompany to your hotel: Hotel Trevi Collection 4****. Check in and free time at your leisure. Overnight in Rome.

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8 Days in Venice Verona Emilia Romagna
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  • Venice tour
  • Cicchetti tasting
  • Gondola ride
  • Verona
  • Bologna Food & Art tour
  • Michelin starred dinner
  • Visit to Farm house of Culatello
  • Cooking class at starred Michelin restau

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights at Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4**** in Venice – 1 double classic room
  • 3 nights at Hotel Aemilia 4**** in Bologna – 1 double classic room
  • 2 nights at Park Hotel Pacchiosi 5***** in Parma – 1 double classic room
  • Breakfast at the hotels
  • Private transfers with luxury car and English speaking driver for all mentioned transfers
  • Private transfers with water taxi and English speaking water chauffeur for all mentioned transfers
  • 1 dinner in Venice ( 3 courses beverages not included )
  • Private English speaking guide in Venice (4 hours)
  • 2 entrance tickets to Saint Mark’s Basilica
  • Cicchetti tasting in Venice
  • Gondola ride (30 minutes)
  • Private English speaking guide in Verona (2 hours)
  • 1 lunch in Verona (3 courses beverages not included)
  • Private English speaking guide in Bologna Food & Art tour (3 hours)
  • Tastings during Food & Art tour: - Chocolate and coffee - Ham and cheese - Tortellini
  • 1 dinner at Fourghetti Michelin starred restaurant in Bologna (4 courses wine excluded)
  • Visit to the Farm house of Culatello
  • 1 lunch at Michelin starred restaurant in Parma (Tasting of Culatello, pizza, tortellini and dessert)
  • Cooking class in Modena at Michelin starred restaurant in Modena
  • 1 dinner in Parma (4 courses beverages not included)
  • Departure transfer from the hotel in Parma to Bologna airport

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Municipality tax at hotels: they have to be paid directly at hotels
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

After your arrival at Marco Polo airport you will meet your private water chauffeur who will transfer you directly to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4****.

Day 1 – Verona / Venice

After your arrival at Marco Polo airport you will meet your private water chauffeur who will transfer you directly to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4****. Close your eyes and imagine a romantic and elegant 4-star hotel in the heart of Venice, just around the corner from St. Mark’s Square. You’re in the eighteenth century, in the middle of one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities, at the height of the Venetian Republic’s cultural expression: you’re coming out of a charming alleyway and cross a private bridge to an elegant historical residence, the Hotel Ca’ dei Conti. In the romantic intimacy that only certain secret corners of Venice can create, you settle down on the terrace, sip a drink and dreamily stare over the canal which, leisurely flowing like your imagination, reflects the mood of your private moment. In the evening reach on your own the restaurant in the charming Castello neighborood where you will have a typically Venetian dinner in a really wonderful location. After dinner you will have free time at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

Day 2 – Venice Walking tour and “cicchetti” tasting

After breakfast meet your personal guide at the hotel and start a perfect tour for those who want to know the history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. The tour consists of a visit of Saint Mark’s Square and the explanation of its main monuments: Basilica (inside), Doge’s Palace (outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower, Bell Tower. After this historical tour your guide will bring you to discover the “Enogastronomic” Venice. Throughout the tour you will make some appetizing stops, enabling you to sample "cicchetti" (classic Venetian appetizers) made with the best ingredients found in the city accompanied by well-known wines. A gastronomic and historical tour of this wonderful ancient city on the lagoon; perfect for those who want their journey to be a unique, unforgettable experience. After this tour your guide will accompany you to the “stazio” where you will get you private gondola for your romantic ride! After the 30 minutes ride you will have the rest of the day at your free disposal. Overnight in Venice.

Day 3 – Venice / Verona walking tour and lunch / Bologna

After breakfast and check out, meet at your hotel your private water chauffeur who will transfer you to the meeting point with your driver. He will accompany you to the wonderful Verona where you will meet your private guide and begin your visit. Your English speaking guide will tell you all about the wonders of this charming city. The archetypal city of romance, thanks to Shakespeare and his characters Romeo and Juliet, you will witness one of the town’s greatest monuments and symbols, Verona’s ancient Arena. Known as one of the greatest creations of Roman recreational architecture, today it is a sight that cannot be missed, in particular during the summer months when its celebrated Opera Festival takes place, featuring numerous local and international musicians and singers. As well as the traditional tourist sights, our expert guide will also ensure you see some of Verona’s lesser known but very intriguing places of interest, such as the Church of San Fermo Maggiore, where according to tradition the saints Fermo and Rustico underwent martyrdom. At the end of the tour you will meet again your driver for a direct transfer to your hotel in Bologna: Aemilia Hotel 4****. Modern and elegant, a few minutes' walk from the heart of the town and close to the Sant'Orsola Hospital, the historical centre and the University District, the Aemilia Hotel fascinates its guests thanks to its marvellous views of the Towers of Bologna and the hills of Bologna. Located in an excellent position, from where you can reach Piazza Maggiore and the historical centre in a few minutes' walk, it is easy to reach both by car and by public transport. Check in and rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Bologna.

Day 4 – Bologna, Food and Art tour

You will spend an unforgettable 3 hours with an expert guide walking around the medieval market district and visiting a variety of historical food shops, pastry shops and pasta laboratories for small tastings of Bologna’s most typical local produce. Tastings of chocolate & coffee, ham&cheese and local delicacies such as tortellini. Visits to monuments excluded, however on request, to be paid to the guide on site we can organize additional visits to local museums, churches or other cultural centers in the city. After the tour you will have free afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Bologna.

Day 5 – Bologna dinner at Fourghetti, Michelin starred restaurant by Chef Bruno Barbieri

In the evening, meet at your hotel your private English speaking driver at your disposal for around 3 hours. He will drive you to Fourghetti, the wonderful Michelin starred restaurant by the famous Chef Bruno Barbieri. Fourghetti is the place to spend time together where you can «forget it» and let all that is outside fade away, because the moment has arrived where you enter an environment where the only thing that counts is you, and those seated at the table together with you. At the end of this amazing dinner your driver will accompany you back to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 6 – Bologna / Parma with stop for Culatello DOP in the Lowands of Parma

After breakfast and check out your private driver will transfer you to Parma by luxury car and stop at Polesine Parmense to visit a farm-to-table oriented farm which includes ageing cellars of Culatello di Zibello DOP (one of the most artisanal and expensive cured meats in the world) in the foundations of a medieval castle which has belonged to one of the most influential aristocratic families of northern Italy, the Marquises Pallavicino. The castle also houses a Relais and a Michelin star restaurant managed by the owner, chef Massimo Spigaroli. Unique location in the charming lowlands running along the Po River. Seated lunch in the castle with tastings of different ageings of Culatello, focaccia, tortellini in meat broth, dessert, coffee. After lunch your driver will accompany you to your hotel In Parma: Park Hotel Pacchiosi 5***** Immersed in a beautiful park of 10,000 sqm in the oldest district of Parma, the Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the ideal place to live the city, in total privacy and relaxation. The historic building that houses the hotel dates back to early 20th century. It was in fact the "Reale Clinica Chirurgica", designed by Eng. Enrico Bovio. The entrance, elegant and marked by a monumental scale, is spacious and bright, with ceilings up to 15 meters. The Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the most luxurious hotel in Parma, and has 59 rooms furnished in neo-Renaissance style, with Carrara marble floors and handcrafted furniture made specifically for the hotel. Check in and free time at leisure. Overnight in Parma.

Day 7– Parma / Modena cooking class: the Chef Experience

After breakfast, meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel, for a direct transfer to Modena for a unique cooking class at a cooking school connected to a very famous Michelin Restaurant. The chef owner himself will be working with you in the preparation of a 5 course traditional menu. After cooking you will be able to taste the wonderful dishes cooked by you, accompanied by well-known wines. At the end of activity you will return to Parma by car. In the evening dinner will be served at a top-notch restaurant downtown (walking distance from your hotel). A traditional menu revived in modern concept: starters, 2 courses, 2 typical wines, dessert, coffee. Overnight in Parma.

Day 8 – Parma / Bologna departure

After breakfast and check out, meet at your hotel your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Bologna International airport to get your flight back home.

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5 days: Romantic Escape in Verona and Venice
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  • Private tours in Venice
  • Private tours in Verona
  • 2 Romantic dinner in Verona and Venice
  • Cicchetti tasting
  • Gondola ride

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights at Hotel Due Torri 5***** in Verona – 1 double deluxe room
  • 2 nights at Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4**** in Venice – 1 double superior room
  • Breakfast at the hotels
  • Private transfers with luxury car and English speaking driver for all mentioned transfers
  • Private transfers with water taxi and English speaking water chauffeur for all mentioned transfers
  • 1 dinner in Verona (3 courses beverages not included)
  • Private English speaking guide in Verona (2 hours)
  • 1 dinner in Venice (3 courses beverages not included)
  • Private English speaking guide in Venice (4 hours)
  • Cicchetti tasting in Venice
  • Gondola ride (30 minutes)

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Municipality tax at hotels: they have to be paid directly at hotels
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

After your arrival at Verona’s airport you will meet your private driver with your private car for a direct transfer to Verona, at your hotel: Hotel Due Torri 5*****.

Day 1 – Verona arrival

After your arrival at Verona’s airport you will meet your private driver with your private car for a direct transfer to Verona, at your hotel: Hotel Due Torri 5*****. The Due Torri Hotel is situated in the historic centre of Verona near the church of Saint Anastasia, as stone’s throw from Juliet’s famous balcony, Piazza Bra and the Arena, known throughout the world. The Hotel - hosted in a XIV century palace – thanks to the superb quality of the furnishings and the professional service are highly valued by its illustrious Italian and international clientele, making it the most renowned five-star hotel in Verona. Check in and time to relax. In the evening dinner will be served in one of the most famous restaurant in Town, only 5 minutes walking from your hotel. Here you will taste a wonderful menu, carefully selected by the chef. After dinner you will be free to enjoy the rest of the night at your leisure.

Day 2 – Verona walking tour

After breakfast you will meet your private guide at your hotel and begin your visit. Your English speaking guide will tell you all about the wonders of this charming city. The archetypal city of romance, thanks to Shakespeare and his characters Romeo and Juliet, you will witness one of the town’s greatest monuments and symbols, Verona’s ancient Arena. Known as one of the greatest creations of Roman recreational architecture, today it is a sight that cannot be missed, in particular during the summer months when its celebrated Opera Festival takes place, featuring numerous local and international musicians and singers. As well as the traditional tourist sights, our expert guide will also ensure you see some of Verona’s lesser known but very intriguing places of interest, such as the Church of San Fermo Maggiore, where according to tradition the saints Fermo and Rustico underwent martyrdom. At the end of the tour you will be free to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Verona.

Day 3 – Verona / Venice

After breakfast and check out, meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Venice P.le Roma where you will meet your private water chauffeur who will transfer you directly to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4****. Close your eyes and imagine a romantic and elegant 4-star hotel in the heart of Venice, just around the corner from St. Mark’s Square. You’re in the eighteenth century, in the middle of one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities, at the height of the Venetian Republic’s cultural expression: you’re coming out of a charming alleyway and cross a private bridge to an elegant historical residence, the Hotel Ca’ dei Conti. In the romantic intimacy that only certain secret corners of Venice can create, you settle down on the terrace, sip a drink and dreamily stare over the canal which, leisurely flowing like your imagination, reflects the mood of your private moment. In the evening reach on your own the restaurant in the charming Castello neighborood where you will have a typically Venetian dinner in a really wonderful location. After dinner you will have free time at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

Day 4 – Venice Walking tour and “cicchetti” tasting

After breakfast meet your personal guide at the hotel and start a perfect tour for those who want to know the history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. The tour consists of a visit of Saint Mark’s Square and the explanation of its main monuments: Basilica (inside), Doge’s Palace (outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower, Bell Tower. After this historical tour your guide will bring you to discover the “Enogastronomic” Venice. Throughout the tour you will make some appetizing stops, enabling you to sample "cicchetti" (classic Venetian appetizers) made with the best ingredients found in the city accompanied by well-known wines. A gastronomic and historical tour of this wonderful ancient city on the lagoon; perfect for those who want their journey to be a unique, unforgettable experience. After this tour your guide will accompany you to the “stazio” where you will get you private gondola for your romantic ride! After the 30 minutes ride you will have the rest of the day at your free disposal. Overnight in Venice.

Day 5 – Venice departure

After breakfast and check out, according to your departure flight, meet at your hotel your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Venice airport to get your flight back home.

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