Day 1 – Milan: Arrival & Private transfer to Tremezzo (Lake Como)
Upon arrival at MIlan airport, you will meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to your hotel in Tremezzo (Lake Como): Grand Hotel Tremezzo 5*****. We book 1 double deluxe lake view room. Check in and rest of the day at leisure. With over 100 years of history, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an authentic Art Nouveau palace located in the heart of Lake Como, adjacent to Villa Carlotta’s famed gardens. It offers 90 elegant rooms, included 15 suites. La Terrazza restaurant, managed by Chef Osvaldo Presazzi serves innovative culinary creations inspired by the Mediterranean tradition, using seasonal local ingredients. Guests can enjoy the 1000-sqm T SPA, an exclusive oasis of well-being with panoramic views, swimming pools, luxurious wet area and equipped gym. The SPA also offers a wide range of ESPA treatments based on natural products. The hotel is surrounded by a centuries-old park and offers a floating pool on the lake. Several sport activities and lovely walks are nearby.
Day 2 - Lake Como: Free day
After breakfast spend a free day at leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel and its surroundings.
Day 3 – Lake Como: Half day excursion to Lugano
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your private English speaking driver and get ready to make your way to Lugano. Here you will have free time at leisure to wander through the streets and breath in the local atmosphere by the beautiful lake. The picturesque city of Lugano is famous for its Film Festival and for being the residence of the Nobel Prize winner, Herman Hesse. Known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland” , the city is a popular destination for its lovely scenery, the lake, its lifestyle and for the shopping. You can visit the boutiques with all the main brands in Via Nassa, the famous shopping street in the city. In the historical center you can visit the lovely cathedral of San Lorenzo, built in the Middle Ages. After the visit you will meet up again with your private driver for a transfer back to your hotel in Tremezzo. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4 – Lake Como: Free day
After breakfast, have a free day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
Day 5 – Tremezzo to Milan: PM Walking Tour & Last Supper visit (3 hours)
After breakfast and check out from your hotel meet your private English speaking driver for a transfer to your hotel in Milan: Hotel Chateau Monfort5*****. We will book 1 double executive room. Check in and lunch at leisure. The Château Monfort, a luxury hotel in a historical 19th-century building built by renowned architect Paolo Mezzanotte, is located downtown, within easy reach of the main cultural and worldly attractions of Milan. The rooms are all soundproofed and featuring retro furnishings and décor, exquisite materials and finishings and tailor-made pieces. At the hotel restaurant, Rubacuori, guests can enjoy delicious culinary experiences in different locatons, while La Cella di Bacco, located in the cellars, offers wine tastings from the best labels. There is also a lounge bar for cocktails, light lunches and after-dinner drinks. The luxury Spa, Amore & Psiche, is an oasis of well-being with a sauna, steam bath, ice waterfall, emotional aromatic showers, calidarium, swimming pool and relaxation area. Hotel facilities include a modern fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. In the afternoon, meet your private English speaking guide at the hotel and get ready for a walking tour of the city. Together with your guide, you will discover the cathedral, the Duomo, home to the famous "Madunina", the golden statue of the Virgin Mary that inspired one of Milan's most popular folk songs. Close by the famous Vittorio Emanuele Gallery filled with an array of elegant shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bookstores, clothes shops which draw both the locals and the tourists attention, together with Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga; considered one of the best shopping sites of Milanese luxury. Then, you will proceed towards the famous Teatro alla Scala (outside visit) and Castello Sforzesco. Together with your private guide you will reach Santa Maria delle Grazie, famous for the Last Supper, one of the most famous works by Leonardo Da Vinci. *Availabilities to visit Leonardo's Last Supper are very few. Only 25 visitors every 15 minutes are admitted. The availability has to be reconfirmed at the moment of booking. End of the tour and rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6 – Milan to Venice with stop in Sirmione and Verona (8 hours)
After an early breakfast and check out meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel and start your fun day visiting some of the most beautiful towns of the whole region. First you will stop in Sirmione, on Lake Garda, where you will have time at leisure to explore this tiny town. Garda is the largest and most Mediterranean of the Alpine lakes in Italy, with villages and small towns carved on its banks. Each one of them characterized by beauty and a different natural light. Located in the north between the regions of Trentino, Veneto and Lombardy, it was part of Austrian-Hungary until 1918 and the scene of many episodes of Italian history. Sirmione is an ancient city, during the late Roman period, It became a protection point on the south shore of the lake. One of the main attractions is the Castello Scaligero di Sirmione, the 13th century example of a fortified fort used by the Scaligeri. Castello is the heart of Sirmione, and offers fun for everyone from amazing beaches -a lake beach, of course, and also delicious restaurants, amazing gelaterias and wonderful landscapes. A living dream! After the visit meet up again with your private driver and make your way towards Verona, where you will have 2 hours at leisure to walk around. You'll be able to get to know Verona while walking through the town enjoying beautiful wall frescoes, ancient mosaics and stone portals finely sculpted until reaching the unmissable view of the river and its 2000 year old Roman bridge. You can go to a ‘Osteria’, a traditional and informal bar where the local Veronese like to meet up and you can enjoy a glass of superb wine, the best outcome of the Veronese wine production: the Amarone wine, an aged and smooth red wine that will immediately brighten the atmosphere accompanied by one of the typical local treats and tasters of the Osteria. After the visit you will meet up again with your private English speaking driver and transfer to Venice. Upon your arrival, you will meet your English speaking assistant, who will escort you to your private water taxi for a direct transfer to your hotel: Hotel Londra Palace 5*****. We will book 1 double deluxe lagoon view room. Check in and time to rest. The Londra Palace has 53 rooms, each with different furnishings in the Biedermeier style, with good quality tapestries and brocades, marble bathrooms and all the comforts of a luxury hotel. Every room is unique: a feature which makes the hotel all the more desirable. The view is always enchanting: choose between the San Marco Basin and the Venetian Lagoon on the one hand, or the historic city’s roofs and bell towers on the other. Its restaurant, the DO Leoni, is a temple to Venetian cuisine, thanks to the artistry of its chef, Loris Indri. Loris combines tradition and innovation, offering the stimulation of good food with the pleasure of dining in elegant atmosphere-filled surroundings.
Day 7 - Venice Highlights: San Marco, the Basilica & Doge’s Palace (3 hours) PM Private Gondola ride with cicchetti tasting (30 minutes)
Breakfast at your hotel and enjoy a free morning at leisure. After lunch you will meet your English-speaking guide and start your walking tour of the political and religious center of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, St. Mark’s Square and its incredible monuments. Firstly the Doge's Palace, the seat of government of the Republic and the Doge's private residence. Visit the Palace, that includes the halls of government and justice, the private apartments of the Doge, the prisons and the world famous Bridge of Sighs. You will visit the Basilica, where lies the body of St. Mark the Evangelist. Admire the wonderful golden mosaics depicting stories from the Old and New Testaments, the famous gold altarpiece decorated with enamels and precious stones, one of the world's most important masterpieces of Byzantine goldsmiths, and climb to the loggia or terrace of horses, where you will have a magnificent view of St. Mark's Square and its monuments. At the end of the historical tour, your guide will accompany you to the pier for your private Gondola Ride with a food experience. The tour will start in Rio di San Polo and from here, you will explore the jewels of this undiscovered corners, with its numerous Palazzi and noble families’ homes built in various different architectural styles. During this pleasant ride, make a stop in front of a typical “Bacaro” to enjoy a delicious Prosecco wine accompanied by the Venetian Cicchetti , typical Venetian appetizers made with the best local ingredients. Enjoy this feast on board of your Gondola while sailing the hidden canals of Venice with the magical views and perspectives that only a gondola can provide. After the tour spend the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast at your hotel free day at leisure.
Day 9 – Venice: Departure
After breakfast and check out, meet your private English speaking assistant at the hotel that will escort you to your water taxi for a direct transfer to Venice Airport for your departure flight.