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9 days (Approx.)
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Overview

See the highlights of Italy on this action-packed 9-day tour from Milan. Travel with your expert local guide down to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice and many places in between, giving yourself an excellent primer on one of the world's top tourism destinations. Get an up-close look at the Pantheon and Colosseum in Rome, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the amazing art in Florence, the wonderland of bridges and canals in Venice, and the gorgeous nature in the Lake District. 
  • 9-day highlights of Italy tour from Milan with an expert guide
  • Visit the Eternal City of Rome and see top attractions like Trevi Fountain on a walking tour
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Assisi in Umbria and then head to Tuscany to visit Siena and Florence
  • Discover the charms of the Veneto region during trips to Venice, Verona and Padua
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Garda and Lake Como before visiting the urban metropolis of Milan
  • 4-star hotel accommodation in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan included

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Eight nights of accommodation
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, D=dinner)
  • Coach ride back to Rome at end of tour (if required)

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • City tax

Departure Point

Hotel Antares Concorde in Milan

Return Details

Milano Centrale or Rome Termini train station
Begin this superlative tour of incredible Italy by heading to the capital, Rome. Known as the Eternal City, Rome is a palimpsest of history: layer after layer can be peeled away and there's something interesting to discover; there's an intrigue around every bend in the narrow cobblestoned street. Spend two nights in Rome, discovering the city independently but also taking a guided tour. 

After the Eternal City, travel to Umbria, the region to the east of Tuscany, stopping in the medieval hill town, Assisi, home to Saint Francis, one of the most popular saints in the Catholic fold. Then head west to Tuscany, taking in the views of the rolling hills clad with vineyards and olive groves, some of which are crowned by a rustic villa. Base yourself in Florence for two nights, a perfect spot to explore more of Tuscany.  Head to Siena for a while, enjoying the nearly perfect square, Piazza del Campo, or use the time to just see Florence, with its incredible art and amazing medieval and Renaissance churches. 


After Tuscany, head north-east to Veneto. Spend two incredible evenings in Venice, the city of bridges and canals that is so unique to the world. Take a walking tour of Venice, visit the island of Murano and then explore nearby charming Padua. 


On the final portion of the tour, head to the lakes in Northern Italy, spending some time in Lake Como and Lake Garda, before heading to Milan where you'll spend one more evening. Do a sightseeing tour of Milan and then get dropped off at Milan's main railway station. Or make use of the complimentary transfer back to Rome. 


Please note: The listed price does not include a city tax, payable at the time of hotel check-in. The tax is required by the hotels and is not within our control.

Itinerary

Day 1: Milan (D)
Arrive in Milan independently and meet your guide at your Milan hotel Antares Concorde. Enjoy your dinner at the hotel and the rest of your evening at your leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Antares Concorde in Milan

Day 2: Milan - Rome (B)
After your buffet breakfast at the hotel get ready for a panoramic tour of the city which including the shopping Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, the Sforza Castle and the Duomo, one of the world’s largest and most striking Gothic cathedrals.
Leave the city by air-conditioned coach. With few stops throughout the day to stretch your legs and buy meals, your tour heads south in the direction of Italy’s Lazio region. Arrive in Rome by late afternoon, check into your hotel and then relax at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely walk to Villa Borghese, Rome's tranquil park, or explore the city's vibrant neighborhoods like Trastevere or Testaccio.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Gioberti in Rome

Day 3: Rome (B)
After breakfast, head out on a 3-hour walking tour with your guide to discover Rome. Starting from Largo di Torre Argentina – a quiet piazza boasting Roman temple ruins – your route continues to Campo de Fiori, Rome’s louder-than-life central square. Stroll to Piazza Navona with its Baroque fountains and pavement-side cafés, and then see unmistakable monuments like the Pantheon. Amble past the Spanish Steps and throw a coin in Trevi Fountain for good luck!

Your walking tour ends in the center of Rome – perfect for sightseeing independently if you wish. Return to your hotel in the evening, and spend the rest of your night in Rome at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Gioberti in Rome

Day 4: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence (B, D)
After breakfast, leave Rome early, traveling north by coach to the Umbrian town of Assisi. On a walking tour of the village, see sites frequented by Assisi’s patron, St Francis of Assisi, and hear about his life here – first as a young man of wealth and then later as a poor street preacher. Visit the Basilica of St Francis to see incredible early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and then enjoy free time for lunch (own expense).

Continue to Siena, one of Tuscany's most popular towns, to spend your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps explore its UNESCO-listed historic center or relax in Piazza del Campo, the beautiful square that featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Leave Siena in the late afternoon and travel north to Florence. Check into your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Rivoli in Florence

Day 5: Florence (B, D)
After breakfast, meet your guide for a morning walking tour around the city. Concentrating on Florence’s countless Renaissance-era sites, your tour takes in city highlights like Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), Giotto’s Bell Tower and Santa Croce – a 13th-century Franciscan church that’s home to Cimabue’s famous Crucifix painting.

Stop for lunch (own expense) and then spend the rest of your day sightseeing independently. Perhaps stroll along Florence’s eye-catching medieval bridge -- the Ponte Vecchio -- or arrange an excursion with your guide to nearby Pisa (own expense).

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Rivoli in Florence

Day 6: Florence – Padua – Venice (B, D)

Enjoy breakfast and then travel northeast by air-conditioned coach. Your first destination is Padua – Venice’s lesser-known (but just as charming) neighbor – which you’ll get to know on a walking tour.

Stroll around Padua center and head inside St Anthony’s Basilica – the city’s most celebrated monument. Admire its extravagant high altar, decorated by early-Renaissance artist Donatello, and then admire the Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata (another Donatello masterpiece) from outside.

After a break for lunch (own expense), continue to nearby Venice by coach. Check into your hotel and then set out to see its most famous sights. With your guide, stroll through Piazza San Marco and marvel at historical monuments like Basilica di San Marco. Learn of the doges who once ruled Venice by dastardly means, and then visit the Bridge of Sighs where prisoners were led before being locked away. Return to your hotel for dinner, and then spend the rest of your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Continental in Venice

Day 7: Venice (B, D)

Relax over breakfast and then take a boat ride to Murano – a colorful cluster of close-knit islands in the Venetian lagoon. Once a commercial port, Murano gained a reputation for glassmaking in the early 13th century – producing items that were (at that time) either rare or non-existent in Europe.

Watch a glass-blowing demonstration inside a Murano workshop and see local glassmakers in action. After some free time here to sighsee or to shop for quality Murano glass souvenirs, return to your hotel by boat for dinner and then spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Continental in Venice

Day 8: Venice – Verona – Italian Lakes – Milan (B, D)
After breakfast, leave Venice and travel west by coach to Verona. Famously the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this enchanting Veneto city has gained UNESCO status for its collection of monuments from eras dating back to 1st century BC. On a walking tour, see top Verona attractions like Piazza della Erbe and Juliet’s House, and lose yourself in the setting of the world’s most tragic love story.

Continue to Sirmione at Lake Garda, and explore the little peninsula town with your guide. As you stroll, admire its colorful streets, Roman ruins and the 13th-century Scaligero Castle – all set against the picturesque backdrop of Italy’s largest lake. Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense), and then continue by coach to Lake Como, in the foothills of the Rhaetain Alps. Walk around one of the lake’s waterfront villages and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Italian lakeside life.

Leave the lakes in the late afternoon and travel by coach to the city of Milan, roughly 1.5 hours away. Check into your hotel, enjoy dinner, and then relax at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Executive in Milan

Day 9: Milan (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Your tour finishes here or you can hop aboard an air-conditioned coach for a transfer to Rome Termini train station. Simply advise your guide on the day!
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • In the case of 3 adults and 1 child, 2 twin rooms will be required

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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