Rome, Florence, Venice & Lake Maggiore
This locally hosted 14-day tour showcases Italy’s most romantic destinations, with Lake Maggiore as the piéce de resistance.
On this tour of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Lake Maggiore, you’ll experience Italy’s greatest architectural and natural wonders. From the snowcapped mountains and deep blue water of Lake Maggiore to the towering Duomo, Italy is a delight to the senses and a catalyst to the imagination. You’ll step back in time as you walk the ruins of Ancient Rome and Florence, where the Italian Renaissance was born. In Venice, the romance and serenity of the Floating City will leave you spellbound. Stresa, a charming town nestled on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is the perfect place to relax and admire panoramic views of Italy’s largest lake and its alpine backdrop. With your transportation and accommodation expertly pre-arranged and with insider advice from your Local Hosts to help you plan your days, you’ll be free to enjoy the unparalleled romance and culture of your Italian vacation.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation on high-speed rail (first-class)
- 12 nights hotel accommodation in pre-screened, centrally located hotels
- Daily breakfast buffet
Locally guided sightseeing and orientation at each destination
- Rome highlights include a visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum
- Florence highlights include a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's David
- Venice highlights include a visit to Doges' Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, a glassblowing demonstration, and entrances to the Marciana Library, the Correr Museum and National Archaeological Museum
- Lake Maggiore highlights include a boat ride to the palace and gardens of Isola
- Friendly, knowledgeable Local Host at each destination
Day 1 - Depart USA for Rome
Board your international flight for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. (Air travel not included in tour cost)
Day 2 - Rome, Italy
Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you maximize your time in Italy's capital city.
Day 3 - Rome
Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the Vatican Museums to see amazing treasures. In the Sistine Chapel, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo's The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, enter monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle's tomb and home to Michelangelo's masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic Colosseum, built for 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.
Day 4 - Rome
Ask your Local Host for the best way to discover the “Eternal City” today. You may wish to try “The Magic of Rome” with the Catacombs, visit the Borghese Gallery and gardens, or relax while sipping a glass of locally produced Frascati wine.
Day 5 - Rome-Florence
Travel by high-speed train (first-class) to Florence.
Day 6 - Florence
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the Academy Of Fine Arts with Michelangelo's original David. Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city's political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Day 7 - Florence
A full day at leisure to visit one of the city's wonderful museums; take an excursion to San Gimignano; see the secret passages of Palazzo Vecchio, experience Florence by night, or shop at Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy, famous for its centuries-old formulas, remedies, and tonics. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.
Day 8 - Florence-Venice
Travel by high-speed train (first-class) to Venice.
Day 9 - Venice
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features St. Mark's Square and Basilica with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit Doges' Palace and the poignant Bridge of Sighs. Watch skilled glassblowers fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glassmaking was so important in Venetian history. Entrances to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day 10 - Venice
Today you may want to shop for famous Murano glass items, or admire the views from atop St. Mark’s Bell Tower. Your Local Host will have many ideas.
Day 11 - Venice-Lake Maggiore
Travel by high-speed train (first-class) to Milan, then transfer to your hotel in beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
Day 12 - Lake Maggiore
On your morning guided sightseeing, take a short boat ride to the opulent palace and monumental gardens of Isola Bella. Once a rocky island and home to a community of fisherman, it was purchased by Carlo III Borromeo in 1630 and eventually transformed into the beautiful location it is today. Carlo III named the island after his wife, Isabella, and it is still owned by the Borromeo dynasty to the present day.
Day 13 - Lake Maggiore
Your Local Host will have many recommendations for your day at leisure. Perhaps visit the Umbrella Museum in nearby Gignese.
Day 14 - Lake Maggiore
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Milan Malpensa).
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Best Western Hotel Universo, Rome
Set in a 19th-century building with 198 modern rooms, two restaurants serving traditional Roman and international cuisine, an elegant bar and Free WI-FI internet access throughout the property. The fitness zone of the Hotel is equipped with a gym, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and hydromassage shower.
This classic Florentine style 60-room hotel boasts a great location with easy access and offers free Wi-Fi access throughout. There is a small but comprehensive fitness center, a bar and a traditional Italian restaurant featuring local cuisine and a variety of seasonal dishes.
Hotel Abbazia, Venice
This charming 50-room hotel offers a real Venetian experience in the heart of the city and is housed in a former monastery dating back to 1879 with Free Wi-Fi access available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A breakfast buffet is served in the bright, airy breakfast room and can also be enjoyed in the serene courtyard garden during the summer months; the original chapel has been restored as a stately wood-paneled lounge/bar complete with the original oak pulpit. NOTE: This 3-storey property does not have an elevator and may not be suitable for guests who are mobility impaired).
Grand Hotel Bristol, Lake Maggiore
This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is avilable in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.
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|25th July 2019||$3,068||Please call for availability.|
|1st August 2019||$2,935||Book Now|
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|22nd August 2019||$3,192||Book Now|
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|26th September 2019||$3,242||Book Now|
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: Departs 25th July 2019 from $3,068 - Please call for availability 1st August 2019 ($2,935), 8th August 2019 ($2,935), 15th August 2019 ($2,935), 22nd August 2019 ($3,192), 29th August 2019 ($3,176), 5th September 2019 ($3,242), 12th September 2019 ($3,242), 19th September 2019 ($3,242), 26th September 2019 ($3,242)
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