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10 Day Italian Riviera & Lake District
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$2599* Land Only
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*Prices are per person, Land only based on double occupancy. Minimum of 20 passengers required, subject to availability. Prices plus tips of $150 for Driver, Guide & waiters. Single Supplement $450.
Italian Riviera & Lake District
April 24, 2018
Tuesday, April 24 2018 ~ Day 1: Departure
Depart US for your flight to Italy; enjoy Dinner and Breakfast and in-flight movies.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 ~ Day 2: Arrival
Arrival at Genoa Airport and transfer to your hotel, where you will be staying for the next 3-nights. Enjoy welcome cocktails and a delicious three course dinner at the hotel. Welcome to the Italian Riviera!! And to the Dolce Vita!!
Thursday, April 26, 2018 ~ Day 3: Italian Riviera: Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure
Today we drive along the coast to reach two gems of the Italian Riviera: Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure. From Sestri Levante to Santa Margherita Ligure, the Tigullio coast is a continuation of seaside resorts that have been an important tourist tradition for more than two hundred years. Extensive beaches with well-equipped bathing establishments, large marinas with full services, avant-garde sport facilities and refined, top quality hotels: in Tigullio all this blends with the beauty of sea landscapes, the liveliness of the town centres, the fascination of the water with its favourable currents. Portofino, a magical and enchanting place where society and nature blend together: it is a refuge for VIPs, a meeting place for famous people, but it is also a Natural Park. Portofino was originally a fishermen village with its coloured tall houses which design an amphitheatre around the famous “Piazzetta” (little square). In the afternoon discover Genoa with your local guide. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Genoa.
Friday, April 27, 2018 ~ Day 4: Cinque Terre
After breakfast we will leave this morning for a full day excursion to the famous Cinque Terre. We will get by bus to La Spezia where will board a panoramic motor boat. Our first visit will be Portovenere. The village is dominated by the castle, and on its opposite you will see the island Palmaria. The quay is bordered by a terrace of tower-houses with up to seven floors with coloured fronts. Leaving a door with towers behind, you will arrive in Via Capellini, main axes of the medieval village, which runs along the coast, and which is flanked by antique houses often decorated with original architectonic elements: roof-gardens, doors in slate or in marble, fine door decorations. Our second stop will be Vernazza. Here the houses add to the classic tower-shape more elaborated architectonic forms, like open galleries, arcades and decorated doors. Vernazza is considered the most beautiful village of the Cinque Terre, and one of the most fascinating places of the whole Liguria. Monterosso will be the last village that we will visit. The village is closed between various hills (which go down to the sea), olive-trees, lemon-trees and above all vineyards which produce an excellent white wine. The municipality consists of two centers with two sand beaches: Fegina and Monterosso. It is really the ideal stop for a bath before to leave the Cinque Terre! Furthermore, the street along the sea is ideal for having a long walk. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Genoa.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 ~ Day 5: Leaving the Italian Riviera: Lake Maggiore & Stresa
After breakfast, check out and departure by private bus to Lake Maggiore. Upon arrival to Stresa we will enjoy a lovely cruise to reach the Isola Bella (beautiful island). Stresa is an elegant internationally famous holiday resort located on the shore of Lake Maggiore. We will visit the Borromean Palace and Gardens on Isola Bella, which were constructed from 1632 onwards, transforming the pre-existing fishing village into an elegant residence which occupies two thirds of the island. The Italian style baroque gardens remind you of a ship, firmly anchored in the waters of the lake. We will have some free time for shopping and lunch on own on the island before to check in at your hotel in Stresa where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Stresa
Sunday, April 29, 2018 ~ Day 6: Day trip to Lugano
After breakfast depart by bus to Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, rich in parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town. Lugano lies in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by numerous mountains offering splendid viewpoints. The traffic-free historic town centre, the numerous buildings in Italianate Lombardy style, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights, soak up the atmosphere – and enjoy "dolce far niente". in bloom. Stroll the town centre with its Mediterranean-style squares and arcades, and numerous parks with sub-tropical plants such as the Parco Civico on the shores of the lake invite you to laze around, enjoying the atmosphere. By the lakeside promenade are the Belvedere Gardens, where the parkland boasts not only camellias and magnolias but also countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Stresa
Monday, April 30, 2018 ~ Day 7: Como Lake drive & cruise: Tremezzo & Bellagio
After your buffet breakfast, check-out and depart by private motor coach for an amazing day excursion to discover lake Como and the charming villages of Tremezzo and Bellagio. We will drive along the lake western shore to admire Cernobbio with the famous Renaissance Villa d’Este; then we will bypass Laglio where George Clooney bought a marvellous estate some years ago; finally we will reach Tremezzo. Here we will board on a private launch to reach the village of Bellagio, considered the “pearl of Lake Como”. The cruise will offer us splendid views of the Villas from the lake passing through the promontory where lies the XVIII Villa Balbianello in all its splendour till reaching Comacina Island. The village of Bellagio is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Enjoy some free time for lunch on own, shopping and individual visits. In the afternoon we will reach Lake Garda where you will spend 3 nights. ~ Breakfast and Dinner at your hotel at Lake Garda.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 ~ Day 8: Verone & Sirmione Peninsula
Today we will discover the city of Verona, considered the most Roman of the Italian cities because of the presence of the famous Arena, a well preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Our tour will start with a panoramic drive along the river Adige and up the hills overlooking Verona. We will stops at the Sanctuary of Santa Maria of Lourdes from where a breathtaking view over Verona from above can be admired. We will then continue along the river to admire some of the most beautiful monuments of Verona: the Roman Bridge, the Roman Theater and the monumental 16th century walls and gates, and the Scaligeri Castle. We will stroll through the city squares and monuments: Piazza delle Erbe (the old Roman center and now Market Square), Piazza dei Signori (the political center in middle age Verona), and finally Piazza Bra with the Arena, the Roman amphitheater. Of course Juliet's house and Romeo's house will be part of our tour! After lunch on own we will proceed to Lake Garda. Garda is a great Mediterranean lake, blessed by Italian sun, surrounded by villages and mountains. We will reach Sirmione peninsula for a lovely stroll through its picturesque alleys. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Garda.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 ~ Day 9: Venice
Today we leave after breakfast for a full day excursion to Venice. Explore this Romantic City of Italy with its colourful canals and walkways. ~ Breakfast and Dinner at your hotel in Garda.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 ~ Day 10: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight home.
** All Sightseeing subject to Change **
Note: Guest must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobble stone surface, inclines and 40 to 65 steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for guest with walkers and wheelchairs