Day 1: Venice
Arrive in Venice at the time that best suits you. You will meet your representative and private driver at Marco Polo Airport, who'll take you to your hotel and share a detailed itinerary for your trip. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Venice at your leisure – head to the Biennale to get a taste of contemporary art or simply stroll the canals. Overnight in Venice.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Venice
After breakfast, meet up with your guide and enjoy on a city tour, starting with a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can see the Pala D'Oro altar and the Treasury, with its numerous items from Venice's infamous raid on Constantinople in 1204 AD.
Afterwards you'll visit Loggia dei Cavalli for the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square. Following this you'll have the chance to explore the Doges Palace, crossing the iconic Bridge of Sighs en route. This wonderful day will be topped off with a one-hour gondola ride along Venice's canals. Overnight in Venice.
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Colorful houses in Burano, Venice, Italy © Adisa/Shutterstock
Day 3: Murano and Burano boat tour
After breakfast at your hotel, head off on a delightful trip through the Venetian lagoon to the islands of Murano and Burano. First up Burano, a colourful fishing village with winding streets and canals lined by pastel-coloured houses. This island is particularly famous for its lace-making industry. If you choose you can head to the lace museum, where you can see splendid examples of lace-making made by the local people over the centuries. Then, visit Murano with its world-renowned glass-making workshops, where you can learn about the art of glass blowing and maybe pick up a souvenir! Overnight in Venice.
Day 4: Venice
Day four is reserved for exploring and enjoying Venice at your own pace. Explore more of the city's artistic connection at the Guggenheim museum, or simply take it easy. We can of course arrange activities for you if there's something special you want to do. Overnight in Venice.
Day 5: Train to Milan
After breakfast it's time to head to Milan by train.
Upon arrival in Milan (3 hours later) you will be met by a private driver and taken to your hotel downtown. The rest of your day is free for you to enjoy Milan: you may choose to explore the world-famous shopping avenue, Quadrilatero dell Moda, or anything else you choose. Overnight in Milan.
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Day 6: Sightseeing in Milan
On day six you will be collected by your guide, who will take you on a walking tour of Milan, which includes visiting one of the oldest churches in the world and seeing Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece mural, The Last Supper. Next stop, the Castello Sforzesco where you can see Leonardo's newly revealed mulberry tree mural, hidden from view for 500 years.
From there venture onwards to La Scala, the prestigious Milanese opera house, with its ornate stage that glistens under crystal chandeliers. The tour ends with a walk through the La Scala Museum with your guide. After the tour, the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Milan.
Cathedral Duomo di Milano in Milan, Italy © Beautiful landscape/Shutterstock
Day 7: Train to Lake Como
After breakfast, you will embark on a 1-hour train-journey to Como. When you arrive, your driver will collect you and take you to your new hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free for you to take in the atmosphere of the area. Overnight in Como.
Day 8: Lugano and lakeside villages
For your eighth day you'll take a short ride to Lugano, Switzerland. Lake Lugano is surrounded by numerous mountains offering splendid viewpoints. The traffic-free historic town centre, the numerous buildings in Italianate Lombardy style, the museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to enjoy the town's sights and delights. On the way you will short stop in the surrounding local villages to enjoy the views. Overnight in Como.
Day 9: Lake Como boat tour
On Day 9 you will enjoy a fantastic guided boat trip on Lake Como. Don't forget your camera, as this excursion offers some of the best views on the entire trip. Overnight in Como.
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Yachts in the harbour of Varenna old town on Lake Como © Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock
Day 10: Como
Spend the day in Como however you would like, and enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world. Of course, we'll be happy to arrange any activity you want. Overnight in Como.
Day 11: Train to Cinque Terre
After breakfast at your hotel, your private driver will take you to the railway station for onward journey to Cinque Terre, where you'll be met on arrival and taken to your new hotel. The rest of the evening is free for you to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
Day 12: Exploring Cinque Terre and around
After breakfast, you'll take the train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore, where you'll walk along the panoramic paved footpath that leads from the new to the old part of the village, with great views. On the main street you'll meet your tour guide, who will accompany you on the ferry trip to Monterosso, the largest village of the Cinque Terre and the only one with a beach. Your tour guide will accompany you around the old town, wandering through its shady alleys and visiting the tiny Oratorio, with its mysterious sculptures.
Following lunch and free time for shopping, you'll take the afternoon train to Vernazza, the pearl of Cinque Terre, where you explore the towns maze of alleys and take in the stunning view of the village from the hiking path leading to Monterosso. Next, take the train to Manarola, a small village perched high on a hill. After this full day of exploring you'll head back to your hotel. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
Manarola village popular european italian tourist destination in Cinque Terre © Dmitry Rukhlenko/Shutterstock
Day 13: Cinque Terre
After breakfast at your hotel, the rest of the day will be free to spend at your leisure. Take your camera and capture the famously colourful buildings standing out against a classic Italian blue sky. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
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Day 14: Pisa and Luca
After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, then embark on a visual journey to see Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The next stop is the charming town of Lucca, which is encircled by an undamaged Renaissance wall. After the tour you will be driven to your hotel in Florence. The rest of the evening is free. Overnight in Florence.
Day 15: Sightseeing in Florence
Enjoy a private tour of Florence's most famous sights, beginning with a visit to the Duomo with its iconic bell tower and baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Proceeding to the city's Piazza della Repubblica, you'll pass Strozzi Palace and the bustling shopping street of via Tornabuoni.
Visit a private chapel embellished with fresco paintings of the late 15th cnetury, then cross the Santa Trinita bridge, and enter Oltrarno, an enclave that is home to local crafts shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent. Here in Oltrarno you will see one of the first official works of Michelangelo, completed when he was just 17 years old. The tour ends with visits to Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Overnight in Florence.
The Duomo, Florence © Nickolay Vinokurov/iStock
Day 16: Departure from Florence
After breakfast, you'll be collected and transferred to the airport for your departure flight from Florence International airport.
Prices start from $2,967 per person for two travellers sharing a double room. This includes accommodation (hotel or overnight bus), in-country transportation, some meals, entrance fees to all of the sites, and English-speaking guides. Flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, and any local taxes are not covered.
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