8 Days / 7 Nights – Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice, Verona, Sirmione (Garda Lake), Como Lake, Milan
Day 1 – Saturday: ROME
Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 – Sunday: ROME
Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of Rome. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 3 – Monday: ROME-ASSISI-SIENA-FLORENCE
After breakfast depart by coach to ASSISI for a visit of the mystic town of Saint Francis, still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. We then continue towards SIENA, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio horse race. Proceed to FLORENCE and check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 4 – Tuesday: FLORENCE
Today take a guided sightseeing tour of the city, also known to be the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue’s famous crucifix.
The rest of the day is at leisure for optional sightseeing (we suggest the PISA half day tour) or for shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 5 – Wednesday: FLORENCE-PADUA-VENICE
After breakfast depart to VENICE by coach. Along the way we will stop in PADUA, where we will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s “Gattamelata.” Continue towards VENICE, and upon arrival enjoy a panoramic guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the St. Mark’s square, the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Venice island. (BD)
Day 6 – Thursday: VENICE
This morning take a tour by boat. We will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano, where you can assist in a glass blowing demonstration (some time will be allowed for shopping).
The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 7 – Friday: VENICE-VERONA – SIRMIONE (Lake Garda) – LAKE COMO – MILAN
This morning depart by motor coach to VERONA. Visit of the town of Romeo and Juliet before continuing to SIRMIONE. You will have free time for lunch and exploration of the town.
In the afternoon, proceed to Lake Como for a panoramic tour by bus. Arrive in Milan this evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 8 – Saturday: MILAN or ROME*
This morning take a panoramic tour of the city including the shopping gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, the Sforza castle, and the Splendid Duomo, one of the world’s largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals.
The tour will end at 12.30pm at the central railway station. Transfer to Milan Airport for your onward flight.
*It is possible to return to Rome with a free transfer by bus (arrival time at around 7.30pm)