New Elite Italy Golden Circle Tour (from Rome to Rome) – 2019
This comprehensive tour of Italy features some of Italy’s best travel destinations. From Rome to the Lakes and the fashion capital Milan with so much more.
Itinerary: Rome • Siena • Florence • Verona • Venice • Sirmione (Garda Lake) • Como Lake • Milan • La Spezia • Portovernere • Vernazza • Manarola • Lucca • Pisa • Montepulciano • Roma
- Small Group Tour 25 pax or less
- Accommodation in 4* centrally located hotels.
- Accommodation guaranteed on Venice Island in a totally renewed 4* Hotel (Htl Continental)
- Dinner in selected restaurants
- An all-encompassing tour of Northern Italy that combines the major Art Cities with the two most famous Lakes in Italy, the Cinque Terre and the medieval villages of Tuscany.
- 2 Nights’ accommodation in 4* hotel in Florence
- 2 Nights’ accommodation in 4* Hotel in Venice
- 1 Night’s accommodation in 4* hotel in Milan
- 1 Night’s accommodation in 4* Hotel in Lucca
- 6 American buffet breakfast
- 4 dinners (drinks NOT included)
- Ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning
- Boat and train ticket in Parco delle Cinque Terre
- Multilingual escorted tour (English/ French)
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- English/French speaking local guides
- **April: 7 • 21
- May: 12 • 19 • 26
- June: 2 • 9 • 16 • 23 • 30
- July: 7 • 14 • 21 • 28
- August: 11• 18 • 25
- September: 8 • 15 • 22
- October: 6 • 13 • 20
*City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out
Day 1 Sunday ROME • SIENA • FLORENCE
Meet at 8.00 am at the Destination Italia’s sightseeing office or pickup at the hotel from 7.30am to 7.45 am and depart by coach to Siena, the beautiful Medieval city renowned for the Palio horse race. As you wander though the streets of Siena, you will discover Palazzo Salimbeni, which is now used as the headquarters for the Banca Monte dei Paschi Di Siena; it was built in the 14th Century.
You will visit the main town square, Piazza del Campo; a beautiful seashell shaped square, where the famous Palio horse race is held every year on July 2nd and August 16th. Do not miss the chance to discover the impressive facade of the Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary, covered with colourful local marble, where several aritists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Bernini have work. Before you go, do not forget to taste the typical local dishes such as Pici – Home made pasta and the almond biscuits ricciarelli, symbols of the town.
You will proceed to Florence where you arrive around 2.00pm and after the checking-in to your Hotel, you can have the option to visit one of the museums in Florence. You can discuss the options with your tour guide – Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, or Palazzo Vecchio. Enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant to taste a traditional Tuscan menu. Spend overnight in your hotel in Florence. Meals: D
Day 2 Monday FLORENCE
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. With the help of Michelangelo, it was in Florence that Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free Commune and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo.
During your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the Campanile tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the Gates of Paradise. In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce.
Enjoy free time lunch in a traditional Tuscan restaurant. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence with your tour guide, who will accompany you to discover the traditional local products. You will visit one of the most famous jewellers where you can admire the collections of a master Florentine goldsmith. You can walk around San Lorenzo leather market, the leather goods are made with beautiful, high-grade leather and produced using traditional methods. You’ll see the classic elegance of Florentine leather goods, such as bags, wallets, shoes, and jackets that represent the essential local artisans. Finally, you will visit an old perfumery which still produces fragrances using methods and recipes of the Medieval monks. Spend overnight in your in your hotel in Florence.
Day 3 Tuesday FLORENCE • VERONA • VENICE
Enjoy an American buffet breakfast in your hotel, check out and departure for Venice by coach. Along the way, you will stop for a tour of Verona, the city of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, built on myth, movies, fairytales and some outstanding buildings. Verona is a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the main attractions is Juliet’s balcony. You will visit the old market square, Piazza delle Erbe, surrounded by some of the most famous buildings, like Torre Lamberti, the City Hall, the tribunal. Another of Verona’s main attractions is the Arena, a remarkably well-preserved 1st-century amphitheatre, the venue for the city’s annual summer opera festival.
Proceed to Venice. You will travel by boat to Saint Mark’s Square and meet your local tour guide who will introduce you to Venice’s most significant landmarks, such us the Doge’s Palace, the Campanile, the Clock tower, the Library. You’ll learn about the birth of the city and its glorious history. Walk through the ‘hidden Venice’, admire its back alleys, lovely canals and picturesque campos (squares) where you can witness everyday life taking place, you also gain a greater understanding of the structure of this floating city. You will reach the Rialto Bridge, over the Grand Canal, with its market area, which forms the heart of the city. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a lovely walk to your hotel for check in and to enjoy a traditional dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Venice.
Meals: B D
Day 4 Wednesday VENICE • MURANO
After an American buffet breakfast in your hotel, your tour guide will escort you on a ride across the Venetian Lagoon to the colourful island of Murano. You will be ale to get an inside peek into the world-famous glass-blowing factories of the island. Enjoy a glassmaking demonstration from a master craftsman, and enjoy time to browse the factory showroom featuring finished works of art. Return to St. Mark square for an afternoon at your leisure for shopping and private tours. Spend overnight in your hotel in Venice.
Day 5 Thursday VENICE • SIRMIONE (Lake Garda) • LAKE COMO • MILAN
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before departing for Sirmione; well known as the Pearl of Lake Garda – the gem of all the peninsulas, as the poet Catullus wrote. Your visit commences with the medieval Scala Castle, built at the end of the 13th century by the Lords of Verona. Along narrow medieval streets, you will reach the Parish Church of Santa Maria which contains many stunning images and paintings; together with different altars and precious 18th century works of marble. Further uphill, we will reach the San Salvatore Church, which dates back to the 8th century. You will visit the park of the prestigious and luxurious 5 star Hotel Villa Cortine and the nearby Villa of Maria Callas; making your way to the entrance of the Grotte di Catullo. This is the most important archaeological area of the entire Lombardy region. The imposing remains which was once a luxurious Roman Villa on Lake Garda.
In the afternoon, the tour continues to Lake Como, to walk through the local historic highlights. Strolling through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, surrounded by Roman walls, you will visit the beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches, Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo; plus the charming old Town Hall building, called Broletto, with its characteristic bell tower and superb 600-year old Cathedral.
Subsequently, you will depart for Milan, and will enjoy a panoramic tour to see the city highlights, such as: Sforzesco Castle, medieval Piazza Mercanti, and Piazza della Scala, and admire the marble façade of Milan Cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. The tour will conclude in the historic Piazza del Duomo. In the evening, check into the hotel in Milan for dinner and overnight stay. Meals: B D
Day 6 Friday MILAN • LA SPEZIA • PORTOVENERE • VERNAZZA • MANAROLA • LUCCA
After breakfast, check out and departure for La Spezia for an unforgettable day dedicated to discover of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World : Cinque Terre.
Cinque Terre is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. Your visit is like you are entering a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the opportunity to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside.
(*In the event of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train.)
During the tour, the boat will reach Porto Venere and you can visit other significant villages. There are plenty of photo opportunities in Portovenere, Vernazza and Manarola. Walking the narrow streets, it’s as if you’re immersed in a colourful postcard.
Then you will travel to La Spezia by train and from there you will take a private coach to Lucca. Walk the cobblestone streets, explore squares and old Renaissance walls; and see the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Admire the Medieval buildings along Via Fillungo; peek inside San Frediano church and visit landmarks like the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore. Finally, do not forget to taste Buccellato cake. At the end of the walk transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight in Lucca.
Meals: B D
Day 7 Saturday LUCCA • PISA • MONTEPULCIANO • ROMA
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel, check out and depart for Pisa for a walk into the heart of the city. Visit the Cathedral Square with Duomo di Pisa, Campo Santo, Pisa Baptistry, and, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There will be time for lunch and shopping and in the afternoon depart to cross the Val D’orcia area, which is famous for its superb wine production and amazing landscape symbols of the Tuscany region. You will visit the most symbolic town in the area: Montepulciano.
Surrounded by an ancient city wall, Montepulciano is the symbol of the power and wealth of the noble families from the 14th to 16th centuries. You will be enchanted by the beauty of Piazza Grande with the magnificent Duomo and Palazzo Tarugi; and have th opportunity to see the Fortezza and the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi, a symbol of Renaissance art. Montepulciano is well known for the great production of red wine, it’s Nobile di Montepulciano is one of the most appreciated Italian wines in Italy and abroad. Montepulciano has a distinct peculiarity, in that you can find several historic cantinas right within the city walls, which have been dug out underneath the prestigious palazzos. You can taste local wine, take photographs and shop for souvenirs.
Travel to Rome and arrive around 7.30pm. End of services.
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