Day 1: Rome
Arrival to Rome airport and private transfer to hotel. Check-in and at leisure.
Meet your private guide for a guided walking tour (up to 4 hrs): No other city is quite like Rome. Whatever your interests may be – food, fashion, art, architecture, sport or religion – this city will not disappoint you. Discover how ancient remains, medieval streets, Renaissance facades, Baroque wonders, Neoclassical “piazze” and contemporary structures merge to create an open-air museum of unrivaled fame and splendor.
You will not only explore the well-known tourist attractions and iconic landmarks – Piazza Navona,
Piazza Venezia, Spanish Steps, Trevi’s Fountain, Pantheon – but also discover hidden gems along the way as your guide reveals some of the city’s fascinating secrets. Rome is full of treasures and also hidden gems.
Day 2: Rome
CRYPTS AND ROMAN CATACOMBS (with guide and public transportation (payable on the spot, duration, 3,5 hrs): Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a 3.5-hour walking tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
Day 3: Rome
Vatican museums & Sistine Chapel: Visit one of reaches art collection in the world.
Discover the Vatican on your own with St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with an audio guides, which will bring the ancient collection to life. Explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica. (with official guide who you will meet at museums and with private transfer from hotel to museums and back, duration of guided tour: 3 hrs, transfer 0,5 hrs).
Day 4: Rome
Private tour of colosseum underground and third tier tour + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (duration: up to 4hrs). This is walking tour. See the secrets of the Colosseum tour that takes you into the amphitheater’s underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll skip the Colosseum’s long entrance line with priority admission, heading straight inside to see where wild animals were once held and stand where gladiators once stood. Then explore Palatine Hill and see where Rome’s wealthiest inhabitants once lived. At the end admire the ruins of the Roman Forum, including the Arch of Titus.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5: Venice
Train transfer to Venice. Taxi transfer to hotel.
Check-in hotel and at leisure.
Guided walking tour of Venice (up to 4hrs): Explore Venice from different point of view with our special guide. Besides all major attractions, such as St. Mark’s Square, Dodge’s Palace, Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs, our guides’ specialty are Venice museums and private galleries. By walking or driving with vaporetos or romantic gondolas we will pass numerous palaces, old houses and canals, museums and galleries.
Day 6: Venice
Visit Murano and Burano (with guide and public transportation, duration 6 hrs): famous artisan islands of the Venetian Lagoon on a half-day motorboat trip from central Venice. Soak up fantastic views of the city’s waterside highlights as you cruise to Murano, known for its centuries-old glassmaking industry. Continue on to the pretty island of Burano, home to brightly hued buildings and traditional lacemaking workshops.
Day 7: Venice, Verona
Taxi transfer to train station. Train transfer to Verona and private transfer to hotel.
Guided Tour of Verona (walking tour, duration up to 3 hrs): Get familiar with wonderful Verona, an eye- pleasing ancient city that offers churches and palaces, squares and cobblestoned streets. Guided tour gives you an in depth look at Verona and takes you to the city’s most treasured site: The Arena di Verona, a beautifully preserved arena that is nearly 2,000 years old. Learn about the long history of the city and its famous arena (which still holds concert in it today).
Day 8: Verona – Lake Garda
Private transfer to Lake Garda.
Guided tour of Sirmione (1 hr): Known to everyone as “the pearl of the islands and peninsulas” thanks to Catullo, Sirmione is famous for its thermal water with its healing properties. Situated on the south bank of Lake Garda, Sirmione was made even more famous thanks to writers such as Catullo, Stendhal, Lawrence and Goethe that honored its artistic and environmental beauty. Sirmione features picturesque Rocca Scaligera, a medieval castle overlooking the lake. Set at the tip of a peninsula, the Archaeological Site of Grotte di Catullo encompasses a Roman villa, a museum and olive trees. And do not forget to try gelato, fantastic ice cream – we recommend the place Cremeria Bulian gelateria. Some free time then return back to Verona.
Day 9: to Lake Maggiore
Private transfer to Lake Maggiore, to Stresa.
Guided tour of Lake Como (4 hrs): Lake Como is situated in Lombardy, in the north of Italy. It has the shape of an inverted Y and comprises many villages and villas which are definitely worth a visit: Villa del Balbianello, Duomo of Como, Basilica of Sant’Abbondio, Museum Moto Guzzi, The Botanic Gardens as a part of the Hotel Villa Cipressi.
Overnight: Lake Maggiore
Day 10: Stresa
Tour of Borromean islands (4 hrs): Visit lake Maggiore’s islands by boat to explore beautiful Isola Bella, the most famous of the Borromeo islands, and Fishermen’s island (Pescatori) from Pallanza, Baveno or Stresa, accompanied by a personal English-speaking tour guide. Discover an incredible island – Isola Bella – where art, history, architecture and exotic and Mediterranean species make this place at the foot of the Alps something unique in the world. Stroll through the quaint fishermen’s village on Isola Pescatori to discover the old island’s activities.
Overnight: Lake Maggiore
Tip of the day:
– ENOTECA PRINCIPESSA: This winery is located in Bellagio, where the lake divides into its two branches. The proprietor is very knowledgeable and friendly and will guide guests through his wide selection of great local wines. It is also possible to purchase wines and have them shipped home, even if you live on another continent. Definitely worth a stop-off if you fancy sampling one of Lombardy’s most famous exports.
Day 11: Milan
Private transfer to Milan. Check-in hotel and at leisure.
Guided tour of Milan with main attractions (3 hrs): The Duomo Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Scala Theatre Opera House (from the outside), Piazza dei Mercanti, Sforza Castle, Sempione Park, Arch of Peace, Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, the church of S. Maria Delle Grazie, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, L.O.V.E. Special part of the tour will be Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. Inside the refectory of the Dominican convent close to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, you can admire one of the world’s most celebrated works: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, painted between 1494 and 1498 under the dukedom of Ludovico il Moro. Important: To ensure that the fresco be kept at room temperature, a maximum of 25 people is admitted every 15 minutes.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Tip of the day:
– TRADITIONAL HOMEMADE PASTA COOKING EXPERIENCE: Learn how to make the homemade pasta from start to finish with the help of your hosts and learn traditional techniques. Make lasagna, ravioli, and tortellini and then sit down to enjoy the delicious food you’ve created with local wines.
Day 12: Milan
Day 13: Milan
Private transfer to Milan Airport and flight back home.