01 WED. Milan.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
02 THU. Milan- Lakes Region- Verona.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Lakes region. Mountain landscapes, alpine lakes, villages of great beauty.
Today we see one of the most beautiful scenic areas of Europe, the region of the Italian lakes. First we travel to LAKE ORTA, in ORTA DE SAN GIULIO we find a mediaeval city preserved intact. We include a train ride to reach the centre of the mediaeval town, and then a boat to the ISLAND OF SAN GIULIO, a little island on the lake with a monastery. After this we go on to LAKE MAGGIORE, and on its shores, we stop in STRESSA, where, if we want, we can optionally visit the Borromeas islands, and especially ISOLA BELLA with its gardens and palace (closed in the winter). Time for lunch. After lunch, we go on to VERONA. Accommodation.
03 FRI. Verona- Venice.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Visit of Venice. Murano glass factory in Venice.
We will have time to see the city of Romeo and Juliet before leaving for VENICE, where we arrive at about 13.00 hrs-. We include a boat trip to the area of St Mark’s Square, where with a local guide, we take a stroll around the city of canals. There will also be a chance to admire the glasswork of Murano. Free time afterwards, maybe for a trip in a gondola?. Accommodation in the Mestre district.
04 SAT. Venice- Padua- San Marino- Gubbio- Perugia.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: San Marino and its fortress. Beautiful landscapes crossing the Apennines.
We leave for PADOVA, the destination of many pilgrims, where we will see the Saint’s Basilica. Then we will go on to the Adriatic coast to see SAN MARINO, a small independent country on top of a strongly fortified mountain. Time for lunch. We go on our way amidst pretty mountain countryside, crossing the Apennines to GUBBIO, a marvellously preserved town in which the Palace of Consuls and the twelfth century cathedral stand out. Continuation to a PERUGIA.
05 SUN. Perugia- Assisi- Rome.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Umbria region.
PERUGIA is a historic city also name as the city of chocolate, and we will see it with a local guide, climbing its ramps that cross the rocky outcrop, and we will be surprised by its squares and stone streets. After this we travel to ASSISI, where we will have time for lunch and to see the Basilica of St Francis. In the afternoon, we travel to ROME. Arrival at the end of the afternoon.
06 MON. Rome.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and Vatican City.
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. In the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food. Return to hotel.
07 TUE. Rome.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
Includes arrival transfer
Boat: To Island of St. Giulio, To the area of St Marks in Venice.
City tour in : Venice, Perugia, Rome.
Evening Transfer: Via Cavour in Rome.
Ticket admission: Murano glasswork in Venice, Coliseum of Rome.
Train: To Orta.