Lake Como, the Italian Riviera & Venice with ME International Travel

with Florence extension
May 2-12, 2020 / 11 DAYS

Get caught up in the laid-back Italian lifestyle.

It would be hard to leave northern Italy feeling stressed. Along the glimmering shores of Lake Como and the meandering canals of Venice, leisure and r…

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Villa Carlotta, Milan's Duomo, Certosa di Pavia, Cinque Terre, Verona, St. Mark's Basilica, the Grand Canal

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hill…

Itinerary

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

May 02: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Lake Como Region / 2 NIGHTS

May 03: Arrival in Milan

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! After arriving at the airport, transfer to the Lake Como region and settle into your hotel. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

May 04: Como & Villa Carlotta

Included meals: Breakfast

Head out to explore the lakeside town of Como, the birthplace of Pliny the Elder and the Younger. Then pay a visit to the beautiful Villa Carlotta (open March through October). • See Como’s eclectic architecture, glittering lakefront, and mountain scenery • Depending on the season, take in Villa Carlotta on a self-guided tour of the property, which includes a 14-acre garden with more than 500 species of exotic flowers, plants, and trees Later, enjoy free time or add an excursion.

Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio
Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio
5 hours
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Hop aboard a scenic cruise of Lake Como to soak in some of Italy’s most beautiful estates and gardens. Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries. You’ll have time to take in Bellagio’s classic beauty before heading to a local restaurant, where you’ll sample cuisine from a carefully chosen menu. Please note: Your included meal may be lunch or dinner. This excursion is seasonal and runs March through October. The departure time varies by season.5 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Milan / 2 NIGHTS

May 05: Transfer to Milan

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Milan and embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Italy’s fashion capital.  • Walk through the Brera District and see the statue of Leonardo da Vinci, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and Piazza della Scala • Step inside the Gothic-style Milan Cathedral, Italy’s largest cathedral • Pay a visit to the 15th-century Sforza Castle, which currently houses an impressive collection of art Tonight, enjoy local wine and a buffet-style meal at an apericena dinner.

May 06: Free day in Milan

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the city or add an excursion.

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Scenic Lugano: A Day in Switzerland
7 hours
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Cross the Swiss border to enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Lugano, a prominent Swiss city. Next, take a scenic walking tour that features the botanical gardens of Ciani Park, the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli—home to the largest Renaissance fresco in Switzerland—the Church of San Rocco, Piazza della Riforma, and the Via Nassa shopping center.7 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Italian Riviera / 3 NIGHTS

May 07: The Italian Riviera via Certosa di Pavia monastery

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving Milan, stop in Lombardy to visit the exceptionally beautiful Certosa di Pavia monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, continue south to the seaside paradise of the Italian Riviera.

May 08: Cinque Terre

Included meals: Breakfast

Clinging to the cliffs of the Riviera coastline sits Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site that encompasses five very distinct villages. Get a taste for their unique flavors as you explore the peaceful promenades of Monterosso and Vernazza, making your way between each village by boat (or by train in inclement weather).

May 09: Free day in the Italian Riviera

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day at your leisure in the Italian Riviera or add an excursion.

Villages of the Italian Riviera & Lunch
Villages of the Italian Riviera & Lunch
7.5 hours
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Drive through the countryside to Sestri Levante, a beautiful seaside village located on the Italian Riviera. Here, you’ll have free time to explore on your own before setting out on a walk along the coastline to Baia delle Silenzio, one of the city's sparkling azure bays. Enjoy stunning bayside views while eating a delicious lunch of local seafood and meat specialties paired with regional wine. Then, stroll through the village castle gardens and take in views of both Baia delle Silenzio and another bay known as Baia delle Favole. Next, hop aboard a ferry to make your way to the breathtaking village of Portofino. Artists and celebrities alike flock to this celebrated destination, and you’ll enjoy free time for shopping or relaxing while admiring the picturesque vistas of the harbor. Please note: This excursion involves a moderate amount of walking.7.5 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Venice / 2 NIGHTS

May 10: Venice via Verona

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Venice, stop in Verona and walk through the city with your Tour Director. • Stroll through the city’s UNESCO-recognized historic center • Admire the Roman arena, Piazza delle Erbe, and the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet Enjoy free time before continuing on to Venice.

May 11: Sightseeing tour of Venice

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as "the Queen of the Adriatic." • Step into the iconic St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica • View the stately Doge's Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340 • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge's Palace and the New Prison • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city's most celebrated art Enjoy free time in Venice or add an excursion. Later, join your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

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Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise
25 minutes
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More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional cost.25 minutes and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

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Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two
25 minutes
Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.25 minutes and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Florence.

Extension / Starting from $749 pp

Florence / 3 NIGHTS

Set out to explore the city at the center of the Italian Renaissance.

May 12: Transfer to Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Venice as you board a train and set out for Florence, Italy. (Please note: You will need to handle your own baggage during the train transfer.)

May 13: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance with a local guide.  • Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture  • Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo  • See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine life Enjoy a free afternoon in Florence or add an excursion.

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Galleria dell'Accademia Museum
2 hours
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Home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece David, the Galleria dell'Accademia is one of the most famous museums in Florence. Join a local guide for a tour of the museum as you learn about Renaissance art history and view a variety of pieces, including the marble statue of David.2 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 70 days before your tour departs.

May 14: Free day in Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day exploring Florence on your own or add an excursion.  This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns
10 hours
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Discover the essence of Tuscany on a full-day excursion. In Siena, a local guide introduces you to the town and its black-and-white marble duomo, where you’ll find brilliantly colored 16th-century frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. You’ll have some free time to explore the Campo, the square that serves as the center of civic life in Siena. Then, journey through the countryside to the town of San Gimignano, where you’ll have some free time to explore the city’s medieval towers or simply admire the Tuscan hills. Later, you’ll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves a moderate amount of walking.10 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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