Day 1 Arrive in Milan, Italy.
Welcome to Milan! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 2 Milan.
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide. Start with a visit to the SFORZESCO CASTLE GROUNDS and MUSEUM. Then, visit DUOMO SQUARE with its magnificent gothic Duomo, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the famous La Scala Opera House. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to nearby Lake Como for a relaxing boat cruise. (B)
Day 3 Milan. Excursion to Venice.
Board the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN and arrive in Venice, where you will enjoy a VIP entrance: [LF] PRIVATE WATER-TAXIS will transfer you to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour through the city of romantics: visit ST. MARK’S BASILICA, DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Time at leisure; an optional gondola ride is available before returning by private water taxis, this time sailing through the GRAND CANAL to the railway station for your train ride back to Milan. (B)
Day 4 Milan. Excursion to Turin
. A comfortable journey this morning takes you to Turin, capital of Piedmont and birthplace of the Fiat car. Enjoy an orientation drive and admire the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin, and walk through the historic center to the cathedral that houses the Holy Shroud. Time to explore on your own before heading for [LF] EATALY, the first of its kind, where your voucher allows you to choose lunch. Before returning to Milan, visit the amazing 18th-century BASILICA OF SUPERGA, spectacularly located on a hill. The basilica houses the tombs of many princes and kings of the House of Savoy. (B,L)
Day 5 Milan. Excursion to Florence.
Board the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN and arrive in Florence. Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historic center. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s David, see the Duomo, the Baptistry with the “Gate of Paradise,” and Giotto’s Bell Tower, visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and end at SANTA CROCE SQUARE, where [LF] a special lunch with pizza, wine, and, of course, gelato awaits you at Finisterrae restaurant. Time to shop for leather and gold, for which the city is famous, before transferring to the railway station to return to Milan. (B,L)
Day 6 Milan.
A full day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. This evening, a special farewell dinner has been prepared for you at a local restaurant, the proper way to say arrivederci, Italia. (B,D)
Day 7 Milan
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)