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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of 13 Day Northern Italy with Tuscany & Amalfi

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy

Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Como

Arrive in Milan and then transfer to your hotel in the town of Como, home to exquisite Lago di Como, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager about the wonderful journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant
Overnight: Como
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Cross Lake Como to the village of Bellagio

Today, a scenic morning cruise on Lake Como to the charming village of Bellagio, termed one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and "The Pearl" of Lake Como. Nestled amidst cypress groves, its earthy-colored buildings climb up from the lakeside promenade. Wander along the narrow streets and alleyways, lined with craft shops, boutiques and cafés. Or, visit some of the gorgeous gardens with manicured lawns and fountains at Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni. Sail back to Como in the afternoon with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views, wonderful restaurants, and boutiques
Overnight: Como
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Verona Walking Tour, Travel to Venice

After breakfast, set out for Verona, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its urban structure and architecture that developed progressively and without interruption during the last 2000 years, representing the best example of fortified city. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city followed by free time to savor the atmosphere here. Continue to Venice for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice

The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. While here, enjoy a visit to one of the factories to witness the art of glassblowing. Afterward, on to St. Mark's Square where the guided walking tour of this romantic city begins. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then, continue to visit the pink marble Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently, or, participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride with music - it’s definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday!
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Tour Lucca en route to Montecatini

Magnificent panoramas are waiting for you today as you travel through the rolling Tuscan countryside dotted with olive and fig trees to Lucca, a jewel of medieval architecture, with its massive 17th century walls that completely surround the city. Walk along the winding streets of the original Roman grid revealing layers of history at every turn. Arrive at the Church of San Michele adorned by its beautiful piazza, occupying the site of the ancient Roman Forum. Then, on to Montecatini, the spa center of Italy, known for its world-famous thermal baths
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Montecatini

Full day at leisure to explore Montecatini and its surroundings on your own, or take an optional tour to the spectacular Cinque Terre*, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here five small villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides, are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas. This active walking tour covers a fair amount of ground facing uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation between the towns
* Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and group size and will be advised locally
Optional: Full Day Cinque Terre
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Montecatini

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Montecatini,* or participate in the optional tour to the lovely medieval city of Siena that sits over three hills. The heart of the city is Il Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman forum used to be, site of the famous Horserace of Palio. After a walking tour of the highlights of the city, spend time at leisure before returning to Montecatini. This evening indulge in the Tuscan Atmosphere, its food and its wines!
*For Jul 28, Aug 25, Sep 29, and Oct 27 departures, day 8 and day 9 will be switched due to local conditions.
Optional: Full Day Siena Tour
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Excursion to Florence

Today, travel to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, start with the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Then walk to the impressive Duomo celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. From here continue to the open-air museum of Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge". Return to Montecatini and enjoy dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Travel towards the Sunny South

Depart Montecatini, driving south. Along the way, stop for lunch in the hills of Lazio. Then, on to the Gulf of Naples, where you are welcomed by the spectacular panoramic views and by the sapphire blue waters. Tonight, a dinner together highlights your arrival in Sorrento
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Full Day in Sorrento

A day at leisure in picturesque Sorrento, strikingly beautiful with its seaside setting and soaring cliffs plunging into the sea. As you stroll along the coastal road and through the charming town, you’ll understand why this town has long been loved by poets and artists. Don’t miss the optional full day tour to the enchanting and picturesque Isle of Capri by boat - it will be a highlight! Here, you’ll walk through the narrow lanes of Anacapri, with its chic boutiques and shops offering tastings of the island's famous Limoncello. Then, to La Piazzetta (Piazza Umberto I) where everyone gathers to socialize and to the Gardens of Augustus, towards the top of the island, a natural paradise, from where you can see splendid views of the sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations, one of the island’s natural wonders. After a lovely day in Capri, return to Sorrento and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure
Optional: Full Day Capri Tour
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - The Gorgeous Amalfi Drive

A fantastic day as you drive along the rugged Amalfi coast, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular drives in the world, with its dramatic landscapes and amazing panoramas. Nestled into mountains which rise thousands of feet above the sea, you’ll see enchanting villages, cliffs terraced with lemon groves, whitewashed villas and sparkling turquoise seas. Drive by Positano and stop in Amalfi, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to spend time at leisure in town. Return to Sorrento in time for dinner
Overnight: Sorrento
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart Italy

Transfer to the airport in Naples for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

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  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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