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11 Day Italian Riviera & Lake District by Boat!

May 30 - Jun 9, 16

  • Featuring 4 star Hotels, only move twice!
  • All Breakfast & Dinners
  • 3nts Genoa / 2nts Lake Como area / 4nts Lake Garda
  • Full Day excursion to Venice
  • Portofino from Santa Marguerita by boat
  • Cinque Terre, 3 villages by boat
  • Cruise on Lake Maggiore & Lake Como
  • Fran’s famous Cocktail Parties

$2499* Land Only

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*Prices are per person, Land only.  Minimum of 20 passengers required, subject to availability.  Prices plus tips of $140 for Driver, Guide & waiters.

Italian Riviera & Lake District
May 30, 2016

Day 1: Departure: Depart US for our flight to Italy.

Day 2: Arrival: Arrival at Genoa Airport and transfer to our hotel, where we will be staying for the next 3-nights. Enjoy a delicious three course dinner at the hotel. Welcome to the Italian Riviera!! And to the Dolce Vita!!

Day 3: Italian Riviera: Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure: Today we drive & cruise along the coast to reach two gems of the Italian Riviera: Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure. From Sestri Levante to Santa Margherita Ligure, the Tigullio coast is a continuation of seaside resorts that have been an important tourist tradition for more than two hundred years. Extensive beaches with well-equipped bathing establishments, large marinas with full services, avant-garde sport facilities and refined, top quality hotels: in Tigullio all this blends with the beauty of sea landscapes, the liveliness of the town centres, the fascination of the water with its favourable currents.   Portofino, a magical and enchanting place where society and nature blend together: it is a refuge for VIPs, a meeting place for famous people, but it is also a Natural Park. Portofino was originally a fishermen village with its coloured tall houses which design an amphitheatre around the famous “Piazzetta” (little square). After lunch we will end the day with a sightseeing tour of Genoa.~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Genoa.

Day 4: Cinque Terre: After breakfast we will leave this morning for a full day excursion to the famous Cinque Terre. We will travel by bus to La Spezia where we will board a panoramic motor boat. Our first visit will be Portovenere. The village is dominated by the castle, and on its opposite you will see the island Palmaria. The quay is bordered by a terrace of tower-houses with up to seven floors with coloured fronts. Next, we arrive in Via Capellini, main axis of the medieval village, which runs along the coast, and which is flanked by antique houses often decorated with original architectonic elements: roof-gardens, doors in slate or in marble, fine door decorations. Our second stop will be Vernazza. Here the houses add to the classic tower-shape more elaborated architectonic forms, like open galleries, arcades and decorated doors. Vernazza is considered the most beautiful village of the Cinque Terre, and one of the most fascinating places of the whole Liguria. Monterosso will be the last village that we will visit. The village is closed between various hills (which go down to the sea), olive-trees, lemon-trees and above all vineyards which produce an excellent white wine. The municipality consists of two centers with two sand beaches: Fegina and Monterosso. Furthermore, the street along the sea is ideal for having a long walk. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Genoa.


Day 5: Leaving the Italian Riviera: Lake Maggiore & Stresa: After breakfast, check out and departure by private bus to Lake Maggiore. Upon arrival to Stresa we will enjoy a lovely cruise to reach the Isola Bella (beautiful island). Stresa is an elegant internationally famous holiday resort located on the shore of Lake Maggiore. We will visit the Borromean Palace and Gardens on Isola Bella, which were constructed from 1632 onwards, transforming the pre-existing fishing village into an elegant residence which occupies two thirds of the island. The Italian style baroque gardens remind us of a ship, firmly anchored in the waters of the lake. We will have some free time for shopping and lunch on our own on the island before we return again to Stresa and proceed to Como.  In the afternoon check in at your hotel in Como where you will be staying for the next 2 nights. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Como.

Day 6: Como Lake drive & cruise: Tremezzo & Bellagio: After a buffet breakfast, we depart by private motor coach for an amazing day excursion to discover Lake Como and the charming villages of Tremezzo and Bellagio. We will drive along the lake western shore to admire Cernobbio with the famous Renaissance Villa d’Este; then we will bypass Laglio where George Clooney bought a marvellous estate some years ago; finally we will reach Tremezzo. Here we will board on a private launch to reach the village of Bellagio, considered the “pearl of Lake Como”.  The cruise will offer us splendid views of the Villas from the lake passing through the promontory where lies the XVIII Villa Balbianello in all its splendour till reaching Comacina Island.  The village of Bellagio is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Enjoy some free time for lunch on our own, shopping and individual visits. ~ Breakfast and Dinner at your hotel in Como.


Day 7: Leaving Como to Lake Garda: Milan & Sirmione: After breakfast, we check out and depart by private bus to Milan. We will enjoy a guided tour of the city.  The visit starts from the Castello Sforzesco, the imposing fortress built by the noble families of the Visconti and the Sforza, seat of one of the most magnificent courts during Italian Renaissance. Next stop is the Scala Opera House, worldwide famous shrine of classic music. A lovely walk along the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, the beautiful arcade nicknamed by the “milanesi” the city’s “living room” will take us to the Duomo square. We will enter the Duomo, the cathedral of the city, built by the Lords of Milan in medieval gothic style and the third largest church in the world.  Enjoy some free time to discover the Milan fashion district one of the most or even the most important of the world, known as the quadrilateral, because formed by 4 main roads such as Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. This high-class shopping district is characterized by the presence of numerous boutiques and related retail outlets which represent most of the world’s major fashion houses. After lunch on our own we will proceed to Lake Garda. Garda is a great Mediterranean lake, blessed by Italian sun, surrounded by villages and mountains. We will reach Sirmione peninsula for a lovely stroll through its picturesque alleys. Check in at your hotel in Garda where you will staying for the next 4 nights.  ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Lake Garda.

Day 8: Verona: Today we will discover the city of Verona, considered the most Roman of the Italian cities because of the presence of the famous Arena, a well preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Our tour will start with a panoramic drive along the river Adige and up the hills overlooking Verona. We will stops at the Sanctuary of Santa Maria of Lourdes from where a breathtaking view over Verona from above can be admired. We will then continue along the river to admire some of the most beautiful monuments of Verona: the Roman Bridge, the Roman Theater and the monumental 16th century walls and gates, and the Scaligeri Castle. We will stroll through the city squares and monuments: Piazza delle Erbe (the old Roman center and now Market Square), Piazza dei Signori (the political center in middle age Verona), and finally Piazza Bra with the Arena, the Roman amphitheater. Of course Juliet's house and Romeo's house will be part of our tour!  We will have plenty of time to shop and have lunch before returning to your Hotel. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Garda.

Day 9: Venice: Today we will drive to Venice for a full day of sightseeing, including St. Mark’s Square before returning to our hotel.~ Breakfast and Dinner at your hotel in Garda.

Day 10: Lake Garda: After breakfast we will enjoy two more of the Lake Garda villages with time for last minute pictures and shopping before returning to our hotel.~ Breakfast and Dinner at your hotel in Garda.

Day 11: Departure: Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in Verona for the flight home.

 

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