Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence & Rome

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Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence & Rome

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Destination for this trip:

Florence, Italy; Lugano, Switzerland; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy

Length of trip:

10 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 5000 to $ 6000

Best travel dates to go:

April, May, June, July, August, September, October


Detailed Description of this trip:

From Michelangelo's statue of David to the echoes of gladiators at Rome's Colosseum, the art and drama of the ages inspire this journey. View the original works of the masters at the Uffizi Gallery, Vatican Museums, and Venice's Accademia. See the Doges' Palace and St. Mark's Square in Venice, the Roman Forum and the Vatican in Rome; and the medieval town of Siena in the Tuscan countryside. Enjoy a ferry ride across Lake Como at the foot of the Alps, and a train ride to Florence. Pursue your own interests with free time in Venice, Florence, and Rome when you travel Italy with us.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Lugano

    Welcome to the pleasures of the Italian Lakes.
    Hotel

    Depart 10:00 AM from Milan's Malpensa Airport. Travel Italy Tauck style – you'll see the best of Italy, from great cities to countryside villages and towns that are off-the-beaten track! Begin by heading through the beautiful northern Italy countryside from Milan to Lugano, Switzerland, set on the edge of a bejeweled lake with views of the city and the not-too-distant Alps.

    Enjoy free time to explore the waterfront promenade, then meet fellow traveling companions at a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

    Hotel

    Meals: Lunch, dinner.
    Lodging: Grand Hotel Eden, Lugano, Switzerland.

  • Day 2 - Lugano

    Villa delights and a cruise on Lake Como.
    Bus

    Travel to Tremezzo to visit Villa Carlotta, built in the 18th century, and noted for garden landscaping and sculpture.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Admire the dramatic views of the Alps silhouetting the famous villas along the shores of Lake Como on a private boat cruise.

    Sightseeing

    Arrive in picturesque Bellagio, and enjoy free time to explore the town as you please. Another private boat cruise takes you past elegant villas to Como, followed by a return to Lugano where the evening is free.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Lodging: Grand Hotel Eden, Lugano, Switzerland.

  • Day 3 - Venice

    Travel Italy from the fabulous lakes to Venice.
    Sightseeing

    Journey to Venice, designed along an intricate system of canals within a lagoon. After lunch, head to St. Mark’s Square, the heart of Venice, with a local guide. Visit Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the greatest buildings in Europe with its exquisite mosaics and detailed carvings. See the Doges’ Palace, a pink marble Gothic masterpiece containing a precious art collection.

    A serenade aboard a gondola cruise through the canals, and dinner at a popular Venetian restaurant, are the perfect endings to a perfect day.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Lodging: Hotel Danieli Venezia, Venice, Italy

  • Day 4 - Venice

    Explore Venice as you please.
    Sightseeing

    Spend the day exploring the museums and sites that interest you most in Venice, a highlight as you travel Italy with Tauck. Perhaps tour the Galleria dell'Accademia or the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or take a boat ride to the many islands in the Venetian lagoon.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Lodging: Hotel Danieli Venezia, Venice, Italy

  • Day 5 - Florence

    Statue of David in Florence.
    Train

    Travel Italy by rail today to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

    Sightseeing

    Get an introduction to the city’s architectural landmarks and great artists from a local art historian prior to a walking tour of the city – a special touch when you travel Italy with Tauck. You'll be totally prepared for your visit to Galleria dell’Accademia, where you're certain to marvel at Michelangelo’s marble statue of David standing nearly 17 feet tall. View Lorenzo Ghiberti’s bronze doors with detailed panels at the Baptistry, part of the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiori complex. The historical center of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Lodging: The Westin Excelsior, Florence, Italy.

  • Day 6 - Florence

    Masterpieces of the Uffizi.
    Sightseeing

    Gaze at some of the world’s greatest art masterpieces at the extraordinary Uffizi Gallery, Italy’s largest art museum, on a guided tour with a local expert. Admire works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, and more. Following your tour, you can spend as much time as you like looking at the art. During your free afternoon you can explore as you please; perhaps you may want to visit the Pitti Palace, the Medici Chapels or stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the lovely Boboli Gardens.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Lodging: The Westin Excelsior, Florence, Italy.

  • Day 7 - Rome

    Vineyards and Rome – highlights when you travel Italy.
    Wine

    Travel Italy through landscapes featuring olive groves, cypress trees, and vineyards, including the region that produces Chianti wine.

    Sightseeing

    Stop in the medieval hill town of Siena, and wander through the narrow streets. See the Piazza del Campo where the Palio bareback horse race is held. Visit the Duomo, one of Italy’s great cathedrals, with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculpture by Michelangelo. Continue through scenic Tuscany to Rome, the Eternal City that was the center of the once-powerful Roman Empire.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
    Lodging: St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome, Italy.

  • Day 8 - Rome

    Visit the Vatican.
    Sightseeing

    Explore the rich treasures of the Vatican, starting at the Vatican Museums. In the Sistine Chapel, view Michelangelo’s masterpieces, and admire the art and architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica. Pursue your own special interests in Rome during the afternoon.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Lodging: St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome, Italy.

  • Day 9 - Rome

    A day in Imperial Rome.
    Adventure

    Get an insider’s view of Rome from a local guide. You'll avoid long lines with pre-arranged reservations at the Colosseum, opened in AD 80 for gladiator combat. Choose among many historic sights and museums for your free afternoon.

    Share your favorite experiences at the farewell cocktail party and dinner, a special finale when you travel Italy with Tauck.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
    Lodging: St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome, Italy.

  • Day 10 - Rome

    Arrivederci Rome.

    Your journey comes to an end at 7:30 AM at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino. If you are departing at other times, you must secure your own transportation to the airport. Meals: Breakfast

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