Ideal for spring and late summer getaways, this 12 Nights/13 Days tour will introduce you to a side of Italy you will hardly explore on your own. Mixing architecture with fine dining and entertainment, you will visit some of Italy's most famous touristic places including Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, The Borromean Islands and Cinque Terre as one of the most picturesque coastal places on the planet that dates back to centuries ago.
The second half of this tour is reserved for the amazing city of Florence, known as the birthplace of art as we know it and many artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello and others.
On route from Cinque Terre you will visit Pisa and Lucca. You will also taste the amazing wines of the region by visiting Siena, Chianti and San Gimignano. The end is reserved for Rome and the Vatican as one of the most iconic places in Italy, introducing you to the best Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms.
Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome Tour | 12 Nights/13 Days
Day 01: Milan Arrival | On your arrival at Milan Airport, our local English speaking representative will be waiting to welcome you to Italy. You will be transferred by private limo to your hotel on Lake Como. Rest of the day is at leisure. For overseas Flight arrivals, we suggest an early dinner with good night sleep. Overnight on Lake Como.
Day 02: Lake Como Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today enjoy a beautiful and relaxing private day trip to Lake Como to see the city of Como and its jewel, Bellagio. Your driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Como historic city center, where you will visit its architectural wonders to include the Duomo, the Broletto, the Temple of Volta, and Terragni Palace. Your private tour then takes you to Bellagio, one of Italy’s most breathtaking towns. After lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, enjoy a guided walking tour in the historical center. From the lakefront reach La Punta (the tip of the peninsula), where the three arms of the lake divide. Visit St. James church then continue to the beautiful little borough of Pescallo. Walk by Villa Giulia and head back to the Como side of the lake, to see the little fishing harbour of Loppia. Overnight on Lake Como.
Day 03: Lake Maggiore Private Guided Tour| Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning meet your local guide for a Full Day private tour of Lake Maggiore. The Tour starts in Stresa and then continues on to The Borromean Islands. The famous town of Stresa (Italy, 5000 inhabitants, 200 m above sea level) enjoys a splendid location on Lake Maggiore in the Gulf of Borromeo, where it overlooks the eponymous islands, the main attraction in the region. Its beautiful countryside, architectural gems and mild climate combine to make Stresa one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The Borromean Islands: Isola Madre and Isola Bella with their stunning palaces and ornamental gardens are a must-see destination for aesthetes. Luxury villas and opulent Art Nouveau hotels line the elegant lakeside, which is ideal for a tranquil stroll. Since the late 19th century Stresa has been renowned for its sophisticated atmosphere and genteel visitors, and today still enjoys an impressive roster of cultural, musical and meeting events. Late afternoon return to your Hotels on Lake Como. Overnight on Lake Como.
Day 04: Transfer from Lake Como to Cinque Terre | After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver in the lobby for a Private Transfer to your hotel in Cinque Terre. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
Day 05: Cinque Terre Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Private Guide at the Hotel Lobby for a Private Tour of The Cinque Terre (5 Lands), featuring some of the Mediterranean's most picturesque seaside villages. A combination of easy walks, village visits, train rides and a short boat trip between the atmospheric villages makes this the ideal visit to the Cinque Terre. Lunch in a characteristic Liguria restaurant. Your private Guide will share great stories about each charming village, as The Cinque Terre is a string of five fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera, which until recently were linked only by mule tracks and accessible only by rail or water. An ancient system of footpaths is still the best way to visit the five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
Day 06: Portofino, San Fruttuoso and Rapallo | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver and private Guide in the lobby for a Private Tour of Rapallo, Portofino and San Fruttuoso. First visit Rapallo which offers a short promenade flanked by a small medieval castle, used now mainly for exhibitions. Behind the front is a group of interesting old streets laid out on a sort of grid pattern. Rapallo was a Roman settlement. West of the town centre, the other side of the river, stands a small bridge: This is the Ponte di Annibale, plainly very ancient. At the back of the town, in the other direction, is the bottom station of a cable-car which goes up to the Sanctuary of Montallegro. Apart from a visit to the church itself, the top gives access to big views over the coast and some walks. One of the most popular resort towns on the Italian Riviera, little Portofino has just over 500 permanent residents. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. But that all changes on summer days when the sun is shining and the yachting set drops anchor in the harbor to wander about. Boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants line the tiny streets. Visit the Church of San Giorgio and take a stroll down to the lighthouse. A ferry trip to San Fruttuoso is included in the tour. This small fishing village located in a bay at the foot of Mount Portofino can be reached only by boat or on foot, following the trails in Portofino Park. The site is dominated by the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, a splendid 8th century monument. Near the abbey you’ll find a church, a tower, a few cottages, and a small beach. In the late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in SML.
Day 07: Cinque Terre - Pisa Private Tour - Florence | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the Hotel Lobby to private transfer to your Florence Hotel. On route visit Pisa, undoubtedly among the richest cities in the world for architecture and history: it is mandatory destinations for those who want to go deep inside Tuscany and its artistic background. Once in Pisa, you will be met by a personal guide and the tour starts in the incredible Piazza dei Miracoli: here you can admire the baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower, together with a guided visit in the majestic Cathedral. Continue to your Florence Hotel and arrive just in time for check-in. Overnight in Florence.
Day 08: Florence Private Guided Tour |Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your Guide at the Hotel lobby for a full day Florence Private Guided Tour. Your morning Tour will start with a Private Guided Tour of the Accademia Gallery, home to Florence's most treasured work of art - "Michelangelo's David". After enjoying a discussion of David, you'll also admire "Michelangelo's Slaves": A series of breath-taking sculptures of original captives of the stone. Then head into Florence Old Town to first visit Piazza della Signoria. After lunch at leisure in a characteristic Restaurant, continue by enjoying the less beaten tracks of Florence with a tour through the arts of Florence. Florence arts craft is rich and dates to centuries ago. Visit the most hidden areas of Florence and discover its traditions, its people, its most authentic made in Italy products out of the usual touristy paths. Jewels and Goldsmith, Florentine mosaic, leather, shoes, paper and bookbinding are the workshops you will visit and where you will learn about these old traditional Florence handicrafts. Together with your Guide visit one of the most famous goldsmith workshops by the Ponte Vecchio. Here assist to the magic creation of a jewel watching the artisans working in front of you explaining the history of this art in Florence. Afterward, proceed to a Florentine Mosaics shop where you will see unique works of art and admire the colored semi-precious stones listening to the origins of this unique Florentine art. End the tour your guide will return you to your Hotel. Overnight in Florence.
Day 09: San Gimignano and Siena Private Guided Tour | After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver and guide in the lobby. You will visit San Gimignano, a fantastic example of medieval architecture declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, famous for its medieval skyscrapers. These tower houses were built by local families at the height of the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict. Stop in a Wine Estate where you will enjoy a Lunch/Food a Wine Tasting. Then continue on to Siena, Italy's loveliest medieval city. Enjoy a private guided visit of the old city center; walk along the narrow medieval streets, you will admire the splendid Cathedral, the Libreria Piccolomini and Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year, overlooked by the Palazzo del Comune. Free time to stroll around, before returning to your hotel in Florence.
Day 10: Florence - Rome | After Breakfast, meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Enjoy a Private transfer from your Sorrento Hotel to your hotel in Central Rome. Check-in at the Hotel and the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Rome.
Day 11: Private Guided Vatican Tour | In the morning meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Transfer to the Vatican to meet your Private Guide for a 4 hours Vatican Private Guided tour. First Visit Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms. Here we will spend plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere of this unique building. You will learn about the life and times of Michaelangelo at the Vatican, his relationship with Pope Julius II and relive how he worked and lived. You will then move onto visit Saint Peter’s Basilica – the world’s most famous and largest Catholic Church. The final part of the tour will focus on Saint Peter’s Square; here you will have time to admire Michaelangelo’s Dome and Bernini’s colonnades. Late afternoon return you to the hotel. Overnight in Rome.
Day 12: Private Guided Ancient Rome | After breakfast meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. Morning Private tour of the wonders of the Ancient Romans. You will be transported back to the days of the Caesars and the Roman legions as you visit, together with your private local guide. This tour begins with a visit to the most famous monument of Ancient Rome - the Colosseum. From here, your guide will take you through the Roman Forum, which was the center of politics as well as public life in Ancient Rome. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. *Afternoon Optional Tours available. Overnight in Rome.
Day 13: Rome Departure | At a time of your convenience enjoy a Private Transfer to Rome Airport. Unfortunately, it is time to say Arrivederci! Ciao!
- 3 Night Lake Como: Palace Hotel 4* or Similar
- 3 Nights Santa Margherita Ligure: Grand Hotel Miramare 4*
- 3 Nights Florence: Hotel degli Orafi 4* or Similar
- 3 Nights Rome: Hotel Barocco 4* 0r Similar
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
- Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
- Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
- Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
- Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
- 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
Private Package Tours Rates
Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 per person/per day.
Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 650 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 850 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,100 + Euro per person/per day.
High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 900 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,200 + Euro per person/per day.
Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
For Custom Made Tours we work with any reasonable Budget