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Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence & Rome 2018 tour

Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence & Rome 2018

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
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Highlights

  • Special after-hours guided visit to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel - a Tauck Exclusive; confirmed reservations at Uffizi Gallery & Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence & Doge's Palace in Venice; serenaded gondola ride in Venice; high-speed train ride to Florence

Short Description

Northern Italy... experience romantic landscapes that have inspired the imagination of poets, artists and writers for centuries... from the Italian lakes to the lush Tuscan countryside and the timeless treasures of Venice, Florence and Rome! A Tauck Exclusive - an after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Milan, Italy
End City Rome, Italy

Travel Theme

Cultural 50 plus

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Florence Lake Como Milan Rome Siena Venice

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • TAUCKS YELLOW ROADS! Traverse Lake Como's stunning shoreline and Lombardy's pastoral landscapes to Venice
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE! An after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds and without being rushed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the treasures of the Vatican unhurried
  • Confirmed reservations at the Doge's Palace, Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell'Accademia, and Rome's Colosseum - discover the world's great art and architecture without waiting in long lines
  • High-speed train travel with first-class seating, from Venice to Florence
  • Lecture by an art historian in Florence, setting the stage for guided museum visits
  • Gliding through the historic canals of Venice aboard a gondola as local musicians serenade you with traditional Italian songs
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 17 meals (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, drivers, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Milan and on to Bellagio

Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. A transfer is included from Milan's Malpensa or Linate Airport to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Your hotel is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in the Lake Como area and enjoys a spectacular garden-graced setting close to the beautiful town of Bellagio in the Centro Lago region of Italy. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

PORTOFCALL : Milan, Italy

Day 2 A Villa on Fashionable Lake Como

Often considered one of the most alluring of the Italian lakes with the Alps as a backdrop, begin a full day's discovery of Lake Como's gems with a cruise aboard a private boat to 16th-century Villa Balbianello, famous for its scene-stealing setting in the James Bond film Casino Royale and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones. Lunch on wooded Isola Comacina whets your appetite for daily life in the Italian Lakes region!

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

PORTOFCALL : Lake Como, Italy

Day 3 From the lakes to Venice - St. Mark's Basilica and more

More waterfront delights await in the extraordinary canal city of Venice, poetically described by Lord Byron as "a fairy city of the heart." Discover its charms on a walking tour with a local guide who shares insights about Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square), dramatic St. Mark's Basilica, and the pink-and-white marble Doge's Palace, an iconic symbol of power and prosperity built in Gothic-Renaissance style for the "dukes," elected for life, who resided there. Dine this evening at a popular Venetian restaurant.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Hotel Danieli

PORTOFCALL : Venice, Italy

Day 4 Venice as you please

Spend the entire day exploring Venice at your leisure - your Tauck Director can offer recommendations. You may wish to explore the small islands of the Venetian Lagoon, including the lace-making island of Burano or Murano where skilled artisans still make glass in the ways of their forefathers. Possibilities on your day in Venice include a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia, boasting one of the world's largest collections of Venetian art, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a head-turning display of modern art housed in Guggenheim's former home on the Grand Canal, the 18th-century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. Late afternoon, join us for a gondola cruise through the canals, complete with a serenade... the perfect ending to a perfect day.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Hotel Danieli

PORTOFCALL : Venice, Italy

Day 5 High-speed rail to Florence

First class seats on a high-speed train take you across the plains to Florence, renowned as the "birthplace of the Renaissance" for the architecture and art that flourished here between the 13th and 16th centuries. A lecture by an art historian enhances your discoveries of the treasures you will view during a guided visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia, Michelangelo's masterpiece, David, among them. Suitably inspired, join us for a walking tour through the historic center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where art comes to life all around you. Enjoy an à la carte dinner tonight at leisure at your hotel.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : The St. Regis Florence

PORTOFCALL : Florence, Italy

Day 6 The Uffizi & time at leisure in Florence

Tauck has made reservations for you today at the Uffizi Gallery to view its works of art with a local guide; works collected by the Medici were first displayed here in the 1580s, making the Uffizi the oldest art gallery in the world. The remainder of the day is free to sightsee as you wish; you may want to see Michelangelo's marble creations in the Medici Chapel, stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, or visit the beautiful Boboli Gardens; many sights are located close to each other.

MEALS : B

LODGING : The St. Regis Florence

PORTOFCALL : Florence, Italy

Day 7 Through Tuscany & Umbria via Siena to Rome

Journey to Siena through Chianti country, abundant with locally produced red wine, timeless art and classic architecture, as well as landscapes rich in vineyards, olive groves, and cypresses. In medieval Siena, walk to the Piazza del Campo, where the Palio, Siena's world-famous bareback horse race, has been run twice a year for centuries. Wander through narrow streets to visit the black-and-white Duomo, then continue on through the green countryside of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio to Rome for a three-night stay at one of Europe's premier hotels. Tonight's dinner is à la carte at a neighborhood restaurant celebrated for its regional cuisine. Buon appetito!

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : The St. Regis Rome

PORTOFCALL : Siena, Italy

Day 8 St. Peter's & after-hours at the Vatican Museums

This morning's guided visit to St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square is an illuminating preview to your special after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums (subject to availability; day of the tour may vary), where you will have privileged access inside the Vatican Museums without the day's crowds. See the Candelabra Gallery, the Map Gallery and the Tapestries, dressed in riches beyond compare, and pause in the Sistine Chapel to gaze up at Michelangelo's famous ceiling; the frescoes were refurbished several years ago to reflect their original vibrant colors. Be sure to look down at the floor, equally stunning!

MEALS : B

LODGING : The St. Regis Rome

PORTOFCALL : Rome, Italy

Day 9 The Colosseum and glories of Imperial Rome

Our local guide shows you some of the most important sights of Imperial Rome today on an orientation drive that includes the Circus Maximus and a view of the Roman Forum from above. Avoid long ticket lines with Tauck's pre-arranged reservations on an informative visit to the world-renowned Colosseum. Spend the afternoon exploring as you please and join us this evening for a cocktail reception and farewell dinner at the hotel.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : The St. Regis Rome

PORTOFCALL : Rome, Italy

Day 10 Journey Home

Tour ends: Rome. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The St. Regis Rome to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino; allow a minimum of three hours for check-in.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Rome, Italy

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Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence & Rome 2018

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Good Introduction to China

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The tour director was well-organized and managed the local guides really well. My only disappointment was that only 1.5 hours was allocated for the Great Wall of China, even though I could have spent all day hiking it. The dinners provided thorough samples of Chinese cuisine but were sometimes very long and tiring, exceeding 2 hours.

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The Hutong ride in Beijing and the balmy sunny weather during the transfer to my international flight home made me contemplate the charms of possibly living in Asia.
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Loved Japan

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Totally enjoyed our tour. Had an amazing guide and co-guide which makes all the difference in a good experience. Definitely will be back.

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The Tauck Director's suggestion of the "sushi" conveyor belt restaurant in Kyoto... and of course the cherry blossoms.
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We did so many memorable things

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What a fantastic trip! Tauck definitely knows how to treat a traveler. From the tour director to the food, hotels, chartered flights, boat harbor cruises, jet boat and helicopter rides, private parties and movie viewings---I could go on and on. Both countries are beautiful, but New Zealand is breath taking!

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This is a tough question. We did so many memorable things, but my number 1 was the balloon ride followed closely by the jet boat and helicopter rides. I met so many wonderful people and hope to meet up with a few of them in the future! Our tour director made this entire trip one of a kind!
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Spotlight on India

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This was an excellent tour which my wife and I truly enjoyed. This is a great country to visit on a Tauck tour because we were able to see so much but on a comfortable, safe journey due to the excellent organization, experienced and knowledgable guides and director, and choice of the best hotels. Good balance of tour and free time.

Most Memorable Moment:
Varanasi with the evening boat ride and the early morning walk through the streets for another viewing of the River Ganges by boat. The Amber fort and the Taj Mahal were spectacular to see along with everything else on the tour. The Tuck tuck rides and walks through the streets and food markets were excellent as well.
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This trip offered a fabulous learning experience

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This trip offered a fabulous learning experience. This is a complex country with a complex culture emanating from a complex and diverse history - from the Mughals to the English to their ultimate independence. If you are a tourist, their focus is to to make you feel like you are the most important person anywhere. They did that. India is a must see

Most Memorable Moment:
Varanasi ceremonies.
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Absolutely LOVED this trip!

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Absolutely LOVED this trip!! Tauck really outdid themselves on the hotels!! The most amazing accommodations possible. The tour guide did an wonderful job and took great care of all of us. India is like nowhere else and the Taj Mahal was INCREDIBLE!! Even with all the poverty, everyone was very friendly and wanted pictures taken with us!

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The palatial hotel accommodations and of course seeing the BEAUTIFUL Taj Mahal was worth the trip!
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