Northern Italy: The Mountains to the Sea featuring Venice, Portofino and Lake Como

Date: Monday,November 5-Wednesday, November 14,2018
Departs: 6:30pm from Boston
Returns: 10 pm

Price: $3720
Child price: $3720

Northern Italy: The Mountains to the Sea  featuring Venice, Portofino and Lake Como

Northern Italy
10 days
Monday, November 5-Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Double $3720.00, Single supplement $900.00

Includes air from Boston and transfers by bus
Featuring: Venice, Cinque Terre, Lake Como
$3720.00 per person double and $900.00 single supplement
Luxury motorcoach for all transfers and sightseeing November 9 – 14, 2018 English speaking Tour Director throughout Arrival Airport transfer by water taxi from Venice airport to hotel Transfer by water taxi from Venice hotel to Venice bus parking area 35-minute gondola ride Half-day guided walking tour of Venice, including inside visit to the Basilica Half-day excursion to Murano and Burano Islands Half-day walking tour in Portofino (with tour director) Full-day guided tour to Cinque Terre, including train and boat rides Full-day guided tour of Lake Como, including boat cruise and entrance to Villa Carlotta Mandatory City tax at the hotels Whisper headphones where requested Hotel porterage of one suitcase per person, including luggage on Venice water taxi Portfolio of travel documents 24-hour emergency customer service while traveling in Italy
Deposit: $500.00 with reservation. Final payment due August 20, 2018
Call Valerie at 401-823-9620 for reservations and information

DAY 1 USA / VENICE, ITALY: Depart on your overnight flight to Venice, Italy.
DAY 2 ARRIVE VENICE: Welcome to Italy! After collecting your bags, you will meet with your Tour Director in the arrivals hall and shortly afterwards, your private group transfer will depart and make its way towards your hotel. PLEASE NOTE: Check-in at is normally 2:00pm. The hotel will try to accommodate earlier arrival, but this is not guaranteed. After you settle in at your hotel, take a stroll through Venice. Get lost in the traffic-free streets and alleyways. There are so many wonderful things to see! In the afternoon with your tour escort embark on a Gondola Ride on the amazing canals of Venice, including the Grand Canal. Then you’ll have a chance to “get lost” in the city’s labyrinth of canals, bridges, and tiny piazzas. Being a small island, it’s impossible to stray very far. But it won’t hurt to master the phrase “Dov’e’ Piazza San Marco?” This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. (D)
DAY 3 VENICE: Today, after breakfast, depart on a half-day guided walking tour of Venice. The city is full of museums, shops, and centers for art restoration. Outside Visit of the Doge’s Palace, once home to Venice’s rulers. Visit the Bridge of Sighs, which was built as a passageway between the Palazzo Ducale and the prison. It reputedly took its name from the sighs of prisoners being led to trial. We will enter to the great Byzantine Basilica. The remainder of your afternoon is free in Venice. (B)
DAY 4 MURANO & BURANO: Enjoy breakfast before departing on a private half-day excursion to Murano and Burano Islands. During this fascinating tour you will discover the best of Murano and Burano, what to visit, their traditions and the most special places, on a relaxing boat while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the Venetian lagoon. The first stop of the boat ride from Venice to Murano and Burano will include the homeland of glass: the old Murano glassworks guard secrets that have been handed down from generation to generation. In Murano you will have the opportunity to purchase original and unique beautiful works of glass art, with the certainty of it being an authentic piece! The trip will then continue to the island of Burano, where you can stroll through unique streets of brightly colored houses and discover the small masterpieces of lace made by expert makers on the island. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon and evening at leisure in Venice. (B)
DAY 5 VENICE / RAPALLO: Enjoy breakfast. Afterwards, depart by private water taxi to the Venice coach parking area where your driver is waiting. Shortly afterwards, depart for the Liguria region, known as the “Italian Riviera”. Arrive in Rapallo and check-in to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour with your tour manager. Enjoy some free time before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
DAY 6 PORTOFINO EXCURSION: After a rich breakfast at the hotel, explore the area put on the map by such well-known names as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Humphrey Bogart. An idyllic fishing village of little narrow houses in terracotta and red, clustered tightly around a picturesque natural harbor of crystalline green waters – this is Portofino! After a walking tour, take a seat and savor the atmosphere of the Mediterranean Dolce Vita in one of the cafes at the Piazzetta, next to the harbor. Sip on an espresso, watch boats arrive, and hum along to the tune of the popular ‘50s song, “I found my love in Portofino…”. Later, return to your hotel in Rapallo for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
DAY 7 CINQUE TERRE EXCURSION: Enjoy breakfast before departing on a full-day excursion to Cinque Terre. Drive to La Spezia where you will meet your local guide before continuing to Manarola. Once in Manarola take the train to the villages of Cinque Terre: you have the option to stop at one or two villages among Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia and Montersosso (You can discuss where to stop directly with your guide - The guide will give you details of the CUSTOM GROUP JOURNEY each city, so the group can make their decision). In the afternoon, take a boat from Monterosso to Riomaggiore where you will take the train back to La Spezia to meet your motorcoach. Return to Rapallo for overnight. (B)
DAY 8 RAPALLO / LAKE COMO: After breakfast, depart from Rapallo and make your way towards Lake Como. Once you reach Como. Enjoy some free time to explore. The city offers many historical and cultural gems, which you can discover by taking a walk in the pedestrian historical center. We recommend you don't miss the Como Cathedral and the Basilica of St Abbondio, but also the city's medieval town hall (Broletto). This evening, enjoy dinner and overnight in Lake Como. (B/D) DAY 9 LAKE COMO AREA: Enjoy breakfast followed by a full-day excursion. This morning meet your step-on guide and start discovering Como Lake from the waters, then stop to enjoy the wonderful villages Bellagio and Tremezzo. During the boat trip, you will admire the villages, the Mediaeval hamlets, the Romanesque churches, the views of the flora and, of course, a long series of villas with their luxuriant gardens. In Tremezzo stop to admire Villa Carlotta with its magnificent botanic garden and art masterpieces in over 70.000 square meters of gardens and museum. The beautiful villa, built at the end of XVII century in a natural basin between lake and mountains, faces the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio, The Pearl of Lake Como: Few places are as romantic as Lake Como, and even fewer resorts as beautiful as Bellagio. Called the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio's world class hotels and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panorama. The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Later, return to Como. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B/D)
DAY 10 LAKE COMO / MILAN / USA: After breakfast in the hotel, you will have a private group transfer to Milan airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)

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