Charming Garda Lake and the Art Cities of Tuscany

CHARMING GARDA LAKE AND THE ART CITIES OF TUSCANY

1° day MILAN - LAKE GARDA

Arrive in Milan and meet with your English speaking assistant. Transfer to Riva del Garda area. Late afternoon hotel check-in, dinner and overnight.

2° day RIVA DEL GARDA - VARONE FALLS - MALCESINE - LAZISE

Hotel breakfast. Visit Riva del Garda, elegant and vibrant city right on the Garda Lake, the biggest lake in Italy, much loved by poets and writers of all times. Short excursion to Varone Falls, one of the most popular natural attractions. Go ahead on the panoramic route of the eastern part of the lake to Malcesine. Stop for lunch on your own. Panoramic tour of Malcesine, beautiful lake town governed from 1405 to 1797 by The Republic of Venice. Arrive in Lazise and visit (external) the famous Castle “Castello Scaligero” . Transfer to the hotel in the southern part of the lake. Check in, dinner and overnight. 

3° day LIMONE DEL GARDA - TOSCOLANO MADERNO - GARDONE RIVIERA

Hotel breakfast and depart by ferry boat to Limone sul Garda, once one of the most productive lemon-growing spots in Italy! Lunch on your own. The day is dedicated to the visit of the north western part of the lake. Drive to Toscolano Maderno for a short panoramic tour and then to Gardone Riviera to visit the Vittoriale degli Italiani (The shrine of Italian Victories), a hillside estate overlooking the Garda Lake. It is where the Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio lived after his defenestration in 1922 and until his death in 1938. The estate consists of the residence of d’Annunzio called the Prioria (Priory), an amphitheater, the light cruiser Puglia set into a hillside, a boathouse containing the MAS vessel used by D’Annunzio in 1918 and a circular mausoleum. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight. 

4° day SALÒ - DESENZANO DEL GARDA

Hotel breakfast. Depart to Salò for a walk along the elegant lake front and for lunch on your own. Time for shopping and then transfer to Desenzano del Garda, where you will also get the chance to stroll along the narrow city centre streets full of shops and boutiques. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight 

5° day SIRMIONE - GROTTE DI CATULLO - PARCO SIGURTÀ (optional)

Hotel breakfast. Depart towards Sirmione, with its picturesque Scaliger Castle from the 13th century. The Roman poet Catullus had a villa here, and you will also see the ancient Roman Spa named “Grot te di Catullo”. Lunch at leisure and in the afternoon time for leisure or optional excursion to Parco Sigur tà. It started off as the gardens of Villa Maf fei, once the headquarters of Napoleone III. Today a flourishing and spectacular green area. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.

6° day MONTECATINI

Hotel breakfast. Private transfer to the hotel in Montecatini area. Lunch on your own. Free time for leisure in your spa hotel in Montecatini Terme. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 

7° day FLORENCE

Hotel breakfast. Full day excursion to Florence, the wonderful heart of the Renaissance, and the capital city of the Italian Region of Tuscany. Centre of medie val European trade and finance and one of the we althiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.  Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, the city contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Morning guided tour of the city. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon free time to visit individually this magnific city. Late af ternoon return to your hotel in Montecatini. Dinner and overnight. 

8° day MONTECATINI - PISA - LUCCA (optional)

Hotel breakfast and whole day free for leisure in your spa hotel in Montecatini Terme. Otherwise optional excursion to visit Lucca and Pisa. For its monumental and historic wealth, Lucca has been proposed as addition to Unesco World Heritage Sites. The old town has preserved its medieval appearance with ancient churches, bell towers and monumental renaissance palaces. Lunch on your own. Afternoon arrival in Pisa, famous for the monumental Cathedral and the Leaning Tower. In the evening turn back to Montecatini. Dinner and overnight in hotel. 

9° day CINQUE TERRE

Hotel breakfast. Full day trip to the Cinque Terre in Liguria, where the coast is punctuated by picturesque small fishing villages. You’ll enjoy the views of these picturesque - postcards villages and a boat ride or train ride along the coast. Lunch on your own. Return to Montecatini. Dinner at leisure and overnight.
 

10° day CHIANTI REGION - SIENA - ROME

Hotel breakfast in hotel and leave for Siena, driving through the beautiful region of the Chianti wine. The tradition of cultivating vines in Chianti goes back a long time in history, back to the Etruscans that in habited the area before the Roman empire. Stop for wine tasting. Travel to Siena. Lunch on your own and 2 hours guided visit of Siena, one of the most beautiful medioeval towns in Italy. Its historic centre has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Drive to Rome, check in, dinner and overnight. 

11° day ROME

Hotel breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for your return flight. End of services.
 




 



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Travel Time 11 days 
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• Modern air-conditioned motor coach throughout as specified • English speaking tour escort from first to last day of the program • Hotel accommodation in 3/4 star hotel, rooms with private facilities, with buffet breakfast • Meals as per program • Special visits and sightseeing as specified in the program with local English speaking guides • Entrance fees • Service charges and hotel taxes  

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