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On this exclusive cultural trip to Venice, Milan and Florence, a combination of pure culture and Italian zest for life awaits you. In Venice, the „floating city of the doges“, marvel at the Rialto Bridge and the world-famous lagoon (UNESCO world cultural heritage). Explore the capital of the Renaissance – the wonderful city of Florence – and be captivated by Italy‘s most famous coastline, the Versilia Coast, on the way to the fashion capital of Milan. Finally, enjoy a stroll by Lake Como and a boat trip in Bellagio and be enchanted by the stunning landscape all around you.

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Milan, the famous city of fashion. Our capable travel guide will greet us warmly at the airport. We will travel in a modern coach, passing through wonderful scenery before arriving at our 4-star hotel in the Venice area – Lido di Jesolo. The coming days will be planned jointly over a welcome drink and we will spend the first 2 nights here.

Day 2: Venice (UNESCO world heritage site) UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today we will travel to the Punta Sabbioni. From here we will cross over to Venice on a private boat. Fabulously beautiful, between sky and water, this “floating city of the Doges” welcomes visitors from all over the world. Venice offers enchanting highlights such as St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the world-famous lagoon (UNESCO world heritage site). Make the most of the opportunity to learn about the historical background for all of the town’s landmarks on our optional sightseeing tour. Return trip by private boat to Punta Sabbioni.

Day 3: Padua & Po Delta (UNESCO world heritage site) UNESCO World Heritage Site

After breakfast we will set off to Padua, a town with ancient origins. The old town, with its lively squares, pergolas and stunning palaces, contains countless architectural treasures of incomparable beauty. Our tour starts in Europe’s third largest square, the Prato della Valle. From here it is just a short distance to the imposing Basilica of Saint Anthony, which belongs to the Vatican. From the piazza in front of the gateway we will admire the imposing statue of Gattamelata by Donatello. Via the notable squares Piazza della Erbe, Piazza dei Fruitti and Piazza dei Signori we will arrive at the renowned university and the Caffè Pedrocchi. Visitors to the café have included Giocchino Rossini and Thomas Mann. After this we will travel through one of the most fertile areas in Europe, the Po Delta (UNESCO world heritage site). Our route takes us over the Apennine Mountains to Florence. Overnight stay in the Florence region.

Day 4: Florence (UNESCO world heritage site) & Tuscany UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today we will travel to the Renaissance capital: the wonderful Florence. Among the best known buildings and attractions which have made this Tuscan city famous are the Baptistry, the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Orsanmichele church. We recommend our fascinating, optional guided tour which will take you round the most important highlights. It is also worth visiting the Uffizi, one of the most famous art galleries in the world.

Day 5: Pisa (UNESCO world heritage site) & Lucca UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today you will have the chance to join our magical, optional full-day excursion to Pisa & Lucca. Pisa offers cultural treasures such as its unique leaning tower (UNESCO world heritage site) and the Piazza dei Miracoli – with the cathedral, the baptistry and the monumental cemetery. Lucca offers the exciting attractions of the Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Michele and the Guinigi Tower.

Day 6: Versilia coastline, Lunigiana & Milan

We will drive towards Milan, arriving first at the enchanting Versilia coast – the most famous coastline in Italy, known for its long sandy beaches and little villages. Our route takes us on through Lunigiana, a picturesque natural landscape with dense forests which is very famous for its mushrooms and marble stone bridges. The trip takes us past Parma and on to Milan. The regional capital of Lombardy has a wealth of magnificent artistic treasures. These include the imposing Gothic-style cathedral, which is adorned with thousands of marble statues and spires and a golden “Madonnina”. In the immediate vicinity of the cathedral is the renowned La Scala theatre. Another highlight is the famous Sforza Castle, a fantastic castle and building complex from the Renaissance era. Take the opportunity to discover all these attractions on our optional sightseeing tour. Overnight stay in the Milan region.

Day 7: Como, Lake Como & boat trip to Bellagio

Today we travel to Lake Como, one of the most enchanting lakes in Italy. We begin with an attractive walk through Como’s old town. Past the Roman Basilica of San Fedele to the cathedral square, the town hall and the fabulous Gothic Como Cathedral. After this we will admire the Piazza Cavour and the harbour on Lake Como. We will travel onwards to Tremezzo. There we begin a boat trip to Bellagio, taking in the impressive scenery around the lake. A gentle walk gives us a chance to marvel at picturesque Bellagio. Return trip by boat from Bellagio and onward journey to Milan.

Day 8: Homeward journey

An unforgettable cultural trip comes to an end. We’ve experienced a lot together and made plenty of friends. We will travel together to Milan airport to begin our journey home.

Package includes:

  • Your flights to and from Milan with a reputable airline3, incl. hotel transfers
  • 7 nights in a double room in selected 4-star hotels (nat. category)
    7x Italian breakfast buffet
  • Fascinating round trip in our modern, air-conditioned coach featuring the most famous highlights and UNESCO sites in Italy!
    Look forward to a spectacular range of excursions, including:
    • Milan
    • Venice (UNESCO)
    • Padua
    • Florence (UNESCO)
    • Tuscany
    • Versilia coastline & Lunigiana
    • Como
    • Boat trip on Lake Como
    • Bellagio
  • Qualified, English-speaking tour guide

3 e.g. scheduled flights with British Airways, Air France or KLM Royal Dutch Airlines with change in Paris CDG or Amsterdam


On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Cultural package:

the package includes guided tours of Venice, Florence & Milan as well as a full-day excursion to “Pisa & Lucca” (Day 5): only £128 per person

“Explorer” cultural package

the package includes a VIP entry to the Uffizi and a guided tour: only £49 per person

Gourmet package

the package includes comfortable half board, i.e. sumptuous menus every evening with international
specialties: only £129 per person

Single room surcharge

£179 per person (subject to availability)

Including a spectacular range of excursions!

You will love our 4-star hotels !

Comparison of temperatures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Milan481418243032312618137
London68911152021201915107

Location:

In Southern Europe, on the Apennine Peninsula; neighbouring countries: France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino, Vatican City. Area: 301,277 square kilometres.

Form of government:

Republic, parliamentary democracy with bicameral system. President Sergio Mattarella has been the head of state since February 2015. Minister President Paolo Gentiloni has been the head of government since December 2016.

Capital:

Rome has been the capital of Italy since 1871 and has 2.7 million inhabitants.

Religion:

Primarily Roman Catholic, plus approx. 1.3 million Muslims, around 550,000 Protestants, 230,000 Jehovah Witnesses, 200,000 Buddhists, 110,000 Hindus and 40,000 Jews.

Language:

The national language is Italian. Friulian, Ladin, German, Slovenian, Occitan, French, Franco-Provencal, Albanian, Greek, Sardinian, Catalan and Croatian are also officially recognised minority languages.

Climate:

In Italy, the climate varies significantly between the north and south. The north is governed by a harsh climate with very cold winters and very hot summers with high levels of humidity. In the centre, the climate is moderate while winters are always mild and summers very warm and sultry in the south and on the islands.

Electricity:

Electricity in Italy is supplied at a voltage of 230 V and in the form of alternating current with a frequency of 50 Hertz. Power outlets comply with European guidelines. You need an adapter in your hotel.

Local time:

Italy is part of the Central European Time zone where GMT+1 applies, along with daylight saving time.

Making telephone calls:

To call an Italian phone number from abroad: international dialling code for Italy (+39), followed by the respective phone number. To make phone calls to the UK: pre-dial 0044 (+44).

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Italy. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Italian Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. Further information at: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en. Customers are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to make sure that passport and visa entry requirements for the country or countries that they are visiting are satisfied and we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.
Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Italy are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation whose Web site is www.esteri.it/mae/en. If you hold a different type of British nationality (BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Italian Embassy before you travel. However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependent on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary.

Tour guides:

Your English-speaking tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information on the country, people, history, culture etc., and offer advice and assistance in organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information and a welcome drink. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Italy has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:

Gourmet package: This package includes an evening meal each day featuring international specialties: only £129 per person.
Cultural package: This package includes guided tours of Venice, Florence & Milan as well as a full-day excursion to “Pisa & Lucca” (Day 5): only £128 per person.

Currency/Banks/Credit cards:

The Euro has been the official currency in Italy since 2001. Exchange rate (as at March 2018): 1 GBP = 1.13 EUR; 1 EUR = 0.88 GBP.
Banks/Credit cards: Purchases can be paid for in cash and using the most popular credit cards. This payment system is typical in Italian shops; the symbols of credit cards accepted are usually displayed at the entrance to shops. ID cards are required when paying by credit card. Travellers’ cheques (in dollars or Euro) can also be cashed in banks. It is also possible to withdraw cash from ATMs using EC/Maestro cards but high fees may be charged by the respective bank. Cash payments exceeding 3,000 EUR (2640 GBP) are not possible in Italy. Sums exceeding 3,000 EUR can only be paid for by credit card, EC card or by bank transfer.
ATTENTION: Caution is advised when paying with bank or credit cards as criminals may try to copy the traveller’s bank card and obtain the relevant PIN code without being noticed to then withdraw cash from cash machines using fake cards. Travellers are therefore advised to keep an eye on their bank card when paying with it and to enter their PIN number with discretion. Care should also be taken when using bank and credit cards with PIN code in exchange offices.

Customs regulations for travellers to Italy:

Sums exceeding €10,000 must be declared when entering or leaving Italy. Private persons travelling within the EU can purchase and export goods without limits on quantities if they are for personal use and not intended for resale. The customs regulations for the UK can be viewed on the British Customs Web site www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk. Information on customs regulations for importing products into the UK is found on the British Customs Web site: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

Safety instructions:

Crime: Vigilance should be exercised regarding pickpockets and petty crime in tourist centres in particular, especially cases of fraud where tourists are distracted (e.g. by jostling etc.) and then stolen from by accomplices. As for any holiday trip, the rule is to only ever carry what is absolutely necessary. Large amounts of cash and original identification documents should always be deposited in the hotel safe. If necessary, only carry secure credit cards (protected by PIN) on your person. Take photocopies of your documents with you when you travel. Alternatively, you can save the files on a private e-mail account, enabling them to be accessed wherever you are in the world. When walking outside, do not wear bags or cameras on the side facing the street, making it more difficult for them to be stolen by thieves on motorbikes.

Medical information:

Vaccinations are not required for entering Italy. Every traveller should be sufficiently protected against tetanus and polio as well as hepatitis, if needs be. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Replacement Certificate must be presented as proof (both documents can be obtained from your health insurance company). Nonetheless, you are urgently recommended to take out travel health insurance for the duration of your holiday which covers risks not assumed by the statutory health insurance companies (e.g. repatriation to the UK in the event of illness, treatment by private doctors or in private hospitals). Such policies usually also offer benefits not covered by state health insurance companies, e.g. the costs of repatriation.
Customers should ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit for undertaking the selected trip and make the necessary queries concerning the level of physical and psychological fitness required. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: March 2018

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