ITALY | Experience Venice and Como
Situated in Mediterranean Europe, Italy has land frontiers with France in the north-west, Switzerland and Austria in the north and Slovenia in the north-east. The peninsula is surrounded by the Ligurian Sea, the Sardinian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west, the Sicilian Sea and the Ionian Sea in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the east. Italian is the language of the majority of the population but there are minorities speaking German, French, Slovene and Ladino. There is a great deal of variety in the landscape in Italy, although it is characterized predominantly by two mountain chains: the Alps and the Apennines.The former extends over 600 miles from east to west. It consists of great massifs in the western sector, with peaks rising to over 14,000 feet, including Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Monte Rosa and Cervino (the Matterhorn). The the chain is lower in the eastern sector, although the mountains, the Dolomites, are still of extraordinary beauty.
• 2 nights in Venice at Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal or similar
• 1 night in Como at Hotel Como or similar
• 5 meals: 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
• “Skip the Line” tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
• Visit Palazzo dei Dogi and Bridge of Sighs
• Visit Verona
• Visit Sirmione
• Arrival and departure transfers
• City taxes billed directly at the hotel
• Drinks not included in the meals
Duration: 4 days & 3 nights
Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.
Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.
DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL) VENICE
Upon arrival in Venice, make your own way to your hotel.
Enjoy your dinner (included) in a restaurant and relax before the adventure that lies ahead.
| Overnight in Venice
DAY 2 | VENICE
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St. Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel.
| Overnight in Venice
DAY 3 | VENICE – VERONA – SIRMIONE – COMO
After breakfast, you are headed to the famous city of Verona: the town of Romeo and Juliet.
A walk through its narrow streets will allow you to get in touch with Verona’s varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid roman origins, as the world-famous Arena and its medieval structures, its magnificent renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting the city. The combination of art and history will fascinate you. You will proceed to Sirmione, where you will see the Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Enjoy the area, rich in vegetation including lemon trees, oleanders and magnolias. You will see the Sirmione cape, the castle and the ruins. Then, in the afternoon, we will arrive in Como and enjoy the picturesque view of Lake Como. Free time to visit Como, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
After the visit check-in at the hotel and enjoy dinner at your hotel.
| Overnight in Como
| Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 | (DEPARTURE) COMO – MILAN
Following breakfast, you will head to Milan to end the tour at the central railway station.
Hotel Carlton On The Grand Canal
Overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal, Hotel Carlton offers a rooftop cocktail bar with terrace and spacious, Venetian-style rooms. Santa Lucia Train Station and the Piazzale Roma parking lot are both a 5 minute walk away.
This romantic 4-star hotel has an elegant interior design with Murano glass lamps and antique furniture. All the air-conditioned rooms include satellite TV, a minibar and a private bathroom with hairdryer.
Breakfast is available each morning, and Bar Carlton Café provides drinks plus snacks throughout the day. La Cupola restaurant serves Italian and international dishes.
Hotel Carlton On The Grand Canal gives you free access to the Venice Casino. At the front desk, you can book restaurants and theater tickets. San Marco Square is a pleasant 25 minute walk away, also accessible by vaporetto (water bus).
Hotel Como features a rooftop garden with swimming pool, bar, and views of the surrounding hills. It is 0.6 mi from Como city center, and a 20-minute walk from the lake shore. The spacious rooms have parquet floors.
Rooms offer flat-screen satellite TV, mini-bar and air conditioning. The bathroom comes with a hairdryer and toiletries. Wi-Fi is free.
The property offers free access to its swimming pool and fitness room. During the summer, guests can enjoy drinks and snacks at the poolside bar.
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