Day 01, Thursday: U.S. to Rome
Overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Celtic Tours World Vacations will be delighted to book your air in conjunction with your tour, or purchase this tour on a land only basis, where your tour would begin on day 02, in Rome.
Day 02, Friday: Arrival in Rome
Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Leader and your travel companion at the Bar of the hotel. At the end, walk to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. Overnight in Rome.
Day 03, Saturday: Heart of Rome & Vatican
Meet your assistant in the lobby and walk to Piazza Navona, where you will start your exploration of the heart of Rome: Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Baroque quarter. Free time for lunch and relax. Then transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit. Optional: Tonight experience the real Roman food! Meet your tour leader and enjoy a relaxed walking along the narrow streets of ancient Rome. End the tour at your restaurant for a tasty Roman Dinner. Overnight in Rome.
Day 04, Sunday: Siena-Florence
Meet your tour guide at hotel in Rome and transfer to Florence by private coach. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olives tree, small villages and original bell towers. En route stop in Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. The town offers magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Upon arrival, enjoy a “farmer lunch”: Original Tuscan Food: wine tasting with cheese and salami. After lunch, free time to explore the city. At the end, continue to your final destination. Before arrival, stop in a vineyard in Chianti for a wine tasting. Late afternoon arrival in Florence. Free time for dinner. Overnight in Florence.
Day 05, Monday: Free day in Florence
Today enjoy your day in Florence at your leisure. Overnight in Florence.
Day 06, Tuesday: Florence
Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. We start exploring Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city. With our guide, we explore the heart of the town. Visit the fresh market of San Lorenzo, with food arriving fresh every day from Tuscan Countryside. A great opportunity to taste many varieties of cheese, fruits, vegetables and breads, with free time to enjoy lunch independently. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio (from outside), the Dome with Giotto’s bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Finally, visit the Accademia and see the masterpiece of Michelangelo; the statue of David. Tonight we enjoy a Tuscan dinner with a sunset walk. This time of the day is spectacular and provides great photo opportunities. Overnight in Florence.
Day 07, Wednesday: Florence - Cinque Terre
Begin your 3-night private post-tour to Cinqueterre & Milan (from this moment, the tour continues on private basis, without tour escort. The tours included may be private or shared). After breakfast, meet your driver guide and continue to Cinqueterre. Upon arrival, start your exploration of the villages by boat. At the end, continue to Genoa where you will stay one (1) night.
Day 08, Thursday: Milan
Transfer to Genoa Station to catch your high speed train to Milan. Upon arrival, meet your driver and proceed to your hotel. Check in at hotel. You will be picked up late at your hotel by our driver and transferred to Largo Cairoli to start your tour of Milan. Your half-day sightseeing tour of Milan also includes a walking tour, introducing you to Italy’s most stylish city. Take a look at the medieval Sforza Castle. Visit the splendid Duomo, one of the world's largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. Walk inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade. Enter Milan’s most famous Opera House, the fabulous La Scala theatre. Your entrance ticket provides 24 hour admission to the theatre and museum so you can return the next day. Finally, the tour ends with the view of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper includes this difficult to obtain pre-booked entrance, guaranteeing exclusive no line entry and an intimate viewing of the Last Supper. At the end of the tour, you will have the possibility to spend more time in the heart of the town or continue to the hotel on you own. Overnight in Milan.
Day 09, Friday: Como
Today, enjoy a guided full day visit of Como & Bellagio. (pick up and drop off included). Discover Lake Como in Italy's beautiful Lake District, just a short distance from Milan. Nestled between the huge snowcapped Alps that rise up from its shores, is fashionable lakeside town Como. After spending time shopping and dining, you will take a two-hour panoramic cruise on Lake Como to the enchanting village of Bellagio. Return late afternoon and independent return to your hotel. Overnight in Milan.
Day 10, Saturday: Departure to U.S.
Independent transfer to your airport.