Lake Como, Venice, Florence & Rome

This 10-day Italy tour invites you to experience romantic landscapes that have inspired the imagination of poets, artists and writers for centuries... from Lake Como to the lush Tuscan countryside and the timeless treasures of Venice, Florence and Rome! A Tauck Exclusive - an after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!

Quintessential Italy Past meets present perfectly... along Alpine lakes lined with garden-graced villas and islands steeped in natural charms... in a Florentine city alive with art and architecture and local experts who know them best... throughout Venice where main street is a historic canal and where gondolas glide past squares built centuries ago and bustling with activity today.... amidst Tuscan and Umbrian landscapes draped with vineyards, olive trees and medieval towns welcoming with cultural traditions... and inside exalted places priceless with Roman antiquities and eternally awe-inspiring.

Special after-hours guided visit to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel - a Tauck Exclusive; confirmed reservations at Uffizi Gallery & Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence; serenaded gondola ride in Venice; high-speed train ride to Florence

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCKS YELLOW ROADS! Traverse Lake Como's stunning shoreline and Lombardy's pastoral landscapes to Venice
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE! An after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds and without being rushed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the treasures of the Vatican unhurried
  • Two nights on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon at San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, winner of Conde Nast Traveler's 2018 Top Hotels in Italy/Venice Reader's Choice Award
  • Confirmed reservations at the Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell'Accademia, and Rome's Colosseum - discover the world's great art and architecture without waiting in long lines
  • High-speed train travel with first-class seating, from Venice to Florence
  • Lecture by an art historian in Florence, setting the stage for guided museum visits
  • Gliding through the historic canals of Venice aboard a gondola as local musicians serenade you with traditional Italian songs
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 17 meals (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, drivers, admission fees, taxes and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346780

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    10 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1MilanArrive Milan and on to Bellagio

    Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. A transfer is included from Milan's Malpensa or Linate Airport to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Your hotel is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in the Lake Como area and enjoys a spectacular garden-graced setting close to the beautiful town of Bellagio in the Centro Lago region of Italy. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel.

    Lodging:Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

    Meals: D
    Day 2Lake ComoA Villa on Fashionable Lake Como

    Often considered one of the most alluring of the Italian lakes with the Alps as a backdrop, begin a full day's discovery of Lake Como's gems with a cruise aboard a private boat to 16th-century Villa Balbianello, famous for its scene-stealing setting in the James Bond film Casino Royale and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones. Lunch on wooded Isola Comacina whets your appetite for daily life in the Italian Lakes region!

    Lodging:Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3VeniceFrom Lake Como to Venice

    More waterfront delights await in the extraordinary canal city of Venice, poetically described by Lord Byron as a fairy city of the heart. Upon arrival, head to St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, for lunch at a local restaurant, followed by an iconic, must-do Venetian experience - gliding through the city's historic canals aboard a gondola as local musicians serenade you with traditional Italian songs. Then transfer by private boat to your home for the next two nights in Venice - the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, named the #1 hotel in Venice as the winner of Conde Nast Traveler's 2018 Top Hotels in Italy/Venice Reader's Choice Award! Occupying its own private island in the Venetian Lagoon complete with a beautiful pool, grounds and gardens, this award-winning retreat is accessible only by private boat or water taxi. Enjoy free time this evening and dinner at your leisure at the hotel.

    Lodging:San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4VeniceSt. Mark's & Venice as you please

    Start the day in Venice with guided visits to Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and St. Mark's Basilica, one of the greatest buildings in Europe with its exquisite mosaics and detailed carving. Spend the rest of the day and evening experiencing more of Venice at your leisure - perhaps exploring the small islands of the Venetian Lagoon; viewing one of the world's largest collections of Venetian art at the Galleria dell'Accademia; or visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a head-turning display of modern art housed in Guggenheim's former home on the Grand Canal, the 18th-century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni; your Tauck Director can offer recommendations. Your hotel provides private boat shuttles between its private dock at St. Mark's Square and the hotel on San Clemente Island throughout the afternoon and evening.

    Lodging:San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

    Meals: B
    Day 5FlorenceHigh-speed rail to Florence

    First class seats on a high-speed train take you across the plains to Florence, renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance for the architecture and art that flourished here between the 13th and 16th centuries. A lecture by an art historian enhances your discoveries of the treasures you will view during a guided visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia, Michelangelo's masterpiece, David, among them. Suitably inspired, join us for a walking tour through the historic center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where art comes to life all around you. Enjoy an a la carte dinner tonight at leisure at your hotel.

    Lodging:The St. Regis Florence

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6FlorenceThe Uffizi & time at leisure in Florence

    Tauck has made reservations for you today at the Uffizi Gallery to view its works of art with a local guide; works collected by the Medici were first displayed here in the 1580s, making the Uffizi the oldest art gallery in the world. The remainder of the day is free to sightsee as you wish; you may want to see Michelangelo's marble creations in the Medici Chapel, stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, or visit the beautiful Boboli Gardens; many sights are located close to each other.

    Lodging:The St. Regis Florence

    Meals: B
    Day 7SienaThrough Tuscany & Umbria via Siena to Rome

    Journey to Siena through Chianti country, abundant with locally produced red wine, timeless art and classic architecture, as well as landscapes rich in vineyards, olive groves, and cypresses. In medieval Siena, walk to the Piazza del Campo, where the Palio, Siena's world-famous bareback horse race, has been run twice a year for centuries. Wander through narrow streets to visit the black-and-white Duomo, then continue on through the green countryside of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio to Rome for a three-night stay at one of Europe's premier hotels. Tonight's dinner is at a neighborhood restaurant celebrated for its regional cuisine. Buon appetito!

    Lodging:The St. Regis Rome

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8RomeSt. Peter's & after-hours at the Vatican Museums

    This morning's guided visit to St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square is an illuminating preview to your special after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums (subject to availability; day of the tour may vary), where you will have privileged access inside the Vatican Museums without the day's crowds. See the Candelabra Gallery, the Map Gallery and the Tapestries, dressed in riches beyond compare, and pause in the Sistine Chapel to gaze up at Michelangelo's famous ceiling; the frescoes were refurbished several years ago to reflect their original vibrant colors. Be sure to look down at the floor, equally stunning!

    Lodging:The St. Regis Rome

    Meals: B
    Day 9RomeThe Colosseum and glories of Imperial Rome

    Our local guide shows you some of the most important sights of Imperial Rome today on an orientation drive that includes the Circus Maximus and a view of the Roman Forum from above. Avoid long ticket lines with Tauck's pre-arranged reservations on an informative visit to the world-renowned Colosseum. Spend the afternoon exploring as you please and join us this evening for a cocktail reception and farewell dinner at the hotel.

    Lodging:The St. Regis Rome

    Meals: B, D
    Day 10RomeJourney Home

    Tour ends: Rome. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The St. Regis Rome to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino; allow a minimum of three hours for check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    05/09/2019$8,790.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    06/03/2019$7,790.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    06/10/2019$8,790.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    06/13/2019$7,790.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    07/08/2019$7,490.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    08/15/2019$7,490.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/05/2019$8,990.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/12/2019$7,990.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/23/2019$7,990.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/03/2019$7,490.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    10/07/2019$7,490.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
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    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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