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Best of Italy Tour #16

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Venice, Secret Venice Tour Overnight in Venice

Day 2 Doge’s palace Tour Overnight in Venice

Day 3 Get Lost in Venice Overnight in Venice

Day 4 Venice to Vicenza by train Overnight in Vicenza

Day 5 The Villas of Veneto Region, Vicenza by Night Overnight in Vicenza

Day 6 Cortina d’ Ampezzo Tour Overnight in Vicenza

Day 7 Transfer to VCE, goodbay Italy!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

*Explore Venice’s canals & grand palaces of La Serenissima

*Daily visit of Cortina d’ Ampezzo

*Discover Vicenza and its villas, best known as the City of Palladio and listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site

Entrance fees of the highlights as listed in the itineraries are included

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Venice, Secret Venice Tour

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Venice International Airport Marco Polo. Start your stay in Venice the easy and stylish way with a private water taxi transfer from the airport to the Hotel Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collection. A representative will greet and escort you to a waiting private motorboat. Then, sit back and relax as you speed past the spectacular scenery of the Venetian Lagoon and canals in your comfortable, private ride. Escape the crowds and discover the secret sights of Venice off the usual tourist trail. Follow your private guide to hidden corners between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. Be seduced by the less-discovered side of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Depart Piazza San Marco with its Byzantine basilica and imposing Doge’s Palace. Stroll to the pretty square of Campo Santo Stefano, and then see the magnificent spiral staircase of the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Continue to the Campo Manin and the lesser-known Teatro Goldoni opera house. Discover the former confraternity of the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni and more. Along the way, walk over some of the romantic bridges in the city and discover some of the narrow streets known as calli.

• Private Transfer by motorboat from Venice International Airport marco Polo to the Hotel Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collection

• 2 hours multi language speaking guide, meet the guide at your hotel (walking tour)

• Dinner in the Hotel

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 2 Doge’s Palace Tour, Venice By Night

You will meet your private guide at your Hotel for a 2 hours walking tour. The Doge’s Palace in its Gothic Architecture awaits you and with your skip-the-lineticket you will have a privileged access. In the past it was the luxurious and sumptuous Doge’s residence nowadays is the most important Museum in Venice. You will see the Hall of the Great Council, Sala dello Scrutinio, the Doge’s apartments, the Museo dell’Opera the Stairs of Gold and the Palace Armory and Prisons. Take a picture of Bridge of Sighs and have easy access into the Saint Mark’s Basilica. It was built in 820 to preserve Saint Mark’s relics back from Alexandria. In the evening enjoy a dinner in one of the best restaurant in Venice, in an intimate yet delightful location to experience authentic Venetian cuisine with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• 2 hours multi language speaking guide, meet the guide at your hotel (walking tour)

• Skip the line tickets to the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica

• Dinner in a typical restaurant (beverages excluded)

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 3 Get Lost in Venice Tour

This is the best way to visit Venice outside the normal and most beaten trails. With your private guide enjoy this fabulous walking tour and discover this stunning city starting from Campo Santa Maria Formosa and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo with the Gothic Basilica one of the largest churches in the city and the Equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni was an Italian commander, who became captain-general of the Republic of Venice during 15th century. The Malibran Theatre were the Marco Polo’s house stood. Arrive to the majestic and elegant Rialto Bridge with its white Istria stone. The church of San Salvador with the Tiziano’s last work, the Annunciation. Last stop passing through Campo Manin to the unique open spiral staircase, la Scala del Bovolo.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• 4 hours multi language speaking guide, meet the guide at your hotel (walking tour)

• Dinner in the Hotel

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 4 Venice to Vicenza

Meet your private water taxi at your Hotel at a prearranged time. Sit back and relax as you speed past the spectacular scenery of the Venetian Lagoon and canals in your comfortable, private ride to the Venice Railway Station Santa Lucia. Travel from Venice to Vicenza by high-speed train and discover the city particularly famous for the many works, and particularly the Villas, by Palladio. Because of the architectural contributions of Andrea Palladio, it was included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in 1994. Leave your luggages in the Hotel Michelangelo – Starhotels Collection. Enjoy your private tour with a professional local guide. The tour includes a visit of Vicenza with the following schedule:

-Olympic Theater

-Palazzo Chiericati

-Church of Santa Corona

-Contrà Porti Street (Palladio Museum, Palazzo da Porto Festa, Palazzo da Porto Colleoni, Palazzo da Porto Breganze)

-Piazza dei Signori (Palladian Basilica, Loggia of the Captain, Monte di Pietà)

-Piazza Duomo (cathedral)

-Piazza Castello Palazzo Porto Breganze, Palazzo Thiene Boning Longare).

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• Private Transfer by motorboat from the Hotel Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collection to Venice Railway Station Santa Lucia

• Business Class Train Tickets from Venice to Vicenza

• Private Transfer from Vicenza Railway Station to the Hotel Michelangelo – Starhotels Collection

• 3 hours chauffeur service, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• 3 hours multi language speaking guide

• Dinner in the Hotel

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 5 Vicenza and Palladian Villas Tour, Vicenza by Night

We propose a private tour of 8 hours to discover Vicenza and its Palladian Villas.We suggest to visit two of the major Palladian Villas UNESCO World Heritage easily reachable from the center, namely Villa La Rotonda and Villa Valmarana ai Nani. The first is considered one of the major achievements of the famous architect, so that inspired the style of the White House. The second, smaller and more intimate, is embellished inside with frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, among the greatest representatives of 18th century painting.Walk in Vicenza with our tour guide, this will allow you to be accompanied among the sites of greatest interest, know anecdotes about what you observe and have a reference person. There is also free time at your disposal to allow you to experience the charm of this city with tranquility.

In the evening enjoy a truly magical night-time experience in Vicenza with your own private driver while he take you to a typical restaurant or tavern.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• 9 hours chauffeur service, pick-up/drop-off at your hotel

• 3 hours multi language speaking guide

• 3 hours private chauffeur service by night, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• Dinner in a typical restaurant (beverages excluded)

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 6 Cortina d’ Ampezzo Tour

Take a day trip to the Dolomites, with stops at Cortina, Misurina Lake, and Auronzo Lake. See fabulous scenery and get plenty of opportunities to take epic photographs. Pass through tunnels with astonishing views of canyons and valleys, which appear as if from nowhere. The scenery in this region is quite simply some of the most breathtaking in Europe. Upon arrival in Cortina, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” you will have free time to stroll around the town, and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Continue your trip towards Lake Misurina, taking the toll road up to outstanding peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. At 7,740 feet (2,360 meters), it will reward you with yet more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Drive to picturesque Lake Auronzo, passing through enchanting mountain villages as you head back towards Venice, and your final drop-off point. In the evening enjoy a truly magical night-time experience in Vicenza with your own private driver while he take you to a typical restaurant or tavern.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• 10 hours chauffeur service, pick-up/drop-off at your hotel

• 3 hours private chauffeur service by night, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• Dinner in a typical restaurant (beverages excluded)

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 7 Transfer to VCE, goodbye Italy!

Your journey in Italy will end after breakfast, with a transfer to the Venice airport to catch your flight home or to your next destination. Arrivederci!

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• Private Transfer from the HotelMichelangelo– Starhotels Collection to Venice International Airport Marco Polo

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