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Treasures of Italy Tour * 2019 * May 17 - 27

This is a Small Group Tour. Maximum 20 passengers for an intimate experience! This tour will sell out quickly, so don't wait to secure your spot!

USA to Milan, Italy

5/17/19 - Depart USA for Italy!

First stop.... Lake Como, Italy
Private Transportation

5/18/19 - Arrive Milan for your private transfer to Lake Como area!

Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. It's claim to fame is that George Clooney has a home here! The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate.

Village of Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Hotel Olivedo

Elegant, 4 star boutique hotel in Art Nouveau style , charming personality , eccentric and romantic in the town of Varenna on Lake Como. Owned by the same family for four generations. The charming location on the edge of the lake and the renowned cuisine make your stay even more pleasant.

5/18/19 - 3 nights in a Superior Lake View room including breakfast daily.

Private Day Tour...

5/19/19 - *PRIVATE CENTRAL LAKE TOUR* (10a-6p)

Featuring Boat, Food, Wine & Villas with Lake Como Food Tours

A full day guided tour discovering the pearls of Lake Como: walking tours of Bellagio and Varenna, a visit to Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi, a relaxing private cruise, the sampling of olive oil at an original mill plus tastings of local cheese, cold cuts, wine, fish and pasta.

TOUR DETAILS: This full day tour will allow you to discover the "pearls" of the mid lake area and view and visit some of the most famous waterfront villas, all accompanied with the tasting of delicious local products.

The tour starts with a trip to a fascinating original mill on the hills above Varenna where you will be offered a tasting of the world famous locally produced olive oil, typical Valsassina cheese, cold cuts and wine followed by a guided walking tour of Varenna with its Celtic origins and steep alleys.

Lunch will be served in a lakefront restaurant where you will sample typical freshwater fish starters and delicious pasta (a non-fish menu will also be available).

An unforgettable private motorboat cruise will give you the chance to relax in the afternoon admiring the spectacular mountains and the stunning villas, once the homes of aristocrats, now the playgrounds for the jet set.

You will disembark at Villa del Balbianello for a guided visit, a real gem not to be missed, stunning shooting location for a number of famous films such as “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and “Casino Royale”.

Afterwards, our motorboat will bring you to Bellagio, where you shall be guided through the wonderful Villa Melzi gardens, followed by a stroll along the lakeside.

The tour will end at approximately 5:30 pm in this world-renowned village, where you are highly recommended to stop for a romantic happy hour or dinner. Our tour guide will suggest the best restaurants and cafes in the area.

OPTIONAL Cooking Class

5/20/19 - Take a Cooking Class! (optional tour add-on for a fee of 90Euro per person)

Why not spend a few hours during your Lake Como vacation learning how Italians live and cook in this area?

An opportunity not to be missed, an experience that will give you an insight into how the locals really live…

Our cooking course takes place in the lovely fishing hamlet of Mandello del Lario, a characteristic village on the lakeside at family run restaurant , where our chef will teach you how to make homemade pasta, using seasonal, local fresh ingredients. A 4 hour cooking course. (10am - 2pm)

You will be made to feel at home preparing and then enjoying a home cooked meal and local wine, all accompanied by great company.

The menu changes according to the season. This cooking course will enable you to discover local cooking traditions and tips, ideas and methods which you can take back to try out in your home country and share with your friends and family.

We'll provide all food and drink, all that is required is that you bring enthusiasm and willingness to learn, to meet new people and try to speak some Italian along the way.

*NOTE: There are other optional tours to choose from this day, based on your interest

IL Ronco Agriturismo (farm/restaurant/B&B), Garlate, Lake Como Italy

5/20/2019 - Private Sunset Group Dinner overlooking Lake Como (6p - 10p) at IL Ronco. Transportation included.

5/21/19 - TRANSFER TO MILAN TRAIN STATION

5/21/19 - FIRST CLASS TICKETS ON THE TRAIN FROM MILAN TO FLORENCE. (2hrs) SEAT RESERVATIONS INCLUDED.

Florence, Italy

PRIVATE TRANSFER UPON ARRIVAL INTO FLORENCE TO THE HOTEL

Private Transportation

Hotel Berchielli

The Hotel Berchielli is a 4 star boutique hotel located in the heart of Florence, overlooking the Lungarno Acciaiuoli. All the artistic and historic treasure of Florence are just a few steps from this charming Hotel. The Hotel has been hosted in a historic building since 1890, and it is one of the most famous hotels in the center of Florence. The Hotel Berchielli is characterized by elegance and a strong Florentine style, which create the perfect atmosphere for your stay in this magical city of fine art. You can enjoy a marvelous view of the rooftop of Florence from the building's main facade, and an even more enchanting panorama from the 4th floor Garden terrace, where you can relax while watching an unforgettable sunset!

Hotel Berchielli, Florence

5/21/2019 - 3 nights in a Classic city view room with Breakfast

CLASSIC ROOM CITY VIEW

*Room upgrade to Deluxe Vista Arno room with panoramic river view available. ($225 per person additional, total for the 3nts)

Deluxe Vista Arno River View

Hotel Berchielli: a hotel in the center of Florence!

Overlooking the Arno River, just a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, Hotel Berchielli – a 4-star Boutique hotel – is one of the landmarks in Florentine hospitality.

Berchielli, has maintained all the charm of an historical hotel and has had the honor of hosting such figures as Pablo Picasso, Vasco Pratolini, Romain Rolland and many others.

The Hotel Berchielli is distinguished by its rooms, one of which faces directly on the Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, an elegant river bank that connects the Ponte Vecchio with Ponte Santa Trinita on the right shore, in the historic heart of the Tuscan capital and laterally on the small Piazza del Limbo, home to the oldest sacred building in the city: the Santissimi Apostoli Church.

A short walk separates the refined and elegant serenity of your room from the main Santa Maria Novella train station and the most visited tourist destinations of the city, from Piazza della Signoria to Palazzo Pitti and from the Uffizi Gallery to the Brunelleschi dome: from our hotel in the center of Florence it will seem as though it’s all really your own private domain, a place in which to immerse yourself – or from which to separate yourself – in just a few moments, taking advantage of the best moments of the day to explore its many wonders.

Florence....

5/22/19 - City Walking Tour of Florence

In the morning, meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby. You will start with a panoramic tour of Piazza Michaelangelo which offers stunning views of Florence! You will then go to the city center to begin your walking tour of the city. Walk around one of the most famous squares in the world, Piazza della Signoria, and admire it's magnificent buildings as the Loggia dei Lanzi, the medieval Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery from outside.

Uffizi Gallery

Break for a tasty lunch on your own. Sit at an outdoor cafe, order a traditional Italian pizza or pasta, drink some wine and take in the ambiance & atmosphere Florence offers!

Street Cafe's

When your tour resumes, you might then stop at the Church of Orsanmichele, where you will be enchanted by the artworks of famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti and Verrocchio. As tradition dictates, rub the nose of the legendary boar, "il Porcellino" to make sure you will return to Florence and visit Piazza della Repubblica, the Forum of the old Roman city, that still today represents a popular meeting place.

il Porcellino

See the famous Baptistry Doors by Ghiberti that Michelangelo had judged to be worthy of paradise. You will also admire the amazing Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Brunelleschi's dome including a visit inside!

At the end of the tour, enter the Accademia Gallery, founded in 1563, where Michelangelo's David is kept. Learn more about this impressive mastepiece, the "Slaves" and Michelangelo's genius. (Entrance Fees & "Skip The Line" reservations included)

Michael Angelo's DAVID.

5/23/2019 - Full Day Tour in the Tuscan Countryside!

Tuscany, Italy

In the morning, meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your full day excursion to discover the beautiful medieval towns of Siena & San Gimignano. Head to the enchanting town of Siena, where you will meet your private guide and visit the city landmarks, including the Duomo, a spectacular mixture of sculpture, paintings, and Pisan-influenced Romanesque-Gothic architecture, the Contrada museum, a very special place for the Sienese people in which the history of the famous Palio Horse Race is kept.

You will see one of Europe's greatest medieval squares, namely Piazza del Campo, that occupies the site of the old Roman Forum. The square is dominated by the Palazzo Pubblico and the magnificent Torre del Mangia, the palace's huge bell tower.

Piazza del Campo, Siena

You will then enjoy a wine tasting & lunch in one of the wineries in Chianti.

Then met up again with your driver and reach San Gimignano, where you will enjoy some free time in this cozy town, still surrounded by its medieval atmosphere, almost unchanged through the ages. It preserves it's imposing defensive walls and fourteen of the numerous medieval towers which were built by the town's wealthiest families as a symbol of their power.

San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy

5/24/2019 - Transfer to Florence Train Station

5/24/19 - FIRST CLASS TICKETS ON THE TRAIN FROM FLORENCE to ROME (1.5hr) SEAT RESERVATIONS INCLUDED

5/24/2019 - Transfer from Rome Train Station to Hotel

ROME, Italy

Hotel dei Mellini

Hotel Dei Mellini is a 4 star superior boutique hotel, in the heart of Rome! Located on the right bank of the Tiber River, on a quiet and peaceful street between the Spanish Steps (a 13min walk) and St Peter's Basilica (a 15 min walk). Hotel Dei Mellini is the ideal starting point from which to explore the marvels of the "Eternal City" and visit the center of commerce & business.

Your very own oasis with a terrace, sunning deck and a gym our guests can use free of charge.

The hotel has 80 well-appointed rooms, suites and family rooms for guests so that they can fully enjoy a picturesque and comfortable experience.

Cosmopolitan surroundings and an elegant atmosphere will welcome you to the heart of Rome.

Near the Lepanto Metro station at Piazza Cavour, Hotel Dei Mellini is a few minutes' walk from Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, Via Condotti and Piazza del Popolo.

Enjoy the experience of staying in the functional and refined atmosphere of Hotel Dei Mellini, beautifully located in the vibrant heart of Rome.

Their efficient staff will make you feel right at home.

Hotel Dei Mellini

5/24/19 - 3 nights in a Superior room with breakfast daily

Superior Room

5/25/19 - Private morning Tour of the Vatican with Entrance 1 hour prior to the public

Vatican City, Rome
The Vatican

TOUR DETAILS: Meet your guide this morning for your private walking tour that will give you a real insight into the Vatican City. The Vatican City is one of the most interesting and beautiful sites in the world; your expert guide will take you to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will receive a broad base for understanding the remarkable history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican. Your guide will introduce you to famous sites including the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. You will learn about the figures responsible for these works and their history along the way. Then enter into the Sistine Chapel and feel the magic of this place where everything is priceless and rich in history, from the pavement to the amazing frescoed ceiling by Michelangelo. You will receive an exhaustive explanation of what you can see in the Chapel before entering it as guides are not allowed to talk inside. You will have some time on your own inside the world-famous room to pick out the details you heard about and better understand Michelangelo's genius. After the Sistine Chapel, exiting through a special door that leads straight into St Peter's Basilica, you will enjoy a guided tour of the holiest place in Christendom. Built over St Peter's tomb, the basilica is one of the world's most important Christian sites and the world's largest ancient basilica. It's also one of the most striking architectural spaces, taking the best minds of the Renaissance more than 110 years to complete. See the incredible altar and marvel at Michelangelo's beautiful sculpture, La Pieta', before heading outside to St Peter's Square. The tour finishes in St Peter's Square, where you can admire Bernini's impressive colonnade, spot the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses, and take photos of the imposing exterior of the basilica. *Tickets included for early entrance before the general public.

5/26/2019 - Private walking tour of Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

TOUR DETAILS: Experience the top sites of Ancient Rome with one of our best guides. Your 3 - hour walking tour will start with the Colosseum, Rome's most recognizable landmark and one of Ancient Rome's most vital social centers. Follow your guide around the circumference of the Colosseum and to the first and second tier and listen to the stories that bring ancient ruins to life. You will also have a chance to visit the third tier which was recently opened to the public. Discover the secret history of this ancient amphitheater, it's lesser-known uses and distinguish fact from fiction with the help of our expert guide. You will also learn about everyday life in Ancient Rome, especially when you proceed to the Roman Forum. Here you will see the stores of money lenders; the final resting place of Julius Cesar; and the House of the Vestal Virgins, whose namesake were charged with keeping the sacred flame alive, plus the grave responsibility of bestowing clemency on men condemned to death. Your walking tour will end on the Capitoline Hill, the smallest of the most important of the seven hills of Ancient Rome. Since the city's foundation 2,500 years ago Capitoline Hill has been the religious center of the city, and for a long time the entire Roman Empire. An outdoor space designed by Michelangelo, the hill is now home to many Medieval & Renaissance palaces and the Capitoline Museums. From here you can enjoy stunning views over the Roman Forum.

Colosseum, Rome

*Note: There is a possibility of getting tickets to this additional portion of the tour which tickets aren't available for until 2 weeks prior: Explore more of the Colosseum than was previously possible, on this Colosseum Underground experience Tour, which takes you to areas of this majestic structure not usually open to the public. With special access to the Colosseum underground, you can explore the tunnels where gladiators once prepared for fights and lions and tigers were caged before being hoisted onto the arena floor through trap doors using lifts and pulleys.

This tour also takes you to the third-tier level of the Colosseum, as well as the arena floor - areas not visited on regular Colosseum tours. Of course we will also visit all the general access areas visited on our regular Colosseum tours, giving you a more rounded view of this ancient structure.After the Colosseum head onward to the Roman Forum and the "Via Sacra" or "Sacred Way" which is the main path through the Forum that once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions. It begins at the temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Listen as your guide points out all of this, plus moneylenders' shops and the home of the famous Vestal Virgins, bringing these magnificent ruins to life.

History comes alive!

The tour finishes at the beginning, the Palatine Hill, where legend has it Remus and Romulus were found by the she-wolf, and where they went on to fight for the right to build their own city. Romulus won, making this exact spot where Rome was founded. Explore some of Rome's oldest ruins, once decadent palaces and gardens, as well as some of the most beautiful views in the whole city.

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5/27/2019 - Transfers to Rome Airport for your flight home with amazing memories to share with friends & family back home!

Memories to last a lifetime!
TOUR PRICING....

*This is a Small Group Tour with a Maximum Capacity of 20 passengers for an Intimate Experience, and will sell out quickly!*

LAND ITINERARY COSTS Per Person based on double occupancy.

Single & Triple rates available upon request.

$3900* per person

**INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLAN**

Once deposit is made, you may make up to 2 payments monthly that can be made on the 1st and/or 15th of each month only. All scheduled payments must be completed by the final payment due date.

Non-Refundable Deposit: $600 per person to secure your spot

*Final Payment due 4/17/2019

*Airfare is additional ranging from $1200-$1500pp based on availability

~ OPTIONAL Pre-Tour Package in VENICE! ~

$1400pp based on double occupancy for 3nts. Single & Triple rates available upon request

Package includes:

Arrival transfer with assistant; 3nts at Hotel Becher; Best of Venice Tour; Gondola Ride; Tour of Murano, Burano & Torcello islands; Departure Transfer with assistance to the Train station; 1st Class tickets on the Train from Venice to Milan

Reservations.....

To Secure your Reservations, please call 330-364-5348 to request a reservation form or email us at: Info@InfiniteJourneysTravel.com

Trip Cancellation Interruption Insurance is available to protect your investment in case you need to cancel your reservation, among many other features. Trip Insurance will also cover you medically while traveling as our health insurance in the USA does not cover us when traveling internationally. For details and pricing, please click below:

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