2020 / 2021
Detailed day by day description
This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.
Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Total distance covered: 360 km.
Countryside: We will see the beautiful region of the Italian lakes; the mountain scenery with snow peaked summits and large Alpine lakes surrounded by beautiful villages are unforgettable.
NB: Have some warm clothes to hand, you may need them to enjoy the boat trips included.
NB: On days of bad weather, the stop in Stressa may be shorter.
07:30 hrs - Milan -departure. We take the motorway to the great lakes. We first of all travel to Lake ORTA; its rather more isolated position and its smaller size give it a special charm.
09.00 hrs - Orta de San Giulio -Arrival. A beautiful intact mediaeval town by the lake. In the centre of the lake, we will immediately see the ISLAND OF SAN GIULIO with its monastery. On a small tourist train we reach the town where we have hired launches to sail across the lake to the island. Time to see the town and its island.
11.00 hrs - Orta de San Giulio -departure. We travel to LAGO MAGGIORE .
11:45 hrs - Stressa. - Arrival in this tourist town by Lake Maggiore. Time to have a stroll and for lunch. If you want, there is time to take a boat trip to the Borronean Islands which face the town.
15:45 hrs . Stressa –Departure-. We will leave the mountains and travel through the industrious areas of the Poo Valley.
19:30 hrs - Verona –Arrival-
Distance covered: 130 km.
Countryside: A pretty entrance to Verona over its large bridge.
Verona - Time to stroll in the city of Romeo and Juliet.
11:30 hrs - Verona –Departure-.
NB: depending on the time of year, the sunlight and the traffic on the way, sometimes we will see Verona on arrival from the lakes. In these cases, there will be an earlier start for Venice.
13.00 hrs - Venice –Arrival-. We include a boat transfer to Saint Mark’s Square, the place where, after time for lunch, a local guide will take us around Saint Mark’s Square , the Basilica, the Campanile, etc.; we will also see a popular Murano glass factory , where we can admire the technique of working with glass. Free time. Do you fancy a ride on a gondola? Transfer to the hotel at the end of the afternoon (normally in the area of Mestre / well connected to the historic centre by public transport).
Total distance covered: 475 km.
Countryside: The arrival in San Marino stands out, with its fortress on top of the mountain. Pretty scenery crossing the Apennines.
07:30 hrs - Venice -departure.
08:15 hrs - Padua –Arrival- We are in the city of San Antonio, a beautiful mediaeval basilica which receives pilgrims, bustling streets in the centre. Time to visit the basilica.
09:30 hrs - Padua –Departure-. -We travel to the Adriatic coast and to San Marino, a tiny independent country surrounded by Italy.
13:30 hrs - San Marino -Arrival. Free time at the top of the heavily fortified mountain. Time to stroll, have lunch and do some shopping.
16.00 hrs - San Marino –Departure-. Beautiful countryside crossing the Pennines.
18:15 hrs - Gubbio . -Arrival- A small, marvellously preserved city, where the Palace of Consuls and the twelfth-century cathedral stand out. Time to stroll.
19:30 hrs - Gubbio –Departure-.
20:30 hrs - Perugia –Arrival and accommodation-.
Total distance covered: 435 km.
Countryside: Pleasant scenery of Umbria.
NB: In the basilica of St Francis of Assisi, discreet dress is required; make sure you remember this for this stage.
In the Umbría region, Perugia is a surprising mediaeval historic city. With a local guide , we include a tour of the city (normally leaving the hotel at 08.00hrs), and on escalators we cross the rocky outcrop and see the surprising historic centre of the city of chocolate!
10:15 hrs - Perugia –Departure-.
11.00 hrs - Assisi -Arrival. Time for lunch and to see this artistic jewel of Umbría. Free time to see the basilicas.
13:30 hrs - Assisi - Departure. Passage through Rome on our way to the south of Italy.
20.00 hrs.- Naples. Arrival.-
Total distance: 65 km, plus boat trip.
Landscapes: Very beautiful landscapes in the Bay of Naples and Sorrento.
Notes: We make some stretches by boat, we suggest you bring some warm clothes for cover. Do not forget to take your camera as landscapes are of great beauty. For weather conditions, in some cases the ships that connect Naples with Capri or Capri with Sorrento do not operate; In these cases the route would be modified arriving at Sorrento by highway and visiting Amalfi instead of Capri.
A time to stroll in Naples before taking our ferry (departure scheduled at 09:30 hrs ). Boat trip to the Isle of Capri last about 50 minutes with beautiful landscapes.
10.40 hrs. CAPRI .- On the island you have time for lunch. Optionally you can take boat to know the White Grotto and cliffs or take the funicular to go up to Capri. Free time on the island.
15.15 hrs- We embark again by ferry (schedules subject to variation), this time, towards Sorrento; Beautiful scenery coming to Sorrento.
16:00hrs SORRENTO - We are in a small town very picturesque and lively with the port in the low area, town at the foot of a cliff.
18.00hrs-. Sorrento, departure.
19.45 hrs . - SALERNO . Accommodation and dinner included. Would you like to take a stroll through this active southern italian city?
Note: During the winter months the schedules will be modified (leaving earlier of Naples) in order to take advantage of the sunlight.-
Total distance: 340 km.
Scenery: Pleasant landscapes.
Note: We recommend comfortable shoes for walking around Pompeii.
09:00 hrs. Salerno, departure-
09:45 hrs. - POMPEII -arrival.- The Roman city that two thousand years ago was covered by the ashes of the Vesuvius volcano. Entrance and visit inside with local guide to know the history of this place included. Time for lunch.
13:00 hrs. - Pompeii - Exit.
14:45 hrs. - CASINO . We will visit its huge abbey where one of the cruelest World War II battles took place. Free time in the immense abbey, with its magnificent views.
16:15hrs. - Casino - departure.
18:30hrs. - CASTELGANDOLFO . - Small medieval town dominating the lake of Albano; Thist town belongs to the Vatican State and its the summer residence of the Pope.
19:15 hrs. -Castelgandolfo-departure.
20:15 hrs. - ROME.
End of our services. Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night.