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Italian Alps, Lakes, Canals & Riviera

Tour begins: Milan 14 May 2017

Tour ends: Milan 24 May 2017

Cost: AUD$6500

2 nights Dolomites, Italian Alps
2 nights Venice
3 nights Lake Como
3 nights Santa Margherita, Italian Riviera

Day 1

You will be met at the tour hotel near Malpensa Airport, Milan and we will take the scenic drive north into the Italian Alps (Dolomites) where we will stay for 2 nights at a gorgeous alpine chalet.

After settling into your room, we will wander through the picturesque mountain village and take the chairlift in the Alps where we can enjoy the panoramic views and fine apple strudel.

Dinner: Join us for a tour welcome dinner at a delightful local restaurant serving typical cuisine. (D) 

Day 2

After a relaxed breakfast, explore the local village of Suisi Allo Sciliar before taking the gondola ride up to Alpe di Suisi, chairlift to Panorama and then a leisurely hike (easy walk) through the alps.

Enjoy a bite for lunch at a mountain hut restaurant before returning to the chalet. (B) 

Day 3

Today we depart for our drive to our accommodation in Venice (only 5 minutes walk from St Marks Square). Spend the afternoon exploring this unique city, with a relaxed walk through St Marks Square to Rialto Bridge, with time for shopping in the Rialto market and many shops to buy all that wonderful Murano glass and jewellery (great gifts for family and friends here).

Join us for an aperitif at a favourite wine bar.

Dinner: We recommend dinner at a good value trattoria frequented by locals and away from the hordes of tourists. (B) 

Day 4

We take a vaporetto ride to visit the outlying islands of Murano & Burano where we will see a Venetian glass blowing demonstration and you will have time to explore the wonderful array of glass in the many shops. We will then proceed to Burano, famous for its lace and enjoy lunch in a local trattoria.

Dinner: Free night in Venice to have that romantic dinner wherever you choose. (B, L) 

Day 5

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Today we drive to beautiful Lake Como to our luxury bed and breakfast set high at the northern end of the lake with magnificent views from your room. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the rooftop spa or go for a stroll around the shores of the lake.

Dinner: Join us for dinner at a favourite local restaurant. (B, D) 

Day 6

Today we will take a cruise on Lake Como visiting several of the most beautiful lakeside towns including Varenna, Bellagio and Menaggio. You will have time to explore these delightful towns, including the shops or simply relax and sample the local cuisine at one of the delightful lakeside restaurants. (B) 

Day 7

This morning we will visit one of the most stunning villas by the lake, Villa Carlotta which was built in the 17th Century for a noble and powerful Milanese family. It is set in acres of botanical gardens overlooking the lake and is a masterpiece of nature. We then return for a relaxing afternoon at our accommodation.

Dinner: Join us for a home cooked Italian dinner. (B, D) 

Day 8

Today we head to the beautiful Ligurian Coastal town of Santa Margherita. Following our arrival, relax and settle into your room or go for a wander around this delightful harbour side town.

Dinner: Join us for dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants renowned for its home cooked Genovese cuisine. (B, D) 

Day 9

Today, we will depart by train to Riomaggiore, one of the five towns forming the amazing Cinque Terre National Park. After exploring the town, we will take the leisurely 20 minute walk on the Via dell'Amore (lover's walk) between the towns of Riomaggiore and Manarola.

We will go on to visit the stunning towns of Vernazza and Monterosso. The scenery is spectacular and your camera won't stop clicking. We return by train to our hotel late in the day.

Dinner: Own arrangements. (B) 

Day 10

After a relaxing morning we will take a boat trip around the coast to glitzy Portofino where you can marvel at the luxurious yachts in the harbour, sample the gelati or perhaps indulge with a drink at one of the many harbour side cafes. You are experiencing a well known holiday playground for the rich and famous.

Dinner: Join us for the tour farewell dinner at a delightful local restaurant. (B, D) 

Day 11

We depart after breakfast for our return trip to Malpensa Airport, Milan. (B) 

Arrivederci Bella Italia!!

(B)=breakfast, (L)=lunch, (D)=dinner included in the tour price.