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Lake Como, Milan, and Amalfi

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Join this 10-day tour to explore Lake Como, Milan, and the famous and dramatic Amalfi Coast. Explore the treasures of Lake Como on a private Venetian-style boat for a picturesque ride across Lake Como. Visit the Cistercian Santa Maria di Piona Abbey, a masterpiece of Lombard architecture. After the visit, enjoy a glorious lunch at a local farmhouse with panoramic views. Stroll through the vibrant streets of Milan and immerse yourself in their magnetic and lively atmosphere. See from outside the cathedral, the finest example of Gothic art in Italy, and the famous La Scala Theatre. The world-famous masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper. Enjoy a fantastic drive along the scenic coastline of Amalfi, one of the best examples of Mediterranean beauty and culture. 
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Highlights
  • Ride on a Venetian-style boat across the picturesque Lake Como
  • Explore the village of Varenna, famous for its beautiful villas
  • Visit Piona Abbey in Colico, a masterpiece of Lombard architecture
  • Admire the Gothic architecture throughout the medieval center of Milan
  • Learn about the history of the cathedral at the Duomo Museum
  • Wander around the majestic Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
  • Discover a UNESCO Heritage Site with an expert guide in Pompeii
  • Marvel at the beauty of southern Italy's most famous coastline, Amalfi
  • Spoil yourself and enjoy the beauty of southern Italy's scenic drive
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Milan | Varenna, Lake Como

Upon arrival at Milan Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Varenna by private car. Take the day at leisure to relax and rest.

Day 2: Varenna, Lake Como

Spend the morning exploring the treasures of Lake Como. Board a private “Venetian style” wooden motorboat for a picturesque ride across Lake Como with a local guide. Behold a panorama of colorful waterside villages and elegant estates, fringed by palms and pines and backed by soaring mountains. Enjoy a luxury picnic lunch on a secluded private island (optional), and continue to Villa del Balbianello, an elegant and romantic estate built back in the XVIII Century on a peninsula. Return to your hotel by private boat.

Day 3: Varenna, Lake Como

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, take a leisurely guided bicycle ride to the northern side of Lake Como. Upon arrival in Colico, visit the Cistercian Santa Maria di Piona Abbey, a masterpiece of Lombard architecture. Built-in the 12th century, it represents the first source attesting to a monastic community in the region. After the visit, enjoy a glorious lunch at a local farmhouse with panoramic views. Return to your hotel by private car.

Day 4: Milan

After breakfast, take your private transfer to Milan. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and start to explore the city of Milan with a guided tour. Consider it a symbol of the modern Renaissance in Italy, stroll through its vibrant streets and immerse yourself in its magnetic and lively atmosphere. The Cathedral and the famous La Scala Theatre are probably the finest examples of Gothic art in Italy. Wander around the chic boutiques and luxury stores of the glamorous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade and enjoy exploring the city. Head to a famous terrace wine bar in the city's center that overlooks the cathedral for a fun pre-lunch drink. Aperitivo is one of the most cherished Italian pastimes. While this social pre-dinner drinking ritual did not originate in Milan, it is safe to say that the tradition is at its strongest here. You must not miss it at least once when you are in town.
 

Day 5: Milan

Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the most important art galleries in the world, as it hosts some of the most prestigious collections of antique and modern paintings and sculptures by Italian artists of the twentieth century. It includes masterpieces of the caliber of the Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna and works by Bellini, Raphael, Caravaggio, Piero Della Francesca, and Tintoretto, to name a few. Cap off your tour with a barbajada tasting—a delicious mix of chocolate, cream, and coffee typical of Milan. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Naples | Pompeii | Amalfi

After breakfast, travel to Naples by Frecciarossa high-speed train. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to the Amalfi coast. On the way, stop by the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Archaeological Area of Pompeii, a city frozen in time, preserving the area in a thick layer of ash, pumice, and lapilli, and meet your guide, an expert in archaeology, for the guided visit. After the visit, head to Amalfi and settle into your accommodation.

Day 7: Amalfi

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, meet your professional English-speaking local guide and take a guided tour of Amalfi, once one of Italy’s four great maritime republics. Embark on a walking tour of the historical center with its stunning 13th-century cathedral and cloister. Then enjoy a special visit and tasting at a traditional limoncello farm. Learn the traditional method of producing this delicious liquor from a local family. End the tour with a lemon-based local lunch with wine pairing. Take the day at leisure to relax and rest. 

Day 8: Vietri sul Mare | Cetara

After a leisurely lunch, transfer by private car to Cetara, a charming seaside village. The main ingredients in the kitchen and the production of typical Cetara products are tuna and anchovies. Learn how to make anchovy colatura, a sauce made from the fermentation of anchovies marinated in special containers. Later this afternoon, a private transfer back to Amalfi.

Day 9: Capri

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day private yacht excursion from Amalfi to Capri on a private Apreamare 11 yacht (or equivalent) with a professional English-speaking skipper. Take in the striking views of the Faraglioni from the water and stop to swim at your convenience. Disembark and independently explore the island, starting with the Old Town and its famous Piazzetta. Return to Amalfi by public ferry in the late afternoon.
 

Day 10: Naples | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast this morning, a private transfer to Naples for your return flight home.

Accommodations

Hotel Royal Victoria - Varenna

Hotel Royal Victoria
Hotel Royal Victoria
Lake Como

Hotel NH Milano Touring

Hotel NH Milano Touring
Hotel NH Milano Touring

Hotel Marina Riviera - Amalfi

Amalfi Coast
Hotel Marina Riviera
Hotel Restaurant

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Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Professional local English speaking Guide during your tour
  • Porterage at all accommodation and all city taxes
  • Business Class Frecciarossa high-speed train from Milan to Naples
  • One way ferry ticket from Amalfi to Vietri sul Mare
  • Private Venetian Style wooden motorboat in Lake Como for 4 hours
  • Entrance to Villa del Balbianello, the Cathedral of Milan, its Archaeological Area, and the Terraces with fast track
  • Bicycle rental and Full-day bike tour around Lake Como including lunch (3 courses)
  • Italian aperitivo at a terrace wine bar in Milan
  • Entrance to the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan
  • Barbajada tasting in Milan
  • Entrance to the Archaeological Area of Pompeii
  • Entrance to the Cathedral and Cloister of Amalfi
  • Private visit of a lemon farm in Amalfi, followed by lunch (3 courses)
  • Full-day Excursion from Amalfi to Capri on a private Jeranto 9 yacht (or equivalent) with a Professional English-speaking Skipper, including refreshments, towels, snorkeling equipment, limoncello & Prosecco including assistance and transfers upon arrival and departure in Capri
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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