Tour: LHE - 2013 (LHE) - 2013 / 2014

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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Highlights of Uffizi Gallery With your Local Guide, visit one of the earliest museums in modern Europe with the world's finest collection of Italian and Florentine art. Gain fascinating insight into paintings by the great Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.

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Tuscan Dinner Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich traditions, long history and culture but Tuscany still has more to offer with its great food and wine. Tonight drive out to the rolling Chianti Hills and enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque country setting. This wonderful dinner with regional dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients - Realize your dreams and live the Tuscan life for an evening!

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Tuscan Hills and San Gimignano Journey through the celebrated Tuscan countryside to discover the charming village of San Gimignano, known for its famous towers, white Vernaccia wine, saffron, and olive oil. Legend has it that in the 12th century, rival families of San Gimignano began a tower-building competition to display their power and wealth-and 72 towers were built. Today, the 14 towers that remain have earned the town its modern designation as "Medieval Manhattan."

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Excursion to Isola Madre Cruise to the largest of the Borromeon Islands, the most characteristic due to its tranquil, enchanting atmosphere. Its English-style gardens, where all manner of peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam freely, are full of rare plants and exotic flowers such as flowering hibiscus, scented espaliers of citrons and Ginkgo trees, creating the charm of a tropical land. Isola Madre is particularly famous for its azalea, rhododendron, and camellia blossoms but is also home to pergolas of ancient wisteria and two hundred year old Cashmere Cyprus, one of the largest examples in Europe. In 1978, the sixteenth century palace was officially opened to the public. It is particularly interesting because of the reconstruction of period rooms, and the collection of liveries, dolls and porcelain housed there. The exhibition of "Teatrini delle Marionette" (small puppet theatres) dating from the seventeenth/nineteenth centuries is also truly exceptional. Isola Madre leaves the visitor with a feeling of extreme elegance, thanks to the care and attention paid to the gardens and to the interiors offering a certain quality that sets out to please even the most demanding tourist.

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Lake Maggiore Adventure Park (2 Adults + 2 Children) Spend a memorable day nestled in the beautiful Lake Maggiore countryside. Run wild in the nature! Rock climbing, crossing suspended bridges, bouncing to incredible heights, shooting down breath-taking waterslides, pedaling across rough terrain8230 Hundreds of ways to have fun and test your limits, as a family or with friends. In one of the most beautiful spots in Italy, overlooking the shores of Lake Maggiore, in Baveno, nestled between the shimmering gems of the Borromean Islands, dotted along the crystalline lake and the majestic profile of the Mottarone peak.

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Lake Maggiore Full Day Private Guided Tour Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before a private tour with a professional fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Lake Maggiore area. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you - after all it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system whether by bus, train, boat or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe - the choice is yours!

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Lake Maggiore Half Day Private Guided Tour (Afternoon Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before a private tour with a professional fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Lake Maggiore area. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you - after all it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system whether by bus, train, boat or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe - the choice is yours!

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Lake Maggiore Half Day Private Guided Tour (Morning Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before a private tour with a professional fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Lake Maggiore area. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you - after all it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system whether by bus, train, boat or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe - the choice is yours!

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Lunch at Isola Dei Pescatori Enjoy a private boat transfer to one of Isola dei Peascatori (Fishermens Island) most highly regarded restaurants that serves traditional cuisine. Enjoy your 3-course meal which includes an appetizer, main course, dessert, wine (1/4 of liter per person), water, and coffee, tea or cappuccino **. Your Local Host is available to assist you at destination. Example of menu (one choice for each course): Assortment of lake fish served with Aurora and Tartar sauce or cured ham with pear and rocket; Risotto "Borromea Style" with perch fillet or mixed vegetable crepe gratin; Grilled filet of lake fish with Piedmont sauce or Sliced Beef Steak with rosemary; Dessert. **Drinks: 1 bottle of water for every two clients and 1/4 L of wine or 1 beer or 1 soft drink.

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Three Lakes Enjoy a full-day excursion to the "Three Lakes." Starting from Lake Maggiore, with the floating castles of Cannero, two little islands that hold the picturesque remains of the castle, Rocca Vitaliana, built between 1519 and 1521 by Ludovico Borromeo. Cross the mountains to Lake Lugano, Switzerland, nestled between the San Salvatore and Mount Bre mountains, and enjoy a stroll along the promenade. Later, travel to Italy's Lake Como with Villa Carlotta, famous for its gardens and ceiling frescoes (entrance not included), 14th-century cathedral, and many silk shops.

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Tickets for the Lake Maggiore Express With your ferry and train tickets in hand, enjoy an independent day of sightseeing in the scenic area surrounding Lake Maggiore. Take the ferry from Stresa to Locarno, Switzerland. Stroll through Locarno8217's town center or ride the funicular up to the Madonna del Sasso sanctuary. Then, catch the "narrow gauge" Centovalli Railway, traveling through breathtaking scenery with waterfalls, vineyards, forests, villages, unspoiled landscapes, and lush vegetation to Domodossola, Italy, where you find the train back to Stresa (one ferry ticket and two train tickets included).

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Roman Highlights & Dinner A guided stroll through the historical center of Rome. Your Tour Director will propose a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. For instance, Trastevere and its Basilica of Santa Maria, the baroque district, Campo de' Fiori, the Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi, famous Piazza Navona, Via dei Condotti, and Piazza del Popolo with its church of Santa Maria del Popolo and displays of Caravaggio paintings. After your walk, relax and enjoy a 4-course dinner, including drinks, at a popular Roman restaurant.

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A Venetian Night Out Taste four mouth-watering courses of local specialties and wine or soft drinks at a fine Venetian restaurant. After dinner, time to explore and absorb the unique, romantic atmosphere of Venice by night.

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Gondola Serenade Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districts-i sestieri.

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Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano Appreciate the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido. On picturesque Burano island, renowned for its lace making and colorful houses, savor a mouth-watering meal, with drinks included. Afterwards there's time to shop and stroll.

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