Italian Highlights with Lake Maggiore (LZE) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Rome to Lake Maggiore


Italian Highlights with Lake Maggiore
Siena
Siena
The Ponte Vecchio at night
The world’s most poetically-named bridge, Il Ponte dei Sospiri, or the Bridge of Sighs
Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio
San Gimignano is a small walled hill town in the province of Siena
Saint Peters Square in Rome
The Vatican City in Italy
St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City
The statue of Laocoön and His Sons can be seen at the Vatican Museums

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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Excursion to Tivoli Drive along the ancient Via Tiburtina to the hilltop town of Tivoli for a guided visit of Villa d'Este, one of the most beautiful residences of the Renaissance. Its countless fountains, set in the heart of magnificent Italian-style gardens, create a delightfully graceful symphony of carved stone, shade, sunlight, and water.

Approximate value: €52 EUR per person


Roman Drive and Dinner Enjoy an unforgettable drive through some of the "Eternal City's" more exclusive streets. Marvel at the impressive piazzas, fountains, ancient buildings in all their majesty, and much more. This tour will include a 4-course dinner, with wine and soft drinks, at a popular Roman restaurant.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person


Roman Highlights To make the most out of your stay join the Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. With our optional walking tour you will have the chance to see the famous Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other sites and squares of Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. A life-time experience!

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person


Florentine Dinner Would you like to enjoy a special evening in Florence? Well here's your chance. Savor a classic 4-course Florentine dinner with coffee and drinks, at a fine restaurant in the superb location of Santa Croce Square. Begin with the famous "Antipasto Toscano", a selection of the best local olives, cheese, salami and home made 'focaccia bread', followed by a regional pasta dish and typical Tuscan style beef or fish for the main course. If you still have room you can end this delicious meal by indulging yourself with a sinful dessert - After all you are on holiday!

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person


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.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person


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!

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person


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.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person


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. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person


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.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Lake Maggiore Adventure Park (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Group Excursion for up to 4 passengers

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 terrain... 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.
Approximate value: €160 EUR per group


Picnic in The Gardens of Villa Pallavicino Don't miss out this unique chance to experience a picnic in the park of Villa Parravicino. Your local host will hand you the picnic basket full with delicacies. Get on the local tourist train and arrive inside the park of the stunning Villa. This huge garden situated on the southern part of Stresa has a considerable arboreal patrimony. In the park you will also find an Italian garden with fish-ponds, hothouses and a very nice rose-garden. Just relax and enjoy the day! Note: Picnic basket includes 2 sandwiches (one vegetarian), jam cake, chocolate bar, fruit, water, wine or soft drink. Any dietary requirements should be address with the local host. Return train ticket and entrance ticket to the park of the Villa are included in the price.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


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 included), 14th-century cathedral, and many silk shops.

Approximate value: €65 EUR per person


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 Locarno'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).

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person


Walking Tour and Local Wine Tasting Experience Join now your local host for an incredible walking tour to discover the hidden gems of Stresa. Be fascinated by the Belle Epoque atmosphere that you can enjoy strolling along the promenade. Did you know Ernest Hemingway set part of his novel A Farewell to Arms in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees? Finish off in style enjoying a glass of white and red wine with a plate of local specialties at a local winery.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person