A Taste of Italy with Lake Maggiore (LHE)

10 Day Tour from Rome to Lake Maggiore

2016 Tour Details

You’ve heard about Italy—its mouth-watering cuisine, excellent wine, fabulous art, splendid beauty, ancient ruins, extraordinary statues, and remarkable architecture—and now it is your turn to experience it. On this Italy tour, get a taste of what the country has to offer and explore its most famous cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Have your camera ready as you discover the historical sights of Rome, including the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests, and the Sistine Chapel, world-famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings. You’ll see ancient buildings and ruins, and you’ll be able to imagine what life was like thousands of years ago.

Visit Florence, known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often referred to as the art capital of Italy. Enjoy an escorted walking tour that includes a visit to see Michelangelo’s famous David, and spend time shopping for local Florentine goods. In Venice, you’ll see the must-see sights, such as St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. You’ll also have time to explore the maze of streets and discover hidden treasures in their back alleys.

Throughout this Italy tour, Globus has arranged VIP access, so rather than waiting in long lines, you’ll skip the lines at the famous sights. This gives you more time to experience the sights and more time to taste Italy’s sumptuous cuisine, shop for Italian goods, explore the stunning churches and museums, and participate in optional excursions.

At the conclusion of your tour, transfer to Stresa, Lake Maggiore for three nights. Enjoy guided sightseeing with a visit and boat ride to the opulent Palace and stunning Gardens of Isola Bella. All services at Lake Maggiore, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

Just imagine the memories you’ll create on this fabulous Italian vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner at Finisterrae restaurant
VENICE
Private boat ride, guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration with exclusive gift; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell drink at Caffé Florian
VENICE ISLAND-LAKE MAGGIORE
by high-speed Eurostar Train
LAKE MAGGIORE
Guided sightseeing and boat ride to Isola Bella to visit the baroque palace and peacock gardens
Headsets throughout the tour

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Vatican City
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine: a special welcome dinner in Rome and a special dinner in Florence; farewell drink in Venice

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

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Day 2 Rome

Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–Florence

A guided visit to the magnificent COLOSSEUM brings the days of the gladiators alive. Also admire the Arch of Constantine, and enter the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, drive through Umbria along the Highway of the Sun north into Tuscany and its hill-clad vineyards, which produce the famous Chianti wine, to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Florence

During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. This afternoon is your chance to join an optional excursion to the picturesque town of San Gimignano. Tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine awaits you at Finisterrae restaurant.

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Day 5 Florence–Venice Island

A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Hills brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies, and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner, and receive an exclusive gift, just for you!

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Day 6 Venice Island

Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, discover Rialto Bridge, and top it all off by enjoying Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a farewell drink at famous CAFFÉ FLORIAN while musicians entertain you. Later, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by a delicious meal of local specialties?

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Day 7 Venice Island–Lake Maggiore

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Milan, then transfer to beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.

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Day 8 Lake Maggiore

Morning guided sightseeing includes a boat ride to ISOLA BELLA for a visit to its opulent PALACE and GARDENS.

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Day 9 Lake Maggiore

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Lake Maggiore

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Milan Malpensa).

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ALDO MODEO PATTI

Years of Experience: 38

I am a proud Italian with a passion for the arts, the history, and the natural, beautiful scenery of this country. I enjoy showing everyone Italy through my eyes. After many years as a Tour Director, I have gotten the nickname "Renaissance Man" from passengers on my tours.

Tour Director - ALDO MODEO PATTI

 Accommodations

Rome
Florence
Venice
Lake Maggiore

Rome

Beverly Hills

First-Class

Largo Bened.Marcello 220
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Contemporary hotel centrally located near Via Veneto for shopping and Villa Borghese - Spacious, elegantly furnished guestrooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Florence

Ambasciatori

First-Class

Via L. Alamanni, 3
Firenze, Italy

Free Wifi

Modern hotel built in 1930 with well-appointed, tastefully decorated rooms, near the Metro, the Duomo, LaScala and shopping.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Venice

Palazzo Selvadego

First-Class

San Marco 1238
Venezia, Italy

Free Wifi

The Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal enjoys an unparalleled location in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal and next to Ca' Giustinian, the historical headquarters of the Venice Biennale. The hotel is also close to the true heart of the city, St. Mark's Square, and enjoys wonderful views of the Basilica della Salute and the Island of San Giorgio.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access

Lake Maggiore

Grand Hotel Bristol

Corso Umberto I, 73
Stresa, Italy

This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is avilable in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe

 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.

Rome
Florence
Venice
Lake Maggiore

Rome

RomanDriveandDinner

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

RomanHighlights

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

Florence

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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.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

TuscanDinner

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: €59 EUR per person

TuscanHillsandSanGimignano

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."

Approximate value: €34 EUR per person

Venice

AVenetianNightOut

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

GondolaSerenade

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 districtsi 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

LagoonCruiseandMealinBurano

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.

Approximate value: €69 EUR per person

Lake Maggiore

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Excursion to Isola Madre

Cruise to famous Isola Madre, the largest of the Borromeon Islands. Known for 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. Explore 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.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

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Lake Maggiore Adventure Park (2 Adults + 2 Children)

The perfect blend of nature and adventure! Spend a memorable day nestled in the beautiful Lake Maggiore countryside while running 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. You'll be 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

PicnicintheGardensofVillaPallavicino

Picnic in the Gardens of Villa Pallavicino

Don't miss out this unique chance to experience a picnic in the park of Villa Pallavicino. Your Local Host will provide a picnic basket full of local delicacies. Travel on the local commuter train and arrive inside the park of the stunning Villa. This huge garden situated on the southern part of Stresa has a considerable variety of trees. You'll picnic amidst an Italian garden with fish-ponds, hothouses and a very nice rose-garden. Just relax and enjoy the day!

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

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Romantic Candlelight Dinner on Lake Maggiore

Take your other half to a romantic candle light dinner in Last Hall restaurant in Baveno located in the exceptional Grand Hotel Dino. Choose your 3 course menu from a selection of dishes, drinks and coffee included. The mix of modern and classic decor along side the modernisation of some classic Italian dishes truly does make for a great evening. Menu: Marinated beef with quenelle of parmesan ice cream and red pepper jam carmagnola OR Prawns rolled in bacon, potato cake with reduction of Passito wine from Nebbiolo *** Ravioli with eggplant and smoked cheese with alpine butter, nuts and vegetables OR Risotto with saffron and sausage of Bra *** Guinea fowl boned and stuffed with our local bacon, vegetables and olives Novaro, julienne zucchini and leeks OR Fillet of sea bass in potato crust, Ligurian olives and cherry tomatoes *** Rustic potatoes Vegetable from garden *** Box of ice cream with apricot purre OR Carpaccio of pineapple marinated with citrus and spices with vanilla ice cream Drinks: 1 bottle of regional wine and 1 bottle of water every two people. Coffee is also included.

Approximate value: €65 EUR per person

ThreeLakes

Three Lakes

In one day, you can experience the beauty and majesty of three of the most beautiful Alpine Lake regions in the world. Enjoy a full-day excursion to these "Three Lakes." Starting from Lake Maggiore, with the floating castles of Cannero, cross the mountains to Lake Lugano, Switzerland, for a stroll along the promenade. Later, head back 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.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

WalkingTourandLocalWineTastingExperience

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: €36 EUR per person

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