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ITALY, THE BIRTHPLACE OF OPERA
Attend incredible performances in Verona, Venice and Tuscany at Andrea Bocelli’s own “Teatro del Silenzio” in his home town.
Tour Category: Small Groups or Individual Travelers
Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights .
Depature Dates: July 18 to 26, 2020
Maximum participants in a group: 6
Tour pick up location: Verona airport or train station
Tour drop off location: Florence airport or central train station
Level of activities included in this tour: Easy/Medium (steps, staircases, uneven terrain, getting in and out of a train coach)
Number of nights in each destination:
Verona: 2 nights
Venice: 2 nights
Volterra (Tuscany): 4 nights
This tour can be customized for independent travelers and private groups: any element can be tailored – Activities, Length, Hotels and Destinations.
All prices are in US dollars, per person and based on double occupancy. Single room supplement: C$750 / US$600.
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VERONATransfer from the airport to your hotel. In the evening, you are in for a treat: the chance to enjoy Giuseppe Verdi's 4-acts AIDA opera at the stunning Arena di Verona. Transfers from the hotel to the Arena and back are included in your package.
VERONAEnjoy a slow start to your day. Later in the morning, our local guide will meet you at the hotel and escort you on a private 2-hour walking tour of the city during which you’ll see Roman ruins, medieval vestiges, and Venetian and Austrian influences all across the city of Verona, along with wonderful antique palaces, squares, bridges, and churches. In the city’s historical centre, you will visit a number of incredible spots: Piazza Bra, the Arena, Piazza Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Via Cappello, Corso Porta Borsari, the Teatro Romano, Ponte Pietra, Castelvecchio, the Ponte Scaligero, the ancient churches of San Fermo and Sant’ Anastasia, the Duomo and San Zeno. Elegant cafes, ancient osterie (typical inns of the Veneto territory), artisan shops and high couture shops also enliven the city all year long. Verona is a man-sized city that fascinates visitors with its elegance and welcoming atmosphere, where ancient and modern times meet. The city’s centuries-long history and past splendour is evident in its architectural and artistic masterpieces, which are renowned on a national and international level. For this reason, Verona was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000.
FROM VERONA TO VENICECheck out from your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the train station where you will embark on a 1-hour high-speed train ride to Venice. Upon arrival in Venice, you will meet our local guide for an orientation tour of this unique city and take a ride to your hotel via vaporetto. In the evening, you will be at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro for a performance in the famous and exciting “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi: four concerts for violin and strings representing scenes of nature in music, each inspired by the seasons of the year.
VENICEThis day is spent at your leisure. Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower, which offers views of the city’s signature red roofs.
FROM VENICE TO TUSCANYAfter breakfast, transfer to the station and hop on the high-speed train to Florence. Enjoy the ride through the flat land of Pianura Padana shaped by the Po River, and through the Appennini Mountains. Upon arrival in Florence, meet our private driver for a transfer to your hotel in the town of Volterra. It is possible to plan for you to stay in Florence 2-3 hours, with or without a guide, before the transfer to Volterra.
TUSCANYAfter breakfast, meet our local guide at your hotel for a private walking tour of Volterra. Wander through the winding cobbled streets, arches and medieval walls. Explore Volterra Cathedral with a stunning marble entrance, the remains of the Etruscan Acropolis, the Guarnacci Etrurian Museum with its rich collection of archaeological artifacts. Also the Roman Theater complex is a must-see and includes the ruins of 3rd-century baths. In the evening.... what about some authentic Tuscan wine and food? Enjoy one of the local restaurants suggested to you by Antonio and his team!
TUSCANYThe morning and afternoon are spent at your leisure. In the evening, you will be enchanted by Andrea Bocelli’s highly-anticipated concert, performed right in his hometown of Lajatico, Tuscany. Transfers from hotel to concert and back are included in your package.
TUSCANYThe day is spent at your leisure. Relax at the hotel, visit the town and surroundings on your own or join a tour of San Gimignano, a guided wine tasting in the best of Tuscany Chianti Classico wine country, a couple of hours horse back riding and more!
DEPARTURE DAYCheck out after breakfast, meet your private driver at the hotel and transfer to Florence airport.
INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
- Hand-picked hotels with every effort made to choose the best-rated available in tour travel areas.
- Buffet breakfast every morning.
- Meet and greet your private driver at arrival at Verona airport.
- All transfers with private car and professional drivers:
- from the Verona airport to the hotel in Verona at the beginning of the tour;
- from the hotel in Volterra to Florence airport at the end of the tour;
- between hotels and train stations during the tour;
- between hotels and concert locations (Except Venice).
- All train tickets, first class.
- Three unforgettable musical evenings at the Arena di Verona, in Venice and in Lajatico (Tuscany) with Andrea Bocelli.
- Three sightseeing walking tours with our best private guides in Verona, in Venice and in Volterra. Educational and fun!
- Plenty of time at leisure to explore on your own, immerse in the local culture by sitting at a local cafe’ in the village’s piazza or by interacting with locals in one of the shops.
- Government and VAT taxes.
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
- Meals, except breakfasts.
- Hotel city taxes (from 3 to 7 euro per night depending on the hotel) to pay directly at the hotel at check out.
- Optional gratuities for the tour guides.
- Any expense incurred for personal items, services or hotel room extras.
- Travel insurance, cancellation and medical insurance.
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Arrive earlier in one of these eclectic and fashion-driven northern Italy capitals. Soothe your jet lag while enjoying the many amenities. We can provide you with accommodations and transfer to the hotel in Verona where the tour starts.
Stay a few more days in Tuscany or in Florence. We can book you at the same hotel or at a different one at convenient group rates. Relax on your own and leisurely browse the countryside, the Tuscan sea coastline or Florence at your own pace.
Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, adjacent to the Tuscany region. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias that turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas. UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1997
Private walking tour in Florence on Day 5. Meet our local guide for private 2-hour walking tour of Florence before catching your ride to the hotel in Tuscany. This tour can be a classic sightseeing, or a different itinerary to discover the non-touristic side of this beautiful city in case this is not the first time for you.
A stop to a winery and tasting of top appellation wines of Tuscany on Day 5 with your private driver on your way to the hotel.
Half-day excursion in Tuscany to visit a Chianti Classico winery and a typical saffron producer with lunch on Day 6 or Day 8.
Half day at San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, two of the most enchanting villages in Italy on Day 6 or Day 8.