Lake Como, Florence & Rome

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
9 days
From: $ 2,219 $ 247 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Florence guided city tour with Accademia Gallery (FI1) - winter
  • Rome Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (Green Line) - 48 hours

Short Description

Embark on an Italian adventure! You'll start off in the Como area, where you'll be surrounded by the stunning lakes of Como. Enjoy post-card worthy views as you explore the surrounding lush gardens and historical villas.

You'll then continue to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Every street, piazza, and alleyway is haunted with the city's renaissance past. Florence is often referred to as an open-air gallery, and it's not hard to see why; you'll see masterpieces from Michelozzo to Brunelleschi sprinkled throughout the city. Enjoy a guided tour through the city, from the breathtaking Duomo to the Accademia, where you can stare into the eyes of Michelangelo's David. 

Your adventure ends in the vibrant capital city: Rome! Here you can explore ancient ruins, pay homage to important religious sites, and experience some of the world's most iconic works of art, from Raphael's School of Athens to Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling. 

Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Milan
End City Italy

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Milan!

Arrive in Milan Airport (MXP), and enjoy a transfer to your first accommodation in Como. Spend the rest of the day in this city at the southern tip of Lake Como at your leisure. 

Day 2 Como

Thanks to its role in many Hollywood hits, Villa Balbianello is one of the most recognizable highlights of Lake Como. Explore its breathtaking architecture, then wind down and enjoy dramatic views of the surrounding lake.

Day 3 Como

Consider visiting Varenna today to see its 11th-century castle that dominates the skyline. Explore the villas and gardens that make up this Lake Como treasure, or simple relax and revel in the views below, freshly-brewed cappuccino in hand. 

Day 4 Como - Florence

Take the train to Florence today; enjoy breathtaking views of Tuscany's winding roads and vineyards scattered throughout the countryside as you make your way. 

Florence is not only the birthplace of the Renaissance, but also the birthplace of the inventor of gelato! End your first night in Florence on a sweet note by treating yourself to a serving of the sweet stuff.

Day 5 Florence

Discover the exciting culture, dynamic atmosphere, and all of the history that exists in this vibrant city with your included guided Florence tour.

You’ll be driven up the romantic Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you’ll stop to admire the breathtaking view of the beautiful city of Florence, spread out beneath you. You’ll continue by coach into the center of the oldest part of the town, and will proceed on foot for a guided visit of the Santa Maria del Fiore or Duomo complex; the Baptistery with its gilded bronze doors including the famous Doors of Paradise; the exterior of the Cathedral with the magnificent Brunelleschi Dome and Giotto’s Belfry, with it’s fascinating marble statues and reliefs.

On a short walk through the historical streets you’ll pass the rustic stone Palazzo Medici Riccardi, where young Michelangelo lived as a guest of Lorenzo the Magnificent, on your way to the Gallery of the Accademia, where you’ll admire the famous "David" by Michelangelo. Your guided tour will end inside the museum, enabling you to explore further on your own. 

Day 6 Florence - Rome

Hop on the train and embark on the next leg of your adventure to Italy's capital city of Rome.

On your first evening, consider taking a stroll through the city and experiencing the highlights illuminated come nightfall. 

Day 7 Rome

Activate your hop-on/hop-off bus pass today. Uncover the secrets of ancient Rome with a visit to the ruins, let the art of Michelangelo move and inspire you, and even get a glimpse into Rome's gladiator past at the Colosseum. 

Day 8 Rome

Continue making use of your hop-on/hop-off bus pass. Hop off at Saint Peter's Basilica and spend some time in Vatican City. Make use of your Vatican Museums – Sistine Chapel – St. Peter’s Basilica Small Group Tour; discover the iconic masterpieces that line its walls and follow the exhibits until you reach the museum's show stopper: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling.

If you haven't already, you'll want stop by Rome's Trevi fountain. legend has it if you throw a coin into the fountain, you are guaranteed a return trip - toss one in and find out!

Day 9 Depart Italy

In accordance with your flight, enjoy a transfer from your hotel to Rome Airport (FCO).

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Honestly this is one of the first times I ever buy a package deal like this one and I was very impressed with how professional and well timed everything was. They had all of our paperwork and tickets ready, I can’t even think of one time where anything went wrong or was wrong, very nice people I will definitely buy another trip soon!
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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
So was adequate, but took away from the enjoyment
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We had an amazing time in Iceland. The excursions with our package were very good. We had one small issue and customer service worked it out. Very happy
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This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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