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Hosted by Rev. Ronald Giannone, OFM Cap.
COST: PER PERSON: $3,300 | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $450
Roundtrip airfare, luxury hotels, breakfast daily, dinner throughout except for one evening, tour escort, admission to sights as outlined in the itinerary, and porterage are included.
Day 1 – Tuesday, May 1 – Depart from JFK International Airport for your overnight transatlantic flight with American Airlines to Milan, arriving the following day. En route enjoy dinner and breakfast.
Day 2 – Wednesday, May 2 – Your exciting trip to Italy begins with your arrival in Milan, the fashion capital of the world. Upon arrival, we will be met by the tour guide and travel to Hotel Metropole in Santa Margherita Ligure, in the heart of the Italian Riviera. Dinner will be served in the evening.
Day 3 – Thursday, May 3 – After breakfast (served each day at your hotel), we will travel to Genoa, birthplace of Christopher Columbus, for a full-day tour. Some of the top attractions are Piazza de Ferrari, the old Port of Genoa, Palazzo Ducale, Aquarium, and the Grand Bigo. You will love this ancient port city on the Italian Riviera! Dinner awaits you.
Day 4 – Friday, May 4 – After breakfast, we leave by boat for an excursion to Rapallo and Portofino. Rapallo is the largest Italian Riviera seaside resort town. There’s a picturesque castle in the sea, a small harbor and seaside promenade, pedestrian shopping streets in the historical center. Portofino is an Italian fishing village and resort famous for its picturesque harbor and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. The town is clustered around its small harbor, and is known for the colorfully painted buildings that line the shore. Dinner is included.
Day 5 – Saturday, May 5 – After breakfast, we travel to Cinque Terre, which comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will fall in love with all five villages. Dinner awaits you.
Day 6 – Sunday, May 6 – You have the day entirely on your own to explore the beautiful city of Santa Margherita Ligure. Perhaps, you would like to enjoy the beach or go shopping or just walk along the Italian Riviera. Dinner that evening will be on your own. It will be a wonderful opportunity to taste the local flavor!
Day 7 – Monday, May 7 – After breakfast, we leave the Italian Riviera for the beautiful city of Torino (Turin), the first capital of Italy, the home of the Savoy kings. Turin is an important business and cultural center in northern Italy. The city is located on the western bank of the Po River, and is surrounded by the western Alpine Hill. It is famous for its delicious food. The Cathedral hosts the Holy Shroud that is only seen by the public every 25 years. We will visit the museum and see a copy of the Shroud which is believed to be the burial cloth of Christ. We will go to Stresa and check into Hotel Regina Palace. Dinner is included.
Day 8 – Tuesday, May 8 – After breakfast, board the sight-seeing boat to the Island of Borromeo – named for a famous family that has owned this private island for centuries. Among their ancestors is a renowned saint, Charles Borromeo. You will be dazzled by the villa, and the beauty of the island. Return to your hotel in Stresa for a delicious dinner.
Day 9 – Wednesday, May 9 – We leave for a full-day tour after breakfast to experience the beauty of Milan, renowned for its Opera House, Castello Sforzesco, Il Duomo, the famous Cathedral, and to see one of the most popular paintings of all time, Da Vinci’s Last Supper. We will experience another delicious Italian dinner and return to enjoy the comfort of your hotel.
Day 10 – Thursday, May 10 – After breakfast, we will spend a full day exploring the beauty of Lake Como, the jewel of Italy. A boat will then take us to Villa Carlotta, in Tremezzo. In the evening, we return to the beautiful city of Stresa for our farewell dinner.
Day 11 – Friday, May 11 – Our incredible trip to the Italian Riviera and the beauty of the northern lakes of Italy have come to an end. We leave this morning after breakfast to the Milan Airport to catch our plane back to JFK.