On this tour you will explore the beautiful region of the Italian Lakes in the northern part of the country at the border with the Alps. The scenery you will experience is simply breathtaking. First you will enjoy a 2-night stay in Venice. It is followed by a 7-night cruise sailing round-trip from Venice to the Greek Isles and Adriatic coast, before you continue your adventure to the very picturesque Lake Como and Lake Maggiore region. Then off to the world fashionable Milan.
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Venice, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 3 Venice, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 4 Venice, ITALY Embark
Day 5 Kotor Bay, MONTENEGRO 2 pm 8 pm
Day 6 Corfu, GREEK ISLE 9 am 4 pm
Day 7 Santorini, GREEK ISLE 2 pm 10 pm
Day 8 Mykonos, GREEK ISLE 7 am 2 pm
Day 9 Argostoli, GREEK ISLE 9 am 3 pm
Day 10 Dubrovnik, CROATIA 7 am 1 pm
Day 11 Venice, ITALY Disembark
Verona / Lake Maggiore Hotel Stay
Day 12 Lake Maggiore, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 13 Lake Como, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 14 Lake Como, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 15 Milan, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 17 Milan, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 17 Depart for CANADA
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Day 1 – Thursday / May 21, 2020 DEPART CANADA
Meet your host at the Toronto airport for your evening departure on Air Canada to Venice, Italy.
Day 2 – Friday / May 22, 2020 VENICE, ITALY (D)
Weclome to Venice! Upon arrival, meet our guide and be transfered by a private coach to the hotel, please note standard chotel chek in time is 3 pm. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation: HOTEL MONACO or similar (2 nights).
Day 3 – Saturday / May 23, 2020 VENICE, ITALY (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy a walking tour of Venice. Visit the landmarks and historical sites of the city centre (exteriors only): St. Mark’s Square and its monuments, S. Maria Formosa, the Church and Campo of S.S. Giovannie Paolo, Marco Polo’s house, Teatro Malibran, and the famous Mercerie. Free time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon you will be assisted to the embarkation point for your 30 minutes gondola ride. Take a gondola ride along the most suggestive canals of Venice and part of the Grand Canal to discover its charming aspects. In the evening, have dinner at a restaurant nearby the hotel.
Day 4 – Sunday / May 24, 2020 VENICE – EMBARKATION (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. In the morning, enjoy a unique experience which will lead you to the historic, artistic and popular heart of the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon. From the boat you can take some breathtaking pictures of the Lagoon and its several islands. You will visit MURANO and BURANO, which are the traditional destinations among the islands. Return to Venice Island and then transfer to the pier to embark on you cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn, your home away from home for next 8 days while exploring the beautiful Adriatic coast and the Greek Isles.
Day 5 – Monday / May 25, 2020 KOTOR, MONTENEGRO (B/L/D)
Tucked away between the mountains and the Bay of Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, is where you’ll find the picturesque town of Kotor. As you arrive at this secluded city, you’ll notice the dramatic 65-foot high protective walls, which date back to the Venetian period during the 9th century. Stroll the labyrinth of cobbled streets with cozy cafes and craft shops as you marvel at the graceful old buildings. Listed as a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site, Kotor is also world-famous as a premier yachting and sailing destination.
Day 6 – Tuesday / May 26, 2020 CORFU, GREECE (B/L/D)
One of the lushest of the Greek Isles, Corfu is rimmed in dramatic blue waters and topped with tranquil hillside villages. A collection of quaint cafes in the town of Corfu feels very continental, but the island’s secluded coves and sandy beaches could only be found in the Greek Isles.
Day 7 – Wednesday / May 27, 2020 SANTORINI, GREECE (B/L/D)
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island’s charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.
Day 7 – Thursday / May 28, 2020 MYKONOS, GREECE (B/L/D)
Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you’ll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4 x 4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos.
Day 8 – Friday / May 29, 2020 ARGOSTOLI, KEFALONIA, GREECE (B/L/D)
Looking at picturesque Argostoli, you wouldn’t know it suffered a devastating earthquake in 1953. The city and its surrounding area are full of treasures, including a 12th-century Byzantine cathedral and beautiful 16th century frescoes. The nearby underground Lake of Melissani is simply magical. Enter the caves to find ancient stalactites, and marvel at the scattered rays of light beaming through, turning the water an intense blue.
Day 10 – Saturday / May 30, 2020 DUBROVNIK, CROATIA (B/L/D)
Despite the magnificent 13th century walls that surround the city, Dubrovnik is one of the most welcoming cruise destinations in all of Europe. Dubbed “the pearl of the Adriatic” by the poet, Lord Byron, this Croatian city exudes romantic charm and beautiful scenery with its shimmering marble streets, centuries-old buildings capped by bright orange roofs, and lovely beaches ensconced between awesome rocky ledges
Day 11 – Sunday / May 31, 2020 VENICE – VERONA – LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY (B/L)
Breakfast on board, followed by disembarkation and departure to the Lombardia Region. Stop in Verona for a visit to this fascinating city, famous for the Juliet & Romeo love story and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans (outside) and then walk through its city centre to see Juliet’s balcony and the Piazza delle Erbe. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll proceed on your journey to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore. Check-in at the hotel, free time for dinner. Accommodation: HOTEL TERMINUS or similar (2 nights).
Day 12 – Monday / June 1, 2020 LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, meet our local guide and walk to the embarkation point for the boat tour of the 3 Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori. On the Isola Bella you will visit the Palace, its Italianate garden, and a small fishing village. Isola Madre, the largest island of the Isole Borromee archipelago, is occupied by a number of buildings and architectural structures and is especially well known for its gardens. There you will see the Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by impressive gardens, the Giardini Botanici dell’Isola Madre, covering an area of eight hectares in the English style. Have lunch at a restaurant on Isola dei Pescatori and return to the hotel in Stresa. Free time and dinner is on your own.
Day 13 – Tuesday / June 2, 2020 LAKE COMO, ITALY (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the hotel on Lake Como. After check-in to the hotel, rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner will be served at the hotel. HOTEL REGINA PALACE or similar (2 nights).
Day 14 – Wednesday / June 3, 2020 LAKE COMO, ITALY (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet our guide and leave for Tremezzo, on Lake Como, for a visit to Villa Carlotta and its botanical gardens, with its museum, whose art collection includes works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, Migliara and Hayez in addition to pieces of furniture from the time of the various owners. After, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant boat tour on the lake and reach Bellagio, the pearl of the lake, famous worldwide for its beautiful villas overlooking the water (like Villa Serbelloni or Villa Melzi). A walking tour to the old centre with the tiny streets and the main road, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, gets you to Punta Spartivento (top of the village) in less than 10 minutes. Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is populated by dozens of shops where visitors can find local food, leather goods, clothing and perfumes. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 15 – Thursday / June 4, 2020 LAKE COMO – MILAN, ITALY (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Depart to Milan and upon arrival enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and check-in to the hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure for some shopping in this fashion city. Accommodation: GRAND VISCONTI PALACE HOTEL similar (2 nights).
Day 16 – Friday / June 5, 2020 MILAN, ITALY (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Join our local guide for a walking tour of the city centre: the Duomo (inside) and its Piazza, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the Santa Maria delle Grazie Sanctuary with its famous Last Supper painting. View from the outside Navigli, Pinacoteca di Brera and La Scala theatre. Free time for lunch and to explore of the fashon city. Tonight we gather for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 17 – Saturday / June 6, 2020 MILAN – CANADA (B)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Transfer by coach to the aiport for your Air Canada homebound flight.
All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person and include:
Return airfare from TORONTO, for departures from OTTAWA add $200 per person. Other cities are upon request.
8 Nights in first class hotel accommodation.
Full buffet breakfast daily at each hotel. 7 Night cruise aboard NCL Norwegian DAWN.
5 Dinners and 3 Lunches during our land tour. All your meals during the cruise (B/L/D).
Locally guided tours as per our detailed itinerary. All gratuities for the onboard crew.
All gratuities for local guides and drivers. All departure taxes and port fees and surcharges.
Fully Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours. All luggage porter service at each hotel.
SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Inside Category “IB” $10,895
Outside Category “OB” $11,895
Balcony Category “BB” $13,395
Initial deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your space.
Final payment is due by: JANUARY 21st for May departures and MAY 19th for September departures. Please note a cancellation fee of $200 per person will apply for any cancellation prior to the final payment.
Save an additional 2% if you deposit and pay for your package by cheque.
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Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail value of the Ultimate Beverage Package prior to cruise in the amount of $30.00 per person per day.
2 – FREE Shore Excursion Credit
$50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom. Credit has no monetary value and is non-refundable. In the event a port of call or excursion is missed, for any reason, no refund or credit will be issued. Shore excursion credit is applicable for each port, including debarkation port, and is not transferable to other ports. Use the credit or lose it. It does not include embarkation ports. Overnight stays count as one port.
3 – FREE Specialty Dining
On cruises of 10 days plus 5 meal packages are available. Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail value of the Specialty Dining Package prior to cruise in the amount of $35.00.
4 – FREE Wi-Fi
Internet Package: 250 minutes is per stateroom. One login per stateroom, package includes activation fee.