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Nine Days To Explore Northern Italy

See everything Northern Italy has to offer with this extensive tour that mixes guided tours with free time!

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Duration
Duration
9 Days
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
15 people
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Languages
Languages
English / Italian
Meals
Meals
Included
Hostel
Hostel
Included
FromEUR €760
Private Double (2 P): EUR €1940
Single room: EUR €1200
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What's Included

  • 8 nights in our favourite budget accommodations
  • Welcome drinks and food in Florence
  • Full-time expertise and service of our tour team
  • Maps, info and tips about all locations
  • Fall in love with Florence and the masterpieces left by the greatest artists of the past
  • Live your dream in the rolling hills of Tuscany exploring the Medieval villages and tasting wine
  • Train tickets to Venice, Verona and to Milan on a fast speed trains

WHERE WE VISIT

  • Taste the local specialities in the Cinque Terre
  • Cruise the canals in Venice and explore the local markets
  • Profess your love in Romeo and Juliet's home of Verona
  • See Milan
  • Day tour to Pisa & Cinque Terre
  • Boat tour on the Lake Como to Bellaggio and Varenna.
  • Orientation walks in Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Verona, Milan, Venice & Lake Como

WHAT TO EXPECT

This tour is perfect for the active, independent traveller, mixing guided tours with free time and optional additional tours, take a look at where this tour takes you!

 

 

Day One: Welcome To Florence

Meet your tour leader at 7:30 pm for a fun orientation walk of the city, including the stunning gothic Cathedral and the Ponte Vecchio. We finish the tour in a busy street in Florence renowned for its nightlife. Here we will explore the bar rated by the locals as the best aperitivo place in town. Sit and socialise like the locals. 

 

 

We think it's a great idea for you to arrive in the morning to see anything you might have on your bucket list that we don't cover. Check-in time for your accommodation usually starts at 2 pm, but the accommodation holds bags.

 

 

Day Two: Free Time In Florence

Now you will have a free day in Florence. See the monuments and some local artisan markets in complete freedom. If you want to get away, our team recommends taking a day trip to Tuscany to explore the wine region. You can also see the famous Medieval villages of San Gimignano and Siena. 

 

 

Day Three: Pisa And Cinque Terre

Bright and early meet us at the Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Cinque Terre is not entirely around the corner, but the effort is worth the wait. We head by train to the first stop, Pisa. Enjoy some free time to explore the Square of Miracles. Here you can see the Pisa Cathedral, Baptistery, Campo Santo and the famous Leaning Tower. Relax and take photos before we move on. 

 

 

We then go on to see the Cinque Terre, or Five Lands: Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza. Famous for their natural beauty, picturesque walking trails, panoramic views, and warm beaches don't miss these villages. We aim to head back to Florence at 8 pm, but before that, we give you ample time to relax on the beaches of Vernazzaor explore the town at their leisure.

 

 

Day Four: Welcome to Venice

Venice here we come. We catch the train from Florence train station,and in only two hours we will reach Venice. After check-in, we will head down to town for an orientation walk of the stunning city. We stop by monuments such as the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's square, the Catherdral, and the Palazzo Ducale.The afternoon is free for you to tick items off your bucket list. 

 

 

Day Five: Full Free Day In Venice

Now you will have a free day to relax, visit the Duomo and famous sites or wander in Venice centre. You could also join a half-day tour to the islands of Murano and Burano. This is perfect to check out the many colourful houses and the glass factories or take 30-minute gondola ridealongs the Venice canals. It's up to you!

 

 

Day Six: Verona And Venice

In the morning head to the romantic Italian city of Verona, the setting of the famous Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet and well known for its spectacular Roman Amphitheatre. In Verona, we visit the infamous balcony in Romeo and Juliet, do some shopping and sightseeing. We will be back in Venice in the late afternoon. The evening will be free for you to do what you please.

 

 

Day Seven: Explore Milan

In the morning, head to Milan, the world capital of fashion and design. Check in to our accommodation and head down to the historical centre seeing sights such as the Duomo, Vittorio EmanueleII's gallery to conclude by the Navigli,a popular area in Milan, and perfect for a night out. 

 

 

Day Eight: Lake Como

In the morning we will travel to Como. After a 1hour and 30-minute ride, arrive at Como. Attractive, and encircled by enchanting hills and famous for being the birthplace of many notable figures including the scientist Alessandro Volta. Here you will have free time to check out the many fascinating sites.

 

 

From here, we take a ferry across Lake Como towards Bellagio, a small village at the top of a long hilly promontory between the two southern branches of Lake Como. This elegant but tiny town is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the lovely views, gardens, classy boutiques, picturesque lanes, and a wide choice of restaurants and bars. We then catch a ferry to Varenna. This stunning village boasts picturesque lanes and old fishermen's houses for a perfect gelato or cold drink with amazing views. We head back to Milan in the evening.

 

 

Day Nine: Goodbye Milan

Today, we will check out at 10 am, signalling the end of our tour. If you wish to spend the whole day in Milan, you can store your bags at the hostel until you leave, and keep travelling on to your next destination. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We promote a youth market 18-39 years old. What does this mean? Does it mean that you have just had your 40th birthday so you won't be welcome if you are a more seasoned traveler? That we are going to card you at the door? No way! 

 

It means that we have a general audience of college students, backpackers, solo travelers, etc... that often fall into this category. The tours are more fast-paced, budget-minded and include activities for travelers to meet and connect with other passengers of the same age from all parts of the world who share the same interests, lifestyles, and travel styles. 

 

We are not strict with the age limit and people older than 39 are always welcome to join our tours as long as you are young in heart, have no walking disabilities and are happy to be with younger people. 

 

Our brand is designed around this unique experience geared towards younger travelers, so only passengers that fit this demographic travel with us. 

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Upon receipt of the final payment, your trip documentation will be released 20 days prior to your departure containing final details and info about the accommodation. You will also receive a day by day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your trip. 

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The optional activities need to be arranged and organized not later than 1 week prior to your arrival since they are subject to availability. You can either book the activities directly on our website or by email sent to our team. You can choose to pay in cash ( local currency ) directly to your trip manager on day one of your trip or by credit card if booked online.

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  • Tour Provider may not be held responsible for any delay, deviation, or cancellation due to weather conditions, traffic and national strikes even if as a result you miss a connecting service.
  • Tour Provider reserves the right to cancel the tours when the weather conditions are considered to be dangerous for the client’s safety. In this case, Tour Provider will suggest taking the tour on a different day or the possibility to transfer the booking to a different tour of the same value. Alternatively, Tour Provider will issue the full refund of the activity paid  
  • Tour Provider may not be held responsible for any train national strikes. National strikes are outside the tour operator's control.


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  • Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Tour Provider at info@italyonabudgettours.com. Upon cancellation, you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of the cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price and is calculated as follows:
    • 30 days or more prior to departure:   0% of the tour fare
    • 29 – 20 days: 30% of the tour fare
    • 20 – 16 days: 50% of the tour fare
    • 15 – 0   days: 100% of the tour fare
  • No refund will be given to those clients who do not show up at the correct departure time and point, or to those who lose contact with the guide and therefore do not complete the excursion.
  • It is the passenger's responsibility to get in touch with Tour Provider if running late to the meeting point or if you can’t find the guide to assist you as much as possible.


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