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Tuscany & Northern Italy Self Drive Tour

Tuscany & Northern Italy Self Drive Tour

Explore Tuscany and Northern Italy: 8 Days/7 Nights from Milan to Milan


Day 1 | Milan – Pick up your rental car
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Arrive in Milan, renown as one of the world capitals of design and fashion, its Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo is reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall. The biggest and greatest example of Gothic architecture in Italy is the Milan Cathedral. Whilst in Milan see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. At the end of your day try some of the regional food which gives its name to several dishes, minestrone alla milanese and risotto alla milanese. Try the osso buco, and the tortelli di zucca (pumpkin fritters) with the regional wine Franciacorta.

Tourist Class La Residenza or similar

Day 2 | Milan – Genoa – Cinque Terre – Viareggio – Pisa
318.65 km*

From Milan drive to Italy’s greatest seaport Genoa – a city of surprises and contrasts where the most splendid palaces stand beside the humblest alleyways. In central Genoa is the Piazza de Ferrari, around which are the Opera and the Palace of the Doges, as well as a house where Christopher Columbus is said to have been born. Other interesting landmarks include the Palazzo Rosso and the Old Harbor, which is now transformed into a mall. For lunch try some of the region’s dishes; polenta, creamy Gorgonzola and Panettone, a fruit cake with raisins and candied lemon peel. Leave Genoa as you take the coast road to Cinque Terre, “the Five Lands”. These comprise five villages, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomagiore and their surrounding hillsides. Over centuries man has built terraces on the rugged steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea and part of its charm is the lack of visible “modern” development. Then south to the fashionable seaside resort of Viareggio with its lovely beaches and end your day in the pleasant town of Pisa for your overnight stay. Although it is known worldwide for its Leaning Tower it has more than 20 other historic churches and several palaces.

Tourist Class Airone Pisa Park or similar

Day 3 | Pisa – Lucca – Florence
103 km*

From Pisa drive the short distance to the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca. One of Tuscany’s best-kept secrets it has some of Italy’s finest medieval and Renaissance architecture protected by massively thick walls. Wander through the town’s squares and streets and visit its antique markets. It is here in Tuscany that Italian cooking was born. For lunch try the region’s famous soup ribollita. Chianti is the most popular wine of the area. Leave delightful Lucca and continue to one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in the world – Florence, where we have booked your two-night accommodation. One is overwhelmed by the beauty and culture to be seen by simply walking around this unique and ancient city. Not to be missed is the Piazza del Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria where a copy of Michelangelo’s David stands (the original is also in Florence and may be seen at the Galleria Del’Accademia), and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence.

If you want to see more of Florence and Tuscany, book an extra stay.

Tourist Class Unicorno or similar (2 nights)

Day 4 | Visit Siena – San Gimignano – Arezzo – Cortona
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Drive by the flourishing vineyards and olive groves of the unique Tuscan countryside to the hilltop medieval towers of San Gimignano. In the heart of the town are four fine squares, each with its own historic buildings. On to the gentle, mystical and passionate city of Siena. As you stroll through its narrow streets, lined with palaces and mansions, you become enlivened with the clay colored (hence the color, burnt siena) and medieval past of this beautiful city. The famous Piazza del Campo is shaped like a fan, paved with brick and encircled by a ring of stone slabs. This is the site of the famous Palio horse race held every July and August. Drive through the glorious Tuscan countryside to the ancient town of Arezzo. Visit the Piazza Grande, the most noteworthy medieval square in the city. Drive on to the quiet town of Cortona whose ramparts cling to the steep slopes of a hill clad in olive groves. From the Piazza del Duomo see the lovely view over the valley. Then back to Florence and a traditional Tuscan dinner, try the bistecca (grilled steak) or fagioli all’ucelletto (beans with quail). A notable red wine is the Nobile di Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a favorite white wine.

Day 5 | Florence – Bologna – Ferrara – Padova – Venice (Mestre)
286.46 km*

From Florence you drive to the city of Bologna, which has one of the best preserved historic centers in Italy and is home to the oldest university in the Western world, the Alma Mater Studiorum founded in 1088. The central streets of the city are largely pedestrianized and follow the grid pattern of the early Roman settlement. The region has a fine gastronomic reputation; for lunch sample its Bologna salami and mortadella, its prosciutto ham, parmigiano cheese and of course spaghetti Bolognese.

Leave historic Bologna for Ferrara, a town of broad streets and numerous palaces. In its center is the Castello with four towers surrounded by a moat. Your journey now takes you to the pictureque city of Padua, with its dense network of arcaded streets opening onto a large communal piazza. End your day in Venice, the City of Water, often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Having a car, it makes much more sense to stay in Mestre, where we have arranged a two-night stay and to take public transport across the causeway. There are no roads in Venice and just one parking garage. Typical food of the region is the bigoli (a type of spagehetti), risotto with chicory, excellent fish dishes including shellfish, dried cod, sardines, and the black spahetti made with squid ink. Accompany this with the wines of the district, the rose or red sparkling Valpolicella and Bardolino.

Tourist Class Hotel President or similar (2 nights)

Day 6 | Venice
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To be in Venice is to be a believer in fairy tales, for the only way to get around this 1,500-year-old city is by foot or by water. Take the classical Venetian gondola or motorized waterbuses which ply regular routes along the major canals between the city’s islands. You will be awed by the magical beauty of this city filled with palaces and art. Wander the alleyways and bridges, stroll across the Bridge of Sighs – connecting the Doge’s Palace with the prisons where prisoners would suffer their final torment as they view Venice for the last time – relax in the Piazza San Marco in the very heart of Venice, which opens up on to the Grand Canal. With its water-lapped palaces, its panoramic view across the water from the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) it is precisely as Canaletto painted it. You will surely be awed at the Basilica whose exterior is richly decorated by marble and mosaic and the relics of St. Mark resting in the main alter. There are numerous beautiful churches, palaces and museums, many fine shops and restaurants serving excellent food. The Ghetto (Jewish quarter) is a hauntingly beautiful and secret corner of the Canneregio district close to the bustling Strada Nuova. Visit the museum here and the synagogue.

Day 7 | Venice – Vicenza – Verona – Lake Garda – Bergamo – Milan
280.03 km*

From Venice travel through the town of Vicenza, noted for its splendid churches and palaces, many designed by Andrea Palladio. Your journey then continues to Verona where the Roman Amphitheater,commonly known as The

Arena, is one of the biggest, holding over 22,000 spectators, and best preserved.Here every year the opera Aida is performed with live elephants. In front of the Arena is the Piazza Bra, a huge square with such interesting buildings as the Palazzo Barbieri (the Town Hall) and Gran Guardia Palace. Among these beautiful buildings are many bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. Leave Verona for Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy where exclusive resort hotels run along its shore. Continue to the pretty town of Bergamo. Its original location was a defensive hilltop, protected by stout walls, and now known as the Citta Alta (upper town) where you will find most of the historic buildings and tourist sights. Your exciting day ends as you arrive back in Milan for your overnight stay.

Tourist Class La Residenza or similar or a Tourist Class Airport Hotel

Day 8 | Milan
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Travel to the airport for your return flight home. Drop-off Rental Car.

No Of Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax
Adult in Twin/Double990858792752786759778757
Adult in Triple943811745706740712732711
Child with bed in Triple 811745706740712732711
Child No Bed396330290324297316295


Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy, Liguria, Tuscany, Bologna, Ferrara, Padua, Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Bergamo, Milan, Genoa, Arezzo, Cortona, Florence, Lucca, Montepulciano, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Viareggio, Chianti Classico, Cinque Terre, Lake Garda.

Your Tour Package Includes

07 Nights Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the Day by Day Itinerary as described below. Breakfast Daily, all Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 08 Days Hertz Compact Manual Ford Focus or similar, Including Unlimited Mileage (UM), Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP) and Taxes, Maps, Information, and Detailed Directions to your Hotels. Emergency telephone numbers accessible 24/7 in the unlikely event you have a problem with a hotel or the Hertz rental car.

Vehicle Type

  • Upto 5 Pax: Citroen C4 or Similar
  • 6-7 Pax: Renault Espace or similar
  • 8-9 Pax: Renault Traffic or similar
  • Manual Transmission
  • Air Conditioning

Not Included

Fuel and Parking Charges. Admissions to Parks and Attractions unless otherwise stated.

Terms & Conditions

The Terms and Conditions will form the contract between European Voyages and the person making/paying for the booking. No contract exists until European Voyages has received payment and issued its confirmation invoice. Rates are subject to currency fluctuation and Government taxes and may be changed without notice. Rates are guaranteed upon acceptance of full payment.

Payment with a credit card is required to make a reservation. If a booking is made 60 or more days before departure, a non-refundable deposit is payable by Visa or MasterCard. The remaining balance will be collected approximately eight weeks prior to departure. For reservations made less than 60 days before departure, full payment will be due when hotels are confirmed.

Tour Deposit

DurationPrice Per Person
5 to 7 DaysEURO 125.00
8 to 10 DaysEURO 150.00
11 to 13 DaysEURO 175.00
14 to 16 DaysEURO 200.00
17 to 20 DaysEURO 250
21 Days & OverEURO 300.00

Travel Insurance
We highly recommend the purchase of a Travel Insurance protection plan.

Notice of cancellation must be made by e-mail directly to the Company.

DurationCharge Per Person
60+ DaysDeposit Only
59-45 Days25%
44-30 Days50%
29-22 Days75%
21 to Day of Departure100%

Once the booking is confirmed, changes incur the following amendment fees: 60 + days — €50 per person, 59 days to day of departure — changes are treated as a cancellation and rebooking and cancellation charges as above apply. It is not possible to make refunds after departure date for any services not used including but not limited to hotels, and car rental.

It is your responsibility to thoroughly check your documents upon receipt and to inform European Voyages immediately if there is an error so that it can be corrected prior to departure. If European Voyages is not advised accordingly no liability on its part will be accepted. Also, it is your responsibility to ensure that you take all of the travel documents sent to you, including but not limited to Hotel, and Car Vouchers, explorer kit, etc. If you do not have your documents you will be expected to pay for service and will not be reimbursed by European Voyages.

Changes by the Company
On occasion it may be necessary to amend certain arrangements of your holiday, which we reserve the right to do at any time. If a major change occurs we will inform you as soon as possible. Major change is one that involves a change in location or offering a lower category hotel. In these instances we will offer an alternative subject to your acceptance and if the hotel originally booked is of a superior category and is substituted with a standard category, we will issue a refund to you Upon acceptance of the change no further claims for compensation or additional expenses will be accepted. In no case we will pay compensation or accept liability if change is due to force majeure; risk/threat of war; industrial disputes; riot; civil strife; terrorist activity; natural/nuclear disasters; fire or adverse weather conditions; technical problems to transport; closure or congestion of airports or ports; cancellations or changes of scheduled airlines and similar events beyond our control.

Driving Licenses
Renters must present a valid driving license, an International Driving Permit is strongly recommended. This is required for translation purposes to confirm the validity of the driver’s license for the safety of our renters and for Hertz. Note: A current valid foreign driving license must always be presented at the rental counter.

Travel Documents/Proof of Citizenship
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid machine readable passport and/or visa if required.

European Voyages strives to ensure accuracy of descriptions and information, however we are not able to control all holiday components and advertised facilities may bed withdrawn or changed. We cannot accept liability for loss of an advertised facility or withdrawal of free or discounted offers. Such offers are add value and are non-refundable if not provided or used. Prices specified herein do not reflect Value Added offers unless noted otherwise.

Responsibility and Limitations of Liability
European Voyages as the operator, is solely responsible for selecting the suppliers that provide the component parts (e.g. hotel accommodations, transfers, and car rental firms) for the vacations described on this website. These suppliers are independent contractors. European Voyages does not own, control, operate, nor is it an agent for any suppliers furnishing tour component parts, and therefore in the absence of its negligence, European Voyages cannot be held liable for loss or damage to property or injury to person, caused by reason of any act or omission, intentional negligence or otherwise by such third party supplier. European Voyages makes no implied or expressed warranties in the offering of any tour described on this website. European Voyages reserves the right to cancel or alter any itinerary at its sole discretion. The information and rates are accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change without notice.

By making final payment for any of the vacations, customer acknowledges and agrees to all of the terms and conditions, in particular, to the limitations of liability set forth above.

Should you or any member of your party suffer illness, personal injury or death through any misadventure arising out of an activity which does not form part of your holiday arrangements, we shall offer assistance such as we are able. Such assistance shall take the form of guidance and advice only without accepting any liability whatsoever.

Hotel Accommodation
European Voyages reserves the right to substitute alternative hotels to those featured, provided they are of comparable category or better. All properties are contracted on a ‘Run of House’ basis, which means you have a standard room from any part of the property unless otherwise advertised. Special accommodation requests, such as adjoining rooms, or twin beds are subject to the hotel availability and cannot be guaranteed. We cannot accept any booking that is conditional upon special requests being met.

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