Milan, Genoa, Sardinia and Rome - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Experience Italy's hidden treasures & major landmarks with the private tour from Milan to Genoa to Sardinia and Rome. See the best of the world's fashion capital, enjoy a trip to Lake Como. See the top sights of Genoa and Italian Riviera coast. Spend two nights traveling on ferries, dive into the beauty of Sardinia and finalize your grand experience in Rome.
Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.95 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    9 nights
    Outside cabin onboard ferries:
    2 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    5 boat cruises
    Funicular rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    2 guided city tours with private, and taxi transportation
    5 guided day-tours outside cities
    9 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    2 dinners on board

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Milan

Welcome to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy! Upon arrival to Milan, you are met by your driver and taken to your downtown hotel.

There are no planned activities for you for that day, so you can relax and recover after the flight. If you would like to do some looking around, we suggest visiting the world famous shopping and fashion avenue, Quadrilatero della Moda.

Day 2
Trip to Lake Como

Today after breakfast prepare for an exciting full day tour to Como Lake. Together with your guide and driver you head to one of the most beautiful natural sights in the world located in the footsteps of the Alps.

Lake Como is not only spectacular but rich in history and tradition. From Milan to the foothills of the Alps, it is the heart of Italian romance and history. Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods. During the city tour, you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. During the tour, you enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.

After the tour, you return to your Milan hotel and have the remaining day at leisure.

Day 3
Milan Sightseeing & Transfer to Genoa

Following breakfast and check-out you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital.

You start with a visit to the world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theater. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included).

You continue to the picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. Afterward, you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

  • Please note: The Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts, no uncovered knees, and shoulders, no backpacks.
    The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

In the afternoon your private driver transfers you to the railway station. In about 2 hours you reach your next destination, Genoa. Upon arrival, you are taken to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free.

 

Day 4
Genoa City Tour

After breakfast, you meet your private guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel and go on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city.

Your start exploring Genoa with Saint Lawrence Cathedral, which contains the ashes of the Saint John the Baptist, and Piazza De Ferrari. This square is considered as the heart of the town with the Carlo Felice Opera House and beautiful fountains on it.

You enjoy the views of Porta Soprana, the 12th-century city gate, Christopher Columbus' House and have a walk along Via XX Settembre, one of the major arteries of Genoa with shops and elegant buildings. You then take a photo stop at la Spianata di Castelletto for an unforgettable view of the city.

You continue towards via Garibaldi, whose beautiful 16th century Palazzi dei Rolli was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. At the end of the tour, you walk down towards the Old Port with Palazzo San Giorgio, where according to an old tradition Marco Polo dictated the "Il Milione".

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 5
Portofino, The Italian Riviera & Ferry to Sardinia

Today you continue exploring the Italian Riviera. In the morning you check out, meet your private guide and driver at the hotel and drive along the coastal road to Santa Margherita Ligure. The coastline is scattered with quaint and friendly seaside villages and offers breathtaking views.

Upon arrival about 45 minutes later, a panoramic tour highlights the places of interest, including the Parish Church of Santa Maria della Rosa and the 16th-century castle which you explore from outside.

Then you take a public boat for a short cruise to reach Portofino. Upon arrival, you start a walking tour from the famous Piazzetta, a meeting place of the international jet set, overlooked by the typical colorful houses.

After the tour, you are transferred back to Genoa port to embark an overnight ferry which will take you to Sardinia.

Day 6
Arrival in Sardinia & Tour in Castelsardo

In the morning ferry reaches the shore of Sardinia. Upon arrival to the port of Olbia, you are picked up by your private guide-driver for the first sightseeing tour of the island.

Your first destination is Castelsardo, situated on the northern coast of Sardinia. Castelsardo is a truly amazing medieval town overlooking the sea. Archaeological excavations proved human presence in this area since Nuragic times. Together with your guide you explore the picturesque historic part of the town including the castle and fortifications built in the 12th century.

Then you continue towards the western coast of Sardinia. Upon request, you can make some nice photo-stops or a stop for beach time before going to your hotel.

In the end of your trip, you arrive at the centrally-located hotel in Alghero for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Day 7
Alghero City Tour & Neptune Caves

Today you meet your private guide in the lobby of the hotel and start with a walking city tour of Alghero.

Alghero has preserved many buildings, which bear witness to the Aragonese and Spanish domination, such as the surrounding walls, defensive towers, ancient buildings which are still in use today, and priceless religious monuments. Today during the walking tour your guide shows you all the main sites such as the Cathedral of Alghero, "Piazza Sulis" and the tower of Espero Reial, which is one of the towers that were part of the city walls.

Then after the break for lunch, you continue to the caves, dedicated to the sea God Neptune. These are the most popular caves of Sardinia, to reach them you take a public boat from Alghero and the cruise takes around half an hour. During your guided tour of the Neptune caves, you enjoy the stunning beauty of this famous natural attraction.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day on your own. Narrow streets, cozy restaurants and breathtaking views of Alghero are a perfect plan for the evening.

Day 8
Tour of Bosa & Transfer to Cagliari

After breakfast, you check-out from the hotel in Alghero. Your private guide-driver takes you on a scenic and amazing panoramic road to Bosa.

Bosa is a pretty and charming ancient town, famous for laces, tanneries and its lovely malvasia wine. The town has recently been nominated one of the prettiest in Italy. During your guided sightseeing tour you visit the castle of Malaspina and after it the amazing medieval town.

After the tour of Bosa, you continue your way towards the southern coast of Sardinia. The transfer from Bosa to Cagliari takes about two hours. Upon arrival to the capital of Sardinia, you check in to your centrally-located hotel.

Day 9
Cagliari Sightseeing & Ferry to Rome

Today you have half of the day to explore the city of Cagliari with your private guide.

Cagliari means sea, sun, monuments, wonderful vistas in a whole. Its profile is made of a most peculiar mix of architecture, customs, and traditions influenced by different dominations. During the Cagliari historical tour, you walk through Porta Cristina and visit the Medieval quarter called “Castello” which means Castle in Italian. You see the 14th-century Pisan towers, San Pancrazio and Elefante, visit the Governor's Palace and the Cathedral. Then you enjoy the most beautiful view of the town from the Bastion "Saint Remy". Wine tasting at a local winery is prepared for the second part of the walking city-tour.

In the afternoon you have a tour to Nuraghe of Barumini. It is the most important and well preserved among about 7.000 nuraghe spread all over the island. Also called “Su Nuraxi”, The Nuraghe, in 1997 it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO and is absolutely a Sardinian place worth visiting.

After the tour, you are transferred to the port to embark the overnight ferry which will take you to Rome. The night is onboard.

Day 10
Arrival in Rome & Sightseeing
In the morning you arrive in Port of Civitavecchia in Rome. Upon arrival, your private driver meets you at the port and takes you to the centrally-located hotel in Rome for check-in. After check-in, you meet your guide for a stroll through the very heart of Rome. Today in about 4 hours you see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal city. You explore the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others. The highlight of your day is a tour of the most well-recognized sight of Rome - the Colosseum. Taxi fare to travel between the sites with your guide is included. After the tour, you return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11
Vatican Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and head to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.

Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.

Your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.

The ending point of your tour is St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini. Round trip taxi fare is included.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.

  • Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
Day 12
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Italy! After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extensions - contact your specialist for details.

Included

9 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels, 2 nights in the outside cabins aboard the ferries

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Milan, Genoa, Alghero, Cagliari and Rome; 
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Milan, Genoa, Alghero, Cagliari and Rome; 
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Milan - Genoa;
  • Outside cabins on overnight ferries Genoa - Olbia & Cagliari - Rome; 
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Como Cathedral, Milan Duomo, Colliseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica;
  • Boat and funicular ride in Como, public boat round trips in Genoa and Alghero;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.
  • Overnight ferry Genoa - Olbia & Cagliari - Rome; 
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Como Cathedral, Milan Duomo, Colliseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica;
  • Boat and funicular ride in Como, public boat round trips in Genoa and Alghero;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • 1st class high-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Day-tour to Como - the city of Renaissance architecture and the most famous Italian lake;
  • Comprehensive day-tours on Sardinia Island including UNESCO Sites and all the must-see places;
  • Two overnight cruises across picturesque Tyrrhenian sea in outside cabins;
  • Relaxed pace tours in Rome of Colosseum, Vatican City and other sights.
What to Know
  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Most restaurants won’t open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy, you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,595
Deposit $1,119
Two travelers: double occupancy
$6,595
Deposit $1,319
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,595
Deposit $1,119
Two travelers: double occupancy
$6,595
Deposit $1,319

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