Sunday, May 12: Depart San Antonio at 12:55 p.m. on Delta # 1255, arrive Atlanta at 4:06 p.m. Depart Atlanta at 5:35 p.m., on DL #74 on overnight flight to Milan.
Monday, May 13: Arrive Milan at 8:50 a.m. After clearing customs, coach transfer to Sirmione on Lago di Garda and the Hotel Flaminia (01139030/916078). Shower, rehydrate, nap and use the rest of the day for recovery. Dinner at 7:30 Al Pescatore. Overnight in Sirmione.
Tuesday, May 14: Meet in lobby at 10:00 a.m. for morning tour with local guide of the castle that you saw on the way in and the extensive Roman ruins and affiliated museum. Afternoon free. Dinner at I Signori. Overnight in Sirmione.
Wednesday, May 15: Morning free. 1:00 p.m. departure for excursion by private boat on Lago di Garda. Dinner at Pizzeria Margherita. Overnight in Sirmione.
Thursday, May 16: 11:00 a.m. transfer to Mantova. I still need to arrange a meeting place for lunch (independent) and to meet our guide. We can’t get to our hotel until after 2:00, so we might as well take the city tour now. Our hotel is the Albergo San Lorenzo, (0113903/76220500) located right in the city center, across from the 6th century church (the rotunda on the left below)and minutes from the central market. Our tour will include, among other attractions, Palazzo Te, San Andreas church and the Ducal Palace. Dinner at 8:00 at nearby trattoria. Overnight in Mantova.
Friday, May 17: Free day to explore Mantova. Dinner at 8:00 at nearby ristorante. Overnight in Mantova.
Saturday, May 18: 10:00 a.m transfer to Urbino and the Hotel San Domenico (011390722/2626) located adjacent to San Domenico (the hotel shares a wall with the church and on the 4th floor you can look through a window down into the church). The hotel is directly across from the Ducal Palace and a four minute walk to the main piazza. Walking city tour with Marguerite Laciura, a local guide, at 2:00. Dinner. Overnight in Urbino.
Sunday, May 19: Free day in Urbino. Dinner. Overnight in Urbino.
Monday, May 20: Transfer to Perugia with a four hour stop for lunch (independent) and plenty of time to explore Gubbio. Mid-afternoon arrival in Perugia and the Hotel Sangallo Palace (01139075/5730202). Rest of the afternoon free to explore the town independently. Dinner at 7:30 at Locanda degli Artisti. Overnight in Perugia.
Tuesday, May 21: Morning city tour of both Perugia and nearby Assisi. Afternoon free. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Perugia.
Wednesday, May 22: Morning departure for Siena and the Jolly Hotel(011390/577288448). Depart hotel at 2:00 p.m. for half day city tour with local guide, Lucia Soppi. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Siena.
Thursday, May 23: Free day to continue to explore Siena. If you have never been to Italy, I will send you and the bus to Florence for the day. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Siena.
Friday, May 24: Excursion in the chianti region in Tuscany. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Siena.
Saturday, May 25: Transfer to Milan for flight home. We should arrive at the Starhotel Splendido (011390/26789) in the early afternoon. I will arrange dinner to fit our mood and my budget. Overnight in Milan.
Sunday, May 26: Take airport shuttle no later than 7:30 to Milano Malpensa for Atlanta flight connecting to San Antonio or 9:30 for JFK flight connecting to Seattle.
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