From the canal waters of Venice to the jagged and daring peaks of the Dolomites, Northern Italy’s diverse landscape brims with adventure and ancient history. Embark on a gondola ride down Venice’s famed Grand Canal, shop on the 16th-century Rialto Bridge, hike the rugged Dolomite Mountains, and discover the allure of bustling Milan. You will relax on the picturesque Lake Como, making memories with your children as you splash in its refreshing waters. Visit 500-year-old villas, explore an elaborate...
Venice – Arrive in Venice and Enjoy an After Hours Tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
Located on a calm lagoon in the Northeastern corner of Italy, the enchanting city of Venice surpasses all expectations. The colorful yellow, pink, and purple homes line the narrow and winding canals where cars are replaced by boats and dark asphalt is replaced by calming waters. All of this and more will be yours to explore with your private tour guide who will meet you at customs once you arrive at Venice’s Marco Polo airport. Your guide will then transfer you and your family to your luxurious accommodation that will be located in the heart of Venice. Once your family is settled, your guide will lead you on a captivating walking tour of many of the city’s most iconic sights.
Piazza San Marco, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is dramatically stunning. Lined with the stately Doge’s Palace, the Campanile Tower, and St. Mark’s Basilica, you will be introduced to the grandeur and regality that has long characterized this city. Your kids may want to let off some energy and join the other children who are chasing pigeons around the square, or they may be interested in hearing about the exciting history of Venice and how it was a thriving Republic a few centuries ago. Together, you will learn about the many Doges that ruled Venice and about the trading routes that originated in the city to make it an epicenter of prosperity. History will become exciting and three-dimensional as you stand in its midst.
You will enjoy the beauty and magnificence that emanates throughout the church on your exclusive after-hours tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. A holy peacefulness will linger quietly in the air, which may render your kids speechless. You will be entranced by the amount of Byzantine gold that decorates the towering walls and domes. The late evening sun will filter through the stained-glass windows to illuminate the 43,000 square feet of golden mosaics and marble. Your expert guide will lead you behind the ropes where all the crowds are not allowed: to the crypt of St. Mark and the hallowed main altar. Afterward, you can climb the stairs to the balcony and watch the bustling crowds in the enormous square below you.
Venice – Cruise the Grand Canal on a Private Gondola Ride
Venice – Explore Venetian Villas on the Brenta Canal
Verona – Learn History and Culture on a Walking Tour of Medieval Marvels
Bolzano – Delight in a Personalized Food Tour that Combines Cultures
Bolzano – Soar to New Heights on a Funicular and Hike through the Mountains
Bellagio – Experience the Unique Beauty of Lake Como on a Private Boat Tour
Bellagio – Discover Lavish Villas and Picturesque Lakeside Villages
Milan – Enjoy a Behind the Scenes Tour of Milan’s Duomo
Milan – Depart for Home from Milano Malpensa Airport
- Discover the history and treasures that lie within St. Mark’s Basilica on your private tour, including seeing the resting place of Jesus’ disciple Mark
- Embark on an exclusive gondola ride down the Grand Canal in Venice with your personal gondolier, floating past a regal display of canalside palaces
- Cruise down the enchanting Brenta Canal, visiting elegant 16th-century villas and their luxurious gardens
- Become acquainted with the patron saint of “lost things,” walking in the footsteps of religious pilgrims on your customized tour through beloved Padua
- Uncover ancient secrets of medieval tombs and the 3rd largest Roman Amphitheater in Verona
- Engage with local culture, and revel in its unique gastronomy on an exclusive food tour in the Dolomites
- Soar high above the villages on a funicular, leading you to remote alpine villages and incredible hiking trails
- Dive into the crystal blue waters of Lake Como on your private boat tour with the Alps providing a splendid backdrop for your excursion
- Experience a fascinating behind the scenes tour of Milan’s Duomo, which may be completed with a vibrant sunset as viewed from the expansive rooftop terrace
Iconic Venice welcomes you to explore the narrow cobblestone streets, the colorful shops, and the calming lagoon waters. You will arrive in Venice’s Marco Polo Airport and meet your tour guide at customs. You and your family will then be escorted to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city via private boat taxi. Once you become settled, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of this magical city, highlighting important and mysterious details of the legendary buildings. A private, behind the scenes tour of the glorious St. Mark’s Basilica awaits you at the end of the day. Shopping on the gorgeous Rialto Bridge, exploring the quaint nooks and crannies this city is known for, and basking in a private gondola ride will be just the beginning of what you will experience here in Venice.
Cruising down the Brenta Canal will afford you the opportunity to explore 500-year-old villas and their bountiful gardens. Toward the end of your excursion, there will be a fascinating garden maze that delights kids and adults alike. Here, you can become hopelessly lost amidst the tall green hedges before venturing to lovely Padua to tour Basilica di Sant’Antonio, which is the basilica that millions of Catholics flock to annually in order to pay homage to the patron saint. You can explore medieval marvels and architecture in Verona while becoming entranced with the dramatic stories that emanate from the ancient stones. Shakespeare fans will enjoy visiting the 13th-century home that was the inspiration for the play Romeo and Juliet. Afterward, you can even visit Juliet’s tomb. History buffs will appreciate the largely intact Arena in the center of town that hosted naval battles and gladiator games, and if you time it right, you can sit and watch a delightful Opera where gunfire and combat used to take place.
Then, you will gain altitude quickly as you venture from the coast up into the Dolomite Mountains. Here, your family will enjoy a unique food tour that will introduce you to the unique flavors of this region. You will then set out on a guided hike through trails that display the exquisite views for which this area of Italy is cherished. After a trip into the mountains, it will be time to return to the water and delight in the beauty of Lake Como. Your whole family will be overjoyed during a private boat ride around the lake that will be complete with an opportunity to swim and splash in the crystal-clear, glacial waters. You will be escorted through various lakeside villages and explore timeless villas and their immaculate gardens that sprawl along the shore. Finally, you will culminate your trip in bustling Milan and tour the infamous Duomo, where you can enjoy the vibrant sunset over the city on the rooftop terrace that will be accompanied by hundreds of gothic gargoyles.
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$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)
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