Delight in the charming villages, the artistic masterpieces, and the authentic flavors discovered during your custom-tailored tour of Northern Italy. From the reflective waters of Lake Como to the serene footpaths of Cinque Terre, the aristocratic marble palaces of Venice to the maze-like lanes of Genoa’s ancient port, you will experience the luster of Northern Italy’s rich past and dynamic present. Traverse elaborate Renaissance and Baroque palaces, and then experience extraordinary churches...
Day 1 - 4
Venice – Arrive in Venice to Explore the Lagoon and Tasty Prosecco
The island of Venice is an elegant masterpiece that has been captured in the floating marble palaces that overlook the quiet canals. The waters wind beneath the more than 400 bridges that connect a collection of 118 islands to create the timeless, sophisticated city. Your flight will arrive at Marco Polo International Airport, and your private transfer will greet you at customs and escort you to the edge of the Grand Canal. Settle into the comforts of your luxury hotel within walking distance of the iconic bulbous domes of St. Mark’s Cathedral for four days.
Your private tour through the city begins with the beauty of the famous St. Mark’s Square, home to the eponymous Byzantine-style basilica and the striking Venetian Gothic design of the dramatic Doge’s Palace. The remaining image of the fascinating structure was built in the 14th century with the slender Istrian marble columns that shape the exuberant arcade. The pink Verona marble glints in the sunlight and contrasts with the arching windows to highlight the graceful, lacy patterns along the façade. The secret history of the city steps into the forefront during your tour when visiting the Sala del Consiglio dei Dieci, the Council of Ten, from which the state court who ruled over the secret state police governed. Wood paneling around the room frames the stunning painting that depicts Jupiter as he hurls thunderbolts at the Vices, illustrating the connection and the power of the Venetian Republic to the former glory of Rome.
Your time exploring the Venetian Lagoon will take you on a private tour of the three secluded islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, home to the grand tradition of glass blowing, the delicate art of lace-work, and captivating 7th-century Byzantine mosaics, respectively. Venturing next into the countryside of Veneto on the mainland will bring a day trip away from the lagoon waters and lavish canals to sample the bright and bubbly Prosecco for which the region is known.
You will stop at a family-owned vineyard and follow your guide through the rows of grapes that grow along the sloping hillsides and the lush floodplains of the region that have operated for over a century. The cellar holds the aroma of rich oak as the wines age in a variety of barrels for months at a time. Your guide will pour a sample of the elegant straw-yellow wine that sparkles with natural effervescence. You can find floral notes like wisteria flowers and acacia emanating from the glass and a satisfying light almond aftertaste lingering on your palate.
Day 5 - 7
Lake Garda – Visit Padua and Verona before Enjoying Lake Garda
Day 8 - 9
Milan – Explore Bergamo and Delight in Elegant Milan
Day 10 - 12
Bellagio – Discover the Charming Lakes Region of the Italian Alps
Day 13 - 15
Turin – Relish Fascinating Turin and Piedmont Delicacies
Day 16 - 18
Monterosso – Indulge in the Charisma of Cinque Terre
Day 19 - 20
Genoa – Traverse the Italian Riviera and Grand Genoa
Genoa – Depart for Home
- Discover the true drama of Venice with a private tour of the former Republic’s secret histories as you dive into the power of the Doge’s Palace
- Embrace the remarkable flavor and captivating aromas of Piedmont’s world-famous Barolo wine with a tasting in the serene village
- Explore the coastal charms of the five towns of Cinque Terre with a tranquil and scenic hike along the renowned trails
- Sail the sensational Brenta Canal for insight into the lavish and unique architectural aesthetic of the Venetian aristocracy
- Wander the sensational Borromean villa on Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore and stroll among the gorgeous garden terraces
- Visit the home of fabled Juliet Capulet in the city of Verona and see her memorial statue and the letters the heroine receives daily
- Sample the delicate and dynamic flavors of proper Prosecco on a tour of the vineyards around the fascinating Veneto region
- Uncover the grandeur of Turin’s European design and the splendor of the captivating collection of Egyptian artifacts displayed in the Museo Egizio
- Traverse the exceptional display of Renaissance wealth on the Strada Nuova in Genoa, which hosts an array of lavish noble palaces
- Enjoy the medieval ambiance of Sirmione town on the southern banks of Lake Garda, which retains the original defensive gate, walls, and moat
Relish every moment of your immersive three-week tour of Northern Italy as you capture the essence of the treasured landscape and of the enchanting culture that constantly changes between regions, municipalities, and hamlets. Enjoy an in-depth discovery of Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Liguria that will take you from crystal blue lakes to vineyards that produce the “king of wines,” colorful seaside villages to majestic detailed cathedrals. Experiencing Northern Italy will shine a light on a distinctive heritage that contrasts with the familiar images for which Italy is known. Over the days spent exploring, you will find intricate ingredients, sensational wines, sophisticated villas that have evolved from a history of lavish kingdoms and wealthy republics.
Three-weeks in Northern Italy will provide you with enough time to experience what makes the different regions of Italy unique. You will begin with your arrival in Venice and the Veneto region, and exploring the Venetian Lagoon will take you around the splendors of the famous city that rise out of the water with sites like St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, while also introducing you to the heritage of the six distinctive neighborhoods of the city. A private tour of Murano, Burano, and Torcello explores the histories of specific artisan crafters while wandering the foothills of Veneto allows you to sample the celebrated diversity of the sparkling wine, Prosecco. Traveling into Lombardy takes you first on the Brenta Canal leading to Padua, a city with fascinating artistry and a history of academia with one of the oldest universities in the country. Visiting Verona combines a wealthy past of Roman foundations with stunning medieval and Renaissance legends captured in the preserved architecture.
Lombardy embodies the unspoiled waters of the Lake Regions, as well as the surrounding tranquil villages around Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Como. Exploring the preserved medieval villages, lavish vineyards, and stunning villas will reveal the wealth of the former aristocracy and the remaining treasures of the opulent region crowned by the capital, Milan. Traverse the streets of home to Italy’s fashion world and enjoy the tranquil views around Bergamo before continuing to the former capital of a Unified Italy at Turin, in the Piedmont region. The luxurious city embodies the former prestige of the House of Savoy emanating from the dynamic collection of artifacts in the Museo Egizio. The countryside boasts beautiful villages committed to flavorful productions of food and wine including Barolo, the “King of Wines.”
Traveling through Liguria lets you bask in the grandeur of the Italian Riviera between the five towns of Cinque Terra and the ancient harbor of Genoa. Discover the historical walking paths that connect old villages, enjoy the delightful fresh seafood, relish the charms of colorful homes overlooking the glistening blue waters, and discover the fantastic, extravagant history lining the Strada Nuova. The grace and grandeur of Liguria will bring both the natural beauty of the northwest coastline and the cultural majesty shaped by the Republic of Genoa. Read some of our Italy traveler reviews to discover new experiences to add to your own tour.
$7,513 per person (excluding international flights)
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