Blue gondolas on Venice canal in Italy

Splendors of Northeast Italy Tour: Veneto & Friuli Regions

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Venice, Asolo, Friuli, Padua...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Discover the world where medieval meets the Renaissance. Quiet villages offer panoramic views of snowcapped mountains and emerald valleys. Gondolas glide across the tranquil waters of hidden narrow canals. Your custom tailored Northeast Italy tour consists of the splendors of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli regions, home to Venice’s Grand Canal and the dramatic foothills of the Dolomites. Delicate lacework decorates historical workshops. The secret influence of Venice’s Republic emerges from the shadows....

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Ducal Palace, exploring the hidden passageways and secret rooms instrumental to the Venice Republic
  • Traverse the canals of Venice on a guided tour of the city’s charming Bacari, traditional wine bars of working class Venetians
  • Visit a small local winery dedicated to the production of Prosecco for a sensational tour, followed by an unforgettable tasting
  • Cruise alongside the gardens and palaces of the Brenta Canal, a waterway that connects Padua to Venice
  • Discover the enchanting town of Veneto, located along striking foothills and on stunning cliffs
  • Witness the House of Capulet in Verona, home of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lover, Juliet

Detailed Description

Your 8-day tour Northeast Italy tour combines the treasures of Veneto with the towns of Friuli for an enlightening tour of Italy’s embracing culture. Your journey begins with your arrival at the Venice Marco Polo Airport. Your private transfer escorts you to your luxurious hotel located near the heart of the city. The next morning, you step into a boat and explore the Grand Canal from end to end on the first of many Italy tours. Visit small islands often overlooked by visitors for an immersive look at Venice’s past and how history has shaped the present city. Venture to St. Mark’s Square for an incredible tour of the Ducal Palace. Your guide leads you through the hidden passageways and opulent rooms, providing a unique perspective on the nobility and the former Republic.

The afternoon is free for you to relish the city at your leisure. Learn how to drive a gondola with an oaring lesson, or visit an artisan workshop where master craftsmen carve new gondolas for the canal. You could also embark on a fabulous guided tour of the city’s relaxed and delicious wine bars, known as Bacari. Next, your guide leads you to the region of Friuli to explore the charming alpine towns. En route back to Venice, you stop at Portogruaro, a village referred to “Little Venice.” You transfer to the city of Padua, celebrated for its history and maintaining the second-oldest university in Italy.

Enjoy a private tour of the city before you cruise down the Brenta Canal. Visit the serene town of Asolo, followed by a sensational tour of a local family-owned winery. The region is famous for its production of Prosecco, a sparkling wine. You have a full day tour of Verona. Witness immaculate Roman ruins and remarkable culture. You can even stroll through the courtyard of the home dedicated to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel on your final day and escorts you to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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