This luxurious 10-day trip through Northern Italy is sure to create beautiful memories that you will share together as a couple for a lifetime. Marvel at the grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica, cruise along the Grand Canal in a gondola, traverse the streets of Rome with a personal shopper guide, and indulge in a private boat tour of Lake Como.
Venice – Stroll through Venice’s Streets
After you arrive in Venice’s Marco Polo Airport, your private transfer will greet you at customs and transport you to Venice’s main dock. Once there, your water taxi will personally escort you to your luxurious accommodation, which will be within walking distance of all of the momentous sights. You can become purposefully lost in the twisting, cobblestone streets, and, with each new corner you turn, the city will reveal new, rare, and delightful sights to behold.
Venice – Cruise the Grand Canal on a Gondola
After breakfast, your English-speaking tour guide will meet you outside of your hotel, and, together, you will embark on an excursion through Venice. The soaring domes of St. Mark’s Basilica will draw you to the vast square at the edge of this floating city, and the local musicians will serenade you with their accordions as you enter the breath-taking Basilica that houses the bones of Jesus’ disciple Mark. As the sun begins to set and the sky turns various hues of pink and purple, you and your partner will set off on a romantic gondola ride down the main waterway of Venice: the Grand Canal.
Venice – Enjoy a Private Wine Tasting Tour
This morning, you will begin your private tour on the island of Murano, where artisans practice the timeless art of glass-blowing. Revered throughout the world for their beautiful glass, you will receive individual demonstrations of molten liquid as it is effortlessly transformed into immaculately crafted glass art. Your guide will then lead you toward the outskirts of the island, and the scenery will change. The shops will be behind you, and before you will be the wooden Ponte Longo, which is the long bridge that guides you to another island that is far from where any crowd or tour group can be found. This is Mazzorbo, and it is the best-kept secret in all of Venice.
Milan – Discover Milan’s High-End Fashion
Riding first class on the high-speed Frecciarossa train is all a part of the experience when visiting Italy. You and your partner will board the train at Santa Lucia Train Station in Venice and you will arrive in the center of Milan about two hours later. Your private transfer will greet you as you disembark from the train and drive you to your luxurious accommodation. From there, your expert guide will lead you on an intriguing, walking tour of the city and the infamous Duomo before introducing each of you to your own personal shopper for the day. Together, you will meander through Milan’s premium shopping districts, including the Quadrilateral, and discover some of the world’s elite new trends.
Varenna – Revel in the Glamour of Lake Como
This morning, the fresh air will greet you as your private driver pulls into the charming, lakeside village of Varenna. The passerella, or lakeside promenade, will guide you on a beautiful walk around the edges of the village and to a quiet beach. You can snuggle up side by side on the benches, go swimming in the clear blue water, or continue your walk and hike up to the ruined hilltop castle of Castello di Vezio. Later in the afternoon, you will meet your guide at your hotel to tour the impeccably manicured gardens of two villas that were built in the late 1800s: Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi.
Varenna – Visit Picturesque Villages
Your relaxing morning will begin quietly as the mountain mist lifts and unveils the sprawling beauty of the lake. You can sip your freshly made cappuccino as the delicate foam gives way to the dark espresso underneath. In the afternoon, you will join your guide on a private boat tour around the lake and visit the larger town of Bellagio, which is known as the “Pearl of the Lake.” The cobblestone streets past the waterfront will lead you to the quaint shops through the main town of Bellagio, which are full of uncommon treasures.
Portofino – Kayak in the Italian Riviera
After breakfast, your private driver will transfer you to your exclusive accommodation in the heart of Portofino, and, from here, you can begin your adventure. From the coast, you can hike up a steep hill that looks out over Portofino and the sheltered harbor. At the top, you will reach a medieval castle that has sweeping views of the city and the sea. Descending back down the hill, you will meet your guide, who will lead you on a kayak tour through the Portofino harbor.
Portofino – Hike the Cinque Terre Trails
Today, you will embark on a memorable journey with your personal guide as you hike through Cinque Terre. The paths begin on the outskirts of each town and wind through vineyards, locals’ backyards, and along the glorious Ligurian Sea. Once in the villages, you can rest at a local cafe or enjoy a homemade gelato. While each village is unique, there are also many similarities to them. You will frequently see other hikers that sit in the shade, exhausted. There are also small souvenir shops that line the main lanes, and there are fruit stands that will be set up outside of the grocery stores.
Genoa – Local Food Tour and Cooking Class
Today, with a local guide, you will set out on a walking food tour of Genoa and be introduced to all of the tasty delicacies. By strolling through the streets, you will discover one of the oldest chocolate shops in Italy, learn about the different varieties of focaccia, and taste creamy gelato. Your guide will pamper you with samples of mouth-watering sweets along the way, such as pan dulce, sweet bread, and gobeletti, which are jam tartlets that are considered by many to be the city’s oldest dessert. Once your walking tour is complete, you and your partner will don your personalized apron and learn how to cook like a local.
Genoa – Depart for Home
The morning sun will shine through your windows, gently summoning you. The servers downstairs will be eager to make you a custom breakfast, and you will have the morning to relax. Your private transfer will pick you up in the lobby and transport you to Genoa Airport.
- Become lost as you stroll hand in hand through the charming streets of Venice, uncovering quaint bridges and narrow canals that are hidden from the throngs of tourists
- Marvel at the ethereal grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica, viewing its Byzantine gold mosaics and strolling behind the altar to the crypt of St. Mark
- Cruise the Grand Canal at sunset on a private gondola ride, sipping champagne and witnessing the brilliance of the ancient city from a new perspective
- Observe a private glass-blowing and lacemaking demonstration on the islands of Murano and Burano, which will be followed by a wine-tasting in a 14th-century vineyard on the island of Mazzorbo
- Traverse the streets of Milan with a personal shopper, perusing high-end fashion in the finest boutiques
- Delight in a private boat tour of Lake Como, visiting charming villages and elegant villas that are sprinkled along the rolling green shores
- Kayak in the crystal blue sea of the Italian Riviera, touring areas of Portofino that are best seen by water
- Hike along narrow trails that connect the picturesque towns of the Cinque Terre, witnessing the beauty of the national park from high above sea-level
- Learn about traditional dishes that are served in the Ligurian region of Italy on a delicious food tour in Genoa, which will be followed by a private cooking class taught in English.
You will finally set off on your unforgettable journey through Northern Italy in the narrow, cobblestone streets of charming Venice. Asphalt roads are replaced with glistening canals, and instead of noisy cars, there are quiet boats that glide effortlessly down the waterways. You will begin with a tour through the remarkable maze of Venice, viewing the resplendent St. Mark’s Basilica where the bones of Jesus’ disciple are laid. As the sun begins to set, a gondola will be waiting to usher you down the Grand Canal, passing classic Venetian-Gothic architecture and grand palaces. You will continue onward to witness glass-blowing and lacemaking demonstrations on the quaint islands of Murano and Burano, which will be followed by a visit to a secret vineyard for wine tasting on the tiny island of Mazzorbo.
Leaving the Venetian lagoon, you and your partner will then travel via first-class on the high-speed train to Milan. In this fashion metropolis, you will each meet with a renowned personal shopper who will escort you through some of the finest boutiques in the world. Once you complete your shopping, you will depart for the lovely Lake Como. The jade-blue lake is set against a backdrop of snow-capped, Italian Alps. During your stay in Lake Como, you will tour perfectly preserved 19th-century villas and their pristine gardens, where fuchsia bougainvillea overflows from the terraces and outdoor staircases. The crystal-clear water sparkles like diamonds as you cruise along the lake with the wind blowing in your hair and the sun warming your skin. You can splash in the waters and find your favorite private cove in which to swim and relax. It will be just the two of you as the rest of the world disappears.
Brightly-hued villages from the 16th century await you on the Italian Riviera, and the gentle beauty will feel like a whimsical serenade. You will enjoy a kayak trip together along the beautiful Portofino coast, and afterward, you will relax with an aperitif in your hand at one of the many outdoor cafes that line the promenade. Just south of Portofino are the five villages of the Cinque Terre, which is where the two of you can hike the rustic trails as you venture from one charming village to the next. You can amble along paths that are high above the Ligurian Sea, being sure to take your time and relax along the way. Your trip will conclude in Genoa, where you will venture through the streets on an appetizing food tour through the city. You will discover local ingredients before joining a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional dishes. This luxurious, 10-day excursion through Northern Italy will leave nothing to be desired and will cater to your every whim.
$2,745 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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