10 Day Northern Italy, Mountains & Lakes

$2529
Land Only
$3289*
Air & Land
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10 Day Northern Italy, Mountains & Lakes
NH Venezia Rio Novo Venice
NH Bergamo Bergamo
Grand Hotel Bristol Stresa
Cavalieri Hotel Bra
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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Milan Linate Airport to Como transfers available at an additional cost.


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Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is active as many sites are included. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a visit to one of Murano's factories, known for its artistic and colorful Murano Glassware. Here you will witness the art of glassblowing. Afterward, on to St. Mark's Square by boat where you begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Continue to the pink marble Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Verona, Sirmione on Lake Garda
After breakfast, set out for Verona, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its urban structure and architecture that developed progressively and without interruption over the last 2000 years, today it represents one of the bests examples of a fortified city. Verona is also the setting of the world-famous Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Continue to charming Sirmione on Lake Garda. While human presence in the area dates back to the 6th century BC, in the 1st century BC it became a favorite resort for the rich families coming from Verona. Due to its beauty and to its strategic position, it was an area of contention by the various factions until 1860, when it became part of the kingdom of Italy. Spend free time to enjoy the atmosphere, before continuing to Bergamo for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bergamo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Bergamo Alta
Begin the day with a visit to Bergamo Alta. This unique hilltop town forms the historical center of the city, completely surrounded by cyclopean defensive walls, that have maintained their original structure through the centuries. See its beautiful Piazza Vecchia, the Duomo, and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore with its Colleoni Chapel. Free time for lunch on your own. Perhaps try Polenta, one of the local specialties of the area, before continuing to one of the most exclusive resorts on Lake Maggiore. Tonight, savor dinner together
Overnight: Lake Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori
Today, take a cruise on Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella. Here, visit the palace of Prince Borromeo, and its splendid gardens with the famous white peacocks. Continue to the charming Fishermen's Island (Isola dei Pescatori) that gets its name from the occupation of its inhabitants. Walk along the windy medieval streets and marvel at the incredible views of the lake. Sail back to mainland with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views or perhaps take an optional tour to Lake Orta, and visit the historical Island of San Giulio. Evening is free to explore Stresa on your own
Optional: Half Day Lake Orta & San Giuliano Island (PM)
Overnight: Lake Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Piedmont and Langhe
Today is dedicated to Piedmont and its wines. Travel through the regions of Langhe & Monferrato and visit the heartland of Barolo, the most famous & valuable Italian wine, produced by Nebbiolo grapes. Drive through the lush hills, passing the towns of La Morra and Barolo that link their names to the famous wines of the area. Discover the secrets of the “red gold” in a local farm, tour the cellars, enjoy a local wine tasting and lunch with local specialties. This region, that gave birth to the Slow Food movement, is drenched in culinary culture. Stop for a walk in the town of Alba, the white truffle capital of the world. This picturesque town plays host to gastro-tourists from all over the world who flock to the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the fleeting aroma of the underground earthy perfume of “Tartufo Bianco”
Overnight: Bra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - The Alps
A journey through the Alpine landscape awaits you! Ascend to the height of 5000 ft above sea level in the Italian Alps to reach Fenestrelle Fortress, one of the largest fortified constructions in Europe. Built between the 18th & 19th century, it's located in the Chisone Valley The giant structure was built mainly for defensive purposes between Italy and France. Take a brief visit of the “Great Wall of the Alps” including a peek into the gigantic covered staircase. Enjoy typical dishes of this mountainous region for lunch before some free time to explore on your own. Perhaps, hike on the trails around the fortress, or simply relax and admire the stunning scenery. Return to Bra in the late afternoon
Overnight: Bra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Tuesday - Asti en route to Milan
This morning stop in the city of Asti. Ruins of its ancient walls testify its Roman origins, while the most important heritage is its medieval architecture, with numerous towers, fortified houses, churches, and palaces in memory of what once was the most powerful town in Piedmont. Famous for its local nougat, you cannot leave without a tasting! Upon arrival in Milan, enjoy a panoramic tour starting at Sforza Castle. Then proceed to Duomo Square and walk through the Victor Emmanuel Galleria, a pedestrian mall built in the 1800’s featuring a large arched glass ceiling. Bid a fond farewell to Italy at tonight's Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Milan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10, Wednesday - Depart Italy
Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

One of the experiences of any Italian holiday is a Venetian gondola ride. For centuries, the traditional flat bottom boat has been a major means of transportation in Venice though its primary role today is to take tourists on rides. Gondoliers may seem like "rough-and-ready" characters, however they are actually highly skilled operators constantly working on the perfect balance of this watercraft. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, is regulated by a guild which issues a limited number of licenses to highly trained gondoliers to navigate the narrow spaces of the Venetian Canals. Explore part of the Grand Canal as well as some other hidden minor waterways. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Your gondolier will indicate the seating arrangements to balance the boat and you may not be seated next to your travel companions. Though you may envision the gondolier singing to you, there will only be a musician aboard one of the boats in your fleet of several different gondolas.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #3 01 Nov 2018 - 31 May 2019 $62.00
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 $66.00
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Sail on the crystal clear waters of Lake Orta to the historical Island of San Giulio, where archaeological findings date back to Neolithic era. At the end of the 4th century the two Greek brothers, Giulio and Giuliano arrived on the lake and dedicated their lives to the construction of churches and the destruction of the pagan symbols. According to legend, Giulio picked the place where the 100th church would be built on the tiny island. It was where he defeated the dragons and serpents, symbols of the pagan superstition, laying the foundations of the church in the same place where the Basilica of San Giulio still lies today.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #6 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $59.00
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