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Bask in the charm of northern Italy on this 11-day tour around Venice, Lake Como, Dolomites and more. Discover scenic hiking trails up the Dolomites in Alta Badia and see Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’ come alive in the riverside town of Verona that served as the backdrop to this masterpiece. Enjoy a ferry ride down Lake Como in picturesque Bellagio, and take in the striking architecture, history and fashion aesthetic of Milan. From the great outdoors to iconic cities and immersive cultural experiences, this tour is sure to appeal to every kind of traveler.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3VeniceSt. Mark’s Basilica & Square, Palazzo Ducale, Grand CanalPalace Bonvecchiati, Palazzo Giovanelli
3 - 6Alta Badia (Dolomites)Skiing and Snowboarding, Sella massif, South Tyrol Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, Puez-Odle Nature ParkCiasa Salares, Hotel Rosa Alpina
6 - 7VeronaThe Adige River, Verona’s ancient Roman amphitheater, Local winesNH Collection Palazzo Verona, NH Collection Palazzo Verona
7 - 10Bellagio (Lake Como)Near Lake Como, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi in Town Center, Villa Serbelloni & Villa Melzi, Punta Spartivento & PescalloBorgo Le Terrazze, Belvedere Hotel Bellagio
10 - 11MilanCathedral of Milan, Last Supper by Da Vinci, Shopping & FashionNYX Hotel, Sina De la Ville

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  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival. You will be met at the arrival lounge and assisted with further connection

You will be transferred from Venice airport to your hotel in a private water taxi

Venice

2 Nights

Venice automatically features among the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world! From stunning palaces by the Grand Canal to paintings of Renaissance masters on the city’s many churches, and the Teatro la Fenice’s ornate setting with its gilded boxes, Venice is all about the celebration of rich cultural treasures

Included Activities

Walking Discovery of Venice
Set off from your centrally located hotel on a fascinating walking tour of the city of canals. Accompany your local expert along the winding alleyways to see some of the hidden gems of this charming city that has been featured in countless works of art and literature. Soak in the architectural beauty of the buildings around the historic Piazza San Marco, Venice’s main public square. Stroll past landmarks such as the Italo-Byzantine Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale also known as the Doge’s Palace, the iconic Clock Tower, and Procuratie, the three-building cluster. Saunter across the splendid Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo square where you find the Basilica also known as the Pantheon of Venice. Listen to lesser-known historical facts and anecdotes as you amble by the erstwhile residence of the famous explorer Marco Polo and admire Malibran Theater that dates back to the 17th century. Make your way back to San Marco along the bustling Mercerie with its numerous luxury boutiques. (Duration: 2 hrs; Time: 1000 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please note this is a walking tour and the guide will meet you directly at your hotel; It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and bring along a light raincoat or an umbrella depending on the weather.)

Boat Excursion to Venetian Islands
Embark on this fun excursion to explore the famous islands of the Venetian lagoon known for their handicrafts and ancient ruins. Set off at a convenient time and step into a motorboat to make your way to Murano, a network of small islets dissected by a big canal. Disembark and head to a glass factory where you will learn all about the traditional techniques of glassblowing. Watch in amazement as a skilled glassblower crafts exquisite pieces of glassware with ease. Return to the boat and sail on to the island of Burano, easily identified by the many painted houses lined along the canal. Get a close look at the techniques used to make the famous fine handmade lace that was once considered the best in Europe. Afterward, travel on to Torcello to see the ancient cathedral and excavations of a baptistery before returning to Venice with unforgettable memories. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Included pick up assistant from Venice hotel to meeting point; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room - 20 SQM
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Double Room Garden View
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
Day 3 - 6

You will be transferred from your hotel to Venice Piazzale Roma in a private water taxi

Your chauffeur will drive you from Venice to Alta Badia in a private vehicle (Duration: 3 hrs).

Alta Badia (Dolomites)

3 Nights

Alta Badia is located in the southern Val Badia valley, in the heart of the Dolomites. It is the perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors, particularly if you are into skiing and snowboarding. A haven for skiers, the region also offers mountain biking, mountaineering and trekking opportunities.

Included Activities

Personalized Hike to Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Spend a day in the Dolomites, hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop. Set out from Rifugio Auronzo and follow the wide gravel track. Take in views of the serrated pinnacles that stretch across the skyline. Follow a well-maintained trail that curves along the base of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Ramble along slopes of high Alpine meadows, while soaking in views of the jagged peaks. Pass by lush green valleys and see numerous snow capped mountain tops that dot the horizon. Follow the path across lofty rugged ledges and along scenic mountain vistas. Proceed uphill, to the crest at Forcella Lavaredo, from where the landscape reveals the Three Peaks. View masses of scraggy summits in a variety of twisted shapes. They resemble a crumbling forest of stony skyscrapers. Amble along a winding track peppered with highland flowers. Continue onward, through a mix of uphill and downhill sections that provide panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. (Duration: full day; Seasonal: May-Oct, daily; Private activity & transfers; Meals are not included; Fitness level: difficult, please note that this activity is not suitable for people with physical challenges; Please wear trekking shoes and bring your own trekking gear; Operates subject to weather conditions)

Personalized Hike to Lake Braies
Venture on a 2.25-mile loop hike that circles Lake Braies, the largest natural lake in the Italian Dolomites. Part of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, Lake Braies is known as the ‘Emerald of the Dolomites’. Fed by underground springs and streams, its clear glacial waters provide a perfect reflection of the snow capped mountain peaks of the Seekofel massif. Take a short stroll from the car park to the boathouse. Walk along the lakeshore and admire the scenery. Pass by Hotel Lago di Braies to reach Cappella di Maria, a chapel designed by architect Otto Schmid in 1904. There’s also the film set, which was built for the Italian TV series ‘Un passo dal cielo’. Amble uphill, through the wooded path that goes all the way around the lake. Trek along the walkway and soak in Alpine vistas at every turn. Along the way, stop for photos at shingle beaches that are backed by sheer rocky cliffs and experience the solitude of the forested lakeshore. (Duration: full day; Seasonal: May-Oct, daily; Private activity & transfers; Meals are not included; Fitness level: moderate, please note that people with physical limitations can participate as long as they have someone to provide assistance; Please wear trekking shoes and bring your own trekking gear; Operates subject to weather conditions)

Personalized Tour of Bolzano City
Explore the charming Alpine vineyard town of Bolzano during this immersive trip. Meet your chauffeur at your hotel lobby after a leisurely breakfast. Be driven through a rolling highland landscape framed by the Italian Alps, with the Dolomite Mountains in the distance. Bolzano sits nestled in a beautiful valley with highland vineyards overlooking it. On reaching the town, stroll through the narrow winding lanes at your own pace. Note down the interesting medieval buildings and landmarks you come across. Walk down the old town square, or Waltherplatz, which is surrounded by historic structures. Stop by the imposing Duomo di Bolzano Cathedral and admire its intricate Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Have a good lunch at any one of the local restaurants, pizzerias or cafés that line the lively square. Finally, return to your waiting car and chauffeur and be driven back to your hotel. (Duration: half day; Time: morning activity; Private activity & transfers; Fitness level: easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes & bring light raincoat or umbrella depending on weather)

Hotel Options
Ciasa Salares – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room 22 SQM
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
Day 6 - 7

Your chauffeur will drive you from Alta Badia to Verona in a private vehicle (Duration: 3 hrs)

Verona

1 Night

As the setting of Shakespeare’s immortal play Romeo and Juliet, travelers are drawn to this northern Italian town from all over the world. The lovely riverside town even showcases an old 14th century house with a courtyard sheltered by a pretty little balcony as “Juliet’s House”! Even without the poet’s masterful creation, however, Verona is an attractive medieval town with elegant old churches, old fashioned cobbled streets, and beautiful piazzas lined with shops and eateries.

Included Activities

What to do in Verona at your leisure: our recommendations
Here are our recommendations on what to do in Verona. Explore Piazza Bra, the largest square in Verona. It contains a number of historic buildings, such as the Arena di Verona, the city’s answer to the Colosseum in Rome. Built in 30 AD, this amphitheater could hold 30,000 spectators and is still used for concerts. Visit Castle Vecchio, which stands on the banks of River Adige. Built almost 700 years ago, it houses a museum dedicated to its history. Attached to the castle is Castle Vecchio Bridge, which was once the longest bridge of its kind in the world. Built from red brick, it offers clear views of the river. See the Basilica of San Zeno, one of the most important religious buildings in Verona, and Shakespeare’s setting for the marriage of Romeo and Juliet. You can also visit Casa di Giulietta, the building where Shakespeare placed Juliet on the balcony to talk to Romeo. Inside you will find displays related to the play and the building. Take a stroll through the Giusti Gardens or a boat ride on Lake Garda. (Self-explore Activity; Transfers, entrance fees and meals are not included; Choose from our recommendations what best suits your interests and pace. Please note that you may not be able to do all recommended activities)

Group Bike and Food Tour
Enjoy Verona’s gastronomic delights as you tour the area on a comfortable bike. Ride through the city center, along with a knowledgeable food guide and learn about Verona’s culture and history. Your first stop is an old eatery, popular for its simple but delicious food and wine. Relish a variety of cheeses and cold cuts with fresh pasta. The adventurous may sample horse meat, a delicacy, served along with a cocktail or sparkling white wine. Then, meander past the city’s monuments and along the Adige River to arrive at a traditional grocery store. Savor a platter of ‘drunken’ cheese, paired with salami and home-baked bread. Made from unpasteurized cow’s milk, the Ubriaco or ‘drunken’ cheese, is bathed in gallons of wine and covered with crushed grape skins. Finally, head to a wine shop and taste three regional wines including the Valpolicella and Amarone, while nibbling on some tasty snacks. (Duration: half day; Not available on Sundays; Time: 1530 hrs; Shared activity; Group size: max 12 ppl; No transfers; Starting point: Bike Store in Via Ristori, 7 Verona; Meals included: wine & food tasting; Please inform us of any food allergies in advance; Fitness level: moderate,; Equipment provided: bike; Min age: 18 yrs).

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
Day 7 - 10

Your chauffeur will drive you from Verona to Bellagio in a private vehicle (Duration: 2.5 hrs)

Bellagio (Lake Como)

3 Nights

Bellagio is a lovely little romantic waterfront town by the famous Lake Como and its azure blue waters, surrounded by wooded hills and graceful old villas.

Included Activities

Personalized Tour of Villa Balbianello & Como by Ferry
Enjoy a ferry ride on Lake Como and explore a centuries-old villa on this tour. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and escort you to the ferry dock in Bellagio. Board a public ferry with your guide and travel south on Lake Como towards Villa del Balbianello, an 18th century mansion surrounded by gardens that is located on a wooden promontory. Enjoy a guided tour of the property, which has appeared in numerous movies, including blockbusters such as Star Wars and Casino Royal. You will also see an exhibition dedicated to Guido Monzino, a former owner of the villa and one of Italy’s greatest adventurers. The exhibition includes items related to Monzino’s travels to the North Pole and Mt. Everest. Then board the ferry for Como. Enjoy the views of the picturesque towns and villas that line the shore. At Como, your guide will give you a tour of the town’s historic center. Then enjoy some free time before catching a ferry back to Bellagio. (Duration: 6 hrs; Not available Mon & Weds; Private activity & transfers; Meals are not included; Fitness level: moderate)

Bellagio by e-Bike
Embark on an exciting tour of this beautiful village nestled on the banks of picturesque Lake Como and its surroundings. Explore the historic attractions of the region starting with Limonta, a quaint hamlet with a serene little church that seems suspended on the edge of the cliff, making it a great spot for some excellent photographs. Pedal on to Punta Spartivento, set at the tip of the Bellagio peninsula, near the heart of the lake. Savor splendid views of the lake where it branches out into three sections with the magnificent mountains in the background. Cycle across the narrow alleyways of the village along the beautiful gardens of Villa Serbelloni to arrive at the fishing village of Pescallo. Soak in the beauty of your surroundings as you cycle across the hills to the Aureggio village set on the upper portion of the peninsula. Pass by lush gardens, olive groves, elegant villas, and Romanesque churches as you cycle downhill to the port of Loppia known for its rare 19th-century Larian gondolas. Make your way to a family-owned hotel and restaurant overlooking Bellagio to sample a glass of fresh local wine. Afterward, set off to explore the spectacular gardens of Villa Melzi situated just steps away. Saunter around the landscaped grounds to your heart’s content before turning back. (Half Day; Wine Tasting Included; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate. This tour is weather dependent and may be canceled in the event of a rain forecast. Do let us know of any of your special dietary requirements. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for cycling, which will cover a total distance of about 12.5 miles (20 km). Tickets to Villa Melzi will be provided by the guide.)

What to do in Bellagio at your leisure: our recommendations
Here are our recommendations on what to do in Bellagio. Begin with a walk in the pretty medieval town center. Its ancient streets and narrow alleys are filled with colorful houses along steep stone staircases. In the Piazza della Chiesa, Bellagio’s main square, there’s the Basilica of San Giacomo. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries in the Como-Lombard Romanesque style, it contains many interesting artworks, frescoes and artefacts. Stroll along the waterfront promenade, soak in the scenery and stop for a coconut and limoncello gelato. Then, go on a guided tour of the gardens of Villa Serbelloni. This hillside botanical garden is replete with native and exotic plants, statues, caves and water features. Next, visit Punta Spartivento at the tip of the peninsula and admire views of Lake Como and the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Feast alfresco on robust regional fare at Ristorante La Punta. Later, go shopping for silk souvenirs, leather items imprinted with gorgeous designs and sample delicious local cheese. (Self-explore activity; Transfers, entrance fees & meals are not included; Choose from our recommendations what suits your interests and pace. Please note that you may not be able to do all our recommended activities.)

Hotel Options
RoomJunior Suite Lake View
MealsRoom Only
StyleInternational
RoomDouble Room Comfort Lake View
MealsRoom Only
StyleInternational
Day 10 - 11

Your chauffeur will drive you from Bellagio to Milan in a private vehicle (Duration: 1.5 hrs)

Milan

1 Night

Explore Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world, replete with stunning fashion weeks, with the best of the haute couture brands on the ramp. A famous industrial hub set amid a stunning countryside, travelers are drawn to Milan’s old world charm meets cosmopolitan chic aesthetic.

Included Activities

Walking Tour of the Iconic Works of Leonardo Da Vinci
Follow the footsteps of the art icon, Leonardo Da Vinci, through his famous works in the heart of Milan with your private guide. Admire the stunning Sala delle Asse (chamber of wooden boards) in the Sforzesco Castle that depicts towering trees covering the walls and ceiling, where they intertwine in a dense pergola. Observe the roots through layers of rocks, forming the base of the tree trunk, all painted on the fresco, and the gold rope that interlaces the branches forming geometric arabesques. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. View the Atlantic Codex – a 12-volume, bound set of drawings and writings by the artist that covers a range of subjects. Admire the masterpiece – The Last Supper – painted on the dining room wall of the Church’s convent. (Half Day; Time: 0900 or 1300 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that this activity includes an English speaking guide and skip-the-line tickets.)

Culinary Tour in Milan
Experience a delightful culinary sojourn in Milan as you journey past historical monuments, picturesque markets and visit secret places that only a local expert would know! Weave through the streets of Brera, one of the hippest and oldest neighborhoods in town and drop into a bar to sip a steaming cup of espresso. Taste fresh, deep-fried panzerotti in a small bakery. Relish Italian pasta in two of the best botteghes. Walk past monuments such as Piazza Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the Teatro Alla Scala, listening to their history and stories from your local guide. Enjoy an aperitivo (a light drink before dinner) in the traditional Italian style to call it a day. (Full Day; Time: 0900 hrs; Private Activity; Coffee, panzerotti, two types of pasta, water, one glass of wine, and one drink during aperitif included. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change, based on the locations’ availability and weather. This activity includes an English speaking guide).

Hotel Options
NYX Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDouble room Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleInternational
Sina De la Ville – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room 20 SQM
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique

You will be transferred from your hotel to Milan airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 7,990 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 9,290 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

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  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

Not Included

  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
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