Northern Italy – Escorted Tour
Plus Lugano, Switzerland
Upscale Italy Escorted Tour in Small Groups
Destinations: Como, Bellagio, and Lenno in Lake Como; Lugano in Switzerland, Milan, Bergamo, Verona, Valpolicella Wine Region, Lake Garda, Sirmione
Northern Italy Escorted Tour:
Join our upscale Northern Italy escorted tour in small groups. Tour and experience the best of Northern Italy and the chic Swiss town of Lugano. This upscale Italy escorted tour has something to offer everyone, whether your passion is fine wine, art, food, fashion, architecture or history. Traveling the countryside through the posh Lombardy and Veneto regions, you’ll feast on local specialties and enjoy their unique landscapes, architecture and history. You’ll see wonderful villas and vistas around the beautiful Lake Lugano, Lake Como and Lake Garda with free time to enjoy the lively shops and cafes on their shores.
This upscale Northern Italy escorted tour also includes the Veneto region where we’ll explore the ancient cities of Verona and Vicenza. This Italy escorted tour includes such must-sees as Da Vinci’s Last Supper in Milan, Villa Balbianello, the ancient Roman Colosseum in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet, and Andrea Palladio’s villas.”
Northern Italy Tour Highlights:
Villa Balbianello in Lake Como
Bellagio in Lake Como
Milan & Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci
- Behind The Scene Tour of La Scala Opera House
- Bergamo’s artistic treasures
The Colosseum and other ancient Roman antiquities in Verona
Valpolicella Winery Visit & Tasting
- Lugano, Switzerland
- Sirmione & the Scaliger Castle on Lake Garda
Italy Escorted Tour Inclusions:
- 3 nights in Lake Como, 2 nights in Milan, 3 nights in Verona
- Beautiful, elegant, four-star hotels in the city center
- Breakfast daily
- 3 lunches, 3 dinners with wine
- Private transportation
- Guided tours with local expert guides in Como, Milan, Verona, Vicenza
- Entrance and reservation fees to all museums and sites included in the tour itinerary
- Private transportation to and from the airports – arrival and departure days.
- Services of a tour director.
- Gratuities to guides and drivers
- Airline tickets
- Gratuities to your tour director/escort
- Gratuities to your driver (airport transfers) on arrival and departure days
NOTE: Arrive early or depart later. We’ll make all the arrangements for you.
ARRIVAL AIRPORT: Milan
DEPARTURE AIRPORT: Venice
NORTHERN ITALY TOUR
OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENSIONS: 2 or 3 days in Florence or Rome or Venice. Let us know what you have in mind.
Day 1 – Arrive City of Como, Orientation Stroll in Como, Welcome Dinner, Overnight in Como
Our Italy escorted tour starts with our guide or driver meeting you at the airport in Milan and taking you to the city of Como. We chose a hotel right in the bustling and compact city center. Lively Como, boasting a long history since the bronze age, has some interesting sites and important history in textile, silk manufacturing and trading. We begin this Italy escorted tour Italy with an orientation stroll in Como, followed by our Welcome Dinner. (Dinner)
Day 2 – Villa Balbaniello on Lake Como, Bellagio, Overnight in Como
After breakfast, our Northern Italy escorted tour starts a guided tour Villa Balbianello. One of the most beautiful sites fronting Lake Como, this famous villa was used as a setting in a number of films including James Bond’s Casino Royale.
After the tour, you will take a boat ride to Bellagio, one of the prettiest village in all of Italy. Bellagio sits in front of Lake Como with its promenade, stairways and streets from the bottom to the top, lined with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. We’ll make sure we have some free time to explore on our own and to have lunch. As always, your tour director is available, if you want company. You may want to visit Villa Melzi’s beautiful garden which faces the lake.
Dinner on your own tonight. As always, your tour escort/director is available if you want company. Restaurant suggestions will be provided. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 – Lugano in Switzerland, Leisure Time in Como, Overnight in Como
Today, our Northern Italy escorted tour includes Lugano, Switzerland, a short trek from Como. This upscale Italian-speaking Swiss town of Lugano is situated on Lake Lugano. We will have plenty time to explore the town’s treasure like the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli, a simple Romanesque church with 2 frescoes from 1529 by Bernardino Luini. Lugano is also a favorite vacation spots of wealthy Europeans. There are plenty of upscale shops all around.
We’ll be back in Como late in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You may join your tour director for a stroll in town in the evening before dinner. (Breakfast)
Day 4 – Milan Walking Tour: Duomo, La Scala Behind the Scene Tour & Viewing of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Overnight in Milan
Our tour of Milan also takes us to La Scala, one of the world’s most famous opera houses, where a resident staff takes us on a private behind the scene tour of this famed theater.
This Milan tour also includes the Cenacolo Vinciano museum to view Leonardo da Vinci’s great “Last Supper.” Our expert tour guide will share some interesting and little-known facts about this famous masterpiece. Group lunch is planned. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5 – Leisure Day in Milan, Overnight in Milan
Milan has several museums worth visiting and the city is known for fashion. It is shopper’s paradise. Your guide will assist you in planning your day. (Breakfast)
Day 6 – Day in Bergamo, Travel to Verona, Overnight in Verona
Our escorted Italy tour takes us to Bergamo before proceeding to Verona, our final destination. Bergamo is ancient dating back to pre-historic times. Bergamo was founded by the Gauls, followed by a long list of conquerors in earlier times that included the Etruscans, the Romans and the Longobards. Now, the city is divided in two, the upper part of town called Bergamo Alta and the newer and lower called Bergamo Bassa. The city is rich in artistic treasures as we will see in its collection of palaces, mansions, churches and monuments. We’ll tour this beautiful city, have lunch on our own and have some free time to explore before we proceed to Verona.
After we check in at our hotel in Verona and relax a bit, we’ll have an evening stroll. Group dinner is planned tonight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 – Day in Verona, Overnight in Verona
An amazing city in every sense, beautiful Verona has plenty of historical monuments and ancient sites that date back two thousand years. Verona’s sights include a famous Amphitheatre and Roman Theatre; Castelvecchio and Scaligero bridge; Gavi’s Triumphal Arch, Piazza delle Erbe with a fountain dating back to the mid 1300s and monumental gateways that greet visitors and depict the grandeur of the Roman empire. Our expert guide will lead the walking tour of Verona’s main historical highlights.
The Della Scala family who once ruled Verona transformed the city’s appearance forever with its castles, fortifications, palaces and squares and last but not least, their splendid and intricate funerary monuments, the Arche Scaligere.
Verona was also the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You may visit Juliet’s house and the famous balcony. Beyond its historical features, Verona has several boutiques, restaurants and cafes you can enjoy. You will have plenty time to enjoy this great city. Leisure time on your own after the walking tour. (Breakfast)
Day 8 – Lake Garda: Sirmione & Scaliger Castle, Valpolicella Region: Winery Visit & Wine Tasting, Farewell Dinner, Overnight in Verona
Today, we explore the Valpolicella region, Sirmione and Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. You will enjoy a breathtaking drive along Lake Garda’s shores, lined with wildflowers, cypress and pine trees, and olive and lemon groves. The lake is a quite popular during the summer, and the towns flanking it boast many popular holiday resorts.
We’ll also go and explore Sirmione, set along a narrow peninsula on the southern portion of the lake. There are many interesting historical sights to visit here, including the 13th century Scaliger castle (Rocca Scaligera) built as part of a defense network surrounding Verona. Next to the castle is the 12th century Sant’Anna della Rocca church with well-preserved frescoes. We’ll also enjoy strolling the town, and perhaps stopping in on some of its numerous cafes, bars and local shops.
Our Italy escorted tours always include wine tasting. We’ll visit a family-run winery located in the area of Paverno, in the heart of the historic Valpolicella region. The family is a serious wine producers devoted to producing quality wine. Group lunch is planned.
This the last day of our tour. Farewell dinner is planned. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 – Departure for Home
Prepare for your flight home. Morning transfer to Venice airport or train station in Verona.(Breakfast)
NOTE: Inquire about an optional tour 2-day tour Florence or Rome and extra nights in Como. We specialize in customized tours so we can accommodate any of your travel preferences.
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