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 Northern Italy Tour + Lugano in Switzerland

Upscale Italy Women’s Tour in Small Groups

Gorgeous Sceneries, Fabulous Food & Wine, Incredible History, Beautiful Architecture 

 

Destinations:  Como, Bellagio, and Lenno in Lake Como; Lugano in Switzerland, Milan, Brescia, Verona, Valpolicella Wine Region, Lake Garda, Sirmione, Vicenza

 

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Northern Italy Women’s Tour:

Join our upscale, escorted Northern Italy women’s tour. We travel in small groups, tour and experience the best of Northern Italy with the Italian Lakes and the chic Swiss town of Lugano. This upscale Italy women’s tour has something to offer everyone, whether your passion is fine wine, art, food, fashion, or history. Traveling 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 upscale shops and cafes on their shores. This upscale Northern Italy women’s tour also includes the Veneto region where we’ll explore the ancient cities of Verona and Vicenza. This women’s Italy 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 an Andrea Palladio’s villa.” 

 

Northern Italy Women’s Tour Highlights:

  • Villa Balbianello in Lake Como
  • Bellagio in Lake Como
  • Milan & Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Verona’s Colosseum and ancient Roman antiquities
  • Valpolicella Winery Visit & Wine Tasting
  • Lugano, Switzerland
  • Sirmione & the Scaliger Castle on Lake Garda
  • Vicenza’s Villa Valmarana and Teatro Olimpico

 

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights in Lake Como, 4 nights in Verona
  • Beautiful, elegant, four-star hotels in the city center
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners with drinks
  • Private transportation
  • Guided tours with local expert guides in Como, Milan, Verona, Vicenza
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fees to all museums and sites included in the tour itinerary
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure days.
  • Services of a tour director/escort.
  • Gratuities to guides and driver during the tour.

 

Not Included:

  • Airline tickets
  • Gratuities to your tour director
  • 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

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 NORTHERN ITALY WOMEN’S TOUR 

 

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OPTIONAL TOUR: 2 or 3-Day Tour Extension in Florence or Rome or Venice or Amalfi Coast. We customized the tour extensions.  Let us know what you would like to do.

 

Day 1 – Arrive City of Como, Orientation Stroll in Como, Welcome Dinner, Overnight in Como 

Our Italy women’s tour starts with our representative meeting you at the airport in Milan and taking you to Como. Our hotel is right in the bustling city center.  Lively Como, boasting a long history since the bronze age, has some interesting sites and important history in textile and silk manufacturing and trading.  The compact city center  is fun and easy to explore.  We begin this Italy women’s tour with an orientation stroll followed by our Welcome Dinner.  (Dinner)

NOTE:  If you arrive early, your tour director is available for company. 

 

 

Day 2 – Villa Balbaniello on Lake Como, Bellagio, Overnight in Como

After breakfast, our Italy women’s tour starts with a guided tour of 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.   

Next, we’ll ferry over to tiny 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 have as much time as we want to explore this tiny town. We’ll  explore,  have lunch here, and shop.  Right in the center is Villa Melzi’s beautiful garden which faces the lake. Consider a visit here.

Dinner on your own tonight. As always, your tour director/guide is available if you want company. We find that in our women’s tours, the ladies often have their meals with their tour director.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

 

Day 3 – Lugano in Switzerland, Leisure Afternoon/Evening in Como, Overnight in Como

Today, our Italy women’s tour takes us to Lugano, Switzerland. This upscale Italian-speaking Swiss town of Lugano is situated on Lake Lugano. Our guide will take us through area’s important sites. We’ll 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. The town is also a favorite vacation spots of wealthy Europeans. Plenty of upscale shops and restaurants all around.

We’ll return to Como late afternoon. The rest of your time is on your own. You may join your tour director for a stroll in town in the evening or for dinner. (Breakfast)

 

 

Day 4 – Milan Walking Tour & Viewing of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Brescia, Overnight in Verona 

Classic Italy - Day 3 - Italy Women's TourOur Italy women’s tour also takes us to Verona, where our next hotel is located. We stop in Milan on the way for a guided tour, starting with the duomo, the city’s magnificent late Gothic cathedral. We’ll continue our walking tour of Milan through the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to the square of La Scala, one of the world’s most famous opera houses. Our Milan tour will end at the Cenacolo Vinciano, the museum housing Leonardo da Vinci’s great “Last Supper.”  Our expert local guide will share some interesting and little-known facts about this famous masterpiece.

On the way to Verona, we’ll make a brief stop in Brescia, an interesting town with a medieval center, Renaissance squares and Roman ruins. We arrive Verona in the evening. Group dinner is planned in Verona.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

 

Day 5 – Day in Verona, Overnight in Verona

An amazing city in every sense, Verona has plenty of historical monuments that date back two thousand years.  The city’s sights include a famous Amphitheatre and Roman theater; Castelvecchio and the 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. An expert local guide will conduct a 3-hour walking tour of this great city.

The Della Scala family who once ruled the city transformed Verona’s appearance forever with its fortifications, castles, palaces, squares and last but not least, their splendid intricate funerary monuments, the Arche Scaligere.

verona1 - Italy Women's TourVerona is also famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You will visit Juliet’s house and the famous balcony. Beyond its historical features, Verona has beautiful modern shops, restaurants and cafes you can enjoy. We will have plenty of time to explore this great city. The rest of the day is ours to do as we please.  (Breakfast)

 

 

 

 

Day 6 – Lake Garda: Sirmione & Scaliger Castle, Valpolicella Region: Winery Visit & Wine Tasting, Overnight in Verona

Our day trip today features 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 major tourist draw, and the towns flanking it boast many popular holiday resorts.

We will visit Sirmione, set along a narrow peninsula on the southern portion of the lake. There are many interesting historical sights to see 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 which we will ee. Free time after the guided tour to explore the town and perhaps stop in one of its numerous cafes and local shops.

Our Italy women’s tours always include wine tasting so we will 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 producer devoted to producing quality wine.  We’ll have our group lunch with wine at an enoteca. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

 

Day 7 – Vicenza: Walking Tour & Olimpic Theater (Teatro Olimpico), Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Farewell Dinner, Overnight in Verona  

We’ll continue our exploration of the Veneto region and tour Vicenza. Founded in 2nd century B.C. and once prosperous under the Venetian rule during the 15th century through the end of the 18th century, Vicenza, has an elegant and unique look. This is due to the city’s Palladian style architecture of the buildings and villas designed by the famous Andrea Palladio.  

We will have a guided tour of Vicenza, an ancient city once part of the Roman empire.  Our tour of Vicenza will also take us to the lovely Piazza di Signori with the Basilica Palladiana and the Loggia del Capitano. We will visit Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico, an indoor theater, and the beautiful Villa Valmarana, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We return to Verona late afternoon and have the remaining time to ourselves to enjoy Verona one last time.  Today is the end of our Italy women’s tour.  A farewell dinner is planned.(Breakfast, Dinner)

 

 

Day 8 –  Departure for Home

Prepare for your flight home. Morning transfer to Venice airport or train station(Breakfast)

 

NOTE: Inquire about an optional tour 2-day tour or Florence or Rome or Venice. Additional nights in Como can be arranged.