13 days
Level 2 - Introductory to Moderate

Bellissima Italia 13 day short tour

Northern Italian Lakes tour draws you into one of the fascinating parts of Italy. The Lakes and Landscapes of Northern Italy is a  region shaped through history and the  landscape setting. The stunning Lakes Region of Italy has probably always attracted the world’s rich and famous. This Northern Italy small group tour begins in the cosmopolitan city of Milan. From Milan it ventures up into two of the region’s lakes - Garda and Maggiore. This small group tour therefore uncovers a wealth of natural beauty, castles, serene waters, snow-capped mountains, and breathtaking scenery. Odyssey provides a collection of local guides who as a result share their knowledge of this part of Italy with you. While you travel through Alto Adige, Fruili, Emilia Romagna, and Liguria their history  is shared.  You enjoy short walking tours around many of these locations, learning about the lives of the locals who inhabit them. Odyssey’s Lakes and Landscapes of Northern Italy short tour takes you through this diverse craggy and pastoral region of northern Italy and its mountainous borderlands. You will see the regions bright lakes and azure seas. During the tour we will find out for ourselves why this land has for so long produced a convivial and colourful people in this region of Italy. Lakes and Landscapes of Northern Italy short tour for seniors is a 13 day program,  a 22 day tour option is also available. This small group tour is one of nine escorted programs offered to Italy each year by Odyssey Traveller. A longer version of this tour is available here. For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.Tour Notes
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of 18 participants.

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Explore Milan, Italy's most cosmopolitan city, at the crossroads of trading routes in Europe.
Visit Verona; with its Shakespearean connections it is Italy's Stratford-upon-Avon.
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Cividale, which features precious finds from centuries.
Visit Palmanova, the nine-sided city, a fortified town founded by the Venetian Republic.
Spend a day exploring Lake Garda, surrounded by mountain villages and peaks.

Overview: Upon arrival in Milan we check into our hotel individually. Milan is the centre of fashion and style in Italy, the country most renowned for its style icons. Among the fashion houses headquartered in Milan are Versace, Gucci, Armani, Valentino, and Moschino. Our tour begins with a welcome dinner at our hotel.

Accommodation: 1 night at Antares Concorde Hotel or similar.

Overview: We enjoy a half-day city tour with a local guide to explore major works of art, architecture, and design, including Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper." We transfer to Bergamo in the Lombardy region northeast of Milan and see its 4 gates erected when it was part of Venice. These gates symbolise Bergamo’s value as a major repository of past treasures. Here we enjoy a guided city tour before making our way to Salo.

Accommodation: 3 nights at Hotel Terrazzo or similar.

Overview: Today we enjoy a full day exploring Lake Garda, Italy’s largest and most spectacular lake surrounded by mountain villages and peaks.

Accommodation: Hotel Terrazzo or similar.

Overview: Today we explore Mantova, also known as Mantua, once an Etruscan stronghold before it was overrun by the Romans. It is this provenance dating back to 2,000 BC that makes it a mecca for students of the past and present. The capital of Lombardy is surrounded on 3 sides by man-made lakes created in the 12th century. Then we travel to Verona, which is considered to be Italy's Stratford-upon-Avon with its Shakespearean connections. Its Piazza delle Erbe Verona was originally the Roman Forum; the rectangular piazza is in the heart of Verona's historic centre and is surrounded by beautiful medieval buildings and towers.

Accommodation: Hotel Terrazzo or similar.

Overview: Our next stop is Trento, the capital city of the province of Trentino, 2 hours from the Austrian border. Here we enjoy a local guided tour which will demonstrate the Austrian influences on its architecture and cuisine. We walk the high alpine ridges of the South Tyrol.

Accommodation: 3 nights at accommodation in Bressanone.

Overview: Today we begin with a guided tour of the abbey and then enjoy an afternoon alpine walk.

Accommodation: Accommodation in Bressanone.

Overview: We spend today exploring Bolzano, a mountain transformed into a city and gateway to the Dolomites. During our guided morning tour, we learn about the city before we visit the South Tyrol Museum where we get to meet the Ice-Age man, Ötzi. After some time to explore on our own we return to our accommodation for dinner.

Accommodation: Accommodation in Bressanone.

Overview: Today we transfer by coach to Cividale del Friuli. The remainder of the day will be free. Cividale del Friuli was founded by Julius Caesar as Forum Julii, Cividale. It eventually became the capital of the first Lombard duchy in Italy and later flourished as a meeting point for artists and nobility during the Middle Ages.

Accommodation: 5 nights at Locanda Al Pomo d’Oro or similar.

Overview: Today we visit the Archaeological Museum of Cividale which features precious finds of the Roman, early-Christian, early-medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic ages. We are joined by our local guide for a city orientation tour of Udine. This tiny mountain-ringed city in northeast Italy was once part of the Austrian Empire, so it radiates a strong Viennese flavour.

Accommodation: Locanda Al Pomo d’Oro or similar.

Overview: Transfer by coach to Trieste where we enjoy a city tour with our local guide including the main sights of the city, the Basilica and the Castello di Miramare. Trieste lies at the very edge of northeast Italy and is sandwiched by both nearby Slovenia and also the Adriatic Sea and is amongst Italy's most unique cities and Mediterranean resorts.

Accommodation: Locanda Al Pomo d’Oro or similar.

Overview: Today we explore Gorizia on the border of Italy and Slovenia. In Slovenia across the border a new town has been founded by the name of Nova Gorica. It lies on a plain surrounding by the Collio hills, famous for their full-bodied wines. After our guided city tour we transfer to Carso Plateau for a walk and vineyard visit which will include a wine tasting and sampling of the local delicacies.

Accommodation: Locanda Al Pomo d’Oro or similar.

Overview: We explore Palmanova with our local guide. This town is quite extraordinary in that it is a town shaped geometrically like a nine-point star. This fortified town was founded by the Venetian Republic at the end of the 16th century in order to defend its eastern borders both from the Hapsburg Empire and from the Turks. Itd is known internationally as one of the very few towns to have achieved the status of being an accredited perfect residential centre. Our journey continues to Grade and Aquileia, an important Roman site with impressive mosaics.

Accommodation: Locanda Al Pomo d’Oro or similar.

Overview: We arrive in Venice and transfer by private boat to Piazza San Marco. We begin our visit with a city tour with our local guide. Our tour concludes in Venice after the city tour.

What's included in our Tour
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Services of a Tour Leader.
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.
  • 12 nights of hotel accommodation.
What's not included in our Tour
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Return international airfares and departure taxes.
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