13 days
Duration
Europe
Destination
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

A short tour of the Lakes and the Landscapes of Northern Italy

Our short tour of Northern Italy draws you into one of the many fascinating parts of Italy. Northern Italy has been shaped by its beautiful landscape and long history. From Ancient Roman luxury villas to today's celebrities, the stunning lakes region has always attracted the world's rich and famous.

Itinerary:

This Northern Italy guided tour begins in the cosmopolitan city of Milan. Milan is the centre of Italy's world-renowned fashion industry, with luxury designers centred on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. From Milan we travel to two of the most famous Italian lakes - Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. On Lake Garda we take a boat ride around the lake and visit the Roman Villa of Desenzano. We also make a day trip to Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its well-preserved medieval town.

Following this, our trip to Italy heads into the north-east, a fascinating cultural blend of Italian, Venetian, Austrian and Slovenian influences. Here we make a visit to Trieste, one of Italy's most interesting cities, and the town of Cividale, home to an archaeological museum full of finds from the Roman, early-Christian and early-Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic ages. Finally, we end our trip in Venice, with a walking tour of St Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and all of the city's must-see sights.

About our short tour of Northern Italy:

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 our tour director and local tour guide share the history of each. You enjoy short guided walking tours around many of these destinations, learning about the lives of the locals who inhabit them.

Odyssey's 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 such a convivial and colourful people.

Northern Italy is the home of one of the world's great cuisines. In order for you to experience the local food culture, our tours always include breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a local restaurant. We also visit a vineyard in the Collio Hills for a wine tasting and sampling of local delicacies.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Northern Italy Tour:

  • Two words to sum up Northern Italy?

It's basically impossible to sum up such a beautiful and diverse region in only two words. Perhaps 'lakes' and 'alps' would work - but then you'd be leaving out fascinating cities with cobblestoned streets, ancient ruins, and the seaside villages of the Cinque Terre. I think we'll leave this one up to you.

  • How to get to Northern Italy?

Our tour begins and ends in Milan, which has a well-serviced international airport. Travelers from the Australia, the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand do not need visas to enter Italy for up to 90 days. Italy is also a member of the European Union Schengen Zone, making it a good launching point for further European travel.

  • Why travel on a small group adventure?

There are so many reasons to join a small group tour! Travellers find that a smaller tour allows you to develop personal relationships with your local guides, find friends in a close-knit environment, and most of all, have an authentic experience without the feeling of being 'herded' everywhere. For more information, take a look at our definitive guide to small group tours.

Lakes and Landscapes of Northern Italy short tour for seniors is an abbreviated 13 day version of the 22 day version of this tour.

If you're more interested in visiting Tuscany, the Italian Riviera, the Amalfi Coast, or Southern Italy, don't click away! This tour of Northern Italy is just one of many escorted programs offered as part of our small group tours of Italy each year.

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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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.

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Accommodation: 1 night at Ibis Milan Centro 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.

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Accommodation: 3 nights at Eden Salo 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.

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Accommodation: Eden Salo 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.

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Accommodation: Eden Salo 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.

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Accommodation: 3 nights at accommodation in Gruner Baum hotel or similar

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

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Accommodation: Gruner Baum hotel or similar

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.

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Accommodation: Gruner Baum hotel or similar

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.

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Accommodation: 5 nights at Ai Dogi Hotel 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.

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Accommodation: Ai Dogi Hotel 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.

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Accommodation: Ai Dogi Hotel 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.

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Accommodation: Ai Dogi Hotel 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.

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Accommodation: Ai Dogi Hotel 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.

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1
Explore Milan, Italy’s most cosmopolitan city, at the crossroads of trading routes in Europe.
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Visit Verona; with its Shakespearean connections it is Italy’s Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Visit the Archaeological Museum of Cividale, which features precious finds from centuries.
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Visit Palmanova, the nine-sided city, a fortified town founded by the Venetian Republic.
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Spend a day exploring Lake Garda, surrounded by mountain villages and peaks.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 12 nights of hotel accommodation.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Transport. Breakfasts daily, 5 dinners.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach.
  • Services of a Tour Leader.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive international travel insurance.
  • Return international airfares and departure taxes.
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Tour Reviews

November 6, 2019

Very enjoyable tour, the group was small, so we all became quickly known to each other. It was a very enjoyable atmosphere, also with our guide and driver.
The tour was well designed.
Renate K. Sep ’18

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