Romance of Northern Italy: Venice, Verona and Lake Como

Sep 21 to Sep 29, 2017


Gondolas at RestVilla on Lake Como

The Romance of Northern Italy: Venice, Verona and Lake Como Tour begins in Venice on the northeast coast of Italy and concludes nine days later in Bellagio on the beautiful Lake Como. In Venice and its surrounding islands, you will be immersed in history as Roman and medieval monuments abound. We'll visit Torcello, one of the oldest islands situated in the lagoons, as well as Burano, famous for its artisan lace makers and its picturesque canals lined with brightly colored houses.

Northern Italy is likely to be warm and pleasant for all of our scheduled visits. Spring is still in the air during our April & May visits, and you can expect temps in the 70s. During our June visit we'll be celebrating the first days of summer so temps will be a little warmer in the high 80s.

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St Marks

In the course of our tour of Northern Italy, we will make our way from the coast of the Adriatic Sea to the lakes resting at the foot of the Alps, from the Byzantine cathedral of Venice to the spectacular Roman amphitheater of Verona, then west to the romantic village of Bellagio, the "Pearl of the Lake" on Lake Como.

Soave Wine RoadRoman Arena in Verona

After basking in the glories of Venice, our tour travels along the Soave Wine Road through the famous wine region that stretches between Venice and Verona. We'll stop to spend a couple days enjoying Verona, one of Northern Italy's most elegant cities—and the setting of three of Shakespeare's plays: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Hotel BelvedereVilla Balbianellos

For the grand finale of our tour of Northern Italy, we'll be based in the village of Bellagio on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Como. We'll have beautiful lake-view rooms to enhance the feeling of being high in the Alps, and to appreciate the allure of the deep blue colors of the water. From the comfort of a private boat, we'll have the opportunity to visit many of the villas situated along the lakeside.

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View From Lake ComoMasks of Venice

As on all our tours, The Romance of Northern Italy balances structured activities with ample free time for you to explore local shopping venues, wander about, or just relax and read.

The hotels we've chosen for this tour are all first-rate properties with ambiance and style, along with cordial, helpful staffs. Transportation will be on comfortable, air-conditioned buses or via private boats in Venice and Lake Como.

And, of course, you'll be eating some of the most delicious food and drinking some of the finest wines in Italy. Fresh fish is plentiful and is prepared in a myriad of delectable ways. Be forewarned that when you return home, you will experience severe cravings for seafood, cicchetti and baccalĂ  that will remain unfulfilled until your next visit here!

See you in Northern Italy!

Evening Light in VeniceVenicJuliet's Balcony Verona

Registration:

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Tour Specifics:

Cost: The land cost of the tour is $4675.00 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Cash discount cost is $4,575 per person for payment by check or wire transfer. You may make your registration deposit using PayPal and/or your credit card and still be eligible for the cash discount cost if your final balance is paid by check or wire transfer. Single rooms are available for a supplementary charge of $750.

Airfare is not included.

Accommodations: 8 nights lodging in elegant, historic hotel properties; (3 nights in Venice, 2 nights in Verona, and 3 nights in Bellagio). All rooms have en suite bathrooms.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ancient architecture of hotels renovated from restored palazzos, each hotel room is unique and room sizes may vary.

Please note: Many cities in Italy and France have recently implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order to "to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports." We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually 1 euro per hotel star per person per night. (A four star hotel will usually be four euro per person per night).

Meals: All breakfasts, one full-course meal daily (either lunch or dinner), additional meals as scheduled. All meals—after breakfast!—include regional wines. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine.

Wine Tastings: Scheduled tastings of various Northern Italian wines (including small local producers and famous well known producers).

Transfers: All ground transportation during the tour including water taxi transfer from Venice airport to the tour hotel and a group shuttle from Bellagio to the Milan Airport.

Guided Tours with local authorized expert guides: Venice, Verona, Soave, Bellagio, Lake Como

Admissions: Entrance fees for all planned visits to monuments, galleries and museums are included.

Small, Intimate Group: We will be limiting the number of participants to a maximum of 16.

Arrival and Departure: Upon arrival to the Venice Airport, a private water taxi to the tour hotel will be included. The tour will end with a group transfer to the airport in Milan. If you require alternate transfer services upon arrival or after the tour, we can arrange private transfers for an additional fee.

Early Arrival/ Late Stay Options: Depending on hotel availability you may be able to arrive early or extend your stay at the tour hotels. We'd be happy to help you make these arrangements. For trip extensions of up to 2 nights, we would be pleased to offer you additional planning assistance on a complimentary basis. For trip extensions of 3-5 nights, there is a nominal $150 planning fee to assist with booking additional hotels, guides, transfers, etc.

Experienced Tour Leaders: Your Tour Leaders will be Pam Mercer and Federica Fiscaletti. Pam has been leading small group tours in Italy since 1997. Federica (or Fede as we call her!) is a native of Rome and has been a licensed tour guide in Italy for many years.

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Please feel free to contact us via email or call us at (800) 634-3460 with any questions you may have about the tour or about traveling to Italy.

*Note: This itinerary is subject to change without notice based on availability of tour leaders and guides, opening hours of restaurants, hotels and venues.

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