Indulgence of Northern Italy

7 Nights & 8 Days

Rome > Assisi > Siena > Florence > Bologna > Padua > Venice > Milan > Stresa > Como > Bellagio > Bergamo > Brescia > Lake Garda > Verona > Milan

Italian fashion, rich with historic and gastronomic treasures, and scenic beauty defines the Italian North! Be inspired some of the world’s greatest art-work, food and wine and fashion. An enticing journey in Northern Italy awaits! Discover the timeless beauty of the Italian lakes, and discover the chic lake town of Como, Bellagio, Lake Garda and Verona, the city of love. Soak up the Tuscan atmosphere and experience the best sights in Venice! An enticing journey in Northern Italy awaits!

Itinerary

Day 1: ROME > ASSISI > SIENA > FLORENCE

Departing early in the morning in Rome by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check-in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest. Meals: D

Day 2: FLORENCE

After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi and the famous Ponte Vecchio, located in the heart of the city. Enjoy lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure overnight stays in Florence. Meals: B, L

Day 3: FLORENCE > BOLOGNA > PADUA > VENICE

After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna, it’s a real gourmet’s heaven…do not miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the Catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Meals: B, D

Day 4: VENICE > MILAN

After breakfast at your hotel, you will head to Milan. Once there, you’ll have the day to explore this hectic city, world-known for fashion, before checking in at your hotel for some rest. From Venice to Milan, up to five people, the transfer will be by train. Meals: B

Day 5: MILAN > LAKE ORTA > STRESA > COMO

After breakfast, departure to the Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated in the north-eastern side of the region Piedmont. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then, tour by boat to reach the island of San Giulio, just in front of the village, it is known as “ the Pearl of the Lake”. After a short visit, you will take the ferry back to Orta and then leave by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian lakes. Arrival in Stresa, an international tourist resort situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the lakeside roadway, just in front of the ‘Borromee’ islands. In the afternoon, the tour of the “Isola dei Pescatori” (Fishermen’s Island) by boat. We will continue to the “Isola Bella” (The Beautiful Island), where you might opt for a visit to the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa (free time for lunch). At the and of the visit departure to Como. Meals: B

Day 6: COMO > BELLAGIO > VARENNA > BERGAMO > BRESCIA

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting off on a short visit of Como, a small town with amazing natural panoramas of mountains, Lake Como, and wild alpine valleys. You’ll also see the industrialized Brianzola hill, downtown Como, and the small houses in the village before making your way to Bellagio, that you will visit via boat. Bellagio is home to some of the most charming landscapes in Italy. Spend some time strolling this picturesque village with its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens, stopping for lunch in one of the many cafés in town (not included). Back on the boat, you will make your way to Varenna that afternoon, where you will have a panoramic tour before moving on to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel. After a short walking tour in the city center, departure to Brescia, where you will check-in at your new hotel for the night. Meals: B

Day 7: BRESCIA > SIRMIONE > LAKE GARDA > VERONA

After breakfast at your hotel, you will have a panoramic tour of the lake’s west coast (Lake Garda), taking in the splendid natural scenery. Enjoy the area’s rich vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias, and bougainvillea that flourish thanks to the Mediterranean climate. So be sure to taste some of the olive oil and wines made locally. Next, you will move on to Sirmione, where you will see Lake Garda and its surroundings at it’s finest. Explore the Sirmione cape, the Castle, and the Catullo’s ruins during a boat tour. Back on land, you will have free time for lunch before departing for Lake Garda on the north side of the lake, where you will see its Venetian-style historic center. Verona will be your final stop of the day. Meals: B

Day 8: VERONA > MILAN

Fuel up on breakfast at your hotel before setting out to see the famous city of Verona, a work of art in itself. This fascinating crossroad of historical periods and cultures (both classical and Germanic) is a blend of both Nordic and Mediterranean influences that is both ancient and modern. A walk through its narrow streets will allow you to get in touch with Verona’s varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid Roman origins, its medieval structures, its magnificent renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting it. The combination of art and history will fascinate you. Spend some time eating lunch (not included) before departing for Milan, where your tour will come to an end. Meals: B

Departures

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Includes

  • Accommodation in 4 stars hotels
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Monolingual Tour-escort in English
  • Visits to Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, and Venice
  • Entrance tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice with “Skip the Line”
  • Visits to Milan Verona and the Northern Lakes Region (Lake Orta, Stresa, Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Brescia and Lake Garda)
  • Prosecco Tasting
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions)
  • Visits with an expert local guide as per itinerary
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard to be in touch with family and friends
  • Headsets to follow the information provided by the tour leader and local guides

Pricing Details

  • All prices are per person
  • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)

Optional Extras

  • Take advantage of our preferred airfares to Europe from any Canadian gateway
  • Pisa Excursion from Florence
  • Airport Transfers
  • Pre and Post Accommodation

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