Description

Situated in Italy’s Northeast, the Veneto Region serves as an ideal home-base destination to discover this amazing area, famed the world over for its renaissance architecture that takes you back in time for an authentic old-world experience. The magic and mystique await in Venice, Italy’s island city of enchanting palaces, bridges, and canals with her majestic Doge’s Palace and Piazza San Marco. Verona enchants with its picturesque cobblestone streets, churches and world- renowned Arena di Verona, the Roman Empire’s third largest amphitheater. The crystal blue clear waters of Lake Como beckon, featuring breathtaking scenery of the Italian and Swiss Alps. As a perfect closing, the stylish allure of Milan is on view. The runways of Milan take center stage as we explore the fashion capital of Italy. Join us for a once in a lifetime trip to explore Northern Italy, its lakes and Switzerland!

Highlights

  • Renaissance architecture & history of Veneto
  • Majestic Italian & Swiss Alpine vistas
  • Cooking class
  • Venetians gardens & villas of Treviso
  • Romantic Venice
  • Impressive St. Mark’s Square
  • Splendid Doge’s Palace
  • Stunning St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Legendary Bridge of Sighs
  • Spectacular Lake Garda
  • Historical Verona
  • Ancient town of Sirmione
  • Scenic cruise on Lake Como
  • Enchanting Bellagio
  • Beautiful Lake Maggiore
  • Elegant Stresa
  • Majestic Lake Lugano
  • Lugano, popular Swiss subtropical resort
  • Monte San Salvatore Funicular ride
  • Beautiful Swiss scenery
  • Milan, Italian capital of fashion & design
  • Majestic Duomo
  • World-class Scala Opera House

Day By Day Itinerary

Milan extension

After breakfast you have a leisure departure from Lake Como. You will arrive in Milan and enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the global capital of fashion and design. (B)
Today you will embark on a captivating half day tour of Milan, the fashion and economic capital of Italy. Get to know Milan from its famed landmarks to its embracing entrepreneurial spirit. While soaking in the Italian culture, you will explore this vibrant city with your expert guide. Take in the vista of its medieval Sforza Castle, built by the 4th Duke of Milan, as you hear intriguing history about Milan. Visit the city’s renowned Duomo, the largest Gothic structure in Italy adorned with 135 marble spires, and see the Golden Madonnina that tops the highest spire. View the world-class Scala Opera House. Stroll along this fashion mecca's stylish Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping gallery. Continue the visit to Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica to discover the enigmatic Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” or Casa Degli Atellani (Leonardo Da Vinci’s home) & Leonardo’s Vineyard.* Tonight, you will have time at leisure to savor the flavors of Italy in one of the many exquisite restaurants or cafés that line Milan’s fascinating streets. (B)
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home (B)

*You will view/visit either Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” or Casa Degli Atellani based on availability.

Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 10 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Tour of Treviso, Cooking Class, Visit to Lake Garda, Tour of Sirmione and Verona, Tour of Venice, Tour of Bellagio and Lake Como Cruise, Tour of Lugano, Switzerland and Monte San Salvatore Funicular. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as a hands-on cooking class
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Italy
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Optional Extension Includes

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: City Tour of Milan
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Excludes

Video

Notes

Map

OTHER PROGRAMS

Switzerland

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Denmark

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