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Italy Secrets of the North - Venice, Prosecco, and Lakes

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A romantic escape to the treasures of Northern Italy.  Explore the canals, islands and traditions of Venice before moving into the Prosecco Hills of the Veneto region.  Afterwards, stop at the historical home of Grappa, explore one of the most famous distilleries and enjoy your time around the Great Lakes of Italy - Garda, Como, and Maggiore - until the grand finale in Milan....

A romantic escape to the treasures of Northern Italy.  Explore the canals, islands and traditions of Venice before moving into the Prosecco Hills of the Veneto region.  Afterwards, stop at the historical home of Grappa, explore one of the most famous distilleries and enjoy your time around the Great Lakes of Italy - Garda, Como, and Maggiore - until the grand finale in Milan.

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Venice and its traditions

Benvenuto in Italia! Starting from Venice is like jumping into a dream where little alleys and canals form a fascinating maze in the lagoon and the elegance of centuries-old palaces is mirrored in the water.

A driver we’ll wait for you at the airport to take you to Venice, where you will hop on a water taxi to reach your hotel. After the check-in you can relax before expereincing a unqiue private tour we arranged for you. Venice is not only St. Mark square and the Doge Palce, but it is mainly its everyday life, its traditions and its food.  A local guide will take you discovering the secret and most pictoresuqe alleyways in an exciting bacari (local inns) tour, where you will learn not only about history and culture, but also about the venetian tradition of cicchetti (local food) and ombre (wine).

The rest of the evening is at your leisure and if you are still hungry after the bacari tour, you can try one of the restaurant suggestions of the mini guide we will write for you. 

Visited:
Venice

Day 2: Venice and its islands

Today is the time to explore and discover two gems that accompany Venice: Murano and Burano island. You will join a small group guided tour of the Murano and Burano island. You will leave from Venice to reach the Murano island and see a demonstration of the ancient glassblowing art. It is a kind of magic to see the glass transformed into a beautiful piece of art!

​After this magic, you will reach the Burano island, whose colorful houses reflecting into the canals are a wonder of unique beauty. Here you will enjoy a lacemaking demonstration, tradition which Burano is very renowned for. With the wind whispering word of beauty into your ears, you’ll come back to Venice. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. 

Visited:
Venice

Day 3: Valdobbiadene Hills 

Bubbling, of a gold color, delicious and a bit sophisticated, this is Prosecco, a dry sparkling white wine Italians are proud of (don’t call it Champagne!). This delicious nectar is produced only in the picturesque Valdobbiadene hills, an area 100 km north of Venice. This morning a water taxi will take you to Piazzale Roma in Venice, and from here a private and luxury car will take you to the Valdobbiadene hills where you will stay for the next two nights. You will stop in one of the beautiful little town of this area where you will have some free time for lunch.

​In the early afternoon, your driver will take you to visit a top-quality local wine producer we hand-picked for you, where you will be introduced to the winery, learn the secrets of the wine production and finally you will taste some Prosecco.

You will arrive in the late afternoon to your countryside stylish hotel, where you can peacefully relax, before enjoying a traditional dinner that we have arranged for you. 

Visited:
Venice Valdobbiadene

Day 4: Valdobbiadene Hills, Venetian Villa and Asolo 

Before becoming famous for Prosecco wine, in the XVI century the Valdobbiadene Hills were chosen by some of the richest noble families of the Venetian Republic, as the perfect area for building their countryside estates. After enjoying a delicious breakfast with fresh local product, a private luxury car with driver will be ready for taking you to discover one of this sensational noble estate: Villa Emo. Here a licensed guided will welcome you to show you this villa, listed in the Unesco World Heritage and built by the great architect Andrea Palladio.

After Villa Emo visit, your driver will take you to the wonderful hamlet of Asolo, included in the special list of the 100 most beautiful Italian hamlets. Here you will have free time for exploring and for lunch. The afternoon will continue with the visit to a special winery hidden in the Valdobbiadene hills for your second Prosecco tasting.

Your driver will take you back to your countryside stylish hotel in the late afternoon, where you can relax enjoying the garden or the pool. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 

Visited:
Asolo Valdobbiadene

Day 5: Bassano del Grappa, Grappa distillery visit and Lake Garda

Enjoy the last view of the incredible Valdobbiadene Hills, before getting ready for the next wonder. A private luxury car with a driver will take you to the lovely town of Bassano del Grappa where you will have free time for exploring and for lunch. This is the area where the alcoholic beverage grappa was first produced.

In the afternoon, you will visit the distillery of the Poli family, one of the most important grappa producer of the world. Of course, at the end of the visit you will enjoy a grappa tasting. After this tasting, your mind will be light and your heart happy, so you can rest while your driver will take you to your hotel at the Garda Lake.

Visited:
Valdobbiadene Bassano del Grappa Garda Lake

Day 6: Ride and taste experience on Lake Garda 

Lake Garda is a rich treasure chest to open and enjoy. Today we have arranged a special experience for you: hop on an electric bike and follow an expert guide for an exciting ride and taste tour (approximately 4 hours with several stops for pictures and local products tasting). You will discover some secrets spot from where enjoy beautiful scenery and you will meet a local producer to taste a great wine and the renowned Lake Garda olive oil. You don’t need to have special riding skills: the itinerary will be easy to follow, mainly flat and enjoyable to ride. And the few times where the street goes gently up, the electric bike will make you go without any effort. 

Visited:
Garda Lake

Day 7: Milan to Lake Como

This morning a private transfer will take you to the Desenzano del Garda train station where you will hop on a high-speed train. You will experience the thrill of travelling at 300 km/h. The train will stop in Milan, where a private car with driver is waiting for you to lead you to Lake Como. After the check-in, you can enjoy a relaxing day at your leisure.

Visited:
Garda Lake Como Lake

Day 8: Lake Como guided cruise 

Lake Como is synonym of beauty, picturesque hamlets and villas. Today a guide will meet you to take you on a ferry to explore the Lake Como, telling you the story of the most exclusive villas reflecting on the Lake water. You will get off in the beautiful and exclusive village of Bellagio where,

​after some free time for lunch, your guide will show you around. You can then decide to have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure in the villages of the central part of the Lake, or we can organize a visit to Villa Carlotta or to the Villa Melzi gardens. 

Visited:
Como Lake Bellagio

Day 9: Lake Maggiore

After Lake Garda and Lake Como, you cannot miss Lake Maggiore. In the morning a private car with driver will take you to Stresa, one of the most elegant and exclusive village on the banks of Lake Maggiore.

​After checking-in, you will enjoy some free time for lunch and in the afternoon you will be taken by a water taxi to Isola Bella, where a gudie will take you for a private tour of the Palazzo Borromeo and its magnificent garden. Here the ingenuity and the work of men transformed an arid and rocky island in a garden considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The rest of the day is at you leisure.

Visited:
Bellagio Isola Bella Maggiore Lake

Day 10: Reaching Milan

Say “arrivederci” to Lake Maggiore and hop on a train to reach Milan, the capital of italian economics and fashion. At the train station, a driver will wait for you to take you to your hotel. You will enjoy some time at your leisure and in the afternoon, you will discover the fascinating and mystirious works of Leoardo da Vinci. The italian genious lived and worked several years in Milan and together with a guide you will learn about this incredible man and admire one of his masterpiece, the world wide famous fresco The Last Supper. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

Visited:
Maggiore Lake Milan

Day 11: Arriverderci Italia

Our tour has come to the end. We hope you’ll have had the time of your life! Arrivederci.

Visited:
Milan

Venice Valdobbiadene Asolo Bassano del Grappa Garda Lake Como Lake Bellagio Isola Bella Maggiore Lake Milan

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,240 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 People
Price per person £2,250

Included in price:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Private guided tour with tasting of typical products
  • 4 stars hotel centrally located
  • Small group guided tour of Murano and Burano islands
  • Transfer to Murano, Burano and back to Venice on a ferry or shared water taxi.
  • Glassblowing demonstration in Murano and lacemaking demonstration in Burano
  • Water Taxi from your Venice hotel to Piazzale Roma (Venice)
  • Private luxury car with driver for all the transfers as per itinerary
  • Winery visit with Prosecco wine tasting
  • Stylish and comfortable countryside hotel (equivalent to a 4 stars category)
  • Private guided visit of Villa Emo
  • Stop over in Asolo
  • Winery visit with Prosecco wine tasting
  • Stop over in Bassano del Grappa
  • Distillery visit with grappa tasting
  • 4 stars hotel centrally located in Desenzano del Garda
  • Guided ride and taste tour on an electric bike
  • Wine and olive oil tasting
  • High-speed train from Desenzano del Garda to Milan
  • Ferry tickets
  • Private guide taking you on a ferry cruise of the Lake and the Bellagio village visit
  • Taxi boat to Isola Bella
  • Private guided tour of Palazzo Borromeo
  • Train from Stresa (Lake Maggiore) to Milan
  • Private guided Leonardo da Vinci tour (including Last Supper visit)
  • Day 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10 and 11: breakfast
  • Day 3: breakfast and dinner

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