Spotlight on Northern Italy

Unpack once and take in the vineyards, villas, peaks, and prosecco of Veneto. Settle into a suburban villa nearby Treviso, the historic mainland outpost for the island-city of Venice. Savour the Venetian inspiration on terrafirma, solid ground, so you have the flexibility to explore on land and by water, with time to dive into Venice, Verona, and The Dolomites. Take in the artist haven of Asolo and get a taste of Italy’s Prosecco region. Immerse yourself in local culture at a historic villa near Bassano del Grappa, retracing the history of a noble family of Venice. Your opportunity to dive in and truly experience Northern Italy is here.

October 3 - 11, 2024

From $3,399CAD per person

Highlights And Inclusions

Your Tour Includes

  • 1 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 14 Meals
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Get to know the romantic city of Verona.
  • Cruise the waters around Venice and dive into the island city.
  • Enjoy an up-close look at The Dolomites, one of the most beautiful mountain chains in the world.

Cultural Experiences:

  • Discover hilltop Asolo, awarded the title of Italy’s Most Beautiful Village.
  • Explore Bassano, the hometown Italy’s renowned schnapps called grappa.
  • Tour a countryside villa belonging to one of the most ancient families of the Venetian Republic.

 

    Culinary Inclusions:

    • Master a few tips from a pastry chef and try your hand at making tiramisu according to the traditional recipe.
    • Tour a winery in the Prosecco hills and sample this delectable sparkling wine.
    • Step back in time at a festive farewell dinner in a Venetian villa.

    Highlights

    • Treviso
    • Tiramisu Cooking Class
    • Verona
    • Choice on Tour: Verona Painted City or Verona and its Waters Walking Tours
    • Murano Glass Blowing Demonstration
    • Venice
    • Asolo
    • Prosecco Winery Tour
    • The Dolomites
    • Bassano del Grappa
    • Venetian Villa Visit

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Overnight Flight
    Venture to vineyards, Venice, and Verona. It’s almost time to unpack once in a Venetian villa and journey among the jewels of Northern Italy.

    Day 2: Treviso, Italy - Tour Begins
    This tour has sweet beginnings: Kick off your travels in Treviso, hometown of Italy’s most iconic dessert – tiramisu. Treviso also has a long history tied to the nearby island city of Venice. Founded as a mainland (terraferma) settlement, Treviso was an early outpost with the look and feel of Venice. With your feet on “firm ground,” settle into your home for the next seven nights — a charming villa nestled in the suburbs of Treviso. After dropping your things in your modern-style room, take some time to explore the property’s lush, green garden. Work up an appetite because tonight you’ll dive into regional foods and Italian wines at a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Day 3: Treviso
    Start your day with a short ride to downtown Treviso. Embark on a walking tour in the city commonly called “Venice on the Mainland.” Take in the Old Town’s gothic-style windows, marble latticework, and the Sile and Botteniga rivers – humble elements all reminiscent of its famous island neighbour. After your guided tour on foot, take some time to explore more of Treviso at your own pace. Maybe you’ll wander through the weekly vegetable and housewares market? Or you can check out the picturesque Canale dei Buranelli and nearby Pescheria, where fishmongers have set up shop for centuries. When you stop for lunch on your own, consider noshing on radicchio trevigiano, an autumnal delicacy consisting of red chicory grilled with a generous helping of extra virgin olive oil. After, reconnect with your fellow travellers. Meet a local pastry chef and try your hand at preparing some sweet tiramisu in its homeplace.

    Day 4: Verona
    Verona (UNESCO) is for lovers. After a 2-hour bus ride, find yourself in the romantic city of Romeo & Juliet. In Verona, it’s your choice! Explore Verona’s painted houses during a walking tour of the Old Town -OR- stroll along the town’s riverbanks in search of its bridges and lesser-known monuments. No matter what you pick, you’ll catch a glimpse of the city’s must-sees: Juliet’s balcony and the impressive exterior of the Arena, the ancient Roman amphitheatre. After, enjoy some free time to explore Verona how you’d like. Whether you’re following in the footsteps of Shakespeare’s most famous dramatic characters or retracing Italian history, savour time wandering in Verona’s medieval city centre. After lunch on your own in the city, return to your villa in the late afternoon to relax before dinner.

    Day 5: Murano Island - Venice
    Board the coach and head to Venice (UNESCO). You’ll trade wheels for water and take a boat to the isle of Murano. Famous for its glass-blowing foundries, Murano’s history with glassmaking dates back 1,500 years. A local craftsperson will share the intricacies of this age-old trade during a glass-blowing demonstration. After, set sail for the area surrounding St. Mark’s Square. Take in the Basilica and the ornate Gothic façade of Doge’s Palace. During your free time, consider an optional gondola cruise to experience Venice’s most famous pastime. Regardless of how you spend your afternoon, pause for an early dinner in town before journeying back to your villa for the night.

    Day 6: Asolo
    Get to know a hilltop haven for artists today in Asolo. After your Tour Manager helps you get acquainted with the village during an orientation walk, enjoy some free time. Find inspiration and trace the steps of author Ernest Hemingway, poet Robert Browning, composer Igor Stravinsky, and many other famous virtuosos throughout history. Later, continue your journey into the rolling hills of Italy’s Prosecco region (UNESCO), for a visit to a local vineyard where you’ll taste the region’s sparkling specialty. Toast to la dolce vita - the sweet life - in the Venetian countryside. You’ll return to your hotel in the late afternoon to relax and sit down for dinner together. Rest well tonight; tomorrow will be a full day exploring The Dolomites.

    Day 7: The Dolomites
    Today will be our biggest trek yet.* You’re on your way to what UNESCO says is one of the world’s most beautiful mountain chains: The Dolomites. Weave through the winding roads tucked within jagged rocks for a couple of hours en route to your first stop: the village of Alleghe. Venture into the village to catch a glimpse of Monte Civetta – a mountain noted for its rugged appearance and massive northwestern rock face. When in season,** pause at the Flazarego Pass for a cable car ride to get a unique perspective on the surrounding peaks. Take some time to have lunch on your own before returning to the coach for a trip to Cortina –– the Pearl of The Dolomites. Your Tour Manager will show you around on foot and then you can enjoy a short break to explore this resort town on your own. Reminisce on your mountain adventure tonight on your way back to the villa for a late dinner.

    Day 8: Bassano del Grappa
    Begin your day with a trip to the quaint town of Bassano del Grappa. The town’s name is associated with the locally produced grape-based schnapps. Explore its cobblestoned piazzas and see the impact the beverage had on the town, including the ancient distillery in one of the pillars of the historic Palladian Bridge. Take some time to wander the town and grab a bite to eat for lunch (maybe paired with some grappa?). Tonight, step back in time at a classic Venetian villa. You’ll tour the sprawling villa and its gardens that’s still owned by the descendants of a noble family of Venice. After you follow the family’s history within the villa’s walls, gather with your fellow travellers and savour Venetian dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients at this evening’s farewell dinner.

    Day 9: Treviso - Tour Ends
    It’s time to say ciao, Italia. Have a buon viaggio back home with fond memories of Northern Italy.

     

     

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