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zTraditions of Northern Italy

10 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries

  • Explore northern Italian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class with the skilled chef of Villa Luppis, followed by dinner and special wine pairings.
  • Step into a 17th-century villa at the Ornella Molon Traverso Winery for a tasting of their fine varietals.
  • Delight in the charms of the Lake District, including Villa Balbianello with its lovely gardens and treasures from around the world... Then cruise on Lake Como to Bellagio, one of Europe’s lovelies towns.
  • With the intimate size of your group, our guides will be able to show you more of Verona and Parma, two of northern Italy’s “hidden gems.”

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1

Welcome to Italy... Venice to Villa Luppis

A group transfer from the airport takes you into the Venetian countryside to the Hotel Villa Luppis, an enchanting estate on lovely park-like grounds. Meals D

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A day to relax. An evening culinary experience.

The day is yours to enjoy this beautiful resort. You might also wish to borrow a bicycle, a great way to explore the pastoral landscapes. This evening, join the Villa’s chef for a hands-on cooking class featuring traditional northern dishes and then sit down to dinner accompanied by fine regional wines. Meals B,D

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Afternoon excursion into the Venetian countryside

Discover the lovely medieval town of Bassano del Grappa, famed for its charming Alpine bridge. Continue to Verona and check in to the luxurious Hotel Due Torri. A walking tour includes Juliet’s balcony, the magnificent Roman Arena and Piazza delle Erbe, bustling with colorful market stalls. Meals B,D

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Onward to Verona c

Discover the lovely medieval town of Bassano del Grappa, famed for its charming Alpine bridge. Continue to Verona and check in to the luxurious Hotel Due Torri. A walking tour includes Juliet’s balcony, the magnificent Roman Arena and Piazza delle Erbe, bustling with colorful market stalls. Meals B

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At leisure in Verona

Here’s a day to enjoy as you wish! During the summer, we can arrange tickets for you to attend Verona’s celebrated Open-Air Opera. Meals B

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To the shores of Lake Como

Stop to take in the charms of Sirmione, a lovely resort on Lake Garda. Continue to the outstanding Hotel Villa Flori, set on the shores of Lake Como. Meals B

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Excursion to Villa Balbianello and Bellagio

Today’s excursion immerses you in the beauty of Italy’s famed Lake District. Tour the historic Villa Balbianello, now a museum, and its lovely gardens. Then cruise across picturesque Lake Como to explore the architecture and cobbled streets of Bellagio, hailed by many as one of Europe’s loveliest towns. Meals B

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8

Travel to Parma

Travel through Milan to admire its highlights, including the Duomo, Galleria and famed La Scala Theater. Arrive in Parma for a walking tour featuring the Cathedral and Piazza Garibaldi. Check in to the Hotel Palace Maria Luigia for a comfortable 2-night stay in the center of Parma. Meals B,D

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At leisure in Parma

Your hotel’s heart-of-it-all location makes it easy to step out on your own, a great way to experience the cultural and gastronomic traditions of this historic city. Tonight’s farewell dinner at Angiol D’Or features traditional northern Italian cuisine and fine local wines. Meals B,D

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10

Arrivederci, Italia!

Our included group transfer brings you to the Milan airport for your onward journey. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Stay in Venice before your journey...

3-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $799

Experience all the magic of Italy’s most romantic city! Our 2-night stay includes arrival transfer by private water taxi, the 4-star Ca’ Dei Conti Hotel close to St. Mark’s Square, daily breakfast, and transfer to begin your tour of Northern Italy.

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1

Welcome to Venice!

Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and escorted by private water taxi to the 4-star Hotel Ca’ dei Conti, beautifully set in an 18th-century residence just around the corner from St. Mark’s Square.  

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2

Venice as you wish

You have this entire day free to experience the magic of Venice at your own pace. Your hotel’s terrific location makes it so easy to step out and explore the city’s best-known landmarks including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace.  Meals B

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Onward to the Villa Luppis

Following breakfast, check out from your hotel and travel via private water taxi to the mainland. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll meet your fellow Small Group travelers and journey into the Venetian countryside to the Hotel Villa Luppis, where your Traditions of Northern Italy tour begins.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Florence

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel with a choice of fine hotels, breakfast daily, sightseeing, and private car transfers

Pisa & Lucca

Our 2-day FreeStyle Travel package includes our charming first class hotel, breakfast, and sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

Rome

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own private guide

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Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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