Location: Northern Italy, arrival at the Milan airport (MXP) and departure from the Venice airport (VCE) or vice versa.
Tour Type: Classic bus tour with guided accompaniment, customizable.
Activities: 8-day tour with private services, cultural and scenic visits.
Pace: Fast-paced, not suitable for people with disabilities or mobility difficulties.
Best Season: Spring and Autumn.
The Lake Maggiore with the Borromean Islands: private boat excursion to discover the picturesque Fisherman’s Island, the smallest but most picturesque of the three islands; Isola Bella with the beautiful Borromeo Palace, a 16th-century palace with its huge halls, rooms, music halls, stone-covered cave and gardens rich in a variety of exotic plants and its ten overlapping terraces; and Isola Madre, with its botanical garden.
We continue with Lake Como, a true oasis in the summer, where we will visit Villa Carlotta, a late 17th-century palace, appreciated for its collection of sculptures and paintings and for its magnificent botanical gardens that host a variety of camellias, cedars, sequoias and tropical plants. And finally, we arrive at Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, surrounded by palm trees, olive groves, oranges, lemon trees, and vineyards.
Visit some picturesque villages overlooking its shores with their charming historical centers and small ports: Peschiera, Bardolino, Garda, Malcesine, Riva, etc. We will go from the lake panoramas to the wonderful historical centers of Verona, Padua and finally the magical Venice.
You will also leave the center of Rome to visit Tivoli with its splendid Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este; you will then end your stay as true Romans in Trastevere, one of the most popular and lively neighborhoods in the city.
(50 km from MXP Airport – 110 km from LIN Airport)
The group arrives in the early afternoon at Milan airport and is welcomed by our tour guide who will accompany the group throughout their stay in Italy. Departure by private bus to Lake Maggiore. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel on Lake Maggiore.
(approx. 50 km)
After breakfast, departure for a private boat excursion to the Borromee Islands: first stop on Isola Bella and visit to the splendid Borromeo Palace. We will then continue to Isola dei Pescatori with its typical houses. After a walk to discover this picturesque island, we will stop for lunch in a typical trattoria.
In the afternoon, we will visit the small Lake Orta with a walk in the village of Orta and a short boat excursion to the island of Orta San Giulio. Dinner and overnight stay on Lake Maggiore.
(approx. 340 km)
After breakfast, we will take a trip to discover the elegant Lake Como. In the morning, we will stop in Como for a walk to discover the city center of this beautiful town. For lunch, we will move to a restaurant on the lake near Cadenabbia.
In the afternoon, we will cross Lake Como by boat to the village of Bellagio, a universally known destination for its mild climate and pleasant surroundings, thanks to its location on the tip of the promontory that separates the two branches of Lake Como. At the end of the afternoon, we will continue our journey towards Lake Garda. Dinner and overnight stay on Lake Garda.
Guided tour of Milan and its main monuments: the grandiose Duomo in Gothic style (exterior visit only), the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza della Scala with the facades of Palazzo Marino and the famous theater, the Castello Sforzesco (exterior visit only).
Wine and local products tasting at a producer in the Bardolino area, famous for its red wines.
Visit to an olive oil producer and their mill with a tasting of local production.
Franciacorta is one of the most famous wine regions in Italy, especially for the production of sparkling white wines (a kind of Italian Champagne). We will visit a winemaker who will explain the techniques and secrets of their production. Afterwards, we will taste the wines they produce, accompanied by small local food bites.
Meeting with a Local Association (for sustainable tourism)
Together with the client, we will choose an association or charity or local promotion organization to which to donate a small offering (always in agreement with the client). These are organizations closely linked to the territory that work every day for the development and support of local activities and inhabitants. Of course, we will have the opportunity to meet a representative of this association/organization who will talk to us about the activity and explain how your donation will be used in “concrete” terms.
With its centuries-old history, culture, and art, Venice hides other treasures: its artisans. It is possible to visit many workshops, and it is a great experience to chat with the artisans who will tell us the secrets of their activities: for example, the workshop where “forcole” are made, the “battiloro” and “doratori” (who work gold), the art of mosaic, the textile and velvet workshops. We will have the pleasure of showing you these still hidden and authentic places.
One of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in the world is undoubtedly the Venice Biennale. Every 2 years, the Biennale of Modern Art and the Biennale of Architecture are held alternately. It would take at least 2 full days of visiting to see all the installations, distributed between the areas of the Giardini and the Arsenale. But a half-day walk with a guide can already give you an idea of the exhibition and maybe even the desire for a second, more in-depth visit to be done privately.
Prosecco Hills – UNESCO Heritage
A popular wine that was not well known until a few years ago, the sparkling white wine Prosecco has become one of the trendiest wines lately, especially as an aperitif. The production origin area is located north of Treviso (Conegliano, Valdobbiadene). We will visit a producer in the beautiful hills of Valdobbiadene with a tasting of local wines accompanied by cheese and cold cuts samplings.