Trip Overview

Best of Northern Italy

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 10 Reviews
Small group tour to Italy

Say "Buon giorno" to the Italian north as you explore the marvelous Lake Como and Lake Garda together with a small group. This program is a perfect blend of guided touring and free time! Your local professional guides show you the best of the region, including a tour of stylish Milan and romantic Verona. Plus, outstanding hotels and exciting activities, such as a boat cruise and funicular ride, are already included in the package.

Best of Northern Italy

8 days3 cities
Italy1 country
Small group tour to Italy
From
$3,298
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 10 Reviews

Say "Buon giorno" to the Italian north as you explore the marvelous Lake Como and Lake Garda together with a small group. This program is a perfect blend of guided touring and free time! Your local professional guides show you the best of the region, including a tour of stylish Milan and romantic Verona. Plus, outstanding hotels and exciting activities, such as a boat cruise and funicular ride, are already included in the package.

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Milan

first destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Milan
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to fabulous Milan! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Milan Sightseeing Tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city's history and reputation as a fashion capital.

You start with a visit to the world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan Opera House (no entrance is included).

You continue to the picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. Afterward, you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

  • Please note: Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
  • Note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci's legendary fresco "The Last Supper" located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Milano Scala, Milan
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Nestled in the heart of Milan within a walking distance from the magnificent La Scala Opera House and the Milan Cathedral, the Milano Scala boasts excellent service and top-notch facilities. The decor of all guestrooms reflects the famous opera.

Welcome to Milan

The world's fashion capital, Milan, is one of the most visited cities in Northern Italy and in the world.

car
Milan
Como
40 min

This short car ride takes you on a very scenic route. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking panoramas as you travel through Italy's countryside with one of our experienced drivers.

 

Como

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 3
Trip to Lake Como
City tour
City tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

After breakfast, you check-out from the Milan hotel and your driver transfers you to Como, located on the shores of a stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como.

Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods. After you check-in at the hotel, you meet your local guide who shows you around. During the city tour, you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. During the tour, you enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.

The highlight of the tour is a visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.

After the tour, you are guided back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Free Day in Como
Free day
Free day

Today is free for you to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world - Lake Como. You can choose to join our carefully planned optional tour. Please let us know if we should assist with any arrangements for this day.

  • Optional tour: Trip to Bellagio
    Have a day trip to Bellagio - the "pearl of the lake" which has often been described as the prettiest village in Europe with its charming historic center called the "Borgo". You get there by boat and have a couple of hours city tour. You start with a stroll along the pretty promenade as far as the Villa Melzi to visit the very first English style gardens created on Lake Como in the early 19th century. The villa, a perfect example of Neoclassical architecture, was built in 1808 for a wealthy aristocrat from Milan and was designed by Giocondo Albertolli, a leading architect of his day. When your tour has completed you head back to Como via boat.

Breakfast is included.

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Palace Hotel, Como
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Set on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Como, the impressive Palace Hotel is housed in an Art Nouveau Palace near the beautiful Teatro Sociale and the stunning Como Cathedral. Guests are invited to stay in the comfortable air-conditioned rooms.

Welcome to Como

Located on the Italian-Swiss border, lovely Como is the most important town on the Lake Como, attracting more and more people with its outstanding historic heritage and natural beauty.

car
Como
Sirmione
1 hr 40 min

This car ride with a trusted driver along Northern Italy takes you on a very scenic route along the countryside. As you make your way from Lake Como to Lake Garda, you pass many breathtaking areas and towns.

Sirmione

third destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Sirmione Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

Today you check-out from the hotel in Como and your driver transfers you to Lake Garda.

Upon arrival at your hotel in the charming Sirmione, you have some free time for lunch. After a break for lunch, you meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and embark on a 3-hour walking tour of Sirmione, the "pearl" of Lake Garda with its history dating back to the Roman times.

Your first site on your list today is the Scaliger Castle, which is the symbol of Sirmione. The views of the castle completely surrounded by water are breathtaking. You also have a chance to admire churches dating back to the 15th century: the small Sant'Anna della Rocca, and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, as well as a church dating back to the 8th century: Church of St. Peter in Mavinas. 

During the tour, you get to walk along the shores of Lake Garda and visit a viewing point that offers the best photo opportunities with amazing scenery of Lake Garda and Monte Baldo. 

As a highlight of the tour you visit the Grottoes of Catullus, an archeological park housing remains of an ancient Roman villa, built between the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D. This grand villa belonged to the family of Catullus, the neoteric poet of the late Roman Republic.

You also learn about the local thermal spas, known for its amazing preventive and therapeutic properties, that you have a chance to visit.

After the tour, you return back to the hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Day Trip to Verona & Winery Visit
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast you are picked up by your guide and driver from the hotel and taken directly to Verona, the city renown worldwide for being the place of action of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".

Verona is a crossroads of history and a mosaic of landscapes: the gentle hills and the sinuous river embrace this checkerboard of streets with its soaring red-brick towers.

During the tour, you explore the main highlights of the city, including Piazza Bra, Roman Arena, Della Scala Castle, and the famous Scaligero family tombs. Juliet's House is naturally on the program too!

Following a lunch break, you travel to the Valpolicella area which is the birthplace of Amarone, a well-known Italian wine. You enjoy a wine tasting with a guided tour at one of the local wineries.

After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel in Garda.

Breakfast and wine-tasting included.

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Day 7
Day at Leisure in Sirmione
Free day
Free day

Today you have a free day at Lake Garda. We recommend spending the day at Terme di Sirmione, one of the best Thermal Centers in Europe, or include an optional boat tour of Lake Garda for this day.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Northern Italy! After breakfast, you are met at your hotel by a private driver for a transfer to the Desenzano del Garda train station, from where you depart to Milan or Venice by train (train ticket included). Upon arrival, you are met by your driver and taken to the airport for your flight back home*. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

  • Optional extension*: We recommend prolonging your stay in Italy to see unique destinations such as Piedmont, Venice, Bologna, Cinque Terre or Genoa.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Olivi Thermae, Sirmione
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Hidden in the olive groves, the beautiful property is just a couple of minutes away from the magnificent Lake Garda. All rooms are air-conditioned and have LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibars. The hotel’s famous Thermae & Natural Spa services.

Welcome to Sirmione

Situated on the southern bank of the beautiful Lake Garda, Sirmione is one of the most picturesque petite towns in northern Italy, boasting breathtaking picturesque views and historic architecture.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Milan, Como, and Sirmione
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Train ticket to Milan or Venice;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Milan Duomo, Como Cathedral, Scaligero Castle, Grottoes of Catullus, Valpolicella winery;
  • Funicular and public boat ride in Como;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers
  • Professional local guides
  • Funicuar ride Como-Brunate to the panoramic observation platform over Como town and lake
  • Leisurely scenic boat trip on the famous Italian lake Como
  • Guided visit to the vineyard of the world-known Valpolicella region with wine tasting
  • Touring Verona and Milan

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom
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