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Northern Italy

Discover Northern Italy and Its Lakes

September 30 — October 08, 2020  9 Days  10 Meals

DAY 1 – Sep 30, 2020: Overnight Flight

Take the best of Italian culture – savory cuisine, friendly locals, eons of history – and add the beauty of mystical lakes. A blend of winding canals and gently lapping waves, this is the northern lakes region of Italy. Delve deep into this relaxing hub, serving as a favorite getaway for the international elite.

DAY 2 – Oct 01, 2020: Padua, Italy – Tour Begins

Your journey begins in Padua, an ancient city rooted in legend. Set in the picturesque Veneto region, some believe that Padua was founded by war heroes after the fall of Troy. The Bacchiglione River carves its way through the town, resulting in lovely riverside promenades and stone step-bridges. Meet your fellow travelers while enjoying a taste of Italian culture at a welcome dinner. Truly get to know the town’s legacy as you settle into your home for the next 3 nights.  Included Meals – Dinner

DAY 3 – Oct 02, 2020: Padua – Murano – Venice – Padua

Start your day with a visit to Murano Island,* known for its intricate glass making. Witness a glassblowing demonstration, providing a glimpse into the methods behind this fine art. Feel the grandeur of the past come alive as you make your way to Venice, a floating labyrinth settled on a lagoon. Pass through the sprawling St. Mark’s Square with an expert guide and admire the Campanile, a brick bell tower that rises above the piazza. Step outside the main square and explore the Castello district, making your way past historic buildings and architecture as you walk the narrow streets. Enjoy an afternoon in Venice at leisure. Perhaps you will opt for a gondola ride through the postcard-worthy canals, taking in the city from a different perspective.  Included Meals – Breakfast

DAY 4 – Oct 03, 2020: Padua

Start the morning by strolling the streets of Padua with your guide. Make your way inside the Basilica of St. Anthony, a stately cathedral built in the 13th century. Engage with locals and feel the dynamic energy as you walk along open-air markets and street vendors setting up shop in the piazzas. Pass by the ornate Palazzo della Ragione, the former meeting place for the town’s council. Feel the history in the air when you see Caffe Pedrocchi, a famous coffee shop frequented by the intellectuals that influenced the Italian Risorgimento of the 19th century. The rest of the day is yours to discover the town however you wish. Perhaps you will choose to go on an exclusive optional tour down the Brenta Canal, enjoying an aperitif on your private boat as you admire the opulent homes on the water’s edge.  Included Meals – Breakfast

DAY 5 – Oct 04, 2020: Padua – Lake Garda – Lake Maggiore

This morning, head to Sirmione, an old village situated on the shores of Lake Garda. Embark on a boat ride through the Sirmione peninsula and see the famous sinking castle. Enjoy time at leisure to discover the narrow streets or simply relax alongside the bright blue waves of the lake. End the day next to Lake Maggiore, a stunning Italian lake, and toast to the start of your leisurely 4-night stay.  Included Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 6 – Oct 05, 2020: Lake Maggiore

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the nearby lakeside streets. Perhaps you’ll take an optional tour and coast along the ethereal water of Lake Maggiore by boat for an up-close look at the Borromean Islands before docking at Isola Bella, known as the “beautiful island.” Join an expert guide and venture into the Borromeo Palace, a seaside Baroque beauty with an exotic garden. Then, return to your boat and cruise by the remaining Borromean Islands.  Included Meals- Breakfast

DAY 7 – Oct 06, 2020: Lake Maggiore

The entire day is yours. You might soak up the sun on the beach, relax in an outdoor café, or head out on the waves by boat. Perhaps you will take an optional tour to Lugano, Switzerland to see the lake from the other side of the Italian border.  Included Meals – Breakfast

DAY 8 – Oct 07, 2020: Lake Maggiore – Lake Como – Lake Maggiore

Indulge in a day of sunshine and scenic peaks at the paradise of Lake Como, nestled against the Alps and a beloved retreat for the rich and famous. Enjoy a guided cruise of the waters before stopping in Bellagio, an ancient peninsula that fosters winding streets and unparalleled views. Enjoy some free time to discover the city’s secrets on your own. Return to Lake Maggiore and venture to Isola dei Pescatori** by boat, enjoying a farewell dinner of local cuisine to celebrate the end of your trip.  Included Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 9 – Oct 08, 2020: Lake Maggiore – Tour Ends

Wish Italy arriverderci as your tour comes to a close today.  Included Meals – Breakfast

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