This 7 days package is designed to leave you the most complete freedom: you will decide what and when to visit something.
Choose each day among the most renown cities of the north of Italy, the most famous museums, and the most picturesque and hidden venues while tasting the best wines and specialties of the area.
The package includes
- 7 nights with continental breakfast;
- Full-time tour by qualified tour leader during the days of touring;
- Private transportation by van during the days of touring;
- Welcome dinner in local restaurant;
- Goodbye dinner in local restaurant;
- Winery tour with tasting;
- 4 daily tours to choose among:
- Visits to the artistic cities in the North-East of Italy, including entrance to museums, archaeological sites, and other venues specified in the programme (see below);
- Trekking in the following natural areas: Dolotimes Dolomiti, Lake Garda, Lake Iseo, Adamello Natural Park.
- Transfer from/to airport/train station;
- Visit to a Grappa distillery in Franciacorta with tasting;
- Entrance to Sirmione Thermal Spa;
- Daily sailing trip on Lake Garda;
- Daily visit to Parmesan cheese maker;
- Daily visit to Parma ham maker;
- Visit to Modenese Balsamic Vinegar maker with tasting;
- Visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello;
- Visit wineries in Franciacorta and Lugana with tasting.
- Restaurant booking;
- Ticketing and booking of concerts, events and shows;
- Booking of Tee-Time and Golf lessons
- Bike rental
Quotes upon request for:
Day 1 – Check in
Your Tour Leader will welcome you at Palazzo Novello for a welcome cocktail.
During the evening you will be able to taste the local specialties in a typical restaurant.
From Day 2 to day 7: Choose your own itinerary
During these days your Tour Leader will show you the Garda Lake and the hinterland. From here we will visit the most famous cities of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna, and see the most famous natural venue: the Dolomites.
Lake Garda, with picturesque villages of Salò and Sirmione (hosting the must-see roman villa called “ Catullo’s Caves”, at the edge of the peninsula) and the famous Vittoriale degli Italiani, the villa belonging to eccentric poet Gabriele D’Annunzio in Gardone Riviera. This lake offers some of the most charming landscapes of the North of Italy, places that enchanted generations of travellers and inspired great artists of the past such as Stendhal and Byron.
The Dolomites offer some of the most incredible mountain views, with their vertical walls and long and deep valleys, reasons that have seen them become part of the UNESCO, World Heritage List.
To the South
Heading south we will be able to admire:
- Mantova with Palazzo Ducale (the Duke’s Palace) , characterised by its immense frescoed halls, marvellous galleries and timeless masterpieces. We will also admire the splendid architecture of Palazzo Te, one of the most representative palaces of Italian Mannerism;
- Parma and its old town, famous for its Romanic Cathedral and the octagonal Baptistery made of pink marble;
- Modena and its famous monuments: La Torre Civica (Civic Tower), the Cathedral and Torre della Ghirlandina (Girlandina’s Tower) in the square called Piazza Grande, included in the World Heritage list by UNESCO;
- The Ferrari Museum in Maranello: an hymn to the history and style of Ferrari, where you will see the most beautiful sports cars and the latest car models.
West of Montichiari we can’t miss:
- Brescia, with its roman ruins and Santa Giulia – the museum of the City, included in the World Heritage list in 2011;
- La Città Alta di Bergamo – the old town of Bergamo- surrounded by majestic walls of the 16th Century, with the Citadel, The Old Square and the Colleoni fountain, the City Tower, Saint Alexander’s Cathedral and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore;
- Milan with its Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the Brera Gallery, one of the most important Italian museums, hosting masterpieces by Mantegna and Caravaggio;
- Franciacorta, the area famous for its wines and architectural testament of our past between rural and spiritual life;
- Lake Iseo, with its calm villages and the biggest inhabited lake-island of Europe: Montisola, characterised by its fisherman’s hamlets.
East of Montichiari we will be able to visit:
- Verona, with the setting of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and the monuments of the times of Signoria degli Scala;
- Padova, with Basilica del Santo (Saint’s Basilica), the marvellous paintings of Cappella degli Scrovegni e and the beautiful squares Delle Erbe (of the Herbs) and Della Frutta (of the Fruit), with a final break at Caffè Pedrocchi, famous meeting point for artists of the past such as Stendhal and George Byron;
- Venice, with its narrow streets and canals, S. Marco Square, the Basilica and Palazzo Ducale (the Duke’s Palace), Ponte di Rialto and marvellous churches such as Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and of Santi Giovanni e Paolo (Saints John and Paul);
- Venetian Villas, with their gorgeous gardens and neo-classic architecture, in-land symbols of Venetian richness and nobility.
Day 7 – Goodbye Dinner
During our goodbye dinner in Montichiari, we will taste typical local products, such as the famous Pumpkin Tortelli, and the unmissable braised and roasted meats accompanied by the ever-present polenta.