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Tour Description

Although the Veneto region is popularly known because of Venice, the city on water, there are a lot of secrets that it holds. Most of them are seen in this tour, where we are taking you to places like Cormons to be a part of the wine and ham experience as well as cities like Treviso and Abano where you can eat in a characteristic local restaurant and explore the cuisine influenced by many nations and generations.

The tour continues with a visit of the Euganean Hills wine tour and the small towns of Bassano and Cortina, ideal places for walking, shopping but also skiing and hiking in the winter, especially the illustrious Cortina.

The Swiss-Austrian influence then begins as we move to Neustift, Brixen and Bolzano, all iconic towns nestled in the mountains - offering a one-of-a-kind off-beaten-track experience.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Venice Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Venice airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Just outside this area meet your driver who will transfer you to your Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Cormons.

Day 02: Cormons - Cividale Wines and San Daniele Ham - Cormons | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide in the hotel lobby. Today you will travel through the Friuli region, your first stop will be in San Daniele del Friuli surrounded by rolling hills, where you will have a walking tour in the charming medieval city centre, then you will visit a Prosciutto factory and will have a light lunch based on typical local products. Then you will drive to the countryside around Udine, stop for a visit of the Roman village of Cividale del Friuli for the a flagship Winery tour. Here you will have a private guided visit of the wine cellar and a wine tasting. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Cormons.

Day 03: Cormons - Treviso - Abano | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver in the lobby driver. This morning on route to your hotel in Abano Terme, you will vist Treviso, a true jewel of art enclosed by 16th century walls featuring exquisite palaces, waterways crossing the historic city centre, the enchanting Piazza dei Signori. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. In the afternoon continue to your Hotel in Abano Terme.

Day 04: Euganean Hills Wine Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide in the hotel lobby. The day's excursion starts with a visit to a typical cantina in the Veneto region. Arrive in the medieval town of Arqua Petrarca where, weather permitting, you will tour the vineyards with the owners. Learn about the area's grape growing techniques from the vintners themselves and, after a short description of the winemaking process, enjoy a wine tasting in the wine bar in the center of Arqua Petrarca. Your wine tasting will be led by the vineyard owner along with your guide, who is a sommelier and cheese expert. Next, take a scenic drive to a local restaurant and enjoy a light lunch featuring traditional dishes and excellent wine. After lunch, visit another cantina with the owner, who will explain the local production technique before leading you through a second wine tasting with more of the famous regional varieties. Together with your guide, discuss the differences and similarities of the wines from these 2 respected local producers. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Abano Terme.

Day 05: Abano - Bassano - Cortina | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your private driver to be transferred to your Hotel in Castebrando. On route stop in Bassano del Grappa, a town for walking, shopping and enjoying. Bassano has kept its cityscape from the Middle Ages, with a castle on top of the hill looking onto the Brenta river and the word famous wooden bridge, the Ponte degli Alpini, along with three attractive market squares. This lovely town is made of lanes, hidden corners, pretty houses and Palazzi to be discovered, away from mass tourism. After lunch in a characteristic local restaurant continue to your Hotel in Cortina.

Day 06: Cortina | After Breakfast at the Hotel meet your Driver and expert Guide before departing for the mountain village of Pieve di Cadore to enjoy a privately guided walking tour of the town center and to learn more about its illustrious native son with a special visit to the birth home of famed 16th century painter Titian. After your tour of Pieve di Cadore, you’ll depart on a scenic drive to beautiful Lake Misurina to admire its breathtaking views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Stop for lunch at a local farm, to enjoy a meal featuring fresh farm made produce, homemade cheeses and local specialties like kanederli (potato dumplings). In the afternoon together with your Private Guide explore the hiking trails around Misurina Lake, one of the most beautiful Lakes in the Dolomites and at the same time the biggest natural lake in the Cadore region. Around Misurina Lake there are giant mountains and lovely mountain pastures: a perfect territory for comfortable walks and demanding hikes. You will discuss with your Private Guide on the day's best Itinerary for your afternoon hike. To the east of the lake there is the "Bonacossa Trail" which leads hikers through the magic mountains of Sesto and Cadini. To the north, however, you can hike in direction Three Peaks, the most famous mountains in the whole Dolomites. In the late afternoon return to Cortina for a free evening. Overnight in Cortina D'Ampezzo.

Day 07: Cortina - Bolzano | Traditional breakfast and transfer to your Hotel in Bolzano. Lunch at leisure. Private tour of the historic centre and time for some shopping. Visit to the Archaeological Museum, home to Ötzi the mummified iceman, for a chance to discover the civilizations of the Alps. Continue to your hotel in Bolzano.

Day 08: Bolzano - Brixen - Neustift - Bolzano | Traditional breakfast and transfer to Brixen (Bressanone) for a morning Private Tour of the historic centre and abbey of Neustift (Novacella), with private access to parts of the convent. Lunch at leisure. Transfer back to Bolzano to visit the Messner Mountain Museum Firmian, Reinhold Messner’s homage to the mountains. Tour of the castle and return to your hotel. Overnight in Bolzano.

Day 09: Bolzano - Glurns - Neustift - Bolzano | Traditional breakfast and transfer to Glurns (Glorenza) in Val Venosta for a visit to the fortified village. Tour of Castel Coira, the heart of the Tyrolese aristocracy. Ascend to Castel Juval for lunch at leisure at a traditional maso, sampling traditional products. Tour of Merano and return to your hotel. Overnight in Bolzano.

Day 10: Bolzano - Verona Airport | After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a Private Transfer to Verona Airport.

Tour Inclusions
  • 2 nights in Cormons
  • 2 nights in Abano Terme
  • 2 nights in Cortina
  • 3 nights in Bolzano
  • Private excursions by Mercedes E Class and English Speaking Driver
  • Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides
  • All Breakfasts & Most Lunches Included
  • 24/7 Assistance & Support
  • Details up on request
Price
Prices in Euro

March to October 2017 Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy

4* Boutique Hotels

€4,985 per person

5* Luxury Hotels

€7,985 per person

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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania