Lagoons & Lakes Tour in Northern Italy​

May 20 – 30, 2024

Lagoons & Lakes

Exploring Northern Italy

Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting regions of Venice, Valpolicella (including Verona), and the stunning Lake Garda. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of flavors, explore the breathtaking landscapes, and uncover the hidden gems that make these destinations truly unforgettable.

Indulge in the Flavors: This tour is a gastronomic delight, designed to tantalize your taste buds with the finest food and wine offerings. From savoring the renowned Valpolicella wines to discovering the traditional dishes of Venetian cuisine, get ready to embark on a culinary adventure like no other.

Explore the Scenic Beauty: Marvel at the picturesque vistas as you navigate the tranquil waters of Lake Garda and the captivating islands and lagoons of Venice. Be captivated by the serene landscapes, charming villages, and stunning architecture that define these regions.

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Discover Hidden Gems: Venture off the beaten path and uncover the hidden treasures that lie beyond the tourist spots. From exploring the romantic city of Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to visiting the charming islands of Burano and Murano, known for their exquisite craftsmanship, each day will bring new discoveries and unforgettable experiences.

Immerse in Local Culture: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of local traditions and customs that shape the fabric of these unique destinations. Engage with the warm and welcoming locals, and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life. From exploring the charming neighborhoods and historic sites to experiencing the authentic cuisine and hospitality, you’ll truly immerse yourself in the cultural essence of Venice, Valpolicella, and Lake Garda.

Join us on this exclusive small group tour, where every moment is crafted to create a truly memorable experience. Let the beauty of the lakes and lagoons mesmerize you, and let the flavors of the region leave an indelible mark on your palate. Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on this extraordinary journey through Venice, Valpolicella, and Lake Garda.

Book your spot today and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure!

F. Faugno

My husband and I just returned from the Chianti Tour, our third trip with Vitalia! Needless to say, we are more than pleased. We have so many new memories, from the lovely towns we visited, the places we stayed, the food, wine, cheese tastings, olive oil tastings, winery tour, cooking classes and our accommodations. I could go on and on but you need to see for yourself. Can’t wait for next year to see what Vitalia has in store. Thank you Catherine for all you do!

F. Faugno

Kati H

WOW – this was amazing! Thank you so much for all of the suggestions for our itinerary. Your tips on places to eat are PRICELESS…as we plan on eating our way through Italy. Thank you so much for pulling our trip together for us. Thanks again…this is all priceless!

Kati H

Elisa Y

Enjoyable, pre-organized trip with a pleasant, experienced, knowledgable tour guide throughout Italy. Excellent choices of hôtels, restaurants, vine yards, organic farms, and attractions. Best Birthday Ever! Highly recommended if you want a carefree vacation.

Eliza Y

David D

Trip was well organized. My wife and I really enjoyed all of our daily excursions. Food and wine were incredible. Our hotel villa was topnotch with a great view. Catherine thought of everything and even had activities planned for our boys (ages 6 & 8).

David D
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Tour Highlights

  • ​Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural wonders of Venice
  • Discover the iconic canals and enchanting islands of Venice
  • Taste local Venetian delicacies on a Cicchetti tour
  • Tour olive oil mill with olive oil tasting 
  • Relax in a countryside relais estate overlooking vineyards, gardens, rolling hills and mountains
  • Experience private tastings and cellar tours in renowned vineyards of the Valpolicella region.
  • Explore the charming town of Verona, known for its romantic atmosphere and Shakespearean connections.
  • Embark on leisurely boat rides on Lake Garda, taking in the breathtaking landscapes and picturesque villages.
  • Visit the medieval town of Sirmione, famous for its stunning castle and thermal baths.
  • Discover the hidden gems of Lake Iseo and its islands
  • Enjoy a hands-on cooking class learning to create authentic local specialties
  • Indulge in several winery tours and tastings
  • Explore the small quaint villages and intimate locations not often visited
  • Learn about the regional cuisine and local specialty dishes
  • Indulge in a wine-pairing dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant
Itinerary:*
Day 1 - Arrival Day/ Benvenuti!

Venice, Italy during daytimeWelcome to the beautiful country of Italy! Prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure as you step foot in Venice. At the Venice airport, your tour leader awaits you, ready to guide you into this enchanting city. Hold on tight as the group is whisked away by a private water taxi, gracefully weaving through the iconic canals towards our exquisite accommodations in Venice.

As we navigate the intricate network of canals, you'll pass under charming bridges and alongside elegant palaces that line the water's edge. The ambiance is serene and tranquil, offering a unique perspective of Venice that is only accessible by water. The journey is not just a means of transportation; it is an experience in itself.

Once you've checked in and settled, take a moment to relax and recharge. Then, indulge in a delectable lunch of your choice, exploring the unique flavors this vibrant city has to offer.

As the sun begins to set, immerse yourself in the true essence of Venice. Join us for a memorable cicchetti tour, where you'll experience a genuine Venetian tradition. Savor delectable bites and sip on local wines, all while embracing the lively atmosphere of this captivating city. Get ready to create unforgettable memories on this magical evening in Venice. (D)

Day 2 - Discover the Allure of the Brenta Canal and its Villas

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure - Day 2 of our journey is all about exploring! We'll start the day by hopping on a charming Brenta Riviera Canal boat that will take us through the mesmerizing Riviera del Brenta, connecting the magnificent cities of Venice and Padua.

As we leisurely cruise along the picturesque canals, get ready to be captivated by the sight of several magnificent villas that adorn the landscape. Each one tells a unique story of the region's rich history and cultural heritage. Marvel at the elegance of Villa Pisani, with its stunning facade and sprawling gardens - a true masterpiece of Venetian architecture.

Discover the secrets of Villa Foscari, also known as La Malcontenta, with its serene setting and incredible Palladian design. And don't miss the grandeur of Villa Widmann, adorned with intricate frescoes and surrounded by manicured lawns.

These enchanting villas offer a glimpse into a bygone era you won't want to miss. As we glide along the peaceful waterways, let yourself be immersed in the charm and tranquility of this captivating experience.

To top it all off, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch at a local trattoria, where you'll savor the flavors of the region's specialties.

For dinner, you have the freedom to explore and choose your own culinary adventure. End the day with a magical night in the enchanting city of Venice.

(B, L)

Day 3 - Explore the Enchanting Venice Lagoons

boat on dock near buildings during daytimeEmbark on a private tour aboard a traditional Venetian wooden boat called a 'bragozzo' and let the mesmerizing waterways of Venice guide you to the hidden gems of the Northern Lagoon. Explore the captivating islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, each offering a unique charm and intriguing history. Alternatively, we might also venture to the lesser-known Sant' Erasmo, a tranquil oasis untouched by time.

Indulge in a delightful wine-pairing luncheon at an organic farm on one of these picturesque islands, where the flavors of the Venetian lagoon come to life. Experience a sanctuary of delectable cuisine, exquisite wines, and breathtaking nature.

 

Immerse yourself in the timeless viticultural heritage of the Venice lagoon and savor the exceptional wines created in this extraordinary terroir. Prepare to fall in love with this peaceful oasis, where time stands still.

 

 

For our final night in Venice, the group will enjoy a lively dinner at a charming restaurant nestled along the iconic Grand Canal. It's the perfect way to conclude our time in Venice.

(B, L, D)

Days 4 - 6: Uncover the Flavors and Beauty of Valpolicella: Indulge in Wine, Culture, and Scenic Splendor

After breakfast in Venice, we'll gather for our transfer to our next destination. Prepare to unveil an extraordinary world of tantalizing flavors and awe-inspiring beauty as we delve into the captivating region of Valpolicella.

Settle into our exquisite estate villa and wine relais, surrounded by meticulously manicured gardens, enchanting water features, and vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see.

Over the course of the next 4 unforgettable days, immerse yourself in a series of exceptional experiences, including wine tasting adventures, an exclusive private tour of Verona, a captivating boat excursion on Lake Garda and visit to Sirmione, hands-on cooking lessons, and the pièce de résistance - a magnificent wine-pairing feast at a prestigious Michelin-starred restaurant.

As each day draws to a close, join us at our villa for delightful dinners, creating treasured memories that will endure for a lifetime. Don't miss out on this unparalleled journey of indulgence and discovery!

Days 7-10: Experience the beauty and tranquility of the Lakes Region

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Lakes Region, where tranquility and natural wonders await as we bid farewell to the Valpolicella region and delve into the picturesque allure of Lakes Garda and Iseo.

Step into old world elegance and refinement as we check into our magnificent Belle-Époque hotel, majestically set along the glistening shores of Lake Garda.

Over the next three days, explore the captivating landscapes and uncover the hidden treasures within the charming lakeside villages, such as the enchanting Limone sul Garda.

Our adventure continues with a guided exploration of Lake Iseo and its mesmerizing islands. Unveil the secrets of this hidden paradise as you wander through its idyllic surroundings.

Delight your palate with immersive wine and olive oil tasting excursions, savoring the exquisite flavors of the region.

Transport yourself to a bygone era as we enter a historical estate boasting meticulously manicured gardens. Admire the architectural marvels and immerse yourself in the echoes of history that resonate through its hallowed halls.

But our journey wouldn't be complete without a guided tour of Brescia, a city steeped in rich history and culture. Traverse the ancient paths and witness the vibrant tapestry of civilizations that have left their mark throughout the ages.

 

 

As the sun sets behind the tranquil waters of Lake Garda, join us each night for a delectable dinner at our elegant hotel. Indulge in a symphony of flavors meticulously crafted, while reflecting on the enchanting moments of the day.

 

Experience the pure serenity and captivating beauty of the lakeside, where every moment is infused with magic and tranquility.

Lake view rooms are available. Breakfast and Dinner every day at our hotel.

Day 11 - Departure Day

After breakfast we say our farewells to each other and the magical allure of this enchanting country. 

We'll board our vans and head to the Milan Malpensa (MXP) airport.

Bid "Arrivederci!

It's been a privilege to be a part of your adventure, and we hope the experiences and moments shared will stay with you forever.

Ci vediamo presto - until we meet again!

Key: B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner​,  included
*Itineraries are subject to change. Vitalia Tours and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Vitalia Tours reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.

This Tour Includes:

  • Small group size: Maximum of only 12 travelers
  • 3 nights in a period residence in the center of Venice
  • 4 nights Valpolicella in beautiful winery estate relais
  • 3 nights Lake Garda in a grand lakeside hotel
  • Private water transfer from Venice airport (VCE)
  • All breakfasts, buffet style
  • 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Regional wines with most meals
  • Private driver and land transportation where designated in the tour
  • Private full-time tour escort
  • Private bus/van for our daily excursions
  • Boat and canal tours
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • Venetian Cicchetti Tour
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • Private cooking lesson
  • Private guided tours in Venice, Verona and in the Lakes area
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Wine-pairing dinner at a Michelin restaurant
  • Pre-trip information packet
  • Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, and parking fees

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance*
  • Travel documents & fees: i.e. passport and visas (if required)
  • Lunch on arrival day, and 2 other days
  • Any telephone, cell, data & internet usage**
  • Items of a personal nature​
  • Travel-related expenses outside of the tour itinerary
  • Any food or beverage ordered by traveler that is not included or presented during meals including: wine and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks & gelato
  • Any taxes on personal items purchased
  • Optional tips to guides, staff or drivers. These are not required and are given at your discretion.
  • Any expenses related to COVID or illness, masks, sanitizer, testing or medical expenses, medications, loss of tour days, isolation or quarantine expenses, illness, or anything else related to COVID or illness.

* We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to protect your investment. This is to ensure that you are covered in the event of loss of deposit and cancellation fees, medical emergency or health expenses, personal accident, flight cancellation or delays and to protect your luggage against any loss or damage.​ ​​​​​​ ​

** There is free wifi at our accommodations

Details

Dates: May 20-30, 2024
11 Days/10 Nights

Where: Venice, Valpolicella, Verona, Lake Garda
Group size: 12 Guests Maximum

Tour Cost: $6,360 USD per person/double occupancy
$1,100 USD single supplement

Deposit: $1500.00 USD at time of booking to reserve your spot

Balance due: 60 Days prior to tour start

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