Indulge in all essential Italy’s delights, explore the “boot” from north to south, experience the bustling Italian life in a new tour concept. These escorted 3 Signature Small Group Tours will allow you to choose the area of Italy you are most interested in (1, 2 or all 3) with the assistance of an English speaking tour escort who will take care of all details so that you can focus on enjoying the journey without worries.
“Italy Jewels” is an extra-ordinary journey through the marvels of Italy. One itinerary divided into 3 independent yet linked legs that brings first timers and previous travelers to Italy to another dimension in travel: independent escorted small-group travel, with off the beaten track experiences with special interest options in the main locations. A modular itinerary, which gives you the opportunity to choose one or more “sections” of it. Our Signature Small Group Tours concept brings together people with similar ages and all speaking a common language that would enhance friendships. The unusual, unique and special optional tours will break up the group for daily activities to satisfy personal interests, while evenings spent together at dinner and/or local evening events will be a unique opportunity to share experiences.
Just like you choose the topping on the Pizza here you can add your own desired flavor of experiences drawing from the option menu to bring your experience in Italy alive, personal and interactive with the people ……. two departures annually chosen at the best times to see the country without the crowds and with kind weather – April and October.
Explore Stresa, the elegant internationally famous holiday resort on the shores of the Lake Maggiore with its spectacular views and areas of historical and architectural interest. From Stresa it is possible to visit the beautiful Borromean Islands, famous for their stunning gardens. Delicious Welcome Dinner in Stresa.
Full Day Excursion with Private guided Tour of Milan through the city highlights: Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza della Scala, Castello Sforzesco and Cenacolo, where you will admire Leonardo’s “Last Supper”. Climb the Duomo: the roof is a place of singular walks among the spires and breathtaking views of the city. Free time to explore the glamorous shopping streets of the Fashion District.
Dinner in the Navigli area, one of the most popular night life hotspots in Milan.
Discover the vineyard-covered hills of Valpolicella. You will have the opportunity to taste top examples of Amarone, the noble wine of the region during the visit of the estate and the winery. Lunch with local products and Valpolicella wines pairing.
Arrive in Verona, one of Italy’s most important touristic cities, especially renowned for the legendary story of Romeo and Juliet and for its is the well kept Roman amphitheater, the Arena, where operas and music events take place during the yearly open air Festival.
Venice: private walking Tour of Venice Castello District, the largest of Venice’s six districts and probably the most varied one through the finest architecture and monuments as well as small hidden gems well off the tourist track.
Private guided Bacari Tour with local native guide. The Bacaro is a typical Venetian bar, offering delicious local snacks (called “Cicheti”) and local wines (called “Ombre”).
Day 2 Lake Maggiore Express and Centovalli Train
Unique experience to discover the Lake and Valleys by ferry and narrow gauge train. Departing Stresa with the ferry Lake Maggiore Express, cruise up to the northern tip of Lake Maggiore: Locarno. Enjoy this lovely Swiss village then take the picturesque little train “Centovalley” train for a scenic journey through many bridges and viaducts that span the valleys. The journey ends in Domodossola where you will board a regular train back to Stresa. (Euro 45 pp, min. 2 pax)
Day 6 Carnival Masks Workshop
During centuries masks makers had considerably refined their art. The artisan will explain the ancient procedure of creation of a Venetian Mask, through the clay modeling, the creation of the negative mould in chalk, and the application of papier-mache. In the practical part you can choose two handmade masks to decorate between theatre masks, traditional, fantasy, for children, etc. (Euro 95 pp, min. 10 pax)