Discover the gems of northeastern Italy, from world-famed Venice to off-the-beaten path gems around Trieste. Lingering within the 150 kilometers that span these two cities is a story of two rivals, strategic naval ports which long battled to become the Mediterranean’s most significant harbor. Today, with its gondola rides and picture-perfect islands, the former Republic of Venice is the epitome of romance. Meanwhile, Trieste uncovers the history of the mighty Habsburg Empire, of its power and cursed loves; reveals moving insights about the WWII period; and fronts the region of hilltop wineries, old crafts, remarkable heritage, nature trails and friendly neighbors like Slovenia. Enjoy them all on this small-group tour of Italy.
- Soak up the beauty of Venice on a romantic gondola ride, then enjoy a classical concert by a local orchestra
- Explore the flavors and crafts of the Trieste region: taste prosciutto crudo in San Daniele and learn about mosaic art in Spilimbergo
- Take in the caves and admire the grace of Lippizaner horses in neighboring Slovenia
This tour of Italy features 9 nights of upscale accommodations (2 nights in Venice and 7 nights in Trieste), with full buffet breakfasts. Also included are 2 lunches and 7 dinners in unique local venues. With Venice as the starting and ending point, this small group tour of Italy (for 6–20 participants) includes private transportation by deluxe coach and by boat. Also a part of this Italian vacation package are multiple day trips, city tours and excursions with English-speaking guides and entrance fees to attractions. Professional English-speaking assistance is provided for the duration of the tour.