Highlights of Italy North (2022|23) - 13 days

Delivering the perfect blend of Italy’s finest mainland attractions, Highlights of Italy (North) features the vibrancy of its iconic cities, the tranquillity of the Lake District, the beauty of the Riviera and the splendour of Tuscany’s winding roads, hilltop towns and vineyards. The tour offers a delicious blend of popular sites, secret treasures and unforgettable experiences. From cruising Lake Como, absorbing the breath taking views of Cinque Terre or wine tasting in Montalcino, every day will be an absolute highlight.

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Highlights and Inclusions

  • Experience Italy’s ‘must see’ cities, the Lake District, Cinque Terre and Tuscan villages.
  • 12 nights in exquisite 4 and 5-star hotels.
  • 12 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 1 dinner (D).
  • Guided sightseeing of Venice, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Florence, Accademia Gallery, Siena and Assisi.
  • Lunch in Cinque Terre at a stunning seaside restaurant.
  • Lunch and wine tasting at a renowned winery in Montalcino.
  • Visit a cheese farm for a tour and tasting near Pienza.
  • Entrance to Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica rooftop, Villa Carlotta, Accademia Gallery and Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library.
  • Visit 10 UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites including Venice, Verona, Cinque Terre, the Piazza del Duomo Pisa, Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Pienza and the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi.
  • Deluxe VIP transport and boat excursions in Lake Como and Cinque Terre.
  • Airport transfers on first and last day.
  • Note: hotel city taxes, if applicable, are not included.

Upcoming Departures

CommencesConcludesPrice (twin share per person)Price (single supplement)
VeniceRome
10 May 202322 May 2023$9,990 AUD$5,100 AUD Popular departure
14 June 202326 June 2023$9,990 AUD$5,100 AUD
12 July 202324 July 2023$9,990 AUD$5,100 AUD
30 August 202311 September 2023$9,990 AUD$5,100 AUD Popular departure
27 September 20239 October 2023$9,990 AUD$5,100 AUD Selling Fast!
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Commences: 10 May 2023 Conclude: 22 May 2023 Prices (twin share): $9,990 AUD Prices (single): $5,100 AUD Availability: Popular departure
Commences: 14 June 2023 Conclude: 26 June 2023 Prices (twin share): $9,990 AUD Prices (single): $5,100 AUD Availability:
Commences: 12 July 2023 Conclude: 24 July 2023 Prices (twin share): $9,990 AUD Prices (single): $5,100 AUD Availability:
Commences: 30 August 2023 Conclude: 11 September 2023 Prices (twin share): $9,990 AUD Prices (single): $5,100 AUD Availability: Popular departure
Commences: 27 September 2023 Conclude: 9 October 2023 Prices (twin share): $9,990 AUD Prices (single): $5,100 AUD Availability: Selling Fast!
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Day: 1 Venice

Welcome to magnificent Venice! Upon arrival, transfer to your spectacular hotel before spending the rest of the day absorbing the breath-taking views of this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Listed city.

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Day: 2 Venice

B, L

Enjoying a morning walking tour of the main Venetian sites including Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge, followed by a welcome lunch.
The afternoon and evening is free to explore at leisure. Perhaps stroll the maze of alleyways and iconic canals, experience a gondola ride or visit Murano’s renowned glass factories.

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Day: 3 Venice – Verona – Lake Garda – Lake Como

B

Depart Venice for Verona, famous for Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, before continuing to the shores of Lake Garda (Sirmione) for independent time with magnificent views. Afterwards, continue to Lake Como, renowned for its picturesque natural beauty including spectacular mountain scenery.

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Day: 4 Lake Como

B

Enjoy a morning guided exploration of Lake Como commencing in Bellagio. Bellagio is often described as the most beautiful village in Italy for its spectacular mid-lake location, promenade planted with oleanders and lime trees, hotels decorated with shades of peach and cream and the towns stepped, cobbled alleyways. Afterward, ferry to Tremezzo for a guided tour of Lake Como’s most famous residence, Villa Carlotta. The 17th century villa features luxurious interiors and an exquisite 17-acre garden decorated with sculptures, stairs, fountains and over 500 species of plants. The rest of the day is at your leisure to perhaps visit the village of Varenna or Bellagio’s Villa Melzi D’Eril.

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Day: 5 Lake Como – Milan – Santa Margherita

B

Depart Lake Como for bustling Milan with leisure time to visit Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s Cathedral, the stunning Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and wander the streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga in Milan’s upscale fashion district. Afterwards, continue to the idyllic Italian Riviera town of Santa Margherita.

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Day: 6 Santa Margherita – Cinque Terre – Santa Margherita

B, L

Experience the picturesque Cinque Terre by boat, train and on foot with our local guide. These stunning villages with their colourful houses, narrow streets and miniature squares, cling to the rugged Riviera coastline and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day includes an organised lunch in Vernazza with a wonderful seaside view.

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Day: 7 Santa Margherita

B

Today you have the entire day to enjoy at your leisure. Return to Cinque Terre to walk between the towns; venture along the Riviera to Portofino, renowned for its picturesque harbour and boutique shops; hike in Portofino National Park; or simply relax in beautiful Santa Margherita.

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Day: 8 Santa Margherita – Pisa – Lucca - Florence

B

Depart for a quick visit of Pisa’s Piazza del Duomo and Leaning Tower before continuing to the enchanting town of Lucca, famous for its historic centre and medieval towers. Afterward, continue to Florence to freshen up at your stunning hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

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Day: 9 Florence

B, D

Delight in a guided walking tour of Florence, a paradise for art lovers and a tribute to the Renaissance. Visit the main sites including the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Piazza Signoria, the Baptistery, Giotto’s bell tower, the Basilica of San Lorenzo and Accademia Gallery. Afterwards, you have the afternoon to take advantage of Florence’s famous shopping including its leather goods, artwork and antiques, before regrouping for a special dinner.

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Day: 10 Florence

B

Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. Continue exploring beautiful sites such as the Pitti Palace or Vasari Corridor, or discover Uffizi Gallery, which hosts some of the most important works of Italian and Florentine artists.

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Day: 11 Florence – Siena – Tuscan retreat

B

Depart for Siena for a guided tour of the old town, famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a famous horse race held twice a year. Visit the main sites including Siena Cathedral and the amazing frescoes in the Piccolomini Library, the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia. Continue to your magnificent Tuscan retreat where you may relax or partake in an optional late afternoon cooking class.

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Day: 12 Tuscan retreat – Montalcino – Pienza - Tuscan retreat

B, L

Enjoy a later start to enjoy time in your magnificent retreat before embarking on an excursion to Montalcino and Pienza. Enjoy independent time in Montalcino, perched high on a hill and famed for its surrounding vineyards that produce Italy’s most prestigious Brunello di Montalcino wine, before .indulging in a light lunch and tasting at a renowned winery. Afterward, continue to Pienza, one of Tuscany’s most picturesque villages with time to stroll the charming streets before driving through the surrounding UNESCO declared World Heritage Listed cultural landscape for a tour and tasting at a cheese farm.

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Day: 13 Tuscan retreat – Assisi – Rome

B

Visit Assisi, best known as the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint, and its location amid Umbria’s rolling hills. Enjoy a guided tour of Assisi’s main attractions including the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi in the Franciscan monastery. Afterward, continue to Rome. Guests not continuing to Highlights of Italy (South), Enchanting Puglia or a Rome City Break extension will transfer to the airport.

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