VENICE, VENETO & LAKE GARDA
Romance and history are the theme of this sample itinerary, with wine tastings, lakeside views, Shakespeare, and the most romantic place in the world - Venice. Experience the magic and see why Italy is still a top destination for couples and historians.
DAY 1: USA - VENICE [DEPART USA]
Buon Viaggio! Dinner and a movie aloft as you make your way to Venice (overnight flight).
Detailed private sightseeing of the remarkable Roman Arena,
which still holds summertime operatic festivals, the marble pedestrian street of
Via Mazzini, and Juliet's Balcony. Free time afterward to shop, relax, and explore this
charming town on your own (summertime is opera season!).
DAY 6: VERONA - BARDOLINO [LAKE GARDA]
Head west to the town of Bardolino, which rests on the shore of Lake Garda. Plenty of opportunities now for wine tastings of both reds and whites in the Valpolicella region, or shop in the authentic weekly market for fresh food and artisan goods.
DAY 7: BARDOLINO [FREE DAY]
Full day at your leisure to enjoy Lake Garda, framed by the Alps to the north and the Po River valley to the south. Suggest an excursion to Malcesine to ride the funicular up to the Monte Baldo and have lunch overlooking the mountains, or head north to Riva del Garda with hiking trails and more spectacular views.
DAY 8: BARDOLINO - PADUA - VENICE [REACH VENICE]
Drive east to Padua today to see Giotto’s magnificent frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel and explore the town on your own. Venice airport will be our destination to return your rental car, then transfer via boat ride to your hotel.
DAY 9: VENICE [INTRODUCTORY SIGHTS]
Detailed private sightseeing through Venice this morning, including Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Rialto Bridge. Free time to explore after your tour. Sunset gondola ride along the Grand Canal, anyone?
DAY 10: VENICE [FREE DAY]
Full day at your leisure to meander through La Serenissima and its canals, islands, shops, and museums. A chance to spend the day on the lagoon islands with glass shopping on Murano, lace shopping on colorful Burano, or visit the Byzantine Chapel on Torcello. We also highly recommend visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
DAY 11: VENICE - USA [RETURN HOME]
Transfer to the airport now for your home-bound flights. Same-day arrival in the USA. Welcome home!
DAY 2: VENICE - ASOLO [ARRIVE VENICE]
Arrive in Venice, where you will retrieve your rental car and drive to the charming hill town of Asolo in the foothills of the Dolomites and check into your centrally located hotel. Restaurant suggestions will be provided throughout.
DAY 3: ASOLO [FREE DAY]
Daily breakfasts in each of your hotels. Free day to relax and enjoy the region, with lots to see and do! Try a day trip to Bassano for Grappa, Villa Sandi for wines, or Marostica, which has a town square like a chessboard.
DAY 4: ASOLO - VICENZA - VERONA [REACH VERONA]
Drive to Vicenza for detailed private sightseeing of the city, including Teatro Olimpico and the Palladian architecture that inspired both Monticello and the White House. Chance for a stop at Montecchio Maggiore, the castle that belonged to Juliet's family in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, or Soave to sample the region's local white vintages. Reach Verona to check-in at your lodgings.
DAY 5: VERONA [INTRODUCTORY SIGHTS]
Delight in the Elegant Canals of Venice and Discover the Allure of Lake Garda
More time to travel? You could stay longer in any of the cities to get a more in-depth feel for Italian living! The choice is yours and we will gladly consult with you and draw up the best itinerary based on your needs and wishes so that it is the best vacation of your life!