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A ten-day journey through the spectacular northeast regions of Italy: Lombardy, Veneto, Trentino, Alto-Adige and Friuli. Explore the well-known wines from these areas, from the spectacular terraces of Valtellina to Valpolicella’s eclectic styles of Ripasso, Recioto and Amarone. Experience the local cultures, familiarize yourself with local dialects, taste Prosciutto and learn all about risotto and Prosecco.

  • Tour Category: Small Group Tour (max 16 participants)

  • Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights

  • Depature Dates: Monthly departures available. Please contact us for specific dates.

  • Max. No of People: 16

  • Tour pick up location: Milano Linate airport – Arrivals Terminal – 14:00

  • Tour drop off location: Venice Marco Polo airport – 11:00

  • Level of activities included in this tour: Easy/Medium (steps, staircases, uneven terrain)

This tour can be customized for independent travelers and private groups: any element can be tailored – Activities, Length, Hotels and Destinations.

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single room supplement: C$750 / US$600.

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Itineraries

Day 1

MILANO TO LAKE COMO

Participants meet at the Milano Linate airport in the early afternoon. This provides an opportunity to join the tour right after your arrival at the airport. However, we suggest that you arrive one or more days before the start of the tour to give yourself a good amount of time to adapt to the time zone (Italy is 6 hours ahead), and enjoy a visit to the eclectic city of Milan, famous for its fashion and shopping districts, great restaurants, La Scala Taeatro dell’Opera, the Galleria and the Duomo. From the airport, we depart for Lago di Como where we have a welcome dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

BELLAGIO, VARENNA, LAKE COMO

This morning, we follow an expert local guide to explore the historical villages of Bellagio and Varenna. They are referred to as “the pearls of Lake Como” due to their beauty, romance, and many gardens and villas. This is an easy two-hour walking tour. After lunch, we leave the lake and head north towards the Alps.

Day 3

IN THE HEART OF THE ALPS: VALTELLINA WINE REGION

After check out, an easy drive will bring us to an Alpine valley well-known to wine lovers: Valtellina. The local Nebbiolo grape, known locally as Chiavennasca, births the best wine appellations of the region, including Valtellina Superiore and Sforzato (an Amarone-style red wine made from partially dried grapes). We visit a local winery and sample their production. Lunch today is at a local trattoria where we taste the local food specialties. It is important to experience and understand the work that goes into the making of these wines from steep-terraced hills (Valtellina is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site). We continue to drive through the enchanting Apline landscape and arrive in the region of Trentino, in the famous Val di Non (the apple valley!) and check in to our hotel.

Day 4

TRENTINO AND LAKE GARDA

After breakfast, we check out and visit an amazing winery, one of the best known in the area. Explore the Trentino region driving through picturesque Alpine areas to vast vineyards where we will sample the local wine made with many grape varietals. Following the east coast of Lake Garda, we drive south and arrive at our next hotel. A beautiful wine resort in the Valpolicella. We are now in the heart of Veneto’s best wine regions, which we will proceed to visit over the next few days.

Day 5

IN THE "VALLEY OF THE MANY CELLARS"

Valpolicella (“the valley of the many cellars”) is the most important wine region in Veneto. Today, we learn all about its wine production and techniques, climate, and cuisine. We discover why Amarone wine is so popular, why locals dry the grapes to produce it, and what they like to eat with it. Valpolicella includes three valleys carpeted with vines that run north to south. The three main grapes of this area (Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella) produce a complexity of wines ranging from dry to sweet, light to full body, and rosé to dark red. We then set our compass west and visit Lake Garda and a couple of its jewel villages: Sirmione and Bardolino.

Day 6

COOKING IN VALPOLICELLA

Today we have a day at leisure where we can relax and be pampered at our wine spa resort. We then gather as a group in the kitchen and learn, chop, cook side-by-side with a Chef. Enjoy the fantastic resulting meal paired with wine.

Day 7

VERONA: BUBBLES AND LOVE

From Lake Garda, we head east. Time to visit Verona! An easy two-hour walk with a local guide will give you a nice introduction to this unique town and enlighten us on the secrets of Romeo and Juliet, the Arena and the Roman origins of Verona. We drive north east to the region of Friuli and check in to our hotel. We drive by immense wine hills where the Prosecco (Glera) grape is grown and the best sparkling wine is produced.

Day 8

THE REAL PROSCIUTTO DOP

You cannot sip Prosecco without a taste of the local Prosciutto! Therefore, we will bring you to the small village of San Daniele where the local prosciutto is cured, stocked and then distributed to the world. Friuli-Venezia Giulia is one of the smallest regions of Italy, one of the least touristic and of of the richest. Sea, mountains and hills. Wine and food products, culture and events. Cities of art and history are just a few treasures we will discover. How about learning about grappa today...? How about sampling a few? You will learn to appreciate this important part of Italy's northern culture.

Day 9

ARCHITECTURE AND WINE

After breakfast, we depart for one of the most important UNESCO site for art and architecture lovers. Villa di Maser from Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Our guide will enlight us with the various historical moments and artistic flavours that made this region famous among conosseurs. The we head into the Prosecco appellation territory and sample amazing local products at lunch.

Day 10

VENICE: END OF TOUR

After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to the Venice airport where all participants are free to organize the rest of their vacation as they wish. Ask us to build a post tour itinerary tailored just for you!

INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  1. Private winery tours and tastings in Valtellina, Valpolicella and Prosecco.
  2. Private tour of Bellagio, Varenna, and Verona with a local expert. Explore their gardens, villas, history and romance.
  3. Alpine pass crossing at 2,000 meters with a possibility of photographing a glacier (weather permitting).
  4. Hands-on cooking class in Valpolicella and dinner.
  5. Visit to one of the famous Villas of Veneto (a UNESCO heritage sight) by architect Andrea Palladio (16th century).
  6. Visit to the village of San Daniele in the region of Friuli, the site of the world famous Prosciutto DOP
  7. Many memorable meals in typical trattorie and ristoranti where you will fully absorb the traditional cuisine, customs and lifestyle.

PLUS

  1. Hand-picked hotels with every effort made to choose the best-rated available in tour travel areas.
  2. Breakfasts, plus a variety of lunches or dinners as per tour itinerary, including two glasses of wine.
  3. Comfortable private deluxe mini-coach with a professional licensed driver from tour origination to final drop-off point.
  4. Use of professional local guides when touring areas of significant historical / artistic / cultural importance.
  5. The best tour director! — your friendly guide who’s at your side for the entire tour and available to answer all your questions.
  6. Included are all entrance fees, applicable taxes (including hotel city taxes) as well as some of the gratuities associated with the tour.

WHAT YOU DON’T GET ANYWHERE ELSE!

  1. Visits to carefully selected wineries of different sizes and a chance to talk to the owners who make the wines you enjoy!
  2. For “foodies”: In-depth discussions on regional cuisine and how it pairs with local wines while enjoying ‘garden to table’ meals.
  3. A perfect mix of wine and non-wine related activities.
  4. Immersion in Italy’s culture and heritage up close and often, off the beaten track.
  5. Group sizes typically consisting of 12 to 16 participants.

NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  1. Your travel costs to tour start and from tour endpoint.
  2. Transfers and accommodations pre- and post-tour.
  3. Any expense incurred for personal items, services or hotel room extras.
  4. Travel insurance, cancellation and medical insurance.

CONTACT US OR YOUR TRAVEL AGENT IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS

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  • Start Friday September 11, 2020
    End Sunday September 20, 2020
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    Available Seats: 16

    default (1 - 16 Pax) $4,350.00 $ /Person

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INCLUDED

Transfer from Milano Linate airport to your hotel at arrival
Hotel WINDSOR 4*, 2 nights, Check in Sept 29, Check out Oct 1
2 Breakfasts buffet
Guide service for 2.5 hours
Entrance to Cenacolo Vinciano
Entrance to La Vigna di Leonardo
Aperitivo at La Vigna di Leonardo
Transfer from Hotel to Milano Linate tour meeting point
C$1,150
Price in Canadian Dollars, per person, in double accommodation. HST & VAT included. Single supplement: $125 per night. Price does not include hotel city taxes to pay directly at the hotel at check out (4 euro per night)

Supplement for transfer from Milano Malpensa to Hotel: $190

There's a whiff of Paris in Torino's elegant tree-lined boulevards and echoes of Vienna in its stately art nouveau cafes, but make no mistake – this elegant, Alp-fringed city is utterly self-possessed. The industrious Torinese gave the world its first saleable hard chocolate and Italy's most iconic car, the Fiat.

Its now booming contemporary art and architecture, live-music scene and innovative food and wine culture are definitely aspects you'll want to discover.

Sept 28 - Arrive in Milano Airport – Train or bus to Milano Central Train Station – High speed train to Turin – Check-in hotel.

Sept 29 - Morning at your leisure. In the afternoon meet our guide for a 2-hour private walking tour of Turin – Rest of the day at your leisure.

Sept 30 - After breakfast meet our driver – Drive to the Barolo wine country. Taste and compare different Barolos at the Enoteca with the guidance of a local sommelier. Your guide for the day will let you experience the best of this part of Italy, vineyards, castles, rolling hill and amazing wine and food.

Oct 1 - After breakfast, check out – High speed train to Milano Centrale train station. Local bus to Milano Linate airport to meet the rest of the group.

C$ 1,950 per person, based on double occupancy

INCLUDED

3 nights in 4 star selected hotel in Turin historical centre with buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi

All train tickets as per itinerary

2-hour walking tour of Turin with a private guide
A day in Barolo wine country including: car and driver, private wine guide, tasting and comparing 3 Barolos at the Enoteca Regionale, visit and tasting at one winery, lunch
Canadian taxes and Italian IVA
NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, gratuities and city hotel taxes (3 to 6 euros per night, depending on the hotel), wine with the lunch
Local bus to Milano Linate airport (5 euro per person – buy directly when you board the bus – 1 bus every 30 minutes)

Since Leonardo da Vinci broke all the rules in his stunning Last Supper, the indefatigably inventive Milanese seem to have skipped straight from the Renaissance to the 21st-century. Not only is Milan a treasure trove of 20th-century art, but art deco and rationalist architecture abound. Today the city leads the way with the largest post-war re-development in Italy, impressive, sustainable architecture and a futuristic skyline modelled by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and César Pelli.

Sept 29 - Arrive in Milano Airport – Transfer to hotel 4-star Milano downtown– Check-in

Sept 30 - After breakfast meet our private guide for a 4-hour small group tour of the city, including La Scala Theatre, Last Supper, Duomo (max 6 people). It will be a mix of walking and drive (car and driver are at disposal for the tour). Rest of the day at your leisure.

Oct 1 - After breakfast, check out. Morning at your leisure. After lunch transfer to Milano Linate airport to meet the rest of the group

C$ 1,450 per person, based on double occupancy

INCLUDED

2 nights in 4-star selected hotel in Milano shopping district with buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi
Private transfers to/from hotel
Private tour of Milano (walking and driving) with local guide, car and driver
Canadian taxes and Italian IVA
NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, gratuities and city hotel taxes

Imagine the audacity of building a city of marble palaces on a lagoon – and that was only the start.

Never was a thoroughfare so aptly named as the Grand Canal, reflecting the glories of Venetian architecture lining its banks. At the end of Venice’s signature waterway, the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco add double exclamation points. But wait until you see what’s hiding in the narrow backstreets: neighbourhood churches lined with Veroneses and priceless marbles, Tiepolo’s glimpses of heaven on homeless-shelter ceilings, and a single Titian painting that mysteriously lights up an entire basilica.

Oct 10 - Arrive at Venice airport with the group. End of tour. Water transfer to your hotel in Venice island – Check-in

Oct 11 - After breakfast meet our private guide for a 2-hour walking tour of the city. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Oct 12 - After breakfast, check out. Transfer to airport or train station.

C$ 1,350 per person, based on double occupancy

INCLUDED

2 nights in 4-star selected hotel in Venice downtown-island district with buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi
Private water transfers to/from hotel
Private walking tour of Venice with local guide, 2 hours
Canadian taxes and Italian IVA
NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, gratuities and city hotel taxes

Fusing haughty elegance with down-to-earth grit and one beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, Bologna is a city of two intriguing halves. One side is a hard-working, high-tech city located in the super-rich Po valley where suave opera-goers waltz out of regal theatres and into some of the nation's finest restaurants. The other is a bolshie, politically edgy city that hosts the world's oldest university and is famous for its graffiti-embellished piazzas filled with mildly inebriated students swapping Gothic fashion tips.

Oct 10 - Arrive at Venice airport with the group. End of tour. Bus transfer to train station. High speed train to Bologna. Transfer to hotel. Check in

Oct 11 - After breakfast meet our private food expert guide for a walking tour of the city and a visit to the world-famous food themed park: FICO Eataly World. Return to the hotel late afternoon.

Oct 12 - After breakfast, check out. High Speed train to Milano. Transfer to airport.

C$ 1,490 per person, based on double occupancy

INCLUDED

2 nights in 4-star selected hotel in Bologna downtown with buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi
Private transfers to/from hotel
Private tour of Bologna and visit to FICO with local food guide.
Canadian taxes and Italian IVA
NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, gratuities and city hotel taxes

Tour Highlights

THE REAL PROSCIUTTO DOP

You cannot sip Prosecco without a taste of the local Prosciutto! We will bring you to the small village of San Daniele where the local prosciutto is cured, stocked and then distributed to the world.

WALKING TOUR OF BELLAGIO & VARENNA

Enjoy a 2 hour walking guide led by a local expert and try your best not to be smitten by Bellagio & Varenna waterfronts of bobbing boats,

WINE TASTING IN THE HEART OF THE ALPS

Go on a tasting adventure and sample wines in the Alps of the Valtellina. Visit two different wineries and learn the differences in their products and wine-making philosophies.

Attention to Detail

I am recently back from a fabulous 10 day tour of Italy with Savour Italy Tours. This is my second time going with one of their tours and will most definitely not be my last. The attention to detail … the local artisans and family owned restaurants and tour companies SI uses makes our time even more authentic. We were a group of 19 and we had private tours of wineries and gardens and farms and the most delicious food and wine... Grazie!.... I will be back!!

Donna

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T17:46:46+00:00

Donna

I am recently back from a fabulous 10 day tour of Italy with Savour Italy Tours. This is my second time going with one of their tours and will most definitely not be my last. The attention to detail … the local artisans and family owned restaurants and tour companies SI uses makes our time even more authentic. We were a group of 19 and we had private tours of wineries and gardens and farms and the most delicious food and wine... Grazie!.... I will be back!!

The Most Perfect Vacation

We had saved up a few years to plan the trip of a lifetime. We found Savor Italy's website by chance, and contacted Antonio to inquire about his services. We sent him our budget, what we were hoping to see/do, and our traveling style. He responded promptly and put a "spot on" itinerary together for us. It almost sounded too good to be true, until we arrived in Italy. Every single part of our itinerary happened without a glitch. The custom tours & service blew us away. It was the most perfect vacation, and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

Julie

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T19:10:47+00:00

Julie

We had saved up a few years to plan the trip of a lifetime. We found Savor Italy's website by chance, and contacted Antonio to inquire about his services. We sent him our budget, what we were hoping to see/do, and our traveling style. He responded promptly and put a "spot on" itinerary together for us. It almost sounded too good to be true, until we arrived in Italy. Every single part of our itinerary happened without a glitch. The custom tours & service blew us away. It was the most perfect vacation, and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.

Everything Went Like Clockwork

Buongiorno Antonio!

Thank you so much for the wonderful trip.... starting with the magical entrance into Venice right through to the great tours of Milan; everything went like clockwork. Not to mention your personal email of wishing us a good journey before we left. We had a great time with Enrico. I have reached out to him in an email, as he had suggested, and anxiously waiting for his reply.

We will definitely be back to consult with you again sometime soon.

Debbie & John

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-23T17:43:17+00:00

Debbie & John

Buongiorno Antonio! Thank you so much for the wonderful trip.... starting with the magical entrance into Venice right through to the great tours of Milan; everything went like clockwork. Not to mention your personal email of wishing us a good journey before we left. We had a great time with Enrico. I have reached out to him in an email, as he had suggested, and anxiously waiting for his reply. We will definitely be back to consult with you again sometime soon.

Everything Was Taken Care of Expertly

Our group of four women combined the Discover the South and Sicily tours. From the time that our tour leader met us at the airport in Rome until we arrived in Palermo sixteen days later, everything was taken care of expertly by our Savour Italy team. This was an absolutely fabulous, carefree, first class trip full of authentic Italian experiences. If you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture, cuisine & wine, as well as visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Savour Italy is the tour company for you! Just say Yes to Italy!

Lynn

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5.0
2019-10-11T17:02:30+00:00

Lynn

Our group of four women combined the Discover the South and Sicily tours. From the time that our tour leader met us at the airport in Rome until we arrived in Palermo sixteen days later, everything was taken care of expertly by our Savour Italy team. This was an absolutely fabulous, carefree, first class trip full of authentic Italian experiences. If you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture, cuisine & wine, as well as visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Savour Italy is the tour company for you! Just say Yes to Italy!

Great food, wine, activities and tours

There is only one way to describe a Savour Italy tour... in superlatives. From initial booking to final farewell, Antonio and his gang do their utmost to ensure you have a wonderful trip sometimes off the beaten track. The memories of a recent 13 day trip to Puglia and Sicily are still fresh and warm. Great food, wine, activities and tours. I've done 2 tours with Savour Italy and am looking forward to another... the sooner; the better.

Carol

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-11-05T16:19:56+00:00

Carol

There is only one way to describe a Savour Italy tour... in superlatives. From initial booking to final farewell, Antonio and his gang do their utmost to ensure you have a wonderful trip sometimes off the beaten track. The memories of a recent 13 day trip to Puglia and Sicily are still fresh and warm. Great food, wine, activities and tours. I've done 2 tours with Savour Italy and am looking forward to another... the sooner; the better.

Ask and You Will Receive

There is no greater lover of all things Italian than Antonio. He is always ready to give you inside information to build your own itinerary in Italy. Ask and you will receive, whether it be a winery recommendation or a favorite restaurant.

Our last tour of Italy would not have been nearly as memorable had it not been for Antonio’s recommendations. We are returning again this fall and will again be following Antonio’s passion as we build our own itinerary.

Allan

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T17:45:52+00:00

Allan

There is no greater lover of all things Italian than Antonio. He is always ready to give you inside information to build your own itinerary in Italy. Ask and you will receive, whether it be a winery recommendation or a favorite restaurant. Our last tour of Italy would not have been nearly as memorable had it not been for Antonio’s recommendations. We are returning again this fall and will again be following Antonio’s passion as we build our own itinerary.

Nothing Compares

This was an amazing tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Everything was organized and taken care of. I was able to just experience all the wonders of the wine, food and culture of the regions. This is my second tour with Antonio's company and I am in the process of booking my third! Having also done bus tours and cruises with other companies, nothing compares to this experience! You visit places off the beaten path and have wonderful encounters with the locals. It is so worth it and I highly recommend any tour with Savour Italy!!!!

Rachel

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T12:23:19+00:00

Rachel

This was an amazing tour of Southern Italy and Sicily. Everything was organized and taken care of. I was able to just experience all the wonders of the wine, food and culture of the regions. This is my second tour with Antonio's company and I am in the process of booking my third! Having also done bus tours and cruises with other companies, nothing compares to this experience! You visit places off the beaten path and have wonderful encounters with the locals. It is so worth it and I highly recommend any tour with Savour Italy!!!!

Well Worth It

A travel companion and I used Antonio's customised tour service for an eight-day trip to Piemonte and Toscana. All directions and reservations for accommodations, some meals, winery and enoteca tours were easy to follow. Antonio's recommendations were all stellar, bringing us to places we would not have found on our own and ensuring that we were well received everywhere. His selection of visits and arrangements was superb. The cost was well worth it and added incommensurable value to our trip. I will avail myself of his services again.

Ron

Savour Italy Tours
5.0
2019-10-11T17:48:08+00:00

Ron

A travel companion and I used Antonio's customised tour service for an eight-day trip to Piemonte and Toscana. All directions and reservations for accommodations, some meals, winery and enoteca tours were easy to follow. Antonio's recommendations were all stellar, bringing us to places we would not have found on our own and ensuring that we were well received everywhere. His selection of visits and arrangements was superb. The cost was well worth it and added incommensurable value to our trip. I will avail myself of his services again.
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