Italy: The Undiscovered North: Veneto & Emilia Romagna

  • 10 Days | Venice, Asolo, Vicenza, Verona, Lake Garda, Parma and Bologna

The Original Small Group Tour.
We're Different from the Mainstream.

Authentic Dining at Locally Owned Venues
Customary Gratuities Included, Historic Center Located Hotels
No Up-Selling on tour, No big buses, No big groups
American Tour Directors, Local Expert Guides
Take over as a Private Journey or Self-Guided Journey.


Discover the Veneto region. The beauty of Lake Garda. Delicious Bologna.

Deluxe from $6,855
Classic from $5,855

From $6,855 Average 10-16 Guests. No Big Buses. Adventure Leader with you from start to finish. No Up-sell while on tour (no stress).

 
 
 
Journey Highlights
Journey's Truly Unique Approach
This is a special itinerary that will have a wonderful element of cuisine and wine perfectly intertwined through our discovery of "new" places: Asolo, Treviso, Vicenza, Verona, Lake Garda and Bologna. And in Asolo, where we begin, one of our favorite English poets, Mr. Robert Browning, spent part of his life in this city of one hundred horizons. Browning who coined the phrase, "Open my heart and you will see, 'graved inside of it, Italy," found inspiration and harmony in this amazing village - they even named a street after him.
This small group Journey features:
  • An Authentic Small Group with around 6 to 16 Guests
  • Venice: Begin in Venice and enjoy the capital of the Veneto Region
  • Treviso: Still referred to by its ancient name, “Marca,” Treviso delights
  • Asolo: City of 100 Horizons and pay homage to Sir Robert Browning
  • Marostica: An amazing hill town kown for its life-size Chess Game
  • Vicenza: The Teatro Olimpico is one of Vicenza’s artistic wonders and a World Heritage Site.
  • Verona: House of Juliette, Roman Ampitheater "Arena"
  • Bologna: Where the "Good Food" from Italy Comes From
See the complete Day-by-Day Itinerary
Journey's Prime Location Hotels

Featuring Unique Experiences with Journey's Modern Approach:

  • Consider our Pre-Tour Optional Experience in Venice: Add a night to recover from your Transatlantic Flight.

    TRIP COMMENCES: VENICE, 1 Day/1 Night
    Deluxe: Hotel Saturnia & International
    Classic: Hotel Bonvecchiati or Similar

    ASOLO , 2 Days/2 Nights
    Deluxe: Hotel Villa Cipriani
    Classic: Hotel Albergo al Sole or Similar

    VERONA, 3 Days/3 Nights
    Deluxe: Hotel Due Torri
    Deluxe: Hotel Accademia or Similar

    TRIP FINALE: BOLOGNA, 2 Days/2 Nights
    Deluxe: Grand Hotel Majestic gia Baglioni
    Classic: Hotel Metropolitan or Similar

Journey's hotels are located in the Historic Centers and locations travelers desire; while on tour include all tourism/city taxes, daily breakfast with table service or buffet (continental in Classic), WiFi, and portage.


2022 Dates & Pricing
Our Journeys include airport Meet & Greet, arrival transfers, true small group touring averaging around 6 to 16 guests, Skip-the-Line Sightseeing, Journey Exclusives, Journey's Signature Dining, Historic Center located hotels, daily breakfast, customary gratuities and no up-selling while on tour —  we're different from the mainstream! Deluxe Double Room for Solo Use Supplement is $1680. Classic Doulbe Room for Solo Use Supplement is $660.

Special Departure: MAY 1-MAY 9: Tour commences in Venice, Concludes in Bologna
Deluxe: $6,755 per person, Classic: $5,755 per person

MAY 22-MAY 30
Deluxe: $6,855 per person, Classic: $5,855 per person

JUNE 12-JUN 20
Deluxe: $6,855 per person, Classic: $5,855 per person

SEPTEMBER 11-SEP 19
Deluxe: $6,855 per person, Classic: $5,855 per person

OCTOBER 2-OCT 10
Deluxe: $6,855 per person, Classic: $5,855 per person

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Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 0: TRAVEL DAY | DAY 1: VENICE | DAY 2-3: ASOLO |  DAY 4-6: VERONA | DAY 7-8: BOLOGNA| DAY 9: DEPARTURE


The Secrets and Treasures
The Secrets and Treasures of Undiscovered Northern Italy present a unique opportunity to discovering the delight's of Italy’s Veneto region, Lake Garda and the undiscovered Emilia Romagna. This is our special itinerary that features a wonderful element of cuisine and wine perfectly intertwined through our discovery of "new" places: Asolo, Treviso, Vicenza, Verona, Sirmione and Lake Garda and Bologna. And in Asolo, where we begin our further exploration after a very special night in Venice,with one o our favorite English poets, Robert Browning, who coined the phrase, “Open my heart and you will see ‘graved inside of it, Italy,” found inspiration and harmony in the amazing village of Asolo - they even named a street after him.

Flight and Early Arrival Options
Your flight to Venice should arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary —  this means you should depart your home airport the day prior — your round-trip travel time on this Journey is 10 Days (9 Days, 8 Nights Land). Airfare is not included. Inquire about our Business Class and Premium Economy Airfare.

Expand the Journey: Many of our travelers arrive a "full day early" to recover from their overnight flight — inquire with us about a pre-tour overnight hotel room in Venice.

 

Day-by-Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ITALY: THE UNDISCOVERED NORTH JOURNEY BEGINS 

Our first stop is the historic port city of Venice - The former Republic of Venice - Make your way to our hotel on San Marco or opt for our airport arrival experience - inquire with reservations.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
This afternoon meet the Journey Tour Director for a special adventure we call "Hidden Venice," and enjoy an exclusive Journey experience.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Venice Dinner

Join the Journey Tour Director tonight for a special welcome dinner.

Journey Cuisine is authentically Italian: Family-owned restaurants farm to table
Journey’s approach to dining is unique in the travel world (just like the regions of Italy). We include Premium Beverages (wine, soda and cocktails) and you choose your dinner from the menu. The Italian chefs and families are proud of their delicious dishes which hail from each of the regions in which Journey travels. From Lombardia and beautiful Lake Como to the Veneto region with Venice all the way through to the Amalfi Coast and Campania, you will enjoy a variety of dishes featuring pasta, seafood combined plates, vegetable inspired contorni and of course family inspired dishes. While in Italy we will enjoy locally grown produce where the concept of nostrale, or home-grown, is so evident.

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DAY 2: TREVISO & ASOLO 

Journey Dinners IconBreakfast included daily

This morning we will make our way to Treviso in the Province of Treviso, which is still referred to by its ancient name, “Marca.” The area is marked by the waters of the Piave, Sile and Livenza Rivers featuring beautiful landscapes that blend with the hills. The fields are dotted with stately homes and the greater Veneto region is home to over 4,500 villas in the style of the Palladian and similar.

We arrive the hill town of Asolo, check-in, freshen up begin our Discovery Walk. From Robert Browning to the city of 'one hundred horizons,' Asolo is filled with surprises and delight.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Asolo Dinner

We then make our way to our favorite restaurant in Venice where we will be delighted with cuisine from several regions throughout Italy including the Veneto, Lazio and Campania (all paired with delicious wines and premium beverages - and all included with Journey).

Journey Hotels IconPreferred Property in Asolo

Included in package: 5-Star Villa Cipriani, 2 Nights with breakfast

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DAY 3: EXPLORING ASOLO

It's always a beautiful morning in Asolo.  

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Asolo

Today, we will enjoy a walking tour of the City of 100 Horizons with our Local Guide as you learn of Mr. Browning's exploits, and those of Freia Stark, Hemmingway and more. Asolo is the perfect 'slow living' village to discover the special art of pleasurable aimlessness. It was here in the late 1400s that Cardinal Bembo, a literary figure of the time, coined the expression "Asolare," meaning the experience of spending one's time in pleasurable aimlessness.  

 The balance of the day is at your leisure to enjoy, as it should be when you're in Asolo.

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DAY 4: DISCOVERING MAROSTICA & VICENZA 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Secrets & Treasures of the Veneto

We make our way continuing through the Veneto to discover the amazing hill town of Marostica to learn of its life-sized chess game and to the city of Vicenza to enter their amazing theater.

We arrive at our home for the next 3 days and nights: Verona.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
After checking in and freshening up, meet the Journey Tour Director for a Discovery Walk of Verona.

Journey Hotels IconPreferred Property in Verona

Included in package: 5-Star Hotel due Torri, 3 Nights with breakfast

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DAY 5: DISCOVERING VERONESE SECRETS

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Secrets & Treasures of Verona
Our Local Guide greets us and leads us on a walking tour of Verona through the very heart of this vibrant city. We will enjoy learning about the House of Juliette and possibly get to ensure romance in your future. The impressive Arena of Verona is both breathtaking and tragic: today it's a modern venue for worldclass productions, but its origin was barbaric - learn the fascinating history of the Romans in Verona. Piazza Bra, Erbe and Signori all provide the backdrop for our fascinating tour.

After the experience, enjoy the balance of your day at leisure to explore Verona.

Journey is Different: Join your Journey Tour Director for an optional dinner tonight or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 6: DISCOVERING LAKE GARDA 

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Secrets & Treasures of Lake Garda
We make our way to the beautiful Lake Garda for a special experience throughout the day. Our Local Guide greets us and leads us on a walking tour of Sirmione, a lake-side resort village before we board our boat for a tour of the lake to learn about its incredible history complete with a legend of a American military base.

Journey Exclusive: After the experience, we make our way to a beautiful winery estate. Enjoy a special tasting experience on the grounds of Masi Tenuta Agricola –  set between the blue of Lake Garda, the green Valpolicella hills and the slopes of Monte Baldo, Tenuta Canova opens its doors us as they prepare delicious morsels paired with amazing varieties of wine.

We return to our hotel in Verona for a free evening.

Journey is Different: Join your Journey Tour Director for an optional dinner tonight or explore at your leisure.

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DAY 7: WELCOME TO BOLOGNA 

This morning we make our way into the Emilia Romagna region —  known for its gastronomy (incredible cuisine, oil, balsalmic and wine).

Nestled in the Emilia-Romagna region and noted as the premiere city on our Undiscovered Northern Italy Tour, Bologna is the capital of the region and a Italy lover's delight.

John Grisham's character in The Broker makes his way through the city, winding the streets and under the arches in his mystery novel - a great read before you come to Bologna.

Its nicknames include La Grassa (the fat as in delicious, the Bolognese have been very serious about their food for some time), La Rossa (as in the home of the political left earning its second nickname), and La Dotta (the Learned as noted for the oldest university).

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Bologna Dinner

Italy is known for its cuisine but the region of Emilia Romagna might be the best swath of Italy for true culinary delights. Enjoy a special dinner tonight with your Journey Tour Director.

Journey Hotels IconPreferred Property in Bologna

Included in package: 5-Star Grand Hotel Majestic Giá Baglioni, 2 Nights with breakfast

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DAY 8: DISCOVERING BOLOGNA

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: The Tastes of Bologna
Today enjoy the tastes of the famed Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, prosciutto, homemade cakes, the delicious Malvasia and Lambrusco sparkling red wine from the region, along with balsamic vinegar and olive oil —  and we're just getting started. Our Local Guide walks us through the heart of this amazing city. Learn about the liberators of World War II and their big machines that left an impression on the town square. Piazza Maggiore and its church and its many secrets are part of our experience today.

After the experience, enjoy the balance of your day at leisure until our event tonight.

Our Special Journey Finalé
Meet tonight for our special Apericena to celebrate our time together. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.

It has been a Journey of Adventure and Discovery, along with making new friends! Until our next Journey — Arrivederci!

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DAY 9: DEPARTURE DAY: Arrivederci Italy!

We say Arrivederci to Bologna today or perhaps you extend your stay!

 

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