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  • Small Group Tour of Northern Italy
  • 10 Days | Venice, Asolo, Vicenza, Verona, Lake Garda, Parma and Bologna

The Original Italy 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 while on tour, No big buses , No big groups
American Tour Director, Italian Expert Guides


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

 
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).

 
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Undiscovered Northern Italy

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

Explore Italy's Undiscoverd Treasures

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.

Journey's modern approach to travel means no buses, skip-the-line and exclusive access, small social groups around 10 to 16 travelers and Journey Adventure Leaders who are the consummate professional host throughout.

10 Days
 
Extend your stay with a pre-/post-tour hotel room.

Per person from$6,855
 
Solo supplement from $1648
Smart Stay from $5,455
Econo Select from $3,425
Prices vary based on departure date.
 
Itinerary at a Glance

TRIP COMMENCES: VENICE, 1 Day/1 Night
CASANOVA, WINGED LIONS, VENETIAN PASSION
Experience Venice's Kiss Again.

Enjoy Journey's Secrets & Treasures experience and discover more of Venice you didn't even know existed.

ASOLO , 2 Days/2 Nights
CITY OF 100 HORIZONS. ASOLARE.
Discover why this locale was a jewel of The Grand Tour.

Robert Browning's line, "Open my heart and you will see, 'graved inside of it, Italy," springs to life on this Journey.

VERONA, 3 Days/3 Nights
FAIR VERONA: ROMANCE FOR ANYONE.
Ancient Roman buildings. Amazing Arena.

Shakespeare's tale of love was based on the life of two real lovers who lived in this fair city.

TRIP FINALE: BOLOGNA, 2 Days/2 Nights
LA GRASSA. LA ROSSA. LA DOTTA.
The Delicious Fat of Life. The Red. The Learned.

Modern author John Grisham captures the essence of Bologna perfectly in The Broker.

Journey Map

Included in the Preferred Journey

  • We Walk the amazing cities and villages of Italy
  • Journey Adventure Leader beginning-to-end
  • Local, expert easy-to-understand Italian Guides
  • 13 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners/Apericena, 1 Tasting/Lunch
  • Farm-to-table Cuisine with Premium Italian Wine & Cocktails
  • Luggage Portage throughout your Journey, WiFi
  • Meet & Greet at Airport with Arrival Transfer
  • 8 nights' accommodation at hand-picked Hotels and Villas
  • 'Master of Your Day' with our Exclusive Premium Sightseeing
  • Winery Experience - Tasting paired with delicious morsels
  • Comfy Micro-coach throughout the Journey
  • Admission fees, taxes, and gratutities excluding the Journey Adventure Leader

Meet Undiscovered Northern Italy

Journey's 10-Day Undiscovered Northern Italy begins in beautiful Venice for just a kiss of Venetian hospitality before we set off on our Journey of new finds. We introduce you to the charming treasure of Asolo, known for its role on The Grand Tour and several famous personalities who called Asolo home (or nearly home). Mr. Robert Browning, Bristish poet, coined the phrase, "Open my heart and you will see, 'graved inside of it, Italy!" We agree. Vicenza with its amazing theater, Verona - ah fair Verona delights and Lake Garda puts us in awe of its beauty and resort-like feel. Parma and Bologna cap off our adventure and our palattes will never be happier.

Enjoy our proven approach of sightseeing balanced with ample leisure time so you can really get to know the destination. No rushing around in a traditional large tour group, no big buses, and the perfect sized group around 10 to 16 travelers.

 

Our Top Recommendations on this Journey

Expanding your journey to include a cooking class in Bologna comes high on the recommendation list.


Undiscovered Northern Italy

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

Day-by-Day Itinerary

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.

 

JUMP: DAY 1: VENICE | DAY 2-3: ASOLO | DAY 4-6: VERONA | DAY 7-8: BOLOGNA| DAY 9: DEPART

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DAY 1: UNDISCOVERED ITALY 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 paried with amazing vareitals 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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Undiscovered Northern Italy

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

Journey's Hand-Picked Hotels

We have included our Journey hand-picked hotels that feature uniquely-designed hotels reflecting the culture and ambiance of the very cities you're visiting. They feature full, hot American breakfast included with private bathrooms. The hotels we've selected in the Great Cities of Italy are literally centuries older than our country, so, you can expect uniquely decorated rooms featuring usual and unusual amenities, European-style and seasonal air-conditioning. Remember, we're traveling to a foreign country where things are...different, but that's one of the reasons we travel. The only times an alternate property may be used would be in the event of no availability. In this case, a property of similar quality and location will be used. Make note, it is extremely rare for this scenario to take place.

Do you prefer an upgraded hotel to one of our Luxury properties? Or perhaps the hotel is the least of your concerns and you'd rather spend your vacation dollars on experiences? Then consider our "Options to Modify" throughout the itinerary if you would like to modify one of your properties.

 

Book a pre tour hotel room

ADD A NIGHT IN MILAN

Pre-Tour Hotel Room

MILAN, Italy

VENICE ITALY

Night 1

Saturnia & International

VENICE, Italy

Nights 2-3

Villa Cipriani

ASOLO, Italy

Nights 4-6

Hotel Due Torri

VERONA, Italy

Nights 7-8

Grand Hotel Majestic Giá Baglioni

bologna, Italy

ADD A NIGHT IN BOLOGNA

Post-Tour Hotel Room

BOLOGNA, Italy



Undiscovered Northern Italy

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

Journey to Northern Italy during the Best Times of the Year

 

9 days, 8 nights land, 10 day round-trip travel time including flight times. Journey's unique approach to Italy features Venice, Asolo, Vicenza, Verona, Lake Garda, Parma and Bologna.

 

 
 
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Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.
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Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.
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Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.