From the Italian Lake District to the Cinque Terre and from Tuscany to the Dolomites, discover the diverse landscapes, culture, arts, and history of Italy's northern regions. 

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 Vernazza, the Cinque Terre  The lovely Borromean island of Isola Bella, located on Lake Maggiore  The village of Stresa, located on Lake Maggiore  Milan's renowned cathedral  The village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera  Vernazza, along the Cinque Terre  The iconic Duomo of Florence  Michelangelo's <i>David</i> in the Accademia in Florence  The Campo in Siena  The facade and distinctive belltower of Siena's cathedral  The Tuscan hill town of Volterra  The hill town of San Gimignano, featuring its many medieval towers  The quintessential Tuscan landscape with rolling hills, cypress trees, and farmhouses   Vista of Verona  View of the Doge's Palace and Campanile from the canal in Venice  The Grand Canal of Venice  Venice

Northern Italy: The Lake District, Tuscany, and the Dolomites

15 days from $6,674 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

From the Italian Lake District to the Cinque Terre and from Tuscany to the Dolomites, discover the diverse landscapes, culture, arts, and history of Italy's northern regions. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

A wonderful program. Everything is planned meticulously. This journey gave a great idea of Northern Italy and its history. I feel like I saw so much of this beautiful country. Tour guide was AMAZING!

- Past Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Venice Post-Program Option  3 Days, 2 Nights

End your journey with a longer stay in this most beautiful of cities. Your tour price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations at Palazzo Veneziano (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Palazzo Veneziano
Opened in 2017, the Palazzo Veneziano sits in the trendy Venice neighborhood of Zattere. It overlooks the Giudecca Canal, the widest promenade in Venice with numerous bars and restaurants. Hotel amenities include a bar, library, internal courtyards, and complimentary WiFi internet access. Each of the 84 guest rooms come with Venetian furnishings, private bath with hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

A wonderful program. Everything is planned meticulously. This journey gave a great idea of Northern Italy and its history. I feel like I saw so much of this beautiful country. Tour guide was AMAZING!

- Past Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Itinerary

Day 1-2 — Depart the U.S. for Milan, Italy / Stresa

Take an overnight flight to Milan and continue overland to Stresa, a resort town on the shores of lovely Lake Maggiore. Enjoy the afternoon to relax before tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 — Stresa and Isola Bella

Just off the shores of Stresa lies a handful of tiny isles known as the Borromean Islands, once a retreat for Europe’s nobility. Ride a boat to Isola Bella and take a guided tour of the 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo, which takes up most of the island with its elaborate terraced gardens. Admire impressive fine art and décor within the sumptuous palace, and meander through the gardens, enjoying views of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding mountains. Cruise to Isola dei Pescatori for lunch together. (B,L)

Day 4 — Stresa and Orta San Giulio

Travel west to another of northern Italy’s fabled lakes—Lake Orta —and spend the morning discovering the medieval lakeside town of Orta San Giulio. Set on the water’s edge overlooking a picturesque island, the town is  a delightful maze of cobblestoned streets and pastel-colored homes that date back centuries. Linger here for lunch on your own before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 5 —Barolo and Santa Margherita Ligure

Leave the Lombardy region today, traveling through the rolling hills of Piedmont to the acclaimed wine region of Barolo. Stop for lunch and a wine-tasting of the “king of wines” at Marchesi di Barolo, one of Italy’s premier vintners. Continue to Santa Margherita Ligure, your home on the Italian Riviera for the next three nights. Take a walk along the palm-lined esplanade overlooking the harbor before dinner together at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Santa Margherita and Portofino

A morning boat ride brings you to the celebrated resort town of Portofino, once a humble fishing village that now teems with superyachts and chic boutiques. You’ll have free time here to explore the colorful streets and stop in at art galleries, savor an espresso at a waterfront café, or walk up to the 16th-century fortress to take in views of the Ligurian coast. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure mid-day and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 7 —Cinque Terre and Portovenere

Travel by train along the coast to the fabled Cinque Terre, five tiny villages that cling to steep slopes at the water’s edge. These medieval hamlets were only accessible by boat for centuries, and still today, no road connects all five. Begin your tour in lovely Vernazza, then board a boat to cruise along the rugged shores to another village of the Cinque Terre. Sail on to the port town of Portovenere, where brightly painted, narrow houses cluster along the waterfront. After a brief walking tour of the Old Town, enjoy time to explore and have lunch on your own. Dine together tonight at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 8 —Lucca and Radda-in-Chianti

Travel south to beloved Tuscany and stop for a visit to medieval gem of Lucca. a Take a walking tour of the incredibly well-preserved historic center, surrounded by intact 17th-century city walls. After time for lunch on your own, journey into the hills of Chianti and settle into a historic palace overlooking the vineyards. (B,D)

Day 9 — Radda-in-Chianti and Florence

Immerse yourself in incomparable Florence today, discovering the art and architecture of this living monument to the Renaissance. On a morning tour, visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime David and his pieces for the papal tombs. Enter the Duomo to admire its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi. Then you're free to stroll the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio, with its many jewelry shops; visit renowned museums and churches; browse local crafts such as leather goods and Florentine paper. After lunch on your own, return to the hotel in the mid-afternoon. (B)

Day 10 — Radda-in-Chianti and Siena

Set out on a full-day excursion to the walled city of Siena, a quintessential medieval city that was named a World Heritage site for its architecture and artful urban planning. On a guided walking tour of the historic center, learn the history behind the expansive, scallop-shaped Piazza del Campo, which has hosted the annual bareback Paleo horserace for centuries. Then encounter the striking, black-and-white marble façade of the Duomo and step inside to admire masterpieces by Donatello and Michelangelo. Visit a museum dedicated to the contrada to learn about Siena’s 17 medieval neighborhoods, each with their own heritage and traditions. You’ll have free time to meander through the town’s charming lanes, discovering artisanal shops and restaurants before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 11 —Verona and Bolzano

From the gentle hills of Tuscany, travel north toward the Italian Alps. Along the way, visit storied Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet and other plays by Shakespeare. Head out on a walking tour of this World Heritage-listed medieval old town and its first-century Roman arena, still in use today.  After lunch and time to explore on your own, continue your journey to South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province. Home to the jagged peaks of the Dolomites, South Tyrol borders Austria and Switzerland and has a distinctly Germanic influence. Arrive in the lively provincial capital of Bolzano late in the afternoon and gather for dinner at your hotel tonight. (B,D)

Day 12 — Bolzano

A morning cable car ride whisks you up to a lookout with spectacular views of the vertical cliffs and rocky peaks of the Dolomites—a dramatic backdrop for the bucolic meadows and wooded hills surrounding Bolzano. Then venture into the city’s colorful historic center and visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, home to Ötzi the Iceman, a mummy dating to 3,300 B.C that was found preserved in a nearby glacier in 1991. The afternoon is yours to discover more of cosmopolitan Bolzano as you wish. Meet for dinner at a local restaurant tonight. (B,D)

Day 13 — Bolzano and Venice

Today’s journey to Venice will bring you deep into the Dolomites, offering jaw-dropping scenery at every turn. Upon reaching Venice late this afternoon, settle into your hotel overlooking the city’s lagoon. This afternoon, head to the Squero boatyard to learn how Venice’s famous gondolas are built and restored. You are free to get acquainted with this fabled city during an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Day 14 — Venice

Set out on a guided morning walk through vast St. Mark’s Square and admire incredible mosaics on a tour St. Mark’s Basilica. Enjoy your final afternoon at leisure, then bid arrivederci to Italy at a farewell dinner tonight. (B,D)

Day 15 — Depart for the U.S.

Depart early this morning for connecting flights to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)