Highlights of Northern Italy
Lake Garda, Verona, Venice, Bergamo, Parma
September 4th–14th 2019
Tour Price includes:
Flight with Delta from Minneapolis via New York to Milan
Pick up at Milan International Airport
Roundtrip Itinerary by modern and comfortable Tour bus (Bus driver Hans)
9 Nights stay in the 4 Star Hotel Antico Monastero in Toscolano Maderno, Lake Garda
9 x Buffet Breakfast
7 x Dinners at Hotel Antico Monastero
1 x Dinner in a typical Trattoria in Bardolino
1 x Dinner in a typical Restaurant in Verona
1x Day guided Tour to Mantua, Land and Water
1x Day guided Tour to Venice
Daytrip to Malcesine and Riva del Garda
Daytrip to Borghetto and Bardolino with Tortellini Lunch and Wine taste
Daytrip to Bergamo
Daytrip to Limone and Verona, with a guided tour in Verona
Daytrip to Parma with a visit in a Ham- and Cheese farm
½ Daytrip to Peninsula Sirmione
Transfer back to International Airport Milan
Tips and all City-Taxes
Entrance Fees and all guided Tours
Tour price per Person in double Room:
Single room supplement: $300.00 pp
Tour Price $3930.00 pp
Itinerary European Adventure “Northern Italy”
09.04.2019 Departure with Delta Airlines from Minneapolis to JFK New York to Milan Sept. 4th – departs Mpls 1015am arrives JFK 205pm Sept. 4th – departs JFK 538pm arrives Milan 745am on Sept 5th.
Sept. 14th – departs Milan 945am arrives JFK 1251pm Sept. 14th – departs JFK 410pm arrives Mpls 644pm
09.05.2019 Arrival in Milan Airport and transfer to the 4 Star Hotel Antico Monastero in Toscolano Maderno on Lake Garda. After the check-in we meet for the first Italian dinner in the hotel restaurant on this trip.
09.06.2019 Our driver Hans is waiting for us after breakfast for the first day trip. The tour takes us today to Mantua, a historically very interesting city. Here the famous Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer was shot on 20 February 1810 by French Soldiers. Here we are expected to an informative city tour on land and water. Afterwards we have time for our own discoveries. Return to the hotel and dinner.
09.07.2019 This morning we are expected to take a boat trip to Limone, a small, medieval town with narrow streets, pretty boutiques and restaurants. Here you have time to stroll and shop. After lunch we drive back by boat and Hans brings us by bus to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Again, we are expected to an informative city tour. At 06:00 pm we are expected to have dinner in a typical restaurant.
09.08.2019 After the quite long day yesterday, we have the morning at leisure. In the early afternoon our driver takes us to the Sirmione peninsula. Through a massive fortress we enter the historic city center. Everyone can explore these according to his own ideas. Anyone who wants can also explore the "terms of Catull". The return to the hotel takes place in the late afternoon and we are back at the hotel for dinner.
09.09.2019 Today we start early for our day tour to Venice. After about 2.5 hours travel time we reach the bus parking lot at the gates of Venice and by boat you go to the historic city center. Again, an informative tour with a visit to the cathedral is planned. Afterwards there will be time for your own explorations and by boat you will drive back to the bus parking lot. Our bus driver brings us back to the hotel for dinner.
09.10.2019 After the exhausting day yesterday we take it easy today, we explore the surroundings of Lake Garda. First, we visit the small town of Borghetto sul Mincio, which is best known for its Tortellini. The place was once a strategically important post at the Mincio River and owns its charm of the successful mixture from history and nature. The medieval atmosphere is coined by the bridge construction work, Ponte Visconte, the steeple and the Millwheels of the ancient mills. Borghetto sul Mincio ranks among the most beautiful localities of Italy. The todays Lunch become Tortellini, for those the small Town is well known, served with Wine. In the afternoon we visit the well-known wine place Bardolino, where we are expected to a Wine tasting. Afterwards we have dinner in a typical Trattoria. Returning to the Hotel late in the Evening.
09.11.2019 We start the day with the visit of Malcesine. Our driver Hans brings us close to the city center and from here we start our tour of the city, which is dominated by an old castle, on your own. The old place developed around the castle Rock. A first Building of castles is here in the year 568 mentioned under the Langobards. To the distraction of this plant and reconstruction by the Franconian, the Place came later to the Scaliger Family, which extended the Castle plant. Here is sufficient time for own activities, also shopping. In the early afternoon we continue the Tour to the City of Riva del Garda, the northernmost City at the Lake. The City was already settled at the roman Time. The City belonged later until 1919 to the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. In the First World War, the fortress from 1508 was shelled by the Italian artillery and heavily destroyed. The landmark of the city is the 35 m high clock tower, the "Torre Apponale" from the year 1220, which towers over the harbor. Another attraction is the "Rocca di Riva", a city fortress that is completely enclosed by the water, today a Museum. After a cozy-city-stroll brings us our Driver Hans once again back to the Hotel.
09.12.2019 Today's excursion takes us to Bergamo. We start after breakfast and after about 1.5 hours travel time we reach the historic city in the province of Lombardy. On a guided city tour you will learn a lot about the history of the city. In its Name retain to Bergamo the beginning of its history and the charm of its origin; a Mountain, on which a House stands. Surrounded by the pre-alps, the City on the Hill was Celtic camp before the arrival of the romans in the Year 49 b. C., when it became the community. In the course of the centuries this strategic, natural Fortress which is now a terrace with view of the level, saw the succession to that Langobards and Franconian. Also today Bergamo is still a medieval jewel, which retains still the spirit of the past. The Time after City-Tour up to the beginning of the return Trip it’s to us at the free disposal. For dinner, we are back in the Hotel
09.13.2019 Unfortunately, today we start our last day trip. This leads us to Parma, world famous for its ham and cheese. We visit a ham producer and a cheese farm. Naturally, a lunch with these specialties is also planned. If we are good in time, we will have a guided tour in Parma. In the afternoon we drive back to the hotel. A last dinner awaits us and afterwards we can end the tour with a drink at the bar.
09.14.2019 I’m sorry, but it is time to say goodbye, the journey comes to an end. After breakfast, the suitcases are loaded and our driver Hans brings us to Milan airport. Return flight and end of the tour. Hope to see you soon