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Northern Italy

From the Alps to the Adriatic

From $5,074
total price from New York
$4,395 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
15 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Overview

This leisurely exploration of Italy’s varied northern regions, from the romantic Lake District and dramatic Cinque Terre to beloved Tuscany, the majestic Dolomites, and canal-laced Venice, offers a refreshing perspective on a well-known land.  In the company of our congenial small group, we celeb­rate the Italian penchant for hospi­tality, good food, and good living.  In a word, splendido!

Tour Details

Northern Italy

From the Alps to the Adriatic

From $5,074

total price from New York
$4,395 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
15 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Tour Days
15 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Overview

This leisurely exploration of Italy’s varied northern regions, from the romantic Lake District and dramatic Cinque Terre to beloved Tuscany, the majestic Dolomites, and canal-laced Venice, offers a refreshing perspective on a well-known land.  In the company of our congenial small group, we celeb­rate the Italian penchant for hospi­tality, good food, and good living.  In a word, splendido!

Small Group Highlights

  • Relaxing three-night stay on Lake Maggiore
  • Lake region touring, including medieval Orta San Giulio and Stresa
  • Cruise to Isola Bella, with palace and gardens tour
  • Full-day Cinque Terre excursion featuring Vernazza
  • Visit to medieval Lucca
  • Beautiful Florence
  • Winery visit and tasting
  • Majestic Dolomites
  • Venice sightseeing
  • Outstanding small group accommodations

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. In addition, Italy does not allow buses to enter many historic city centers, meaning that we will be walking to and from our tour bus, which must park in designated areas. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip to the fullest.

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= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Milan, Italy
Depart U.S. for Milan, Italy
2
Arrive Milan/Stresa
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D
Arrive Milan/Stresa

After arriving in Milan, we drive to the international resort of Stresa on lovely Lake Maggiore, straddling the border be­­­tween Italy and Switzerland.  This afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s welcome dinner.

After arriving in Milan, we drive to the international resort of Stresa on lovely Lake Maggiore, straddling the border be­­­tween Italy and Switzerland.  This afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s welcome dinner.

3
Stresa
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L
B
L
Stresa

We embark this morning on a cruise to Isola Bella, the beautiful Borromean island in the middle of Lake Maggiore.  Fully occupied by 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo and its extravagantly landscaped gardens, the island offers lovely views of the lake and surrounding mountains.  We take a guided tour of the palazzo with its priceless works of fine art and stroll through the flower-decked gardens, and then enjoy lunch together on the nearby Isola dei Pescatori.

We embark this morning on a cruise to Isola Bella, the beautiful Borromean island in the middle of Lake Maggiore.  Fully occupied by 17th-century Palazzo Borromeo and its extravagantly landscaped gardens, the island offers lovely views of the lake and surrounding mountains.  We take a guided tour of the palazzo with its priceless works of fine art and stroll through the flower-decked gardens, and then enjoy lunch together on the nearby Isola dei Pescatori.

4
Stresa/Orta San Giulio
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B
Stresa/Orta San Giulio

This morning we visit the lovely lakeside town of Orta San Giulio – dubbed “God’s watercolor” by Italian writer Piero Chiara – with its cobblestoned streets, 16th-century town hall, and medieval houses flanking the inviting town square.  After lunch on our own here, we return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

This morning we visit the lovely lakeside town of Orta San Giulio – dubbed “God’s watercolor” by Italian writer Piero Chiara – with its cobblestoned streets, 16th-century town hall, and medieval houses flanking the inviting town square.  After lunch on our own here, we return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

5
Stresa/Barolo/Santa Margherita
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L
D
B
L
D
Stresa/Barolo/Santa Margherita

We leave the Piedmont region today, bound for Santa Margherita and the Cinque Terre.  En route, we stop in the village of Barolo for lunch and to sample Barolo, the “king of wines,” at Marchesi di Barolo, Italy’s premier vintner of its greatest wine.  We continue on to the Italian Riviera resort town of Santa Margherita, with its palm-lined esplanade overlooking the harbor.  Tonight we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

We leave the Piedmont region today, bound for Santa Margherita and the Cinque Terre.  En route, we stop in the village of Barolo for lunch and to sample Barolo, the “king of wines,” at Marchesi di Barolo, Italy’s premier vintner of its greatest wine.  We continue on to the Italian Riviera resort town of Santa Margherita, with its palm-lined esplanade overlooking the harbor.  Tonight we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

6
Santa Margherita/Portofino
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B
Santa Margherita/Portofino

This morning we travel by boat to the renowned – and beautiful – resort town of Portofino, a former fishing village where palatial yachts now crowd the port and the good life is celebrated.  We have free time to wander the colorful streets and visit the chic boutiques and galleries here before we return to our hotel at midday.

This morning we travel by boat to the renowned – and beautiful – resort town of Portofino, a former fishing village where palatial yachts now crowd the port and the good life is celebrated.  We have free time to wander the colorful streets and visit the chic boutiques and galleries here before we return to our hotel at midday.

7
Santa Margherita/Cinque Terre/Portovenere
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D
B
D
Santa Margherita/Cinque Terre/Portovenere

We depart this morning by train for the hour-long trip to the Cinque Terre (literally, “Five Lands”), the five cliff-clinging villages seemingly carved from the mountains.  Originally medieval fishing villages, the Cinque Terre were inaccessible by land for centuries; even today, no road connects all five.  We stop in scenic Vernazza then board a boat for a comfortable cruise along the rugged coastline to visit another village of the Cinque Terre.  From here, we cruise to the port town of Portovenere, with its cluster of colorful column-shaped houses.  After a brief walking tour of the Old Town, we have time to explore and enjoy lunch on our own.  We dine together tonight at our hotel.

We depart this morning by train for the hour-long trip to the Cinque Terre (literally, “Five Lands”), the five cliff-clinging villages seemingly carved from the mountains.  Originally medieval fishing villages, the Cinque Terre were inaccessible by land for centuries; even today, no road connects all five.  We stop in scenic Vernazza then board a boat for a comfortable cruise along the rugged coastline to visit another village of the Cinque Terre.  From here, we cruise to the port town of Portovenere, with its cluster of colorful column-shaped houses.  After a brief walking tour of the Old Town, we have time to explore and enjoy lunch on our own.  We dine together tonight at our hotel.

8
Santa Margherita/Lucca/Radda-in-Chianti
B
D
B
D
Santa Margherita/Lucca/Radda-in-Chianti

Moving on today, we travel south to beloved Tuscany, stopping first in the atmospheric medieval town of Lucca.  We take a walking tour of this incredibly well-preserved gem whose city walls and ramparts remain intact and are a popular attraction.  After time for lunch on our own, we continue on to our lodgings.

Moving on today, we travel south to beloved Tuscany, stopping first in the atmospheric medieval town of Lucca.  We take a walking tour of this incredibly well-preserved gem whose city walls and ramparts remain intact and are a popular attraction.  After time for lunch on our own, we continue on to our lodgings.

9
Radda-in-Chianti/Florence
B
B
Radda-in-Chianti/Florence

We spend today touring and exploring wondrous Florence, a living monu­ment to the Renaissance and the crown jewel of Tuscany.  Our day includes a guided morning walking tour followed by free time.  Together we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime David and his pieces for the papal tombs, and then we see the Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi.  Afterwards we’re free to stroll the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio and its many jewelry shops; visit renowned museums and churches; shop for leather goods and artful Florentine paper; and to enjoy lunch on our own.  We return to our hotel in the mid-afternoon

We spend today touring and exploring wondrous Florence, a living monu­ment to the Renaissance and the crown jewel of Tuscany.  Our day includes a guided morning walking tour followed by free time.  Together we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime David and his pieces for the papal tombs, and then we see the Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi.  Afterwards we’re free to stroll the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio and its many jewelry shops; visit renowned museums and churches; shop for leather goods and artful Florentine paper; and to enjoy lunch on our own.  We return to our hotel in the mid-afternoon

10
Radda-in-Chianti/Siena
B
B
Radda-in-Chianti/Siena

Today we visit the walled city of Siena, whose historic center is a UNESCO site and whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts vividly evoke its medieval past.  Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares; its Duomo, with pillars of black and white marble, is one of Italy’s finest, housing masterpieces by Donatello and Michelangelo.  Following a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, we have free time to explore on our own.  We return to our hotel late this afternoon and have the remainder of the day at leisure.

Today we visit the walled city of Siena, whose historic center is a UNESCO site and whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts vividly evoke its medieval past.  Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares; its Duomo, with pillars of black and white marble, is one of Italy’s finest, housing masterpieces by Donatello and Michelangelo.  Following a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, we have free time to explore on our own.  We return to our hotel late this afternoon and have the remainder of the day at leisure.

11
Radda-in-Chianti/Verona/Bolzano
B
D
B
D
Radda-in-Chianti/Verona/Bolzano

As we travel north today, we stop in storied Verona, renowned as the setting of several Shakespeare plays, including, of course, Romeo and Juliet.  A UNESCO site, Verona boasts well-preserved monuments from antiquity, including a 1st-century Roman amphitheater still in use today, as we see on our guided walking tour.  After time for lunch and to explore on our own here, we continue our journey to the South Tyrol, Italy’s German-accented northern reaches bordering Austria and Switzerland.  We’re bound for the regional capital of Bolzano, gateway to the Dolomites in the Italian Alps.  Late this afternoon we reach our hotel, where we dine together tonight.

As we travel north today, we stop in storied Verona, renowned as the setting of several Shakespeare plays, including, of course, Romeo and Juliet.  A UNESCO site, Verona boasts well-preserved monuments from antiquity, including a 1st-century Roman amphitheater still in use today, as we see on our guided walking tour.  After time for lunch and to explore on our own here, we continue our journey to the South Tyrol, Italy’s German-accented northern reaches bordering Austria and Switzerland.  We’re bound for the regional capital of Bolzano, gateway to the Dolomites in the Italian Alps.  Late this afternoon we reach our hotel, where we dine together tonight.

12
Bolzano
B
D
B
D
Bolzano

Set in a basin surrounded by rounded forest-green hills, Bolzano boasts an enviable quality of life – and truly spectacular scenery.  We take a cable car to a spot for views of the 18-peak Dolomites, their vertical walls and sheer cliffs presenting a magnificent backdrop to the surrounding woodlands, valleys, and pastures.  Then we walk through Bolzano’s colorful historic center and visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, well known for housing the mummified corpse of Ötzi the Iceman, dating to 3300 BCE. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this surprisingly cosmopolitan city as we wish; tonight we dine at a local restaurant.

Set in a basin surrounded by rounded forest-green hills, Bolzano boasts an enviable quality of life – and truly spectacular scenery.  We take a cable car to a spot for views of the 18-peak Dolomites, their vertical walls and sheer cliffs presenting a magnificent backdrop to the surrounding woodlands, valleys, and pastures.  Then we walk through Bolzano’s colorful historic center and visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, well known for housing the mummified corpse of Ötzi the Iceman, dating to 3300 BCE. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this surprisingly cosmopolitan city as we wish; tonight we dine at a local restaurant.

13
Bolzano/Venice
B
L
B
L
Bolzano/Venice

En route to Venice today, we travel through the Dolomites themselves, enjoying jaw-dropping scenery at every turn.  When we reach Venice this afternoon, we are free to begin savoring this wondrous city as we wish and enjoy dinner on our own.

En route to Venice today, we travel through the Dolomites themselves, enjoying jaw-dropping scenery at every turn.  When we reach Venice this afternoon, we are free to begin savoring this wondrous city as we wish and enjoy dinner on our own.

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Venice
B
D
B
D
Venice

This morning we take a guided walk through the vast St. Mark’s Square.  The afternoon is free for independent exploration; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and to our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

This morning we take a guided walk through the vast St. Mark’s Square.  The afternoon is free for independent exploration; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and to our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

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Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 23 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next ­Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct
Stresa 62 71 78 81 71 62
Florence 64 73 81 86 79 68
Venice 62 70 76 81 75 65

Average Temperature (°F )

  Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct
Stresa 62 71 78 81 71 62
Florence 64 73 81 86 79 68
Venice 62 70 76 81 75 65

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Venice – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$435
+ from $325 Single Supplement

Venice – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$435
+ from $325 Single Supplement

End your journey with a longer stay in this most beautiful of cities.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

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

Pricing: $435 in 2024; $495 in 2025. Single Supplement: $325 in 2024; $355 in 2025

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Francine di Tommaso

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Eva Matosevic

“I cannot say enough about Eva. She is a gem! So wonderful! She went out of her way to help us and let us get a full experience! The best!”

Grace Ratliff
Garner, NC

Anna Gandolfi

“Anna goes above and beyond to make sure the tour runs smoothly. Her knowledge and personality shine.”

Joe & Lynn Geiger
Saratoga Springs, NY

Igor Ribic

“Igor did an outstanding job. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour director…We were totally dumbfounded by his knowledge of the history, culture, etc. of Italy.”

Dolores & Michael Gentry
Bowie, MD

Lara Mocellin

“Lara was wonderful!  Always happy, always smiling, engaged, happy to teach us about her country.”

Milagros Cappa
Wrightstown, NJ

Elizabeth Cirio

“Elizabeth was beyond exceptional…Her attention to detail and individual needs was superb; her knowledge of the areas outstanding; and her management of the group truly admirable.”

Gale Wood & David Dewsnap
Havertown, PA

Lella Guarneri

“Lella was the best tour director we ever had.  She went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable.  She is smart, funny, caring and really loves her job.”

Josephine & Antonio Ruggieri
Staten Island, NY

Katia Girotto

“Excellent really does not come close to describing Ms. Girtto's performance; EXCELLENT + 10 would be more accurate!”

Dwight Jones
Boylston, MA

Sonia Sgarella

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Zoran Antonić

“Not only is he an incredible tour director (impeccable planning, foresight, attention to detail…), he is just a remarkable human…We would book a tour with Zoran again in a heartbeat.”

Tara Felleman
New York, NY

Pier Luigi Castagnetti

“Luigi was great. He was very informative, friendly. He has the ability to make everyone feel special. Very accommodating. A real jewel.”

Michael & Nancy Catullo
Wilmington, NC

Valentina Dell’Orto

“We really enjoyed Valentina as our tour guide. She was helpful, informative, funny, and caring.”

Elizabeth & Richard Rollman
Tucson, AZ

Mauro Tonelli

“Mauro was outstanding! He related well to this group of Americans. Great knowledge and sense of humor. One of the best we have had.”

John & Sondra Plachy
Denver, CO

Osciri Chageg

“Osh was the best tour director I’ve ever had. Knowledgeable, fun, helpful. He went above and beyond.”

Lynn Stewart
Fort Myers, FL

Giulia Tamarri

“Giulia provided us with the greatest tour of Italy…Her knowledge, professionalism, sense of humor, and love for her country helped make our trip probably the best vacation we have ever had.”

Michael Gyarmathy
Southport, NC

Tour Directors

Pier Luigi Castagnetti

“Luigi was great. He was very informative, friendly. He has the ability to make everyone feel special. Very accommodating. A real jewel.”

Michael & Nancy Catullo
Wilmington, NC

Valentina Dell’Orto

“We really enjoyed Valentina as our tour guide. She was helpful, informative, funny, and caring.”

Elizabeth & Richard Rollman
Tucson, AZ

Eva Matosevic

“I cannot say enough about Eva. She is a gem! So wonderful! She went out of her way to help us and let us get a full experience! The best!”

Grace Ratliff
Garner, NC

Zoran Antonić

“Not only is he an incredible tour director (impeccable planning, foresight, attention to detail…), he is just a remarkable human…We would book a tour with Zoran again in a heartbeat.”

Tara Felleman
New York, NY

Elizabeth Cirio

“Elizabeth was beyond exceptional…Her attention to detail and individual needs was superb; her knowledge of the areas outstanding; and her management of the group truly admirable.”

Gale Wood & David Dewsnap
Havertown, PA

Giulia Tamarri

“Giulia provided us with the greatest tour of Italy…Her knowledge, professionalism, sense of humor, and love for her country helped make our trip probably the best vacation we have ever had.”

Michael Gyarmathy
Southport, NC

Igor Ribic

“Igor did an outstanding job. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour director…We were totally dumbfounded by his knowledge of the history, culture, etc. of Italy.”

Dolores & Michael Gentry
Bowie, MD

Sonia Sgarella

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Francine di Tommaso

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Mauro Tonelli

“Mauro was outstanding! He related well to this group of Americans. Great knowledge and sense of humor. One of the best we have had.”

John & Sondra Plachy
Denver, CO

Osciri Chageg

“Osh was the best tour director I’ve ever had. Knowledgeable, fun, helpful. He went above and beyond.”

Lynn Stewart
Fort Myers, FL

Lella Guarneri

“Lella was the best tour director we ever had.  She went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable.  She is smart, funny, caring and really loves her job.”

Josephine & Antonio Ruggieri
Staten Island, NY

Katia Girotto

“Excellent really does not come close to describing Ms. Girtto's performance; EXCELLENT + 10 would be more accurate!”

Dwight Jones
Boylston, MA

Anna Gandolfi

“Anna goes above and beyond to make sure the tour runs smoothly. Her knowledge and personality shine.”

Joe & Lynn Geiger
Saratoga Springs, NY

Lara Mocellin

“Lara was wonderful!  Always happy, always smiling, engaged, happy to teach us about her country.”

Milagros Cappa
Wrightstown, NJ

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

This is our fifth Odysseys tour, and each one seems to top the previous one. Excellent company.
Anne & Clay Frederick
Dresher, PA
There was a good balance of guided tours and independent exploration. All of the places we visited were beautiful with breathtaking views.
Stephen & Mary Lentowski
Ocean View, DE
Our tour guide was right on top of everything and was absolutely wonderful. We loved the itinerary and the hotels we stayed at.
Judith Reading
Litchfield Park, AZ
This is our fifth Odysseys tour, and each one seems to top the previous one. Excellent company.
Anne & Clay Frederick
Dresher, PA
There was a good balance of guided tours and independent exploration. All of the places we visited were beautiful with breathtaking views.
Stephen & Mary Lentowski
Ocean View, DE
Our tour guide was right on top of everything and was absolutely wonderful. We loved the itinerary and the hotels we stayed at.
Judith Reading
Litchfield Park, AZ
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