Welcome to Northern Italy

Few countries boast as many famous cities as Italy, each with its own compelling history and unique charm. Beginning in Venice, explore the intricate canal system, sail past floating palazzi and cross marble bridges. Staying a mere stone’s throw from St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, we’ll uncover the very heart of Venice. Whilst visiting this enchanting city, we’ll explore the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica and Square before visiting the neighbouring islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Our next destination sees us in the charming city of Verona, home of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet.  Whether you are enamoured with the ancient legend or 16th century literature, or neither, there is something in the atmosphere of Verona which speaks to everyone. With its quaint and medieval streets, the world’s best preserved ancient Roman amphitheatre, and stories to discover around every twist and turn, Verona is one of Italy’s best kept secrets.

The last stop of the grand Italian tour is Milan; the pinnacle of style, grandeur and prestige in Italy. Home to beautiful buildings, high fashion and critically acclaimed art, Milan is the hub of finer things in life. Its combination of ancient history juxtaposed by its modern trimmings make this one varied and interesting city to visit. Aside from the inspiring architectural stylings, Milan is a truly picturesque place to behold, such as the canal district where the waterways are adorned by quaint buildings in pastel hues.  And for those of you partial to mouth-watering culinary delights, Milan boasts the highest number of Michelin stars in Italy and an abundance of delightful restaurants and eateries to try, making it the perfect end to our journey through this magnificent country.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the wonders of the Doge’s Palace
  • Stay in the very of heart of Venice
  • Visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona
  • Discover the world-renowned Duomo Cathedral
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  • Dates & Prices

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    May 16 - May 26, 2020 (11 days)

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    A narrow canal surrounded by tall, colourful buildings
  • A view of the outskirts of Verona, a bridge over the water and traditional buildings line the waters edge.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation Hotel Belle Arti in Venice
    • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation at Hotel Mastino in Verona
    • 3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Ibis Milan Centro in Milan
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Doge Palace Tour
    • St Mark’s Basilica Visit
    • Murano, Burano and Torcello
    • Verona Walking Tour
    • Duomo Cathedral Tour
    • Bone Church Visit
    The exterior of Duomo cathedral, the square in front is empty and the sky is a light purple colour.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Saturday 16th May

Today we begin our Italian adventure as we travel to Venice. Upon arrival, we shall board a water taxi which will take us to our centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to become acquainted with our home for the next 4 days!

Overnight in Venice.

Sunday 17th May

This morning we head to St Mark’s Square where we’ll enter the Doge’s Palace. Instantly recognisable thanks to the 14th century Gothic marble facade, the Palace was the centre of Venetian power, where money flowed in from Venice’s tight grasp upon the trade routes of the Silk Road and Mediterranean ports. Once inside, our private tour guide will bring the treasures and artefacts of the palace to life as we explore the many stately rooms and chambers.

Following this, we’ll head next door to St Mark’s Basilica for a visit. The Cathedral is a rare example of Italo-Byzantine architecture, decorated with glittering mosaics and tiles and crowned by the Horses of Saint Mark-Lysippos, four huge bronze horses that date to Classical Antiquity and once adorned the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Venice.

Monday 18th May

Today will be a free day for you to explore and discover at leisure.

You may wish to explore a famous museum such as Ca’ Rezzonico, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Mocenigo or the many more that are scattered throughout the island.

Alternatively, you may wish to purchase some famous Venetian crafts and trinkets in one of the many shops, discover a hidden church or synagogue, wander through the Arsenal or take a gondola ride on a canal.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Venice

Tuesday 19th May

Board a boat to tour the other famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon. Murano is a small island north of Venice where famous glass is produced. The glassmakers of Venice were ordered to move to Murano in 1291 as the factories represented a fire danger to Venice. Since then, the skill of the glassmakers spread worldwide, and colourful glass ornaments are still produced here to this day.

Next up is Burano, a chain of four small islands connected by bridges and lined by humble yet colourful town houses. Here, ladies of the island often sit in the sun crafting beautiful lace products.

Finally, Torcello is at the northern end of the Venetian Lagoon and was the first of the lagoon islands to be occupied by the mainland population fleeing the Germanic incursions of the Early Middle Ages. Evidence of this can be found in the 7th century Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, nowadays, only a few people still call this island their home.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Venice.

Wednesday 20th May

After breakfast, we check out of our Venetian hotel and transfer to the train station. Here we shall board a train which will take us to the heart of Verona, our next stop! We shall make our way to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Verona.

Thursday 21st May

Today we’ll embark on a walking tour around this medieval city and discover what it is about Verona that keeps people coming back, year after year. We begin at the Arena, the world’s best-preserved Roman amphitheatre and a buzzing hub of activity, hosting a summer opera festival annually. We’ll also visit the 14th century house of Juliet, whose tragic love story, immortalised by Shakespeare, draws in thousands of visitors who write their tales of love on the walls below the balcony. Continuing, we’ll see the Arche Scaligeri, where the Scaligeri family are laid to rest. These elaborate monuments boast increate and delicate architecture and are considered some of the city’s most beautiful works. We’ll also walk through some of Verona’s squares, such as the Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Erbe, and the Mercato Vecchio courtyard. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Verona.

Friday 22nd May

With no scheduled tours, today is the perfect time to explore this beautiful city some more. You and your partner for the day may wish to visit the stunning Giusti Gardens located on the eastern bank of the river Adige. Made up of a number of beautifully designed squares, and styled during the Italian Renaissance, these are often thought of as Italy’s most breath-taking gardens. Alternatively, you may wish to find a picturesque piazza, grab a coffee, and watch the world go by.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Verona.

Saturday 23rd May

Following breakfast, we check out and travel to our last base on our trip, Milan! After checking in, the rest of the day is at leisure. You may wish to venture to the canal district, Navigili, where the streets lined by the waterside are known for the beauty and here, you’ll find several dining options for your first evening in Milan.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Milan.

Sunday 24th May

No visit to Milan could be considered whole without a visit to the Duomo, the city’s cathedral, and one of the largest in Europe. Forged out of pink marble, this Gothic cathedral is like no other structure across the globe, with around 3400 statues and over 130 spires, it truly is an architectural marvel. Our tour today will take us within the cathedral, where we can learn the history of the building and also view the beauty that runs throughout the interior. Here we shall enter the museum where we can explore the statues and original works of art from the cathedral. We shall also venture to the terraces higher in the cathedral, where we can feel reproductions of the cathedral, and feel the intricate designs that make this building so spectacular.

After our tour we shall make our way to San Bernadino, also known as “The Bone Church”. In the 16th century a hospital close to the church was unable to cope with the number of bodies, so a chamber was built within the church to house bones collected from the hospital. Later, bones from criminals were also added to the chamber. We shall visit this seemingly normal (from the outside!) church to see a darker and extremely interesting aspect of Milan’s history.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Milan.

Monday 25th May

Today is our last full day in Milan, and the final day of the trip! There are no excursions today, so take this time to explore more of this beautiful city with your partner. You may wish to continue your historic amble through the city and head to Vicolo deu Lavandai, an old street in Milan which was used as recently as the 1950s for women to wash clothes in the street. You can feel the old structures that remain in the street and dangle your feet into the water that rushes by, adding a touch of history to an ever increasingly modern city. Alternatively, make your way to the Design museum. Italy, especially Milan, is known globally for its role in design and style, the history of which can all be discovered at this

As it’s your last day in Milan you may wish to do what is done best here – shopping! Milan is proclaimed as the countries shopping capital, and this isn’t without reason, head to Via della Spiga or Via Montenapoleone for high end fashion.

If shopping isn’t your thing, make sure to check out Milan’s plethora of churches and religious monuments, which are all beautiful. Don’t forget that the city is home to the famous L.O.V.E statue, which can be found in the centre of Piazza Affari, which was erected as a less than subtle message to the cities bankers and now is a landmark of its own!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Milan.

Tuesday 26th May

Sadly, our journey through Northern Italy must come to and end, and after breakfast we must begin our journey home. We’ll transfer to the airport for our flight and then bid farewell to the group.

Breakfast included.

Single supplement – £540