SMART TOUR 07 - Hidden Treasures of North Italy

Discover the beauty of Italy in an intimate setting. Our Hidden Treasures, a Smart Tour that combines independent and small group touring, brings you to the beautiful regions of Bologna, Verona, & Milan.

SMART TOUR 07 - Hidden Treasures of North Italy

Discover the beauty of Italy in an intimate setting. Our Hidden Treasures, a Smart Tour that combines independent and small group touring, brings you to the beautiful regions of Bologna, Verona, & Milan.

Tour Highlights

  • Daily departures designed for parties from 2-6 passengers - perfect for family and friends traveling! (Can be priced for larger groups as needed)
  • The perfect combination of small group touring and private touring.
  • Visits to: Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, Mantova, Verona, and Milan.
  • 24/7 Concierge, as well as 24/7 Celtic Help Line as needed.

Smart Tour Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Six (6) nights total accommodations, with three (3) nights in Bologna, two (2) nights in Verona, and one (1) night in Milan.
  • Breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
  • One (1) lunch and one (1) dinner.
  • Private walking guided tour of Bologna.
  • Cooking class in Bologna followed by dinner.
  • Private excursion to Ferrara & Ravenna with driver escort.
  • Private transfer from Bologna to Verona with en-route stops in Modena and Mantova.
  • Private walking guided tour of Verona.
  • Private transfer from Verona to Milan with en-route stops in Franciacorta and Lake Iseo.

Itinerary

Day 01, Friday: Arrive Bologna

On arrival in Bologna, your private transfer awaits to take you to your hotel. You are free to explore the city and dine on your own tonight before your northern discovery begins in the morning. Overnight in Bologna.

Day 02, Saturday: Bologna, the city and the food!

Meet your guide at your hotel to discover Bologna, the capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna, and according to many, also a gastronomic capital of Europe. The city, home of the oldest university in the western world, has precious cultural life and intriguing historical legacy, linked to the Etruscans, the Gauls, and Romans. Visit the Piazza Maggiore with the Basilica di San Petronio. Walk through the knot of tiny alleys behind the church, getting a flavor of the city, one that is pervaded with music and youthful energy. This afternoon, complete your immersion in the local culture by joining a cooking class at a lovely location. Learn how to make tortellini or tagliatelle al ragu. At the end, enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the city's great osteria. Overnight in Bologna. (B,D)

Day 03, Sunday: Renaissance in Ferrara & Byzantine in Ravenna

Today, meet your driver escort and start your exploration of two unique cities, Ferrara, the Queen of Renaissance, and Ravenna, the capital of Byzantine in Italy. So close but yet so different one from another. You'll stop in Ferrara for an independent visit to the city. Ferrara, a town on the low Emilian plain, surrounding the ford of the Po River, is an enchanting result of Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. During the Renaissance, some of the most essential Italian maestros, called by the Estense Court, realized palaces and castles of exceptional value. Between the 13th and 16th Centuries, Estense Family made Ferrara the magnificent place it is today. Ravenna is a Byzantine town, totally different from any other Italian city, known for the colorful mosaics decorating many of its central buildings, like the Basilica di San Vitale, the 6th-century "Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo," and the cross-shaped Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. Return in Bologna late afternoon. Overnight in Bologna. (B,D)

Day 04, Monday: Modena & Mantua

Meet your driver escort and motor to Verona. Stop along the way in Modena and Mantova for an independent visit. It's easy to fall in love with Modena, home of excellent food and great cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. In Modena, visit a local producer to learn more about balsamic vinegar and have a tasting in a small traditional farm, then you will enjoy a lunch in a local trattoria to taste the best of local recipes: tortellini, prosciutto ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Later, motor to Mantua, one of the most beautiful jewels of Italian Renaissance. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The city extends over three clear, reflecting lakes, created artificially as a defense of the town and designed using the curves of the River Mincio. Free time to explore the city before heading to Verona, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Verona. (B,L)

Day 05, Tuesday: Verona and Valpolicella

Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, Verona is most famous as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, but has much more to offer. While there's little evidence that this love story actually took place here, there are so many things to see while enjoying Verona. Don't miss Piazza Erbe, the heart of the city since the ancient Roman time; the fortress of Castelvecchio, now the site of the Modern Art Museum; the Scaliger Bridge, an outstanding example of Medieval architecture; and the Scaliger Arches, tombs built for the lords of Verona. On the other bank of the river, you can visit the remains of the Roman Theatre, where currently performances of Shakespeare or the Verona Jazz Festival are heard. Not far away is the Giardino Giusti, one of the most beautiful Italian gardens of the Renaissance. Your afternoon is free or you may consider an optional visit to beautiful Valpolicella wine region with an expert driver-guide (not included). Overnight in Verona. (B)

Day 06, Wednesday: Franciacorta & Lake Iseo

In the morning, meet your driver escort and transfer to Milan. En route stop in Franciacorta and Lake Iseo to discover this unique territory. Franciacorta stretches for over 200 km and encompasses 19 municipalities: every town and village has unique treasures and a double common thread; good wine and nature. The landscape is characterized by fascinating hills covered in vineyards, which over time have replaced the original woods. The first vineyards appeared in Prehistory; this agricultural activity continued to expand under the Romans until well into the Middle Ages, thanks to favorable climate and soil conditions. Lake Iseo is a real hidden gem, with its romantic charm and the unique natural world on Monte Isola. The atmosphere here is different from any other Italian lake. Nature regulates the time and places, such as the Torbiere Natural Reserve, declared a priority area for biodiversity. Then to Milan, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Milan. (B)

Day 07, Thursday: Milan - U.S.

After breakfast, return transfer to the airport in Milan, where it is time to say goodbye to Italy, with a promise to return. (B)

Please note: documents are not available for Smart Tours until approximately three (3) weeks prior to departure. Documents may be provided electronically.

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Featured Hotels

Smart Touring - Hidden Treasures of the North - ST07
Bologna Hotel Bologna
Verona Hotel Verona
Milan Hotel Milan

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

Centrally located Bologna Hotel

Bologna -

Hotels used in conjunction with escorted and smart tours in Bologna are the: Il Convento Dei Fiori Di Seta, Metropolitan, I Portici or similar Note: hotel will be advise approx. 21 days prior to departure [more]

Verona Hotel

Verona -

Hotels used in conjunction with escorted and smart tours in Verona are the: Mazzanti, Giberti, or similar Note: hotel will be advise approx. 21 days prior to departure [more]

Milan Hotel

Milan -

This tour uses excellent centrally located Hotels used in conjunction with escorted and smart tours in Milan are the: Una Cusani, Visconti Palace, or similar Note: hotel will be advise approx. 21 days prior to departure hotels in Milan. [more]

Pricing

This package is based on a minimum of two (2) persons traveling based on sharing one double room. This tour can be booked online or via our call center. A max of 6 passengers can be booked online. If you have more than 6 passengers, you must contact reservations in our call center.

This tour does not include:

  • Lunches
  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • City Tax to be paid locally

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start/end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) months from the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Tour dates are the date you would arrive in Italy. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier. Transfer will be waiting on arrival.