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Enchanted Northern Italy

October 11 - 18, 2021

12-18

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

18

Meals

Explore the storybook scenery and experience the authentic wineries and culinary culture of Northern Italy. Discover wine varietals indigenous to this hilly, fertile land, and meet third-generation winemakers and families deeply rooted in tradition. Savor regional dishes like stuffed tortellini and learn ancient regional recipes. Take in Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, along with the medieval cities, ruins, and other breathtaking sites along it’s beautiful banks.

Meet

expert winemakers and experience private vineyard and wine cellar tours

Discover

the beautiful city of Verona, uncovering its history and architecture with a local guide

Taste

fresh tortellini pasta after a demonstration in the lovely town of Borghetto

Day 1

Verona

Land at the Verona Villafranca Airport and take a private transfer to our hotel, which overlooks our own vineyards and olive groves. Unwind in this romantic property located in the Custoza wine region of Veneto. Come together to enjoy a special aperitivo followed by dinner featuring Veneto wines and specialties from the surrounding region.

Dinner

Overnight at Casino di Caccia

Day 2

Verona & Culinary Class

This morning, we will take part in a hands-on pasta workshop, learn traditional techniques, and create delectable Italian dishes that we will enjoy for lunch.

n the afternoon, join our local guide for a walking tour of Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to Roman times and was made famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See the Piazza delle Erbe, the Verona Arena, Ponte Pietra, Juliet’s balcony, and more fine examples of Roman and Gothic architecture. After, enjoy free time to stroll through town or shop at one of the many exquisite boutiques. Tonight's dinner is on your own in the city of love.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Casino di Caccia

Day 3

Soave

Today, we tour a family-run cheesemaking facility that dates back to the 1920s. The family produces artisan cheeses using sheep, cow, and goat milk. Savor a charcuterie tasting and lunch following the private tour.

Next, we’ll head to a winery to learn about the indigenous grapes of Garganega and Trebbiano used to make Soave, a popular white wine known for being zesty and dry. We will also take a stroll in the ancient hilltop town of Soave before returning to our villa. Relax before gathering for dinner together.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Casino di Caccia

Day 4

Trentino & Malcesine

Depart this morning for the province of Trentino — a breathtaking territory with mountains and valleys. Head to Vallagarina Valley where we’ll visit de Tarczal, a well-established wine estate with a royal history. Devour a lunch of regional dishes at the estate’s quaint ristorante.

In the afternoon, we’ll continue to the picturesque port town of Malcesine — on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Enjoy time to stroll along the lake path or the cobbled streets of the old town. Indulge in a lake-to-plate dinner paired with wine.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Casino di Caccia

Day 5

Franciacorta & Lake Iseo

Rise early and travel to Franciacorta. Tour a family-operated wine estate where 5 generations have been producing DOCG Franciacorta sparkling white wine. Visit the gardens and cellars that date back to the 1500s and finish with lunch on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.

This afternoon, we will take a boat tour to lovely Monte Isola--a mountain on an island in Lake Iseo, known for its charming villages, scenery, and monuments. Learn about its fishing traditions — producing fishing nets, boat making, and fish conservation. Return to the property and unwind before gathering again for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Casino di Caccia

Day 6

Sirmione & Valpolicella

Start the day in Sirmione, a picturesque peninsula on Lake Garda. Spend the evening amid grottos, castles, Roman ruins, and thermal baths. Tour the Grottoes of Catullus followed by some time to explore at your leisure. Enjoy lunch on your own in Sirmione.

Later, head to Valpolicella, a famed winemaking commune. Stop at Corte Lonardi to meet winemaker Giuseppe Lonardi. After a tour of the vineyard and estate, enjoy a tasting of select wines. A rustic dinner at Giuseppe’s family trattoria is to follow.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Casino di Caccia

Day 7

Borghetto & Valeggio sul Mincio

Today we experience the charming village of Borghetto. Enjoy a pasta-making demonstration and a delicious lunch. Learn tortellini’s other name, Nodo d’Amore, meaning love knot. Stroll around the town’s lively open market and shop like the locals. On the way back to Verona, we stop in one of Italy’s most charming towns, Valeggio sul Mincio, where time seems to have stood still since ancient times.

Spend the afternoon relaxing back at the property; explore the vineyards and olive groves one last time. Join together tonight for a memorable farewell dinner with newfound friends.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Casino di Caccia

Day 8

Departure

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the Verona Villafranca Airport for departures home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Venice

Day 8

Travel to Venice by train. Check into your hotel and have lunch on your own before meeting your local guide for an afternoon walking tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Marvel in the tranquility of the islands’ car-free roads and revel in the artistic and architectural beauty that Venice displays. See magnificent canals, narrow streets, and beautiful marble buildings. Enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening.

Overnight at Hotel L’Orologio Venezia

Day 9

Today, enjoy a full-day guided exploration of Venice with your local guide. Take a walking tour of the unseen side of Venice and explore the Jewish Ghetto and other historical sights with your local guide. Cruise along the Grand Canal in true Venetian form. Lunch and dinner are on your own and with Venetian restaurants largely considered some of the best in the country, it is hard to go wrong here.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel L’Orologio Venezia

Day 10

Enjoy the city of Venice at your own pace today. The city is best seen by getting lost in the maze of narrow streets and canals. Explore some of the illustrious museums Venice has to offer such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Galleria dell'Accademia or the Museo Correr. Climb to the top of the Campanile di San Marco for one of the best views of the city. Alternatively, take it easy and soak in the vibrancy of the city from the comfort of a café table in St. Mark’s square. Lunch and dinner are on your own to explore the incredible seafood, pastas, and desserts Venice is known for.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel L’Orologio Venezia

Day 11

Savor your last breakfast in Italy, then take a private transfer to the Venice Marco Polo Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

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Dates

Program: October 11 - 18, 2021
Extension: October 18 - 21, 2021

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we will refer you to an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodation, including all taxes, tips, and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with the services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Experi Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional Alcoholic beverages beyond those included with major meals

Rates*

Classic: $4,995
Deluxe: $5,695
Single: $6,995

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,795
Single: $3,995

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit per person is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

Learn more about travel insurance and how it can help you prepare for the unexpected at http://experi.com/travelinsurance/

Travel Terms & Conditions

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