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Experience Venetian canals, medieval history and literary legend on this 3-day tour of northern Italy! Begin your tour in Venice, where you can see the famous attractions of St Mark’s Square and wander along romantic canals. Explore the charming medieval streets of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and admire the breathtaking alpine scenery of Lake Como and Lake Garda. Finish with a tour of Milan’s urban highlights. Two nights of accommodation, select meals and all transport are included.

Highlights

  • 3-day northern Italy tour from Venice to Milan or Rome with an expert guide
  • Explore Verona and see Juliet’s House (Casa di Guilietta), the fictional setting of scenes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
  • Visit the Italian Lakes and see two of the region’s highlights: Lake Garda and Lake Como
  • See top Milan attractions like Castello Sforzesco on a morning sightseeing tour
  • Opt to finish your tour in Rome if you wish and enjoy a hassle-free, inter-city transfer
  • Overnight accommodation in Venice and Milan included

What You Can Expect

3-Day Northern Italy Tour from Venice: Verona, Italian Lakes and Milan

Visit Lake Como!

From Venice to Lake Como, Northern Italy offers an abundance of natural beauty and historic charm. This 3-day tour packs in many of the region’s highlights, starting with leisure time to explore the iconic canals and ornate architecture of Venice. Travel to Verona to experience the medieval magic that inspired Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and visit picturesque waterfront towns along Lake Garda and Lake Como, nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps. Enjoy dinner in Milan and a morning sightseeing tour of the city’s historic highlights and modern glamour. 

The tour includes overnight accommodation in Venice and Milan, plus all transport and some meals so you can focus on sightseeing instead of logistics. See Itinerary below for full details. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Venice (D)
Check into your Venice hotel in the afternoon, and then spend the rest of your day sightseeing independently. Your accommodation is based right in the heart of Venice, meaning you’re ideally placed to see the top city sights. Perhaps walk through St Mark’s Square or amble across Rialto Bridge to admire the Grand Canal — Venice’s main waterway that’s used by vaporetti (water buses), water taxis and the famous Venetian gondolas. 

Your guide will meet you in the evening to discuss the finer details of your itinerary, and then leave you to have dinner at your hotel. 

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Continental in Venice

Day 2: Venice – Verona – Lake Garda – Lake Como – Milan (B, D)
After breakfast, leave Venice by air-conditioned coach and travel west to Verona. Famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this enchanting Veneto city has gained UNESCO status for its collection of monuments from eras dating back to the 1st century BC. On a guided walk, pass top Verona attractions like Piazza della Erbe and ‘Juliet’s House,’ where you can lose yourself in the setting of the world’s most romantic story.

Continue to Sirmione on the southern shores of Lake Garda, and explore this carefree little peninsula town with your guide. As you stroll, admire its colorful streets, picturesque Roman ruins and 13th-century Scaligero Castle – all set against the dazzling blue backdrop of Italy’s largest lake.

After enjoying free time in Sirmione for lunch (own expense), continue by coach to Lake Como. If Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, then Lake Como takes the title for the most spectacular — basking in the scenic foothills of the snow-capped Rhaetain Alps. Stroll around a pretty waterfront village and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Italian lakeside life.

Having seen two of the country’s most beautiful lakes, travel by coach to Milan, roughly 1.5 hours away. Check into your hotel in time for dinner, and then relax at leisure.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Executive in Milan

Day 3: Milan (B)
Enjoy breakfast, check out of your hotel and then relax on a sightseeing tour of Milan by coach. See Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the city's extravagant shopping galleria, and then gaze in awe at Milan Duomo – one of Europe’s most striking examples of Gothic architecture. Admire Castello Sforzesco, Milan’s Renaissance pride and joy, and learn of the important museums that it now houses. 

Your tour finishes at Milano Centrale (the central train station) or you can hop aboard an air-conditioned coach in town for a transfer to Rome Termini train station — roughly 7 hours away. 

Please note: The listed price does not include a required city tax, payable at the time of hotel check-in. 

Customer Reviews

Pamela S Trinidad and Tobago

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Great tour and great guide.

Diane G

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Loved our tour guide. Very knowlegetable. Lake Como too long to get out of. Lake Garda beautiful.

avi

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

The problem I have with the tour, its promoted and sold as a tree day tour when only you are part of the tour only for 36 hours, the tour guide was good, the coach was good,the hotels,food and all the organisation went with out a problem,

Violette S

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

Great hotel stay in venice, ordinary stay in Milan ordinary dinner meals in both hotels. Felt the trip was only a 1 1/2 day experience, the first day in Venice was to do your own thing, day two was enjoyable spending time in Verona and the 2 lakes area. The third day ended at about 10am in Milan with our tour guide pier showing us some of the main points of interest. Pier and the driver at the end of the trip were kind enough to drop us off at our hotel of choice in Milan. Would of liked a little more commentary on the areas we passed and entry into some of the sites. Liked small group.

Kerrie T

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Slight hiccup at start when we weren't booked in to our first night hotel in Venice but Gartour sorted it out promptly, moved us to a nearby and more interesting hotel. It was an old abbey and great staff made us very comfortable. Our tour guide Pierre very knowledgeable.

Amir Z

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2014

Would have loved to have more time in some of our stops. Expected to be given more details and information about places we visited. Was not happy with the hotel booked for the tour in Venice. Not a bad tour but probably wouldn't book again.

Sally F

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2013

So disappointing. The guide was hopeless and we didn't go inside any attractions. The hotel in Milan was badly located. So for our one night in Milan we were not near anything. We were also told we would have a coach and we were in a mini bus. For 6 adults this was cramped and not what we paid for. On the whole it was just an expensive mini bus ride to our next destination.

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