Escape to the beautiful winemaking valley of Valpolicella on this small-group tour from Venice. Drive through rolling vineyards and stop in at a winery to taste a selection of distinctive regional wines. See an altar that dates back to the 8th century at the Church of San Giorgio, and enjoy leisure time to wander the streets of Verona — a town made famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Group numbers are limited to eight people to ensure a personalized experience.
Day trip to the Valpolicella region from Venice
Learn about the region’s history and winemaking heritage from a local driver-guide
Visit the Church of San Giorgio to see its 8th-century stone altar
Explore a Valpolicella winery and sample a selection of the local amarone red wine
Enjoy three hours of free time in Verona and visit Juliet’s House, if you wish
Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures personalized attention
An easy drive from Venice, the Valpolicella region makes for a fantastic day trip filled with scenic vineyards, rolling hills and medieval history. Meet your driver-guide at Piazzale Roma just outside of central Venice, and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan for the approximately 1.5-hour journey west. For your first stop, visit the town of San Giorgio and its famous medieval church. Marvel at the 8th-century canopy stone altar, which predates the outer church by almost 500 years. While you’re here, soak in beautiful views of the nearby Lake Garda and the town of Sirmione. Continue on through the scenic countryside of olive groves and vineyards to one of the area’s renowned wineries. Take a tour of the estate and taste several distinctive amarone wines, known for their dry and slightly bitter taste that results from using dried grapes in the fermentation process. Head next to Verona — best known as the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ You’ll have 3 hours of leisure time to explore the city’s well-preserved historic charm and stop in at a local café for lunch (own expense). You can pay a visit to ‘Casa di Giulietta,’ which some say inspired the fictional Capulet family, and swoon at the site of Juliet’s balcony (though any historical ties here are dubious). Reconnect with your driver-guide at the appointed time, and then sit back and relax on the beautiful return drive to Venice.
I found this tour to be very enjoyable. The winery we visited gave us a nice overview of the winemaking process for Amarone and the wine estate was very beautiful. Our guide recommended a lovely place in Verona for lunch. All in all, a very wonderful day. Highly recommended.
Waste of time and money. Took 1 1/2 hours to get to the winery and two hours to get back from Verona. The tour guide only spoke to the 2 passengers in the front seat and had such a soft voice that the three of us in the back couldn't hear a thing. When we asked him to speak louder his answer was the he could not talk and drive at the same time. At 356.80 for two persons, this is unacceptable. There should have been an additional tour guide to fill the time on facts of the region.
This was an excellent tour from Venice. It took a little over an hour to get to the winery. Met the owner of the winery and then took a tour of their process ending with a wine tasting of their wines. We then proceeded to Verona where we had several hours to have lunch and visit a few of Verona's sites. Our tour guide was excellent and very personable. We spend 2 weeks in Europe and this was one of the highlights of our trip. I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in wine.
Really really loved these places we visited and the vineyard was magnificent. However Could definitely have done with some input from the driver which was totally missing. Met some other great people from other parts of the world. LOVE this part of Italy and cant wait to visit again someday