Venice & Veneto Trip • June 4-12, 2020
Have the trip of a lifetime. Join Giada Valenti for this unique adventure in Venice and the Veneto region.
She will bring you to her favorite places.
As Giada is from this area, she will give you insights that you will not find in any regular travel guide.
She cannot wait to introduce you to the delicious food and wine from Venice and the Veneto region.
Created in collaboration with Perillo Tours.
3 nights Lake Garda – 4 nights Venice - June 4-12, 2020
4 nights’ accommodation at the elegant, centrally located. Hotel Bonvecchiati in Venice (or similar). Superior Rooms -Hotel taxes and service charges are included.
• Daily breakfast,
• One lunch in Vicenza and one lunch in Burano.
• Three dinners with wine and bottled water.
• One cooking class followed by a dinner totasty food you have prepared.
• Visit to a winery and wine tasting
• Excursion by private boat to Murano and Burano including visit to the most prestigious Glass factory of the Seguso Family. .
• Service of an English speaking tour director.
• Guided tours in Verona, Vicenza and Venice. (2 hours each)
• Entrance fees at Teatro Olimpico, Basilica Palladiana and St. Mark's Basilica.
• Porterage at the hotels in & out, one piece of luggage per person.
• City Tax.
• Headphone for guided tours.
• Two concerts by Giada
Not Included in Land Package:
• Gratuities for Escorts, Guides & Drivers
• Travel Insurance
• Airport taxes wherever levied
• Additional Baggage in excess of allowance
• Additional Wine, liquors & mineral water
• Meals not included in itinerary
• Flights from the US to Italy round-trip
• Admissions not included in itinerary
• Tours not included in itinerary
• Anything in a personal nature
Detailed Itinerary - A trip you will remember forever
USA - Italy: Depart the U.S. for Italy.
Venice Airport - Lake Garda: We arrive into VeniceAirport and then proceed to baggage claim, after customs we are greeted by our Tour Manger and then transferred to Lake Garda.
When we arrive into beautiful Lake Garda we will transfer to the Palace Hotel Desenzano. Once we arrive we have time to unpack and unwind before an orientation tour with our Tour Manager and a Welcome Dinner at local restaurant.
Lake Garda - Verona: We enjoy our first breakfast in Lake Garda at the hotel. Once we have finished breakfast we are off on our adventure to discover Verona with our local guide. When we are in Verona, we get the feeling of the never ending love of Romeo and Juliet. In honor of its many historical buildings, Verona has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Verona is famous for its Roman Amphitheater, the third largest after the Colosseum in Rome and still used for operas and other cultural entertainment. It is a city that harmoniously blends its ancient treasures, with its contemporaryones. We will have some time to enjoy Veronaon our own. Later in the afternoon we enjoy a cooking class and discover the secrets of some delicious local dishes. We then get to eat the delicious food we have prepared. Then it is back to the hotel for the evening.
Lake Garda - Sirmione: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today we will start our discovery of Lake Garda. It is the biggest and the most typical of all the pre-alpine lakes, which enchant visitors with picturesque villages, medieval castles, and lakeside promenades. We will visit Sirmione; its magic atmospheres were in Catullus poems in first century before Christ. Catullus was born here and probably lived in the beautiful villa on the extreme tip of Sirmione peninsula. It was the biggest Roman villa in Northern Italy and its impressive remains can be admired. After we take a little cruise to explore the southern shore of the lake, we get to see the pretty little towns and the green countryside as well as the majestic mountains. After our cruise we discover the areas around the lake which are also famous for wine production.
In the evening we will visit a local winery Possessioni Serego Alighieri www.seregoalighieri.it/en
It is located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica district, surrounded by green hills and just a few kilometers from the historic city center of Verona and the beauty of Lake Garda.
In 1353, the charming Tenuta(estate), which was already famous for the quality of its vineyards, was bought by Pietro Alighieri, son of Dante the Poet, who had followed his father into exile in Verona. We will visit the estate and following enjoy dinner in the Salone degli archi tasting the wine. After dinner Giada’s Concert will be held in the Sala della Corte
Vicenza - Venice: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We then check out and transfer to Venice. Stop en-route to visit Vicenza worldwide known as “Palladio city” and is one of the most important art centers in Italy. Thanks to the genius of Andrea Palladio, one of the most influential architects ever, the city, together with the Villas built in the surrounding territory, became a real open-air architecture museum. Our walking tour begins with a fascinating walk of the historical center that Palladio transformed with his imposing civic buildings, basilicas and aristocratic residences. Our guided tour includes the Palladio’s Basilicain the central Piazza dei Signori, and a visit of the Olympic Theatre. You will have the chance to have a panoramic of Villa Rotonda(exterior), Palladio’s most celebrated work; its temple like facades, its symmetry along with its natural setting, give the villa and air of splendid perfection.
After lunch at local restaurant we proceed to Venice our home for the next four nights. Venice is a magical tapestry of Renaissance buildings perched on narrow canals with sleek gondolas gliding silently beneath ornate bridges that will leave you breathless. Gondolas drift along, not just for show, but to deliver the staples of everyday life. Our arrival is also by boat. Check in at our centrally located Hotel Bonvecchiati 4* or similar. Evening at leisure.