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A Taste of Northern Italy Luxury Tour from Venice to Florence | 12-Day Itinerary

Food & Wine
Off the Beaten Path
Duration: 12 Days From €17975,00 Per Person
Languages: Venice, Franciacorta, Bologna, Florence

On this 12-day Northern Italy luxury tour you will soak up local culture, explore some of the country’s most famous and most important wine regions and gain a deeper appreciation for the flavors that make Italy a food and wine-lover’s dream. The trip is carefully paced to ensure travelers have the opportunity to soak in the moment without feeling rushed. This is why destinations are carefully curated and slightly off the beaten path so that they are not too crowded.

Your luxurious vacation fittingly begins in Venice, a magical town for excellence. You’ll uncover its magic as you stroll its fascinating net of streets and drift along the Grand Canal on a gondola. Explore the three main islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello and become part of their ancient craft traditions.

It’s then onto Franciacorta, the only area of Italy where sparkling wine production reaches levels comparable to those of French Champagne. Here you will have the opportunity to visit an historic estate; meet the winemaker and get an inside look at some of the techniques and secrets behind Metodo Classico. You’ll also take a scenic boat ride on Lake Garda and try your hand at making pasta and regional dishes.

There is no end to the fun, as you will explore Bologna, Italy's favorite foodie town topping off your experience with a culinary tour and a super-interesting trip to a Parmigiano Reggiano maker and extravecchio balsamic vinegar producer. The final leg of your Northern Italy luxury tour sees you spending four nights in Florence, an open air museum to wonder. You’ll uncover its Renaissance heritage and learn how to make authentic an Tuscan meal. You’ll also get to explore the heart of Chianti a haven of vineyards and olive groves.

Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Foodies
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures
Day 1

Welcome to Venice!

Arrive in magical Venice and absorb the breathtaking scenery as you luxury transfer to your hotel by private water taxi. The remainder of the day is yours to begin savoring this wondrous city on your own.

Day 2

Savoring Venice Cicchetti & Wine

Built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges, Venice is an artistic masterpiece with an enticing cuisine and a fascinating cultural tradition. Savor the many flavors of this gastronomic heaven with your friendly and knowledgeable guide. Discover Venice and its culinary traditions on an off the beaten-path tour of the typical local bacaros, as you drink and eat like Venetians do! The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3

Three Venice Islands Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello

Board your luxury boat from your hotel and ride through the Venetian lagoon to explore the three main islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello while your guide will tell the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit. See an expert glassblower at work in Murano, examine some of the best hand-made lace of Burano and take a walk around the ancient monuments of the sparsely populated island of Torcello. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 4

From Venice to Franciacorta Italy's Best Sparkling Wine Region

Franciacorta is a small region infused with cultural significance and the setting for one of Italy's most important wine traditions with over 100 wineries producing sparkling wines in the metodo classico. Transfer by luxury boat from your hotel in Venice to Piazzale Roma. Then your private driver will accompany you to your boutique luxury resort immersed in the Franciacorta countryside. Before arriving at the hotel you will enjoy a guided visit of an historic winery, where you will taste the most prestigious Italian sparkling white wine accompanied with nibbles such as cheese & charcuterie.

Day 5

Franciacorta Cooking Class & Lake Garda by Land & Water

This morning you will enjoy a hands-on cooking class during which you will experience local Northern Italian cuisine "with your hands in pasta". Then, savor the delicious lunch paired with Franciacorta’s bubbles before heading to Sirmione, one of the most beautiful towns on Lake Garda. Here, with a private local guide, you will take a motorboat trip on the lake and a walking tour in the historic center of Sirmione. At the end of the day, your driver will take you back to your hotel.

Day 6

From Franciacorta to Bologna Italy's Food Capital

After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and accompany you to Bologna, a top foodie city for its excellent cuisine. After checking in at your 5-star hotel set out on a food walking tour that encompass local mortadella and prosciutto, parmesan cheese and aged balsamic vinegar, tortellino in brodo, tagliatelle ragu, lasagne, stuffed flat breads (tigelle) and gelato; not forgetting chilled lambrusco and sangiovese wines.

Day 7

Parmigiano Reggiano & Balsamic Vinegar Experience

Enjoy a day trip focused on Parmigiano Reggiano, local wine, and balsamic vinegar. The day starts out with Parmigiano-Reggiano, the regal "King of Cheeses." Smell the milk, feel the steam and tap the enormous wheels of cheese in a traditional farm! A tasting session follows the tour of the production facilities. Then, have a long lunch at a family-run winery in the countryside before visiting an old acetaia for balsamic vinegar of Modena tasting. Afterwards your driver will leave you at your hotel.

Day 8

From Bologna to Florence via the Ferrari Museum in Maranello

The Ferrari Museum in the heart of the so-called Italian Motor Valley takes visitors on a magnificent journey via its most famous F1 cars. After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and accompany you to your 5-star hotel stopping along the way at the Ferrari Museum. After the Museum, stop for lunch before continuing to Florence where you will be staying for 4 nights. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 9

From Market to Table: A Private Cooking Class in Florence

Discover the delights of Tuscan cuisine in this entertaining cooking experience. Shop for ingredients at the Florence farmer’s market with your private chef and then move to the chef ‘home where the class will be held. The day starts with a pleasant walk through the farmer's market of Florence. Once you have collected what you need for the meal, you will be taken to his well-equipped kitchen right in the center of Florence. Here, under his guidance you will begin your hands-on cooking class. The class ends with a delicious lunch accompanied by Tuscan wines.

Day 10

Discovering Florence Masterpieces

Awash with artistic treasures, Florence is Italy's most revered city for its Renaissance masterpieces and unsurpassed beauty. Stroll through the enchanting historic center, a living monument to the Renaissance and crown jewel of Tuscany admiring its piazzas and palaces. With your private guide you will also visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime “David” and his unfinished pieces for the papal tombs.

Day 11

Winery Visits & Tastings in the Chianti Hills

Produced in the undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena, the famous Chianti Classico wine is known and celebrated all over the world. Tidy rows of vineyards set amidst historic villages and silvery-green olive trees are the scenic backdrop for this full day wine excursion to Chianti Country. You will visit two boutiques wineries and have the chance to explore San Gimignano before your expert driver-guide will take you back at your hotel.

Day 12

Florence Departure

Today it’s time to say arrivederci to beautiful Florence as you transfer privately to return home. If you are not yet ready to go home, we can add several options to your Northern Italy Luxury Tour. A few days in the Eternal City”, otherwise known as Rome? Or a visit to the Lake of Como? Alternatively, spend some extra days in the Tuscan countryside. The choice is yours and we would be happy to design your trip as you wish.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Eat & drink like Venetians do
  • Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello islands
  • Discover Franciacorta beautiful wines and make egg pasta from scratch
  • Sail along the Lake Garda
  • Eat your way through Bologna
  • Tour a Parmesan cheese factory & a balsamic vinegar factory
  • Enjoy the Ferrari Museum
  • Explore a local market in Florence, followed by a culinary class
  • Meet Michelangelo's David
  • Taste the world-famous Chianti wines
  • Unwind as we handle all the trip planning details, so all you have to do is enjoy your Northern Italy Luxury Tour

Private Trip Pricing & Availability

Northern Italy Luxury Tour 2024

  • Prices start from €17975,00 per person, based on double occupancy in 5-star hotels and for travel in low season (excluding flights).
  • The final price of your trip will vary on the itinerary itself, along with factors such as your hotel choices, your travel dates and the number of travelers in your party.
  • This Northern Italy Luxury Tour departs daily on a private basis. With no fixed dates or set schedules, you can travel whenever you want and customize the itinerary to your interests.

What Is Included

  • Customized travel planning for your style
  • 3 nights at a 5-star accommodation of your choice in Venice
  • 2 nights at a 5-star accommodation in Franciacorta
  • 2 nights at a 5-star accommodation in Bologna
  • 4 nights at a 5-star accommodation of your choice in Florence
  • 11 Breakfasts & 6 Lunches
  • Privately guided tours and experiences tailored specifically to you
  • Inspiring local experts who provide insider know-how and share their love and knowledge of each destination.
  • Private gondola ride
  • Private boat services as per the itinerary
  • Private Cooking Class in Franciacorta
  • Private Cooking Class in Florence
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites, etc. as described in itinerary
  • In-country private transportation as per the itinerary
  • Private airport transfer on arrival and departure to/from the hotel

What Is Not Included

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Meals & beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips & gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Accommodation Options

When it comes to accommodations, there is no one size fits all. For your bespoke trip, you can choose your hotel from our handpicked selection below or we’ll make personalized suggestions based on your preferences.

Vetted options for luxury hotels in Venice (nights 1-3)

5-Star Gritti Palace a Luxury Collection Hotel | A 15th Century Palazzo Overlooking the Grand Canal Grand Canal | Sisley Paris SPA
5-StarLuna Hotel Baglioni | The oldest hotel in Venice | 5-minute walk from St. Mark's Square

Franciacorta Vetted Hotel (nights 4-5)

5-Star L'Albereta Relais & Chateaux | The only 5-star hotel in Franciacorta | Espace Vitalite Henri Chenot 2.000 sq.m.

Bologna Vetted Hotel (nights 6-7)

5-Star Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni | 18th-century palazzo | 5-minute walk from the Towers of Bologna

Vetted options for luxury hotels in Florence (nights 8-11)

5-Star Portrait Firenze – Lungarno Collection | Luxurious rooms | A 2-min walk from the Ponte Vecchio
5-Star Il Tornabuoni The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Hotel | 5-minute walk from the Uffizi Gallery | Rooftop Terrace with Panoramic Views of Florence

Booking Procedure

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  • Work out the Trip Plan Together
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Tour FAQs

Tell me more about the accommodation in Franciacorta

The exquisite L'Albereta Hotel is a luxurious 19th century converted villa in Franciacorta, Lombardy. It is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group and owned by the Moretti family, who also own the Bellavista vineyards, which produce one of the finest sparkling wines in Italy. The villa, transformed into a deluxe hotel, is situated in the hills, between the Alps and Lake Iseo, a region where the great wines of Franciacorta are produced. The landscape surrounding this resort is magical, and the area is a microclimate, with mild temperatures. The hotel has an indoor/outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium, tennis, health trail, and close access to golf, horseback riding, sailing and windsurfing.

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