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New Connections Boutique Group Journeys

Italy: Jewels of the North 2020


10 days from $6,995

Limited to 24 guests

From the shores of Lake Como and the fishing villages of Cinque Terre to the Most Serene Republic of Venice, experience all the charm and magic of Italy’s elegant northern provinces.

A&K Advantages

Savor delicious meats and cheeses on a foodie tour in Parma

Explore beautiful Lake Como on a private boat cruise, surrounded by charming villas and steep wooded hills

Go behind the scenes on a tour of La Scala and its workshops

Take part in a pesto cooking class, and learn the secrets of this Italian culinary classic

Discover Turin, once the royal capital of Italy, and its renowned Egyptian Museum

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Milan, Italy
Day 2
Como | Charming Village of Bellagio
Day 3
Milan | Prestigious La Scala Opera House
Day 4
Turin | Wine Tasting in Piedmont
Day 5
Rapallo | Culinary Secrets of Liguria
Day 6
Cinque Terre | Beauty Along the Coast
Day 7
Parma | A Taste of Italy
Day 8
Verona | Spectacular Roman Remnants
Day 9
Venice | Palaces & Canals
Day 10
Depart Venice
Day 1
Arrive Milan, Italy

Transfer to Stresa. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner.

Villa & Palazzo Aminta
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
Como | Charming Village of Bellagio

Drive to beautiful Lake Como and cruise its sparkling waters. Your private boat will take your group to the village of Bellagio and past the many luxurious villas that dot the lakeshore. Later, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a walking tour of Como and an atmospheric funicular ride. Return to Stresa for an evening at leisure.

Villa & Palazzo Aminta
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Milan | Prestigious La Scala Opera House

Travel to nearby Milan, Italy’s wealthiest city, and the heart of its fashion industry. Go backstage on an exclusive tour of the famous La Scala opera house, where some of the greatest singers in the world have performed for over 200 years. Enjoy lunch at leisure before continuing to your villa hotel in the countryside.

Sina Villa Matilde
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Turin | Wine Tasting in Piedmont

Tour Piedmont's famous wine country, enjoying lunch and a wine tasting. In the afternoon, explore the fascinating city of Turin. After Italy was unified as a nation in 1861, Turin was named the capital of the fledgling state. Visit the Egyptian Museum, the oldest of its kind in the world and second only to Cairo in importance.

Sina Villa Matilde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Rapallo | Culinary Secrets of Liguria

Descend to the sunbathed Ligurian coast and the small port of Rapallo. Join a local family in their olive grove to learn the art of making traditional local pesto, then savor a picnic lunch.

Grand Hotel Portovenere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Cinque Terre | Beauty Along the Coast

Discover the extraordinary beauty of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), five scenic villages built along the steep coastal cliffs of Liguria on the Italian Riviera. Explore by train and boat along this magical coast.

Grand Hotel Portovenere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Parma | A Taste of Italy

Cross the Appenines this morning to the region of Emilia- Romagna, aptly known as the breadbasket of Italy. In the city of Parma, embark on a food-focused walking tour that introduces you to a bounty of produce and products available here. Spend the afternoon shopping in the many markets and specialty stores, or just sit in a café and watch the world pass by.

Sina Maria Luigia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Verona | Spectacular Roman Remnants

Leave Parma today for Verona, once an important Roman settlement, and still prominent today. On a walking tour, see the old Roman Forum area, the Roman arena and the remains of the original Roman walls. Stand beneath the balcony reputed to belong to Juliet, Shakespeare’s most tragic heroine. Continue to Venice, where our local A&K staff will guide you on an exclusive stroll encompassing some of the characteristic bàcari (wine bars) of the city.

Hotel L'Orologio Venice
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
Venice | Palaces & Canals

This morning, explore the wonders of Venice with a local expert. Stroll the Rialto Market, tour the Doge’s Palace and enter St. Mark’s Basilica. Later, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Hotel L'Orologio Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Depart Venice

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:15 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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