Spotlight on Northern Italy

September 12 – 20, 2024

Vince and Jan will be your tour escorts as you spend seven nights in Treviso, the birthplace of Tiramisu and even learn from an experienced pastry chef while participating in a hands-on Tiramisu cooking class. On top of that, the tour offers a visit to Prosecco wine country with a winery tour and tasting. Plus, guests will embark on a full-day tour of the Dolomites, which includes a cable car ride and a stop in Cortina, where the 2026 Winter Olympics will be hosted. Pricing also available from Detroit. Offered in conjunction with Collette Tours.

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September 12 - 20, 2024

$5,798 per person based on double occupancy. Air included

Single supplement: $600. See the itinerary for details of rates.

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Thursday, September 12: Overnight flight.

 Overnight flight to Venice. 

Day 2 - Friday, September 13: Treviso

Treviso, Italy - Tour Begins
This tour has sweet beginnings: Kick off your travels in Treviso, 
hometown of Italy’s most iconic dessert – tiramisu. Treviso also has a 
long history tied to the nearby island city of Venice. Founded as a 
mainland (terraferma) settlement, Treviso was an early outpost with 
the look and feel of Venice. With your feet on “firm ground,” settle 
into your home for the next seven nights — a charming villa nestled 
in the suburbs of Treviso. After dropping your things in your modern style room,
take some time to explore the property’s lush, green garden. Work up an appetite because tonight you’ll dive into regional foods and Italian wines at a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. (D)

Day 3 - Saturday, September 14: Treviso

Start your day with a short ride to downtown Treviso. Embark on a 
walking tour in the city commonly called “Venice on the Mainland.” 
Take in the Old Town’s gothic-style windows, marble latticework, 
and the Sile and Botteniga rivers – humble elements all reminiscent 
of its famous island neighbour. After your guided tour on foot, take 
some time to explore more of Treviso at your own pace. Maybe 
you’ll wander through the weekly vegetable and housewares market? 
Or you can check out the picturesque Canale dei Buranelli and nearby 
Pescheria, where fishmongers have set up shop for centuries. When 
you stop for lunch on your own, consider noshing on radicchio 
trevigiano, an autumnal delicacy consisting of red chicory grilled 
with a generous helping of extra virgin olive oil. After, reconnect 
with your fellow travellers. Meet a local pastry chef and try your hand 
at preparing some sweet tiramisu in its homeplace. (B, D)

Day 4 - Sunday, September 15: Verona

Verona (UNESCO) is for lovers. After a 2-hour bus ride, find 
yourself in the romantic city of Romeo & Juliet. In Verona, it’s your 
choice! Explore Verona’s painted houses during a walking tour of the 
Old Town -OR- stroll along the town’s riverbanks in search of its 
bridges and lesser-known monuments. No matter what you pick, 
you’ll catch a glimpse of the city’s must-sees: Juliet’s balcony and the 
impressive exterior of the Arena, the ancient Roman amphitheatre. 
After, enjoy some free time to explore Verona how you’d like. 
Whether you’re following in the footsteps of Shakespeare’s most 
famous dramatic characters or retracing Italian history, savour time 
wandering in Verona’s medieval city centre. After lunch on your own 
in the city, return to your villa in the late afternoon to relax before 
dinner. (B, D)

Day 5 - Monday, September 16: Murano Island and Venice

Board the coach and head to Venice (UNESCO). You’ll trade wheels 
for water and take a boat to the isle of Murano. Famous for its glassblowing foundries, Murano’s history with glassmaking dates back 
1,500 years. A local craftsperson will share the intricacies of this ageold trade during a glass-blowing demonstration. After, set sail for the 
area surrounding St. Mark’s Square. Take in the Basilica and the 
ornate Gothic façade of Doge’s Palace. During your free time, 
consider an optional gondola cruise to experience Venice’s most 
famous pastime. Regardless of how you spend your afternoon, pause 
for an early dinner in town before journeying back to your villa for 
the night. (B, D)

Day 6 - Tuesday, September 17: Asolo

Get to know a hilltop haven for artists today in Asolo. After your 
Tour Manager helps you get acquainted with the village during an 
orientation walk, enjoy some free time. Find inspiration and trace the 
steps of author Ernest Hemingway, poet Robert Browning, composer 
Igor Stravinsky, and many other famous virtuosos throughout history. 
Later, continue your journey into the rolling hills of Italy’s Prosecco 
region (UNESCO), for a visit to a local vineyard where you’ll taste 
the region’s sparkling specialty. Toast to la dolce vita - the sweet life 
- in the Venetian countryside. You’ll return to your hotel in the late 
afternoon to relax and sit down for dinner together. Rest well tonight; 
tomorrow will be a full day exploring The Dolomites. (B, D)

Day 7 - Wednesday, September 18: The Dolomites

Today will be our biggest trek yet.* You’re on your way to what 
UNESCO says is one of the world’s most beautiful mountain chains: 
The Dolomites. Weave through the winding roads tucked within 
jagged rocks for a couple of hours en route to your first stop: the 
village of Alleghe. Venture into the village to catch a glimpse of 
Monte Civetta – a mountain noted for its rugged appearance and 
massive northwestern rock face. When in season,** pause at the 
Flazarego Pass for a cable car ride to get a unique perspective on the 
surrounding peaks. Take some time to have lunch on your own before 
returning to the coach for a trip to Cortina –– the Pearl of The 
Dolomites. Your Tour Manager will show you around on foot and 
then you can enjoy a short break to explore this resort town on your 
own. Reminisce on your mountain adventure tonight on your way 
back to the villa for a late dinner. (B, D)

Day 8 - Thursday, September 19: Bassano del Grappa.

Begin your day with a trip to the quaint town of Bassano del Grappa. 
The town’s name is associated with the locally produced grape-based 
schnapps. Explore its cobblestoned piazzas and see the impact the 
beverage had on the town, including the ancient distillery in one of 
the pillars of the historic Palladian Bridge. Take some time to wander 
the town and grab a bite to eat for lunch (maybe paired with some 
grappa?). Tonight, step back in time at a classic Venetian villa. 
You’ll tour the sprawling villa and its gardens that’s still owned by 
the descendants of a noble family of Venice. After you follow the 
family’s history within the villa’s walls, gather with your fellow 
travellers and savour Venetian dishes prepared with fresh local 
ingredients at this evening’s farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 9 - Friday, September 20: Treviso - Tour Ends

It’s time to say ciao, Italia. Have a buon viaggio back home with 
fond memories of Northern Italy. (B

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INCLUDED

- Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $499 per person; - Round Trip Air from Toronto Intl Airport or Detroit Metro Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $180 per person (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers. - 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners;

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