Gastronomy Tour of Northern Italy

July 5, 2025 thru July 16, 2025

Embark on a culinary adventure through northern Italy, where each day brings a feast for the senses. Wander through the gothic splendor of Milan, savoring rich flavors and authentic dishes, sail the serene waters of Lake Como, indulging in local delicacies, and lose yourself in the timeless romance of Venice with its exquisite Venetian cuisine. This tour invites you to explore Italy’s most enchanting regions, creating lasting memories of unforgettable tastes and breathtaking landscapes.


Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach

Duration

12 days, 11 nights

Activity Level 5

Energetic

Meals

22 meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners) included

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip door-to-door livery service

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • 3-Course Lunches and Dinners in Various Regions
  • Lake Como with Walking Tour
  • Milan Guided Tour with Milan Cathedral
  • Barolo Wine Tasting with Hazelnut Groves
  • Turin Walking Tour
  • Lake Iseo with Boat Ride on Monte Isola
  • Franciacorta Wine Tasting with 3-Course Meal
  • Boat Ride Along Sirmiona Peninsula
  • Verona Walking Tour with Arena Admission
  • Vicenza Walking Tour
  • Venice Walking Tour
  • Bacaro Experience with Cicchetti Tastings
  • Farewell Dinner

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson
  • Transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
  • 10 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
  • 22 meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners) included
  • Baggage handling
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Headsets throughout the tour
  • Your Professional European Tour Guide
  • Your Professional Pleasurebent Tours Tour Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
  • Taxes & gratuities for included items


Day 1 - Flight

Depart on an overnight flight to Milan, Italy along with your fellow passengers and Pleasurebent Tours escort.

Day 2 - Arrive in Milan

Upon landing in Milan, you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff of our local tour partner and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, the evening begins with a delightful 3-course welcome dinner.

Savor authentic Italian flavors, setting the tone for your culinary journey ahead. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, meet fellow travelers, and toast to the exciting adventures that await in northern Italy.

Meals included: (D)

Day 3 - Lake Como

Embark on a full-day adventure to the breathtaking Lake Como, renowned for its stunning scenery and charming towns. Travel in comfort on a private coach to the lakeside town of Tremezzo, where you’ll board a ferry for a picturesque ride across the lake to the enchanting village of Bellagio.

In Bellagio, enjoy a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, explore the town’s quaint streets and beautiful gardens. Later, return to Como for a private walking tour, where you’ll discover the rich history and hidden gems of this beautiful lakeside city.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 4 - Explore Milan

Start your day with a walking tour of Milan. Discover the city’s iconic landmarks, including a visit to the majestic Milan Cathedral (Duomo), a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that began construction in 1386 and took nearly six centuries to complete. Marvel at its intricate details and enjoy breathtaking views from the rooftop.

In the afternoon, board your private coach for a scenic transfer to the picturesque town of Alba in the Piedmont region. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and enjoy a 3-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 5 - Barolo Wine Tasting

Experience the enchanting Langhe region, renowned for its rolling hills, vineyards, and culinary delights. First, visit a prestigious wine cellar where you’ll indulge in a Barolo wine tasting, discovering why this wine is known as the “King of Wines.”

Next, explore a charming farmhouse nestled among hazelnut groves. Here, you’ll taste two exquisite wines paired with homemade hazelnut cake, cookies, and roasted hazelnuts, learning about the region’s rich agricultural traditions. In the evening, return to your hotel for a 3-course dinner at the restaurant.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 6 - Turin Touring

Begin your journey with a scenic transfer from Alba to the Bergamo area, with an enriching stop in the historic city of Turin. Upon arrival in Turin, embark on a private walking tour. Discover the city’s fascinating history, stunning baroque architecture, and key landmarks such as the Mole Antonelliana and Piazza Castello.

After the tour, enjoy a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant in Turin. Savor the flavors of Piedmontese cuisine before continuing your journey to the Bergamo area.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 7 - Lake Iseo & Franciacorta Wine

Embark on a full-day excursion to the serene Lake Iseo and the prestigious wine region of Franciacorta. Travel comfortably in a private coach, and start your adventure with a picturesque boat ride to Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Italy, where you can explore its charming villages and scenic beauty.

Next, visit a local farmhouse-winery in Franciacorta. Here, you’ll learn about the meticulous production stages of the renowned Franciacorta DOCG wines. Indulge in a tasting of two exceptional Franciacorta wines. Following the tasting, enjoy a 3-course lunch paired with wines.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 8 - Sirmione to Verona

Travel from the Bergamo area to the romantic city of Verona, with a stop in Sirmione, a stunning town on Lake Garda. Enjoy a delightful 3-course lunch at a local restaurant in Sirmione.

After lunch, embark on a scenic boat ride along the Sirmione Peninsula, taking in the stunning views of the lake and historic sites. Continue your journey to Verona, where you’ll check into your hotel and relax. In the evening, head to a local restaurant for a delicious 3-course dinner.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Discover Verona

Begin your day with a walking tour of Verona. Explore the city’s rich history and enchanting sites, including a visit to the famous Arena di Verona, a remarkably well-preserved Roman amphitheater that dates back to the 1st century AD and is still in use today.

In the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to explore Verona’s charming boutiques and shops at your own pace. Discover unique Italian fashion, artisanal crafts, and local specialties. In the evening, a private coach will transport you to a local restaurant for a 3-course dinner.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 10 - Vicenza & Venice

Set off on a journey from Verona to the iconic city of Venice, with a stop in Vicenza. Upon arrival in Vicenza, embark on a private walking tour. Discover the city’s architectural gems, including the works of renowned architect Andrea Palladio, whose designs have earned Vicenza a UNESCO World Heritage status.

Enjoy a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant in Vicenza. Afterward, continue your journey to Venice. Upon reaching Tronchetto, experience a private taxi boat ride to Cornoldi, located just 800 meters from the famed St. Mark’s Square.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 11 - Venice Sightseeing & Gastronomy

Enjoy a private walking tour of Venice. Explore the city’s labyrinthine streets, historic landmarks, and iconic canals. Discover the magic of St. Mark’s Square, the grandeur of the Doge’s Palace, and the elegance of the Rialto Bridge.

After the tour, immerse yourself in the local culture with a Bacaro experience, sampling typical Cicchetti—Venetian tapas—at traditional wine bars. In the evening, conclude your Italian adventure with a farewell 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Return Home

On our final day, transfer to the airport and journey home.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**


Package Pricing

$6,775 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking

$7,595 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking

Final Payment:

March 6, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson
• Transfers & motorcoach transportation
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
• 10 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• 22 meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners) included
• Baggage handling
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Headsets throughout the tour
• Your Professional European Tour Guide
• Your Professional Pleasurebent Tours Tour Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
• Taxes & gratuities for included items


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: March 6, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None – Through March 6, 2025
  • $250 – March 7 – April 3, 2025
  • $3,900 – April 4 – May 6, 2025
  • 100% after May 6, 2025

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to help protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer a Travelex Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

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AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. Space on the Land Cruisers for carry-ons will be limited; plan on a small purse or hand-held bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, you will be assessed a fee for checked baggage, upon arrival by the airlines.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 5: Energetic

Expectations: Tours include well-paced walking tours with intermittent breaks. Could be up to 4-5 hours walking each day. Likely to feature many attributes of our active level, this is very much an on-the-go tour with a complete itinerary involving a full, normally daily program of travel, sightseeing or events. We would consider this tour faster paced and free time at leisure will be more limited, in some cases just to evenings. Programs are at a very active pace, with long travel days and a demanding daily schedule of physical activities.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace, enjoy participating in four to five hours of physical activity per day and enjoy challenging themselves physically.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

There is no smoking in the lodges and tents. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

In northern Italy, July weather is typically warm and sunny with average temperatures ranging from 75°F to 85°F (24°C to 29°C). Occasional thunderstorms are possible, but it's mostly dry.

Wear lightweight, breathable clothing such as cotton or linen. Opt for comfortable walking shoes, shorts, t-shirts, or sundresses. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sun protection. A light jacket or sweater might be useful for cooler evenings or air-conditioned places.

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