August 25th to September 4th 2021
VIP Senior Tour
2 Bi-Lingual Tour Directors to assist you at all times
Airfare Not Included
About this Tour:
We are locals, and we have developed this itinerary so that you get a full immersive experience. We have taken into consideration all aspects of you vacation, from what to eat to how much time is spent driving, how many activities we enjoy per day, to your comfort and safety.
Our goal is for you to experience as much of the local culture as possible without having to think about any of the logistics along the way. This is why this particular tour includes TWO Bi-Lingual Tour Directors who are available for the group at all times.
This allows us to set the pace for those seeking more adventure and for those seeking to sit back and relax at the same time.
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ITINERARY - Places you will visit on this Tour:
DAY 1 - Welcome to Milano
Arrive Milano Airport and meet your Tour Directors, Lorna Holland and Dante Zambrano Cassella. Board your Private Transportation to centrally located hotel in Milano.
Welcome appetizer after you had time to settle in.
DAY 2 - Milano
Visit the main attractions of the city including the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, and Sforza Castle and learn the history of each attraction. Head to Santa Maria delle Grazie and skip the line to admire the masterpiece of the Last Supper as you listen to informative commentary about the piece and the artist.
DAY 3 - To the Mountains
We depart Milano and head to Val di Non, The Non Valley. We will stay in the town of Coredo. This will be our main Hotel but the next few days. After some relax time we will visit the Church of San Romedio, one of the most particular sanctuaries in Europe. After our visit we will have our welcome dinner at hotel.
DAY 4 - Val di Non
Today we stay close and discover the Valley. Visit the Melinda apple factory. Taste the one of a kind Cheese from Trentingrana. Discover some of the many medieval castles in the valley including the incredible Thun Castle. Taste local cuisine and live today as a local. Cooking classes may be registered if you wish.
DAY 5 - The Dolomites
Today we head to the small town of Ortisei, a town of 4,637 inhabitants in South Tyrol in northern Italy. It occupies the Val Gardena within the Dolomites. Famous for its wood carving artists and breathtaking views of the Dolomites. Plenty of time to explore and go shopping. Cable car to top of the Mountains to see breathtaking views of the Dolomite Alps. Dinner in Ortisei before driving back to
DAY 6 - Discovering Bolzano
Bolzano (chief town of province Alto Adige – South Tyrol, Italy), once city of merchants, is today also a city of art, show, culture, exchange and vacation. Your local Tour Guide will take you along the city’s charming streets to its piazzas, churches, and castles without having to worry about planning an itinerary or getting lost. The tour begins in the city center and moves to the outskirts at Roncolo Castle.
DAY 7 - Discovering Trento
Guided Walking Tour of the Historical City Center of Trento. Enjoy the weekly outdoor market this day. Sit and enjoy aperitives in one of the many piazzas. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Castello del Buonconsiglio.
DAY 8 - Discovering Verona
Discover Verona’s city highlights today. Stroll down the quaint streets of the historic city center and learn about the history and traditions of Verona. Tours are modified for each season and you visit historic eateries, wine bars, and restaurants. You may also take a ride on the funicular to the highest part of the city for a stunning view of Verona.
DAY 9 - Valdobbiadene, land of Prosecco
Today we load our private transportaion and head to Venice, but we will first stop and discover the land of Prosecco on our way. Discover the wine route of Prosecco Superiore on our guided tour among charming villages and scenic vineyard countryside. In the afternoon we will arrive in Venice and check in our hotel.
DAY 10 - Venice
This morning your Tour Director will take you to the Doge’s Palace. After a wander around St. Mark’s Square and free time for lunch, we will join a Local Guide for a walking tour through another section of Venice. This tour is followed by a gondola ride (weather permitting!) Tonight is our last night together, so we will have dinner at an intimate restaurant run by native Venetian chefs.
DAY 11 - Depart from Venice airport
Depending on flight times, you may have time to explore Venice just a bit more. We will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport, either by boat or by bus, depending on the hotel location (cost included). If you will be continuing by train or cruise ship, please notify us in advance so that we can plan your transportation. Your Tour Director will enter the airport with you to assist you with check-in, and remain with you until you enter the security line.
After hugs and smiles, we will all head back home, filled with wonderful memories.
Two bilingual Tour Directors 24/7
4 Star Hotel accommodations
One cooking demonstration
Guided tours in Trento, Verona, and Venice
Entrances as mentioned on the itinerary
Private Guided Tour with 2 Tour Directors during the entire Tour!
Dante and I will be directing the trip together! You will have us at your service to help with translation, navigation, free time activities, shopping, museum visits, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!! Because there are 2 of us, we can spend more personal time with our guests, so that nobody feels like a burden. If someone needs to take a break, one of us can stay with you while the other stays with the group.
If some of you would like to shop while others visit a museum, you will have both of us available to assist. There are 2 Tour Directors at your disposal! So often when traveling as a couple or with friends or family, you feel pulled one direction because one person wants to do something different. We are here to make your vacation as amazing as possible!
We created our “Senior Tour” after doing a web search, and seeing that there aren’t many tours out there that let people just slow down. We have carefully planned this tour so that we see all of the biggest highlights, but this tour is about quality, not quantity, of sites we visit.
We purposefully didn’t plan in all of the meals so that you don’t feel forced to eat a meal just because you paid for it, or because it’s “what the group is doing”. During your free time, your Tour Directors will both be available to join you while you are out and about, or, if you prefer to have some free time to yourself, there won’t be any pressure on our part to join the group.
PAST PHOTO GALLERIES
We have made every effort to make this tour comfortable and slower paced, but inevitably, in Italy, there is always some walking. We ask that you are able to walk or stand for 15 minutes without sitting down (think about a walk around Costco!), and that you are able to walk up and down one flight of stairs. There may be instances where a restaurant is on the ground floor, but the restroom is on another floor! A great idea may be to bring a cane that opens into a stool to use during our guided tour days if standing for long periods of time is difficult for you. Please be aware that not all surfaces are smoothly paved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended every day.
One thing that Dante and I pride ourselves on is our flexibility with the itinerary. We have been known to pull over for that amazing photo stop, to stop to pet goats and sheep along the roadside, or even to spend an hour trying to get to a waterfall over an overpass! This is YOUR TOUR, and we can’t stress that enough. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us, and it’s spontaneity that has helped us create many of our tours!
UPDATE: DEC 2020
Hello all, we are still twitching this tour. We are in Italy now preparing all tours for the summer of 2021. We are hoping and have faith that 2021 will bring back Tourism with a bang!
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