Northern Treasures: Italy and Greece Delights for Couples

Experience the richness of the North with your significant other on this romantic trip through Italy and Greece.

Duration

16 days

Trip Type

Private

Destinations

Venice, Dolomites, Lake Como, Athens, Meteora, Metsovo & Thessaloniki

Preferred Travel Months

Spring/Autumn

From

€ 4500/person

About this trip

On this 16-day trip, dive into the treasures of Northern Italy and Greece with your partner, from the charming city of Venice with its romantic gondola rides to the stunning natural beauty of the Dolomites. Explore the picturesque towns and villages around Lake Como, take a romantic boat ride on its crystal-clear waters, and indulge in delicious Italian cuisine together. Then head over to Greece, where you’ll discover the wonders of Meteora, with its monasteries uniting the heavens and earth and the charming mountain village of Metsovo. Be engulfed in the vibrant city of Thessaloniki, with its rich history and bustling markets.

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Day to Day

  • Day 1: Arrival to Venice, Free evening or Private Venice Walking Tour
  • Day 2: Murano And Burano Tour
  • Day 3: Private Transfer to Dolomites, Free evening
  • Day 4: The Best of the Dolomites in One Day Tour
  • Day 5: Daily Excursion: Three Peaks of Lavaredo
  • Day 6: Private Transfer from Dolomites to Lake Como with a stop at Lake Garda or Verona or Bergamo
  • Day 7: Lake Como Guided Cruise
  • Day 8: Lake Como Food Tour
  • Day 9: Transfer to Milan, Flight to Athens, Athens Evening Highlights Tour & Welcome Dinner
  • Day 10: Delphi Tour on the way to Meteora
  • Day 11: Meteora Full-Day Tour
  • Day 12: Private Transfer to Metsovo Food, Wine & Culture Metsovo Tour
  • Day 13: Valia Calda Full Day Tour
  • Day 14: Transfer to Thessaloniki, Private City Highlights Tour
  • Day 15: Prespes Lake Tour
  • Day 16: Departure

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Northern Treasures: Italy and Greece Delights for Couples
Marveling at the landscape of the fairytale-like Dolomites mountains
Northern Treasures: Italy and Greece Delights for Couples
Taking a romantic gondola ride in Venice and experiencing the most romantic side of the marvelous city.
Northern Treasures: Italy and Greece Delights for Couples
Admiring the views from the awe-striking Meteora cliffs and taking in the spiritual experience.
Northern Treasures: Italy and Greece Delights for Couples
Walking the picturesque streets of Thessaloniki and learning the history of Greece's co-capital
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DAY 1-2: Venice

Once you arrive in Venice, your private driver will take you to your hotel, where you can settle in and rest after your journey.

If you’re up for it, we invite you to join us for an evening walking tour of Venice’s highlights. Your local tour guide will take you through the charming streets and canals, sharing stories and insights about the city’s rich history and culture.

Visit famous landmarks such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, and Doge’s Palace while learning about Venice’s role as a central trading hub during the Renaissance period.

On the second day in Venice, set out on a boat tour to explore the neighboring islands of Murano and Burano. Discover Burano’s colorful houses and rich lacemaking history, followed by a visit to a secret vineyard on Mazzorbo.

Then, witness the renowned glassmaking tradition of Murano with a private glassblowing demonstration. Enjoy free time to explore each island before returning to Venice.

On your last night, get lost in the romantic ambiance of Venice with a gondola ride through the canals. Soak in the city’s enchanting beauty as you glide under picturesque bridges and past stunning architecture.

DAY 3-5: Dolomites

In the morning, your private driver will take you to the majestic Dolomite Mountains. Once you’ve gotten checked in at your hotel, you’re free to relax together and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains.

On day four, we will show you the best of the Dolomites on a full-day tour, starting from Bolzano, the gateway to this mountain range.

Journey through scenic valleys, visit stunning lakes like Carezza Lake and Misurina Lake, and pass through iconic mountain passes like Costalunga Pass and Pordoi Pass.

Discover Cortina d’Ampezzo, the ‘Pearl of the Dolomites,’ and end the day with a visit to the famous Braies Lake.

For your last full day in the mountains, grab your hiking boots as we trek to the Three Peaks. This iconic hike will take you to the base of the three towering peaks, offering breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your guide will lead you on the best paths and share stories about the history and geology of this incredible landscape.

After your hike, enjoy a traditional South Tyrolean meal at a local restaurant and then relax in the cozy atmosphere of your hotel.

DAY 6-8: Lake Como

On day six, it’s time to leave the mountains and head to the picturesque Lake Como.

Your private transfer will pick you up. To break up the journey, you can stop and enjoy Lake Garda. Its crystal-clear waters and charming lakeside towns make it a perfect spot for lunch.

After checking into your Lake Como hotel, stroll along the lake’s promenade and enjoy a gelato while the sun goes down.

In the morning, hop on the ferry to Bellagio for a private tour of the area. Along the way, your guide will share hidden stories of the lake and its famous villas, including Villa D’Este, Villa Versace, Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi, and Villa Serbelloni.

Enjoy the views from an Italian bottega, where you can savor a glass of wine and local cheeses.

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two on one of the beautiful lakeside terraces in the evening. Marvel at the twinkling lights reflecting off the lake and soak in the magical atmosphere of Lake Como.

On your last full day, experience the ultimate food tour in Como, immersing yourself in the local culture through fun and unique culinary adventures.

Led by a knowledgeable guide, indulge in a variety of traditional dishes and discover the rich gastronomic tradition of Lake Como.

From cured meats and local wine to gourmet pizzas and authentic polenta, each tasting will leave you craving more.

Enjoy one last sunset over the lake before returning to your hotel for a good night’s rest. Tomorrow, you’re off to a new destination.

DAY 9: Athens

It’s time to leave Lake Como and journey to one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens. Your private vehicle will transfer you to the Milan airport for your flight to Athens.

Once you arrive, you will be taken to your accommodation to freshen up before meeting us for an evening exploring the city.

Immerse yourself in the rich history as you explore its beautiful neighborhoods and enjoy a welcome dinner full of traditional Greek dishes.

DAY 10-11: Meteora & Delphi

After a short stay in Athens, it’s time to head to Meteora. Your private transfer will pick you up at your hotel, and on the way, you’ll stop in Delphi for a private tour.

The majestic town unveils the essence of mythical and spiritual ancient Greece. Explore the impressive archaeological site and museum. Your tour guide will captivate you with the story of Apollo’s Oracle and its importance in ancient Greek society.

Delight in a scenic lunch before continuing to Meteroa. Once you arrive, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the evening relaxing and exploring at your leisure.

On the eleventh day, join us for an incredible full-day tour to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Meteora.

Discover the six active monasteries that offer jaw-dropping views of the surrounding landscape. Dive into Byzantine churches and learn about the fascinating history of the Virgin Mary Byzantine church.

Explore the hidden treasures of Badova Hermitages, wander around the charming Kastraki Village, and uncover the fascinating history of the Kastraki Old habitation.

Enjoy a traditional Greek dinner in the evening while taking in the towering rock formations and lush landscapes.

DAY 12-13: Metsovo

In the morning, you’ll be picked up by your private transfer and driven to Metsovo, a picturesque mountain town in the Pindus Mountains. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and get ready to explore this charming destination.

Join us for an evening tour in the village square, where you’ll enjoy traditional cheeses and breathtaking mountain views.

Explore the rich history at the Tositsa Museum and gallery. Taste some of the most delicious local wines while trying different traditional dishes at a local taverna.

On day thirteen, get some fresh air as we embark on a breathtaking adventure through stunning landscapes, tall black pines, and high peaks in Valia Calda.

Hike to natural pools, take a refreshing dip, and savor delicious traditional meals. Relax by the tranquil waters of the Aoos River and explore the incredible mountain landscapes around the Lake of Aoos Springs.

After a day of adventure, return to Metsovo and unwind at your hotel. Enjoy the views from your balcony or a relaxing spa treatment before indulging in another delicious dinner.

DAY 14-15: Thessaloniki

It’s time to head to your final destination, the vibrant city of Thessaloniki

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax before we explore the historic city of Thessaloniki on a guided walking tour.

Immerse yourself in the rich blend of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Jewish cultures as you visit UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Discover Roman ruins, beautiful markets, and hidden archaeological sites.

Find a cozy spot in the charming Ladadika district and enjoy a glass of ouzo while chatting with locals. Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade and marvel at the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea before going to your hotel for the night.

Spend your last full day surrounded by nature on your private trip to Prespes Lake. Admire panoramic views of the lakes and the Prespa Valley. Explore the ruins of an ancient monastery.

Journey through charming villages like Karyes, Agios Germanos, and Vrontero, leading to the northwestern tip of Greece, the village of Psarades.

Upon your return to Thessaloniki, find a local taverna and savor every last second of this enchanting journey with your loved one. Indulge in delicious meze, sip on traditional Greek wine, and bask in memories you’ve made.

DAY 16: Departure

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye. Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight home.

After two weeks of soaking up everything Northern Italy and Greece have to offer, you’ll leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the country’s rich culture, history, and cuisine.

And most importantly, unforgettable memories that will remain close to your heart.

 

Inclusions

  • Boutique 4-5* accommodation
  • All private tours with excellent licensed guides, as described in the itinerary
  • All private transfers with professional drivers and luxury vehicles
  • All domestic and international flights/trains/ferries
  • Skip the line entrance fees at all sites
  • All taxes and VAT

Exclusions

  • Meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
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