Traverse northern Italy, with the grand Italian Alps as your backdrop, enjoying the depths of its history and the great diversity of architecture, traditions, and gastronomy found in three distinct regions: Lombardy, Veneto, and Friuli Venezia Giulia. On this west-east journey from Milan to Trieste you will explore classic old towns and discover off-the-beaten-track sites, including a stop at the site of Hannibal’s first major victory in Italy; visits to Roman villas and temples at Sirmione, Desenzano, and Brescia; and day trips into both Slovenia and Croatia (for the impressive Roman site of Pula). Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites: Valcamonica’s famous prehistoric petroglyphs, Roman and early Christian Aquileia, the well-preserved city of Verona, landmarks of Lombard Italy in Cividale del Friuli, an example of prehistoric pile dwellings at Lucone di Polpenazze, and Slovenia’s astounding Škocjan Caves with their underground river canyons and waterfalls. Along the way, you will be treated to insightful discussions with your AIA lecturer/host and a variety of striking vistas: plains, lakes, mountains, and the Adriatic Sea; plus enjoy delicious cuisine and an ideal touring pace (including two hotel nights in Milan, five on Lake Garda, and five in Trieste). Maximum of 15 travelers.
Tour Prices per person (12 nights)
Double Occupancy (12-15 participants) $7,945
Double Occupancy (10-11 participants) $8,795
Single Supplement (limited availability) $1,625
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required. With fewer than 10 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.