Cultural & Natural Treasures of Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia (land tour)

Dates: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 to Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (14 Days)
Tour Leader: Patrick Hunt

Porta Udine, Palmanova. © Gianluca Baronchelli

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 20 travelers.

Tour Price (12 nights)
$7,495 per person, double occupancy (16-20 participants)
$7,995 per person, double occupancy (12-15 participants)
$1,695 single supplement (limited availability)





Wednesday, September 5, 2018: Depart Home for Milan, ITALY
Thursday, September 6: Arrive in Milan | Private transfer to hotel | City Center Walking Tour | Welcome Dinner
Friday, September 7: AM at Leisure | PM Milan Tour
Saturday, September 8: Hannibal Battle Site | Cremona’s Museo del Violino | Desenzano del Garda
Sunday, September 9: Sirmione | Grotte di Catullo | Desenzano del Garda | Gorghi’s Roman Furnaces
Monday, September 10: Brescia | Desenzano del Garda
Tuesday, September 11: Valcamonica | Desenzano del Garda
Wednesday, September 12: Peschiera del Garda | Arilica | Sigurtà Garden Park | Lucone di Polpenazze | Desenzano del Garda
Thursday, September 13: Verona | Trieste
Friday, September 14: Aquileia | Grado | Castello di Miramare
Saturday, September 15: Cividale del Friuli | Palmanova
Sunday, September 16: Škocjan Caves Regional Park, SLOVENIA | Ljubljana | Trieste, ITALY
Monday, September 17: Pula, CROATIA | Trieste, ITALY
Tuesday, September 18: Private transfer to Venice airport | Fly Home

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