Northern Italy beckons with its remarkable heritage and alpine splendor, where snow-dusted peaks give way to pristine lakes and cascading valleys. On this wondrous seven-night journey, discover the striking contrasts, heart-warming traditions and rich cultures of the Trentino and South Tyrol regions. Stay in the capital city of Trento, known for its Renaissance-style architecture and serene ambience. During daily excursions, visit towns brimming with medieval treasures and revel in exquisite vistas, from the jagged massifs of the Dolomites to clutches of lyrical villages. Ride in a gondola up Monte Spinale and chat with locals at a colorful market. Unravel Bolzano’s distinct identity, an intriguing mix of Italian and Germanic influences, and witness prehistoric Ötzi the Iceman in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaelology. Admire the enchanting setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” amid Verona’s piazzas and pink-hued facades. And cruise on Lake Garda, exalted by writers such as Tennyson and Catullus, to visit one of Italy’s best-preserved castles. Along the way, indulge in the region’s diverse food culture and rewarding recipes. Handcrafted for your enjoyment, this small-group journey features a first-class hotel and an extensive meal plan. No single supplement for solo travelers.
Depart gateway city
AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Verona, Italy Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: VRN.
Verona, Italy | Trento
Arrive at Verona Valerio Catullo Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.
Transfer to the Grand Hotel Trento. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.
Gather with your fellow travelers to enjoy a Welcome Reception, followed by a Welcome Dinner.
Enrichment: Austro-Italian Trentino and South Tyrol. Gain insight into this autonomous region that has long been disputed among European powers. It fell under Austrian rule for centuries before changing hands during WW1, when it was annexed by Italy.
Discovery: Trento. Take a walking tour of Trento, admiring the city’s Mediterranean-style villas and picturesque streets. Trento belonged to Austria from 1814 to 1918 when it became part of Italy. Visit the magnificent Castello del Buonconsiglio, once the residence of Trento’s prince-bishops. Step inside and marvel at the Ciclo dei Mesi (Cycle of the Months), a fresco inside the Eagle Tower (the Torre dell’Aquila). Painted around 1400, this exceptional fresco presents a month-by-month look at court and rural life. Stroll through the heart of the city in the Piazza del Duomo, flanked by historic architecture, including the Vanga Tower and the Palazzo Pretorio with its imposing clock tower. See the Fountain of Neptune, sculpted by Francesco Antonio Giongo in 1768, and the Cathedral of San Vigilio, built in the 11th and 12th centuries on the remains of a sixth-century basilica. Along the way, note Trento’s ornately painted facades, friendly outdoor cafes and green spaces. (Moderate)
Free Time: The afternoon is at leisure to craft your own adventures in Trento. Perhaps visit the MUSE, the Museo delle Scienze di Trento, filled with multimedia and hands-on experiences that explore the Alpine flora, fauna and landscapes of northern Italy.
Your delicious dinner includes mouthwatering dishes that combine centuries-old Italian culinary traditions with hearty Austrian and German recipes.
Adamello-Brenta Nature Park
Discovery: Brenta Dolomites and Adamello-Brenta Nature Park. Embark on a full-day tour through the stunning Brenta Dolomites. Travel through a land of mountain pastures and jagged peaks, pristine lakes and quaint villages, apple orchards and olive groves, to the iridescent blue Lago di Molveno. This beautiful lake is surrounded by a prehistoric forest and is one of Trentino’s largest and deepest lakes. Continue to Madonna di Campiglio, a quintessential Italian ski resort and hop aboard a gondola for a ride up Monte Spinale. From this 360-degree viewpoint, you may see the Adamello and Presanella glaciers. After, relax over lunch accompanied by unimpeded panoramas over the Brenta Dolomites. (Moderate)
Free Time: Consider exploring one of the many walking paths during leisure time. Stretch your legs and soak up nature at its finest!
Discovery: Romantic Verona. Journey by rail to Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's legendary love story. Pass through Piazza Bra, dominated by a statue of the Italian King Vittorio Emanuele II, and visit the unmissable Roman Arena (circa 130-1100 A.D.). The amphitheater was constructed from pink and white stone from nearby Valpolicella and held more than 25,000 spectators who came to watch gladiator games and circus acts. Today, the feat of engineering hosts operas and theater performances. Witness the Piazza delle Erbe, embraced by cheerful cafés, the Torre dei Lamberti and ancient fountain, and see the famous balcony of Juliet’s House where Romeo and Juliet made plans to marry despite the feud between their families. (Moderate)
Free Time: Find your own magic in Verona. Relax with a gelato in Piazza della Erbe or walk to the beautiful Giusti Garden for a peaceful walk amid trimmed hedges, grottoes and fountains.
Ortisei | Bolzano
Discovery: Ortisei and the Dolomites. Quaint Ortisei is nestled in the foothills of the heavenly Val Gardena and is known for its centuries of wood-carving traditions. Enjoy a cable car ride to Alpe di Siusi, Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau, and revel in spellbinding views teaming with flowers, butterflies and mountain huts. (Moderate)
Continue your journey to Bolzano, more commonly known as Bozen.
Discovery: Meet the People. Tuck into a lunch of regional dishes and enjoy conversation with a Bolzano local.
Discovery: Bolzano - The Heart of South Tyrol. After lunch, set off to explore the capital city of the province of South Tyrol. Bolzano is a crossroads of Italian and Austrian cultures and boasts old-world charm, stunning natural beauty and a Mediterranean climate. Stroll through Waltherplatz, the city’s town square that is home to a statue of poet Walther von der Vogelweide and a Gothic-Romanesque cathedral. This 12th-century church is the largest Gothic church in South Tyrol and features a striking bell tower and an interesting door with carvings of the Isarco River and Dolomite Mountains. Browse stalls overflowing with fresh fruits, cheeses and baked goods at Piazza delle Erbe, a marketplace since 1295. Cap off today’s excursion with a visit to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, home to Europe’s oldest natural human mummy. Ötzi the Iceman, which was discovered in 1991 by two hikers, is the oldest intact human body ever found. (Moderate)
Discovery: Alluring Lake Garda. Travel through a landscape of vine-cloaked hills and pass through the pleasant village of Riva del Garda, located at the north end of Lake Garda. Italy’s largest lake is known for its bevy of outdoor sporting opportunities, such as windsurfing, sailing, climbing and mountain biking. Visit sun-kissed Limone sul Garda, a pretty gem with lemon groves and apricot, cream and rose architecture. Cruise on the lake’s brilliant blue waters to Malcesine to visit the Castello Scaligero. This defining structure has all the components of a classic castle, including internal courtyards, battlements and spectacular views of the lake and town. (Active)
After a scrumptious lunch at local restaurant, return to Trento.
Enrichment: Contemporary Italy. Discuss current political, economic and social issues as they pertain to the Trentino and Südtirol provinces.
Free Time: Your final day is at your leisure in Trento. Consider exploring the Viote Alpine Botanical Garden, take a cable car to the village of Sardegna or view the excavations of the ancient Roman Tridentum.
Elective: South Tyrol Wine Safari. Spend an unforgettable day along the storied South Tyrol Wine Route. Visit popular wineries along Italy’s oldest wine road, learning about the region’s wine culture and sampling a variety of local wines. Lunch is served during the outing. (Moderate) Available at an additional cost.
Celebrate your grand getaway during a Farewell Reception and Dinner tonight.
Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, bid farewell to this charming slice of Italy. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Verona airport. Your Travel Director will provide the details.
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