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Scenic and Scintillating Northern Italy

How about spending 9 days exploring the very different sides of Northern Italy. Start in business-first Milan, the country's fashion and financial capital. From there you'll head to Lake Como to enjoy some time on the water and surrounded by the beauty of the lake region. The last stop is La Serenissima, Venice. The Queen of the Adriatic and a city like no other, it has to be seen to be believed. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, train tickets, transfers (airport, port, and bus station) and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers for an extra fee. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Milan, Lake Como, Venice tour

2 Nights in Milan

2 Nights in Milan

3 days in Milan

2 Nights in Milan

Italy’s fashion and business hub, Milan fizzes with energy. But don't let the city's professional side fool you: this is a place that prides itself on history and culture, and the locals always seems to be having a good time. Milan's signature building is the Duomo, an imposing Gothic cathedral that sits in the heart of this former Roman capital. The combination of its size and beauty make it a must-see sight. You can also look forward to elegant evenings at the legendary La Scala opera, charming cafes and restaurants, great shopping opportunities, and breathtaking art and architecture. Home to Da Vinci's Last Supper, Milan is also rich in art galleries, from the old masters to contemporary art. This being Italy, you'll find delicious cuisine here too, and the "aperitivo" is one of the most interesting traditions of Milan gastronomy. At many of the city's cafes and bars in the early evening you can pay a slightly higher price for a drink and get your pick from a free buffet. It's one of the best ways to experience the different flavors of Milanese cooking. The compact city center means that one or two days should be enough to satisfy your curiosity.

Italy’s fashion and business hub, Milan fizzes with energy. But don't let the city's professional side fool you: this is a place that prides itself on history and culture, and the locals always seems to be having a good time. Milan's signature building is the Duomo, an imposing Gothic cathedral that sits in the heart of this former Roman capital. The combination of its size and beauty make it a must-see sight. You can also look forward to elegant evenings at the legendary La Scala opera, charming cafes and restaurants, great shopping opportunities, and breathtaking art and architecture. Home to Da Vinci's Last Supper, Milan is also rich in art galleries, from the old masters to contemporary art. This being Italy, you'll find delicious cuisine here too, and the "aperitivo" is one of the most interesting traditions of Milan gastronomy. At many of the city's cafes and bars in the early evening you can pay a slightly higher price for a drink and get your pick from a free buffet. It's one of the best ways to experience the different flavors of Milanese cooking. The compact city center means that one or two days should be enough to satisfy your curiosity.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Milan

Your driver will take you to your accommodation in the center of Milan.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Milan

A Day in Milan: Must-see Attractions

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Milan isn't just the capital of fashion and a center of economic and banking affairs, it's also a historic city with so much to explore. There are a few things you just have to see. The landmark of the city is the impressive Duomo Cathedral, one of the biggest cathedrals in the world. It's best enjoyed from the upper terrace. The fascinating Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade. It's one of the first examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. At La Scala Theatre Opera House, built in 1776, you can still enjoy a classic Italian opera (advanced booking recommended). The majestic Sforza Castle is one of the symbols of the city. see one of the most famous masterpieces in the world, Leonardo's The Last Supper (advanced booking recommended). Don't forget to relax in one of Milan's many cafes for an aperitif with a drink and a light bites. We recommend joining one of our small group or private tours to get a local's introduction to the city.

Best of Milan Private Full-day Tour

Best of Milan Private Full-day Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This private full-day tour will give you a new point of view of Milan. You'll be picked up from your accommodation by an expert local guide, who will make the past come alive for you as you explore all of the most important tourist attractions in Milan. You'll learn more about the fascinating history and culture of this unique destination as you stroll the streets, squares, cathedrals and castles.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Best of Milan Private Half-day Tour

Best of Milan Private Half-day Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This private half-day tour will give you a new point of view of Milan. You'll be picked up from your accommodation by an expert local guide, who will make the past come alive for you as you explore all of the most important tourist attractions in Milan. You'll learn more about the fascinating history and culture of this unique destination as you stroll the streets, squares, cathedrals and castles.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Easy Entrance Duomo, Underground, and Terrace Small Group Tour

Easy Entrance Duomo, Underground, and Terrace Small Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This tour is simply the best way to visit the Duomo. You'll skip all the lines and get a tour with an expert local guide. Climb up the towers for amazing panoramic views, then continue the tour in the streets of the city. At the end of the tour you'll sit down for a gelato or an espresso.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2.5 hours

Grand Group Tour of Milan

Grand Group Tour of Milan

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This special 3.5-hour tour of Milan is simply the best way to get to know the spectacular art, architecture and history of this splendid city. Your guide will show you some of the most amazing spots in the city and you'll also get a chance to see Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, one of the most famous paintings in the world. In just a few hours you'll come to a better appreciation of this unique destination.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3.5 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Lake Como by Private Transfer

Today you'll take a short ride to Italy's most famous lake - Lake Como. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Milan and drive you to Como. The drive shouldn't take more than 1 hour.

We also offer the following excursions in Milan

Best of Como Lakeside Private Tour by Train from Milan
Moderate9 hours
Best of Como Lakeside Private Tour from Milan
Light9 hours
Best of Milan Private Tour in a Vintage Fiat 500
Light2 hours
In The Footsteps of Da Vinci Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Lake Como

3 Nights in Lake Como

4 days in Lake Como

3 Nights in Lake Como

While today it might be best known as a summer retreat for Hollywood film stars like George Clooney, Lake Como has actually been famous since the age of the Roman empire. In fact the seminal historians Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger were natives of Como. The lake gained international acclaim between the 18th and the 19th centuries, first with the triumph of the so-called “villa civilization,” and then with the development of the tourist elite and international celebrities. As a result, Lake Como became an obligatory stop for travelers and writers visiting Italy. The long list of those who have written about the lake include Bourget, De Musset, Longfellow, Stendhal and Flaubert.

While today it might be best known as a summer retreat for Hollywood film stars like George Clooney, Lake Como has actually been famous since the age of the Roman empire. In fact the seminal historians Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger were natives of Como. The lake gained international acclaim between the 18th and the 19th centuries, first with the triumph of the so-called “villa civilization,” and then with the development of the tourist elite and international celebrities. As a result, Lake Como became an obligatory stop for travelers and writers visiting Italy. The long list of those who have written about the lake include Bourget, De Musset, Longfellow, Stendhal and Flaubert.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Lake Como

The driver will take you to your accommodation by Lake Como.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Lake Como

Lakeside Wonders from Land, Water, and Air

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Lake Como has been famous as a pleasant and stimulating holiday retreat since the age of the Roman Empire. The lake gained international acclaim between the 18th and the 19th centuries, first with the triumph of the so-called “villa civilization,” and then with the development of the tourist elite and international celebrities. The area offers the unique combination of a beautiful natural setting with historic and cultural attractions alongside shopping and spa opportunities, all within close distance from Milan and Lugano in Switzerland.

The local flight club is famous for panoramic flights even with hydroplanes, which are very traditional in these scenic lakes. Lake Como actually hosts the only remaining professional school for hydroplane pilots in Europe.

Due to the narrow roads, almost impossible parking and plenty of photo opportunities, we recommend you explore the area with a private guide aboard a conformable minibus, and also from the water. You can choose between the option of a boat with guide and skipper, or the more economical (and also more entertaining) option of renting a smaller boat with a guide and the chance to pilot it yourself.

Best of Como Lakeside Private Driving Tour (from Como Town)

Best of Como Lakeside Private Driving Tour (from Como Town)

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Getting driven around Lake Como by a local is the easiest way to make sure you're catching all the highlights, starting out form Como you'll see the lakefront Villa d'Este, George Clooney's villa at Laglio, the ancient port of Brenno, and that's just the first three stops. You'll have time for a lunch break along the way and your driver will take you to one of his favorite spots. You'll spend some time in Bellagio as well and have time for a little shopping. During the day some optional detours require water taxis or ferries, as these need to be paid on the spot, we can't include these in the cost of the day trip. If you choose to go inside some of the villas and museums entrance fees will also need to be paid in person.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 Hours

Boat Rental and Private Tour with Guide (from Como Town)

Boat Rental and Private Tour with Guide (from Como Town)

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This is the perfect way to get to know the landscapes of Lake of Como, along with its history and architecture. You'll first explore the coast of the lake before enjoying a two-hour boat trip to the center of the lake. After stops and time for shopping and lunch you'll be driven back to your accommodation. Don't forget to take your camera! Tour starts from City Como so if staying outside of the city transportation can be arranged for an extra cost.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Private Boat Tour with Guide and Skipper (from Como Town)

Private Boat Tour with Guide and Skipper (from Como Town)

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

What better way to see Lake Como than from its natural perspective. Your skipper will pick you up from the dock closest to your hotel. From the boat you will be able to admire the landscape and learn all about the famous villas and the local habits of fishermen and (former) smugglers. The standard price for this tour includes just the boat and the skipper. You will be accompanied on board by an expert local guide to expand your knowledge further.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 Hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your Second Full Day in Lake Como

Winery and Gourmet Private Tour (from Como town)

A Gourmet Day on the Northern Shores of Lake Como

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

For those interested in the many tasty traditional delicacies and robust wines from this region, we recommend a tour with an expert local guide combining tastings with a visit to the less-frequented (but truly magnificent) northern shores of Lake Como.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Venice by Private Transfer

Today it's time to get to the most unique city of Italy: Venice. We'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from your accommodation in Como and take you to the Milan Train Station, where you'll catch a direct train to Venice. We've included Standard Class Train Tickets but for an extra fee we can upgrade you to Business/First Class. For a little more you could have a driver take you all the way to Venice, stopping on the way in Sirmione on Lake Garda or in Verona.

You can upgrade your transfer

Venice by Private Transfer with a stop in Sirmione or Verona

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Lake Como

Bellagio Bike and Eat Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Bellagio Small Group Walking Tour
Light2,5 hours
Como Small Group Food Tour
Light2.5 hours
Lake Maggiore Private Day Trip (from Como Town)
Light8 hours

3 Nights in Venice

3 Nights in Venice

4 days in Venice

3 Nights in Venice

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Venice

You'll arrive in Venice at the city's main train station, Santa Lucia. Since Venice is a very unique city, transport options vary greatly based on the location of your hotel. Because the transport could vary, we won't include it in this package. You may find a vaporetto (water bus) to be the best option; there are stops right outside the train station and lines from here run to most points around the city.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Venice

First Time in Venice Private Tour

Introducing Venice: A Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Venice is a magical city, and today you’ll discover the best it has to offer, with a private three-hour tour with your own personal guide. You’ll get a feel for the layout of the city and appreciate some of its legendary landmarks. After being picked up at your accommodation, you’ll head toward the elegant Piazza San Marco, which is enclosed by buildings from the ancient republic. The shining gold of the Byzantine St. Mark church is sure to impress you. Later you’ll wind your way through the Castello district, including the large campo Santa Maria Formosa. Before reaching the famous Rialto bridge you’ll stop by the square of San Giovanni e Paolo and the Marco Polo House. From the top of the bridge you’ll be able to take in the wonders of the Grand Canal. At this point you’ll be right in the market, which is a lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine along with local recipes. Here you’ll conclude your tour in true Italian style.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Second Full Day in Venice

Murano and Burano

Suggestion to explore on your own

Today we suggest going off the beaten path and onto a boat to cross the water and explore two islands which are not islands at all. Murano and Burano are tiny archipelagos, collections of islands linked by numerous bridges. On Murano, the stately architecture is stunning but the main attraction here is the collection of incredible glassblowers, whose works in progress you can see at Murano’s many ateliers

. Burano is also an archipelago in northern Venice, consisting of four islands linked by many bridges. What you’ll notice first are the brightly painted houses, which make the island glow with an energy all its own. Largely inhabited by artists, it’s a great place to poke around and explore, including the Church of San Martino, which houses a classic Tiepolo painting from the 18th century. We can arrange tickets for a group boat trip but you might prefer exploring on your own.

Day 9

Day 9 - Departure Day

Royal Culture: Doge’s Palace and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Suggestion to explore on your own

Two of the more unique attractions in Venice are the Doge’s Palace and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. We recommend seeing both while you’re in the city. Doge's Palace is a stunning palace built in Venetian Gothic style and one of the most conspicuous landmarks in Venice. The Doge of Venice, the highest ruling authority of the former Republic of Venice, once used the palace as his house. Situated on the Grand Canal, the palace opened as a museum in 1923. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a rich art museum that has more than enough to keep you busy for an afternoon. The personal collection of the legendary philanthropist, the museum gives you a chance to see excellent works of 20th century international avant-garde art, all in a stunning palace right along the Grand Canal.

It's time to bid arrivederci to Venice but you'll get a good last look at the city as your private water taxi captain takes you to the airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Venice

Cicchetti and Wine Small Group Tour of Venice
Easy2.5 hours
Cortina and the Dolomites Day Group Tour
Moderate8 Hours
Dolomites and Cortina d'Ampezzo Private Car Tour
Moderate9 hours
Grand Canal Boat Group Tour
Easy1 hour

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Milan

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Milan - Lake Como Private Transfer

Lake Como

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lake Como - Milan City Center Private Transfer
Como - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets

Venice

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
First Time in Venice Private Tour
Venice Marco Polo Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Julia & Kirk

Julia & Kirk

Colorado

Love the friendly people you interact with either on the phone, or via email. The Guest Page is so easy to use with loads of great information. JayWay Travel makes it very easy to build a great completely customized vacation trip.

Love the friendly people you interact with either on the phone, or via email. The Guest Page is so easy to use with loads of great information. JayWay Travel makes it very easy to build a great completely customized vacation trip.

Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Venice, Bologna, Milan, Levanto, Florence, Siena, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Venice, Bologna, Milan, Levanto, Florence, Siena, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Donna & Robert

Donna & Robert

New York

JayWay Travel is always easy to deal with and get back to us immediately. When we need more options, they always seem to have them. We have done 2 trips with JayWay Travel and plan to do more

JayWay Travel is always easy to deal with and get back to us immediately. When we need more options, they always seem to have them. We have done 2 trips with JayWay Travel and plan to do more

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Lake Como, Lucca, Monterosso Al Mare, Bologna, Venice, Milan
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Lake Como, Lucca, Monterosso Al Mare, Bologna, Venice, Milan
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Holly, Andy, Jacqueline & Anthony

Holly, Andy, Jacqueline & Anthony

New York

The best Travel Agency. They are a well oiled team of professionals. You will always feel like they are with you during the duration of your trip. Accessible at all times prior to as well as during your trip.

The best Travel Agency. They are a well oiled team of professionals. You will always feel like they are with you during the duration of your trip. Accessible at all times prior to as well as during your trip.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Castellina in Chianti, Pisa, Monterosso Al Mare
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Castellina in Chianti, Pisa, Monterosso Al Mare
Rating :
5 / 5

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