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Scenic and Scintillating Northern Italy

9 Days / 8 Nights

Milan, Lake Como, Venice

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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 of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your 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 reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star 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
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

Upon your arrival to Milan Malpensa Airport, our driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals to pick you up and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Milan By Night: Private Fiat 500 Tour

Find Trendy Aperitifs with a Vintage Fiat 500

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

Milan is where the modern Italian obsession with "aperitivo" was born. That's when most of the local bars prepare a rich buffet with finger food to go with their drinks. The out-of-center area of Navigli is a local favorite but your hotel reception can point you in the direction of places closer by too. We recommend venturing around and exploring, or using a local guide for a tasty tour. You could even ride in a cute Fiat 500 to attract the envious eyes of passers-by. Navigli is also an artsy neighborhood with many art studios and little galleries hidden down side streets well worth exploring by day too.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Milan

Milan's 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. The city's main symbol is the impressive Duomo Cathedral, one of the biggest cathedrals in the world. It's best enjoyed from the upper terrace, 463 steps up. The fascinating Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade. At La Scala Theatre Opera House, built in 1776, you can still enjoy a classic Italian opera. The majestic Sforza Castle is one of the symbols of the city. At the Santa Maria delle Grazie, you can see one of the most famous masterpieces in the world, Leonardo's The Last Supper. We recommend joining one of our small group or private tours to get a local's introduction to the city.

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

Milan Private Full-Day Tour

Milan Private Full-Day Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This six-hour tour will show you all of Milan in one day. You'll explore all of the most important sites in the morning and in the afternoon. It's a walking tour with stops to the main attractions like the Duomo, La Scala and the Sforza Castle. Don't forget your camera, and wear walking shoes!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6 hours

Shop in the Fashion Quarter and the Navigli Neighborhood

Suggestion to explore on your own

Milan is home to the most prestigious designers and renowned fashion labels in the world. There's a bedazzling concentration of luxury shops around via Montenapoleone. If you like shopping, you've come to the right place. The "quadrilatero" is the heart of the shopping area, and consists of four streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia. Your local JayWay contact will recommend several places to visit in this area, both shops and eateries, and can also recommend places in another area known for its vintage fashion.

Shop in the Fashion Quarter and the Navigli Neighborhood
Best of Milan: The Last Supper, Duomo & City Small Group Tour

Best of Milan: The Last Supper, Duomo & City Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Visiting The Last Supper is a complicated affair. Located on a wall inside a convent, the mural was long neglected, leading to some damage that authorities are now attempting to undo. As a result, limits have been set on visitors. Only 30 people are allowed inside the climate-controlled room at any time and they may only stay for 15 minutes, after waiting in an air-locked room beforehand. This has made Last Supper tickets highly sought after to say the least! With this tour, you don't have to worry about securing tickets in advance - we've taken care of that for you!

With pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets we guarantee that you’ll visit The Last Supper on our Best of Milan tour and you’ll do so with a highly knowledgeable guide at hand to help you get the most from this special visit. You’ll get a rundown on the painting before you enter, so you’re ready to make the most of your time.

As you move around the room with your guide and small group, admiring its incredible depth and perspective, you'll learn about the characters in the painting and how Leonardo da Vinci became one of the most renowned painters in history. You’ll probably only see this masterpiece once in your lifetime (particularly since it’s disintegrating at such an alarming rate) so make it count!

The last stop of the day is a special one – the Duomo. The largest church in Italy. It took almost six centuries to complete, but it was worth every moment.

Your guide will teach you about the history of this great structure from the Duomo square; pointing out different architectural features and characters you may not have noticed on your own. Then take you inside to learn more about the space up close.

Our Best of Milan Tour shines a light on those special places that make Milan a city like no other. With groups of only 15 people or fewer throughout, your experience will be intimate, while your local tour guide will be easy to chat with.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 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
Easy Entrance Duomo, Underground, and Terrace Small Group Tour
Light2.5 hours
Milan City Center Private Tour with Fiat 500
Light2 hours

3 Nights in Lake Como

3 Nights in Lake Como

4 days 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.

Don't Forget Your Bathing Suit!

Suggestion to explore on your own

Swimming in Lake Como is a very popular activity for locals. Every village has a favorite spot, sometimes equipped with showers and a snack bar. We recommend avoiding the southern shores of the lake, where the water is more stagnant. Instead you can use a local “lido,” which generally has private swimming pools and a bar or restaurant. Your local JayWay contact will recommend several places to visit.

Don't Forget Your Bathing Suit!

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Lake Como

Torno - Montepiatto Small Group Hiking Tour From Como

Admire the Spectacular Scenery with a Hike

Included in your vacation package price.

This four-hour guided trekking will allow you to discover part of the “Strada Regia” a panoramic mountainside path winding through chestnut woods and quaint, memorable villages, following an ancient trail between Como and Bellagio (32 km).


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Winery and Gourmet Semi-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 5

Day 5 - Your Second Full Day in Lake Como

St. Moritz and Bernina Scenic Alpine Train Ride Private Tour

Hop Across the Border

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

Lake Como is very close to Lugano and the scenic Swiss Alps, which you can explore in a splendid day trip with a private driver. En route to meet with your driver, you'll ride the Bernina Express, which follows the highest train route in Europe, past alpine glaciers.


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. The whole journey will take approximately 4 hours. For an additional fee, 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

Upgrade to Venice by Private Transfer with a stop in Sirmione or Verona
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 E-Bike and Eat Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Bellagio Small Group Walking Tour
Light2,5 hours
Best of Como Lakeside Private Driving Tour (from Como Town)
Light8 Hours
Como Small Group Food Tour
Light2.5 hours

3 Nights in Venice

3 Nights in Venice

4 days 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

Start your Venetian experience off in style by arriving in a private water taxi. We'll arrange a transfer by boat from Santa Lucia train station to the closest possible point to your hotel in Venice. Please note that porter assistance from the water taxi to the hotel is not included but can be arranged at extra charge.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Doge's Palace Group Tour

In the Footsteps of the Doges

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

The Doge's Palace is a stunning palace built in Venetian Gothic style and one of the most conspicuous landmarks in Venice. Situated on the Grand Canal, the palace opened as a museum in 1923. The Doges were the rulers of Venice, elected for life by the aristocracy of Venice. As you'd expect the Doge's Palace is sumptuously decorated, as befits the ruler of one of the world's most important powers of the medieval era.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1.15 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Venice

First Time in Venice Private Tour

First Time in Venice Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Venice with this unique walking tour, which unfolds through the elegant Piazza San Marco, surrounded by the governmental buildings of the ancient Republic. You'll see the beautiful Saint Mark church, then stroll through the Castello district including the large campo Santa Maria Formosa. The square of San Giovanni e Paolo will be your next stop. Before reaching Rialto you'll pass by the Marco Polo house. From the top of the famous Rialto bridge you'll encounter all the splendours of the Grand Canal.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Private Gondola Ride

Private Gondola Ride

A gondola ride is a classic part of the Venetian experience. Your experienced gondolier will give you a new perspective on the city, coasting along the narrow canals that are synonymous with this magical place.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 30 minutes

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Second Full Day in Venice

Murano and Burano

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

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. We can arrange tickets for a group boat trip or a private one of you would like.

Murano, Burano & Torcello Group Tour

Murano, Burano & Torcello Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This tour takes you to three must-see islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano has been famous for its glassmaking since the 10th century, which we'll help you explore. Then you'll see the colorful island of Burano, which is famous for its brightly colored houses, fishing industry and lacemaking. Third is Torcello, known as the “Mother of Venice.” You will have the chance to visit its basilica, one of the Lagoon's oldest churches, and home to beautiful mosaics, although you can instead focus on the island's museum, or just spend your time strolling about the enchanting, historic island. Please note that this is a big group tour and the group size may vary from 80 to a maximum of 180 people.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4.5 hours

Murano, Burano & Torcello Private Tour

Murano, Burano & Torcello Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This tour takes you to three must-see islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano has been famous for its glassmaking since the 10th century, which we'll help you explore. Then you'll see the colorful island of Burano, which is famous for its brightly colored houses, fishing industry and lacemaking. Third is Torcello, known as the “Mother of Venice.” You will have the chance to visit its basilica, one of the Lagoon's oldest churches, and home to beautiful mosaics, although you can instead focus on the island's museum, or just spend your time strolling about the enchanting, historic island.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Venice Street Food & Rialto Market Tour

Venetian Tapas and Wine Tours

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

You're in Italy so good food isn't too far away if you know where to look. One of our favorite ways to get to know a city is by taking a food tour. We can highly recommend taking part in these small group tours and getting your culinary bearings set with an afternoon sampling cicchetti, Venetian tapas, accompanied by wine at Venice's best Bacari, traditional wine bars.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Departure Day

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. Your private boat will dock at the closest possible point to your hotel.

We also offer the following excursions in Venice

Cortina and the Dolomites Day Small Group Tour
Moderate8 Hours
Dolomites Day Private Tour
Moderate8 hours
Dolomites and Cortina d'Ampezzo Private Car Tour
Moderate9 hours
Group Walking Tour of Venice
Light1.5 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 Malpensa Airport Transfer
Best of Milan: The Last Supper, Duomo & City Small Group Tour
Milan - Como Private Transfer

Lake Como

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Torno - Montepiatto Small Group Hiking Tour From Como
Como - Milan City Centre Private Transfer
Como - Venice Standard Class Train Tickets

Venice

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Venice Water Taxi Santa Lucia Train Station Transfer
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
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
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.

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Veronica & Kevin
Georgia

JayWay Travel is excellent to work with. They handle everything so you don’t need to worry about a thing.

JayWay Travel is excellent to work with. They handle everything so you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Mike, Viviana & Nicholas
Mike, Viviana & Nicholas
Georgia

Absolutely fantastic. Very professional with great people and impressive website tools. Extremely organized information. It was very easy to navigate through the whole trip. I am so glad I didn’t try to do this myself. Service surpassed my expectations. I will use JayWay Travel again and refer to many friends.

Absolutely fantastic. Very professional with great people and impressive website tools. Extremely organized information. It was very easy to navigate through the whole trip. I am so glad I didn’t try to do this myself. Service surpassed my expectations. I will use JayWay Travel again and refer to many friends.

Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
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Robert & Bonnie
New York

I'm pleased to say we recommended JayWay Travel to several of our friends and relatives who were attending the wedding in Tuscany. In each case, those persons told us they were very pleased with the services of JayWay planning and in services in Europe.

I'm pleased to say we recommended JayWay Travel to several of our friends and relatives who were attending the wedding in Tuscany. In each case, those persons told us they were very pleased with the services of JayWay planning and in services in Europe.

Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Siena, Tuscan Wedding, Siena, Florence, Verona, Sirmione, Milan, Lake Como
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Rome, Siena, Tuscan Wedding, Siena, Florence, Verona, Sirmione, Milan, Lake Como
Rating :
5 / 5
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