2022 Northern Italy

Sept. 17 – Oct. 1
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $5,574 (Airfare included)
Tour Length: 15 days
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This leisurely exploration of Italy’s varied northern regions, from the romantic Lake District and dramatic Cinque Terre to beloved Tuscany, the majestic Dolomites, and canal-laced Venice, offers a refreshing perspective on a well-known land.  In the company of a congenial small group, limited to 24 travelers, celebrate the Italian penchant for hospitality, good food, and good living, staying in outstanding accommodations.

The 15-day journey begins in the Lake District with a relaxing three-night stay in Stresa on lovely Lake Maggiore.  Visit charming lakeside Orta San Giulio and cruise to Isola Bella, the beautiful island in Lake Maggiore, touring its palace and flower-decked gardens.  Stopping in Barolo, sample Barolo, the “king of wines,” at a premier winery.  A three-night sojourn in the Italian Riviera resort town of Santa Margherita follows, with a boat trip to the renowned resort town of Portofino and an excursion to the spectacular Cinque Terre cliff-clinging villages.  Journeying south to beloved Tuscany for a three-night stay in wondrous Florence, visit atmospheric Lucca.

Explore Florence, Tuscany’s crown jewel, with its stupendous Duomo and famed Galleria dell’Accademia housing Michelangelo’s sublime David; then discover exquisite Siena, boasting one of Europe’s greatest public squares.  Tour storied Verona, setting of several Shakespearean plays; and spend two nights in Bolzano, gateway to the magnificent Dolomites in the Italian Alps.  Two nights in treasured Venice, with touring of iconic St. Mark’s Square and independent exploration, conclude the journey.  Savor a longer stay in this most beautiful of cities with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Milan | Stresa
  • Day 3 : Stresa
  • Day 4 : Stresa | Orta San Giulio
  • Day 5 : Barolo | Santa Margherita
  • Day 6 : Santa Margherita | Portofino
  • Day 7 : Cinque Terre | Portovenere
  • Day 8 : Lucce | Radda-in-Chianti
  • Day 9 : Radda-in-Chianti | Florence
  • Day 10 : Radda-in-Chianti | Siena
  • Day 11 : Verona | Bolzano
  • Day 12 : Bolzano
  • Day 13 : Bolzano | Venice
  • Day 14 : Venice
  • Day 15 : Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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