Lakes & Villas of Northern Italy

Apr 19 - May 3, 2020

Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive
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Enjoy the unique combination of art, design and nature in Italy’s north, from Renaissance villas to extraordinary baroque gardens and stunning alpine scenery.

The villas and gardens of the Italian lakes are as spectacular as the alpine landscape surrounding them. This 15-day tour visits many of the finest villas and gardens of northern Italy, from the shores of Lake Como, with their elegant villas and exuberant displays of springtime blooms, to the Renaissance country villas and town houses of Andrea Palladio in the Veneto. The tour concludes on Lake Maggiore, best known for the baroque splendour of Isola Bella, and enjoys the lakes, villas and gastronomy of the region at a gentle pace.


  • The villas and gardens of Lake Como in bloom: Villa Melzi, Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello
  • Asolo and Mantua: the surprising histories of their Renaissance courts
  • Elegant Vicenza and Palladio’s extraordinary vision for its palaces and country villas
  • The fascinating towns of Lake Garda, the little-visited Lake Lugano and tranquil Lake Orta
  • Excellent regional cuisine and wine, including lunches at Villa d’Este and in scenic Valdobbiadene, home of prosecco
  • The Borromean Islands: baroque masterpieces on Lake Maggiore

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive has more than 15 years’ experience leading tours to Italy, and since 2008 she has worked exclusively for Academy Travel.


Days 1–4: Explore Lake Como by boat, visiting Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi, with lunch at the Villa d’Este. Day trip from Bellagio to Lugano.

Days 5–6: From Vicenza, discover Mantegna and Giulio Romano’s Mantua, and Palladio’s town houses and theatre.

Days 7–9: In fairytale Asolo, enjoy fine gastronomy in the Valdobbiadene and Veronese and Palladio’s country villas.

Days 10–11: On Lake Garda, explore the Italian villa tradition from ancient to modern.

Days 12–15: Travel to Stresa via Lake Iseo. Experience the extraordinary villas and gardens of Lake Maggiore and enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Orta.

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Getting There

The tour begins and ends at Milan Malpensa airport. Qatar, Singapore, Emirates and Etihad airlines all offer daily connections to Milan Malpensa airport from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Lakes & Villas of Northern Italy Apr 19 - May 3, 2020

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Apr 19 - May 3, 2020
$9,340per person, twin share (land content only). $2,520 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive

Limited Availability

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed below if you wish to make a booking.

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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)