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Milan to Lake Garda & Venice - 4 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: This 4-day group tour from Milan takes in the glistening waters of Lake Garda, one of the most famous of the Italian Lakes. Explore Venice, a Renaissance marvel dubbed the 'City of Water,' before immersing yourself in Padua's captivating blend of medieval and Renaissance charm. Discover Cremona's musical legacy, a haven for violin enthusiasts, and indulge in Valdobbiadene's Prosecco Heartland, savouring exquisite flavours amid stunning landscapes.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Lake Garda - Make a stop at one of the most well-known Italian Lakes, admiring the views of the shimmering waters and surrounding mountains
Padua - Discover what is believed to be the oldest city in Italy and scientific heart of the Renaissance
Valdobbiadene - Indulge in optional wine tasting in the home of the best prosecco and visit nearby Villa Pisani, once owned by Napoleon
Venice - Enjoy a guided walking tour of this famous and historic canal city, plus free time to sightsee independently
Cremona - Visit the harmonious haven, enthralls music aficionados with its illustrious legacy of music craftsmanship, particularly renowned for violin-making.


3 breakfasts
Escorted by an English-speaking guide
Venice walking tour, local guide (2 hours)
Entrance to Villa Pisani
Tourist taxes
3 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury mini-coach with a local driver
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!


Day 1

Milan to Peschiera del Garda

Milan - Lake Garda - Padua. From Milan we head to Peschiera del Garda, on the shore of one of the most famous of the Italian Lakes. Lake Garda's renown is well-deserved. Its pristine waters and Dolomite vistas have drawn artists, poets, and travellers for centuries. We have several hours to explore the town and stroll along the lake, soaking up the beautiful scenery.

Tonight, we make our way to Padua, our base for the evening. The city boasts a wealth of historical importance, with its architecture showcasing a fusion of different eras. The evening is free to head out and find a local restaurant for dinner.

Please note:Check-in closes at 08:30 (tour departs at 08:45) - Milan Pick Up, Business Palace Milan, Milan.
Overnight: Padua

Day 2

Villa Pisani, Valdobbiadene & Venice

Padua - Villa Pisani - Bassano del Grappa - Valdobbiadene - Venice. Our morning begins with a visit to Villa Pisani, a true masterpiece located in the charming town of Stra. This rural palace is renowned for its Venetian Baroque architecture, crafted by Andrea Palladio in the 18th century. We have ample time to wander through the palace and its splendid gardens, treading the same paths once graced by historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte.

Next on our itinerary is the charming city of Bassano del Grappa. Be sure to capture a photo of the picturesque 13th-century wooden Ponte Vecchio bridge stretching over the River Brenta. With attractions like Bonaguro Palace and the Civic Museum, there's no shortage of sights to explore. You can wander at your own pace or opt to join us for an optional Grappa tasting experience.

Next, we stop in Valdobbiadene, where there is an optional winery tour with Prosecco tasting or leisurely free time to explore. Arriving in Venice, the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Venice  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Walking tour in Venice

Venice - Padua. Today we will be spending the entire day exploring one of Italy's most famous destinations. Venice welcomes us with its 177 canals, 350 gondoliers, and the most unique cityscapes on Earth. We explore 'the Floating City' on a 2-hour guided walking tour, and there is plenty of free time for you to people watch in Piazza San Marco or embark on a gondola ride.

Venice sprawls across more than 118 islands, hosting one of the world's most renowned festivals. Its distinctive painting style and architecture firmly establish it as a Renaissance powerhouse, alongside Rome and Florence.

After a day of exploring, we return to Padua for the night.
Overnight: Padua  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Mantua & Cremona to Milan

Padua - Mantua - Cremona - Milan. Today begins with a drive to the enchanting medieval town of Mantua. This UNESCO World Heritage Site captivates with its wealth of historical and architectural wonders, notably the Palazzo Ducale adorned with breath-taking frescoes. There is free time to explore at your own pace.

Our next stop is Cremona, known for its stunning architecture. This city holds worldwide acclaim for its esteemed tradition of violin making. Renowned figures in the music world like Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri hailed from Cremona, adding to its illustrious legacy. With the melody of Italy echoing in our hearts, it's time to bid farewell (for now) and return to Milan, marking the end of our memorable journey.

Please note: This tour ends at 18:15 - Milan Drop Off, Business Palace Milan, Milan.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Twin Share
Single Room
07 Sep - 10 Sep 15% off
NZD $3,625
NZD $3,081
NZD $4,785
NZD $4,067
21 Sep - 24 Sep 15% off
NZD $3,625
NZD $3,081
NZD $4,785
NZD $4,067
05 Oct - 08 Oct 15% off
NZD $3,625
NZD $3,081
NZD $4,785
NZD $4,067
19 Oct - 22 Oct 15% off
NZD $3,625
NZD $3,081
NZD $4,785
NZD $4,067
02 Nov - 05 Nov 15% off
NZD $3,105
NZD $2,639
NZD $4,265
NZD $3,625
16 Nov - 19 Nov 15% off
NZD $3,105
NZD $2,639
NZD $4,265
NZD $3,625


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Al Prato, Padua

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Padua, Italy, Hotel Al Prato offers a perfect blend of convenience and tranquillity. Its central location places guests within walking distance of the city's historic landmarks, including the iconic Scrovegni Chapel and the vibrant Prato della Valle square. The hotel's rooms are tastefully decorated, providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for a restful stay. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a delightful breakfast to start the day right. Hotel Al Prato is an excellent choice for travellers eager to explore Padua's cultural treasures while enjoying a peaceful and comfortable accommodation in this charming Italian city.

Hotel NH Rio Novo, Venice

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

NH Rio Novo Hotel, nestled in the heart of Venice, offers a luxurious retreat blending contemporary comfort with Venetian charm. Each guest rooms indulge in spacious accommodations adorned with modern amenities and stunning canal views. The hotel features a stylish restaurant serving delectable Venetian cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine selection. Guests unwind at the chic bar, savouring signature cocktails in a relaxed ambiance. Additionally, guests can rejuvenate at the fitness centre or relax on the panoramic terrace, soaking in breath-taking views of Venice.

Hotel Santa Lucia Venice , Venice

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Venice, Santa Lucia offers a charming escape with its picturesque canals and historic architecture. Boasting a range of facilities, this enchanting locale caters to every traveller's needs. The Santa Lucia train station provides seamless access to the city's myriad attractions, while nearby cafes and restaurants serve up delectable Venetian cuisine. For those seeking relaxation, cosy accommodations offer a peaceful retreat after a day of exploration. Santa Lucia Venice embodies the essence of Venetian charm and hospitality.

At a Glance

Trip Type
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 3
Minimum Age
16 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Dep. Transfer
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