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An Invitation to a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy: Pilgrimage to San Antonio de Padua, Romantic Tour of Venice and Verona, & Shopping in Milan and Outlet Villages!

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I would like to personally invite you to join us for a 7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour of Northern Italy!

I'm personally excited about this trip because we will be going on our first European Food Trip in 2013 from Milan, Padova, Venice, Bassano, Verona and Vicenza in the Northeastern Part of Italy.

Also, I'm excited to go finally to a Pilgrimage to my Patron Saint -- Saint Anthony of Padova (Padua in English). Saint Anthony is popularly known as the patron saint of lost articles but little do people know that he also helped a lot of Filipino entrepreneur devotees with miracles in their businesses. We will have a Sunday English Mass at Saint Anthony Basilica:)

Finally, we will go on a romantic tour of Venice, the city in the sea and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet :)  Of course, there will be enough free time to do your own shopping!

Here is the detailed itinerary of our trip to Northeastern Veneto Region in Italy:

7-Day Culinary, Cultural & Pilgrimage Tour
of Northern Italy Itinerary

February 22 to March 3, 2013
. Manila - Italy via Thai Airways. 7 nights in Al Tezzon Hotel.

ENROUTE:  Friday – February 22, 2013

7-Day Culinary & Cultural Tour of Northern Italy Itinerary (Feb.22 to March 3, 2013)

Thai Airways Flight TG625
Depart Manila: 8.20pm Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Arrive Bangkok: 10.35pm Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport 

Thai Airways Flight TG920
Depart Bangkok: 12.35 pm Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport 
Arrive Milan: 7.10am Milan Malpensa Airport

 

DAY 1 -  MILAN (Saturday– February 23, 2013)

MILAN poster
Arrival at 7.10 am. Guests will take their breakfast freely and in the morning  will have a Tour of Milan. At the end of the Tour, lunch in a restaurant by the city center.

Transfer from Milan Malpensa  Airport to Hotel Al Tezzon Camposampiero.

 

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Dinner and overnight at Al Tezzon.

 

DAY 2 - PADOVA (Sunday – February 24, 2013)

Saint Anthony Basilica
Morning, Visit to Padua: visit to the city centre, starting from Prato della Valle (the second largest square in Europe, second only to the Red Square of Moscow) and Saint Anthony Basilica. Then walk along via Antenore for the visits of the Bo University Building, the Caffè Pedrocchi and the Squares. Possibility to have Mass in English at the Saint Anthony Basilica. In the afternoon: free time for the group.

Lunch in restaurant during the excursion.

 

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Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Al Tezzon.

 

DAY 3 – VENICE (Monday – February 25, 2013)

Gondolas, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Full- day tour of Venice. The Capital of Veneto, the city in the sea, built on piles, it has more than 100 islands, more than 400 hundred bridges, and one Piazza, St. Mark Square! What to see: St. Mark Square and Basilica, Palazzo Ducale, Ponte dei Sospiri, Ponte di Rialto, the Ghetto.

Lunch in restaurant during the excursion.

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Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Al Tezzon.

 

DAY 4 – BASSANO (Tuesday – February 26, 2013)

Bassano del Grappa
Morning, transfer to Bassano del Grappa and visit to the city of Alpini Soldiers and Grappa Spirit, walk on the Palladian wooden Bridge (Ponte degli Alpini), then visit to Possagno, the land of the neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova, place that evokes his life and works (his birth house, the Gipsoteca, temple...). Visit to Asolo, smart roman city, considered one of the most beautiful Italian boroughs.

Lunch in restaurant during the excursion.

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Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Al Tezzon.

 

DAY 5 – SHOPPING (Wednesday – February 27, 2013) 

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Day at disposal in one of the Outlet Villages of the area, shopping time (free lunch).

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Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Al Tezzon.

 

DAY 6 – VERONA (Thursday – February 28, 2013)

Piazza Erbe
Full- day tour  of Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Just a few kilometers  from the Garda Lake, Verona is one of the most visited cities in Italy, thanks to its Roman urban structure and medieval buildings: Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, Arche Scaligere, The Arena, the home of Juliet, Castelvecchio.

Lunch in restaurant during the excursion.

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Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Al Tezzon.

 

DAY 7 – VICENZA (Friday – March 1, 2013)

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Day trip and Sightseeing of Vicenza: visit to the city Center, UNESCO Heritage with the buildings of Corso Palladio (Pedestrian Area) projected by the local architect and his school (External of Teatro Olimpico, Palazzo Chiericati, Palazzo Thiene, Palazzo Da Schio, the Basilica Palladiana, Loggia del Capitaniato and Piazza Signori). 

Lunch in restaurant  in Vicenza.

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Breakfast, dinner and overnight at Al Tezzon.

 

ENROUTE: Saturday – March 2, 2013

After breakfast, Transfer to Milan Malpensa airport.

7-Day Culinary & Cultural Tour of Northern Italy Itinerary (Feb.22 to March 3, 2013)

Thai Airways Flight TG941
Depart Milan: 1.05 pm Milan Malpensa Airport
Arrive Bangkok: 5.55am Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Sunday – March 3, 2013

Thai Airways Flight TG620
Depart Bangkok: 7.45am Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Arrive Manila: 11.55am  Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ATTENTION: the itinerary can be inverted without changing the substance of the visits.

PRICE: USD$3,450 PER PERSON

INCLUDING:

  • Thai Airways Manila - Bangkok - Milan Roundtrip 
  • Half-Board in Hotel Al Tezzon
  • Pilgrimage and English Sunday Mass at Saint Anthony Basilica
  • Chocolate Tour of Villa del Conte
  • English- speaking guide as follows:
    •    Padova Half Day
    • Venice Full Day (5 Hours)
    • Bassano del Grappa – Asolo – Possagno Full day
    • Verona Full day
    • Vicenza half day
  • 5 Lunches in restaurant in Padua, Venice, Bassano, Verona and Vicenza
  • BUS Gt with bus driver at disposition for the daily transfers during the visits and for first and last day transfers (ztl passes of Venice and Verona, parking fees and highway tolls included)

NOT INCLUDING:

  • Schengen visa,
  • drinks during meals
  • further guided services, 
  • evening bus services, 
  • personal tips,
  • entry tickets to monuments (Possagno Canova Gypsoteca and other monuments, etc.), 
  • offer for the Mass in English at the Saint Anthony Basilica, and
  • extension of the trip to other cities in Italy.

For inquiries, reservations and bookings, please contact Anton Diaz directly via email: anton@diaz.ph or via mobile phone: +63 917-5683627.

 

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Full Disclosure:  We paid for our meals. I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. We only blog about our awesome food and travel experiences.

I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don't accept compensation from food and travel places we feature in the blog.

P.S. If you are applying for a Schengen Visa please already set an appointment by calling the paid hotlines: 1 909 101 2200 (PLDT), 1 903 101 2200 (Globe), or  1 903 101 2200 (Bayantel). The rate is P32.00 per minute, exclusive of any long distance / mobile phone charges. 

Read More: Italy Visa application in Manila - a complete guide for tourist visa application 

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That is one hell of a whirlwind tour!
- Ray

Great idea :)

Too expensive for the tour content.

Thanks Lovely for the comment.

It is actually very good price considering it is a 5 star hotel, the meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are inlcuded in almost all days except for 1 or 2 days i think.

Granting rates of regular airfare for a premium airline like thai airways is at 1,400 to 1600 and in some dates even higher, given we use the average of 1500 then tour expense i estimated at 180 euros per day.

This is slightly lower than price of a 5 star hotel but in addition you get airport transfers from milan to padova which is quite a distance, meals breakfast, lunch and dinner on almost all days, tours to different cities ..

maybe those interested would want to know the total estimated price of all those items if not packaged as some people probably have no idea how much it would cost to spend 7 days in italy doing all that

MAHAL NITO!

The tour is not overpriced but too expensive flights, too expensive hotels, too many cities in such a short time. It is a lot of money to spend for 7 days.

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