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Italian Lakes, Wine, and Food Discovery! Summer 2018
August 25 -September 3, 2018


Italian Lakes, Wine, and Food Discovery! Summer 2018



DAY 0 - August 24

Fly from the USA to Venice

DAY 1 - August 25 - Saturday: Venice

Upon arrival to the immortal city of Venice, you will be transferred from the airport to a charming centrally located hotel. You will have time to freshen up before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome talk and festive dinner. Sleep in Venice.

DAY 2 - August 26 - Sunday: Venice discovery

This morning we will show you the best kept secrets in Venice including hidden artistic masterpieces and off-the-path architectural wonders. Tonight you will enjoy a Vivaldi classical music concert. Sleep in Venice .

DAY 3 - August 27 - Monday: Valpolicella

This morning we will say good-bye to Venice and go to the region's quiet and charming countryside. We will visit a beautiful winery to sample one of the up-and-coming wines of Italy: Valpolicella. We will then head to the shores of Lake Garda and the charming village of Torri del Benaco. Sleep in Torri del Benaco.

DAY 4 - August 28 - Tuesday: Lake Garda

Enjoy the great morning market of Torri del Benaco and relax on the shores of the lake. In the afternoon, we'll go to Sirmione by boat and explore this beautiful little town. Or, you can just relax in Torri. Sleep in Torri del Benaco.

DAY 5 - August 29 - Wednesday: Lake Como

Today you will say goodbye to Lake Garda and reach beautiful Lake Como and the small village of Lenno. You will explore one of its most beautiful villas with its amazing and multicoloured park. You will have time to relax and enjoy the incredible views over the lake. Later in the day you will try the diverse and interesting food of the area, including the pizzoccheri, a tasty buckwheat pasta, and a famous lake fish served with polenta. Sleep in Lenno, Lake Como.

DAY 6 - August 30 - Thursday: Lake Como and cooking class

Today you will cross Lake Como by boat to discover Varenna where you will enjoy a fun and inspiring cooking class and, weather permitting, you might attend a historic show of falconry. Sleep in Lenno, Lake Como.

DAY 7 - August 31 - Friday: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands

Today you will reach Lake Maggiore and explore Isola Bella, the nicest of the islands of the lake. You will enjoy views of Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori and learn about the aristocratic Borromeo family. When they took possession of the area in the 16th and 17th centuries, they called on the best architects, artists and gardeners to completely transform Isola Bella and Isola Madre with opulent palaces and the most beautiful parks in Italy. Isola dei Pescatori, traditionally a fishing community, remained unchanged and is today a simple, charming and well preserved village. Tonight you will be able to sip some of the great local wine – produced just a few miles from our hotel. Sleep in Lenno, Lake Como.

DAY 8 - September 1 - Saturday: Turin and Piedmont

This morning you will enjoy a very interesting tour of amazing Turin, once the capital of the Savoy Kingdom. Home to the Italian Royal family for centuries, Turin hosts a number of awesome buildings such as Mole Antonelliana – the symbol of the city- the Royal Palace – which now displays a beautiful painting museum – and the Cathedral – which preserves arguably the most famous Roman Catholic relic in the world – the Shroud of Turin. After a walking tour of the centre you will sample delicious hand-made chocolate and have time to meander through a few of the world’s finest coffee and pastry shops and fine shopping streets. You will then enjoy a scenic drive across the verdant Po River valley and into the fragrant rolling hills of Piedmont. This region’s culinary and wine-making traditions are world famous! Tonight you will check into a peaceful hotel for a relaxing two-night stay. Sleep in Piedmont.

DAY 9 - September 2 - Sunday: Piedmont, Alba, and Piedmont Gastronomy

Today will be a true culinary feast! You will enjoy a special lunch at an local organic cheese producer who is a strong believer in self-sufficient farming – a true character! You will also visit one of the most excellent wineries of the region where you will learn about the two fullbodied reds that are produced from the local Nebbiolo grape: Barolo and Barbaresco. Tonight you will sample some of the best dishes of Piedmontese cuisine, including “ravioli del plin”, “vitello tonnato” and “carne battuta al coltello”. Sleep in Piedmont.

DAY 10 - September 3 - Monday: Fly out to the US

Please note that you should book flights out of Milan no earlier than 11:00 am – avoiding early departures from the airport. It takes a while to get there from Piedmont!


Trip Details:
2 nights in Venice
2 nights in Torri del Benaco, Lake Garda
3 nights in Lenno, Lake Como
2 nights in Piedmont countryside
Tot: 9 nights – 10 days

$2,450 per person, in double room – minimum 16 paying travelers
$450 single supplement

What is included in the trip

  • Nine nights in carefully selected hotel stay
  • All group transportation in a deluxe motor-coach including city entry taxes, parking fees, highway tolls, gas, driver’s hotel and expenses
  • Meals and tastings: breakfast every day, 3 dinners, 1 wine tasting with lunch, 1 wine tasting, one cheese tasting with lunch, 1 cooking class followed by lunch, 1 chocolate tasting, one aperitif w different local wines
  • All entrances as per itinerary including music concert in Venice, Villa Carlotta, Falconry show, Borromean Islands
  • Ferry boat tickets and passes: Venice (24hr), Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore
  • Sightseeing boat tours: Sirmione, Lake Maggiore
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • The services of a professional tour leader throughout the trip, including her travel expenses, food, lodging
  • Local guides where necessary: Venice, Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, Lake Maggiore (Borromean Islands), Turin

What is not included

  • International airfare from and back to the US
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Insurance (please visit the following link https://customizedjourneys.archinsurancesolutions.com/)

What is included in the extension

  • Three nights in carefully selected hotel stay
  • Train tickets from Milan to Nice
  • Milan transfer to the train station
  • transfer to the hotel upon arrival in Nice
  • walking tour of Nice on Day 3

What is not included in the extension

  • Optional excursion on Day 12 – to be priced if/when we have minimum number of participants