~ NORTHERN ITALY TOUR ~

NORTHERN ITALY
Lake Como + Langhe, Piedmont + Lake Garda

15 Days/14 Nights - a unique experience and unforgettable journey.

START YOUR JOURNEY at the most exquisite of Italy’s lakes! Lake Como has been an alluring retreat for visitors since Roman times, with its many artistic and cultural gems. Explore palaces, historical villas and gardens, set in Lake Como’s iconically stunning scenery. Relish the fresh local fish, tasty game dishes, artisan cheeses, hand-made polenta, and ice cream at a local gelateria. Stay in Bellagio, a picturesque village surrounded by green hills and mountains known for it’s superbly mild climate. Bellagio, translated as beautiful, is called the Pearl of  Lake Como. Lake Como

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES to Langhe, in the Piedmont region, famous for its enchanting villages, castles, and towers nestled in the rolling hills. It is a land of noble wines, artisan cheeses, the very refined white truffle, and home of Stefano’s favorite dessert, a Gianduja cake paired with an ice shaved Barolo. Langhe is a paradise of World Heritage sites and a promoter of the Slow Food movement. The elegance of its cultivated hillsides with their sculpted perfection is breathtaking! Langhe, Piedmont

COMPLETE THE JOURNEY in the Lake Garda region to see why Garda, Italy’s largest lake, has been praised by European poets for centuries. Visit picturesque Verona, famous also for the Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers - Romeo and Juliet. Sample wines from one of Italy’s most popular winemaking regions. Enjoy Mantua, the 2017 European Capital of Gastronomy, and explore the Grottoes of Catullus, a Roman archaeological site in Sirmione. Lake Garda

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Tour highlights

  • Tour starts and ends in Milan.
  • Experience a delightful journey off the beaten path and enjoy Italy with the locals!
  • Stay in charming hotels overlooking the lakes and rolling hills of the Langhe region.
  • Our intimate group size (max 7 people*) offers flexibility and efficiency, plus personalized service.
  • Travel in a comfortable mini-van or mini-bus.
  • Spend less time in long transfers, spend more time savoring your Italian journey.
  • Taste a variety of traditional Italian regional cuisine in tradition with the Slow Food Movement.
  • Taste noble wines, while visiting some of Italy’s oldest wine cellars.
  • Enjoy special farewell dinners in amazing settings: a magnificent lake view restaurant in Bellagio;  a majestic castle in Langhe; a deconsecrated church in Verona.
*For larger groups please contact us.

Sightseeing

  • Explore charming villages, archaeological sites, castles, magnificent villas, cathedrals, medieval towns, and superb gardens, accompanied by our English-speaking local Italian guides.
  • Lake Como: Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Varenna, Vezio Castle and Chiavenna.
  • Langhe region: Barolo, Serralunga d'Alba Castle, Neive, Alba, Grinzane Castle, Fontanafredda, Canelli and Guarene.
  • Lake Garda and surroundings: Sirmione, Grottoes of Catullus, Borghetto sul Mincio, Mantua, Verona, Lazise.
  • Other sites include: Bergamo, Vigevano, Certosa di Pavia and Cremona.
  • View map of the Tour.

Activities

  • Experience the cheese making process in a local family farm and taste their products during an outdoor lunch overlooking the gorgeous hill side.
  • Visit a hazelnut family farm and learn the full operational cycle from growing, harvesting and processing the nuts, to the transformation into delicious products like the famous Nutella, cookies, cakes and more…
  • Visit a family owned winery which is also a WWF (World Wildlife Fund) oasis with 32 species of spontaneously growing orchids.
  • Take part in winery tours in some of the oldest wineries in Italy and taste renowned wines like Barbera, Barolo, Dolcetto, Babaresco, Moscato, Arnais, Valpolicella and Amarone.
  • Participate in hands-on cooking classes; one with a local chef and another with Stefano, who will teach you how to make gnocchi following his Grandma Ida’s recipe.