Tour: Lake Region & Northern Italy

Tour Summary

Crystal clear alpine lakes, surrounded by the Italian and Swiss Alps, exceptional local specialties prepared by cooks and private excursions across northern Italy await you on this memorable trip. From a gorgeous villa located along the shore of Lake Maggiore, you experience easy day trips to Bellagio, Lake Como, the Centovalli, Bologna, Vicenza and Lake Orta. All of the places visited are to provide a focus on the magical combination of history, architecture, food and flavors of northern Italy. Clients spend a day on a private launch, with a guide, exploring the Borromeo islands. Clients also have the opportunity to relax in lake side villages or on beautiful ferries that cross the Lakes of Maggiore, Lugano, Como and Orta. A balance of flavorful food, unforgettable scenery and easy days are yours on this once a year exploration with Private Italy Tours Ltd.

Info

Basics

Price: $5750
Duration: 12 days.
Travel: Arrive into Milan Malpensa International Airport Depart from Milan Malpensa International Airport

Tour Dates

Sep 20 - Oct 02, 2014
Sep 19 - Oct 03, 2015

Accommodations

Our villa for this tour is located along the shore of Lago (Lake) Maggiore. From this spacious and comfortable base, offering incredible views of the Borromeo Islands, client enjoy easy day trips are across the area. In Bologna and Vicenza, we have selected unique boutique hotels located near the city center so that clients have easy access during free time and after dinner to explore these incredible cities on their own.

Included Services

Meet and greet at Milan Airport with private transportation from the airport to the villa
Accommodations along the shores of Lago Maggiore in a lovely villa
Private guides throughout the tour to add additional perspective to your time in the Lake Region
Breakfast and Dinner most days at the villa, prepared by the villa’s cook
Easy walking access to the lake side village near the villa
Museum tickets included for those sites requiring
Private modern van transportation throughout for day trips in the area/region
Private transportation to/ from the villa to the Milan Malpensa airport (or Centrale Station) at the start and conclusion of the tour
Custom bound itineraries created by Private Italy Tour’s staff for each client which feature details of each day’s activities, sites visited and services provided

Itinerary

(Note: Letters within parenthesis indicate meals included with your tour – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

Day One: Arrival. Private transfer to villa. Welcome dinner. (D)

Day Two: Mottarone and Santa Caterina (B,L,D)

Day Three: Borromeo Islands – Bella and Pescatore. Villa Taranto using private launch for clients (B,D)

Day Four: Milan. Private Tour of city center (including Duomo, La Scala, Galleria) and visit to Da Vinci’s Last Supper (B,D)

Day Five: Transfer to Bologna. Afternoon tour of city center (private cooking lesson can be arranged-contact us for further details) (B)

Day Six: Prosciutto di Parma and Balsamico producer visits with private guide (B,L)

Day Seven: Morning transfer to Vicenza. Private guided tour of city (B)

Day Eight: Private transfer/return to villa. Afternoon at leisure at villa (B,D)

Day Nine: Lake Maggiore to Lugano and Centovalli train (B,L,D)

Day Ten: Private guided visit to Lake Como and village of Bellagio (B,D)

Day Eleven: Private guided visit to Lago Orta (B,D)

Day Twelve: Departure