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vineyardDay 1 (D): Milan and Piedmont You will be picked up upon arrival at Milan airport and then transported through the beautiful Piedmont countryside to your lodging at the 4* Relais Dino (or comparable). You will have the afternoon off to wander the vineyard or rest before being treated to a cooking class and dinner. This will be the introduction to the “slow food” culture of Italy.
LangheDay 2 (B): Langhe, Pollenzo, Alba and LaMorre. After breakfast we start out on our magical journey through the Langhe-Italy’s premier wine region. We start with a visit to Cherasco-famous for its’ chocolates. Enjoy the village, soak in the medieval essence of the old buildings and monuments, the Monastero, Arco di Belevedere and San Pietro church. Then it is on to Pollenzo an ancient Roman town located on the left bank of the Tanero.
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gastronomic_universityThis town with its’ gastronomic university is known as the home town of the “slow food movement”. Visit the historic town square and the church of San Vittore and try one of the local hand crafted chocolates. Now we are off to Alba site of the original Roman Alba Pompeia and famous for white truffles, peaches and wine production. After taking time for lunch we move on to the hilltop village of LaMorra where you can climb the stairs of the Torre Campanario to view the entire countryside, hills and vineyards.
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Our final stop today will be at the 13 th century Grinzane Cavour Castle home of Italy’s first Prime Minister- Count Camilo Benso di Cavour. Today the castle houses an ethnological museum showcasing local life, crafts and food, truffles, a 17 th century kitchen and many other rooms filled with relics and artifacts of times gone by. We will then return to our lodging for dinner.
Day 3 (B): Turin Today we will tour Turin. This vibrant city with its’ Baroque architecture, museums and promenades like the Via Po, is a great city for wandering and exploring. We will visit the Royal Palace, St. Charles square, the Piazza Reale, the Cathedral-home of the ”Shroud of Turin” and so much more. We will have the day to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of this elegant, historic and beautiful city before returning to our Relais.
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lake_maggioreDay 4 (B): Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands After breakfast and checkout, we depart to the beautiful village of Stressa located on Lake Maggiore. We will check in at our 4* lodging and then board a boat for a short ride out to the Borromean Islands-Isolas Bella, Pescatore, and Madre. On Isola “The Beautiful Island”, we will tour the Baroque Palace with its’ artistic themed rooms and magnificent terraced gardens. These 17 th Century “Italian” gardens contain rare exotic plants, pairs of strolling peacocks, an open theatre, and statues depicting “The Four Elements”. On Madre “The Mother” island, we discover the Villa Barromeo, a 16 th century palace home with rooms containing various collections of period furnishings, dolls and even a marionette theater. This palace is surrounded by informal botanical gardens that in addition to the special fauna are filled with parrots, pheasants and peacocks. Isola Pescatore-fishermans Island, is a tiny sliver of land full of restaurants and shops. We will return to your hotel near Stressa and you will have the evening free for dinner at a local restaurant of your choice.
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centovalli_narrow_gauge_railway_trainDay 5 (B): Domodossola and Locarno Today we have a special treat. You will travel north along the lake to Domodossola with its’ alpine views, charming village center, arcaded houses and medieval ambiance.lakeside_promenade Here we will board the Centovalli narrow gauge railway train for the 52 Km trip to Locarno Switzerland. Locarno, located at the northern end of Lake Maggiore, has the warmest climate in Switzerland and thus you see many palms and lemon trees. We will visit the cities heart-The Piazza Grande, and enjoy a stroll through the narrow lanes and alleyways to the partially restored Castello Visconteo. You will have time to visit the local shops or walk along the lakeside Promenade before we board a ferry for our return back down the lake to Stressa and our lodging.
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lake_comoDay 6 (B): Lake Como and Bellagio Today we check out and leave Lake Maggiore to travel on to Lake Como. We will stop in Como and visit the historic town center with the 14 th century Cathedral, The Basisica St.Abbondio, Broletto-Como’s ancient town hall and the city walls. After lunch we will proceed on a scenic road along the lake to Bellagio the “Pearl” of Lake Como” to check in at our 4* lodging.lake_como2 Bellagio, features panoramic lake views because it is set in an ideal location on the lake where the two legs of this wishbone shaped lake come together. It is known for its’ picturesque stone lanes and stairways with their shops, gelato bars, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy!
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Day 7 (B): Tremezzo Today we will take a ferry across the lake to Tremezzo to visit the spectacular Villa Carlotta and its’ botanical gardens. The Villa is filled with art masterpieces, has an architectural tools museum and gardens filled with centuries old cedars, sequoias, tropical plants a rock garden and a fern valley. By ferry we will return to Bellagio and walk along the lakeside promenade to visit the white columned Villa Menzi featuring the Romanesque San Gia Como church, auseum, ponds and beautiful gardens filled with Roman and Egyptian sculptures. You can spend this evening relaxing, visiting the local shops, enjoying traditional Italian cooking at one of the numerous local restaurants, and maybe a wonderful local Gelato.
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SirmioneDay 8 (B): Sirmione, Lake Garda and Verona Today after breakfast we leave beautiful Bellagio and travel to Sirmione on Lake Garda. We will take a walk through the village and visit the Rocco Scaligero guarding the entrance to the town. We will then travel on to Verona and have a walking tour of the old town before settling into our 4* hotel. Verona, is home to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and in addition to Juliet’s house and museum the historic center, formally the Roman forum, contains many historic landmarks including the Roman Arena, the Roman theater, the Great Duomo Verona and the 14 th century Castel Veccio. You will have the evening to roam through one of Italy’s most beautiful cities.
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Day 9 (B): Milan Today we are off to Milan one of Italy’s most fashionable cities and one of the richest in Europe.
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The city has many historic and artistic attractions including the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the famous La Scala Opera house, the Galleria-Vittorio Emanuele and the convent church that houses DeVinci’s-“The Last Supper” You will check into your 4* hotel and have the evening free to continue your walk through the city.
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Day 10 (B): Departure This morning after breakfast you will gather your memories and you will be transported to the Milan airport to return home or continue your journey to another location. We will be happy to arrange additional days in Venice, Tuscany, Rome or any other European destination of your choice.
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Price for this tour is $3050 Euros.

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Lodging will be all 4* or better and will be chosen based upon the date of the tour and availability.

Transportation will be based upon the size of the group and are normally Mercedes custom vans or mini coach.

Payment conditions:
- 20% deposit at the time of booking
- 40% due 90 days before the start of the tour
- 40% balance of payment due 45 days before the start of the tour.

Cancellation conditions:
- From 90 - 46 days prior to arrival 30% of total program cost is non-refundable
- From 45 - 36 days prior to arrival 50% of total program cost is non-refundable
- From 35 days or less days prior to arrival 100% non-refundable

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Whats Included

Included

  • 9 nights accommodations 4* or better with full breakfast
  • Meals as shown
  • Comfortable private transportation determined by group size
  • Full time English speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees for daily attractions
    • Grinzane Savour Castle
    • Royal Palace in Turin
    • Borromean Islands and ferry
    • Centovalli Narrow Guage RR and Ferry on return
    • Lake Como ferry and entrances to Villas' Carlotta and Menzi
    • Sirmione walking tour
    • Verona walking tour
Not included:
  • Alcohol or non alcohol drinks at meals unless noted
  • Personal costs such as telephone calls, travel insurance, dry cleaning
  • Other not mentioned services
  • Gratuities for driver/guide (if satisfactory)
  • Flight tickets and taxes
  • Baggage handling at the airport or in hotels
  • Parts of program weather permitting.

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