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9 Days Lakes District and Wine Tasting Italy

9 Days Lakes District and Wine Tasting Italy

  • Genoa - Como - Garda

Italian Lakes Holidays and Wine Tasting

Experience the best of Italy by visiting its most famous lakes and the Riviera, known as one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Starting with Cinque Terre, the worldwide known panoramic region of Toscana, get ready to be amazed by landscapes, delicious meals and refreshing wine tastings. From Portofino to Milan, you will start to love that feeling allitaliana that we hope will stay with you long after your departure!

Highlights

  • Enjoy Amarone wine tastings
  • Visit historical palaces, gardens, and splendid villas
  • Take a walk through the spectacular Portofino and Santa Margherita
  • Shop in the famous Vittorio Emanuele gallery in Milan
  • Stop in Verona and visit Juliets balcony
  • Cruise along the beautiful Lake Como
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation will take place in different pre-selected quality hotels in Genoa for a 3-night stay, Como for a 2-night stay, and Garda for a 3-night stay.

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival at Genoa Airport and transfer to your hotel, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. Enjoy welcome cocktails and a delicious three-course dinner at the hotel. Welcome to the Italian Riviera and to the Dolce Vita!

Day 2 - Cinque Terre

After breakfast this morning you will leave for a full day excursion to the famous Cinque Terre. You will get by bus to La Spezia where you will board a panoramic motor boat. Your first visit will be Portovenere. The village is dominated by the castle, and on its opposite you will see the island Palmaria. The quay is bordered by a terrace of tower-houses with up to seven floors with colored fronts. Leaving a door with towers behind, you will arrive in Via Capellini, main axes of the medieval village, which runs along the coast, and which is flanked by antique houses often decorated with original architectonic elements: roof-gardens, doors in slate or in marble, fine door decorations.

Your second stop will be Vernazza. Here the houses add to the classic tower-shape more elaborated architectonic forms, like open galleries, arcades and decorated doors. Vernazza is considered the most beautiful village of the Cinque Terre, and one of the most fascinating places of the whole Liguria.

Monterosso will be the last village that we will visit. The village is closed between various hills (which go down to the sea), olive trees, lemon trees and above all vineyards which produce an excellent white wine. The municipality consists of two centers with two sand beaches: Fegina and Monterosso. It is really the ideal stop for a bath before leaving the Cinque Terre! Furthermore, the street along the sea is ideal for having a long walk.

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner at your hotel in Genoa.

Day 3: Italian Riviera - Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure

Today you drive along the coast to reach two gems of the Italian Riviera - Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. From Sestri Levante to Santa Margherita Ligure, the Tigullio coast is a continuation of seaside resorts that have been an important tourist tradition for more than two hundred years. Extensive beaches with well-equipped bathing establishments, large marinas with full services, avant-garde sport facilities and refined, top quality hotels in Tigullio blend with the beauty of sea landscapes, the liveliness of the town centers, the fascination of the water with its favorable currents.

Portofino, a magical and enchanting place where society and nature blend together, is a refuge for VIPs, a meeting place for famous people; but also a natural park. Portofino was originally a fishermen village with its colored tall houses which design an amphitheater around the famous “Piazzetta” (little square).

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner at your hotel in Genoa.

Day 4 - Leaving the Italian Riviera - Lake Maggiore and Stresa

After breakfast, check out and depart by private bus to Lake Maggiore. Upon arrival to Stresa you will enjoy a lovely cruise to reach the Isola Bella (beautiful island). Stresa is an elegant internationally famous holiday resort located on the shore of Lake Maggiore. You will visit the Borromean Palace and Gardens on Isola Bella, which were constructed from 1632 onward, transforming the pre-existing fishing village into an elegant residence which occupies two thirds of the island.

The Italian style baroque gardens remind you of a ship, firmly anchored in the waters of the lake. You will have some free time for shopping and lunch on own on the island before to reach again Stresa and proceed to Como.

In the afternoon check in at your hotel in Como where you will be staying for the next 2 nights.

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner at your hotel in Como.

Day 5 - Como Lake drive and cruise - Tremezzo and Bellagio

After your buffet breakfast, depart by private motor coach for an amazing day excursion to discover lake Como and the charming villages of Tremezzo and Bellagio.

You will drive along the lake western shore to admire Cernobbio with the famous Renaissance Villa d’Este; then you will bypass Laglio where George Clooney bought a marvelous estate some years ago; then finally you will reach Tremezzo. Here you will board on a private launch to reach the village of Bellagio, considered the “pearl of Lake Como”. The cruise will offer you splendid views of the villas from the lake passing through the promontory where lies the XVIII Villa Balbianello in all its splendor till reaching Comacina Island.

The village of Bellagio is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Enjoy some free time for lunch on your own, shopping and individual visits.

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner at your hotel in Como.

Day 6 - Leaving Como to Lake Garda - Milan and Sirmione

After breakfast, check out and depart by private bus to Milan. You will enjoy a guided tour of the city. The visit starts from the Castello Sforzesco, the imposing fortress built by the noble families of the Visconti and the Sforza, seat of one of the most magnificent courts during Italian Renaissance.

Next stop is the Scala Opera House, worldwide famous shrine of classic music.

A lovely walk along the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, the beautiful arcade nicknamed by the “milanesi” the city’s “living room” will take you to the Duomo square. You will enter the Duomo, the cathedral of the city, built by the Lords of Milan in medieval gothic style and the third largest church in the world.

Enjoy some free time to discover the Milan fashion district one of the most or even the most important of the world, known as the quadrilateral, because formed by 4 main roads such as Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. This high-class shopping district is characterized by the presence of numerous boutiques and related retail outlets which represent most of the world’s major fashion houses.

After lunch on your own you will proceed to Lake Garda. Garda is a great Mediterranean lake, blessed by Italian sun, surrounded by villages and mountains. You will reach Sirmione peninsula for a lovely stroll through its picturesque alleys. Check in at your hotel in Garda where you will stay for the next 3 nights.

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner at your hotel in Lake Garda.

Day 7 - Verone and Valpolicella wine country

Today you will discover the city of Verona, considered the most Roman of the Italian cities because of the presence of the famous Arena, a well preserved Roman Amphitheater. Your tour will start with a panoramic drive along the river Adige and up the hills overlooking Verona. You will stop at the Sanctuary of Santa Maria of Lourdes from where a breathtaking view over Verona from above can be admired.

You will then continue along the river to admire some of the most beautiful monuments of Verona: the Roman Bridge, the Roman Theater and the monumental 16th century walls and gates, and the Scaligeri Castle. You will stroll through the city squares and monuments: Piazza delle Erbe (the old Roman center and now Market Square), Piazza dei Signori (the political center in middle age Verona), and finally Piazza Bra with the Arena, the Roman amphitheater. Of course Juliet’s house and Romeo’s house will be part of the tour!

You will then proceed to the Valpolicella wine country to visit a winery estate and taste the famous Amarone wine. Obtained from grapes dried in fruttaio (grape-drying building) for 100 or 120 days where the sugar fermentation is completed, Amarone is one of the most enduring wines among the great Italian wines. It has a very intense red color with garnet shades and a perfume that reminds of dried fruits, tobacco and spices due to the noble rot which develops during the drying process. The flavor is very fruity and fragrant, dry but highly soft, with a full body, warm, invigorating and robust.

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner at your hotel in Garda.

Day 8 - Free time

Time at leisure for relaxation at the resort, individual visits and shopping.

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner at your hotel in Garda.

Day 9 - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight home.

All sightseeing are subject to changes.

Cinque Terre

Lake Maggiore and Stresa

Milan and Sirmione

Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure

Tremezzo and Bellagio

Verone and Valpolicella wine country

This retreat will take place in Italy, in the Italian Riviera area and around the Como and Garda lakes.

Daily breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel youll be staying in. A local Valpolicella wine tasting will take place on the seventh day of your trip.

Exclusions

Lunches and anything not mentioned above.

On day 8 you have the option to take a day trip to Venice. You can join a day tour to Venice Lagoon - lovely cruise to Murano (glass blowing), Burano (the photographers’ paradise, famous for lace) and Torcello (ancient basilica with mosaics) with lunch in Burano included.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA). Amazing Italy will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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