Discover Italy’s dreamy lake district, where glacial waters are cradled by jade knolls and the craggy slopes of Alpine foothills. Based in Stresa on Lake Maggiore, spend sun-soaked days exploring the islands and idyllic lakeside towns where poets and writers found inspiration. Enjoy special cruises on lakes Maggiore, Como and Orta. Visit the Borromean Islands, feast your eyes on Leonardo’s “The Last Supper,” and learn culinary secrets during a cooking lesson. From romantic Isola San Giulio to charming Bellagio and chic Milan to elaborate villas, this is a tour of northern Italy’s stunning beauty.
Milan, Italy | Stresa
Arrive at Milan airport, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you to travel to the Hotel La Palma in Stresa. Take time to relax and unwind as the sun sets on your first night in this pristine paradise. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Milan, Italy | Stresa
Stresa | Borromean Islands
Enjoy a narration of Lake Maggiore’s history and the Borromean family who transformed the lake’s inlets into botanical masterpieces. Cruise to the splendid Borromean Islands, beginning at Isola Madre with its enchanting English-style gardens. Delight in the peaceful fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori, and enjoy a private visit to Isola Bella, the crown jewel of the trio. Enjoy a reception in the island's gardens. Back in Stresa, join a local expert to expand your insight into the age of the Renaissance.
Travel to Milan, renowned for its architecture, art legacies and chic culture. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s magnificent “The Last Supper.” Enter the museum at the legendary La Scala and see the Duomo, a flamboyant Gothic masterpiece. Before heading back to Stresa, take time at leisure to explore the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele or slow down and enjoy an espresso in the piazza.
Begin with a talk about the development of the lake district; then drive to picturesque Orta San Giulio, a sleepy medieval town with a tranquil piazza. Cruise on the unspoiled, sapphire setting of Lake Orta to Isola San Giulio, dominated by a Benedictine monastery. Tonight, treat your palate to regional cuisine. In addition to pasta dishes, Northern Italian cuisine includes salami, fresh cheeses and locally sourced fish. You’re sure to please your taste buds!
Start the day with a discussion about modern Italy. After, enjoy a full day at leisure to soak in the splendors of the beautiful lake district! Perhaps stroll along the promenade, watching fishermen bob on the water in their rainbow-hued boats. Duck into a local café for a fresh pastry or indulge in a sweet, fruity gelato, an ideal treat when relaxing in a sunny piazza.
Bellagio | Como
Glide on Lake Como to charismatic Bellagio. Explore its warren of alleyways, where stone staircases are adorned with scarlet and mauve flower boxes. After a lakeside lunch, sit back and relax as you continue cruising on Lake Como. Take in the hypnotic setting of deep-blue water, gloriously bathed with rays of golden sun, and pass by opulent villas and villages nestled on shore. This poetic boat ride is sure to be among your trip’s most treasured memories.
Today is yours to soak up the many pleasures of soulful Stresa. Plus, you'll learn the secrets of traditional Italian cuisine during a fun and interactive cooking lesson at a restaurant overlooking Lake Maggiore. Cap off the cooking lesson by sitting down with your friendly group for a delicious lunch. Tonight, gather for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
Depart for your home city
After breakfast, it's time to say Arrivederci to beautiful Italy and head for home.
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