• $3,895
  • $800
  • Gohagan & Company
  • Moderate
  • Land Only

Northern Italy’s fabled Lake District beckons with its sublime landscapes of shimmering glacial waters, soaring Alpine peaks and bijou towns. Immerse yourself in the distinct bella figure Italian style that has inspired poets, composers, artists and philosophers for centuries. Stay for one week in the heart of the quintessentially Italian città di Como, at the lakeside, belle-époque Palace Hotel, just steps from the local market. Cruise by private boat on Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. During expert-guided excursions, explore authentic villages and cultural treasures. Visit Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, Stresa, Isola Bella, San Giulio and Sacro Monte di Orta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Milan, visit the Duomo and Teatro alla Scala, and enjoy a specially arranged viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Enriching lectures and the exclusive Village Life® Forum with local Lombardy residents provide personal perspectives of daily life and cultural heritage. This intimate and comprehensive soggiorno, at just the right pace, includes exceptional accommodations, specially arranged meals and all excursions. Verona and Venice Post-Program Option available.


Itinerary*

Day & Destination
  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Milan, Italy/Como
  3. Como
  4. Lake Maggiore/Borromean Islands/Stresa
  5. Milan
  6. Lake Como/Villa del Balbianello/Bellagio
  7. Lake Orta/San Giulio Island/Sacro Monte di Orta
  8. Como
  9. Como/Milan/Return to the U.S. or Canada

Highlights:

  • Comprehensive Italian soggiorno (sojourn) in the fabled region that has inspired renowned writers and artists for centuries.
  • Accommodations for seven nights in the charming Palace Hotel in the heart of medieval Como—just steps away from historic monuments, family-owned negozi (shops) and old-world ambiance.
  • This small group program allows for an authentic experience of life in the Italian Lake District in the foothills of the majestic Alps.
  • Private boat tours on Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, an undiscovered gem.
  • Enriching lectures by local Como resident and by a resident art historian.
  • Visit the stunning 18th-century Villa del Balbianello and gardens and time at your own pace in the renowned lake town of Bellagio.
  • Full-day excursion to Milan featuring the impressive Duomo, the exquisite Teatro alla Scala and the UNESCO-inscribed Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, for a specially arranged viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
  • Exclusive excursion to Lake Orta featuring one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and the 16th-century chapels atop the Sacro Monte di Orta, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Exclusive Village Life® Forum featuring local residents.
  • Verona and Venice Post-Program Option.

Palace Hotel

The ideally located, classic belle‑époque Palace Hotel is a delightful establishment with an ideal setting on the lungolago (lakefront promenade) overlooking Lake Como, just steps away from Como’s beautiful marble Duomo and the medieval, pedestrian-only town center. Venetian stucco artistry, Italian marble and antique furniture provide subtle touches of 19th‑century elegance throughout the hotel.

Its expertly landscaped gardens are the perfect setting to admire enchanting views across Lake Como. The Garden Bar Ceccato, with its summer terrace overlooking the lake, is an excellent setting to enjoy the hotel’s renowned homemade ice cream or a cappuccino.

Each of the hotel’s 94 renovated guest rooms is tastefully appointed with a private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite television, minibar and hair dryer. Meals feature fresh seasonal Italian ingredients, local specialties and international cuisine. Regional wine selections accompany dinner. The hotel staff provides exceptional service.

Included Features

In Como

  • Seven nights in the charming Palace Hotel on the southern shore of Lake Como.
  • Full buffet breakfast each morning.
  • Three dinners in the hotel and one dinner in a traditional restaurant, featuring northern Italian specialties with Italian wine.
  • Welcome Reception.

Expert-Guided Excursions and Exclusive Cultural Enrichments 

  • Walking tour of Old Como.
  • Enriching lectures by local Como resident and by a resident art historian.
  • Spectacular, full-day scenic tour of Lake Maggiore, featuring a private cruise of the Borromean Islands and time to experience Stresa’s spectacular views and tropical gardens at leisure.
  • Visit to Lake Maggiore’s Isola Bella with a walk through the gardens of the 17th‑century Palazzo Borromeo.
  • Full-day excursion to Milan to visit the world‑famous Teatro alla Scala and the exquisite Duomo.
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, with a specially arranged viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
  • Private boat cruise across Lake Como to medieval Bellagio, including time at your own pace to explore this romantic and most famous village on Lake Como.
  • Specifically arranged guided tour of the Italian National Trust’s magnificent 18th-century Villa del Balbianello.
  • Specially arranged Village Life® Forum with local Lombardy residents.
  • Excursion by private boat to Lake Orta’s island of San Giulio, including a visit to the 12th‑century basilica, renowned for its medieval pulpit made of black Oira marble and a walking tour of the beautiful medieval village.
  • Guided tour of the fresco-adorned chapels dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi on Sacro Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage site overlooking Lake Orta.
  • Opportunities to explore local markets in Como at your own pace.
  • Opportunities to savor northern Italy’s traditional cuisine during included meals and on your own.
  • Occasion to interact with locals and immerse yourself in Lombardy life.
  • Italian language introduction.

Always Included

  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • Experienced, English-speaking expert guides for all included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Complimentary bottled water provided on motorcoaches during excursions.
  • Hospitality desk in the hotel.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Program Director at your service.
  • Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.

Tesori Di Verona e Venezia Post-Program Option

Few cities have the power to enchant quite like Verona and Venice, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Verona is renowned for its well‑preserved Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, delightful piazzas and magnificent Roman monuments and is the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s timeless romance, Romeo and Juliet. See star-crossed Juliet’s famous balcony and the spectacular 2000-year-old Roman Arena.

Discover the glories of centuries woven through a romantic tapestry of shimmering waterways crisscrossed by stone bridges that lead to Venice’s extraordinary confection of architectural treasures, including the Gothic-style Doge’s Palace. Admire one of the finest collections of Renaissance art in the world on a specially arranged guided tour of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, and trace the development of Venetian art. Cross the lagoon to the charming archipelago’s island of Burano, known for its skilled fishermen and colorful houses. Enjoy three nights in the Hotel Bonvecchiati, an 18th‑century palazzo ideally located just a short walk from Venice’s famous Piazza San Marco.

The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.


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