Milan and Lake Como 2017-2018 (Lombardy)
Explore Milan and its surrounding areas with a local tour leader,
and capture the experience with a group photographer.
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
An insider’s guide to the dynamic beauty of Milan and its surrounding areas: churn milk into artisan cheese
at a local slow food approved farm, come eye to eye with Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, make fresh homemade
pasta and delicious regional Lombardy dishes, set foot inside the Duomo one of the largest cathedrals in the world,
cruise along the famous Lake Como, sip on a glass of wine at a family-owned Franciacorta winery.
($2,200 EARLY SIGN UP / $2,400 LATE SIGN UP)
Per person /double occupancy
($2,600 EARLY SIGN UP/$2,800 LATE SIGN UP)
Per person / single occupancy – very limited availability
You get to Milan Malpensa or Linate airport, and we’ll take care of much of the rest. Transportation is provided to your stunningly restored 18th-century balconied building where you’ll be staying for the next six days. Rest and freshen up in the centrally-located boutique hotel that has all the amenities of a 4-star hotel but with the intimacy that stems from being family owned and operated.
Later that day you’ll meet the rest of the group and a young local farmer. Together you’ll make artisan cheese from her grass-fed dairy cows. Dinner will include your own hand-crafted cheese and other regional dishes -- some made with other ingredients produced at the farm.
Meals included: Dinner
You’ll take the day to explore Milan’s major sites like the Duomo, the fifth largest cathedral in the world. You will also visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie to witness Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Your expert tour guide will also show you some hidden, lesser-known sites.
Since this is Italy, delicious food is a must. We’ll grab a quick bite at a local eatery for lunch and finish off the day with a quintessential Milanese happy hour, aperitivo.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Aperitivo
With all the tips and hints you’ve gathered, you are now free to roam the city in search of your own adventure. That might include handmade Italian leather shoes, a spa day alongside the ancient city walls or visiting any of Milan’s famous art and design museums. Just be back in time to make your way to the hands-on cooking class where you’ll make homemade pasta and other regional dishes.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Today, the group will journey north to idyllic Lake Como (George Clooney has a private villa there. NBD). At Lake Como you’ll cruise along the lake and visit the towns of Como and Bellagio known for their Old World aristocratic charm. You’ll have lunch and then ferry to the waterfront botanical gardens of Villa Carlotta.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
And off to Franciacorta we go: a wine producing region an hour outside of Milan. This is no ordinary winery. Franciacorta is famous for creating their Metodo Classico AKA Champagne style bubbles. The group will tour a local winery and sample some of their wines.
After sampling the best of Franciacorta, you’ll journey to Bergamo Alta. This picturesque, walled city sits on top of a plateau surrounded by a rolling green garden. You’ll get to smile for the photographer with the Alps as your background. In Bergamo Alta you’ll have time to explore the mesmerizing array of medieval streets and perhaps get a bite to eat at the café-clad main square.
Finally, after an exciting five days, the group will return to Milan to enjoy a farewell meal, reflect on the days passed, and spend final moments with the new friends they have made.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Arrivederci. Grab a quick bite to eat before journeying back home or onto another part of Italy. Doing Italy will provide transfers to the Milan Malpensa or Linate airports.
Meals included: Breakfast
Small group tour. Accommodation in a shared room, or one of the limited single rooms. Certified bilingual English/Italian local tour leader. Selection of photos taken by group photographer. Listed activities. Tour associated transfers: airport transfer to/from MXP or LIN airports for scheduled arrivals by noon on the first day of the tour and departure from hotel by 10 AM on last day of the trip. Meals listed and one glass of Doing Italy selected wine with group lunch/dinner/aperitivo.
Airfare, mandatory travel insurance, additional alcoholic beverages, incidentals, extras not listed
August 26 – 31, 2017 (early sign up ends June 15, 2017)
2018 dates - coming soon!
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