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Begin your holiday by celebrating Lake Como with an Aperitivo. Learning how to prepare this Italian tradition is an ideal souvenir. You’ll use regional ingredients, paired with sparkling prosecco or a light red wine. Take a private boat tour to Varenna and enjoy delicacies. In Stresa, on Lake Maggiore’s shore, explore the Borromean Islands at your own pace, and enjoy outdoor cafes.

Prepare for bliss in Milan. Walking tours will take you to the city’s high points, including La Scala and a pre-booked viewing of The Last Supper, then you’ll dive into the city like a local foodie. Your guide will help you find seasonal produce, the finest cheeses, and great wine in a 19th century glass-vaulted plaza. End your time in Milan with a special Aperitivo in Milan’s most glamorous cocktail bar. 

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Included Unique Activities

  • The Art of the Perfect Italian Aperitivo 
  • Alpine Mountain Cable Car
  • Private Como Lake & Castle Excursion
  • Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat
  • Half Day Milan Walking Tour
  • Milan Street Food Tasting Tour
  • Fashion and Design District Tour in Milan
Private Italian Aperitivo Experience

Private Italian Aperitivo Experience

Private Como Lake & Castle Vezio Excursion

Private Como Lake & Castle Vezio Excursion

Stresa Mottarone Cable Car

Stresa Mottarone Cable Car

Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat

Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat

Milan Walking Tour

Milan Walking Tour

Milan Street Food Tour

Milan Street Food Tour

Private Fashion & Design District Tour

Private Fashion & Design District Tour

Accommodation

2 Nights

4-Star Lakeside Spa Hotel

2 Nights

5-Star Belle Époque Lakeside Mansion

3 Nights

4-Star Boutique Milan Guesthouse

Transportation

  • Meet & Greet with Private Transfer on Arrival in Milan to Bellagio
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Bellagio to Stresa
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Stresa to Milan
  • Private Transfer to Milan Airport upon Departure

Dining Options Included

  • 7 Gourmet Italian Breakfasts
  • Milan Street Food Tasting Tour

Points of Interest

  • Medieval Drawbridge at Castle Vezio
  • Romantic and Picturesque Village of Varenna
  • Sumptuous Baroque Palace on Bella Island
  • 19th-century Exotic Gardens & Peacocks on Madre Island
  • Leonardo da Vinci's Masterpiece The Last Supper
  • Milan's Opulent La Scala Opera Theater
  • Aperitivo in Milan's Most Glamorous Cocktail Lounge

Lake Como, Lombardy Region

Royal Palace, Milan, Lombardy Region

Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Lombardy Region

La Scala Opera House, Milan, Lombardy Region

Isola Bella, Stresa, Piedmont Region

Lungolago di Stresa, Piedmont Region

Low Season 

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec

From $3,928 per person

Mid Season 

Available Tour Dates

May, Aug, Oct

From $4,138 per person

High Season 

Available Tour Dates

Jun, Jul, Sep

From $4,288 per person

Your 2022 Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 2-nights Lake Como Spa Retreat
  • 2-nights Belle Epoque Lakeside Mansion Resort
  • 3-nights Boutique Guesthouse in Milan

TRANSPORTATION

  • Meet & Greet with Private Transfer on Arrival in Milan to Bellagio
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Bellagio to Stresa
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer from Stresa to Milan
  • Private Transfer to Milan Airport upon Departure

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • 7 Gourmet Italian Breakfasts
  • Milan Street Food Tasting Tour

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • The Art of the Perfect Italian Aperitivo
  • Alpine Mountain Cable Car
  • Private Como Lake & Castle Excursion
  • Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat
  • Half Day Milan Walking Tour
  • Milan Street Food Tasting Tour
  • Fashion and Design District Tour in Milan

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Medieval Drawbridge at Castle Vezio
  • Romantic and Picturesque Village of Varenna
  • Sumptuous Baroque Palace on Bella Island
  • 19th-century Exotic Gardens & Peacocks on Madre Island
  • Leonardo da Vinci's Masterpiece The Last Supper
  • Milan's Opulent La Scala Opera Theater
  • Aperitivo in Milan's Most Glamorous Cocktail Lounge

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Risk-Free Booking Policy
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Self-guided vacation package. Choose any date to begin your travels.
  • Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling alone? No problem. Just ask us for a single supplement price.

"Sisters Family Vacation in Ireland"

Dervila S.

GA

I worked with Michaela for over two years (due to the pandemic) to plan a tour around Ireland for our clients - three sisters who have always wanted to visit and finally got the opportunity to do so.  From the get-go, Michaela was there to answer my many questions and to help me customize the itinerary to their wish list. After many months of cancellations and reschedules etc. the ladies finally got on their way.


They had a wonderful time. Nothing was left to chance. They ticked all the boxes. Their driver Seamus couldn’t have been more accommodating and took amazing care of them. These ladies are in their late 70s and sometimes needed extra assistance to navigate the terrain of the Irish countryside. When that occasion arose, Seamus was there with a golf cart or whatever they needed to ensure they had the best experience. Below is taken from an email I received from one of the ladies:


“I want to thank you for planning such a wonderful adventure for Lynne, Barbara, and me in Ireland.  All of the places we stayed were very nice and our driver was exceptional!! He took very good care of us and went over and above what he needed to do to make sure we were safe and happy!  You did an amazing job for us and I just had to let you know how happy we were with everything!!!”


Reviews like this are just one of the reasons I love to work with Michaela and the Authentic Vacations Team.


Thank you!

"Anniversary Trip to Scotland"

Adam C.

Alabama

This was our second trip with Authentic Vacations, and it was just as great as the first. Our first trip was to Ireland in 2018 for our 5th Anniversary, and we loved it so much we decided to travel again with Authentic Vacations to Scotland. They did not disappoint and neither did Scotland. The entire trip was planned and executed perfectly. We even had a few minor bumps along the way and Authentic Vacations was there to help. We recommend them all the time, and will definitely be traveling with them again.

"Grandson's Soccer Camp then Scotland Ancestry Search and Getaway"

BRENT S.

Allentown, PA

It was lovely, as they say in Scotland. Scotland is so beautiful, and my itinerary and stays were delightful. The food was amazing, and the food tours were too. Authentic Vacations has a great search engine to stay to plan your trip and Jennifer put all the finishing touches on a perfect trip. Starting to plan the next one. Can't wait.

"Ireland Anniversary Getaway"

Regina R.

Annville, PA

This was one of the best vacation experiences we ever had and we can be quite finicky! Our flight with American Airlines (coming and going) was great, with no issues, excellent customer service, and food not bad at all!


Spent a couple of days in Dublin catching the sights and enjoying the food and pints of Guinness. Rented a very nice car (Audi) which paired great with our phone GPS and off we went!  Stayed at 3 castle hotels, a couple of boutique hotels, and a 4 star (in Dublin). Though there was one accommodation that could use some updating, by and large, they were really wonderful! The rooms were cozy and the grounds were beautiful. Great customer service all around.  So many beautiful sights to name but of course, the Cliffs and old ruins were great. We did lots of hiking in Connemara and Killarney National Parks with sun and rain!! Lovely views.


I have to say that working with Michaela at Authentic Vacations was super! She kept us up to date with everything as we planned this before the pandemic. She was very patient rescheduling hotels and flights several times as we kept moving it forward due to quarantines. I highly recommend this travel service. The cost was also amazing so you can't really go wrong. I felt that if anything did go sideways, they would have been right there.  Sorry to be so long-winded here but we are just so very happy with our getaway and have some amazing photos and memories!

"First Visit Ever to Ireland"

Peggy B.

Cary, Illinois

We had the best tour guide and driver. They both made the experience top-notch. Green, green acres, stone fencing, marvels throughout

"Ireland, We Will Go Again"

Mary C.

Milford, Ohio

This vacation was years in the making. We planned it in 2019 for Spring 2020. Then Covid hit. Over the course of 2 years we had several Authentic agents. Lonna was able to collect all the pieces and made travel there smooth as silk when we actually made it in 2022 and was terrific in selecting hotels, venues, and sites to see. Each day was a wonder. Lloyd, our tour guide, was smart, witty, full of song and knowledge. Des, our driver, was amazing as he moved that huge bus around tight corners. We were in the best group of travelers ever. While I’m glad to be home, I was also sorry to say farewell. I made many friends in a week, and I’d do it again, and again, and again. Thank you every one!

"Ireland Vacation/Birthday Trip"

Alicia G.

Louisiana

Let me first start off by saying that Lonna our Authentic Vacations agent, did an amazing job our setting up our trip! We have been planning this trip for a couple of years and had to keep pushing it back because of Covid, and the wait was totally worth it, Lonna added some extras for us and OH my goodness they were amazing!!! Ireland is gorgeous and if you have not been you really need to take the time and explore this beautiful piece of heaven and let Lonna help you! She is defiantly good at what she does. 5 +++ plus stars!!! Thank you so much Lonna!!! We will be booking with Lonna again for future vacations !!!

"Ireland Retry 50th Birthday."

Tracy M.

Oregon

Covid struck one week before we were originally to go, now I am kinda glad we had waited. This was a great trip. While there were a few things we did not get a chance to see. I am already looking at our next vacation back to Ireland. I felt that the idea of going there around St Patrick's day is a good idea. While in Kilkenny had a 20-minute fireworks display that made it all worth it.

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