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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

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

Nov - April

From $3,928 per person

Mid Season

Available Tour Dates

May, Aug, Oct

From $4,138 per person

High Season

Available Tour Dates

June - July & Sept

From $4,288 per person

Your 2021 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

  • 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

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  • Risk-Free Booking Policy
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  • 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.

"California Getaway/Wedding"

HOWARD N.

NY

After the cancelation of our Ireland trip, we were supposed to do just as everything closed down, I thought we would never get away. It took a while to get things figured out with this company but in the end, they came through and help me plan a trip to California. The hotels were perfect and everything else went as planned. Thanks, Lauren for helping us figure this all out.

"Worth The Wait - Birthday In Ireland"

Jennifer S.

IN

After two reschedules due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we were thrilled to finally be able to make it to Ireland. It exceeded our wildest expectations. From quaint seaside B&Bs to a night in a castle to lovely boutique hotel, we had a varied and beautiful experience. We loved the ability to modify our itinerary as we went so that we could discover things on our own time. But, the planned pre-booked events all worked out flawlessly. Couldn’t Recommend Michele more. She helped us select a location for a return Covid PCR test and was available for any questions.

"Fantastic 46th Anniversary In Ireland"

Ed & Marie C.

Florida

Finally, after postponing our trip twice due to COVID-19 we were finally on our way! Michelle, our Authentic Expert, was fantastic & everything was perfect! Our hotels were magnificent & everything was in order. We had absolutely no issues.


After our 3 nights stay at the luxurious Shelbourne, we set out for the following for a magnificent, unforgettable 12 days with Jimmy. We traveled 2058km through Galway, Connemara, Derry, Bushmills, Belfast, Trim & back to Dublin.


The highlights of the trip, besides the grand Jimmy, were the Wild Atlantic Coast, Connemara area, and the coast of Antrim which was absolutely incredible, some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen. The bonus was Jimmy’s audible historic narrations throughout our trip. We consider Jimmy a friend & will keep in touch.


Succinctly stated the only way to see Ireland is bypass. Having a personal driver was the only way to travel Ireland.


Ashford Castle was beyond our expeditions! So elegant and absolutely beautiful! The spa is a must. Walking the ground was stunning! I did the Hawk walk! I had my own Hawk, walked through the woods & let him go, a few minutes the Hawk flew back & landed on my arm. I cannot say enough about this experience. Afternoon Tea was certainly a must!


All the hotels recommended by Authentic Vacations were a very high standard.

"Hawaii Honeymoon & Birthday"

Kristy S.

7

Considering All, and COVID messing up a Scottish trip. Hawaii was lovely. Although the Hotel had troubles with their book keeping and no meals (continental breakfasts) were served due to Covid mandates. We did enjoy the place and getting a room on the water side with a lanai was key. Otherwise you would have a view of a parking lot or local road. Lots of wild roosters crowing around 3am. Very rustic and local.

"Great Birthday in Alaska"

Lori B.

Bend oregon

Authentic vacations did a wonderful job on planning my trip. I was in the middle of nowhere Alaska. Other than the Northern Lights no-showed to the party, everything was great.

"Wonderful Ireland Vacation"

DeLane V.

Sylacauga

Another wonderful trip to Ireland from Authentic Vacations! We'll soon start planning trip number 3.

"Amazing Anniversary trip In Ireland"

Erin B.

Seattle

This was such an amazing trip. We had to do very little because Amanda did all the work for us. Our accommodations were great and the sight seeing she planned was incredible. Ireland is a beautiful country and I am so glad everything was so simple.

"Everything about this trip was perfect"

Mary S.

Red Hook, NY

Absolutely perfect! From the moment we landed in Dublin we knew we were in good hands. Our drivers were great; our accommodations were perfect; navigating from town to town was extremely easy. It was everything we hoped for and more. In fact, we are already planning to return to the beautiful country of Ireland. Lisa took care of everything, even our covid test appoints for re-entry into the United States. She is truly a professional and I recommend her highly.

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