Lakes Districts of Northern Italy

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Discover the centuries old allure of Northern Italy’s lake districts. From the great lakes and villas of Maggiore, Como and Garda to the quaint waters and hidden hamlets of Lake Orta and Iseo, be enthralled by the unsurpassed natural beauty, rich culture, history and gastronomy of Italy’s northern lakes.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Milan where you will be welcomed by your private chauffeur and transported to Lake Maggiore nestled at the southern side of the Alps. Check-in to your luxurious lakeside retreat and enjoy a bit of free time to settle in to your lovely surroundings. In the afternoon you'll be joined by your local expert and depart by boat to visit the famed Borromean Islands, for an insider’s tour of the villas and gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre. End the day with an elegant dinner of lake inspired cuisine on the charming fisherman’s enclave known as the Isola dei Pescatori.

Day 2

Today you'll experience the splendor of neighboring Lake Orta with the help of your local expert. Visit the historic center of Orta San Giulio before embarking on a private boat ride to the Island of San Giulio to savor a lunch of fresh fish. In the afternoon enjoy the island’s lush landscapes and the 14th century frescoes of its Romanesque basilica. Return to Lake Maggiore in the early evening by chauffeur for free time to continue discovering your beautiful surroundings.

Day 3

After breakfast enjoy a late morning departure for the dreamy landscapes of Lake Como. Your chauffeur will take you on a scenic drive to the elegant city of Como where you will meet your local expert and set off on a stunning funicular ride to the mountain village of Brunate. Enjoy a lunch of hearty rustic dishes then return to stroll along Como’s quaint piazzas and lakeside promenade. In the afternoon, travel to the elegant town of Tremezzo for check-in to your sumptuous five-star waterfront hotel.

Day 4

Be greeted in the morning by your local expert and depart via private boat for the illustrious 18th century Villa Del Balbianello. Enjoy a private tour of its gardens and stunning architecture before traveling to the lake’s famous Isola Comacina, where you’ll explore its rich natural environments and learn about its historic island culture. For lunch, savor a five course meal of Lombardian specialties at a historic restaurant.

Day 5

Check-out and depart Lake Como for the classical sophistication of Bergamo, located at the foothills of the Alps. Meet your resident guide and embark on a fascinating cultural walking tour of “la Citta’ Alta”, Bergamo’s hilltop medieval neighborhood. Next, travel to Lake Iseo where you’ll indulge on a lunch of regional specialties by the lake, before setting-off for a private tasting of Franciacorta’s famed sparkling wine. In the afternoon you'll arrive for check-in at your five-star luxury waterfront design hotel nestled along the shores of Lake Garda.

Day 6

Spend the morning enjoying an exclusive tasting of Lugana white wines before stopping for an al fresco lunch at a revered Michelin-starred restaurant featuring sweeping views of the lake. In the afternoon journey to the charming town of Sirmione, situated on a unique peninsula on Lake Garda to experience its storybook castle and quaint waterfront. End your day with a private boat ride to a stunning nearby peninsula to admire its 18th century palace before returning to Sirmione where your chauffeur will transport you back to your hotel.

Day 7

Following breakfast, bid farewell to Bardolino and depart by chauffeur for your return flight or the next leg of your adventure.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Privately guided visits of the illustrious Borromean islands including the gardens of Isola Madre and Isola Bella
  • Historical walking tour of Orta San Giulio and the Island of San Giulio
  • Cooking class with two-star Michelin chef on Lake Orta
  • Privately guided visit of 17th century Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo
  • Private evening boat tour to Isola Comacina for scenic lunch
  • Exploration of artisanal traditions and fine wines of Valtellina
  • Cooking class in restaurant of local chef of Lake Como
  • Private water color painting class with local artist on Lake Como
  • Visit of UNESCO designated Citta Alta in Bergamo with local expert
  • Private boat tour along Lake Garda and San Vigilio
  • Wine tasting along Lugana wine route
  • Premium wine tastings in Valpolicella and Bardolino wine country
  • Cheese tasting of Taleggio outside of Bergamo


The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights

Pricing for our Italy Encounters begins at:

  • $850-$1,000/per person, per day* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
Small group pricing available for travel parties of four or more

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.

Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

Read Client Reviews

  • Jeremy & Claudia D.

    Italian Lake Treasures
    "On the way to our CountryBred tour in Italy we stopped for a few days in London, where we saw a very funny show called “The Play That Goes Wrong.” If one were to bestow a title to our subsequent visit to the Italian Lake Country, it would have to be “The Trip That Went Totally Right”.
  • Leslie L.

    Lake Maggiore & Its Borromean Islands
    “First I want to thank CountryBred for making this vacation one that I will never forget, it had been my dream for some time to visit Lake Maggiore"
  • Gay B.

    Alentejo to Lisbon
    Above and beyond our expectations for an amazing well organized adventure for 26!!

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  • CountryBred Encounters begin at $750-$1,000/per person, per day
  • The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights
  • All CountryBred Encounters are land touring experiences only and do not include airfare
  • Groups of four or more are eligible for small group pricing


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