Italy

Lake Districts of Northern Italy

Encounter Lakes of Northern Italy

Discover the centuries-old allure of Northern Italy’s enchanting lake districts, from the hidden hamlets of Lake Orta to the majestic landscapes and regal villas of Lake Maggiore, Como and Garda. Be enchanted by storybook castles and lush gardens reflected upon crystalline waters, uncover art masterpieces in the noble duchy of Mantua, and sip boutique vintages from Lugana to Bardolino, while falling in love with the inspiring natural beauty and Grand Tour charms of Italy’s northern lakes.

Trip Details

10 Days / 9 Nights

Day One

Your voyage through Northern Italy’s breathtaking lake districts will begin with arrival to Milan Malpensa Airport or Milano Centrale Train Station. Set off by chauffeur for the storybook landscapes of Lake Orta for check-in to your 19th century private residence turned regal five-star stay, Villa Crespi. Relax after your journey and get acquainted with your elegant environs before toasting to the start of your Encounter with an elegant welcome dinner of refined Southern Italian and Piedmontese flavors and wine pairing at Villa Crespi’s acclaimed Two Michelin Star restaurant by Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo.

Stay: Villa Crespi
Meals: Dinner

Day Two

Today you’ll experience the splendor of Orta San Giulio, a fairy-tale hamlet renowned for its historic center adorned with Romanesque and Baroque architecture, led by the insights of your CB Regional Ambassador. Embark on a private boat ride to idyllic Isola San Giulio to discover the hidden frescoes of century Benedictine monastery, the Basilica di San Giulio. Following a lovely lakeside lunch of local dishes, spend the rest the day at your leisure, free to continue exploring independently and enjoy your hotel’s lovely amenities.

Stay: Villa Crespi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Three

Discover the majesty of Lake Maggiore, nestled at the southern side of the Alps, during a guided exploration of its famed Borromean Islands. Embark by private boat for stunning views of the islands from the water, before visiting the 17th century interiors of Palazzo Borromeo and its enchanting, Italianate gardens on Isola Bella. Lunch will be a meal of regional fish specialties on a historic fisherman’s island, before appreciating the charming center of the romantic lakeside town of Stresa.

Stay: Villa Crespi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four

From the shores of Lake Orta, set off on a scenic chauffeured drive to the dreamy landscapes of Lake Como. Be welcomed by your CB Regional Ambassador in the sophisticated city of Como for a guided visit of its historic center and lovely lake front promenade. Embark on a stunning funicular ride to the mountain village of Brunate perched high above Como, to enjoy breathtaking views over the lake and a lunch of rustic dishes from the region. This afternoon you’ll arrive to your sumptuous five-star lakefront retreat, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, in the elegant town of Tremezzo.

Stay: Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five

Delight in a free morning to enjoy Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s splendid amenities, including the glorious Water-On-The-Water floating pool and award winning T Spa. In the afternoon your private boat will arrive to transport you to the dazzling town of Bellagio for an exclusive wine flight featuring regional Valtellina wines from Sfursat to Grumello at an antique cantina, before enjoying a guided visit of the 19th century English-style gardens of Villa Melzi. Your afternoon in Bellagio will be crowned with a dinner of seasonal Northern Italian cuisine with a contemporary touch at a romantic lakeside eatery.

Stay: Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six

The morning is yours to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and free morning at your sumptuous stay. Later in the day, be welcomed by your CB Regional Ambassador and enjoy a guided visit of 17th century Villa Carlotta, known for its exquisite architecture and splendid botanical gardens. Embark by private boat for the storybook village of Varenna, to discover the botanical gardens of 17th century Villa Monastero, featuring a series of rare flora and breathtaking views onto the lake. This evening’s dinner will feature local flavors inspired by the lake at a charming eatery in Varenna’s cobblestone center.

Stay: Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Seven

From the Belle Epoque romance of Lake Como to the grandeur of Lake Garda, depart for the ancient peninsular town of Sirmione. Be greeted by your CB Regional Ambassador and set off to experience the 1st century B.C. archaeological remains of the Grotte di Catullo, a patrician Roman villa dramatically built upon the edge of the peninsula. Stop for a lunch of contemporary, lake-inspired fare at a sophisticated restaurant in the heart of Sirmione, before embarking on a private boat voyage along the lake to admire a stunning landscape of historic villas and natural charms while toasting to the afternoon sun. From Sirmione travel by chauffeur to Gardone Riviera for arrival to former 19th century residence of the Austrian royal family turned resplendent five-star stay, Grand Hotel Fasano.

Stay: Grand Hotel Fasano
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eight

Today you will appreciate the artistic and cultural riches of Mantua, a Renaissance jewel perfectly preserved in time. Your CB Regional Ambassador will introduce to to such wonders as the16th century Palazzo Te, celebrated for its exceptional Mannerist architecture and intriguing Chamber of the Giants featuring frescoes by Giulio Romano, before helping you explore Mantua’s historic heart, including a guided visit of the Palazzo Ducale, former royal residence of the noble Gonzaga family, and 18th century theater beloved for its exquisite late Baroque design. Following a lunch of typical Mantovane delicacies, you’ll set off for the fabled Lugana Wine Route along the southern shores of Lake Garda to privately taste fresh Lugana Superiore DOC wines produced from the local white Turbiana grape varietal at an acclaimed, boutique estate.

Stay: Grand Hotel Fasano
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Nine

Set off to experience the exceptional wine making traditions of Veneto’s Bardolino region, on the eastern shores of Lake Garda. Be welcomed to the estate of a renowned winemaking family with viticultural roots dating back to the 17th century, nestled in the heart of the Bardolino DOC region. Following a private visit of the vineyards and winery, enjoy a guided tasting fight of the estate’s noteworthy wines, including Bardolino Classico DOC. Spend free time appreciating the historic center of the storybook lakefront village of Malcesine, crowned by its stunning medieval castle. For lunch, you’ll travel to one of the region’s most important epicurean destinations to savor a gastronomic journey into the culinary traditions of Lake Garda.

Stay: Grand Hotel Fasano
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Ten

Bid your Lake Garda retreat farewell as you are chauffeured to Milan Malpensa Airport or Milano Centrale Train Station for departure, and the end of your Encounter.

Meals: Breakfast

Pricing

The price of this Crafted Encounter begins at $12,500/per person*, based on double occupancy and a travel party of two.  

Groups of four or more are eligible for our small group preferred pricing, and will enjoy 25% off the total trip price. 

*The price of your Crafted Encounter will be determined by your travel party size and requested dates.This Encounter is also available for solo travelers at an additional cost.

Included

A seamless travel experience from arrival to departure

Firsthand local knowledge & insights by our expert team

24/7 support during your Encounter

Chauffeured, private transportation for touring & transfers

Private touring with our professionally licensed & English speaking Regional Ambassadors

Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury accommodations

Engaging activities led by our family of cultural experts

Signature experiences with insider access

All tickets/entrance fees associated with touring

Organized dining experiences celebrating regional cuisine

Traveler Welcome Package

Taxes & base gratuities

Not Included

International or regional airfare

Airport taxes and charges, airport parking or excess baggage charges

Expenses for activities/excursions not included or identified in the Encounter itinerary

Transportation expenses incurred during free time

A-la-carte food orders, alcoholic beverages or wines outside of pre-arranged menus during organized meals

Any meals or beverages during free time

Personal expenditures and personal spending money

Hotel incidentals including room service, laundry services and hotel bar tabs

Hotel room upgrade requests and/or fees/supplements incurred from any room changes

Travel insurance including health, accidents, lost baggage and trip cancellation

Passport and Visa expenses

All other items that are not mentioned or included in your Encounter itinerary

Requesting Dates

Once you submit your Booking Request, our team will get to work confirming whether your preferred travel dates are available. Within 72 hours of receiving your Booking Request, we will provide you with a quoted trip price for your preferred dates and travel party size, along with booking instructions that will include steps on how to submit your required trip deposit.

Why is my quoted trip price different than the published starting price per person?

While our Crafted Encounters are pre-designed and ready to book travel experiences, there are important factors that may impact the quoted trip price, namely hotel availability, number of travelers in your party, and whether you are requesting to travel during high or low season in a specific region or during a national holiday/special event.

What happens if my requested travel dates are not available?

Should your requested travel dates not be available, or if they happen to encompass a national holiday or special event that will significantly impact your quoted trip price, we will certainly let you know and work with you to identify alternate travel dates.

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Arrival & Departure

This Crafted Encounter includes a chauffeured private transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport or Milano Centrale Train Station upon arrival, and a chauffeured private transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport or Milano Centrale Train Station for departure.

Private transfers to and from alternate locations not included as part of this Crafted Encounter, such as a residence, hotel, car rental office, etc., can be requested at an additional cost.

Handpicked Stays

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Villa Crespi
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Grand Hotel Tremezzo
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Grand Hotel Fasano

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