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8 Day Golden Week in the Italian Lakes - For Women Only 2019
time 8 Days / 6 Nights

Exclusive Small Group Tour Led by Author Susan Van Allen —14 guests maximum

Join Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, for an extraordinary adventure in northern Italy’s Lake region. We’ll immerse ourselves in this mystical wonderland that’s inspired poets and painters, exploring Lake Como and Lake Maggiore by boat, discovering magnificent villas, gardens, and quaint villages. Highlights also include a hands-on cooking class, a day in marvelous Milan, artisan shopping, as well as delicious wine and food every step of the way.

This is a Gift of La Dolce Vita=the Sweet Life, custom-designed and led by Susan so that women can fully experience Italy's rejuvenating pleasures. 

inclusion Inclusions
  • Entertaining hosting and guiding by author Susan Van Allen, focusing on Italy’s celebration of all things female
  • 6 nights at Grand Hotel Imperiale, Moltrasio, Lake Como in lake view rooms with private balconies
  • Transportation by private minibus, including arrival and departure transfersto/from Milan airport
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • 2 multi-course dinners, with wine
  • 1 cooking class in Como, including market visit, followed by lunch
  • Private Boat tour of Lake Como, including visits to Villa Carlotta gardens and Bellagio
  • Guided tour of Milan, including visit to the Last Supper, Galleria, Duomo and its rooftop, with charming local expert, whisper headsets included
  • Private Boat tour of Borromeo Islands on Lake Maggiore, including guided visit to villa and gardens of Isola Bella, and lunch on Isola Pescatori
  • Entrance fees to museum and monuments
  • Gratuities for group activities: guides, drivers, and servers at group meals
  • Travel journal and optional writing workshops
  • $25 Donation to UNICEF
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Optional Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Gratuities for private transfer drivers and hotel staff
  • Everything not mentioned under “Inclusions”
inclusion Inclusions
Not Included
dates Dates & Rates
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in a Double
Sep 8 - Sep 15