GARDENS & VILLAS
LAKE COMO GARDENS & VILLAS
and CINQUE TERRE
Bellagio / Varenna / Portofino
7 Days / 6 Nights
May 30 - June 5, 2021
"Thanks again so much Tom! You were the perfect tour guide... I definately would like to do another trip with you (and Shelley) next year. Thanks again!" Chris B
"BIG THANKS to you and Shelley for an amazing trip... I loved it ALL." Gail R
Lake Como's Villa Balbianello & Gardens
Bellagio on Lake Como
Join us to the glittering turquoise Mediterranean Sea of the Italian Riviera and explore the coastal villages of the Cinque Terre and Portofino... experiencing Italian local village life, culture and cuisine. Then travel to stunning Lake Como in Northern Italy's Lombardi Region
The first three nights we’ll stay in Santa Margherita Ligure, a beautiful and charming Italian Riviera resort town on The Mediterranean. We'll visit the five villages of the Cinque Terre, traveling by ferry if weather permits. We'll take a day trip to picturesque Portofino.
Midweek we will travel by train to stunning Lake Como and stay in the quaint lakeside village, Bellagio. We’ll stay in a lovely hotels right on the lake. You can choose to stay in a charming boutique or premiere/signature luxury hotel.
We’ll take ferry boats visiting Lake Como's magnificent villas and enchanting gardens – Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta.
We'll take an Italian cooking class and lunch with a celebrated Lake Como chef... experience an Italian wine tasting session with a region expert... and enjoy delicious Italian meals.
Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are organized along the Mediterranean and Lake Como for travelers wanting some morning exercise before starting their vacation day.
The trip is ideal for friends, couples, families and solo travelers desiring a wonderful week on the Italian Riviera and at Lake Como!
The Cinque Terre & Lake Como Discovery Trip is Designed to Provide:
A fabulous vacation experience in two of Italy’s most picturesque regions – Italian Riviera and Lake Como.
Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 persons. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.
Many activities, including structured morning group activities and walks, villas and garden tours, cooking class and lunch, wine tasting session, boutique shopping, ferry boat rides and sightseeing.
Personal time to enjoy breathtaking views from waterside cafes, visiting gardens, villas and museums, relaxation and shopping.
Pleasure walks led by WalkEurope's president, Tom Harter.
Recommended restaurants should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join local-cuisine group meals.
Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!
Six nights in a choice of personally-selected hotels.
Charming Boutique Hotels:
Italian Riviera (3 Nights) - Stay in lovely boutique hotel located in the heart of Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. The hotel is a short walk from the Mediterranean Sea. Cheerful, modern and delightful.
Lake Como (3 Nights) - Stay in a historic Bellagio family-owned hotel facing the lake, located in the old part of town by the ferry landing. Decorated rooms with antiques. Enjoy a meal or sip an aperitif on the hotel's wisteria-covered terrace with a view of the lake and mountains.
Premiere/Signature Luxury Hotels Upgrade Option:
Italian Riviera (3 Nights) - Stay in a Santa Margherita prestigious and elegant resort luxury hotel overlooking the Liguerian Sea, built at the beginning of the twentieth century with an art nouveau atmosphere.
Lake Como (3 Nights) - Stay in one of Lake Como’s most prestigious and luxurious 5-star hotels overlooking Lake Como. The hotel garden offers guests one of the most stunning views of the world!
Daily buffet breakfasts at the hotels.
Welcome Reception – featuring local Italian wines and hors d'oeuvres.
Day trip to all five Cinque Terre villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore. Take an early morning ferry along the Italian Riviera coastline from Santa Margherita to Cinque Terre... travel village-to-village by ferry (weather permitting).
Day trip to Portofino.
Ferry rides on Lake Como and tours of the region’s magnificent villas and enchanting gardens: Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello.
Italian Cooking Class – cooking lesson and lunch with celebrated Lake Como chef.
Italian Wine Tasting Session - with region expert
Cocktail Hour Soirees - enjoy before dinner aperitifs and local wines hosted by WalkEurope.
Farewell Dinner – with local provincial Italian hor d'oeuvres and wines.
Optional before breakfast pleasure walks along Santa Margherita's seaside promenade and along Lake Como shoreline.
Entrance fees for villas, gardens and parks for all group activities and day trips.
Ground transportation, ferry and train tickets and group transfers between Santa Margherita Ligure and Bellagio.
1st-class train travel from Santa Margherita to Lake Como.
Concierge service & support.
Arrival & Departure Cities:
Arrival City: Santa Margherita, Italy (Airports - Genoa or Milan)
Departure City: Bellagio, Italy (Airport - Milan)
Charming Boutique Hotel:
$5,475 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. For solo travelers, we will try to find you a roommate. Tour cost does not include airfare.
Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $1,600
Premiere/Signature Luxury Hotel Option:
$6,890 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour cost does not include airfare.
Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $2,830
Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!
Small Group Tour. Limited to 15 persons.
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Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Trip subject to six person participation.