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Italian Lakes Gay Tour

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Italy Lakes gay tour

Italian Lakes Gay Tour
& Cinque Terre

Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Verona, Sirmione, Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lugano & more!

10 Days from/to Milan, Italy
Optional 5 Days Extension to Cinque Terre

September 1 – 10, 2023

 

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Lake Como gay tourOne of Italy’s most beautiful regions is Lombardy on Italy’s northern border with Switzerland. The region has long been a target for invaders. Its position, with travel through the Alps limited to a few narrow passes, made it both strategically important and an economic goldmine, with the majority of those passing to or from Italy having to cross through the region. With medieval pilgrimages to Rome (and that would mean thousands of foot travelers each year) there was a ready supply of money to pay for bed, board, food and drink. Based on this foundation, and with absolutely stunning scenery, Lombardy became, and remains to this day, the country’s preferred vacation spot.

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Writers, artists and composers have flocked to the Lake District for millennia. American novelist Henry James wrote that “One can’t describe the beauty of the Italian lakes, nor would one try if one could.” John Keats was one of many romantic writers who came here to for inspiration. And Italians were equally besotted, with Bellini, Rossini and Verdi among the composers who took lakeside homes, the better to inspire their art. This tour allows you to drink deep of the same inspiration. Each of the five lakes we visit has its own unique character. The lakes make this a perfect tour already, but we add an optional extension to the nearby Liguria region and its postcard-ready five seaside towns on the cliffs known as Cinque Terre.

 

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Italian Lakes Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday, September 1, 2023
Arrive in Milan, Italy / Stresa, Lake Maggiore / Welcome Dinner
Please arrange your international flight to arrive at the Milan Malpensa Airport (airport code MXP) this morning. Before departure we will send you instructions about how to transfer from the airport to Stresa by train. If you prefer to arrive one night early (August 31) and stay in downtown Milan, our tour guide will assist with the Stesa transfer from Milan. Indicate your preference on your reservation form.

Stresa is famed for its lush gardens and mild climate. It soared in popularity following the construction of the Simplon Tunnel through the Alps in 1906, and Ernest Hemingway used the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees in his 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms. On arrival, enjoy a relaxing walk along the lake shore.

Our group convenes this evening for a Welcome Drink and introductions followed by our Welcome Dinner.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, 4*

 

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Day 2 - Saturday, September 2, 2023
Lake Maggiore
Despite its name, Maggiore is not the largest lake in Italy, but it is certainly the most famous. Visit the Borromean Islands, named after the family who owned the lake in the 15th century. A barren rock until developed by Count Carlo III Borromeo in the 17th century, Isola Bella was named after his wife Isabella, embellished with grottoes, gardens and white peacocks.

After touring the palace continue to the fisherman’s island, Isola dei Pescatori, and enjoy free time for lunch before returning to Stresa.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, 4*

 

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Day 3 - Sunday, September 3, 2023
Lake Orta
Take a private vehicle for a three-quarter day excursion to Lake Orta, perhaps most beautiful of all the Italian lakes. After some time in the town of Orta San Giulio, we visit the island of the same name, just 328 yards long and 175 yards wide.

See the Basilica of San Giulio, dating from the 4th century, when San Giulio, a Christian preacher from Greece, spread his cloak on the waters of the lake and floated across to the island. We return to Stresa for a free evening.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, 4*

 

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Day 4 - Monday, September 4, 2023
Verona / Transfer to Sirmione, Lake Garda
We transfer by private vehicle to Verona, one of the richest and most elegant cities in northern Italy. It was a Roman colony, and several historical sites from that time, including the Arena where the yearly opera festival takes place, are well preserved. William Shakespeare set both Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet in this city, the latter based on a true story from the year 1302. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, built in a bend of the river Adige, full of historic buildings, attractive squares and beautiful shops.

In the late afternoon, we continue to Sirmione on Lake Garda. Enjoy dinner at our hotel following check-in.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Ideal Hotel, Sirmione, Lake Garda, 4*

 

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Day 5 - Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Lake Garda
Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes, covering nearly 150 square miles, surrounded on three sides by mountains, including the Dolomites to the north. The southern end features many resorts, including Salò, where Benito Mussolini was set up as head of the Salo Republic in 1943 by the Nazis, after having been overthrown by the Italian people.

Enjoy a day on the lake, first visiting Salò, before crossing the lake to Garda town for time for lunch (on your own) before returning to Sirmione via Lazise, a small commune with a well preserved old town and city walls.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Ideal Hotel, Sirmione, Lake Garda

 

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Day 6 - Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Sirmione, Lake Garda Free Day
We have a free day to explore Sirmione, where our hotel is located. Sirmione is situated on a peninsula which juts out from the southern shore of the lake, combining a medieval old town with luxurious vegetation. Visit the Castello Scaligero, built in the 13th century, or the remains of the villa of the Roman poet Catullus (neither included).

This evening, we reconvene at our hotel and walk the short distance into Sirmione town for an included dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Ideal Hotel, Sirmione, Lake Garda

 

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Day 7 - Thursday, September 7, 2023
Lake Como
We depart Sirmione for Como, situated on the shore of the eponymous Lake Como, Italy’s most prestigious lake since the earliest days of the Roman Empire, when Pliny wrote of the luxuriant beauty surrounding the villas on the shore. Later the lake enraptured Verdi, Rossini, Bellini and Liszt, while Shelley and Wordsworth were regular visitors. More recently, George Clooney bought a villa on the lake in Laglio, where he and his wife entertained Barack and Michelle Obama in the summer of 2019.

You will have time after our arrival to explore the area surrounding our hotel on your own. After an included dinner, the evening is free.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Barchetta Excelsior Hotel, Como, Lake Como, 4*

 

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Day 8 - Friday, September 8, 2023
Lugano, Switzerland
We take a three-quarter day excursion to Lugano, Switzerland, in the Italian speaking canton of Ticino. The city, situated on the lake of the same name between Monte Salvatore and Monte Bre, has a lovely old town and a beautiful lakeside promenade.

Enjoy a guided tour before shopping for Swiss specialities or taking the funicular up Monte San Salvatore (not included) for magnificent views of the surroundings.

Return mid-afternoon to Como for a free evening.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Barchetta Excelsior Hotel, Como, Lake Como, 4*

 

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Day 9 - Saturday, September 9, 2023
Touring on Lake Como
We have a full day guided tour of Lake Como, beginning with a morning boat cruise north along the lake to Tremezzo, visiting Villa Carlotta. Built in 1747, the villa takes its name from Princess Carlotta of the Netherlands, who received it as a wedding gift from her mother upon her marriage to the Duke of Saxony-Meiningen in the 1850s. She laid out the magnificent gardens, while the palace itself is a neo-classical joy.

We cross the lake by boat to Bellagio and enjoy a short walking tour before free time for lunch. The inspiration for the hotel of the same name in Las Vegas, Bellagio (bi-lacus in Latin) is a beautiful village which occupies a promontory where the lake branches in two. We return to Como by boat in mid-afternoon.

This evening we celebrate the conclusion of our Lake circuit with a festive Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Barchetta Excelsior Hotel, Como, Lake Como, 4*

 

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Day 10 - Sunday, September 10, 2023
Depart or Extend
The tour officially ends after breakfast. Milan’s Malpensa airport is conveniently situated about 40 minutes from Como, and transfers can be arranged.

Or continue on to Santa Margherita Ligure if you are taking the Cinque Terre extension.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Optional Cinque Terre Extension

In northwestern Italy, the Liguria coast is a stunning treasure with a dramatic chain of hills cradling a series of five small villages known as the Cinque Terre. They are awash in colorful houses spilling down the hillsides to the sea. It is a perfect place for an active walking/sightseeing holiday. A scenic pathway, the Via dell'Amore, connects the towns, winding along terraced hillsides through olive groves and vineyards. Best of all, these picturesque villages are all off limits to automobiles!

 

Day 10 - Sunday, September 10, 2023
Transfer from Como to Santa Margherita Liqure
We depart Como by private vehicle, crossing the mountains to the resort town of Santa Margherita Ligure, situated on a secluded bay at the beginning of the Portofino peninsula.

After checking in at our hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before reconvening for an included dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Continental Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure, 4*

 

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Day 11 - Monday, September 11, 2023
Lovers Way
We take the train from Santa Margherita to Riomaggiore, most southerly of the Cinque Terre, a rugged portion of coast meaning “Five Lands.” The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape, right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. We will walk the Lovers Way between Riomaggiore and Manarola, and then continue along the coastal path to Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.

In late afternoon, we catch a train for the trip back to Santa Margherita. The evening free is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Continental Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure, 4*

 

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Day 12 - Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Portofino
We walk across the hills behind Santa Margherita through olive groves and hidden paths, enjoying spectacular views, before arriving in Portofino, one of Italy’s most elegant resorts. It was named Portus Delfini by the Romans due to the large number of dolphins seen offshore.

The harbor, populated in the past by fishing boats, now welcomes luxury yachts, and is surrounded by restaurants, while the town itself has many boutiques. Above the harbor is the fortress, which protected the harbor in days gone by, while the nearby church of San Giorgio contains relics of St. George.

Enjoy time for lunch and shopping before returning to Santa Margherita by public bus or on foot. Our Farewell Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Continental Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure, 4*

 

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Day 13 - Friday, September 13, 2023
Return to Milan
After a leisurely morning, we take breakfast and then check out of our hotel.

We transfer back to Milan for a final afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight in Milan.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: INNSIDE by Melia Milano Torre GalFa Hotel, Milan, 4*

 

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Day 14 - Thursday, September 14, 2023
Departure
The Cinque Terre extension ends this morning after breakfast. Taxis can be arranged for airport transfers, although the location of the hotel near the Central Station makes bus or train an easy option. Please let us know on your reservation form if you would like to extend your stay in Milan.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Italian Lakes Gay Tour Highlights

• City of Verona *

• Lake Maggiore’s historical past

• Lake Orta’s picture-perfect setting

• Sirmione

• Lake Garda’s many lovely resorts

• Como

• Lake Como’s magnificent villas

• Lake Lugano’s mountains

* UNESCO World Heritage Sites

 

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Cinque Terre Extension Highlights

• Cinque Terre National Park *

• Riomaggiore

• Manarola

• Corniglia

• Vernazza

• Monterosso al Mare

• Santa Margherita

• Portofino

* UNESCO World Heritage Sites

 

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Included:

• 9 nights hotel accommodations:

- 3 nights at Regina Palace Hotel in Stresa, Lake Maggiore;

- 3 nights at Ideal Hotel in Sirmione, Lake Garda

- 3 nights at Barchetta Excelsior Hotel in Como, Lake Como

• Hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome & Farewell Dinners;

• Other meals as listed in the itinerary;

• Ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach;

• Sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary;

• This is a fully escorted tour, with guides added during tours.

 

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Not Included:

• International airfare to Milan (MXP);

• Airport transfers;

• Transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.);

• Meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary;

• Camera fees; alcoholic beverages; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature.

Travel Insurance

• Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; Tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.

 

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Cinque Terre Extension Included:

• 4 nights hotel accommodations:

- 3 nights at Continental Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure;

- 1 night at INNSIDE by Melia Milano Torre GalFa Hotel in Milan

• Hotel breakfasts daily plus Farewell Dinner;

• Other meals as listed in the itinerary;

• Ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach or taxis;

• Sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary.

• This is a fully escorted tour.

 

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Cinque Terre Extension Not Included:

• International airfare to Milan (MXP);

• Airport transfers;

• Transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.);

• Meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary;

• Camera fees; alcoholic beverages; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature.

Travel Insurance

• Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; Tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.

 

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Regina Palace Hotel

 

Tour Hotels

Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa, Lake Maggiore

Hotel Regina Palace is a majestic Art Nouveau building offering refined classic-style interiors and a large garden with pool. It is right on the shore of Lake Maggiore, in Stresa.

Rooms and common lounges are all decorated with antique furniture, rugs and historic chandeliers, all giving a sense of history and nobility. Rooms overlook either the garden or the lake and some also feature a spa bath.

 

Regina Palace Hotel

 

This 4-star hotel features a well-equipped wellness area, complete with a sauna, Turkish bath and indoor pool set in a grotto. Outside you will also find a tennis court and a furnished terrace by the pool.

Liberty Restaurant serves local dishes in a very elegant dining room, while Charleston Restaurant specialises in a sophisticated cuisine. Its dining room has big windows overlooking Lake Maggiore and outdoor dining is possible during summer.

 

Ideal Hotel, Sirmione

 

Ideal Hotel, Sirmione, Lake Garda

The Hotel Ideal really is the ideal place to enjoy a fantastic view of Lake Garda. This elegant hotel is set on the beach, surrounded by olive groves.

With one of the most beautiful views across the lake, the Ideal Hotel is great for a relaxing break. Sunbathe on the beach or take a walk through the Maria Callas olive park. You will find the luxury thermal spa, Terme Catullo, just 200 m away.

 

Ideal Hotel room

 

The majority of the guest rooms feature a balcony or terrace where you can admire the beautiful panorama.

Enjoy typical Italian and international dishes at the restaurant with a choice of pasta, meat and fish dishes, all accompanied by a rich salad and vegetable buffet.

 

Barchetta Excelsior Hotel, Como

 

Barchetta Excelsior Hotel, Como, Lake Como

Facing Lake Como, Hotel Barchetta Excelsior is in the main square of the city and a 5-minute walk from Como Lago Nord Train Station, with direct connections to Milan. Shops, bars and restaurants are available nearby.

The Barchetta Excelsior is a member of the Villa d'Este Hotels. All rooms come with air conditioning, free WiFi, a minibar and a TV with satellite channels. Some rooms have a private balcony with views of Lake Como.

 

Barchetta Excelsior Hotel room

 

Italian and international cuisine is served in the Bistro Restaurant on the ground floor. Light meals can be served on the outdoor terrace during the summer season.

Breakfast is served in the Barchetta Restaurant on the 1st floor, with a panoramic view of the lake. The buffet includes freshly baked croissants, homemade pies, seasonal fruit and much more.

 

Continental Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure

 

Continental Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure

Overlooking the Bay of Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino Promontory, Hotel Continental is surrounded by a landscaped garden leading to the beach. It features a fitness and wellness centre, and 2 restaurants.

Continental Hotel's rooms are all equipped with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Some rooms have a private balcony with views of the garden or the sea.

 

Continental Hotel room

 

The restaurant with panoramic sea-view terrace serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Between May until October the small restaurant on the beach offers fresh fish, pasta, and salads.

The Continental offers free use of the gym. The wellness centre includes a sauna, caldarium, and massage rooms.

 

INNSIDE by Melia Milano Torre GalFa Hotel

 

INNSIDE by Melia Milano Torre GalFa Hotel, Milan

INNSiDE by Melia Milano Torre GalFa has a restaurant, gym with InFit® system, a bar and shared lounge in Milan, only 250 m from Milano Centrale Train Station. The 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, Chromecast device and a private bathroom.

The hotel manages the first 12 floors of the iconic GalfA Tower, the structure includes a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests.

 

INNSIDE by Melia Milano Torre GalFa Hotel room

 

A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. You can sip a signature cocktail from the bar while enjoying live music.

Bosco Verticale is less than 1 km from INNSiDE by Melia Milano Torre GalFa, while Monumental Cemetery is 2 km from the property.

 

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Trip Notes

Entry Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need visas for entry into Italy, or any other country in the European Union. A valid passport is all that is required.

Immunizations & Health
No immunizations are required, but we remind you to make sure that your tetanus booster is current.

Exit Requirements
There is no departure tax currently required other than what is included with the cost of your airline ticket.

Making Travel Arrangements to Italy
On this tour, international airfare is not included. You will need to get your international air to and from Milan Malapensa Airport (code MXP). You will need to arrive in Stresa (by train) by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 1, 2023.
Departure from the main tour is from Como to the Milan Airport on Sunday, September 10, 2023.
If taking the Cinque Terre extension, you depart from Milan on Thursday, September 14, 2023.

What to Bring
Temperatures in the areas visited could range between 55 degrees F during the night to the lower-70s during the day. For the Cinque Terre extension you can expect temperatures about 8 to 10 degrees warmer, ranging from 65 - 78 F. Pack light and try to limit yourself to one suitcase and a carry-on bag. Pack medications in your carry-on just in case your suitcase doesn’t arrive when you do. We suggest leaving expensive jewelry at home!

Money Matters
Italy uses the standardized European currency, the Euro (EUR). Exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and the Euro changes almost daily, so check for the most current rates prior to departure.

Tipping in Italy
As in most of Europe tipping isn’t expected in Italy. However, if you receive exceptional service, which meets or exceeds your standards, tipping would be appropriate. People in the service industry may refuse your generosity at first, but they are just being polite. If you want to leave a gratuity, insist. We will provide a group tip to drivers and guides, and more information about this will be sent prior to departure.

 

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Italian Lakes Gay Tour Prices

Tour Date Description
Per person
$ (USD)
Availability

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.
Lake View Hotel Upgrades: $450 pp

$ 5,500

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
(Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)
Lake View Hotel Upgrades: $800

$ 7,150

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.

$ 3,300

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
(Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)

$ 4,200

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Prices are per person in USD.

Min. Deposit: $900 (Additional $600 for Extension).
Singles Deposit: $1,050 (Additional $700 for Extension)
Balance Due before June 13, 2023

Price does not include payment card charges.

 

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