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Overview

Beautiful Bellagio on Lake Como

View of Menaggio, one of your homes during your Italy lakes cooking vacationThis trip is eligible for special flexible booking terms.

Lake Como is one of Italy’s most chic and illustrious destinations. Home to the real-life George Clooney and visited by the fictional James Bond (“Casino Royal”), the lake has long been a vacation spot for aristocrats and celebrities who appreciate “la dolce vita” of the gorgeous vistas, jaw-dropping villas, elaborate gardens, and amazing gastronomy. Bellagio is one of Lake Como’s most famous towns and is ideally situated at the apex of the Lake’s fork (Lake Como is basically an inverted “Y”), which affords it views onto all three branches of the Lake. And your trip to beautiful Bellagio does not stop there: you will also visit Lugano in nearby Switzerland and Lake Maggiore, with its own stunning vistas and villas, during your stay.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Lisa & Karen
MA
Trip taken September 2019
(This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)

Trip Details

Your Lake Como culinary tour will include 2 cooking experiences, one a hands-on cooking class and the other a tasting demonstration following a truffle and mushroom hunt. Both will be with an award-winning local chef at his restaurant a few minutes from the city center of Bellagio. Chef Luigi, who worked when he was younger for many years at the prestigious Villa D’Este in Como, and who has won some 40 gold medals in international culinary competitions. He is passionate about the local cuisine and its ingredients and about imparting sharing his joy for Italian food with our culinary travelers.

Itinerary

Hotel in Bellagio for your Culinary TourDay One

  • Upon arrival at Milan MXP airport (or Milan city center) you will be greeted by our English-speaking driver for a private transfer to Bellagio.
  • Check in at the family-run Hotel Du Lac. Located in the heart of Bellagio and overlooking the town square, along the lakefront opposite the pier. The hotel offers breathtaking views (which you will enjoy in your lake-view room), atmosphere, and fine dining.
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight.

Day Two

  • Breakfast, then meet Chef Luigi at 10 am in the hotel lobby for your transfer to his restaurant. Chef Luigi worked previously in the illustrious Villa D’Este for seven years and has already won 40 gold medals in international culinary competitions. Still, Chef Luigi is humble and energetic, and passionate about using local ingredients during his hands-on pasta cooking class in his family-owned restaurant. Once at the restaurant, relax for a moment with a cup of coffee or cappuccino with the chef and then explore the herb garden behind the restaurant. The hands-on cooking lesson begins at 10:30 a.m. and focuses on creating homemade “pasta fresca,” packed with fresh ingredients, as well as risotto, tagliatelle, gnocchi, and dessert After the class enjoy your lunch on the terrace (weather permitting).
  • Around 2:30 pm the Chef will take you back to your hotel.
  • This afternoon enjoy a private 2-hour walking tour of Bellagio with a local English-speaking guide. Learn about this so-called “Pearl of the the lake,” including the breathtaking Villa Melzi and its gardens.
  • Dinner on your own this evening.
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Around 10.00 am meet your English-speaking driving guide and enjoy a full day excursion to nearby Lugano, also known as the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland.” Stroll through the pedestrian streets and into the lush gardens of Ciani Park, and make your way down to the lakefront for wonderful views of the mountains that frame the city.
  • If you wish in the afternoon you can shop at Fox Town, a favorite destination for shoppers thanks to its incredible deals.
  • Return to your hotel and dinner in a local trattoria in Bellagio.
  • Overnight.

Truffle ravioli on a culinary tour of Italy

Day Four

  • Breakfast, then meet Chef Luigi at 10 am in the hotel lobby for a special day with Chef Luigi! Drive to the private wood of his estate for truffle and mushroom hunting, with lunch to follow in his restaurant to taste some typical recipes using these special ingredients.
  • Return to your hotel after lunch.
  • This afternoon, enjoy some free time. We suggest you take the local ferry to the town of Como to explore on your own, or enjoy an afternoon at the Sporting Club.
  • Dinner in a local pizzeria in Bellagio and overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Around 8.00 am meet your English-speaking driving guide and enjoy a full-day excursion to Lake Maggiore. Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy in the Lombardy region, internationally famous for its amazing landscapes, its mild climate and its small villages with beautiful gardens. The greatest attractions of this lake are, with no doubt, the gorgeous Borromean Islands: the “Isola Bella” (Bautiful Island) with the noble Borromeo Palace and its Italian gardens, the “Isola Madre” (Mother Island) known for its verdant vegetation, rare plants and exotic flowers, and the “Isola dei Pescatori” (Fishermen’s Island), which hosts a very picturesque village.
  • You will arrive in Stresa around 10:15, when you will meet your private guide and board the local ferry. Your guide will introduce yo to the Borromeo Palace and its Italian gardens and you will visit the Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori. Entrance tickets are included, while lunch is on your own. (Your guide can make suggestions.)
  • Meet your driver at 3:00pm and return to Bellagio. Time to rest before.
  • Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Day Six

  • Breakfast and transfer to Milan Malpensa airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodations in double lake view room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Wine with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your Lake Como culinary tour will include 2 cooking experiences, one a hands-on cooking class and the other a tasting demonstration following a truffle and mushroom hunt. Both will be with an award-winning local chef at his restaurant a few minutes from the city center of Bellagio. Chef Luigi, who worked when he was younger for many years at the prestigious Villa D’Este in Como, and who has won some 40 gold medals in international culinary competitions. He is passionate about the local cuisine and its ingredients and about imparting sharing his joy for Italian food with our culinary travelers.

Excursions

  • 2-hour guided walking tour of Bellagio, including the Villa Melzi
  • Full-day excursion to Lugano (or St. Moritz) in Switzerland
  • Truffle and mushroom activity with Chef Luigi
  • Full-day excursion to Lake Maggiore with its beautiful islands, private guide and ferry tickets included

Transfer Details

  • Round trip transfers from/to Milan MXP aiport or city center

Miscellaneous

  • Entrance tickets to the Villa Melzi
  • Round-trip ferry tickets to Stresa-Isola Bella-Isola Madre-Stresa
  • Entrance privileges at the Sporting Club of Hotel, including its pool (about 1 mile from your hotel, reachable on foot or by bus)

Not Included

  • Local city tourist tax (a few Euros per person per night), paid locally
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified

Accommodation Information

Your stay in Bellagio will be a the lovely, family-run 3* Hotel du Lac. It is located in the center of Bellagio, right on the main square with beautiful views onto the lake and the pier. The Leoni family will welcome you and make sure your stay is as amazing as Lake Como itself. The rooms feature private en suite baths, satellite TV, telephone, safe, minibar, air conditioning, hairdryers, and amenities. The restaurants offer wonderful local Italian cuisine, and all guest have access to the Sporting Club, located about 1 mile away, that boasts a gorgeous swimming pool.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Pricing:

5-night Program

US$4190 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$400 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for special flexible booking terms*, by which your deposit is refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date minus a $200 cancellation fee per person. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.


Tour Dates

Generally available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people.

Please inquire with specific dates to confirm availability. Other start dates also available.

2021
May 2-7
May 11-14
May 18-21
May 23-28
May 30-June 4
June 6-11
June 13-18
June 20-25
June 27-July 2
July 4-9
July 11-16
July 18-23
July 25-30
August 1-6
August 8-13
August 15-20
August 22-27
August 29-September 3
September 5-10
September 12-17
September 19-24
September 26-October 1
October 3-8
October 10-15
October 17-22
October 24-29

2022
March 27-April 1
April 3-8
April 10-15
April 17-22
April 24-29
May 1-6
May 8-13
May 15-20
May 21-26
May 29-June 3
June 5-10
June 12-17
June 18-23
June 26-July 1
July 3-8
July 10-15
July 17-22
July 24-29
July 31-August 5
August 7-12
August 14-19
August 21-26
August 28-September 2
September 4-9
September 11-16
September 18-23
September 25-30
October 2-7
October 9-14
October 16-21
October 23-28

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Lisa & Karen
MA
Trip taken September 2019
(This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)

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