Off the beaten path Northern Italy
Whether you want to visit a goat cheese farm, ride the UNESCO Bernina Red Train, or visit top lakes like Lake Iseo or Lake Como, the Valtellina & Franciacorta area are filled with cultural, culinary, and active experiences for all types of travelers.
DAY 1 - TRANSFER TO LAKE ISEO WITH STOP IN BERGAMO FOR LUNCH
DAY 2 - LAKE ISEO BOAT TOUR, FISHERMEN’S EXPERIENCE AND BRESCIA WALKING TOUR
» You will depart from the private dock of the Hotel Rivalago onboard of an exclusive Riva boat leading you to visit the islands of the lake. You’ll arrive in Carzano, one of Montisola’s municipalities, at the Locanda al Lago to meet a local fisherman for a talk and tasting in his trattoria. Monte Isola is the largest inhabited lake island in Europe where cars are completely forbidden and one of the most beautiful Italy villages. The dried sardine typical of Lake Iseo is a symbol and staple in the slow food movement. The fisherman’s family has been a family of fishermen in the Lake Iseo for four generations.
DAY 3 - A DAY IN FRANCIACORTA
DAY 4 - COOKING CLASS AND MILKING EXPERIENCE
» Depart from the hotel and meet your gastronomic guide and go shopping for your cooking class. The Polazzi family has been a master since four generation in butchery, working with meats and producing genuine cold cuts and cheeses with respect to the ancient traditions, presenting all the flavors of the Franciacorta land with refined elegance.
DAY 5 - TRANSFER TO VALTELLINA
DAY 6 - PIZZOCCHERI CLASS AND CIDER TASTING
DAY 7 - BERNINA TRAIN EXPERIENCE: FROM TIRANO TO ST. MORITZ
» After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and walk to the train station where you will embark on the UNESCO Bernina Red Train from the station of Tirano and stop in St. Moritz where you will enjoy a pleasant walking tour hearing about costumes and history of the place. You will then reach the picturesque city center for lunch reserved at a local restaurant with a beautiful view over the lake.
DAY 8 - GOAT CHEESE FARM EXPERIENCE AND BELLAGIO
» After breakfast and check-out, you will head to a small village where we will visit a local Farm, owned by a family of goat breeders. Learn more about this family run farm and enjoy a genuine goat cheese tasting at the end of your visit.
DAY 9 - LAKE COMO & ITS VILLAS
DAY 10 - AIRPORT TRANSFER
» Meet your English-speaking driver at the hotel for the private transfer to the airport.
SMALL GROUP JOURNEY: minimum 6, maximum 12 guests per departure