Tour: LVE - 2013 (LVE) - 2013 / 2015

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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Montechiarugolo Castle and Light Dinner Visit 13th-century Montechiarugolo Castle, a fortress rising on a slope above the Enza River. It was taken over by the Torelli family, feudal lords of Montechiarugolo, beginning in 1406 and reconstructed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Since the execution of Pio Torelli in 1612, the castle passed through the hands of the ducal dynasties and has belonged to the Marchi family since the early 1800s. Legend has it that the ghost of a Torelli noblewoman, who met with an untimely death, haunts the castle on occasion. Also included is a light dinner at a local restaurant with regional specialties.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person


Parma Ham Discovery and Dinner Discover the secret of famous Prosciutto di Parma on a delightful outing to a family-run factory which produces this tasty ham using traditional methods. Later at dinner, enjoy this succulent specialty along with other regional dishes. An unforgettable taste experience!

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person


Tuscan Dinner Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich traditions, long history and culture but Tuscany still has more to offer with its great food and wine. Tonight enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque country setting. This wonderful dinner with regional dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients - Realize your dreams and live the Tuscan life for an evening!

Approximate value: €56 EUR per person


Excursion to Genoa Drive north about 18 miles (30 kilometers) to Genoa, Italy's principal sea port and one of the former four Italian maritime republics (the others were Amalfi, Pisa, and Venice). With your local expert, see its main landmarks, including the early 13th-century San Lorenzo Cathedral with its black-and-white striped marble facade, opera house, Palace of the Doges, house where Christopher Columbus is said to have been born, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Strada Nuova, a street lined with Renaissance and Baroque mansions, called the Rolli Palaces, built by the local nobility during the 16th to 18th centuries.

Approximate value: €36 EUR per person


Excursion to Venaria Reale Take a short, 6-mile (10-kilometer) drive to the commanding Royal Palace of Venaria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and architectural complex of unique beauty covering almost 20 acres- one of the largest royal residences in the world. This recently restored baroque palace served the Italian royal family during the 17th to 18th centuries.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person


Flavors of Piedmont Taste some of the local specialties in a typical area restaurant. Drinks are included.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person


Excursion to Isola Madre Cruise to the largest of the Borromeon Islands, the most characteristic due to its tranquil, enchanting atmosphere. Its English-style gardens, where all manner of peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam freely, are full of rare plants and exotic flowers such as flowering hibiscus, scented espaliers of citrons and Ginkgo trees, creating the charm of a tropical land. Isola Madre is particularly famous for its azalea, rhododendron, and camellia blossoms but is also home to pergolas of ancient wisteria and two hundred year old Cashmere Cyprus, one of the largest examples in Europe. In 1978, the sixteenth century palace was officially opened to the public. It is particularly interesting because of the reconstruction of period rooms, and the collection of liveries, dolls and porcelain housed there. The exhibition of "Teatrini delle Marionette" (small puppet theatres) dating from the seventeenth/nineteenth centuries is also truly exceptional. Isola Madre leaves the visitor with a feeling of extreme elegance, thanks to the care and attention paid to the gardens and to the interiors offering a certain quality that sets out to please even the most demanding tourist.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Lake Maggiore Adventure Park (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Group Excursion for up to 4 passengers

Spend a memorable day nestled in the beautiful Lake Maggiore countryside. Run wild in the nature! Rock climbing, crossing suspended bridges, bouncing to incredible heights, shooting down breath-taking waterslides, pedaling across rough terrain... Hundreds of ways to have fun and test your limits, as a family or with friends. In one of the most beautiful spots in Italy, overlooking the shores of Lake Maggiore, in Baveno, nestled between the shimmering gems of the Borromean Islands, dotted along the crystalline lake and the majestic profile of the Mottarone peak.
Approximate value: €160 EUR per group


Picnic in The Gardens of Villa Pallavicino Don't miss out this unique chance to experience a picnic in the park of Villa Parravicino. Your local host will hand you the picnic basket full with delicacies. Get on the local tourist train and arrive inside the park of the stunning Villa. This huge garden situated on the southern part of Stresa has a considerable arboreal patrimony. In the park you will also find an Italian garden with fish-ponds, hothouses and a very nice rose-garden. Just relax and enjoy the day! Note: Picnic basket includes 2 sandwiches (one vegetarian), jam cake, chocolate bar, fruit, water, wine or soft drink. Any dietary requirements should be address with the local host. Return train ticket and entrance ticket to the park of the Villa are included in the price.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Three Lakes Enjoy a full-day excursion to the "Three Lakes." Starting from Lake Maggiore, with the floating castles of Cannero, two little islands that hold the picturesque remains of the castle, Rocca Vitaliana, built between 1519 and 1521 by Ludovico Borromeo. Cross the mountains to Lake Lugano, Switzerland, nestled between the San Salvatore and Mount Bre mountains, and enjoy a stroll along the promenade. Later, travel to Italy's Lake Como with Villa Carlotta, famous for its gardens and ceiling frescoes (entrance included), 14th-century cathedral, and many silk shops.

Approximate value: €65 EUR per person


Tickets for the Lake Maggiore Express With your ferry and train tickets in hand, enjoy an independent day of sightseeing in the scenic area surrounding Lake Maggiore. Take the ferry from Stresa to Locarno, Switzerland. Stroll through Locarno's town center or ride the funicular up to the Madonna del Sasso sanctuary. Then, catch the "narrow gauge" Centovalli Railway, traveling through breathtaking scenery with waterfalls, vineyards, forests, villages, unspoiled landscapes, and lush vegetation to Domodossola, Italy, where you find the train back to Stresa (one ferry ticket and two train tickets included).

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person


Walking Tour and Local Wine Tasting Experience Join now your local host for an incredible walking tour to discover the hidden gems of Stresa. Be fascinated by the Belle Epoque atmosphere that you can enjoy strolling along the promenade. Did you know Ernest Hemingway set part of his novel A Farewell to Arms in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees? Finish off in style enjoying a glass of white and red wine with a plate of local specialties at a local winery.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person