This June I was able to tour the Piedmont region and Italian lakes of Italy with Trafalgar Tours. This was my second trip with Trafalgar tours and I wasn’t disappointed!
I highly recommend considering a group tour for your next vacation. This specific tour was a “Hidden Journey” tour which includes:
- Group size maximum of 26
- Insider Experiences on every trip
- An expert Travel Director and a separate driver
- Hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodation
- VIP entry to many sights
- Variety of Optional Experiences
- Luxury coaches with Wi-Fi in most countries
- Breakfast every day and up to half other meals provided
Before our trip, I received an email from our tour director, Federica, with her picture and a welcome message. Federica was amazing throughout the trip and extremely knowledgeable.
We started out with a guided tour of Milan which included the Duomo, La Galleria, and the La Scala Opera Theater! After a bit of free time, the group got on the bus to Cherasco where we spent the next four nights.
Day three was an excursion to Asti, where we had a guided tour of the town. Asti was an interesting place to visit. It’s not very “touristy”, but the history was extremely interesting and I enjoyed visiting the “city of 100 towers”. After the tour of Asti, we were driven to a Be My Guest lunch at a family owned wine estate. We were treated to wine and a delicious lunch. In Louisiana, we live below sea level, so these views were absolutely amazing!
On Day four, we were treated to a locally- guided tour of the town of Cherasco. It’s a very small, sleepy town with tons of history.
We explored the city of Turin on Day five with another guided tour. Of course, the Church of San Lorenzo was definitely a must. We were able to enter the church, but the famous Shroud of Turin was not on display. After the guided tour, I chose to continue with the optional excursion to the Cinema Museum, located in the Mole Antonelliana, which is the symbol of the city of Turin.
On the last day of touring, the group left Cherasco and headed to the Italian Lakes. We stopped off at Lake Orta first. Lake Orta is known by locals as La Cenerentola (Cinderella) because it’s less visited than the other lakes, but it’s by far the most beautiful. The scenery at Lake Orta was so breathtaking and I can definitely see why it’s the “Cinderella” lake.
After a guided tour of Lake Orta, it was on to Lake Maggiore and our hotel for the night. I chose to do an optional excursion to the Borromean Islands and Isola Bella and it was probably my favorite experience of the entire trip! Borromeo Palace is located on Isola Bella and has the most magnificent gardens. After a guided tour through the palace, I had free time to explore the gardens and take a ton of pictures.
Overall, I was very pleased with this trip. This was my second trip with Trafalgar and my first small group tour. Our tour director, Federica was amazing and extremely generous. I definitely liked staying in one location for four nights and venturing out every day and returning to the same room instead of switching hotels every day. Each day had a morning start of 8:30 or 9:00 am, which was so relaxing. I got a little taste of the Italian Lakes, and I would have liked to stay there longer. Trafalgar does offer a “Best of the Italian Lakes” tour…hmm…maybe next summer?
Have you been on a group tour? If so, with what company?
Have you visited North Italy?
Any recommendations on where I should visit next?