Please Go Away Experience:
Italy: Lakes to Lagoon and Wine
June 15 - June 23, 2022
We’re not sure why, but great journeys often involve great contrasts. African Splendour is a case in point. On the full 17-day safari (the first 5 days in Southern Africa are optional), we range through 34 degrees of latitude and four countries, but, most engagingly and contrastingly, we experience the diverse excitements of Cape Town’s urban pizzazz, the watery colossus of Victoria Falls, and the wondrous game lands of the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem, where the wandering rains compel the planet’s most momentous movement of big, interesting mammals. (And then there’s the Ngorongoro Crater, which really can’t be contrasted with any other place, because there really isn’t any other place remotely like it, at least on our home planet.)
Those with a little less time can begin the safari on Day 7 in Nairobi before heading off to the quite engagingly contrasty Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and the Maasai Mara, high on the list of Africa’s supreme splendours.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day One: Private Transfer from Milan Airport to Villa Flori
Upon arrival to Milan MXP Airport, meet your private English-speaking driver (who will be holding a sign with your name) at the arrivals hall (after passport control, baggage claim and customs), and be transferred to your hotel.
(Includes a private transfer by Mercedes Sprinter minibus with an English-speaking driver)
Day Two: Full Day Lake Como Boat Excursion
10 AM Meet your private English-speaking skipper (who will be holding a sign with your name) at Como public dock across the street from the hotel and depart for a fabulous excursion in a private Venetian water coach! Gliding over the lake, explore the enchanting villages that dot the coastline, including Tremezzo, where you admire Villa Carlotta—the spectacular 17th-century villa built for a Milanese marquis. From there, continue by boat to the elegant, luxuriant town of Bellagio, known as “the pearl of the lake,” thanks to its privileged position in the middle of Lake Como. Here, stop for a light lunch, and later, proceed with your skipper to ride along the coast back to your hotel!
Includes a 6-hour excursion with an English-speaking skipper by a private Venetian boat; lunch is not included.
Day Three: Day of Leisure
A day to relax .
Day Four: Franciacorta Wine Tasting En Route to Hotel Villa Cortine in Sirmione
10 AM After breakfast and checkout, meet your private English-speaking driver in the lobby of your hotel and be transferred to your hotel in Sirmione. En route, explore the lovely Franciacorta wine region, which extends from the foothills of the Alps to the shores of Lake Iseo! Visit a renowned local winery and enjoy a tasting of their celebrated sparkling wines. Then, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before rejoining your driver and continuing your transfer to Lake Garda.
Includes a private transfer by Mercedes Sprinter minibus with an English-speaking driver, car and driver at disposal for 3 hours in Franciacorta and wine tasting; lunch is not included.
Day Five: Amarone Wine Tasting in Valpolicella
Discover the beauty of the Valpolicella region—known as the “pearl of Verona”—and learn about the history and tradition— along with tastings!—of the local Amarone wines, considered one of Italy’s best. Begin with a visit to the magnificent Villa Novare di Bertani in Valpolicella, an elegant neoclassical villa built in 1735, where the first Amarone wine bottles were stamped, and for a tour of their romantic English-style gardens. Then stop for a delicious lunch at a local trattoria, whose specialty is the region’s signature dish—tortelloni all’Amarone. Then visit another beautifully situated winery, for a tasting of their exquisite wines. Afterwards rejoin your driver and ride through the scenic vineyard-clad countryside back to your hotel.
Includes a full-day excursion (approx. 8 hours) with a private English-speaking guide and driver by Mercedes Sprinter minibus, a visit to 2 wineries with tastings; lunch is not included.
Day Six: Explore Verona on the way to Venice
9:30 AM After breakfast and checkout, meet your private English-speaking driver in the lobby of your hotel and be transferred to Piazzale Roma in Venice. En route, make a stop in Verona and meet your private English-speaking guide for a fascinating exploration of the highlights of this enchanting city that include the magnificent Piazza Bra and Roman Arena, Juliet’s legendary balcony, Piazza Erbe, Piazza Dante, the remarkable Scaliger Tombs, as well as an incredible panorama of the Adige River. At the end of your tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your transfer. Upon arrival to Piazzale Roma, meet your private English-speaking assistant and be transferred by Venetian boats to your hotel.
Includes a private transfer by Mercedes Sprinter minibus with an English-speaking driver, a 3-hour walking tour with a private English-speaking guide and admissions, car and driver at disposal for 4 hours in Verona (extra time included for shopping and or exploring in Verona) and a private transfer by two Venetian boats with an English-speaking assistant in Venice; lunch is not included.
Arrival to Venice approx.5 PM
*Free upgrade to wooden luxury boat subject to availability
Day Seven: Private Excursion to Murano, Burano and Venissa
10 AM Meet your private skipper at the hotel’s private dock and depart on a full-day exploration of the Venetian lagoon.
Includes private transportation by a Venetian boat at disposal for 8 hours; visit to a La Fornasotta, a Murano glass factory. Gabriele Urban, a talented Master Glass Maker and a dear friend of Daniele's family will give us a demonstration. We will also visit another island in the Venetian Lagoon; the colorful village of Burano, which is known for its lace and bright-colored houses. If time permits, we will stop at Venissa. Venissa was restored by the Bisol family of Prosecco fame, and in it grows the Dorona di Venezia variety, native to the Venetian Lagoon and cultivated for centuries until nearly becoming extinct after the great flood of 1966.
Day Eight: Private Venice Walking Tour
Meet in the hotel lobby at 9 AM
Visit of Doge’s Palace and Basilica of St. Mark. Leaving the square and following an “off the beaten path” itinerary, arrival to Rialto area. Admire a roof top view from the Fondaco dei Tedeschi mall over the Grand Canal. Then crossing the Rialto bridge to reach the market area, where the tour will end. This tour lasts approx. 4 hours giving a good introduction to the city history and its main highlights, offers a view of the most precious interiors of the most important monuments of the city.
Dinner in a Private Home in Venice with a Chef
7:30-10:30 PM Meet your private English-speaking assistant in the lobby of your hotel and be accompanied to your private apartment for the night where you enjoy dinner in an incomparable setting! At your apartment, your private English-speaking chef prepares your dinner for you while you enjoy a splendid apartment with a gorgeous view of Venice. What better way to Created by Stefany Di Manno Ceccato at DMC Travel Tailor 8 chef prepares your dinner for you while you enjoy a splendid apartment with a gorgeous view of Venice. What better way to enjoy Venice than in an authentic Venetian apartment with dinner prepared for you by a talented chef? After dinner, return to your hotel independently.
Includes one-way assistance with a private English-speaking assistant, apartment rental and a meal prepared for you by a professional chef; wine is not included.
Day Nine: Private Transfer to the Airport
After checkout, meet your private English-speaking assistant in the lobby of your hotel and be transferred by Venetian boats and a Mercedes vehicle to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your flight.
Includes a private transfer by 2 Venetian boats with an English-speaking assistant and Mercedes Sprinter minibus with an English-speaking driver.
*Free upgrade to wooden luxury boat subject to availability
$11,100 per couple
Deposit upon booking is $750 ($250 is non-refundable) -2nd deposit of $1470 is due June 15, 2021
-Final payment of $8880 is due April 29, 2022
-Reserve your spot by February 26, 2021
-Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Stefany can provide travel insurance quotes.
-All services provided by Perfetto Traveler (tours, transfers, hotel reservations, etc.), are only confirmed upon receipt of clients' final confirmation and payment (security deposit or total amount).
-Price is based on 10 people, MAX 16. The price is determined upon the number of people joining us. In the event 8 people sign up, the difference in price is $924 per couple.
Hotels and Villas: Perfetto Traveler will respect the cancellation policies of individual hotels and villas.
Ground Services: Any cancellations between the confirmation and 45 days’ notice will be subject to the greater of USD 400 (administrative and processing fees) or 20% of the total charge for services.
Between 44-30 days’ notice will be subject to 40% of the total charge.
Between 29-14 days’ notice will be subject to 50% of the total charge.
Within 14 days prior to arrival, all payments will be completely non-refundable.
Cancellation notices will only be accepted by email
Cancellation for workshops and event tickets only (when they are booked): In the event of the cancellation of workshops or
tickets to museums, operas, concerts, the Palio, or other special events, 100% of the cost will be charged and no refund will be granted.
About your PGA Host
Stefany Di Manno & Daniele Ceccato
Silvana Frappier is a lifelong traveler and a passionate believer in the power of travel to enrich people’s lives. Silvana holds citizenship in the U.S, Italy, and Brazil, and is fluent in English, Italian, and Portuguese. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and South, Central, and North America, and crafts her itineraries based upon first-hand experiences at the world’s most iconic properties and destinations.
Silvana is an active member of the Virtuoso network and is regularly invited to participate in panels and workshops designed to help the industry evolve to best serve today’s luxury travelers.
Silvana is also the host of “Luxe Less Known”, a web series produced by Page28.com, where she travels across the globe to experience the world’s next hot destinations.