Gourmet Holiday to North Italy

A gourmet holiday with Chef Valentino

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Embark on a specially crafted holiday to North Italy. From Lake Como to the Lombardy region, Cinque Terre, La Spieza and Milan, enjoy an expert and real insider guide rom Milan-born Chef Valentino. With a top Italian chef’s presence, you are never far from a gastronomic adventure of dining and discovery. It’ll be a holiday like no other with a chef’s homecoming. La dolce vita!

Price: 10 Days 9 Nights – US$4,480 (per adult, twin share)

Travel Period: 28 May 2016 - 6 June 2016

Book by 15 May 2016 with an HSBC credit card to enjoy 8%* OFF.

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ABOUT CHEF VALENTINO

Chef Valentino Valtulina, the Executive Chef/Owner of Ristorante da Valentino in Singapore, was born in Milan, Italy. Ristorante da Valentino started out as a small secluded 45-seater restaurant in Jalan Bingka, Bukit Timah, specializing in traditional Italian cuisine using regional and seasonal produce. It became a popular yet homely place for celebrities, royalties and regulars drawn to its authentic Italian food. In 2012, the restaurant relocated to the current, much larger location at The Grandstand, Turf Club Road. Refurbished to look like an Italian villa with a 134-seater capacity, Ristorante da Valentino still retains its old school traditional charm from Jalan Bingka. And of course, the same authentic, top quality Italian food that everyone has come to love.

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1: Saturday, 28 May – Arrive Milan – Lake Como, Bellagio (2 nights)

Welcome to Milan, capital of the Lombardy region. Transfer to your hotel in Bellagio. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your travel companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Meal: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Grand Villa Serbelloni

Day 2: Sunday, 29 May – Lake Como, Bellagio

Come with us on a relaxing cruise on Lake Como, where you can sit back and enjoy views of elegant gardens and villas. Afterwards, we’ve organised exclusive use of a funicular carriage for a sensational trip up the side of the mountain to Brunate, the most spectacular spot on the entire lake. Lunch is included here. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walking tour of Como town with your Travel Director. This evening is free at leisure.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3: Monday, 30 May – Lake Como, Bellagio – Bormio (2 nights)

After breakfast, we head to the Alps of northern Italy, Bormio. Prior to arrival at our hotel, we visit a winery, Nino Negri, where we’ll enjoy wine pairing with local produce. Upon arrival in Bormio, we’ll have an orientation drive of this beautiful Alpine city with its mountains. Tonight, we dine at Rini Restaurant.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi

Day 4: Tuesday, 31 May – Lombardy Region Excursion

This morning, we visit a local produce factory Pedranzini, where a light refreshment is included. Later, we’ll go to a local Braulio liquor factory with free time for lunch. Tonight, we dine at Al Filo.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Wednesday, 1 June – Bormio – La Spezia Area (4 nights)

We stop at Fidenza Shopping Village for shopping to heading to Rapallo where our hotel is located for the next 4 nights. Upon arrival, dinner is included at our hotel.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Excelsior Palace

Day 6: Thursday, 2 June – La Spezia Excursion

This morning, we visit a local market in La Spezia where you have the morning at leisure. Later in the afternoon, we’ll head to an olive farm and experience olive making and tasting. Tonight, we dine at a local restaurant located in a yacht club with live music entertainment.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Friday, 3 June – Colonnata Excursion

Today, we visit Colonnata, an ancient Italian village famed for its pork fat delicacy, Lardo di Colonnata, and buildings which are made of marble. You will have some free time to explore Colonnata town. In Carrara, capital of the “white gold” marble trade, we take a stroll through the historic centre where we’ll see the Romanesque marble Duomo. Afterwards, we visit the Marble Museum where we get a glimpse into marble production. There’s also a drive up to the marble mountain in a minivan. Tonight is free at leisure.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8: Saturday, 4 June – Cinque Terre Excursion

Enjoy an included excursion to see the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent coastline can only be reached by boat or train from La Spezia. Visit two of the five picturesque fishing villages with your Local Specialist. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Day 9: Sunday, 5 June – La Spezia Area – Milan (1 night)

Today, head to fashion capital, Milan, where your Local Specialist will show you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala, and the Galleria. Your evening is free at leisure.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Meal: Melia Hotel

Day 10: Monday, 6 June – Departs Milan

This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as your fascinating gourmet holiday with Chef Valentino comes to an end. Group departure transfer to the airport is included.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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*Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Triple Room Discount is applicable for 3 full paying adults staying in a single room. Subject to availability, additional restrictions and conditions apply. Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change. Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel this departure if minimum participation is not achieved. Trafalgar’s standard terms and conditions apply. *Valid for booking and full payment by 15 May 2016, or when all seats are fully booked. Payment must be made with an HSBC credit card. Offer is combinable with Frequent Traveller Discount. Offer is not applicable in conjunction with any other promotions and/or discounts, unless otherwise stated. Other standard booking terms and conditions apply.

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