Big city life with breathtaking landscapes! Join this 8 days gay tour to visit the hectic city of Milan and finish at the serenity of the magical lakes of Northern Italy! This trip will take you on to one of the fashion capitals of the world – the city of Milan! What a better way to take some time off with a super gay, vibrant city tour combined with 1 on 1 time in the natural, picturesque landscapes of the lake district ?
A unique and romantic tour of the most appreciated cities in Italy. The first step will be the City of Milan, where you are going to experience and get deep inside the gay and lesbian Italian life while admiring some of the main artworks that have made this city so much appreciated by everyone. An specially designed tour in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci -one of the greatest homosexual personalities of Italy - will let you immerse in the history and into his personal life.
Continuing with the tour you will discover Lake Como and relax over its breathtaking view, a unique and suggestive place for your most romantic moments thanks to the enchanting panorama that only Lake Como can offer. The tour will end on the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore with a romantic sunset boat trip that will make you feel like you are living your own Italian movie.
Day 1 - Milan, Italy
Ciao and welcome to the Italian peninsula!
Upon arrival get transferred from the airport to your hotel in the great city of Milan!
As night falls, feel free to go out and explore the rich nightlife Milan has to offer. The main gay area is Porta Venezia and Corso Buenos Aires. Start your gay night out at Leccomilano bar and continue to Amnesia, Magazzini Generali Club, Borgo, Vanilla or Plastic dance clubs as the night deepens.
Optional - Meet your OUTstading Travel representative for 2 hours gay bars hopping to taste the real local gay life of Milan!
Overnight in Milan
Day 2 - Milan, Italy
After a delicious breakfast, get ready for your day tour of Milan!
With our professional guide, visit the city’s iconic cathedral - the Duomo & the Victor Emmanuel Gallery - a mall built in the 19th century with a beautiful glass ceiling.
After some free time for strolling and lunch, visit the new part of the city! At the heart of Milan's economic and fashion district walk between the magnificent skyscrapers while hopping from one piazza to another, appreciating the city’s unique architecture and mixture between the old and the new.
Free night to put on your best outfit and dancing shoes for a night out!
Overnight in Milan.
Day 3 - Milan with Leonardo (Da Vinci)
Start your tour by following the footsteps of the Italian genius - Leonardo Da Vinci.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Dominican convent and the church of Santa Maria - the house of one of the most important masterpieces in the world – The Last Supper. Still enigmatic and mysterious, this painting is still a source of debates.
After following more sites visited by Da Vinci and Salaino, his favorite pupil, walk through the artist’s quarter and the city’s different districts.
Free time for some shopping at the city’s fashion streets and trendiest boutiques in Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Manzoni.
Have a free night in the gay capital of Italy.
Overnight in Milan
Day 4 - Lake Maggiore - Borromeo Islands
Following breakfast, depart to the beautiful Lake Maggiore with your driver.
Check into your hotel and continue to Stresa to get on the boat tour to the Borromean islands: Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. First stop on Isola Madre, a precious jewel in the waters of Lake Maggiore. Then visit Isola dei Pescatori, with its narrow cobbled streets, pretty harbour and charming houses making it an enchanting place to see before continuing to Isola Bella.
Return to Stresa and have free time for relaxing and shopping.
Stresa offers the gay beaches in Sasso Galletto in Laveno or Ghiffa.
Overnight in Stresa.
Day 5 - Villa Taranto - Lake Orta
After breakfast depart with your driver to Pallanza, the elegant town looking over Lake Maggiore from its strategic location on the Borromean Gulf. Walking tour and visit to the Botanic Garden of Villa Taranto, known for their great beauty and the huge number of plant species. Continue to the medieval village of Orta San Giulio, which is incontestably the prettiest place on the lake thanks to its island, with its tall aristocratic houses and narrow cobbled streets. Afterwards sail to the little island of San Giulio, dominated by its Romanesque basilica, the bishop’s palace and the Benedictine abbey. Get back to Orta.
Overnight in Orta.
Day 6 - Como City - Lake Como
After enjoying your breakfast depart to Como city and discover the neoclassical Villa Olmo, famous exhibition place. This villa is a great example of neoclassical architecture and is definitely the most majestic villa at Como lake, encompassing a huge park and many buildings.
Continue to Lake Como, one of Italy’s most romantic destinations surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains, with its distinctive Y-shape upside down, shaped by a glacier and divided by a mountain.
Lake Como is the up and coming place for gay marriage and honeymoons.
Overnight in Lake Como area.
Day 7 - Lake Como - Bellagio
Following breakfast, meet your guide for a daily walking tour of Lake Como. Board the boat from Cadenabbia to the quiet village of Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como to walk through this beautiful place admiring the gardens of Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni, the Basilica of St. James from the 12th century and the Romanesque church of San Giorgio. Sail to Tremezzo to visit Villa Carlotta and its museum, a house to the Italian garden with steps, amazing fountains and sculptures. Have free time for some more visits and shopping.
Get back to the hotel for an overnight.
Day 8 - Departure day
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport in Milan for your flight back with everlasting memories of an amazing trip!
Select from 3 different category Milan, Lake Maggiore & Lake Como hotel options.
The Westin Palace Hotel, Milan
A Historic Luxury hotel in Milan traditionally preferred by high society for social events & private celebrations, The Westin Palace Milan since years represents an elegant and sophisticated meeting point for local and international travelers. The 5 star hotel is conveniently located in an up and coming and well connected area of Milan thanks to good access to all the main transportation links.
Showcasing a fitness center and hammam, The Westin Palace Hotel guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and private parking is available on site.
All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some accommodations include a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub. Extras include slippers and free toiletries.
Westin hotels are all about a better you. The Westin Palace Milan combines the Westin Super Foods with local Italian cuisine, creating a unique dining experience at all our restaurants and bars. Enjoy an apertif with friends or a leasurely Sunday brunch here in the centre of Milan.
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, Lake Maggiore
An impressive Italian-styled villa overlooking the Lake Lugano, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola is set in stunning sub-tropical gardens filled with exotic plants. With wonderful lake and mountain views, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a wellness area with spa and beauty treatments, a private lido and fascinating collection of contemporary sculptures, this is a treat for the senses at every level.
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola is a charming property that has a succinctly Mediterranean holiday feel combined with elegance and great service. There are stunning works of art wherever you look and each of the rooms and suites is uniquely decorated and has wonderful lake and garden views from the spacious balcony.
Take the funicular up Monte Brè, just outside the hotel, for the most fabulous lake and Alp views. Then visit the typical Ticinese village of Bré and follow the Art Path through the village. Return to Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola for a refreshing spa treatment followed by dinner in the Michelin-star restaurant Arté.
Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain accommodations include a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
Il Sereno Lago di Como Hotel, Lake Como
Lake Como gets cool and contemporary at Il Sereno hotel in Torno. Designed by Patricia Urquiola with neutral stone, bronze, walnut wood and glass, the hotel creates the perfect setting for lakefront gazing, whether through the bronze-accented lobby on the terrace over cocktails, from sunloungers by the infinity pool or upstairs in minimalist suites, which all face Como and are accented with lake-hue furnishings.
Explore the lake by boat in the hotel’s sleek, vintage-inspired warm-wood vessels, then retreat to Michelin Award-winning chef Andrea Berton’s restaurant for an alfresco meal of lake-caught fish and other bounty of the region.
All rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain units feature a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
Located in Torno, 43.5 km from Milan, Il Sereno Lago di Como features a seasonal outdoor pool and terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
The Westin Palace Hotel in Milan (Classic Superior room), or similar
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola in Lake Maggiore (Lake View Standard room), or similar
Il Sereno Lago di Como Hotel in Lake Como (Lake View Standard room), or similar
Double Occupancy: from €3,055 EUR per person
Private Single Room: from €5,110 EUR
The Hub Hotel, Milan
Situated in the heart of Business Congress & Exhibitions Area, close to Fieramilano Rho & Fieramilano City, The HUB is a 4 star Urban Hotel. Remarkable for its contemporary design, the hotel offers 162 rooms, eclectic open spaces, perfect to set any kind of event, and an impressive Meeting Center with 9 rooms, provided with Restaurant, Bar, a cozy Garden Lounge, Garage, Shuttle service, free Wi-Fi.
Don’t miss the panoramic wellness area, SPA Sensation, situated on the fourteenth floor, with Swimming Pool, Gym & Spa, sauna and steam room. The staff will provide the customer with advice and a wide offer of beauty treatments and massages.
The Hub Hotel Comfort rooms are decorated with a contemporary touch: wooden parquet, that beautifully contrast with the stone covering and the glass and steel details in the bathroom, creating a refined harmony.
All rooms are equipped with an efficient, automatically adjustable air-conditioning system, LCD flat screen with satellite TV, cable and Wi-Fi internet connection, minibar, telephone, safe, kettle with a selection of coffee, tea and herbal tea, bathroom with shower and hair drier.
The cosmopolitan and contemporary allure of the Restaurant perfectly translates the Chic & Cool essence of Milan. Mirror Lounge & Restaurant provides a warm welcome in a wide room decorated with a modern design pieces, extremely luminous and facing the gardens outside the Hotel.
La Palma Hotel, Lake Maggiore
La Palma Hotel is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, La Palma offers pet-friendly accommodations in Stresa, just 33.8 km from Lugano. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and spa center, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.
Situated opposite the lakeside promenade with only a five-minute walk to the town centre of Stresa, Hotel La Palma offers elegant accommodations with guest rooms decorated to a high standard. Hotel La Palma’s public rooms include a large open-plan lounge, a reading room within the reception area and a restaurant with a view across the garden and the lake. Just across the road, on a terrace above the shingle beach, lies the hotel’s large heated swimming pool (normally in use May to early September).
Each La Palma Hotel room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower and bidet, with a hairdryer provided.
The hotel's panoramic spa is located on the 6th floor and boasts a sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool and fitness centre, whilst the 7th floor houses a breathtaking panoramic bar, sunbathing terrace and heated plunge pool.
Metropole Suisse Hotel, Lake Como
Located in the heart of Como, the four-star Metropole Suisse offers breathtaking views of both the Lake Como and the Swiss Alps. This harbour-side hotel boasts accommodations with elegant interiors coupled with different paintings.
Metropole Suisse is just 300 metres from the Como Cathedral. Piazza Cavour is just a five-minute walk away. The Vollta Temple is one kilometre away.
All of the 71 rooms are air-conditioned, and each features wooden furniture. Moreover, the rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels, minibar, and a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries.
The Metropole Suisse Hotel features a relaxing sauna. A complimentary bottle of wine awaits all new guests. In addition, the 24-hour front desk offers a wide range of services for optimum convenience.
The Imbarcadero Restaurant serves delicious Italian and international cuisine. Moreover, a 24-hour room service is available for those who wish to dine in the privacy of their own rooms.
The Hub Hotel in Milan (Comfort room), or similar
La Palma Hotel in Lake Maggiore (Classic room), or similar
Metropole Suisse Hotel in Lake Como (Classic room), or similar
Double Occupancy: from €2,555 EUR per person
Private Single Room: from €4,670 EUR
Eco Hotel La Residenza, Milan
Eco-Hotel La Residenza is a pleasant and modern environmentally friendly hotel in Milan, where you can feel at home in a relaxing family atmosphere. The historical old town centre of Milan, central station and main sights are all within reach, thanks to the Metropolitana underground MM3 Affori Centro station in the nearest vicinity. The hotel is located in in a tranquil part of the city surrounded by greenery, near Maciachini square, Niguarda and Galeazzi Hospital and Alcatraz Night Club.
Bio-restaurant offers delicious wellness menus made from organic, biodynamic farming foodstuffs (the ‘zero-kilometre’ principle) and branded with a Fairtrade certificate mark. We invite you to discover old, long-forgotten tastes of the traditional local cuisine.
Each room in Eco-Hotel La Residenza is equipped with a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower, a satellite TV, a safe, air conditioning, mini bar, direct dial telephone and voice mail, low energy bulbs, antibacterial mineral paints on the walls and parquet floors to minimize possible sources of allergies. On demand we provide hypoallergenic pillows.
Rooms and bathrooms, floors, windows and all common areas of the hotel are cleaned on a daily basis with environmentally-friendly detergents with an EFDL sign, 98% biodegradable within 24 hours, absolutely non-toxic for the staff and guests.
Hotel Ristorante San Carlo, Lake Maggiore
High- placed overlooking the enchanting Lake Maggiore, just two steps away from the center of Arona, but out of the chaos of the city, you will find the greatest familiarity and expertise offering you a relaxing stay, accompanied by a culinary experience designed to enhance the typical local dishes combined with the best regional wines a suggestive / charming contemplative atmosphere.
This property is a 16-minute walk from the beach. The San Carlo is set just outside Arona and enjoys beautiful views of Lake Maggiore. Rooms here are large, and most offer views of the lake or d'Angera Castle.
Hotel Ristorante San Carlo offers delicious cuisine from Piedmont and has a well-stocked wine cellar. Guests can dine outside on the terrace overlooking the lake.
Particular effort is dedicated to the kitchen by proposing food designed to enhance the typical cuisine of the territory, with the best raw materials, and the best recipes.
Plinius Hotel, Lake Como
Hotel Plinius brings you elegant and comfortable accommodation in a central location, set between the lake and Como town centre. Stroll to the lake in just a few minutes from Hotel Plinius. Back in the town centre, the hotel is close to a shopping area, restaurants and Como’s beautiful cathedral. Good transport links are available nearby.
Hotel Plinius features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
The Plinius Hotel rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Every room comes with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.
There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides car rental. Bergamo is 48.3 km from Hotel Plinius, and Lugano is 24.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Malpensa Airport, 35.4 km from Hotel Plinius.
Eco Hotel La Residenza in Milan (Standard room), or similar
Hotel Ristorante San Carlo in Lake Maggiore (Standard room), or similar
Plinius Hotel in Lake Como (Standard room), or similar
Double Occupancy: from €2,110 EUR per person
Private Single Room: from €4,110 EUR