Columbus Citizen's Foundations Tour of Italy


Thursday, September 21st
Departure on flights from New York JFK and Newark airports.    

Friday, September 22nd 
After collecting your baggage and processing thru Customs and Immigration, your tour director Bill Gearhart will meet you at the arrivals area with a sign for “Columbus Citizen Foundation”. (Please note: we may also be able to have baggage people in the baggage area so look for the sign there first). You will proceed directly to the awaiting motor coach. Our VIP transportation today will be on a luxury motorcoach with 1st class seating, refreshment galley and entertainment center. Refreshments and snacks served on board. Luxury transportation to Stresa, located on the west shore of Lake Maggiore, northern Italy, about 50 miles northwest of Milan and the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees.

 The Grand Hotel de Iles Borromees sits on the banks of Lake Maggiore in the charming town of Stresa. Facing the Borromeo Islands, this stunning hotel is a perfect example of Belle Epoque architecture with its exterior design and lavish interior decorations. The hotel was built in 1861 and has provided a luxurious stay for many famous guests, including Ernest Hemingway and Clark Gable. A verdant park surrounds the property offering its guests two swimming pools, a tennis court and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Maggiore. 

You may also wish to pre-reserve spa appointments at the hotel’s spa facility. (Spa information catalogue included). Please make reservations directly with the spa by email, fax or phone. They do book up early and remember that your free day is September 22nd. There are swimming facilities at all three locations we are staying at during out tour so please bring your swim wear. We also suggest that you either bring Euros with you or convert your US dollars to Euros for incidental expenses. This can be done before at your US bank or at the airport in Milan. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all the facilities of the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees or sightsee and shop the town of Stresa. 

7:15 PM Welcome Cocktail Party on the Magnolia Terrace (off the main terrace just in front of Salle Des Dames, the private dining room). Attire is casual elegance. 

8:00 PM Private Welcome dinner in the Salle Des Dames

Spumante Martini Italico Brut 
Fruit juice 
Dry snacks 
Assorted Canapes 

Zibello ham with melon ** 
Risotto with marrow flower and scampi ** 
Broiled sliced sirloin steak with scales of parmesan cheese and rosemary Thyme potatoes Spinach with raisins and pine seeds ** 
A composition of wild berries, waffle and vanilla ice cream Raspberries sauce ** 

White: Roero Arneis Pescaja Cisterna d’Asti 
Red: Cabernet Vivallis Trentino 
**PLEASE NOTE: You are always free to order your own choice of cocktails or wines throughout the tour (at your own cost). We will often include a choice of local and regional wines and aperitifs included in all your lunches and dinners.



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