"If you're a keen traveller from Australia, Italy’s one of those countries you should see at least four times in your life," says Glenyce Johnson, Peregrine's Managine Director. "And if you live in the UK I think you should go 12 times.
"I just think the whole small village scene in Italy and of course the magnificent food is brilliant. You can have two villages right beside each other and they can both be completely different. It’s a small country in many ways but there’s just so much diversity."
Louisa Virgato, Peregrine's Europe Destination Manager, says this trip in particular is becoming one of our most popular in Italy. "It's got a bit of everything - culture walking (mostly easy, with one tricky day thrown in for good measure), beautiful villas, lakes and manicured gardens. You also get to see a hidden side to Milan, the capital, which you might not see if you were travelling alone."
"One of the highlights is that you get to take one of the world's most scenic train journeys. We board the Bernina Express in St Moritz and take you through the alps to Tirano."
Seeing the Italian Lakes with a small group is perfect. "12 to 15 people is just about the right size...it's small enough for everyone to get to know each other's names but large enough to get a broad mix of personalities."
"We can go to a village or take a walk through a forest and not disturb our surroundings. But best of all the 'wall' comes down between traveller and local, and you really can make some great personal connections."