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Location Hotel Galles is a prestigious 4-star hotel situated in an elegant 19th century building in the centre of Milan in a strategic and privileged position: overlooking Corso Buenos Aires, one of the most important shopping city streets, it is located in Lima Square right in front of the Metro station Lima M1 and at a short walk distance of about 900m from the Milan Central Train Station and the Shuttle Bus station from/to the main Milan airports (Malpensa, Linate, Orio al Serio)

Relax & Fun Our guests will enjoy many amenities like an indoor swimming pool, an equipped gym and a SPA area with sauna and Turkish bath.
Rooms Each one of the 200 elegant Rooms and Suites of Hotel Galles have been designed to match the unique style of the interior furnishings with functional amenities for people who love travelling without giving up relax and comforts.

Reserve yourself a moment of relaxation: enjoy your stay at our wellness area in Milan

Besides our many exclusive services, we also offer a complimentary Fitness Centre & Wellness Area right in the centre of Milan.

Access to the pool area is complimentary for all guests and open every day from 7 am to 10 pm.

Relaxing lighting, chromo showers, whirlpools and waterfalls, make the swimming pool the perfect place to have a moment of relaxation after a day of meetings or shopping in the city; water temperature: 29° C – 84,2° F

You can rent your bathrobe for just 5,00 €, complimentary slippers and Superior courtesy kit.

Rooms In our rooms you will find all the comforts to make your stay in Milan unforgettable: Mattresses and duvets by Dorelan to guarantee a comfortable rest for all our guests, pillows menu.

Air conditioning and heating, safe, kettle for tea and coffee, minibar with soft drinks and snacks, telephone, mobile chargers, Wi-Fi, TV LED Full HD with multilingual channels, plug adaptors and trouser press, private bathroom with bathtub or shower, hairdryer, courtesy kit with products for body care.

Also available upon request: housekeeping service 24/24, room service (7.00-24.00 at extra charge), wake-up call, iron and ironing board.

Bar & Rooftop Terraces The inner garden, on the 1st floor of the hotel, can host up to 60 people and it is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail with friends. Open every day during spring and summer from 8.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., on request we also offer a bar service in the garden.

The American Bar in the lobby is open every day from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. where a “small kitchen” service is also available from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Our guests will be amazed by a breathtaking panorama over Milan from our rooftop terraces with solarium at the 8th floor of the hotel, the ideal place to relax and sunbathe or to enjoy aperitifs with friends in the open air.

Breakfast  Our American Breakfast is served every morning at the restaurant La Terrazza, on the 6th floor, where you can see the sunrise upon the skyline of Milan. In our international buffet you can find a wide choice of sweet and salty food: from croissants to homemade pies, from yoghurt to fresh fruit and fruit in syrup, from cereals to honey and marmalades to spread on white or black bread. Those who prefer a savory awakening can choose from our selection of local cheeses and typical cured meats, scrambled eggs and bacon, rice and beans, chicken or vegetables sausages. In the breakfast room you can find a corner with bio and natural products to kick-start the day with more vitality and wellbeing, while for all our guests with food intolerance, gluten free or lactose free products are available on request.
An Early Breakfast with hot drinks and snacks is available for free from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Coffee Point in the Hotel Lobby. If you prefer, you might ask for a handy breakfast box at Reception by 10 p.m. on the previous day.

There are places where you would love to wait between courses … The fine-dining panoramic restaurant La Terrazza, located on the sixth floor of the Best Western Plus Hotel Galles, is one of the most romantic and elegant in Milan, is a green oasis where creativity and love for simple and genuine Italian cuisine are combined by our Chef for an amazing culinary experience.
The Restaurant’s cuisine is a perfect blend of love for tradition, creativity and genuine ingredients. Our Chef proposes some very original pairings that inspire our guests’ curiosity, selecting healthy and natural foods that he exalts with light and simple seasonings. The menu offers typical and seasonal recipes from the Italian and regional cookery but also combinations of international cuisine, matched to an enviable wines collection with the best Italian and internationa labels. Gluten and lactose free meals are available on request.

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Carlo Castellaneta
Campiello Prize
Writer and Journalist

There are cities of evident beauty that are given to everyone, and other, secret, that love to be discovered. Milan belongs to this species, to the point that it is difficult to establish the reasons for its charm (…)
I believe that it consists first of all in its “class”, neither more nor less as it happens for certain women who strike us for their bearing.

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  • Arrive at Malpensa Airport
    We can arrange transfer upon request
  • Check in at the charming accomodation available from 14:00, you’ll be welcomed by Gaia Food Academy guide
  • You’ll be hungry… The typical Piedmontese “Merenda Sinoira” snack with cheeses and cured meats and backery will be waiting for you
  • 20:30 Welcoming Dinner at the resturant of your location
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend to the first cooking lesson, 4 hours… learn the secrets of italian cuisine
  • 13:00 you’ll test your culinary skills having for lunch what you just prepared… don’t worry, the chef will help you !
  • Afternoon free time to relax or discover the neighborhood
  • 20:30 We’ll take you all to a near restaurant for having a deserved dinner
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend the second cooking lesson, 4 hours… discover what’s in menu today
  • 13:00 lunch with what you just prepared with the chef’s help, even if you are gooder than yesterday
  • Afternoon free time to relax or discover the neighborhood vineyards and traditions
  • 20:30 Let’s try another peculiar external restaurant for dinner
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 No cooking lesson today, we’ll have a full day guided tour to discover heritage, food and wine
  • Aperitivo and Light Lunch or Tasting during the day
  • 18:00 Departure and return to hotel
  • 21:00 Dinner at your location
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend the third cooking lesson, 4 hours
  • 13:00 lunch with what you just prepared, for sure yet with the chef’s help, also if you became an expert cook by now!
  • In the afternoon you have a half day guided tour, come with us to visit wine cellars, cheese factories, and taste products directly from the producer
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend the final cooking lesson, 4 hours
  • 13:00 lunch what you just prepared
  • In the afternoon free time, but we advise not to eat too much because tonight…
  • 21:00 Gala Dinner at the location
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 10:00 Departure for your next stop, Milan, with the same tour leader
  • 12:00 Arrive at Milan hotel, the guide will help you with check-in before greetings, sometimes tears and last reccomendations for visiting Milan.
  • Fot the rest of the day and night you are free to visit, shopping, dine, have fun alone or with your new friends; return to the hotel whenever you want; reservations in Milan for dinners have to be made in advance during your week vacation, it’s the fashion capital, sometimes it’s really busy.

We know.. it’s a sad thing, this is the last day of your vacation, so after breakfast you’ll go to the airport; the hotel personnel can call a cab for you, or we can arrange the transfer in advance or…

or… you can stay, when you make the reservation you can ask for other days in Milan or other italian cities you want to discover, we are an italian tour operator so we can reserve for you other selected high level accomodations, hotel or countryhouses… let us know in advance and we’ll tailor your extended stay on your preferences.

  • 6 nights in charming Accomodations, single or double occupancy, all with Private Bathrooms
  • Breakfast each day
  • 4 cooking lessons with a professional chef, 4 hours each
  • 4 lunch with delicacies you just prepared during cooking lessons
  • Beverages included with the lunch: water and the best house wines
  • 2 dinners at location’s restaurant
  • 2 dinners in external restaurants with transfer
  • 1 Gala Dinner
  • Beverages included with the dinners: water and the best bottles wines (1 for 2 persons)
  • 1 Full Day Guided Tour to discover heritage, food and wine, including Aperitivo and Light Lunch or Tasting
  • 1 Half Day Guided Tour with wine, oil or cheese tasting
  • Transfer to Milan for Saturday night
  • 1 Saturday Night in a centrally located Milan Hotel
  • Gaia Food Academy’s english speaking guide will follow and take care of you throughout your journey
  • Flights to and from Italy
  • Transfers from and to the airport, but can be arranged in advance
  • Extra beverages in addition to what is included
  • 1 free day in Milan doesn’t include lunch and dinner
  • Rent your own car
  • Travel insurance

We suggest to rent your own car, we can arrange it in the accomodation’s neighborhood for the days you need because  it’s more convenient to explore the surrounding areas in your free time; our locations are countryhouses, so with beautiful landscapes but never in the center of towns.

We recommend that you subscribe a travel insurance not to lose your payment in the event of a last minute cancellation, you can get one via your travel agent or online too.

  • € 2600,00 per person per 7 nights Journey in single accomodation
  • € 2400,00 per person per 7 nights Journey in double accomodation
  • € 2000,00 per person per 7 nights Journey in double accomodation with no cooking school as accompaining guest

Accompaining guests will perform the same activities except for the cooking lessons

Upon the purchase of the tourist package a down payment of 25% of the price of the tourist package will be due as confirmation deposit, the balance of 75% must be paid within 60 days before the scheduled departure date.

Cancellation fees:
– 25% from 90 days to 61 days before departure
– 100% from 60 days before departure

The definitive charming location for your date will be decided according to the preferences of the majority of travelers, without prejudice to the region of destination.

You will be informed prior the date of departure.

We have single guests that can meet new friends, small groups that can mix in a new bigger one, honeymoon couples, this journey is suitable for everyone is ready to be part of a party group to learn, discover, dine, wine and have informal fun

This experience is good both for expert cooks or for newbies, the purpose is learn italian cuisine secrets while having fun with old and new friends… of course if you are starting right with us with your new passion the chef will help you more than others !

All our chefs or their assistants speak a good english; apart from the cooking school our fluent english speaking guide will be with you to accompany in guided tours, dinners etc and to assist in reservations and planning your free time

Yes, also if we know this experience could be fine and funny for children and their parents, but it’s not the same for rest of the group, so we set the minimum age at 14, enough to “hear adults speech” and to be left unattended.

But if you already travel in a group of 12/14 friends or relatives including children of any age, we can arrange the journey exclusively for your group, contact us in advance to request an available date just for you.

To be sure you are always the main character of your experience and that we can take care of your journey like you deserve, we set the maximum attendance to 14 people.

You can meet other friends, not attending to cooking lessons, during tours and dinners

Of course you can.. just warn us when you reserve the journey, so we can adjust your dinners menu and cooking lessons for you accordingly

We suggest to rent your own car, we can arrange it in the accomodation’s neighborhood for the days you need because  it’s more convenient to explore the surrounding areas in your free time; our locations are countryhouses, so with beautiful landscapes but never in the center of towns.

We recommend that you subscribe a travel insurance not to lose your payment in the event of a last minute cancellation, you can get one via your travel agent or online.

Ask to us ! Let us know in advance if you want to spend more nights in Milan or if you want to discover other italian cities, we can plan and arrange for you other reservations, in hotel or countryhouses

No, this is going to be an informal experience, so you can dress as you want and as you feel more confortable during cooking lessons, lunches and dinners; we recommend to take with you comfortable shoes for exploring with us or in your free time and to check average temperatures in the dates you reserved.

The friday night we’ll have a gala dinner, sometimes in the location’s restaurant, other times in an external one, so usually the guests choose to be more elegant and formal for this occasion.

For sure you’ll need an adapater, usually there are no issues recharging mobiles, cameras, tablets but hairdryers and irons, for example, have to be already made to work with both standards (Italian power is 220 Volts 50 Hertz, while  american and canadian is 110 Volts 60 Hertz). Please refer to your appliance specifications to be absolutely sure it will work with Italian power supply and avoid any kind of incident such as fire and electrocution…

… Your travel insurance will never cover the damages you cause to the location facilities

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