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Highlights of the Italian Lakes

Duration 8 days

Destinations visited :
  • Italy
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  • Switzerland
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Say yes to a love affair with Italy’s elegant lake district. Stunning 19th-century façades with tumbling wisteria and pretty lakeside villages against the backdrop of the towering snow-capped Alps make this the perfect place to explore life the way only the Italians can – to the fullest. On this 8-day journey, savour your free hours in heavenly surroundings, mixing it up with visits to the fashion capital of Milan, the sophisticated cobblestone streets of Lugano and medieval Bergamo.

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DAY 1

Arrive Milan – Saronno (2 Nights)
Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers are provided from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in Saronno. Well known for its almond or apricot kernel biscuits (amaretti), the sweet, almond-flavoured Italian liqueur called Amaretto is also produced in this town. After checking in, relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an included dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Starhotels Grand Milan
Meal: Dinner

DAY 2

Lake Como Excursion
After breakfast, enjoy a short drive to Lake Como and an included cruise to Bellagio known as ‘the pearl of the Lake’. The legendary beauty of this tiny lakeside village has attracted the rich and famous throughout the centuries.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Saronno – Lugano (Switzerland) – Lake Maggiore (2 Nights)
This morning, make your way to the Swiss city of Lugano which is also known as the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’. An ever-growing number of celebrities, entertainers and successful athletes have residences along the shores of this scenic lake. Enjoy free time to walk along the lake or do a little shopping for Swiss souvenirs. Later, travel back to Italy for a two-night stay at your hotel on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Villa Carlotta
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4

Lake Maggiore Free Day
Lake Maggiore is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and one of the most scenic. Immortalised in Ernest Hemingway’s novel ‘A Farewell To Arms’. You will have a free day to explore or perhaps take an excursion to the Borromean Islands.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5

Lake Maggiore – Verona – Lake Garda Scenic Drive – Rovereto (2 Nights)
This morning, travel to Shakespeare’s romantic Verona where you enjoy an orientation tour of the town including sights such as the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony. Afterwards, you will have free time to savour the atmosphere of this historic city. This afternoon, take a scenic drive along Lake Garda, before arriving at your hotel for a two-night stay.
Hotel: Mercure Nerocubo
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Lake District Free Day
Consider joining a full-day Optional Experience into the Dolomite Mountains where you can ride a cable car up one of the mountain peaks for spectacular views.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Rovereto – Bergamo – Milan
En route to Milan, stop and visit the attractive town of Bergamo by funicular. Ascend to the upper town enjoying the breathtaking views. On arrival in Milan, enjoy a walking tour of the city centre with your Local Specialist including views of the Gothic Duomo, the 19th-century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel with your companions.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Nord Zara
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 8

Depart Milan
This morning, say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Milan Malpensa Airport. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Lake Como Enjoy the alpine peaks and sparkling waters of this scenic lake as well as an included cruise to Bellagio
  • Lake Lugano Visit the Swiss city of Lugano located on the shores of this spectacular lake
  • Lake Maggiore Visit Italy’s second-largest lake and see the beautiful towns, villages and gardens
  • Verona Orientation walk including views of Juliet’s Balcony and the Roman Arena
  • Lake Garda Visit Italy’s largest lake and enjoy breathtaking scenery on an included scenic drive
  • Bergamo Visit this fascinating historic city with two distinct centres. Enjoy a funicular ride with spectacular views
  • Milan Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Milan with your Local Specialist including the Duomo, the Galleria and La Scala

Dining Highlights

  • 7 Buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply
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Highlights of the Italian Lakes

Say yes to a love affair with Italy’s elegant lake district. Stunning 19th-century façades with tumbling wisteria and pretty lakeside villages against the backdrop of the towering snow-capped Alps make this the perfect place to explore life the way only the Italians can – to the fullest. On this 8-day journey, savour your free hours in heavenly surroundings, mixing it up with visits to the fashion capital of Milan, the sophisticated cobblestone streets of Lugano and medieval Bergamo.