Highlights of the Italian Lakes

8 days

from $134 pppd

Trip available from Aug 2017 to Sep 2017.
"An experience of a lifetime"
Hsiao Ling Caroline Chai , Jun 2014

The Italian Lakes take centre stage on this journey through northern Italy. Peaceful lakeside villages and deep blue waters set against the foothills of the Alps combine with a visit to the fashion capital of Milan and Lugano in Switzerland.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
IHLKA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE MILAN – SARONNO (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers will be 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 check-in relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an included dinner at the hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Dinner

    Hotel

    Starhotels Grand Milan

  • 2.

    LAKE COMO EXCURSION

    After breakfast enjoy a short drive to Lake Como and an included cruise to Bellagio known as 'the pearl of Lake Como'. The legendary beauty of this tiny lakeside village has attracted the rich and famous throughout the centuries.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    SARONNO – LUGANO (SWITZERLAND) – VARESE (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 in the Lake District region.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Capolago

  • 4.

    LAKE MAGGIORE EXCURSION

    After breakfast a short drive brings you to Lake Maggiore which is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and one of the most scenic. Immortalised in American writer Ernest Hemingway's novel 'A Farewell To Arms', you will have free time to explore or perhaps take an excursion to the Borromean Islands. Later return to your hotel for an included dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

  • 5.

    VARESE – 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. Later check into your hotel for a two-night stay.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mercure Nerocubo

  • 6.

    LAKE DISTRICT FREE DAY

    Consider taking a boat trip across Lake Garda or maybe join 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(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 7.

    ROVERETO – BERGAMO – MILAN

    En route to Milan stop and visit the attractive town of Bergamo for some free time. 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 a final dinner at the hotel with your companions.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Novotel Milano Nord Ca Granda

  • 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(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bergamo

    Visit this fascinating historic city with two distinct centres
  • Lake Como

    Enjoy the alpine peaks and sparkling waters of this scenic lake as well as an included cruise to Bellagio
  • Lake Garda

    Visit Italy's largest lake and enjoy breathtaking scenery on an included scenic drive
  • 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
  • Milan

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Milan with your Local Specialist including the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala
  • Verona

    Orientation walk including views of Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena

Dining

  • 7 buffet breakfasts

  • 3 three course dinners

Unbeatable Features

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

ITALIAN LAKES

  • Discover The Borromean Islands

    Adult Price: €41.00 We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).
  • Experience Varese And Sacro Monte

    Adult Price: €23.00 Come with us to the city of Varese, on the border with Switzerland. Enjoy wonderful views from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sacro Monte as we take you to Estense Gardens. We'll end the tour of Varese's main sights and monuments with free time for shopping and relaxation.
  • Dinner In Saronno

    Adult Price: €60.00 Join us for a delightful dinner, drinks and music at a beautifully converted farmhouse in Saronno.
  • Lake Garda Discovery

    Adult Price: €43.00 Discover the largest of the Italian Lakes as we take a route along its scenic shoreline. You’ll get to enjoy views of mountains, lush countryside and its glistening blue waters as you cross the lake, taking in historical towns along the way.
  • Bolzano and the Dolomite Mountains

    Adult Price: €62.00 Come with us and follow the Adige Valley to Bolzano, capital of the southern part of the Tyrol. Here you'll have time to shop in the arcaded streets, take a cable car to the top of the Renon and ride on the century-old Tramvai, where you can enjoy incredible panoramas from this famous mountain plateau.

Lugano

  • Mount San Salvatore and Lake Cruise

    Adult Price: Fr.57.00 Enjoy a scenic lake cruise to view Villas and villages on the shores of Lugano lake. After we wil board the funicular which will take us gradually up to the summit of Lugano’s most well known mountain and to the balcony of the Swiss Alps! Here you will have time to explore and admire the beautiful views and breathe the fresh mountain air.

Milan

  • Treasures Of Milan

    Adult Price: €45.00 Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum.When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.
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