The Enchanting Italian Lakes and Venice

  • Days: 8
  • Nights: 7

Day 01: Arrival to Milan and Lake Maggiore

Arrival at Milano Malpensa airport. Transfer in private car to Lake Maggiore. Accommodation in a 4* or 4* superior hotel in the town of Baveno or surroundings. Overnight stay.

Day 02: Lake Maggiore

After breakfast departure for an excursion of the Borromean Islands. From the hotel you will reach the embarkation area in Baveno or Stresa (transfer not included). With a local guide you will reach by boat the Bella Island with its Borromean Palace, marvelous example of Baroque style (entrance fee included). After a walk around its beautiful garden you will reach the Fishermen’s Island. Free time for lunch and visit of the Madre Island, the biggest island of the Borromean archipelago (entrance to the botanical garden included). Return to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 03: Lake Como – Lake Garda

After breakfast departure by private transfer. You will reach Como Lake exactly Tremezzo where you will meet your local guide for a visit of Villa Carlotta (entrance fee included). This structure is an elegant residence which dates back to 18th cen. and is decorated with wonderful sculptures. In the afternoon departure for Garda Lake. Accommodation in a 4* or 4* superior hotel in Gardone Riviera or surroundings. Overnight stay.

Day 04: Lake Garda

After breakfast departure by private transfer for Sirmione, where you will reach the lakefront road Lungolago Diaz. Departure by boat with your local guide for an excursion along the lake and the enchanting Sirmione peninsula considered as the pearl of the lake. Free afternoon. Return trasnfer to your hotel and overnight stay.

Day 05: Departure for Venice

After breakfast departure for Venice. Arrival in Piazzale Roma (Venice) and transfer by private boat to your 4* hotel located in the city centre. Accommodation. In the afternoon guided walking tour of Venice and its main attractions: San Marco Square and its Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bell Tower (entrance fees not included). Return to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 06: Venice

After breakfast visit of the most important palace in Venice: the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), symbol of Venice political power for many centuries, having been the official residence of the Doge during the age of Republic. Today is a marvelous example of Gothic and Renaissance style building situated in San Marco Square. It is especially a wonderful museum with its rooms entirely decorated by excellent painters such as the famous Tintoretto (reservation and entrance fees included). In the afternoon a romantic gondola tour (serenade is optional) will take you through Venice enchanting canals, important places for cultural and commercial exchanges. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 07: Murano and Burano artisans – Torcello

Breakfast at the hotel. ACTV tickets will be at your disposal for the entire day (tickets for public transportation, valid for 24 hours from the first utilization – you will be given a voucher to collect the tickets from any authorized ticket office). You will enjoy a half day excursion of the lagoon islands with an escort who will accompany you during the visit of the islands. First you will reach Murano, famous for its artisans who realize marvelous handmade glass productions; Burano the fishermen’s island known for its colorful houses and the art of lace; Torcello Island, with the visit of Santa Maria Assunta (entrance fee included). Return to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 08: Transfer to Venice airport

After breakfast transfer by private boat to Venice airport.

Included services:

-Accommodation in a 4* or 4* superior hotel (according to availability) with bed & breakfast treatment in double room;
-Transfer in private car from Milano Malpensa airport to the hotel on day 01;
-Full day excursion of Borromean Islands (max 7 h) with local guide and entrances to Bella Island and Madre Island on day 02;
-Tremezzo (3 hours - entrance fee included);
-Guided visit of Villa Carlotta on day 03;
-Excursion by private boat (30 min) along Sirmione peninsula;
-Local guide for the visit of Sirmione (3 hours) on day 04;
-Transfer by private boat from Piazzale Roma in Venice to the hotel (or the nearest disembarkation area) on day 04;
-Half day guided visit of Venice (2 h) on day 05;
-Guided visit of Doge’s Palace (2 h) on day 06 (reservation and entrance fees included);
-Gondola tour (30 min until 18h30) on day 06;
-ACTV public transportation tickets, valid for 24 hours from the first utilization, on day 07;
-Escort during the visit of the lagoon islands Murano, Burano and Torcello (max 5 hours) on day 07;
-Entrance to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello on day 07;
-Transfer by private boat from the hotel in Venice (or the nearest embarkation area) to Venice airport on day 08;
-Assistance during the whole stay;
-All services mentioned in the programme.

Not included services:

-Meals and drinks;
-Lunch in Fishermen’s Island on day 02;
-The serenade during the gondola tour on day 06;
-Entrance fees
-City tax to be paid on spot (to be confirmed):
-All services not mentioned in the programme

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