The Italian Lakes – 5 days

  • Days: 5
  • Nights: 4

Programme

1st Day: Lake Garda
Late afternoon arrival at Garda Lake, the largest of the Italian lakes, renowned since ancient times for its mild climate. Check in at the hotel located on the southern coast of the lake or nearby. Dinner and overnight stay.


2nd Day: Discovering the Lake
After breakfast, depart for Lake Garda with a local guide. We will drive along the west and eastern coasts of the lake. Along these 165 Km. long coasts we will admire the lake waters in all their splendour, together with beautiful little towns such as Manerba del Garda famous for its vineyards, the colourful village of Salò, where Gaspare Bertolotti, the inventor of the violin was born, and then Gardone Riviera, a town that due to its mild climate has always been a popular holiday resort and where you can visit the ‘Vittoriale’, the last home of Gabriele D’Annunzio. We will also stop in Limone and finally, in Riva del Garda, where we will have lunch. On the way back we will visit Malcesine (dominated by Monte Baldo), with its Renaissance Palace and the Scaligeri Castle. Our itinerary will continue with a visit to Brenzone and Torre Benaco, where you can admire a 14th century Castle built on medieval ground. Other sites included in the tour are Bardolino, famous for its red wine and Lazise where you can see the Bastions and the ancient Venetian Custom. We will conclude the tour with a visit to Peschiera del Garda whose walls, still well maintained, surround the ancient part of this town. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


3rd Day: Lake Como / Lake Maggiore
After breakfast depart for Lake Como with a local guide. LakeComo has a very mild climate due to its abundance of tall mountains, which block the cold winds. Along the coasts of this lake grow oranges, lemons, Indian figs and many exotic plants. We will take the ferryboat from Varenna to Bellagio, one of the most elegant sites along the lake. Its picturesque streets climb the hill to reach the Villas surrounded by beautiful gardens. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon once again we will cross the lake by private boat to Cadenabbia. From here we will sail towards Como, then on to romantic Lake Maggiore. Check in at the hotel located in the Baveno region or nearby. Dinner and overnight stay.


4th Day: The Borromee Islands / Orta Lake
After breakfast, depart by private boat with a local guide to visit the Borromee Islands. We will see Isola Bella (Beautiful Island) and its Borromeo Palace surrounded by a beautiful garden adorned with fountains, statues, artificial grottoes and rare plants. After a pleasant walkthrough this fabulous garden, we will also visit Isola dei Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island), a picturesque small village and a favourite spot for many artists. Back to the hotel for lunch and in the afternoon a visit to Lake Orta, which is the smallest, but also the prettiest of the Italian lakes. Free time in the village of Orta San Giulio, a summer vacation spot abundant with flowers. Its typical narrow alleyways, and its houses decorated with wrought iron balconies are particularly noteworthy. In the late afternoon back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


5th Day: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and departure. End of our services.


Services included

- full board starting with dinner on the 1st day and ending
with breakfast on the 5th day
- 3 Stars hotel accommodation, rooms with private services
(classification of hotel according to the Italian standard)
- full day tour escort service on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day
- public boat Varenna /Bellagio on 3rd day (passengers only)
- public boat Bellaggio/Cadenabbia on 3rd day (passengers only)
- private boat for the half-day excursion to the Borromee Islands
on the 4th day
- private boat Orta/ Isola of San Giulio, round trip, on the 4th
day
- a personalized booklet with all relevant information necessary
for your stay
- our assistance throughout the whole stay
- all services specified in the above program

Services not included

- drinks
- entry fees to the sites
- guide at the Borromeo Palace on the 4th day
- boat trip for the bus from Varenna to Bellagio and then to
Cadenabbia on the 3rd day
- all services not specified in the above program



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