The Italian Lakes – 7 days

  • Days: 7
  • Nights: 6

Programme

1st day: Towards Lake Maggiore
Late afternoon arrival in the region of Baveno (or nearby location) on the banks of majestic Lake Maggiore. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight stay.


2nd day: The Borromee Islands / Pallanza
After breakfast, depart by private boat with your tour escort to visit the famous Borromee Islands.
We will visit Isola Bella (Beautiful Island) and its Borromeo Palace surrounded by majestic gardens adorned with fountains, ornate statues, artificial grottoes and rare plants. After a pleasant walk, we will also visit Isola dei Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island), a picturesque quaint village, and a haven for artists because of its narrow streets, ancient houses and incredible atmosphere. Back to the hotel for lunch and in the afternoon, departure for Pallanza, a beautiful vacation spot with villas abundant with flowers and enjoyable walking paths along the lakes. We will visit the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto, created by Captain Neil Mac Eacharn. The gardens contain more than 2500 botanical species among which is the azalea and many unique trees. In the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


3rd day: Cento Valli / Locarno / Lake Como
After breakfast, departure by bus for the town of Re situated 7 km from the Swiss border. Lunch in a typical restaurant and then we will visit the sanctuary of the Virgin, an impressivebuilding, Corinthian in style. In the afternoon departure by train from Re to Locarno. Tour of this splendid city, situated south of the Alps, on the banks of Lake Maggiore. In the evening, we continue on to Lake Como with accommodation in a hotel in the lake surroundings such as Albavilla. Dinner and overnight stay.


4th day: Lake Como / Lake Garda
After breakfast, departure by bus for Tremezzo and meeting with our local guide for a tour of Villa Carlotta, an elegant residence dating from the18th century and decorated with wonderful sculpture. You can admire the green caves abundant with flowers which provide a wonderful perfumed respite and from where you can enjoy a stunning view of the lake. We continue on with a boat trip from Cadenabbia to Bellaggio. We will enjoy a tour of this pretty, quaint village situated on the tip of the headland, which divides the lake in two. Lunch, after which we take another boat trip to reach Varenna and Lake Garda. Accommodation in a hotel situated on the south or south west of the lake or in the immediate surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay.


5th day: Sirmione / Verona
After breakfast, depart by private boat with our tour escort for an excursion (45 minutes) along the lake to see the romantic peninsula of Sirmione, considered to be the pearl of the lake. Crossing the lift bridge we will enter its historical centre where we will see the Scaglieri Castle, an imposing fortress of the Middle Ages, the Catullo Grottoes (outside view only) and explore further this ancient Roman city.
Lunch in a restaurant in the centre and departure for Verona where we can experience the atmosphere and architecture of medieval times -the Basilica of Saint Zeno and the picturesque Piazza delle Erbe, which leads us to the house of Juliet, the heroine of the famous Shakespearian play. Late in the afternoon we will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


6th day: Lake Garda
After breakfast, depart with our tour escort for a tour of the lake. On this excursion we will experience the splendid natural landscape, 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. We will also visit Gardone Riviera, which, due to its mild climate is a popular holiday resort and where you can visit the ‘Vittoriale’, the last home of Gabriele D’Annunzio. We make a short stop in Limone and finally reach Riva del Garda, where we will have lunch. On our return journey we will visit Malcesine (dominated by Monte Baldo), with its Renaissance Palace (ancient home of naval captains) and the Scaligeri Castle (with its impressive tower). We will continue on with a visit to Brenzone and Torre Benaco, where, as a testament to its interesting history, stands a Castle, built in the late 14th century on medieval remains. Other sites on the tour are Bardolino, famous for its red wine and Lazise where you can see the Bastions and the ancient Venetian border . We will conclude the tour with a visit to Peschiera del Garda whose walls, still solid and well maintained, surround the ancient part of the town. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


7th day: Departure
Breakfast and departure. Lunch along the way. End of our services.


Services included

- full board starting with dinner on the 1st day and ending
with lunch on the 7th day
- 3 Stars hotel accommodation, rooms with private services
(classification of hotel according to the Italian standard)
- half-day excursion (4 hours) by private boat to the
Borromee Islands (Island Bella and Pescatori) on the 2nd day
- full day tour escort service for the visit to the Borromee
Island and Villa Taranto on the 2nd day
- full day tour escort service for the visit to the Cento Valli
and Locarno on the 3rd day
- train journey from Domodossola to Locarno with a stop in Re on the 3rd day
- boat trip from Cadenabbia to Bellaggio and from Bellaggio to Varenna on the 4th day (passengers only)
- half day guided tour of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and of
Bellaggio (3 hours) on the 4th day
- half-day tour escort service (3 hours) for the boat trip and the visit to Sirmione on the 5th day
- excursion by boat on Lake Garda (45 minutes ca.) on the 5th day
- half day guided tour of Verona (2 hours) on the 5th day
- full day tour escort service (7 hours) for the visit to Lake
Garda on the 6th 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
- entrance fee at the sites
- guided tour (inside)of Palazzo Borromeo (inside) on the 2nd day
- boat trip for the bus from Cadenabbia to Varenna on the 4th day
- all services not specified in the above program

Upon request
4 stars hotel
4 stars hotel costs are also availableUpon request
4 stars hotel



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