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Best of the Italian Lakes

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Lake Garda
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $1,925 per person

Once the popular vacation retreat of Europe's nobility, today a stylish sojourn for those who enjoy an idyllic setting of pretty lakeside villages and deep blue waters set against the foothills of the Alps. 

Enjoy a tasty cappuccino on Como's lakeside promenade and explore 14th century Marostica, the rich flavors of Modena, and Milan, the world's fashion and design capital.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the picturesque thermal resort of Baveno on the shore of Lake Maggiore. This evening meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Simplon
  3. After a leisurely start enjoy free time this morning to explore Baveno with its Romanesque bell and octagonal baptistery. Later travel to scenic Lake Como, a popular retreat for aristocrats and celebrities since Roman times, and visit Como town. Walk along its beautiful waterfront with a gelato in hand, or relax with a cappuccino in this picturesque lakeside setting before returning to your hotel later in the afternoon.
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  4. Visit the ancient town of Bergamo near the foothills of the Alps. Explore the streets of the medieval old town with its Renaissance architecture reflected in the exquisite Piazza Vecchia at the heart of the city and the 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore basilica. Continue your journey to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. Dine at your hotel this evening.
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    hotel:Villa Maria
  5. Your full day excursion starts by visiting Marostica, a beautiful 14th century town renowned for its annual living chess event held in September, although the acclaimed festival's chessboard is visible in the Piazza Castello all year round. See the town's old city walls, two castles and take in the beautiful city views. Finish this leisurely day by visiting Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy and magnificent scenery. Return later to Lake Garda.
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  6. In Shakespeare's romantic city of Verona, view the Roman arena and Juliet's Balcony during your walking tour of the town with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this city at your own pace, with suggested visits to the 1st century Arena, Castelvecchio's city art museum with its rich collection of medieval sculpture and Renaissance paintings, and Lamberti's Tower offering spectacular views of the city. Join your companions this evening for delicious Be My Guest dining experience with a local family.
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  7. You have a whole day to do as you please - explore the largest lake in Italy or spend the day relaxing. Visit one of the quaint lakeside towns and their markets to shop for local produce such as olive oil and cheese, take a leisurely walk along the Lakeside Path or venture further afield and see some of the lake's sights including the 13th century Scalinger Castle, Catullo's Grotto or the 5th century wooden statue of St. Peter near Bogliaco. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks at an altitude of over 3,000 meters.
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  8. Enjoy today's excursion to the interesting gastronomic city of Modena. A Local Specialist will walk you through the Old Town and show you the Piazza Grande including views of the Ghirlandina Tower. You will also see the magnificent 12th century Romanesque cathedral. Sample some of the local specialty balsamic vinegars. After a short drive visit the Ferrari Museum for a Cultural Insight into the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari.
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  9. This morning leave the lakes behind and travel towards the major world fashion and design capital of Milan. On arrival, see the sights during an orientation of the city center including the Gothic Duomo, 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time to do some last-minute shopping on Milan's famous boulevards, Via Montenapoleano, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening join your fellow travelers to celebrate the end of your vacation at a Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:Starhotels Business Palace
  10. Say ‘arrivederci' this morning to Italy and your companions at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

8 nights, 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Meet Giovanna and her family for a traditional dinner and tales of Lake Garda life in the quaint town of lakeside town of Lazise

Cultural Insight

  • A celebration of all things Ferrari – present and future – the Ferrari Museum in Maranello includes a permanent exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 complete with cars and a pit stop wall

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Verona and Modena

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Verona, Modena
  • Orientation of Bergamo, Milan
  • Visit beautiful Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda, the towns of Bassano del Grappa, Marostica, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello
  • View the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Romanesque Cathedral in Modena, the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan
  • See the Roman Arena in Verona
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $320 p.p.

Triple Discount: $40 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $64 per person.

Airport transfer: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, transfers will operate at 9:30am, 1:00pm and 3:30pm to Baveno, Lake Maggiore. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7:30am and 10:30am.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink.  Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Saturday, May 27, 2017
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Service rating : I didn't like traveling with a severely handicapped woman. I like Grand European Travel service and would use their service again, and I would recommend them to others.
Vacation : I had a very enjoyable trip. The mountains are gorgeous.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Except for the Dolomites the trip was disappointing. The tours were uninteresting. Too much walking in general. After finishing the daily tours we walked quite far to the coach and again for the evening meal.
Vacation : See above
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry to see you did not enjoy this trip. All of the trips we offer include a great deal of walking. We do try to prepare our guests for that in all of our materials. We do hope that despite the walking, you were able to enjoy some of the trip. We appreciate your feedback.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I wasn't on this trip
Vacation : Bad

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 Lake Como

Adult Price: € 38

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Discover The Borromean Islands

Adult Price: € 41

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).

Lake Garda Discovery

Adult Price: € 43

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

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 Tramvia, or Funivia in the local parlance, where you can enjoy incredible panoramas from this famous mountain plateau.

Lake Garda

Spectacular Countryside and Dinner

Adult Price: € 65

We take a scenic drive from Lake Garda to the tiny village of Borghetto on the banks of the River Mincio, famous for it’s medieval bridge and ancient water mills. In this idyllic location, we'll enjoy a delicious meal of local specialities with wine and soft drinks included.

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

Adult Price: € 45

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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