• AARP Members Save an additional $100 per person

    AARP Members Save an additional $100 pp
  • Past Travelers Save 5% - ends October 31, 2018

    Past Travelers Save 5% - ends Oct 31, 2018

Highlights of the Italian Lakes

8 Days from $1,075 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Comfortable

The Italian Lakes take center 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.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

Print Itinerary

Overview

The Italian Lakes take center 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.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers are provided from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in Saronno; transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Well known for its almond or apricot kernel biscuits (amaretti), the sweet, almond-flavored Italian liqueur called Amaretto is also produced in this town. After checking in, relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an included dinner at the hotel. 

    meal(s):Dinner
    hotel:Starhotels Grand Milan
  2. After breakfast, enjoy a short drive to Lake Como and an included cruise to Bellagio known as 'the pearl of the Lake'. The legendary beauty of this tiny lakeside village has attracted the rich and famous throughout the centuries.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Starhotels Grand Milan
  3. 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 at your hotel on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Villa Carlotta
  4. Lake Maggiore is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and one of the most scenic. Immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's novel ‘A Farewell To Arms'. You will have a free day to explore or perhaps take an excursion to the Borromean Islands.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Villa Carlotta
  5. 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 savor the atmosphere of this historic city. This afternoon, take a scenic drive along Lake Garda, before arriving at your hotel for a two-night stay.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Mercure Nerocubo
  6. 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
    hotel:Mercure Nerocubo
  7. En route to Milan, stop and visit the attractive town of Bergamo by funicular. Ascend to the upper town enjoying the breathtaking views. On arrival in Milan, enjoy a walking tour of the city center with your Local Specialist including views of the Gothic Duomo, the 19th-century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel with your companions.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Holiday Inn Nord Zara
  8. This morning, say ‘arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable vacation. Return transfers will arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport at 7:30 am and 10:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
Request a Quote
  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Print Itinerary
  • Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
6 Apr 19 13 Apr 19 checkmark $1,075pp Request Quote Book Now
13 Apr 19 20 Apr 19 $1,195pp Request Quote Book Now
20 Apr 19 27 Apr 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
27 Apr 19 4 May 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
4 May 19 11 May 19 checkmark $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
11 May 19 18 May 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
18 May 19 25 May 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
25 May 19 1 Jun 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
1 Jun 19 8 Jun 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
8 Jun 19 15 Jun 19 checkmark $1,195pp Request Quote Book Now
15 Jun 19 22 Jun 19 $1,195pp Request Quote Book Now
22 Jun 19 29 Jun 19 $1,195pp Request Quote Book Now
29 Jun 19 6 Jul 19 checkmark $1,195pp Request Quote Book Now
6 Jul 19 13 Jul 19 $1,195pp Request Quote Book Now
13 Jul 19 20 Jul 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
20 Jul 19 27 Jul 19 checkmark $1,095pp Request Quote Book Now
27 Jul 19 3 Aug 19 $1,095pp Request Quote Book Now
3 Aug 19 10 Aug 19 $1,095pp Request Quote Book Now
10 Aug 19 17 Aug 19 $1,095pp Request Quote Book Now
17 Aug 19 24 Aug 19 checkmark $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
24 Aug 19 31 Aug 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
31 Aug 19 7 Sep 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
7 Sep 19 14 Sep 19 checkmark $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
14 Sep 19 21 Sep 19 checkmark $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
21 Sep 19 28 Sep 19 $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now
28 Sep 19 5 Oct 19 checkmark $1,225pp Request Quote Book Now

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 $240 per person

Triple Room Discount: $30 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $78 per person

Airport transfers: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm to Saronno. 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 7:30 am and 10:30 am.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Print Itinerary

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

10 meals: 7 Buffet breakfasts, 3 Three-course dinners.

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Lake Como Enjoy the alpine peaks and sparkling waters of this scenic lake as well as an included cruise to Bellagio
  • 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
  • Verona Orientation walk including views of Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena
  • Lake Garda Visit Italy's largest lake and enjoy breathtaking scenery on an included scenic drive
  • Bergamo Visit this fascinating historic city with two distinct centers. Enjoy a funicular ride with spectacular views
  • Milan Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Milan with your Local Specialist including the Duomo, the Galleria and La Scala

Request a Quote
  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Print Itinerary

Reviews

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Tripta Chabra
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Possibly Except for the problem encountered in Belegrate. Hotel Corallato whisch was not only below standard with no A/c for two nights when it was above 90 plus F temperature. The food in that hotel was also below par
Vacation : Could have been better if we were taken to lake Como than drive by it
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Indira Throp
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Always very punctual and the the sight steering selection of places very good. Disappointed with bland food at the first 2 hotels and were surprised that no salt and pepper were on the table to give any taste to the food . The visit to Dolomites were excellent.
Vacation : Was disappointed with the bland food at the first 2 hotels .
Monday, August 20, 2018
Yoginder Chabra
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Over all it was good tour but very disappointed with Hotel Villa Carlotta in BELIGRATE. THERE WAS NO AIR CONDITIONING IN A OLD FASHIONED ROOM WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WAS ABOVE 90 degrees F . Small fan in the room made 2 nights stay miserable. We expected a better class of hotel with better dinner and No Salt/ Pepper in the dinning hall.Actually every hotel customers were trying to find and chase only one set of salt pepper bottles.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We are sorry to hear about your experience at the Villa Carlotta. We will share this with the Quality Control team immediately.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Vacation : Wish the tour included the actual visit to lake Como and not just drive by it
Request a Quote
  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Print Itinerary
  • 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. 

  • 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 24 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.

Request a Quote
  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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.

Lugano

Mount San Salvatore and Lake Cruise

Adult Price: CHf57.00 | Child Price: €55.00

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.

Italian Lakes

Dinner In Saronno

Adult Price: €60.00

Join us for a delightful dinner, drinks and music at a beautifully converted farmhouse in Saronno.

Italian Lakes

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.

Italian Lakes

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.

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).

Italian Lakes

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

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.

Request a Quote
  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Be the First to Know!

Sign up for our emails and receive exclusive offers, travel information, announcements, and more!
Providing peace of mind and unparalleled service for over 40 years.