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Highlights of the Italian Lakes

Lake Garda, Italy
9 Days from $1,075 per person

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.

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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 from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in Saronno. Well known for its almond or apricot kernel biscuits (amaretti), the sweet, almond-flavoured Italian liqueur called Amaretto is also produced in this town. After check-in relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an included dinner at the hotel.
    hotel:Starhotels Grand Milan
  3. After breakfast enjoy a short drive to Lake Como and an included cruise to Bellagio known as 'the pearl of Lake Como'. The legendary beauty of this tiny lakeside village has attracted the rich and famous throughout the centuries.
  4. 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 in the Lake District region.
  5. After breakfast a short drive brings you to Lake Maggiore which is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and one of the most scenic. Immortalised in American writer Ernest Hemingway's novel ‘A Farewell To Arms', you will have free time to explore or perhaps take an excursion to the Borromean Islands. Later return to your hotel for an included dinner.
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  6. 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. Later you will have free time to savor the atmosphere of this historic city. This afternoon take a scenic drive along Lake Garda. Later check into your hotel for a two-night stay.
    hotel:Mercure Nerocubo
  7. Consider taking a boat trip across the 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.
  8. En route to Milan stop and visit the attractive town of Bergamo for some free time. 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 a final dinner at the hotel with your companions.
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    hotel:Novotel Milano Nord Ca Granda
  9. This morning, say ‘arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable vacation. Transfers are available to Milan Malpensa Airport. Conditions apply.

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19 May 17 27 May 17 checkmark $1,075pp
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30 Jun 17 8 Jul 17 $1,075pp
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22 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 checkmark $1,075pp
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29 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 $1,075pp
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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 $220.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $57 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.

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Meal Summary

7 buffet breakfasts, 3 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Enjoy the alpine peaks and sparkling waters of this scenic lake as well as an included cruise to Bellagio
  • Visit the Swiss city of Lugano located on the shores of this spectacular lake
  • Visit Italy's second-largest lake and see the beautiful towns, villages and gardens
  • Orientation walk including views of Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena
  • Visit Italy's largest lake and enjoy breathtaking scenery on an included scenic drive
  • Visit this fascinating historic city with two distinct centers
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Milan with your Local Specialist including the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala

  • 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 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.


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