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Highlights of the Italian Lakes

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8 Days from $1,095 per person
Lake Garda, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy

Locations Visited

Milan, Saronno, Como, Lugano, Stesea, Lake Maggiore, Verona, Rovereto, Berg… more Milan, Saronno, Como, Lugano, Stesea, Lake Maggiore, Verona, Rovereto, Bergamo
  1. Day 1 Arrive Milan – Saronno (2 Nights)

    Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers are 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 checking in, relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an included dinner at the hotel.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Starhotels Grand Milan
  2. Day 2 Lake Como Excursion

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Saronno – Lugano (Switzerland) – Lake Maggiore (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Villa Carlotta
  4. Day 4 Lake Maggiore Free Day

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Lake Maggiore – Verona – Lake Garda Scenic Drive – Rovereto (2 Nights)

    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 savour 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Nerocubo
  6. Day 6 Lake District Free Day

    Consider joining 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Rovereto – Bergamo – Milan

    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 centre 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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn Nord Zara
  8. Day 8 Depart Milan

    This morning, say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Milan Malpensa Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 7 Buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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 centres. 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

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Como

Italian Lakes Dinner in Como

Explore Como town before joining us for a delightful dinner with drinks at a local restaurant.
Adult Price: €59

Lugano

Mount San Salvatore and Lake Cruise

Enjoy a scenic lake cruise to view villas and villages on the shores of Lake Lugano. After, we’ll board the funicular to gradually take us to the summit of Lugano’s most well-known mountain and to the balcony of the Swiss Alps! Here you'll have time to explore and admire the beautiful views and breathe the fresh mountain air.
Adult Price: CHF.56

Italian Lakes

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organized 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).
Adult Price: €43

Visit Lake Orta And San Giulio Island

Come with us to Pettenasco, on the shores of Lake Orta, to experience northern Italy's best-kept secret with a Local Specialist. After you've had some time to stroll and take in the area's beauty, you'll cruise to the island of San Giulio, famous for its peaceful atmosphere and delightful church.
Adult Price: €38

Experience Varese And Sacro Monte

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.
Adult Price: €23

Lake Garda Discovery

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.
Adult Price: €43

Bolzano and the Dolomite Mountains

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.
Adult Price: €62

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the highlights of Milan, including the famous La Scala Opera House, which is still the World's most famous for performing artists and public alike. Afterward, you’ll visit another of the city’s highlights with our Local Specialist who will bring to life Milan’s eventful history.
Adult Price: €45

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Tripta Chabra
Travel date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Service
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
Indira Throp
Travel date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Service
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 .
Yoginder Chabra
Travel date: Monday, August 20, 2018
Service
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
Daniel Vaughn
Travel date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Service
We had a great time. The tour included a nice variety of rural and city experiences. Gianluca D'errico made the trip fun and informative. We would recommend GET Tours. This was our second trip with them.
Vacation
The optional excursions were a good value.
Kathryn Leber
Travel date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Service
An excellent tour guide, very nice accommodations and wonderful places to visit.
Vacation
Great tours with a tour guide who was engaging and knowledgeable.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Service
It was a good value for the price.
Vacation
The hotels could have been a little nicer and had locations close to things to do or see. Otherwise it was a GREAT trip
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