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Highlights of the Italian Lakes

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8 Days from $1,025 per person

Countries Visited

Italy, Switzerland ...more Italy, Switzerland

Locations Visited

Milan, Saronno, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Rovereto, Lake Garda, Lake District, Bergamo ...more Milan, Saronno, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Rovereto, Lake Garda, Lake District, Bergamo
  1. Day 1 Arrive Milan – Saronno (2 Nights)

    Milan enjoys our company for just a brief while before we head to Saronno, a pretty little town best known for the famous Amaretto liqueur whose honey-almond flavours are a sweet delight after dinner. You'll have some time to explore on your own before meeting your Travel Director and travel companions for an included dinner at your hotel.

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

    It's just a short hop to Lake Como, whose deep blue waters have inspired great writers like Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway. Once you've arrived, you'll see for yourself why this idyllic retreat has endured as a firm favourite among aristocrats, celebrities and locals since Roman times. Board your included cruise to Bellagio, the pearl of the lake, with its steep lanes and sophisticated harbour area. Soak up the fresh lake breeze, as you cruise past luxurious villas and elegant terraced gardens that line the lush hills along the lake's expansive coastline. You could spend hours sipping a refreshing Spritz and watching the world go by but you'll want to join an optional dinner in Como instead.

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

    As you cross the border into Switzerland this morning, you may do a double take arriving in Lugano, known as the 'Monte Carlo of Switzerland'. Italy has had quite the magic touch on shaping its culinary, cultural and architectural scene as you'll come to see in its piazze and along the narrow streets. Choose an optional scenic cruise on Lake Lugano or take a leisurely stroll along its lakeside promenades or indulge in some well-deserved retail therapy - the city is famous for its high-end fashion boutiques. Once you've bagged all the best buys, return to Italy for a two-night stay at your hotel on the western shores of Lake Maggiore, Italy's second-largest lake. Tuck into another Italian cena before turning in for the evening.

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

    Immortalised in Hemingway's 1920s novel 'A Farewell to Arms', Lake Maggiore is one of Italy's most scenic lake landscapes. With so many hidden treasures to uncover, we've included a free day for you to do whatever you wish. You won't need to wander far for those same epic views of the surrounding mountains and "lake in the sunlight" to inspire you as they did him. One of our favourite options is to join an exhilarating excursion to the Borromean Islands, purchased by the Borromeo family in the 16th century and still owned by them. Explore the magnificent palace and elegant gardens that remain dotted across the lake's islands and islets to this day.

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

    Lose yourself in the tragic love affair of Romeo and Juliet when you visit Verona. Your orientation tour of this romantic Italian city will include views of the ancient Roman Arena and balcony where a fictional Juliet once called for her Romeo. During your free time, visit the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore - one of the most important religious buildings in the area and the site where the two star-crossed lovers bound themselves together for eternity. The sun at its peak, we take a scenic drive along Lake Garda, renowned for its crystal-clear waters. Snap a selfie and admire the view before arriving at your hotel for your two-night stay

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    hotel Mercure Nerocubo
  6. Day 6 Lake District Free Day

    Throw your guidebook out the window and switch off your phone. This is the perfect time to indulge in a relaxing lakeside siesta, as Italian families have done for centuries. Kick back on the shores of Lake Garda and reflect on the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you, watch the world go by or let your mind contemplate your next journey. If you're feeling energetic, you could make the most of your time by joining a full-day Optional Experience to Bolzano, capital of southern Tyrol. Shop in the arcaded streets and soak up the mountain views.

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  7. Day 7 Rovereto – Bergamo – Milan (1 Night)

    Our return journey to Milan would not be complete without a stop in Bergamo, enveloped within Venetian walls whose construction famously caused eight excommunications by the local clergy. You may agree it was worth it when you board the funicular which has been ferrying locals and visitors for over a century to the Upper Town, enjoying the most breathtaking views of the town's beautiful gardens and even the Apennines on a clear day. Arriving in Milan, your walking tour with a Local Specialist will reveal some of the city's most treasured sights, including the 19th-century Gothic Duomo and La Scala Opera House, which you could choose to visit as an Optional Experience. Later, you'll toast a fond farewell to an exhilarating journey over dinner at your hotel with new friends.

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

    Your heart full and probably a few pounds heavier, it's time to close the curtain on an enchanting encounter with the Italian Lakes. For now, it's arrivederci but not goodbye forever as you say farewell to your travel companions and Travel Director before catching your return transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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Highlights of the Italian Lakes
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 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 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

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

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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
Diane Tortolani
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Service
Itinerary was good. Guide was good weather great!
Vacation
Enjoyed the trip. Hotels were good.
Margaret Yaeger
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Service
Alicia has been great and very responsive to my inquiries.
Vacation
The tour guide, Alissa, and our driver made this an exceptional trip. I also traveled with 36 other congenial people. This trip exceeded my expectations. The additional excursions enhanced the trip.
Tripta Chabra
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
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
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
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
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
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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