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Best of the Italian Lakes

9 Day Tour to Milan, Lake Como & Lake Garda

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9 Days
1 Country

Italy

8 Cities

Milan, Baveno, Como, Bergamo, Desenzano del Garda, Verona, Mantua, Modena

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Plenty of free time. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Discover the Italians’ favorite holiday haunts on this irresistible Italian Lakes trip. Linger over a sweet gelato on the shores of Lake Maggiore, sample authentic balsamic vinegar in Modena, then ease into the easy-going local way of life in enchanting lakeside villages.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Journey from Milan to Lake Maggiore

A favorite summer retreat for the who's who of Italy for centuries provides an enchanting backdrop for your first day in Italy. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the charming resort of Baveno on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a Light Supper with a drink this evening to meet your fellow travel companions and Travel Director before embarking on your journey together.

View of Lake Maggiore, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Simplon Baveno
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Admire Beautiful Lake Como

Journey through Italy's exquisite Lake District to scenic Lake Como. Walk along the beautiful Como waterfront or relax by the lake indulging in a tasty gelato. Then it’s time to ease into la dolce vita, strolling along the lake shore at Baveno – the gentle sounds of this lakeside setting are a soulful way to enjoy your afternoon. Spend free time exploring Baveno with its Romanesque bell tower and octagonal baptistery.

Old town of Lake Como, Italy
Accommodation Hotel Simplon Baveno
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Old town of Lake Como, Italy
Explore Como

Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Lake Como, Italy
Discover Lake Como

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.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Borromeo Palace Garden in Lake Maggiore, Italy
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Continue to Lake Garda

The enchanting lanes of Bergamo, near the foothills of the Alps, yield architectural and artistic treasures which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning. Wander past centuries-old Renaissance façades and into the exquisite Piazza Vecchia built on the site of an ancient Roman forum, the heart of political power in the city for several centuries. See the ornate Contarini Fountain and 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, which the people of Bergamo built to thank the Virgin Mary for coming to their aid in the midst of the plague during the 12th century. We continue our love affair with the Italian Lakes, traveling to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay, where long, lazy days are a way of life. 

Shops in Bergamo, Italy
Accommodation Palace Hotel Desenzano Del Garda
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Bergamo cityscape, Bergamo, Italy
Explore Bergamo

See Bergamo's characteristic bell towers and admire the city's captivating Renaissance architecture.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Meal in Borghetto Village, Italy
Spectacular Countryside and Dinner

We'll venture off the beaten track to view Borghetto, one of Italy’s most picturesque villages, located below an impressive medieval bridge spannin...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Explore Verona

Romance is in the air today as we journey to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's tragic star-crossed lovers. Our walking tour with a Local Specialist will take us to Juliet's Balcony, as well as the incredible Roman arena, still in use today. There is also plenty of time to explore the city at leisure - see the seven medieval towers of Castelvecchio, relax under the shady trees in Verona's expansive Piazza Bra or clamber up Lamberti's Tower for magnificent views.

Juliet's Balcony in Verona, Italy
Accommodation Palace Hotel Desenzano Del Garda
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Arena Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy
Verona City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on a sightseeing walk along Verona's charming central streets. See the bronze statue of Juliet and the Roman arena. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Tour of Lake Garda, Italy
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 a...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Discover the Treasures of Mantua

A leisurely start to your day could see you stroll along the lakefront and enjoy a quiet coffee. Later today, you’ll embark on a half-day excursion to Mantua, a European 'Capital of Gastronomy' renowned for its significant role in the history of opera. Surrounded by lakes, this historic city with its UNESCO-listed center is a delight to explore as you’ll come to discover during your visit. See architectural treasures and artefacts, elegant palaces and Renaissance cityscapes before returning to the picturesque lakeside setting of Lake Garda. This evening, enjoy a Be My Guest experience featuring local fare with the Serenelli family. On this memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you’ll hear all about the farm’s incredible role in Napoleon’s Battle of Solferino, the bloody aftermath of which inspired the establishment of the International Red Cross.

Piazza delle Erbe in Mantua, Italy
Accommodation Palace Hotel Desenzano Del Garda
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Piazza delle Erbe in Mantua, Italy
Visit Mantua

Visit UNESCO-listed Mantua. See the central arcade and grand dome of the basilica as you stroll past gold-toned façades. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Be My Guest Join the Serenelli family for dinner, Solferino, Italy
Dine with the Serenelli Family at their Didactic Farm, Featuring Home-Grown Produce

Join the Serenelli family for a Be My Guest dinner featuring home-grown produce. Learn about their local history and the formation of the Red Cross...

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Be My Guest

Day 6

Lake Garda Your Way

Indulge in a full day at leisure to soak up the picture-perfect setting of Italy's largest lake. Journey along its tranquil shores, stopping at lakeside villages to savor the intoxicating aroma of lemons around every turn. Enjoy the flavors of delicious local olive oils and cheese at local markets, stroll along flower-lined lakeside paths or visit the lake's extraordinary sights. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountains, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks over 10,000 feet (3,000 m).

View of Lake Garda, Italy
Accommodation Palace Hotel Desenzano Del Garda
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Sudtirol and Dolomite Mountains in Alto Adige, Italy
Sudtirol and the Dolomite Mountains

Come with us as we follow the Adige Valley to Bolzano, capital of the southern part of the Tyrol. Admire the Dolomite mountains from diverse angles...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Admire Ferraris in Modena

Our day starts with a gourmet interlude at a historic, traditional Acetaia on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to taste the delicious sweet and sour flavors of some of the world’s best organic and biodynamic balsamic vinegar. This experience contributes to UN Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. We continue to the gastronomic hub of Modena, home of sparkling Lambrusco, salty prosciutto and the intense aromas of parmigiano, for an exploration with a local specialist. Wander past pastel-hued façades in the heart of the city that was the birthplace of Ferrari, Pavarotti and tortellini. Modena's Old Town and the magnificent Piazza Grande with its 12th century cathedral and Torre Civica, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon we visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum where we Dive Into Culture and explore the history of this Italian icon. This evening, enjoy a leisurely dinner in our Italian lakeside resort.

Eating bread with oil in Modena, Italy
Accommodation Palace Hotel Desenzano Del Garda
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena
Discover an unforgettable experience at the Enzo Ferrari Museum

Celebrate all things Ferrari, past, present and future, at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena. This pit stop includes intriguing exhibitions and an ...

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Old Town Modena, Italy
Modena City Tour

Delve into the history and culture of Modena with a Local Specialist. Stroll through the Old Town streets and see the beautiful arcade of the Piazza Grande. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn how they make balsamic vinegar at the Malpighi Showroom in Modena
MTM Modena Balsamic Vinegar

Enjoy a gourmet interlude at an historic traditional Acetaia for a tasting of some of the world’s best balsamic vinegar. As a pioneer in organic an...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 8

Onwards to Milan

In search of spires that reach the sky, we leave our tranquil lakeside setting behind for the chic northern capital of Milan. Admire the extraordinary Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and 19th-century Galleria with its impressive glass and iron-domed roof. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to jostle with the glamorous Milanese for your spot in the shopping district of Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening we indulge in a Farewell Dinner, joining our fellow travelers to celebrate the end of an exquisite holiday together.

Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy
Accommodation Starhotels Business Palace Milan
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele II Statue in Milan, Italy
Milan Orientation

See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking Tour Milan, Italy
Treasures of Milan

A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst other sights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous ope...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Farewell Italy

Our leisurely jaunt through the Italian Lakes has come to an end. We say arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Explore Como

Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Bergamo

See Bergamo's characteristic bell towers and admire the city's captivating Renaissance architecture.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Verona City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on a sightseeing walk along Verona's charming central streets. See the bronze statue of Juliet and the Roman arena. 

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Iconic Experience
Visit Mantua

Visit UNESCO-listed Mantua. See the central arcade and grand dome of the basilica as you stroll past gold-toned façades. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine with the Serenelli Family at their Didactic Farm, Featuring Home-Grown Produce

Join the Serenelli family for a Be My Guest dinner featuring home-grown produce. Learn about their local history and the formation of the Red Cross...

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Dive Into Culture
Discover an unforgettable experience at the Enzo Ferrari Museum

Celebrate all things Ferrari, past, present and future, at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena. This pit stop includes intriguing exhibitions and an ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Modena City Tour

Delve into the history and culture of Modena with a Local Specialist. Stroll through the Old Town streets and see the beautiful arcade of the Piazza Grande. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
MTM Modena Balsamic Vinegar

Enjoy a gourmet interlude at an historic traditional Acetaia for a tasting of some of the world’s best balsamic vinegar. As a pioneer in organic an...

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Iconic Experience
Milan Orientation

See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Verona and Modena 
Visit Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda, Mantua and the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena
View the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo, Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena in Verona, the Cathedral in Modena and the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Discover Lake Como

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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you will meet with your Local Specialist to do a tour ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Spectacular Countryside and Dinner

We'll venture off the beaten track to view Borghetto, one of Italy’s most picturesque villages, located below an impressive medieval bridge spannin...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sudtirol and the Dolomite Mountains

Come with us as we follow the Adige Valley to Bolzano, capital of the southern part of the Tyrol. Admire the Dolomite mountains from diverse angles...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Treasures of Milan

A fantastic opportunity to take in some of the highlights of elegant Milan. Amongst other sights, we'll visit La Scala, the world's most famous ope...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Italy

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

As a US citizen, here are the passport, visa, and entry requirements for Italy:

Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
Service
Vacation
Everything is ok except the hotel at Garda for 5 nights which is not as what we were expected. We prefer the original hotel close to the little lemon town so we can travel around. The last night dinner was very disappointed.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that the hotel in Garda fell short of your expectations. We hope that overall you enjoyed the Italian Lakes and some happy memories were made.
Monday, June 17, 2024
Robert Chaput
Review date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Service
Booking was fine. Tour was not fully described.
Vacation
too much bus time. too little lake time.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Service
The tour director is very responsible and knowledgeable lady who made the trip more enjoyable.
Vacation
The optional experiences were pricey, specially the boat tour of Lake Cumo which did not worth the money.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Service
The main tour director, Patrizia was excellent. However, the time constraints in some of the cities forced us to choose between seeing certain attractions or having lunch. Italy is all about food and it's a shame we didn't experience more of it. There was never any time for shopping. If we participated in all of the optional experiences, there was no free time at all. I was extremely disappointed to have missed a visit to the Bolzano Archaeology Museum to see Otzi the ice man due to the long lines and trip schedule. This was to be one of the highlights of my trip that I was really looking forward to. The local guide should have been aware of the possibility of long lines and advised us accordingly. We could have skipped the church and walk in order to see this important exhibit. On another note, the farewell dinner was a disgrace. While the food was barely edible, the service was even worse. Half the people at our table were still waiting for their first course when others had finished. The only saving grace was the tiramisu. I have traveled extensively with various tour groups including Insight, Globus, Monograms, Gate 1, Ritz and Tauck. Of all these groups, only Trafalgar does not give singles their own seat on the bus. Also, a tour group of 48 people is a bit much . For these reasons, I will not use Trafalgar again and will not recommend them to my friends.
Vacation
As noted above, there were some big misses. While it was nice to have 5 days in the same hotel, this meant 4 hours on the bus each of those days. Hotels closer to the towns we visited would have been appreciated.
Kathryn Williams
Review date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Service
The people I talked with were each and every one very kind and helpful in answering my questions and responding to requests. I was rather amazed that there was not much information from GET between sign-up and the "Its time to go pack" (final papers, schedule, suitcase tags). I know Trafalgar actually offered this trip so don't know how much input came from GET but I must give the Tour Director a less than average rating. Too, the selection of the second hotel was not good. The hotel was fine, the location was nott. For a tour advertised as the "best of the Italian Lakes" and not be on or near a lake for 5 of its days (no lake view, no way to get to attractions just isn't right. I could go on but would rather talk to someone about my thoughts on this trip. The service given by GET was good. And, overall the tour was enjoyable--especially the first two days at Lake Maggiore. Those days were totally awesome. The add-on excursion to Bolzano was also well done.
Vacation
A good tour director probably would have made this tour much better. Our tour director counted heads well but that is about all the service he gave. He rambled on--start to give some info abt the places we would see but would go off onto something else When we got to the local we would realize he did not give us a clue as to what to do, what to see, how to get to the most important attractions, etc. A remark he used often was here we are, "Just wander and around and spend money". Mostly we were turned over to local guides for a time then given some time to :wander around and spend money: but each of the destinations had attractions that were either "must see" or a museum or something that would add interest or memories to the visit but we didn't get clues or hints about those. I've been on a number of guided tours. Again I kept expecting more and getting less than expected from this tour director. He wasn't bad or offensive, he was just there. This tour offered "special discoveries" or little extra surprise moments for the tour participants--little extras the tour guide would basically include---there was not a single such happening on this tour. Now, Did I have a good time. Yes. Did I enjoy Italy? I did. The places on the tour for the most part were worth seeing/doing. Several of the local guides were not particularly good. But I appreciated their efforts. And, I was glad to be there.
David Comfort
Review date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Service
The travel service provided by Grand European travel is simply the best. Michelle, our travel specialist, knows what extras we want when we travel and sees to all the smallest details for Loretta and me. I would recommend Grand European Travel to everyone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much!  We are so happy to see that you enjoyed the Italian Lakes trip.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Vacation
This was one of the best trips we have taken in Europe.
David Light
Review date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Service
Your service was generally very good. 1. The instructions where to meet after arriving at Milan Airport was not clear and had to wait around. 2. At the first night dinner at the hotel, there were no member introductions, so we didn't know about half of the group were from Australia and Canada until much later. For that dinner at the Grand Hotel Dino, Elaine ordered fish, and it was was not good at all. I ate only a little although I like fish and eat often at home. Another person ate only one bite an gave up. David ordered Lamb which turned out be very tough and was very disappointed. 3. The expected trip schedules were changed often by the tour director and sometimes confusing. On the Free Day on Wed, she scheduled a side trip, so we did not have any rest day. It was rather a strenuously scheduled trip, rather than leisurely trip. She did not redo the schedule on paper because she wanted to save paper
Vacation
We enjoyed every place we visited.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Service
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.
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
Vacation
See above
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Service
I wasn't on this trip
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