ITALIAN LAKES AND VENICE - Lush greenery and aristocratic villas surrouned by dramatic cliffs and the beauty of Venice

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MILAN - LAKE MAGGIORE STRESA - LAKE MAGGIORE - LAKE COMO - BERGAMO - LAKE GARDA - VERONA - VENICE

ITALIAN LAKES AND VENICE
Lush greenery and aristocratic villas surrouned by dramatic cliffs and the beauty of Venice

1° day MILAN - LAKE MAGGIORE (STRESA)

Arrival in Milan and meet with your English-speaking assistant. Panoramic tour of this amazing city that combines creativity, design, elegance and style. Visit the Duomo di Milano, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery (called Milan’s lounge), famous Opera House called La Scala, a castle Castello Sforzesco, once home of the Sforza family, and *“The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, in the church Santa Maria delle Grazie. Lunch at your leisure.In the late afternoon, transfer to Lake Maggiore. Arrival in the region of Stresa. Hotel check-in. Dinner at your leisure and overnight.
NOTE
*Leonardo’s Da Vinci Last Supper in the church Santa Maria delle Grazie is on request. Advance reservation required.

2° day LAKE MAGGIORE

Hotel breakfast and depart from the Stresa Pier to the Borromean Islands. Visit Isola Bella with the Borromeo Palace and its beautiful botanical garden. Time at leisure for lunch. In the afternoon, continue navigation to Isola Madre and visit its exotic garden. Afternoon return to Stresa. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

3° day LAKE MAGGIORE - LAKE COMO

Hotel breakfast and leave for Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. Meet the guide for the tour of Villa Carlotta, a neoclassical museum with a beautiful garden. Cross the lake by boat and arrive in world known Bellagio, called “the pearl of the lake”. Guided tour of Bellagio and then free time for lunch. Afternoon check-in at the hotel in Tremezzo. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

4° day LAKE COMO - BERGAMO - LAKE GARDA

Hotel breakfast and in the afternoon drive to the city of Bergamo, located on the site of the ancient town of Bergomum, founded as a settlement of the Celtics. In 49 BC it became a Roman municipality, counting over 10,000 inhabitants at its peak. The town has two centres: “Città alta” (upper city), a hilltop medieval town, surrounded by 17th-century cyclopic defensive walls, and the”Città bassa” (lower city). The two parts of the town are connected by cable car, roads and footpaths. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon transfer to lake Garda, the biggest lake in Italy. Hotel check-in and time for a relaxing walk by the lake shore. Dinner at your leisure and overnight.

5° day LAKE GARDA - VERONA - LAKE GARDA

Hotel breakfast. Drive to Verona, a place where Shakespeare placed star-crossed lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. You can visit the Juliet’s balcony, tomb and museum, see Castelvecchio, Gavi Arch, Borsari Gate, Pietra Bridge and the Roman Arena di Verona where the concerts and plays are still held regularly. Then you will walk to the Scaligera Arches before reaching Piazza dei Signori and beautiful Piazza delle Erbe in the heart of the city. Time at disposal for the lunch. Afternoon at leisure for shopping or exploring the city by yourself. Return to Lake Garda. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

6° day LAKE GARDA

Hotel breakfast and meet the guide to start your full day escursion around the lake. Start by driving to Sirmione, located on the south of the lake, one particularly popular destination, home to the Virgilio & Catullo Spa Complexes, as well as numerous restaurants, bars, hotels, fashion stores and a market. The picturesque Scaliger Castle dates from the 13th century. The Roman poet Catullus had a villa here, and visitors can see an ancient Roman Spa named the Grotte di Catullo. Cross by boat* to the other side and visit Salò, Gardone, Toscolano Maderno, Limone, Torri, Riva Del Garda. free time for lunch. Afternoon return to Desenzano along the spectacular and panoramic Gardesana Road. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

7° day LAKE GARDA - VENICE

Hotel breakfast and leave for Venice. Start the guided tour of this city, considered one of the most beautiful in the whole world. Sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges, Venice lies in a marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, spectacular architecture and artworks. The city is in its entirety listed as a World Heritage Site, along with the lagoon. You will get the chance to see: St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace, the Bridge of Sighs that connects the Palace to the prisons. Lunch on you own. Walk up and down the romantic canals crossed by narrow bridges and have some time at your disposal for the shopping as Venice is also a fantastic shopping experience or exploring the city on your own. Dinner at your leisure and overnight in hotel.

8° day VENICE

Hotel breakfast in hotel. Full day at leisure. Our suggestion is to visit the small Islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Torcello, Murano and Burano. Transfer back to the hotel, overnight. Meals not included. Overnight in hotel.

9° day VENICE

Hotel breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for your flight. End of services.

 




 



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Price from: 1459.00 € PACKAGE TOUR ONLY
Travel Time 9 days  
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What's included

• Modern air-conditioned motor coach designed for sightseeing • English speaking tour guide from first to last day of the program • Hotel accommodation in 4 star hotel, rooms with private facilities and buffet breakfast • Meals as per itinerary • Special visits and sightseeing as specified in the program (entrance fees not included) • English speaking driver and local English speaking guides • Luggage handling (1 per person) • Service charges and hotel taxes • Non stop 24/7 English Speaking Assistance by phone • Ferry on Lake Garda • Boat to Bellagio • Ferry to the Borromean Islands * From April to October only.

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• Flights, unmentioned entrance fees, meals and drinks, insurance, tips

UNESCO Sites

• Venice and its lagoon

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