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Dreamstime L 17584377 Lake Como, Villa Carlotta. Magnificent Park With F...

Where better than to spend a Summer week than by hopping along the lakes of Northern Italy. From scenery to stunning villas with boat trips and a sprinkling of beautiful islands, our new twin-centre Italian Lakes holiday showcases some of the best of this marvellous region that’s good enough even for George Clooney!

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Why go to Italy?

  • It’s fabulous Italy!
  • Breathtaking Villas and Gardens
  • Some of the best loved scenes in Europe
  • Charming villages & gothic architecture
  • Glamorous lakeside lifestyle
  • Warm Italian sunshine

Itinerary

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Welcome to the fabulous lake region of Italy. Overnight Baveno on Lake Maggiore

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Alpi, Baveno
  • MEALS Dinner included

From the town of Stresa today, our guide takes us by boat visiting the three Borromean Islands, starting with Isola Bella. This charming island even though is 320m long and 400m, features a small fishing village, beautiful Baroque Palace and stunning gardens that slope down to the lake. Isola Pescatori, or Upper Island due to its northerly location and picturesque ancient little village with narrow lanes is next before we move on to Isola Madre; the largest of the islands with its enchanting gardens. Back in Stresa we have some free time this elegant lake town. Overnight Baveno.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Alpi, Baveno
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

The day is yours to explore Verbania or alternatively why not head over to Lake Orta and San Giulio Island. This afternoon why not visit the stunning botanical gardens of the Villa Taranto. Overnight Baveno.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Alpi, Baveno
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Straddling the border between southern Switzerland and northern Italy, we stop for a visit of the city named after its’ Lake; Lugano. It’s then on to Cadenabbia on the western shores of Lake Como where we can stroll along the promenade or perhaps visit the magnificent Villa Carlotta museum and gardens. A boat trip then takes us over to the breathtaking town of Bellagio with its surrounding mountains. Our tour is complete in the historical city of Como with its lively narrow streets and classic town square. Overnight Baveno.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Europa
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Today we head out to Bergamo where we can admire the views on the way up by funicular up to Bergamo Alta. We visit this charming old town, the Colleoni Chapel and the glorious Basilica; built in 1137 by the towns’ citizens in answer to the prayers to protect them from the plague. This afternoon we proceed by boat over Lake Iseo and the ‘green’ island Montisola. Overnight Desanzano

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Il Chiostro
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

A full day excursion today around Lake Garda as we discover its natural beauty. We visit Sirmione before taking a boat north to Limone, a typical village so named after its ancient production of lemons. We then continue through Riva del Garda, Malcesine, Bardolino and finally Garda where we stop at a local wine-cellar and a delicious wine tasting. Overnight Desanzano

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Il Chiostro
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

One of the best ways to get to know a new place is through a guided tour. Awash with squares, bridges and the odd creative masterpiece, Verona has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Explore the city of Romeo and Juliet with its squares, Churches and fantastic shopping. Overnight Desanzano

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Il Chiostro
  • MEALS Breakfast included
  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Il Chiostro
  • MEALS No meals included
TEMPERATURE

Average daily maximum: 
Lake Maggiore 23°C Jun 23°C Sep
Lake Garda 26°C Jun 26°C Sep

TEMPERATURE

Jan 11°C, Feb 12°C, Mar 15°C, Apr 18°C, May 22°C, June 26°C, Jul 29°C, Aug 29°C, Sept 26°C, Oct 21°C, Nov 15°C, Dec 12°C

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single Room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Private coach throughout the tour
  • Full day guided tour of the Borromean Islands with boat trip
  • Full day guided tours of Lakes Lugano, Como & Garda
  • Tour of Bergamo and Lake Iseo
  • Guided visit of Verona
  • Entrance fee for Isola Bella & Isola Madre
  • Return Boat trip from Cadenabbia to Bellagio
  • Funicular ticket Bergamo Bassa to Bergamo Alta
  • Return boat trip from Iseo to Montisola
  • Cruise on Lake Garda
  • Wine cellar visit with wine tasting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings made to fly with British Airways will be secured as a group and will therefore not qualify to be managed online. The below can only be booked upon check in at the airport;

    1. Online Check in.
    2. Pre-reserved seat selection
    3. Seat Request
    4. Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

     

Useful Information

Transfer Time

The transfer from Milan Airport to the hotel is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes depending on traffic and local conditions.

Included Programme

Listed below are the inclusions in your programme:

Full day guided tour of the Borromean Islands with boat trip

Full day guided tours of Lakes Lugano, Como & Garda

Tour of Bergamo and Lake Iseo

Guided visit of Verona

Entrance fee for Isola Bella & Isola Madre

Return Boat trip from Cadenabbia to Bellagio

Funicular ticket Bergamo Bassa to Bergamo Alta

Return boat trip from Iseo to Montisola

Cruise on Lake Garda

Wine cellar visit with wine tasting

Gratuities

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of €25.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate add on.

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling. There is a significant amount of walking on this holiday particularly due to the layout of many towns, stepping on and off boats and local transport regulations with some steps and uneven pathways.

Dress Code

Casual daytime light-weight “layers” are recommended. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. Smart, casual wear for the evenings would be acceptable.

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single Room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Private coach throughout the tour
  • Full day guided tour of the Borromean Islands with boat trip
  • Full day guided tours of Lakes Lugano, Como & Garda
  • Tour of Bergamo and Lake Iseo
  • Guided visit of Verona
  • Entrance fee for Isola Bella & Isola Madre
  • Return Boat trip from Cadenabbia to Bellagio
  • Funicular ticket Bergamo Bassa to Bergamo Alta
  • Return boat trip from Iseo to Montisola
  • Cruise on Lake Garda
  • Wine cellar visit with wine tasting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings made to fly with British Airways will be secured as a group and will therefore not qualify to be managed online. The below can only be booked upon check in at the airport;

    1. Online Check in.
    2. Pre-reserved seat selection
    3. Seat Request
    4. Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

     

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