Best of Italy's Lake District and Dolomites Semi Escorted Tour
7 Days/6 Nights
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, Stresa, Lake Como, Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Bergamo, Brescia, Lake Garda, Sirmione, Riva Del Garda, Verona, Canazei, Cortina D’Ampezzo, Lake Misurina, Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Lavaredo’s Three Peaks), Lake Braies, Val Pusteria, Val Badia, Passo Falzarego, Lake Carrezza, Merano, Bolzano, Trento, Milan
DAY 1: MILAN, LAKE ORTA, LAKE MAGGIORE, STRESA, LAKE COMO, COMO
Meet and greet with your group early morning at a designated meeting point in the historical center of Milan and depart by motor coach. The first stop will be on Lake Orta, a small lovely lake in Piedmont region. Visit the small village of Orta San Giulio and enjoy a boat tour to the Island of San Giulio, home of an ancient monastery. We will then continue to the Maggiore Lake, nestled in the mountains and surrounds by lush vegetation. You'll stop in Stresa, a charming tourist town, where you will have some free time for lunch (not included). After lunch you will take a boat tour of the Pescatori Island, an old fisherman's center, and the Bella Island, home of the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Later you will board our motor coach and travel to the famous Lake Como, where you'll spend the night in the town of Como.
DAY 2: LAKE COMO, BELLAGIO, VARENNA, BERGAMO, BRESCIA
After breakfast, you'll take a brief tour of Como, a nice town on the lake where the snow capped Alps encounters the lake, famous for its silk factories and the elegant villas with beautiful gardens. You'll then take a boat to reach the lovely town of Bellagio, where you'll have free time to wander the streets and enjoy lunch (not included). The boat will then depart for Varenna, where you will enjoy a panoramic tour before departing to Bergamo. Bergamo is a lovely small town characterized by a division of the urban structure on two levels, the “Lower town” (Città bassa), modern and dynamic and the famous “Upper town” (Città alta), a truly historic and artistic jewel. After a short walking tour of the historical center of the town, your day will conclude in Brescia, where you will spend the night.
DAY 3: BRESCIA, LAKE GARDA, SIRMIONE, RIVA DEL GARDA, VERONA
You'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and depart for Garda Lake, the largest lake in Italy, surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta in the north and gentle hills in the south. Thanks to its Mediterranean mild climate the territory is rich of lemon trees, oleanders, bougainvilleas, olives groves and vineyards. There'll be a boat tour from Sirmione, offering you spectacular views of Sirmione Cape, the Castle and the Catullo's ruins. You'll be able to continue enjoy the panorama of the lake while at lunch (not included). Afterward, you'll depart for the town of Riva Del Garda and tour its Venetian inspired historical center. You'll leave to spend the night in Verona.
DAY 4: VERONA, CANAZEI, CORTINA D’AMPEZZO
The day will start with breakfast and a walking tour of Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet. There'll be a walking tour of the town, including the main highlights of its historical center such as the old market square Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra with Verona’s Arena, an intact Roman amphitheater still home of great opera events and concerts. After lunch (not included), the tour will continue to Cortina D’Ampezzo, through the Val di Fiemme, Val di Fassa and Passo Pordoi (Pordoi Pass), passing by charming villages and breathtaking views and stopping for a short visit in Canazei, a beautiful tourist destination surrounded by the Dolomites. You'll spend the night in Cortina d’Ampezzo, enjoying the traditional Alpine atmosphere and warm hospitality of this world wide famous ski resort, host of the 1956 Winter Olympics.
DAY 5: LAKE MISURINA, TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO, LAKE BRAIES, VAL PUSTERIA, VAL BADIA
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll spend an entire day soaking up the natural beauty of this area. The tour starts in Lake Misurina, a beautiful lake surrounded by the Dolomites Alps, and beautiful views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, (the three peaks of Lavaredo). You'll continue on to Lake Braies, with unique turquoise blue waters set off by the deep colors of the forest surrounding it. The day will end by passing through the Val Pusteria and Val Badia, with rolling hills and little mountain villages, to Cortina d’Ampezzo where you will spend the overnight.
DAY 6: PASSO FALZAREGO, LAKE CAREZZA, MERANO, BOLZANO
You'll leave the hotel after breakfast, and travel through several beautiful passes before reaching the town of Canazei. You will drive through the Falzarego Pass between Val di Fassa and Val Gardena where you will admire beautiful views on the Sassolungo and the lovely Lake Carezza with its postcard perfect scenery. You will arrive in the characteristic town of Merano, home of the famous Christmas’s Markets. Merano is well known also for its mild climate and thermal springs, and it has also a charming historical town center. In the afternoon continue to city of Bolzano. Bolzano is the final destination of the day, where we'll take a sightseeing tour of this northern city, including the gothic Duomo and the medieval city center. You'll spend the night here.
DAY 7: BOLZANO, MERANO, TRENTO, MILAN
After breakfast, the tour continues on to the town of Trento and its Castle Del Buon Consiglio, dominating the town and symbol of the House of Habsburg. You'll also stop at Santa Maria Maggiore Church and Geremia Palace. Free time for lunch and transfer to Milan, where the tour, and our services, will end.