Join this seven day escorted tour of Italy's Lake District and the Dolomites to see some of the country's most breathtaking natural wonders. Discover the pristine sparkling waters of Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Braies, Lake Carezza, and the nearby grand and majestic peaks of the Dolomites. Escorted tours through the charming towns and islands of this region offer the opportunity to explore fairytale castles, opulent opera houses, and charming outdoor markets, to name just a few. See firsthand why these treasured lakes and mountains of Italy are a coveted vacation destination for many including the rich and famous.
From Milan to Milan
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 in the morning at a designated meeting point in the historical center of Milan and depart by motor coach. The first stop will be Lake Orta, a small lovely lake in the Piedmont region. Visit the small village of Orta San Giulio and enjoy a boat tour to the Island of San Giulio, the home of an ancient monastery. We will then continue to Lake Maggiore, nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush vegetation. You'll stop in Stresa, a charming lakeside town, where you'll take a boat tour of the lake to see Pescatori Island, an old fisherman's center, and Bella Island, home of the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens (keep an eye out for the beautiful white peacocks). You'll have free time for lunch in Stresa (not included). You'll end the day by traveling 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 scenic town where the snow capped Alps meet the waters of the lake, famous for its silk factories and elegant villas with beautiful gardens. Next, you'll 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'll have a panoramic tour before departing to Bergamo. Bergamo is a lovely small town divided into two levels, the “Lower town” (Città bassa), characterized as modern and dynamic, and the medieval “Upper town” (Città alta), which is a historic and artistic jewel. After a short walking tour of the historical center of the town, your day will conclude in Brescia, a lovely city positioned at the foot of the Alps, where you'll spend the night.
DAY 3: BRESCIA, LAKE GARDA, SIRMIONE, RIVA DEL GARDA, VERONA
You'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and depart for Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, surrounded by the Dolomites in the north and gentle hills in the south. Thanks to its Mediterranean mild climate, the territory is rich with lemon trees, oleanders, bougainvilleas, olives groves and vineyards. You'll take a boat tour from Sirmione, offering you spectacular views of Sirmione Cape, the Castle and Catullo's ruins. You'll be able to continue enjoying 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. During the tour you'll visit the main highlights of the historical center such as the old market square Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra with Verona’s Arena, an intact Roman amphitheater that is still in use today to host operas 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 before stopping for a short visit in Canazei, a beautiful Alpine resort 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, which hosted 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, and breathtaking views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, (the three peaks of Lavaredo). You'll continue on to Lake Braies, with unique turquoise blue waters complimented 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'll spend the night.
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'll drive through the Falzarego Pass between Val di Fassa and Val Gardena where you'll admire beautiful views of the Sassolungo Mountain and the lovely Lake Carezza with its postcard perfect scenery. Then, you'll arrive in the characteristic town of Merano, home of the famous Christmas Markets. Merano is also well known for its mild climate and thermal hot springs as well as its charming historical town center. In the afternoon continue to city of Bolzano, a city at the crossroads of the Italian and German-Austrian cultures. 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 enjoy dinner and spend the night in Bolzano.
DAY 7: BOLZANO, MERANO, TRENTO, MILAN
After breakfast, the tour continues on to the town of Trento and its Castel Del Buon Consiglio, a castle that dominates the town and is considered to be a symbol of the House of Habsburg. You'll also have the chance to admire other highlights of Trento including Santa Maria Maggiore Church and Geremia Palace. Free time for lunch and then say "Ciao" to this region as we transfer back to Milan, where the tour, and our services, will end.
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PACKAGE START AT $2,184.00 INCLUDES:
- Transportation by Deluxe motor coach as per itinerary;
- Accommodation in 3 and 4 Star Hotels in double/twin rooms with private facilities;
- Daily breakfast;
- Multilingual Tour-Escort (with minimum 9 participants);
- Panoramic Visits as per itinerary;
- Vat Taxes and service Charges.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- All Land & Air prices: Additional U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
- Entrance Fees to Monuments or Museums Tips, Extras.
- Porterage Service.
- Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. Where applicable, it must be paid locally at the hotel.
- All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
Multi language escorted group tour with minimum 9 participants.
If less than 9 participants only private transportation with English speaking Driver.
All departures are Guaranteed.
(*) Rate based on two adult persons sharing a double or twin bedded room with private bathroom. Single rooms are available at an additional supplement. Children’s, triple room rates and alternative accommodation arrangements are available upon request. (Additional and different charges may apply).