7D/6N - 2020 Northern Lakes and Dolomites - small group

7D/6N - 2020 Northern Lakes and Dolomites - small group

    Northern Lakes and Dolomites     small group

    Milan-Lake Orta-Stresa-Como-Bellagio-Bergamo-Sirmione-Riva Del Garda-Verona-Canazei-Cortina D’Ampezzo-Lake Misurina-Lake Docciaco-Pusteria & Brada Valleys-Gardena & Giau pass-Falzarego and Costalunga pass-Lake Carezza-Merano-Bolzano-Trento-Milan               

    7days/6nights, Milan/Milan.

    2020 depart: Apr 06. May 11. Jun 18, 22. Jul 06, 20. Aug 24, Sep 21. Oct 05

    Cost from: $2620 pp twin share (s/supp $415)

    Option to start & finish the tour in Rome on request

day 01 Milan-Lake Orta-Stresa-Como

Departure at 08:30 am from Milan to Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated in the North-Eastern side of the region Piedmont. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then, tour by private boat to reach the island of San Giulio, just in front of the village: it is the pearl of the lake, almost entirely occupied by the Monastery Mater Ecclesie, famous for studies on antique books. After a short visit back to Orta and departure by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian ones. Wedged between the foothills, it is framed in its lower section by the soft hills of the region of Novara, and in the upper section by high mountain peaks, some of which with perpetual snow. Arrival in Stresa, and international tourist resort situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the lakeside roadway, stands just in front of the ‘Borromee’ islands. Enjoy some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, tour of the Pescatori Island by private boat. We will continue to the Bella Island and then to Stresa. At the end of the visit, we will depart to Como for overnight.

day 02 Como-Bellagio-Bergamo

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before going a short tout of Como, an amazing small province rich of atmospheres, panorama, and human developments. A few kilometres away, you can admire the high mountains over the lake, the wild alpine valley and the industrialized brianzola area, the city area of Como and the villages of little houses. Lake Como has been famous for its setting at the intersection of the three branches of the Y-shaped lake, and it is also known as Lario. Then, we board the boat to we reach Bellagio, situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake's two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. Divided in three branches, is situated on the most renowned beach on the Italian landscape. It is a picturesque village with small streets, luxury hotels and villas and gardens. Before lunch, we invite you to try a Prosecco as a welcome drink to Bellagio in a typical wine cellar. You will then have some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, depart on a panoramic route along the lake side to Bergamo, city 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 inside the old town with many beautiful churches and monuments, you will be transferred to the modern town, with the best shops, restaurants and museums.

day 03 Bergamo-Sirmione-Riva Del Garda-Verona

Depart to Lake Garda, the largest Italian Lake and enjoy tour along the West CoaSt Lake Garda offers splendid natural scenery, full of colours, surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta in the north and the gentle slopes of the hills in the south. Vegetation flourishes thanks to the Mediterranean climate: lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias and bougainvillea. The cultivation of vineyards and olive groves produces good wines and olive oil. Continue to Sirmione where the lake offers its best panorama, with the blue of its waters and the green of its trees. Continue by boat to take in the views of the Sirmione Cape, the Castle and the Catullo’s ruins. Travel to Riva del Garda on the North side of the Lake. Its historic Centre shows the signs of the Venetian domain. You will have some time at leisure before heading to Verona for overnight.

day 04 Verona-Canazei-Cortina D’Ampezzo

Breakfast at the hotel and visit of the famous city of Verona. This town is known all around the world for its Coliseum called Arena and main symbol as Juliet balcony that represents the most important love-story of the literature, written by Shakespeare and inspired to real facts of the two enemy Verona families. We’ll visit the old square of the market, Piazza delle Erbe, surrounded by some of the most famous buildings, like Torre lamberti, the City Hall, the tribunal. Time is at leisure for lunch. Then, depart to Cortina d’Ampezzo with route through Val di Fiemme, Val di Fassa and Passo Pordoi, some of the most wonderful valleys of the Dolomites area. This region includes many small villages typical of a mountain setting. We stop in Canazei, important place for tourism in all seasons, due to the wonderful view given by this part of Dolomites that call thousands of tourists every month. Cortina d’Ampezzo, probably the most renowned as a popular summer and winter resort since the 1950’s, is in the middle of the Valley of Boite. Cortina is known for its fine wood carvings. Depending on the arrival time, we invite you to a free tasting of two beautiful local products: Trentino apples and speck.

day 05 Cortina-Lake Misurina-Lake Docciaco-Pusteria & Badia Valleys-Gardena & Giau Pass-Cortina

Breakfast at the hotel. Outing to Lake Misurina (situated in a perfect position among woods and Dolomites tops, Three peaks of Lavaredo the most important ones, probably one of the best places for alpinism experts). Then to Lake Dobbiaco, with a strange and shining colour emerald of its water that makes it as unique in the world. Visit of Val Pusteria and Val Badia, probably the most typical valleys of the region, having a stop in a typical village to have free time for lunch. After that, we will cross Gardena Pass coming back to Cortina through the amazing Giau Pass. Again to Cortina to have free time for the rest of the day.

day 06 Cortina–Falzarego-Costalunga Pass-Lake Carezza-Merano-Bolzano

Route through the several Dolomite Pass: Passo Falzarego which is situated in the basin that surrounds Cortina. Between Val di Fassa and Val Gardena, it gives us a marvellous view, both in winter and summer. Through Passo Costalunga, we arrive to Lake Carezza. Stop to have a look to this wonderful lake. Lunck is at leisure. Then depart to Merano, second biggest city of the province after Bolzano. Famous worldwide for its Christmas market, Merano is also a charming and amazing cultural and historical centre. Visit of the old town. Second half of the day dedicated to Bolzano. Important commercial centre in the Middle Age, it has increased its industry productions during the World War. Tourism still represents the first resource of local economy. Visit the gothic architecture of the Duomo (Cathedral); a Dominican church, painted with frescos of Bolzano old school. Finally, we’ll visit the main central streets, as Via dei Portici, core of the Medieval town. Evening at leisure.

day 07 Bolzano-Trento-Milan

Depart to Trento, the capital of the region. The city is dominated by the castle, known as del Buon Consiglio, symbol of the House of Habsburg which dominated the district for many centuries, Santa Maria Maggiore, built in the XVI century and one of the first work of Renaissance and Gothic age and Palace Geremia, a building that represents the XVI century. Enjoy some time at leisure for lunch before driving back to Milan where your tour comes to an end.

Inclusions: twin share in quality 3* hotels, breakfast daily, English speaking courier (leaving from 9 participant; from 1 to 8 participants, only English speaking driver), deluxe coach, ree wi-fi on board, welcome drink in Bellagio, apples and speck tasting in the Dolomites region, services and taxes, travel guide, free wifi on board

Hotels: Como-Albergo le Due Corti, Bergamo-BW Cappello d’Oro, Verona-Mastino, Cortina d’Ampzzo-Villa Neve, Bolzano-Parkhotel Luna Mondschein (or similar) Upgrades available.

Excluding: entrance fees, beverages and meals, city tax to be paid directly to the hotel, porterage.

Note: from November to March the touristic ferry service from Como to Bellagio does not work. The itinerary will be changed with a panoramic drive.

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