Touring the Northern Lakes SMALL GROUP TOUR
Milan-Lake Orta-Stresa-Como-Bellagio-Bergamo-Sirmione-Riva Del Garda-Verona-Milan
2018 Depart: Jan 05. Feb 02. Mar 02, 30. Apr 10, 30. May 07, 14, 29. Jun 11, 25. Jul 09, 16, 23. Aug 20, 27. Sep 10, 18. Oct 01, 08, 22, 29.
Option to start & finish the tour in Rome on request
day 01 Milan-Lake Orta-Stresa-Como
Departure at 08.30 am Milan to the Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated in the Northeastern 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 Lake. Arrival in Stresa, an 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. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, tour of the Pescatori island (Fishermen island) by private boat. The island, was named after the main activity which over the centuries has characterized this fishermen town. Although only few families still maintain the original activity, the identity of the small community appears intact. Tourists are fascinated by its simple houses, the narrow lanes, the stone portals and the attractive underpasses. We will continue to the Bella Island. Return to Stresa. At the end of the visit departure to Como for overnight.
day 02 Como-Bellagio-Bergamo
In the morning, enjoy a short visit of Como. An amazing small province rich of atmospheres, panoramas, and human takeovers. In little kilometres 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 Yshaped lake, and it is also known as Lario. Board the boat 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. We will visit Bellagio and before your free time for lunch, we invite you to try a Prosecco as a welcome drink to Bellagio in a typical wine cellar. In the afternoon, departure with 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, transfer to the modern town, with the best shops, restaurants and museums.
day 03 Bergamo-Sirmione-Riva Del Garda-Verona
Departure to the Lake Garda, the largest Italian one. Lake Garda offers the visitor a 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. A rich vegetation flourishes thanks to the Mediterranean climate: lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias and bougainvilleas. The cultivation of vineyards and olive groves produces good wines and olive oil. Arrival in Sirmione where the lake offers its best panorama, really sunny with the blue of its waters and the green of its trees. Boat tour to have a nice view of the Sirmione Cape, the castle and the Catullo’s ruins. Next, departure to Riva del Garda on the North side of the Lake. Its historic centre shows the signs of the Venetian domain. Free time for lunch and then outgoing to Verona for overnight.
day 04 Verona-Milan
Today, visit the famous city of Verona. It is a work of art in itself: a fascinating cross-roads of historical periods and cultures (both classical and Germanic), a blend of both Nordic and "Mediterranean" influences; the city is at the same time both ancient and modern. A walk through its narrow streets allows us to get in touch with its varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid Roman origins, its prevailing medieval structure dating back to the time of knights and castles, its magnificent Renaissance palaces as well as the impressive fortifications which protect it. A suggestive blend of art and history which continuously fascinates the onlooker. Continuation to Lake Iseo, an amazing place surrounded by hills and nice villages. We stop in Iseo, the main city to have free time for lunch. In the afternoon, departure to Milan with a panoramic itinerary on the South-west side of the lake. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Milan.
Inclusions: twin share in 3* & 4* hotel, breakfast daily, small group tour, twin share, deluxe coach with English-speaking driver from 1 to 8 participants, English-speaking tour escort from 9 participants, welcome drink in Bellagio,local taxes.
Hotels: Como-Albergo Le Due Corti, Bergamo-BW Cappello d’Oro, Verona-Mastino.
Excluding: entrance fees, meals, porterage, city taxes to be paid directly to the hotels.
Note: from November to March the touristic ferry service from Como to Bellagio does not work. The itinerary will be changed with a panoramic road. In the Borromee islands a new tax was introduced for all visitors. This tax has to be paid directly to the hotel. In the towns of Como, Bergamo and Verona a city tax for accommodation is now compulsory. Every clients must pay it when checking out.