7D/6N - 2019 Northern Lakes and Riviera - small group

7D/6N - 2019 Northern Lakes and Riviera - small group

    North Lakes and Riviera              small group tour

    Milan-Lake Orta-Stresa-Como-Bellagio-Bergamo-Sirmione-Riva Del Garda-Verona-Lake Iseo-Genoa-San Remo-Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Rapallo-Portofino-Santa Margherita Ligure-Milan                                                   

    7days/6nights, Milan/Milan

    2019 depart: Apr 02. May 06, 21. Jul 15. Aug 19. Sep 17, 30. Oct 21, 28.

    Option to start & finish the tour in Rome on request

day 01 Milan-Lake Orta-Stresa-Como

Depart 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. The, 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, and of clear glacial origin, 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, 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. Enjoy some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, tour of the Pescatori island (Fishermen island) by private boat. We wil continue to the Bella Island. Return to Stresa and at the end of the visit, 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, panoramas, and human takeovers. 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-Lake Iseo-Genoa

Breakfast at the hotel and visit of this famous city, 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. We then continue 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 Genoa via Milan with a panoramic itinerary on the South-West side of the lake. Arrive in Genoa, one of the largest seaport of the Southern Europe, the first in Italy; 6th city of the country, this town has an important history, as a Maritime Republic. Its historical centre has grown around the dock, is full of narrow and characteristic streets and has a medieval origin for overnight.

day 05 Genoa-San Remo-Genoa

Breakfast at the hotel and we depart to Sanremo, defined as the city of flowers and sun, known all over the world for the Italian Song Festival. Its economy is based on flower farming and tourism. This little town of Riviera di Ponente, offers many possibilities of entertainment like beaches and promenades. Its famous Casino is situated on the top of the most elegant street of the town, where you can find shops of clothes and many others. You will have some time at leisure for lunch. In the afternoon, return to Genova along the Riviera di Ponente and passing through characteristic villages.

day 06 Genoa-Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Genoa

Breakfast at the hotel and depart to Portovenere, a fishermen village located at the end of La Spezia Gulf. Visit. Ferry to Cinque Terre (if the atmospheric conditions doesn’t permit the boarding, the visit will be done with a panoramic itinerary in minibus.) Heritage of the Unesco, these 5 fishermen villages, symbolize a group unique in the World for its beautiful landscape and the medieval style of their buildings. Enjoy some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we willdrive back to Genoa for overnight.

day 07 Genoa-Rapallo-Portofino-Santa Margherita Ligure-Milan

Breakfast at the hotel and depart to Rapallo. Famous tourist centre, it offers one of the most suggestive examples of architecture of Liguria coast. Visit. Here, we invite you to try a slice of focaccia, typical local bread with its amazing variety, only produced in this area. Then, we will make our way to Portofino. In the small port, during the high season, you can see expensive yachts from every part of the world. Visit. Finally, stop in Santa Margherita, famous seaside city of Riviera del Levante (Eastern Riviera), located in the Tigullio Gulf and free time for lunch. Return to Milan in the afternoon and your tour will come to an end upon arrival.

Inclusions: twin share in 3* & 4* accommodation, small group tour, breakfast daily, deluxe coach, English speaking courier (leaving from 9 participants; from 1 to 8 participants, only driver speaking English), local taxes, welcome drink Bellagio, Focaccia and Focaccia with cheese tasting, services and taxes.

Hotels: Como-Albergo Le Due Corti, Bergamo-BW Cappello d’Oro, Verona-Mastino, Genoa-Starhotel President (or similar).

Excluding: entrance fees, meals, porterage and 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. Ferry at Cinque Terre does not work in the same period. The itinerary will be changed with a panoramic road and eventually by train.

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