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Best of the Italian Lakes

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$1,628

$2,325

9 days

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Overview

Enjoy a stylish lakeside sojourn in Italy - explore the historic city of Mantua, sip a tasty cappuccino on Como's lakeside promenade and visit Milan, one of the world's design capitals.

Locations Visited

Milan, Baveno, Lake Garda, Verona, Marostica, Modena, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Countries Visited

Italy

Travel Style

At Leisure

Accommodations

8 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Arrive Milan – Lake Maggiore (Baveno) (2 Nights)

The favourite summer retreat for the who's who of Italy for centuries provides an enchanting backdrop for your first day in Italy. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the charming resort of Baveno on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your fellow travel companions and Travel Director before embarking on your At Leisure jaunt.

  • Accommodation

    Simplon

  • Meals

    Welcome Reception

Day 2

Como Excursion and Lake Maggiore (Baveno) At Leisure

Journey through Italy's exquisite Lake District to scenic Lake Como. Walk through the beautiful Como waterfront or relax alongside the lake indulging in a tasty gelato. Then it's time to ease into la dolce vita, ambling along the glamorous Baveno Marina - the gentle sounds of this lakeside setting are a soulful way to enjoy your afternoon. Spend free time exploring Baveno with its Romanesque bell tower and octagonal baptistery.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

Lake Maggiore (Baveno) – Bergamo – Lake Garda (5 Nights)

The enchanting lanes of Bergamo, near the foothills of the Alps, yield architectural and artistic treasures which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning. Wander past centuries-old Renaissance façades and into the exquisite Piazza Vecchia built on the site of an ancient Roman forum. See the ornate Contarini Fountain and 12th-century Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. We continue our love affair with the Italian Lakes, travelling to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner featuring local fare.

  • Accommodation

    Oliveto

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 4

Verona Excursion

Romance in the air, we journey to Verona engaging in the tragic tale of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers at Juliet's Balcony. Our walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' will also take us past the Roman arena, still in use today, followed by some free time to explore the city alone. See the seven medieval towers of Castelvecchio, relax under the shady trees in Verona's expansive Piazza Bra or clamber up Lamberti's Tower for magnificent views.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 5

Lake Garda Free Time and Mantua Excursion

A leisurely start to your day could see you stroll along the lakefront and enjoy a quiet coffee. Later today, you'll embark on a half-day excursion to Mantua, a European Capital of Gastronomy renowned for its significant role in the history of opera. Surrounded by lakes, this historic city with its UNESCO-listed centre is a delight to explore as you'll come to discover during your sightseeing tour. See architectural treasures and artefacts, elegant palaces and Renaissance cityscapes before returning to the picturesque lakeside setting of Lake Garda.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Lake Garda At Leisure

Indulge in a full day at leisure to soak up the picture-perfect setting of Italy's largest lake. Journey along its tranquil shores, stopping at lakeside villages to savour the intoxicating aroma of lemons around every turn. Enjoy the flavours of delicious local olive oils and cheese at local markets, stroll along flower-lined lakeside paths or visit the lake's extraordinary sights, including the 13th-century Scaliger Castle or the Grottoes of Catullus. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks over 10,000 feet high.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 7

Modena Excursion

Sparkling Lambrusco, salty prosciutto and the intense aromas of parmigiano await in the gastronomic hub of Modena, which we explore today in the company of a 'Local Specialist'. Wander past pastel-hued façades in Modena's Old Town into the magnificent Piazza Grande which, along with its 12th-century cathedral and Torre Civica, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sample the intoxicating flavours, including their world famous balsamic vinegar, of a city that was the birthplace of Ferrari and Pavarotti and is home to Michelin Star restaurants and tortellini. Our gourmet interlude nearing its an end, we visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and explore the history of this Italian icon. This evening, we enjoy a leisurely dinner at our hotel.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Lake Garda – Milan Free Time

In search of spires that reach the sky, we leave our tranquil lakeside setting behind for the chic northern capital of Milan. Admire the extraordinary Gothic Duomo, ornate La Scala Opera House and 19th-century Galleria with its impressive glass and iron-domed roof. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to jostle with the ambitious Milanese for your spot on the runways of Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening we indulge in a Farewell Dinner, joining our fellow travellers to celebrate the end of an exquisite holiday together.

  • Accommodation

    Starhotels Business Palace

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Depart Milan

Our leisurely jaunt through the Italian Lakes has come to an end. We say arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • ORIENTATION of Bergamo and Milan

  • VISIT Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda, Mantua and the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena

  • VIEW the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Cathedral in Modena and the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan

  • SEE the Roman Arena in Verona

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What's Included

  • Dining Highlights

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Handcrafted Highlights

  • VIP entry to many sights

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    Trip Notes:

    • ​International Air: Please note that airfares are not included. We will quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day you book.
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    • ​Prices listed are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are available. 
    • ​'Price with Current Deals' reflects current applicable 'Early Payment Discounts' or 'Last Minute Deals.' Early Payment Discounts (land only) savings vary by itinerary, are not valid on all vacations/departure dates and are subject to availability; not valid with all other promotional offers. Last Minute Deals are available on select departures only and only available to travelers departing from the United States; not combinable with Early Payment Discounts or any other promotional offers; full payment due at time of booking. All discounts are for new bookings only, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Call or request a quote for complete details.
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