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Escorted Tour of Northern Italy Lakes Region: from Milan to the Alps

Escorted Tour of Northern Italy Lakes Region: from Milan to the Alps

Escorted Tour of Northern Italy Lakes Region: from Milan to the Alps

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How long have you been dreaming of exploring the trendy lake region while keeping an eye on the budget? Join us from Milan for this 5-day adventure in the northern lake district, a hot favourite with the international jet-set, and experience an unforgettable ride on the Bernina red train! Straddling the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, you will not only benefit from our best guided tours, but also from leisure time, allowing you to discover magical places such as Verona, Como, Bellagio and Bergamo at your own pace!

  • 5 Days, 4 Nights
  • Mobile & printed vouchers accepted

Highlights

  • Experience the glamour of the Northern Lakes Region
  • Explore two of Italy's major lakes: Como and Garda
  • Climb aboard the Bernina train and let the panorama of the Alps sweep you away from the train window
  • Visit Milan, the Italian fashion capital
  • Savour a spritz in the Lombard capital
  • Enjoy a stroll through St Moritz (Switzerland)
  • Dive into international jet-set life by sailing across Lake Como and Lake Garda
  • Explore Bergamo, the City of the Thousand
  • Relive the passion of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the centre of Italy's most romantic city, Verona

Includes

  • Arrival transfer from Malpensa airport in Milan to your hotel (private)
  • 3-hour walking tour of Milan
  • Happy Hour in Milan
  • Bernina Express one-way ticket, 2-hour ride towards St Moritz
  • Dazzling boat tour on Lake Como
  • Panoramic tour of Sirmione by boat from Lake Garda
  • 2-hour walking tour of Verona
  • Breakfast from Day 2 to 5 (4 meals)
  • Light lunch and wine tasting in the Franciacorta region
  • Dinner on Day 3 and 4 (2 meals)
  • 4* hotel accommodation for 4 nights (Milan and Bergamo)
  • Panoramic visits along the itinerary
  • Expert local tour guide for any included visits
  • Entrance fees for the attractions included in the itinerary
  • Wireless audio guide system connected to the guide
  • Transport by deluxe coach

  • Meals (inclusive of beverages) not mentioned under “Included”
  • Entrance fees for any attractions not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Tourist tax to be paid directly to the hotel
  • Flights

Please Note

  • Each guest is only allowed to bring one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage. Additional fees may apply to any excess baggage; please contact us by email or telephone prior to departure to check availability and to find out about any additional charges
  • The prices indicated are per person, all ages except for children between 1 and 6 years old, provided they share the bed with their parents
  • A moderate amount of walking and sightseeing is scheduled; please bring comfortable and suitable footwear
  • Unfortunately, this trip is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • Triple room availability is on request
  • The panoramic boat tours will be run if the weather conditions are favourable; in the event they are not feasible, we will guarantee an alternative tour on land in the nearby towns

Restrictions

  • Triple room availability is on request
  • Accommodation is subject to hotel availability at the time of booking
  • Departures on Fridays as per schedule
  • 2 guaranteed departures per month
  • Tour package available according to schedule from May to October
  • Tourist tax is not included and is to be paid directly to the hotels
  • Prices shown are per person

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Milan (Happy Hour!)

Benvenuti a Milano (Italian), or Milan, the Lombardy region capital of northern Italy!
Leading financial centre and manufacturing/commercial city; its name derives from Latin “medio” – meaning "middle" - and -planum "plain", meaning "(settlement) in the midst of the plain”.

Upon arrival at the airport in Milan, our driver will be ready to take you to Starhotel Ritz in the vibrant city centre. Settle in, check in and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon, you will meet your guide and the rest of the group to set off on a walking tour of central Milan.

The route will start right from the hotel in Via Spallanzani, headed to Porta Venezia: you will be standing near one of the historic gates to the city, dating back to the days of the Roman city walls.
Until 1860 it was called Porta Orientale and Porta Riconoscenza in the Napoleonic era.
Also known as Porta Renza, because it is said that Renzo Tramaglino passed through it to enter Milan and escape to Bergamo in Manzoni's Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed).

Turning towards Corso Venezia you will cross the beautiful Giardini Indro Montanelli, coming out right in front of the GAM, Milan's famous Gallery of Modern Art, proceeding further down Viale Manzoni.
You are now almost in the area of Teatro Alla Scala, known by most as 'La Scala', Milan's most important opera house. It is considered one of the most prestigious theatres in the world and has hosted the world's leading opera, ballet and classical music artists for over 200 years.

But now, without further ado, let us turn to the diamond of probably the most underrated city in Italy: the Duomo, the largest church in Italy, the third largest in the world by surface area, the sixth largest by volume. At the end of the guide's explanation, this magnificent example of neo-Gothic architecture will no longer hold any secrets for you! We will take you to Castello Sforzesco: once one of the main military citadels in Europe, it now hosts institutions and museums.

Here we picked out one of the most delicious bakeries in the city to give you the chance to relax at the end of your walk with a typical Italian aperitivo. Enjoy some free time, head back to your hotel on your own, grab some dinner and get ready for day 2!

Day 2 - Bernina Express > Milan (Breakfast)

Can you imagine a place where, in just around two hours, the landscape varies from glaciers to palm trees, you immerse yourself in three different language regions and cross a national border? The answer is Treno del Bernina! The railway connecting Tirano to Saint Moritz is one of a kind. Also known as the Bernina Express or Trenino Rosso, it was already known worldwide in 1912 as one of the most astounding engineering marvels, and was soon taken as a model for the construction of a railway on the slopes of Mount Fuji (Japan). Its popularity exponentially grew in 2008 with its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2010, on its 100th anniversary.

Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the hotel before leaving for Tirano aboard our coach and taking your seat on the train: in about a couple of hours you will be in Switzerland, in St Moritz, where you will be able to enjoy a good stroll, have some lunch and go shopping on your own before meeting up with the tour leader and return to Milan by coach. Day 3 awaits!

Day 3 – Milan > Como > Bellagio > Varenna > Bergamo (Breakfast/Dinner)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out at the Milan hotel: today we set off to Lake Como!
This beautiful lake area has become a well-known location for the so called vip-watching: from Robert de Niro to Brad Pitt, from George Clooney to Vincent Cassel, including Chiara Ferragni and her husband Fedez, Lake Como is a destination of the heart for a lot of show business celebrities.
We'll take you on a short scenic tour of the city of Como before sailing (weather permitting) to Bellagio. You'll take incredible photos and you'll feel like you're in a fairy tale, surrounded by water, alpine valleys and charming towns. You will have free time to wander leisurely around this enchanting, fairy-tale town, have lunch on your own, and return to the coach that will take you to Varenna, where after a short scenic tour we will then finally continue on to Bergamo. The urban layout of the city will blow your mind: the deeply industrial Lower Town and the Upper Town, the ancient but still beating heart of Bergamo. You will arrive at the hotel to check in and have dinner on your own, in anticipation of day 4.

Day 4 - Bergamo > Sirmione > Riva del Garda > Bergamo (Breakfast/Dinner)

The largest lake in the country, Lake Garda, will be your destination today!
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and soak up the magic atmosphere of the lake’s splendid landscape during a panoramic tour: look up to the Brenta Dolomites (UNESCO Heritage World Site) and down, towards the gentle slopes of the Moraine Hills of Lower Garda.
The vegetation here really is something unique: lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias and bougainvillea are among the most renowned symbols of this area and the local production of wine and olive oil is simply divine. You will then proceed to Sirmione, the peninsula surrounded by the lake at its southern end.
Watch the sun reverberating on the lake’s blue waters, trace the outline of its tree-lined shores and admire Sirmione’s Castle, as well as the ruins of Catullus’ Villa (Grottoes of Catullo) during a fantastic boat tour (weather permitting). At the end of the tour, enjoy some free time to grab some lunch before heading to Riva del Garda, just on the north side of the lake: let us guide you through its Venetian-style city centre before getting back to Bergamo. It’s time to pack your bags: tomorrow will be the last day!

Day 5 - Bergamo > Verona > Franciacorta > Milan (Breakfast/Lunch)

Verona will be the perfect last stop of this incredible journey; enjoy your last breakfast at the hotel in Bergamo, check out at the hotel and get on board the coach as we reach The Fair City.
A local guide will be there to take you on a 2-hour walking tour in this city which is a fascinating mix of historical periods and cultures, a blend of Nordic as well as Mediterranean influences that makes both ancient and modern at the same time.
You will get in touch with Verona’s long traditions and past: from the traces of its splendid Roman origins to its medieval buildings; from the magnificent Renaissance palaces to the ancient fortifications that still protect them. A combination of art and history that will take your breath away.
Romeo and Juliet is by far Shakespeare’s most famous play set in the city: set off to admire Juliet’s home and its balcony, where she used to look out calling her Romeo by the name (“Oh, Romeo, Romeo”)!

Following the walking tour of Verona, you will be heading towards the Franciacorta region, which has always had the perfect conditions allowing to cultivate grapes and hence produce some of the best wine labels in Italy: we have selected a local winery where you will taste a typical light lunch and taste some wine. We will take you back to Milan, where this tour will end. We look forward to reading your reviews!

Day 1
- Arrival at Milan airport (flights not included in the package)
- Private transfer to hotel
- PM: 3-hour walking tour of Milan (guided)
- Happy Hour in the area near Castello Sforzesco
- Return to hotel (not included)
- Overnight stay

Day 2
- Breakfast at the hotel (included)
- Transfer by coach to Tirano
- Bernina Express (one-way ticket included)
- Free time in St Moritz
- Return transfer to hotel in Milan (included)
- Overnight stay

Day 3
- Breakfast at the hotel (included)
- Check-out from the hotel in Milan (city tax not included)
- Short visit of Como
- Boat transfer from Como to Bellagio (weather permitting)
- Lunch (not included)
- Transfer from Bellagio to Varenna
- Short visit of Varenna
- Transfer to Bergamo and check-in at the hotel
- Overnight stay

Day 4
- Breakfast at the hotel (included)
- Panoramic tour of Lake Garda
- Transfer to Sirmione
- Boat tour from Sirmione (weather permitting)
- PM: transfer to Riva del Garda and short visit
- Return transfer to Bergamo (included)
- Overnight stay

Day 5
- Breakfast at the hotel (included)
- 2-hour walking tour of Verona (guided)
- Transfer to the Franciacorta region, light lunch and local wine tasting
- Return transfer to Milan (included)

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Pickup Info

Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport in Milan (Malpensa) to take you to the hotel, Starhotel Ritz, in Via Lazzaro Spallanzani, 40 – 20129.
To enquire for more details about the meeting point with the driver and additional information about your itinerary, or to send us any communication relevant to your trip, please contact us by email at [email protected], or by phone at 0039 06 4742501.
Please present a printed copy of your voucher at check-in

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