Milan • Intra – Verbania • Lake Maggiore • Borromean Islands • Lake Maggiore • Lago d’Orta • Lake Maggiore • Northern Lake Maggiore • Lugano • Bellagio •
See the lakes district of Northern Italy in style and comfort – lake front rooms, private mini-coach, private boat trips and a full-time tour leader.
- Visit the stunning Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore by private boat
- Pretty Lake Orta, a quiet, smaller lake off the usual tourist track
- Private boat trip around central Lake Como
- Guided visits to the most important villas on Lake Como and to the town of Como
- 3 nights in a lake-view room in the quaint town of Intra on Lake Maggiore
- 4 nights in a lake-front room in the town of Bellagio – known as the “pearl” of Lake Como
- Authentic meals in carefully selected restaurants (2 dinners, 3 lunches) with wine included
Small Group – 8 Day deluxe journey
$4,490 AUD per person (Twin Share)
$5,240 AUD per person (Solo Traveller)
07-14 June 2020
13-20 September 2020
Your tour begins on Lake Maggiore, staying at the pretty town of Intra-Verbania and exploring the famous Borromean Islands, nearby Lake Orta and Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Your second base is Bellagio, the “pearl” of Lake Como, where you stay in a charming lake-front hotel in the centre of town. On Lake Como, you visit the famous villas, pretty towns and the city of Como. Like all our tours, there is plenty of free-time to relax, no really early starts and all meals are in restaurants chosen for their authenticity and quality.
*City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out
* This tour is available as a private tour, please contact us for pricing.
DAY 1 MILAN • INTRA – VERBANIA • LAKE MAGGIORE
Private transfer from Milan’s Malpensa airport or Milan Centrale station to your hotel on the lakefront at Intra – Verbania. Check-in to your lake view room and start experiencing the magic of Lake Maggiore! Meet your guide for welcome drinks and dinner and enjoy your overnight stay.
DAY 2 LAKE MAGGIORE • BORROMEAN ISLANDS • LAKE MAGGIORE
The Borromean Islands, still owned today by the Borromeo family, were the original project of Cardinal Carlo Borromeo, a 17th Century Archbishop of Milan, who set out to create a floating cornucopia of style and beauty.
You will take a private boat to first visit the lovely gardens of Isola Madre, before visiting the stunning Villa and gardens on Isola Bella in the afternoon. Return to Intra in the late afternoon and there is free time for the rest of the day. Enjoy an overnight stay by Lake Maggiore.
DAY 3 LAKE MAGGIORE • LAGO D’ORTA • LAKE MAGGIORE
Your mini-coach and driver will pick you up at the hotel this morning for the short drive to Lago d’Orta, one of the smaller, lesser known, and most pretty of the Italian Lakes. You will start the visit in the main town of Orta San Giulio. Enjoy time for a coffee, before you take a private boat across to the island of San Giulio; to visit the impressive Romanesque Basilica from the 9th Century.
Enjoy lunch looking out over the lake back in Orta San Giulio before an afternoon visiting the Sacro Monte, a shrine to San Francisco set above Lago d’Orta with wonderful views. You will head back to Intra for an overnight by Lake Maggiore.
Breakfast and Lunch Included
DAY 4 NORTHERN LAKE MAGGIORE • LUGANO • BELLAGIO •
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel in Intra before traveling north along the shores of Lake Maggiore.
You will pop over the border to Switzerland and enjoy lunch in Lugano, the pretty Swiss town on Lake Lugano.
Drive on to Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como and check-in to your lovely lake-front hotel.
Breakfast and Lunch Included
DAY 5 THE CENTRAL LAKE
After breakfast, begin the day in style, with a private 2-hour boat tour of the central lake, seeing many of the towns and villas from the best vantage point, on the water. The boat tour will finish in the town of Varenna, on the east-shore of the lake. Enjoy lunch in a lake-side restaurant.
The afternoon is free time to wander around Varenna or head back to Bellagio. Your ferry ticket from Varenna to Bellagio is provided so you can make your own plans for the afternoon.
Spend overnight in your lakeside hotel in Bellagio.
Breakfast and Lunch Included
DAY 6 COMO
After an early breakfast, you will take the early fast ferry service down to Como. Como is the aristocratic city from which the lake takes its name. You will get to see the principal architectural sites in Como; including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore on its beautiful medieval piazza, Como’s elegant streets, the Roman gate tower and more.
Your afternoon is for you to have some free time. You can opt to stay in Como for an afternoon of shopping and wandering, or you can head back to Bellagio. The fast ferry ticket back to Bellagio provided, you will spend overnight in your lake side hotel.
DAY 7 LAKE COMO VILLAS
After breakfast, you will take the ferry across the lake to visit a couple of the most charming of the aristocratic ville that sprung up along Como’s shores across the centuries.
Your day will include a visit to Villa Carlotta, with its spectacular gardens. You will also see Villa Balbaniello, recently immortalised as the location of Darth Vader’s marriage in the more recent Star Wars trilogy, but with a longer and very illustrious heritage.
From Lenno you head back to Bellagio for a well-earned dinner by the hotel’s terrace overlooking the lake (weather permitting), and you will spend overnight here.
Breakfast and Dinner Included
DAY 8 BELLAGIO • MILAN
After breakfast, it’s time to pack your bags and leave the Italian Lakes, hopefully with plans to return! Your transfer arrives at Milan’s Malpensa airport by 12pm and as Milano Centrale by 1pm for your onward travel.
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