North Lakes and Dolomites - 2020

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Tour Details

Beginning in Italy’s fashion capital, Milan; explore the stunning Italian lakes, including the top travel destinations of Lake Como and Lake Garda.

Itinerary: Milan • Lake Orta • Stresa • Como • Bellagio • Bergamo • Sirmione • Riva del Garda • Verona • Val di Fiemme • Val di Fassa • Cortina D’Ampezzo • Lake Misurina (Tre Cime di Lavaredo) • Lake Braies • Pusturia and Badia Valleys • Gardena and Giau Pass • Falzarego and Costa Lunga Pass • Lake Carezza • Merano • Bolzano • Trento • Milan

Features

  • Welcome prosecco tasting in Bellagio
  • Apples and speck tasting in the dolomites region

High Season

April                 6
May                 11
June                8 • 22
July                  6 • 20
August             24
September       21
October            5

Tourist Category

Double/Triple      $3218.00AUD per person twin share.
Single                  $3728.00AUD single room.

1st Category

Double/Triple       $4299.00AUD per person twin share.
Single                  $5699.00AUD single room.

City                       Tourist Category

Como                                        Le Due Corti 4*
Bergamo                                   Best Western Cappello D’oro 4*
Verona                                      Mastino 3*
Cortina D’Ampezzo                  Villa Neve 3* Sup
Bolzano                                    Parkhotel Luna Mondschein  4*

City                       1st Category

Como                                       Terminus 4*
Bergamo                                  Best Western Cappello D’oro 4* De Luxe room
Verona                                     Due Torri 5*
Cortina D’Ampezzo                  Hotel Ambra 4*
Bolzano                                    ParkHotel Laurin  4*

The Tour includes:

  • Transportation by deluxe coach
  • Monolingual tour-escort in English
  • Accommodation in 4 star or 3 star hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergies or dietary requirements)
  • Entrance tickets when included in the itinerary

The Tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour includes”

*Due to technical and/or logistical issues, itineraries can be amended. 

**Rates do not include city tax when applicable. City tax will have to be paid directly from clients at the Hotel upon arrival or at check out. We remind you that the city tax may change according to the hotel category.

At 8.30am, you will depart from Milan to Lake Orta; a small and charming lake, situated on the North-Eastern side of the Piedmont Region. 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 is the ‘pearl of the lake’ – the island is 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, to Lake Maggiore, one of the largest of the Italian lakes. Wedged between the foothills, it’s lower section is framed by the soft hills of the Novara Region; and the upper section, by high mountain peaks, some of which have perpetual snow. These features create an average temperature all year round; more mild in the Winter than inland and cooler in the Summer from the breeze that changes the colour of the water’s surface. Due to its mild climate, many sub-tropical species of flowers and plants growing around the lake.

Next, on to Stresa; an international tourist resort, situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the lakeside roadway. Stresa stands just in front of the ‘Borromee’ islands. Enjoy some free time for lunch and in the afternoon, tour the Pescatori island (Fishermen island) by private boat. The island was named after fishing which has been it’s main industry over the centuries. Although only few families still maintain the original fishing 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.

After a visit to Bella Island, you return to Stresa, before heading to Como for an overnight stay in your hotel.

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, before a short tour of Como. An amazing small province, rich in atmosphere, panoramas and stunning vistas. You will admire the mountains, towering over the lake, the wild alpine valley and the industrialised Brianzola area,  city area of Como and the villages of little houses. Lake Como has been famous for its location, being the intersection of the three branches of the Y-shaped lake, and it is also known as Lario.

We take a boat to Bellagio, which is situated at the tip of the peninsula and separates 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 traditional wine cellar. Enjoy free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, travel to Bergamo via the scenic route along the lakeside. Bergamo is a city characterised by a division of the urban structure on two levels, the Città Bassa (Lower Town) – modern and dynamic; and the famous Città Altaa (Upper Town) – a truly historic and artistic jewel. After a short walking tour inside the old town with many beautiful churches and monuments, you will move on to the modern town, with the best shops, restaurants and museums. Spend overnight in your hotel in Bergamo.

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before departing for Lake Garda, the largest of the Italian lakes. Lake Garda offers its visitors a splendid, colourful, natural scenery, 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 excellent wines and olive oil. Sirmione is your next stop, where the lake offers its best views; with the stark contrast of the blue of its waters and the green of its trees. Next you will take a boat tour to experience the Sirmione Cape, the Castle and the Catullo’s ruins. 

Afterwards you will depart for Riva del Garda on the North side of the Lake. This historic centre shows the signs of the Venetian domain. Enjoy free time for lunch before  travelling to Verona to spend overnight in your hotel.

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and a tour of Verona, the city of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, built on myth, movies, fairytales and some outstanding buildings. One of the main attractions in Verona is Juliet’s balcony. You will visit the old market square, Piazza delle Erbe, surrounded by some of the most famous buildings, like Torre Lamberti, the City Hall, the tribunal. Another of Verona’s main attractions is the Arena, a remarkably well-preserved 1st-century amphitheatre, the venue for the city’s annual summer opera festival.

 After some free time for lunch, travel to Cortina d’Ampezzo en route via Val di Fiemme, Val di Fassa and Passo Pordoi, some of the most wonderful valleys in the Dolomites area. This region includes many small villages typical of a European mountain setting. We stop in Canazei, where tourists flock all year round to witness the beauty of this part of the Dolomites.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the middle of the large valley of Boite, is your next stop. This has been a popular tourist destination during both Summer and Winter since the 1950s. Cortina is not only a holiday resort, but also the centre for traditional trades and crafts, such as wood craft for furniture, the production of tiled stoves and iron, copper and glass items. Spent overnight in your hotel and enjoy a free tasting of two beautiful local products: Trentino apples and speck.

After your breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to Lake Misurina; situated in a perfect position among woods and Dolomites tops. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps and are considered among the most breathtaking natural wonders in the world of mountaineering. 

Your next destination is Lake Braies, with a strange, shining blue-coloured water, which makes it a unique tourist attraction. You will visit Val Pusteria and Val Badia, probably the most quintessential valleys of the region. You will stop in a classic Italian village and enjoy some free time for lunch.

Subsequently, you will cross Gardena Pass to travel back to Cortina via the amazing Giau Pass. Back in Cortina you can enjoy free time for the remainder of the day, before spending overnight in your hotel.

After breakfast, you will travel through several of the Dolomite Passes. Firstly, Passo Falzarego, which is situated in the basin that surrounds Cortina. Between Val di Fassa and Val Gardena, you have marvellous views, both in winter and summer. Through Passo Costalunga, we arrive at Lake Carezza. You can stop to take photographs of this wonderful lake and enjoy some free time for lunch. 

You will then depart for Merano, the second biggest city of the province after Bolzano. Famous for its Christmas market, Merano also has a charming and amazing cultural and historical centre. After visiting the old town you can have some fee time for lunch. 

The second half of your day is dedicated to Bolzano. An important commercial centre in the Middle Ages; and industry production increased during the World War. Tourism still represents the primary resource of Bolzano’s local economy. You can visit the Duomo: the gothic Cathedral, which is considered as the symbol of the town. You will also see the Dominican Church – the Gothic structure of the church preserves 14th century frescoes. Finally, you’ll visit the main street, Via dei Portici, the core of the Medieval town. The rest of the evening is free for your own touring and overnight in your hotel.

After breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to Trento, the capital of the region. Trento is dominated by the castle, del Buon Consiglio, the symbol of the House of Habsburg which dominated the district for many centuries. You will see Santa Maria Maggiore, built in the XVI century and one of the first work of Renaissance and Gothic age. Pay a visit to the Palace Geremia, a building that represents the XVI century. Enjoy free time for lunch before returning to Milan to end the tour.

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