Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available Until October 2017

Join us to discover some of the most alluring and contrasting lakes and mountains scenery in the world as you stay on the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore and mighty Lake Garda. Sail out to the exquisite Borromean Islands, visit Lake Como, explore Garda’s varied shoreline, and perhaps join optional excursions into Switzerland or to historic Mantova, “the world’s most romantic city”.

Price Includes

  • Take a guided tour of Maggiore and the beautiful Borromean Islands
  • Spend a day exploring Lake Como
  • Sirmione on Garda’s sun-kissed southern shore
  • Enjoy a full-day tour of glorious Lake Garda
  • Seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in four-star hotels in Meina, Lake Maggiore (4 nights) and Sirmione, Lake Garda (3)
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Italy
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Italy and board the coach for the scenic journey to Lake Maggiore, in its idyllic setting amid gently rolling hills.

Day Two

Join our Tour Manager for a guided introduction to Maggiore’s shores, today. Here, elegant villas are surrounded by beautiful gardens, and resort towns like Arona, Baveno and Stresa exude a Mediterranean-like charm. Stopping in elegant Stresa, you’ll board a boat for the short journey to the tiny, idyllic Borromean Islands. Among them are stunning Isola Bella, with its 17th-century Baroque palace, picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, still inhabited by local fishermen, and Isola Madre with its Renaissance villa and superb botanical gardens.

Day Three

Today’s wonderful included tour takes in one of the most beautiful of the Alpine lakes. Backed by steep mountains, with a shoreline dotted with elegant villas and glorious gardens, Como combines Italian sophistication with stunning scenery. Head to Tremezzo, on the lake’s eastern shore, to visit the museum and gardens of the famed Villa Carlotta (entry payable locally), then sail across the calm waters to Bellagio, said to be one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.

Day Four

Enjoy a day relaxing in the hotel, or join our optional excursion and cross into Switzerland, heading to alpine Domodossola. Ride the Cento Valli train, through the breathtaking “hundred valleys”, to sun-kissed Locarno. Take in the stunning views from the train, and soak up the atmosphere of the colourful, Swiss resort before journeying back along the lake to the hotel.

Day Five

Bid farewell to Maggiore, and cross the Lombardy Plain to Lake Garda. Here, we’ll stay in the celebrated resort of Sirmione – famed for its ‘fairytale’ Rocca Scaligera castle – which perches on a promontory jutting into the lake. Check into your hotel, then head out to take in the views from the battlements, or even take to the water on a lake steamer.

Day Six

Hemmed in by steep hillsides to the east, the craggy Dolomites to the north, and vineyards, olive groves and woodland on its western and southern shores, Lake Garda is the setting for some of Italy’s most attractive resorts. Today’s coach tour is the perfect way to enjoy the area’s marvellous scenery.

Day Seven

Join today’s optional half-day excursion and experience ‘the world’s most romantic city’. Surrounded on three sides by beautiful lakes, and with a skyline of turrets and towers, Mantova offers a wealth of interest in its ancient cobbled streets and squares, including an ornate Palazzo Ducale – once Europe’s largest palace – and the exotic Renaissance Palazzo Te.

Day Eight

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home at the end of a wonderful week.

Italian Lakes Touring Hotels

You will be staying in good four-star hotels – first in Meina on Lake Maggiore and then in Sirmione on Lake Garda

Four-Star Villa Paradiso, Meina, Lake Maggiore (nights 1-4)

Set right on the shore of the lake in a delightful small town, this family-run hotel offers the warmest of welcomes. The hotel has an elegant restaurant and a beautiful garden with an outdoor swimming pool, as well as a private lakeside beach equipped with chairs and umbrellas. The guest rooms are comfortable and have satellite TV, telephones, safes, mini-bars and hairdryers.

Four-Star Hotel Ghiffa, Lake Maggiore (nights 1-4 – selected dates only)

This splendid Art Nouveau-style hotel is in the centre of the town of Ghiffa, right on Lake Maggiore’s northwest shore. It has an elegant restaurant, a terrace and an outdoor swimming pool, and each guest room offers free WiFi, a safe, satellite TV and air conditioning.

Four-Star Hotel Du Parc, Sirmione (nights 5-7)

Ideally situated in a quiet position, just over a mile from the historic centre of Sirmione, this popular hotel boasts a restaurant, bar and lounge area, an outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace and gardens. Each bedroom is well-appointed and offers air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe and a balcony or terrace. A selection of bars, shops and restaurants are located nearby.

 


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