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Tour of the Northern Italian Lakes from Milan

Guided Tour from Milan to 

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 Lake Orta, Maggiore, Lake Como and Garda with Verona

 4 days/3 nights   First Class Holiday from Milan Italy  #  19

Guaranteed Departures on Saturdays on Apr 14, 21, May 5, 12, 26,  June 9, 23, 30 July 14, 28, Aug 11, 25, Sep 15, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 2017

Day 1 Milan  Lake Orta  Stresa  Como
Departure at 08.30 am from Milan to the Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated in the north-eastern side of the region, the hilly Piedmont. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit. Then, tour by boat to reach the island of San Giulio, known as “ the Pearl of the Lake”. The small island is occupied by the Monastery Mater Ecclesiae, famous for studies on antique books. After a short visit, you will take the ferry back to Orta and then leave by bus to Stresa, on to Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian lakes. The Lake of glacier origin belongs partly to Italy and partly to Switzerland. It’s southern shores of rolling hills belong to Novara, Itlay and the upper section is surrounded by Switzerland’s snow covered peaks. Due to its protected location the surrounding area has a mild microclimate, milder in winter than in the inner areas and cooled down in summer by the breezes arriving from the Alps.  Thanks to its mild climate, many species of flowers and plants typical to the sub-tropical climate could adapt to the lake areas climate.

First we arrive at Stresa, an international tourist resort situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the western shore. Free time to admire the picturesque lake and for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the boat to Fishermen’s Island.  Although only few families are sill actively fish, the tiny island of 35 residents  has preserved its original character. Walk along the the typical houses, the narrow lanes, the stone portals and the attractive underpasses. We will continue to the “Isola Bella” (The Beautiful Island), where you might opt for a visit of the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa before we continue to the next lake, Lake Como. Overnight at the hotel in the town of Como.

Day 2 Como  Bellagio  Varenna Bergamo Brescia
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting off on a short visit of Como, a small town with amazing natural panoramas of mountains, lake Como, and wild alpine valleys. You’ll also see Brianzola hill, downtown Como, and the small houses in the village. The lake itself, sometimes called Lario, has long been famous for its y-shape, its three branches intersecting at charming Bellagio, which we visit by boat. Separating the lake’s two southern arms with the alps dominating the horizon to the north, Bellagio is home to some of the most charming landscapes in Italy. Spend some time strolling this picturesque village with its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens, stopping for lunch in one of the many cafés in town on your own. Back on the boat, we will continue to Varenna that afternoon, where you will have a panoramic tour before moving on to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel characterized by its Medieval upper and dynamic commercial lower town . After a short walking tour in the city center, departure to Brescia, gateway the Lake Garda, where you will check in at your new hotel for the night. Overnight in Brescia

Day 3 Brescia Sirmione  Riva Del Garda  Verona
Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is the next destination. After breakfast at your hotel, you will have a panoramic tour of the lake’s west coast, taking in the splendid natural scenery: brilliant colors, the Dolomites of Brenta, and the gentle slopes of the moraine hills. Enjoy the area’s rich vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias, and Bougainvilleas that flourish thanks to the mediterranean climate. So be sure to taste some of the olive oil and wines made locally. Next, you will move on to Sirmione, where you will see the lake Garda and its surroundings at their finest. See the sun shining off of the lake’s blue waters and tree-lined shores, the Sirmione cape, the Castle, and the Catullo’s ruins during a boat tour. Back on land, you will have free time for lunch before departing for Riva del Garda on the north side of the lake, where you will see its venetian-style historic center. Verona will be your final stop of the day, where you will check in to your hotel for the night.

Day 4 Verona – Milan
Breakfast at your hotel followed by a sightseeing tour of the romantic city of Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet. This Renaissance city represents the crossroad of historical periods and cultures with both Germanic and Latin influences. A walk through its narrow streets on Renaissance marble sidewalks among houses with painted facades will allow you to get in touch with Verona’s varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid roman origins, its medieval structures, its magnificent renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting it. The combination of art and history will fascinate you. Spend some time eating lunch (not included) before departing for Milan, where your tour will come to an end.

Tour Includes: 
* Accommodation at 4 Star hotels
* Buffet breakfast daily
* Service charges and taxes included (city taxes are extra payable locally to the hotel 2-4 euros per night wherever applicable)
* Ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with English speaking escort
* Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary,
* English speaking local guides

HOTELS 
In Como: Cruise 4**** *
In Brescia: NH Berscia 4* *
In Verona: Montresor Palace ****

Price per person in Euros or US$* (US$ rate varies depending the exchange rate at the time of payment):

2017- Price per person in Euros ($rate varies depending the exchange rate) double single triple child
4 days/3 nights 945 10577 945 free under the age of 6