Italian Northern Lakes
Day 1: Milan
Arrival in Milan. Transfer to Maggiore Lake, artistic heritage, rich of castles and villas, without forgetting its magnificent surrounding landscapes. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Lake Maggiore & Borromean Islands
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion by boat to Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori. The islands take their name from the aristocratic Borromean family, who took ownership of the land in the 16th and 17th centuries. Situated on the western side of Lake Maggiore, directly opposite Stresa, the three Borromean Islands lie in a wide gulf surrounded by mountains. The islands take their name from the aristocratic Borromean family, who took ownership of the land in the 16th and 17th centuries. Only the best architects and gardeners were called on by the famous members of the family-themselves art lovers and botanists-to breathe life into their ambitious projects. The islands of Bella and Madre were transformed into grand, luxurious residences, while the third island, named “dei Pescatori” after its age-old fishing community, was left to continue its traditional way of life. Despite their alpine setting, the three Borromean Islands share a pleasant climate, but each offers a very different experience. Isola Bella was completely transformed by its occupants, and its palace and gardens are the epitome of opulence and luxury. In contrast, the Isola dei Pescatori, with its village unchanged by time, offers a fascinating simplicity. Finally, the exotic atmosphere of the lush and tranquil Isola Madre can be ascribed to the gardens that almost totally cover it. Fish lunch on the islands. During the way back to the hotel stop in Stresa with its beautiful walking lake shore. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 3: Lake Como
After breakfast, departure to Como Lake. Guided visit of Como with its famous Sant’Abbondio Basilica coming from the Roman period, the Duomo, the Broletto and the Torre del Municipio. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon excursion on the lake by private boat admiring the splendour of the elegant Villas of the Lake, the famous Manzoni’s mountains and the beautiful villages in the surroundings. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Lake Como – Bergamo – Lake Iseo
After breakfast, guided visit of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo: one of the famous most beautiful aristocratic villa of the lake, houses Canova’s sculptures and Francesco Hayez’s paintings. After the visit transfer to Iseo Lake with stop in Bergamo. Lunch and guided tour of the city: a medieval centre of art and architecture. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Iseo & Lake Iseo
Breakfast at the hotel and meet the guide to start the visit of the centre of Iseo: Piazza Garibaldi, Pieve di Sant’Andrea, Oldofredi Castle and Santa Maria del Mercato church. After the visit take the boat to Monteisola: the European bigger lake island, rich of natural beauties. Discover fishing and boat manufacturing ancient tradition. Lunch in typical restaurant. In the afternoon take the boat back to Iseo. Visit of a wine cellar in Franciacorta with tasting. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Lake Garda
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Garda Lake. Guided tour of Sirmione: described by Catullo, it is recognized for its artistic character. Rich of monuments: the medieval centre, the Scaligero Castle, Maria Maggiore Church, “Grotte di Catullo” villa. Lunch in restaurant. In the afternoon free time at leisure. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Verona
After breakfast, transfer to Verona and guided tour of one of the most beautiful Italian city. Walk through the centre admiring the famous Arena, Giulietta balcony, the Arche Scaligere, Piazza Dante, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà. After the visit lunch at restaurant and transfer to the airport. End of services