Trafalgar Tours | Best of the Italian Lakes Summer 2020

Enjoy a stylish lakeside sojourn in Italy - explore the historic city of Mantua, sip a tasty cappuccino on Como's lakeside promenade and visit Milan, one of the world's design capitals.

Tour Operator: Trafalgar Tours
  • What's Included

    • 8 breakfasts
    • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)
  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • End Date
      • Price
      • 4 Sep 20
      • 12 Sep 20
      • $3,325
      • 11 Sep 20
      • 19 Sep 20
      • $3,325
      • 18 Sep 20
      • 26 Sep 20
      • $3,325
      • 25 Sep 20
      • 3 Oct 20
      • $3,325
      • 2 Oct 20
      • 10 Oct 20
      • $3,325
      • 9 Oct 20
      • 17 Oct 20
      • $3,250
    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Milan – Lake Maggiore (Baveno) (2 Nights)

    The favourite summer retreat for the who's who of Italy for centuries provides an enchanting backdrop for your first day in Italy. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the charming resort of Baveno on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your fellow travel companions and Travel Director before embarking on your At Leisure jaunt.


    Day 2 - Como Excursion and Lake Maggiore (Baveno) At Leisure

    Journey through Italy's exquisite Lake District to scenic Lake Como. Walk through the beautiful Como waterfront or relax alongside the lake indulging in a tasty gelato. Then it's time to ease into la dolce vita, ambling along the glamorous Baveno Marina - the gentle sounds of this lakeside setting are a soulful way to enjoy your afternoon. Spend free time exploring Baveno with its Romanesque bell tower and octagonal baptistery.


    Day 3 - Lake Maggiore (Baveno) – Bergamo – Lake Garda (5 Nights)

    The enchanting lanes of Bergamo, near the foothills of the Alps, yield architectural and artistic treasures which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning. Wander past centuries-old Renaissance façades and into the exquisite Piazza Vecchia built on the site of an ancient Roman forum. See the ornate Contarini Fountain and 12th-century Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. We continue our love affair with the Italian Lakes, travelling to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner featuring local fare.


    Day 4 - Verona Excursion

    Romance in the air, we journey to Verona engaging in the tragic tale of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers at Juliet's Balcony. Our walking tour with a 'Local Specialist' will also take us past the Roman arena, still in use today, followed by some free time to explore the city alone. See the seven medieval towers of Castelvecchio, relax under the shady trees in Verona's expansive Piazza Bra or clamber up Lamberti's Tower for magnificent views.


    Day 5 - Lake Garda Free Time and Mantua Excursion

    A leisurely start to your day could see you stroll along the lakefront and enjoy a quiet coffee. Later today, you'll embark on a half-day excursion to Mantua, a European Capital of Gastronomy renowned for its significant role in the history of opera. Surrounded by lakes, this historic city with its UNESCO-listed centre is a delight to explore as you'll come to discover during your sightseeing tour. See architectural treasures and artefacts, elegant palaces and Renaissance cityscapes before returning to the picturesque lakeside setting of Lake Garda.


    Day 6 - Lake Garda At Leisure

    Indulge in a full day at leisure to soak up the picture-perfect setting of Italy's largest lake. Journey along its tranquil shores, stopping at lakeside villages to savour the intoxicating aroma of lemons around every turn. Enjoy the flavours of delicious local olive oils and cheese at local markets, stroll along flower-lined lakeside paths or visit the lake's extraordinary sights, including the 13th-century Scaliger Castle or the Grottoes of Catullus. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks over 10,000 feet high.


    Day 7 - Modena Excursion

    Sparkling Lambrusco, salty prosciutto and the intense aromas of parmigiano await in the gastronomic hub of Modena, which we explore today in the company of a 'Local Specialist'. Wander past pastel-hued façades in Modena's Old Town into the magnificent Piazza Grande which, along with its 12th-century cathedral and Torre Civica, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sample the intoxicating flavours, including their world famous balsamic vinegar, of a city that was the birthplace of Ferrari and Pavarotti and is home to Michelin Star restaurants and tortellini. Our gourmet interlude nearing its an end, we visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and explore the history of this Italian icon. This evening, we enjoy a leisurely dinner at our hotel.


    Day 8 - Lake Garda – Milan Free Time

    In search of spires that reach the sky, we leave our tranquil lakeside setting behind for the chic northern capital of Milan. Admire the extraordinary Gothic Duomo, ornate La Scala Opera House and 19th-century Galleria with its impressive glass and iron-domed roof. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to jostle with the ambitious Milanese for your spot on the runways of Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening we indulge in a Farewell Dinner, joining our fellow travellers to celebrate the end of an exquisite holiday together.


    Day 9 - Depart Milan

    Our leisurely jaunt through the Italian Lakes has come to an end. We say arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Best of the Italian Lakes
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Food fund and airfares may be additional. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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