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North Lakes, Milan & Bernina

4.5
(5 Reviews)
From $3,580 AUD
  • 6 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Milan, Tirano, St Moritz, Como, Bellagio, Bergamo, Sirmione, Riva del Garda, Verona, Franciacorta

    Group Size:
    2 to 40
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Guided Group Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Tick off the highlights of Milan and the Northern Lakes

  • 5 nights accommodation in superior class
  • Visit the famous Duomo, Galleria d’Arte Moderna and Teatro alla Scala
  • Ride the Bernina Express into the Alps on a UNESCO-listed route
  • Discover the beautiful town of Verona
  • Explore Lake Garda and it’s medieval streets
  • Travel to the breathtaking Como and Bellagio and take a panoramic cruise on Lake Como
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, you will have a private transfer to your tour hotel. In the afternoon, at approximately 3pm, meet your professional local guide at the hotel and set off on a three-hour walking tour through the heart of Milan. Going down via Spallanzani, you will reach Porta Venezia, one of the historical gates to the city. It has medieval and possibly even Roman origins, and it gives the name to the city district all around it. An urban legend has it that the other name it is known as – “Porta Renza” – stems from Renzo Tramaglino, co-protag­onist of the novel The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni, who enters Milan exactly from this access. Proceed towards Corso Venezia and take a shortcut inside Giardini Indro Monta­nelli, a public garden. Opposite the gardens, you will go past GAM, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (modern art museum). Pro­ceeding along Viale Manzoni, you will head for La Scala opera house (Teatro alla Scala), inaugurated on 3 August 1778. The theatre underwent major renovations from early 2002 to late 2004. Then, get ready to take in the stunning Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano). Your tour guide will illustrate its main features. The last stop will be the majestic Castello Sforzesco, a medieval fortress built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza. In its vicinity, we have chosen a refined bakery for you to be able to relax and taste a typical aperitivo. At the end of the aperitivo, the tour is over and you will have some free time before making your own way to the hotel. Overnight Milan.

This is the day of your Bernina Express tour, on board “the train that snakes its way up to the mountain peaks”. Admire unique views from your seat on board the Bernina Train, a piece of history (it is 100 years old) and a World Heritage train. After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Tirano. You will get on board there and start this ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world, with its unsurpassed alpine views. The journey will need two hours to complete. The train winds its way over the Alps, occasionally passing through mountain tunnels, and puffing its way past a myriad of towns and villages. Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina pass to St. Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore it. Meet your driver In St. Moritz and return to Milan. Overnight Milan.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then prepare for a short visit to Como, in the vicinity to Lake Como and the Alps. Amazing views over the lake and the alpine valleys are guaranteed! The lake itself, sometimes called Lario, has long been famous for its y-shape and for Bellagio, the town that you will reach by boat. This little gem town lies at the intersection of the lake’s two southern arms, with the Alps dominating the horizon to the north, and is home to some of the most charming landscapes in Italy. Spend some time exploring this picturesque village and its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens. Continue to Tremezzo/Villa Carlotta where you will meet the driver and begin your journey to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel characterized by its urban struc­ture: the città bassa (or lower town) is modern and dynamic, while the famous città alta (or upper town) houses the city’s me­dieval heart. Overnight Bergamo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is the next destination. After breakfast, embark on a panoramic tour of the lake’s west coast, immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural landscape. This includes the Brenta Dolomites (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the gentle slopes of the Moraine Hills of Lower Garda. You’ll be surrounded by lush vegetation, from lemon trees to oleanders, magnolias, and bougainvillea. Upon reaching Sirmione, where Lake Garda and its surroundings are at their finest, you’ll see the sun reverberating on the lake’s blue waters, the tree-lined shores, Sirmione Castle, as well as the ruins of Catullus’s villa or Grottoes of Catullus (the 1st-century BC poet owned a villa here) during a boat tour. Once you’re through, you will have some free time before departing for Riva del Garda. Located on the north side of the lake, you will see its quaint Venetian-style historical centre. Return to Bergamo for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Verona. A local guide will take you on a guided tour. The fascinating mix of historical periods and cultures (both classical and Germanic) is a blend of Nordic as well as Mediterranean influences that is both ancient and modern. A walk through its narrow streets 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 amaze you. Two of William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: “Romeo and Juliet” is by far the most famous one. We suggest a visit to the so-called Juliet’s home and its balcony. It is a medieval building located in via Cappello. Capello is the name of a family who resided in the edifice in the 14th century. After the Verona tour, continue toward the territory of Franciacorta, whose soil consisting of gravel and sand over limestone is ideal for the cultivation of grapes and for winemak­ing. Enjoy a light lunch and taste some local food as well as the renowned local wine. Continue to Milan for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. End of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

English speaking tour escort

Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary (Milan and Verona)

Tours as per itinerary

5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

Bernina Express

Scenic boat transfers

Beverages during meals and any meal not expressly listed above

Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

Passport and visa fees

Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned

City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)

Any items of personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Antares Hotel Concorde, BW Signature Collection
Viale Monza, 132, 20127 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 2611 2020
Rating
4
Antares Hotel Concorde, BW Signature Collection
Best Western Hotel Cappello D'Oro Bergamo
Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 12, 24121 Bergamo BG, Italy
Tel: +39 035 422 2711
Rating
4
Best Western Hotel Cappello D'Oro Bergamo

Important things to note

Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your tour director.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m.

Tour can be a combination of regular tours; therefore, coach changes may be required. The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

For operational reasons, order of itinerary and/or excursions is subject to change at any time. Optional excursions not specified in our itinerary will be suggested by the tour leader.

A government tourist tax may need to be paid locally upon arrival at your hotels.

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Reviews for North Lakes, Milan & Bernina

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Maria
17 day tour great weather

Review for: Glorious Italy

We were lucky to have great weather from Rome to Rome taking in the sights of Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano, Rome beautiful destinations and incredible history. Both Nancy our tour guide who was knowledgeable and Luigi our bus driver they  were fantastic and worked great together. We had a different tour guide and driver from Naples to Taormina sights seen were great as well Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri then to Palermo, Monreale, Erica, Marsala, Agrigento, Armenian, Ragusa, Noto, Siracusa, Mt Etna not to forget the beautiful Taormina. We loved Sorrento full of life and Palermo great arancini and Sicilian canoli (was in heaven).
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Elizabeth and Gordon Wood
The standard of hotels and the level of guide expertise was excellent

Review for: Fantasy of Puglia

The standard of hotels and the level of guide expertise was excellent. The fact that breakfast and dinner were included in the pre-tour costs was of benefit to us. Our only concern would be the quality of the dinners presented to us during our 2 night stay in Alberobello. As the "dispersed hotel" did not have catering facilities, we ate at the same restaurant for 2 nights. This restaurant made little effort to give us meals comparable to the standard of the other included meals. On our first night the first course was a pasta with minimal sauce, the second course was 2 small Italian sausages with a small scoop of fried potato and the dessert was a chocolate sauce on ice-cream. Some of our group complained to Angela, our guide, who agreed that it was not satisfactory and rang the restaurant to ask for a higher quality meal the next night. On the second night, for the first course we were given a very similar pasta to the night before, then a small undressed tomato, mozzarella and lettuce salad accompanied by a small dressed tomato and lettuce salad. This was topped off by a slice of watermelon for dessert. We particularly enjoyed the final dinner at the 'Masseria le Stanzie' outside Lecce.
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Tim
We were lucky to

Review for: Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome Winter

We were lucky to have such an amazing tour director- really the best of the 3 trips we had with Sun Island!

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North Lakes, Milan & Bernina

4.5
(5 Reviews)
From $3,580 AUD
  • 6 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Milan, Tirano, St Moritz, Como, Bellagio, Bergamo, Sirmione, Riva del Garda, Verona, Franciacorta

    Group Size:
    2 to 40
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Group Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

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