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North Lakes

4.5
(3 Reviews)
From $1,845 AUD
  • 4 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Milan, Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Bergamo, Brescia, Lake Garda, Verona

    Group Size:
    2 to 50
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Guided Group Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Breathtaking scenery and architecture awaits you in Italy’s famous Northern Lake district

  • Enjoy seeing Italy’s famous lakes by the best mode of transport, by boat
  • Visit the picturesque village of Bellagio
  • Walk the streets of romantic Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
  • Take in the natural scenery of Lake Garda, the largest in Italy
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Departure at 8:30 am from the hotel Starhotels Ritz, Milan (Via Lazzaro Spallanzani, 40) to Lake Orta, a small and charming lake situated in the north eastern side of the region 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, just in front of the village: it is known as “the Pearl of the Lake”, almost entirely 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 Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian lakes. Wedged between the pre-alps, and of clear glacial origin, it is framed in its lower section by the soft hills of the region of Novara and – in the upper section – by high mountain peaks with perpetual snows. These features make possible an average temperature during all seasons, milder in
winter than in the inner areas and cooled down in summer by the breezes that blow on the water’s surface changing the lake’s colour. Thanks to its mild climate, many species of flowers and plants typical to the sub-tropical climate could adapt to the lake areas climate. Arrival in Stresa, Lake Maggiore, an international tourist resort situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the lakeside roadway, just in front of the ‘Borromee’ islands. Free time for lunch (in Stresa or “Isola dei Pescatori”). In the afternoon, tour of the “Isola dei Pescatori” (Fishermen’s Island) by boat. The island was named after the main activity that, over the centuries, has characterized this fishermen town. Although only few families still maintain the original activity, the identity of the small community appears intact. Tourists are fascinated by its simple 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 (free time for lunch, not included). At the end of the visit departure to Como for overnight.

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 the industrialized 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 Bellagio, that you will visit via 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 (not included). Back on the boat, you will make your way 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 urban structure: the “lower town” (città bassa) is modern and dynamic, while the famous “upper town” (città alta) houses the city’s medieval history. After a short walking tour in the city centre, departure to Brescia, where you will check in at your new hotel for the night. Overnight Brescia.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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 colours, the Dolomites of Brenta, and the gentle slopes of the moraine hills. Enjoy the area’s rich vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias, and bougainvillea 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 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 centre. Verona will be your final stop of the day, where you will check in to your hotel for the night. Overnight Verona.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Fuel up on breakfast at your hotel before setting out to see the famous city of Verona, a work of art in itself. This fascinating crossroad of historical periods and cultures (both classical and Germanic) is a blend of both Nordic and 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 fascinate you. Spend some time eating lunch (not included) before departing for Milan, where your tour will come to an end. End of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

English speaking tour escort

Tours as per itinerary

3 Breakfasts

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

Tips and gratuities to tour directors, drivers and local guides

Porterage service

Passport or visa fees

Any beverages or food not listed in itinerary

Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned

Baggage and personal insurance of any kind

Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

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

Any other items of personal nature

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Hotel List (or similar)

Hotel Como
Via Mentana, 28, 22100 Como CO, Italy
Tel: +39 031 266173
Rating
4
Hotel Como
Hotel Igea Brescia
Viale della Stazione, 15, 25122 Brescia BS, Italy
Tel: +39 030 44221
Rating
3.5
Hotel Igea Brescia
Montresor Hotel Palace
Via Luigi Galvani, 19, 37138 Verona VR, Italy
Tel: +39 045 676 1111
Rating
4
Montresor Hotel Palace

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.

During trade fair periods, accommodation in central Verona is not guaranteed.

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Reviews for North Lakes

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Tim
We were lucky to

Review for: Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome

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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Annette
Rome to Venice

Review for: Rome to Venice

I had the pleasure of taking this tour over 4 days departing from Rome taking in Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua and ending in Venice. All destinations were beautiful with incredible history. Sabrina was our wonderful tour guide and was very knowledgeable, professional and kind. Alberto our lovely bus driver delivered us safely to our destinations and they were a great team.
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Jodie
We booked a short 5 day tour

Review for: Amalfi & Capri

We booked a short 5 day tour through Sun Island Tours. Rome return (Visiting the Amalfi Coast with a stop in Pompeii. The guide was great, She even helped us with the next leg of our trip (different operator). I forgot the bus driver name but he was very good and helpful. Guide Paula leaded the group through Naples and Pompeii, she was great. The drivers to and from Amalfi were very good. Amalfi Coast & Capri were incredible as imagined.

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North Lakes

4.5
(3 Reviews)
From $1,845 AUD
  • 4 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Milan, Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Bergamo, Brescia, Lake Garda, Verona

    Group Size:
    2 to 50
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Group Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

Italy
Speak to our Italy Expert - Dannielle

Dannielle has travelled extensively throughout Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia. Speak to her now.

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