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The Magic of the Italian Lakes

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Price per person
from £1,060

Price based on
London Luton
21st Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Discover the beauty of the Italian Lakes on this magnificent vacation. With the Alps for a backdrop, you’ll enjoy nature at its finest—with overnights in Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore. Plus, on this affordable Italian Lakes tour, you’ll spend one night in Milan, known as one of the world’s fashion capitals to visit medieval Verona, where you’ll see Juliet’s balcony of Shakespearian fame. 

Situated at the foot of the Alps, Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake. With a temperate climate, you can relax and restore harmony to your life, participate in optional excursions, and enjoy the local specialities, such as wine and extra virgin olive oil. With its cobalt-blue waters surrounded by majestic mountains, Lake Como is one of Europe’s deepest lakes. Lake Como is lined with elegant 17th-century villas and lush gardens; it’s the perfect destination. You will enjoy a scenic boat trip to Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of Lake Como.” In this wonderful town where nature and culture come together, explore the centuries-old buildings, cobbled stairways, and shops. 

Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. With its prestigious Italian gardens, intriguing palaces, and scenic landscapes, you can choose to relax or enjoy some of the many activities available. On the way to Lake Maggiore, you’ll travel to Lugano, set on gorgeous Lake Lugano, a lake that lies between Italy and Switzerland. Here—with a Mediterranean ambiance—you can stroll along the lakeside promenade or simply unwind as you enjoy a delicious gelato.

Over centuries, Italy’s lakes have been among Europe’s favourite vacation destinations, providing enchanting landscapes and a relaxing ambience; now’s your time to enjoy them on this affordable Italian Lakes tour. It’s a lovely vacation perfect for savvy, value-minded travellers.

At a glance

  • Milan Visit
  • Sirmione Visit
  • Lake Garda
  • Verona See Juliet’s balcony
  • Lake Como
  • Bellagio Boat trip
  • Lugano Visit
  • Lake Maggiore

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Really well organised, interesting, not too exhausting, excellent apart from...

3rd October 2018
Trusted Customer

Really well organised, interesting, not too exhausting, excellent apart from one hotel where two of the included dinners were more than disappointing.

A brisk pace to take in all of the major...

14th September 2018
Trusted Customer

A brisk pace to take in all of the major lakes. Would highly recommend the additional excursions which greatly added to the enjoyment and appreciation of the region. The whole holiday was brilliantly directed by our tour director Ingrid . Her depth of knowledge of history and geography of the region was breath taking and she shepherded the guests with great aplomb . Transfers were well handled and even our 7.30 return flight was well managed considering the 3.30 am start . Full marks to the entire COSMOS team

Great hotels, great locations, however at lake Como, would have...

13th September 2018
Mr Ronald Beedle

Great hotels, great locations, however at lake Como, would have preferred to stay in a bigger town than Mezzegra, as there is not much there and no pavements at roadside

Excellent guide and hotel choices. Ran like clockwork....

13th September 2018
Mr Michael Crowther

Excellent guide and hotel choices. Ran like clockwork.

Excellent tour except for poor Location of 2 hotels , Superb...

15th August 2018
Trusted Customer

Excellent tour except for poor Location of 2 hotels , Superb tour director ( Francesco Nardin) who was very professional , knowledgable and efficient and a great personality,

Too much variation in hotels offered. Didn't know the...

20th June 2018
Mrs Linda Cook

Too much variation in hotels offered. Didn't know the changes of hotels to what we had been told

Very comprehensive tour-good itinerary....

13th June 2018
Trusted Customer

Very comprehensive tour-good itinerary.

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and locations...

30th May 2018
Mrs Lorraine Graves

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and locations

A fantastic holiday, well organised, a great tour director, beautiful...

11th July 2017
Trusted Customer

A fantastic holiday, well organised, a great tour director, beautiful sights......the only let down was the accommodation at Torbole, Lake Garda (not that it spoilt the holiday). This was our third trip with Cosmos Tours and Cruises and we will definitely be using them again.

...

26th May 2017
Trusted Customer

Overview

Discover the beauty of the Italian Lakes on this magnificent vacation. With the Alps for a backdrop, you’ll enjoy nature at its finest—with overnights in Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore. Plus, on this affordable Italian Lakes tour, you’ll spend one night in Milan, known as one of the world’s fashion capitals to visit medieval Verona, where you’ll see Juliet’s balcony of Shakespearian fame. 

Situated at the foot of the Alps, Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake. With a temperate climate, you can relax and restore harmony to your life, participate in optional excursions, and enjoy the local specialities, such as wine and extra virgin olive oil. With its cobalt-blue waters surrounded by majestic mountains, Lake Como is one of Europe’s deepest lakes. Lake Como is lined with elegant 17th-century villas and lush gardens; it’s the perfect destination. You will enjoy a scenic boat trip to Bellagio, known as the “Pearl of Lake Como.” In this wonderful town where nature and culture come together, explore the centuries-old buildings, cobbled stairways, and shops. 

Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. With its prestigious Italian gardens, intriguing palaces, and scenic landscapes, you can choose to relax or enjoy some of the many activities available. On the way to Lake Maggiore, you’ll travel to Lugano, set on gorgeous Lake Lugano, a lake that lies between Italy and Switzerland. Here—with a Mediterranean ambiance—you can stroll along the lakeside promenade or simply unwind as you enjoy a delicious gelato.

Over centuries, Italy’s lakes have been among Europe’s favourite vacation destinations, providing enchanting landscapes and a relaxing ambience; now’s your time to enjoy them on this affordable Italian Lakes tour. It’s a lovely vacation perfect for savvy, value-minded travellers.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Milan, Italy

Day
1

Fly to Milan where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel in Milan. Start exploring with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Milan - Sirmione - Lake Garda

Day
2

Start the day with an orientation tour of Milan, stopping to admire the famous gothic-style Duomo. Travel east through the Po Valley, then catch your first glimpses of Lake Garda as you stop in Sirmione, the picturesque spa town on the south shore of Lake Garda. Stroll among the many shops and ice cream parlours that line the narrow cobblestone streets. Continue to your hotel on Lake Garda.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Garda

Day
3

A whole day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful area, situated at the foot of the Alps and surrounded by mountains to the north and the gentle slopes of moraine hills to the south. Alternatively, join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lake Garda - Verona - Lake Como

Day
4

This morning, visit the romantic, medieval city of Verona. See Juliet’s balcony and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to fascinating Lake Como, where you’ll spend two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Como. Excursion to Bellagio

Day
5

Inspiring everyone from Roman senators and great composers to Hollywood actors, Como is the romantic image of the lakes. Its cobalt-blue waters are lined with magnificent mountains, lush gardens, and grand villas. Join the included BOAT TRIP to Bellagio, which occupies one of the most scenic positions in all of Italy.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Como - Lugano, Switzerland - Lake Maggiore, Italy

Day
6

Depart Lake Como, and cross the border into Switzerland. Head towards beautiful Lake Lugano and the stylish city that bears its name. Time to stroll along the lakeside promenade, window shop on refined Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on the Piazza Riforma. Leave Switzerland and cross back into Italy, driving to Lake Maggiore.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lake Maggiore

Day
7

Set between Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. The day is yours to relax or to enjoy some of the many activities available around the lake. Maybe join an optional boat trip to the Borromean Islands of Pescatori and Isola Bella, with time to visit the extravagant Borromeo Palace, built like a ship anchored just off the shoreline.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Maggiore - UK

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
Print itinerary

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station

The hotel is located 2 minutes from Corso Como and from the fashion district. It is only 5 minutes on foot from the Porta Garibaldi train and underground station (300 m away) where the passerby railway begins.

  • Location

    Via Ugo Bassi 1/A Ang. Via C. Farini, Stazione Garibaldi, 20159 Milan, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Poiano Resort

This resort hotel enjoys a wonderful picturesque position, set on a hilltop, in 60 hectares of greenery above Lake Garda and features an olympic-size seasonal swimming pool, 6 clay tennis courts, a wellness centre and a gym. Morning meals are served in the breakfast room, while evening meals can be enjoyed in the hotel's main restaurant, there is a lobby bar, a piano bar and seasonal pool bar and Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property. The guestrooms are styled in a classic design with earth tones, wooden floors and either a furnished balcony or terrace.

  • Location

    Via Poiano, 37016 Garda, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Lake Como - Lario Mezzegra

Hotel Lario is an excellent three star hotel, situated in the so called "Tremezzina", an international place famous for its historic villas and gardens and for the traditional hotel hospitality, facing Lake Como. TV room, elegant restaurant with the new and bright veranda.

  • Location

    Via Statale Regina 48, Azzano Di Mezzegra-Co, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Lake Maggiore - Simplon

Nestling in a magnificent ancient park of twenty thousand square meters, with its characteristic pink façade recalling the colour of the famous local marble, the Simplon is the ideal solution for guests looking for a relaxing stay.

  • Location

    Corso Garibaldi 20, 28831 Baveno, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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