The Magic of the Italian Lakes

  • 8 Days

  • Western Europe

  • Steady pace

A tour of stunning contrasts that combines the serenity and old-world charm of Italy's lake towns, with the bustle and grandeur of Milan and Verona.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
Single share option
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 01st October 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Overview

A tour of stunning contrasts that combines the serenity and old-world charm of Italy's lake towns, with the bustle and grandeur of Milan and Verona.

At a glance

  • Milan Visit one of the fashion capitals of the world.
  • Lake Como Spend a day in the romantic lake town that inspired several cultural figures and visit Bellagio.
  • Sirmione Roam the town’s quirky boutiques.
  • Lake Garda Experience the natural beauty of this region for yourself on a free day of leisure.

Day 1

UK - Milan

Fly to Milan where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Milan. The rest of the day is free for you to get acquainted with this fashionable city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Milan - Sirmione - Lake Garda area

This morning, explore Milan, home to the fifth largest cathedral in the world and other historical highlights. This afternoon includes a visit Sirmione. Why not stroll around the narrow cobbled streets exploring in the many shops and ice cream parlours? Later to your hotel on Lake Garda for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Lake Garda

The whole day is yours to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and charming villages, surrounded by the mountains to the north and the gentle slopes of the morainic hills to the south. Alternatively, why not join an optional excursion today?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Lake Garda - Verona - Lake Como area

Enjoy a visit to this delightful town where you will spend some time at leisure. Why not take the chance to do some shopping on one of the most elegant streets in Italy.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Lake Como area

Inspiring everyone from Roman Senators to great composers and Hollywood actors, Lake Como is the romantic image of the Italian lake district, with its cobalt blue waters lined with magnificent mountains, lush gardens and grand villas. Today, get to know the area and join the included boat trip to Bellagio, which occupies one of the most scenic positions in the whole of Italy.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Lake Como - Lugano - Lake Maggiore

Leave the picturesque resort of Lake Como en route to Lake Maggiore, stopping in the Swiss town of Lugano with time to admire the small, charming Lake Ceresio. Continue your journey to Baveno for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Lake Maggiore

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 enjoy some of the many activities available around Lake Maggiore. Perhaps join an optional excursion that takes in the delightful Borromean Islands.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Lake Maggiore - Milan - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Milan: Holiday Inn Garibaldi
  • Lake Garda area: Club La Vela or Caravel at Trobole
  • Lake Como area: Lario at Mezzegra
  • Lake Maggiore area: Simplon at Baveno

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar standard.

Latest customer reviews

19/04/2017

So very beautiful, mountains and lakes and interesting excursions to towns, villages and palaces

01/10/2016

Lovely location. Only comment - less is more. I would like not to have gone to Lugano but prefer to spend more time in Lake Maggiore

28/09/2016

We were dropped off in Lugano and there as nothing much to do there.

28/09/2016

would have been better if you tell your hotels to have tea and coffee making equipment in the rooms ,and irons and ironing boards

24/08/2016

All transfers, excellent. Tour director & driver - excellent and very helpful. Included tours & optional extra tours well organised and enjoyed Hotel in Torbole was never 4 stars (!) but otherwise good accomodation

22/07/2016

The overall tour was very enjoyable and the tour guide excellent, the only thing that let it down was the hotel in Lake Garda, the room was very small and grubby and the air con was not very efficient, also the evening meal did not look good so we went out to eat, the other hotels on the tour were very good. Cosmos need to check the hotels they use, not only the main areas but also the rooms.

14/07/2016

For the past 15 years we have visited countries with worldwide landmarks, buildings etc. but the Lakes ever beautiful does not come within this category. I do the videoing and my wife the photographs. When we return I transfer the video onto a DVD with added commentary and the photographs in an album both of which we watch during cold winter months. Apart from water and a few unknown buildings there was little to video or photograph.

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