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Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel in Milan. Start exploring with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
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 parlors that line the narrow cobblestone streets. Continue to your hotel on Lake Garda.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km
Enjoy a whole day at leisure in 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. Check out the optional excursions available.
This morning, visit the romantic, medieval city of Verona and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to fascinating Lake Como, where you’ll spend two nights.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi/ 330 km
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, set in one of the most scenic position in all of Italy, and Varenna, an old fishing village.
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.
Today’s Distance: 87 mi/ 140 km
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.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Milan.)
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
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.
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.
Hotel Lario is an excellent three star hotel, situated in the so called "Tremezzina", an international place famous for its historical villas and gardens and for the traditional hotel hospitality, facing Lake Como. TV room,elegant restaurant with the new and bright veranda.
Nestling in a magnificent ancient park of twenty thousand square meters, with its characteristic pink façade recalling the color of the famous local marble, the Simplon is the ideal solution for guests looking for a relaxing stay.
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