ITALIAN LAKES AND RIVIERA MINITOUR

7 Days

Overview

Take a 7-day trip to discover the best of northern Italy. Leave from Milan and see the lakes of Orta, Maggiore, Como, Garda, Iseo and the cities of Como, Bergamo, and Verona. Then head to the Italian Riviera to explore Genoa, Sanremo, Rapallo, Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Santa Margherita. Admire the beautiful scenery as you relax in the towns and learn about a few of the cities on walking tours.

Departure Dates:
2024 April: 01, 29
2024 May: 13, 27
2024 July: 22
2024 August: 19
2024 October: 14
Multilingual ENGLISH/SPANISH.
COMFORTLUXURY
2024 LAKES AND RIVIERANET PRICE IN DBLNET PRICE IN SGLNET PRICE IN DBLNET PRICE IN SGL
MEDIUM 2024 = 01/04 – 13/05 – 14/10$ 3,714$ 4,456$ 4,425$ 5,850
HIGH 2024 = 29/04 – 27/05 – 22/07 – 19/08
(comfort)
$ 3,987$4,806$ 4,669$ 6,260
TOP 2024 = 19/08$ 4,800$ 6,365

Itinerary

Departure at 08.30 am from Milan 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 private boat to reach the island of San Giulio, just in front of the village: it is the pearl of the lake, almost entirely occupied by the Monastery Mater Eccelsiae, famous for studies on antique books and the Romanesque basilica of Saint Julius. After a short visit, back to Orta and departure to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian ones. Wedged between the foothills, 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, some of which with perpetual snow. These features make possible an average temperature during all seasons; due to its mild climate, many species of flowers and plants typical to the sub-tropical climate could adapt to the lake areas climate. Arrival to Stresa, an international tourist resort situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the lakeside roadway, stands just in front of the Borromean islands. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, tour of Isola del Pescatori by private boat. The island name is due to the activity of fishermen since ancient times. Although only a 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, elegant and charming. Return to Stresa and departure to Como. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Today or tomorrow, depending on the weather, you will be invited to taste a typical Italian aperitif with Prosecco, a great white wine in its dry version. Short visit of Como. An amazing small town rich of atmospheres, panoramas and human takeovers. In little kilometres you can admire the high mountains over the lake, the wild alpine valley and the industrialised area. The lake is famous for its setting at the intersection of the three branches of the Y-shaped lake, and it is also known as Lario. Divided in three branches, it is situated at the bottom of the most renowned peaks of the Italian landscape. Boarding the boat we reach Bellagio, situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake’s two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. It is a picturesque village with small streets, luxury hotels and villas and gardens. Visit. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, depart with a panoramic route along the lake side to Bergamo. City characterised by a division of the urban structure on two levels, the “Lower town” (Città bassa), modern and dynamic and the famous “Upper town” (Città alta), a truly historic and artistic jewel. After a short walking tour inside the old town with many beautiful churches and monuments, transfer to the modern town, with the best shops, restaurants and museums. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Lake Garda, the largest Italian one. Lake Garda offers to the visitor a splendid natural scenery, full of colours, surrounded by the Dolomites of Brenta in the north and the gentle slopes of the hills in the south. A rich vegetation flourishes thanks to the Mediterranean climate: lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias and bougainvillaeas. The cultivation of vineyards and olive groves produces good wines and olive oil. Arrival to Sirmione where the lake offers its best panorama, really sunny with the blue of its waters and the green of its trees. Boat tour to have a nice view of the Sirmione Cape, the castle and the Catullo’s Grotto ruins. Next, depart to Lazise, a village in the South-East of the lake, popular for its mediaeval
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castle, nowadays part of the walls of entrance to the old town, in front of the lake. Lunch on your own and in the afternoon, outgoing to Verona. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel and a visit to the famous city of Verona. It is a work of art in itself: a fascinating crossroad of historical periods and cultures (classical and Germanic), a blend of both Nordic and Mediterranean influences; the city is at the same time ancient and modern. A walk through its narrow streets allows us to get in touch with its varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid Roman origins, its prevailing mediaeval structure dating back to the time of knights and castles, its magnificent Renaissance palaces as well as the impressive fortifications which protect it. A suggestive blend of art and history which continuously fascinates the onlooker. We will visit Piazza Bra with the Arena, a Roman amphitheatre, Via Mazzini, Piazza delle Erbe e dei Signori with the monument to Dante Alighieri and Juliet’s Balcony. Continuation to Lake Iseo, an amazing place surrounded by hills and nice villages. We stop in Iseo, the main city. Lunch at your own In the afternoon, departure to Genoa via Milan with a panoramic itinerary on the South-west side of the lake. Arrival in Genoa. Seaport, one of the largest of Southern Europe, the first in Italy; 6th city of the country, this town has an important history, as a Maritime Republic. Its historical centre has grown around the dock, is full of narrow and characteristic streets and has a mediaeval origin. Accommodation, overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Indicative city tour of Genoa in the morning and later on, departure to Rapallo, famous tourist centre. Visit the old town where a long promenade ends with the beautiful castle of Dragut. Then, the road to Santa Margherita, the beautiful seaside city of Riviera di Levante (Eastern Riviera), located in the Tigullio Gulf. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit of Portofino. Around a little square, you can have a nice view of a group of high, coloured and picturesque houses. In the small port, during the high season, you can see expensive yachts from every part of the world. Finally, return to Genoa with a panoramic road. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Portovenere, a fishermen village located at the end of La Spezia Gulf. Visit. Ferry to Cinque Terre (if the atmospheric conditions doesn’t permit the boarding, the visit will be with a panoramic itinerary by bus/minivan and train.) Heritage of the Unesco, these 5 fishermen villages, symbolise a group unique in the world for its beautiful landscape and the mediaeval style of their buildings. Visit the little village of Vernazza and Monterosso, the biggest of the five villages, characterised by long beaches and narrow streets full of restaurants and handcraft shops. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon coming back to Genoa. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel and outgoing to the western coast of Liguria. Arrival to Laigueglia, a picturesque and little village of fishermen with its nice corners and small beaches. Visit. Later, departure to Finalborgo, a typical mediaeval village at the bottom of the mountains where the Alps meets the Apennines. Lunch at your own. Return to Milan. End of services.

Tour starts and finishes at Starhotels Ritz, Via Spallanzani 40, Milan. Please contact us for any further information concerning transfers or additional service.

Includes:

  • Itinerary as above according to the hotel option choice
  • Bus at disposal for the mentioned itinerary
  • English speaking escort guide/driver up to 8 people (driver and guide with more than 8)
  • Private boat to Isola di San Giulio (Lake Orta)
  • Private boat for the Borromean Islands (Lake Maggiore)
  • Cruise by boat at Lake Como
  • Private boat for tour around the Peninsula of Sirmione (Lake Garda)
  • Cruise by boat at the Cinque Terre (in case of bad conditions of weather, the excursion will be by bus/minivan and panoramic train)
  • A typical local aperitive during the tour (Prosecco sparkling wine) on the lakes
  • Focaccia and Focaccia with cheese tasting in Liguria
  • Free Wi-Fi on board

Excludes:

  • Meals, drinks, entrances, porterage, city taxes, tickets, tips, extras and whatever not specified in “RATES INCLUDE”.

HOTELS ACCOMMODATION OR SIMILAR – COMFORT TOUR: COMO: ALBERGO LE DUE CORTI****, Piazza della Vittoria 11/12, Tel. +39/031 328111, http://www.hotelduecorti.com/

BERGAMO: HTL BEST WESTERN CAPPELLO D’ORO* * * * , Via Papa Giovanni XXIII 12, Tel. +39/035 4222711 http://www.bwhotelcappellodoro-bg.it/

VERONA: HTL MASTINO***, Corso Porta Nuova 16, Tel. +39/045 595388, http://www.hotelmastino.it/

GÉNOVA: Starhotels PRESIDENT**** Corte Lambruschini 4, Tel. +39/010 5727,http://www.starhotels.com/it/i-nostri-hotel/president-genova/

HOTELS ACCOMMODATION OR SIMILAR – LUXURY TOUR: COMO: ALBERGO TERMINUS****, LAKEVIEW ROOM, Lungolario Trieste 14, Tel. +39/031 32911, http://www.albergoterminus.it/

BERGAMO: CAPPELLO D’ORO**** DELUXE ROOM, Via Papa Giovanni XXIII 12, Tel. +39/035 4222711 http://www.bwhotelcappellodoro-bg.it/

VERONA: HOTEL DUE TORRI *****, CLASSIC ROOM, Piazza Sant’Anastasia 4, Tel. +39/045 595044, http://hotelduetorri.duetorrihotels.com/

GÉNOVA:Starhotel PRESIDENT**** DELUXE ROOM Corte Lambruschini 4, Tel. +39/010 5727,http://www.starhotels.com/it/i-nostri-hotel/president-genova/ RATES

Rates: Net rates per person per package min 1 pax

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