NORTHERNS LAKES, MILAN AND BERNINA EXPRESS

6 Days

Overview

Enjoy a 6-day guided tour through Northern Italy from Milan. Visit Lake Como, Bellagio, Bergamo, Sirmione, Verona, and more. Admire the region’s lakes and stay in 4-star hotels with breakfasts included.

 
 
Departure Dates:
2024 May: 17, 31
2024 June: 07, 28
2024 July: 12, 19
2024 August: 02, 16
2024 September: 06, 27
2024 October: 11, 25
 
Multilingual ENGLISH/SPANISH/PORTUGUESE.
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD
FromToDouble/TripleSingle
17/05/202425/10/2024$2,654$3,592

Child policy: Free accommodation for children up to 6 years old sharing the room with their parents

Itinerary

Welcome to Milan! Meet our driver at Milan Malpensa Airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, meet your professional local guide at the hotel and set off on a three-hour walking tour through the heart of Milan. Going down via Spallanzani, you will reach Porta Venezia (literally Venice Gate), one of the historical gates to the city. It has medieval and maybe even Roman origins, and it gives the name to the city district all around it. An urban legend has it that the other name it is known as – “Porta Renza” – stems from Renzo Tramaglino, co-protagonist of the novel The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni, who enters Milan exactly from this access. You will proceed toward Corso Venezia and take a shortcut inside Giardini Indro Montanelli, a public garden. Opposite the gardens, you will go past GAM, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (modern art museum). Proceeding along Viale Manzoni, you will head for La Scala opera house (Teatro alla Scala), inaugurated on 3 August 1778. The theatre underwent major renovations from early 2002 to late 2004.
Then, get ready to take in the stunning Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano). Your tour guide will illustrate its main features. The last stop will be the majestic Castello Sforzesco, a medieval fortress built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza. In its vicinity, we have chosen a refined bakery for you to be able to relax and taste a typical aperitivo (happy hour). At the end of the aperitivo, the tour is over and you will have some free time before returning to the hotel on your own. Overnight stay is in Milan.

This is the day of your Bernina Express tour, on board “the train that snakes its way up to the mountain peaks”. Just like sitting in a theater, you will admire unique views from your seat on board the Bernina Train, a piece of history (it is 100 years old) and a World Heritage train. After breakfast at the hotel, meet our driver and reach Tirano. You will get on board there and start this ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world, with its unsurpassed alpine views. The journey will need two hours to complete. As the train winds its way over the Alps, occasionally passing through mountain tunnels, and puffing its way past a myriad of towns and villages, a number of highlights will catch your attention. Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina pass to St. Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore it. Meet your driver to return to Milan (meeting point in St. Moritz). Overnight stay in Milan.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then prepare for a short visit to Como, a tourist destination for its vicinity to Lake Como and the Alps. Amazing views over the lake and the alpine valleys are guaranteed! The lake itself, sometimes called Lario, has long been famous for its y-shape and for Bellagio, that you will reach by boat. This little gem town lies at the intersection of the lake’s two southern arms, with the Alps dominating the horizon to the north, and is home to some of the most charming landscapes in Italy. Spend some time exploring this picturesque village and its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens, and have lunch at your leisure in one of the many restaurants or cafés. Back on board, you will make your way to Tremezzo/ Villa Carlotta where you will meet the driver and begin your journey to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel characterized by its urban structure: the città bassa (or lower town) is modern and dynamic, while the famous città alta (or upper town) houses the city’s medieval heart. Check in at your Bergamo hotel, dinner and overnight.

Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is the next destination. After breakfast at your hotel, you suggest to take a panoramic tour of the lake’s west coast, taking in the splendid natural landscape, like the Brenta Dolomites (the Brenta Group has been officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the gentle slopes of the Moraine Hills of Lower Garda. Enjoy the area’s rich vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias, bougainvilles and be sure to taste some of the locally-made olive oil and wines. Next, you will move to Sirmione, where Lake Garda and its surroundings are at their finest. See the sun reverberating on lake’s blue waters, the tree-lined shores, Sirmione Castle as well as the ruins of Catullus’s villa or Grottoes of Catullus (the 1st century BC poet owned a villa here) during a boat tour. Once you’re through, you will have some free time to have lunch before departing for Riva del Garda. Located on the north side of the lake, you will see its quaint Venetian-style historical center. Dinner and overnight stay in Bergamo.

After breakfast, reach “fair Verona”, a museum en plain air. A local professional will be waiting for you and take you on a guided tour. The fascinating mix of historical periods and cultures (both classical and Germanic) is a blend of Nordic as well as 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 amaze you. Two of William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: “Romeo and Juliet” is by far the most famous one. We suggest taking a look at the so-called Juliet’s home (and its balcony, said to have been the legendary balcony of the famous “Oh Romeo, Rome” tragedy’s scene). It is a medieval building located in via Cappello. Capello is the name of a family who resided in the edifice in the 14th century. After the Verona tour, you will drive toward the territory of Franciacorta, whose soil consisting of gravel and sand over limestone is ideal for the cultivation of grapes and for winemaking. This is why we chose this place for your next stop. This is where you will enjoy a light lunch and taste some local food as well as the renowned local wine. After this experience, you will head for Milan, where you will have the last overnight in Milan.

Day 06 :
DAY 6:Milan

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. Arrivederci!

Includes:

  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Monolingual tour
    -escort in English
  • Accommodation in 4 stars or 3 stars hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or
    alimentary restriction)
  • Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary

Excludes:

  • Tips
  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “Rates include”

Hotels Used OR Similar

MILAN: Antares Hotel Concorde 4*
Address: Viale Monza, 132, 20127 Milano MI
Ph.: 0039 0226112020
Web: http://www.hotelconcordemilano.com/
BW Signature Collection Antares Hotel Concorde, 4 stars completely renovated in 2021 following an extensive eco-sustainable redevelopment project, renovation of high technological value and conservative restyling.
Antares Hotel Concorde offers hospitality in one of its 120 rooms: large, bright, silent, soundproofed, ready to welcome you to guarantee privacy and excellent relaxation.
For us, well-being begins with sleep: this is why we have designed each room as the cradle of perfect sleep

 

BERGAMO: BEST WESTERN CAPPELLO D’ORO 4*

Address: Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 12, 24121 Bergamo BG Ph.: 0039 035 422 2711
Web https://www.bwhotelcappellodoro-bg.it/

Combining the charm of an ancient tradition of hospitality with modern comfort, ideal for both leisure tourism and business needs: this is the commitment of the Hotel Cappello D’Oro, a 4-star hotel in center of Bergamo, interpreter of over 150 years of experience in the sector.
Behind the four stars shine the quality of the rooms, the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, the inimitable location in the center of Bergamo and the very rich buffet breakfast.

 

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