Charming Garda Lake and the Lombardy Lake District

CHARMING GARDA LAKE AND THE LOMBARDY LAKE DISTRICT

1° day MILAN - LAKE GARDA

Arrive in Milan and meet with your English speaking assistant. Transfer to Riva del Garda area. Late afternoon hotel check-in, dinner and overnight. 

2° day RIVA DEL GARDA - VARONE FALLS - MALCESINE - LAZISE

Hotel breakfast. Visit Riva del Garda, elegant and vibrant city right on the Garda Lake, the biggest lake in Italy, much loved by poets and writers of all times. Short excursion to Varone Falls, one of the most popular natural attractions on upper Lake Garda. Go ahead on the panoramic route of the eastern part of the lake to Malcesine. Stop for lunch on your own. Panoramic tour of Malcesine, beautiful lake town governed from 1405 to 1797 by The Republic of Venice. Arrive in Lazise and visit (external) the famous Castle “Castello Scaligero” . Transfer to the hotel in the southern part of the lake. Check in, dinner and overnight. 

3° day LIMONE DEL GARDA - TOSCOLANO MADERNO - GARDONE RIVIERA

Hotel breakfast and depart by ferry boat to Limone sul Garda, once one of the most productive lemon-growing spots in Italy! Lunch on your own. The day is dedicated to the visit of the north western part of the lake. Drive to ToscolanoMaderno for a short panoramic tour and then to Gardone Riviera to visit the Vittoriale degli Italiani (The shrine of Italian Victories), a hillside estate overlooking the Garda Lake. It is where the Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio lived after his defenestration in 1922 and until his death in 1938. The estate consists of the residence of d’Annunzio called the Prioria (Priory), an amphitheater, the light cruiser Puglia set into a hillside, a boathouse containing the MAS vessel used by D’Annunzio in 1918 and a circular mausoleum. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight. 

4° day SALÒ - DESENZANO DEL GARDA

Hotel breakfast. Depart to Salò for a walk along the elegant lake front and for lunch on your own. Time for shopping and then transfer to Desenzano del Garda, where you will also get the chance to stroll along the narrow city centre streets full of shops and boutiques. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight. 

5° day SIRMIONE - PARCO SIGURTÀ (optional) - LAKE COMO

Hotel breakfast. Depart towards Sirmione, with its picturesque Scaliger Castle from the 13th century. The Roman poet Catullus had a villa here, and you will also see the ancient Roman Spa named “Grotte di Catullo”. Lunch at leisure and in the afternoon time for leisure or optional excursion to Parco Sigurtà, which covers an area of 600,000 square meters and extends to the edges of the morainal hills close to Lake Garda, lying just eight kilometers south of Peschiera. It started off as the gardens of Villa Maffei, once the headquarters of Napoleone III. Then following over forty years of loving care, Carlo Sigurtà took advantage of the water-drawing rights from the river Mincio to achieve the “prodigious” success of turning an arid hill into a flourishing and spectacular green area. Transfer to the Como Lake area, hotel check in, dinner and overnight. 

6° day LAKE COMO

Hotel breakfast. Whole day dedicated to the visit of Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces (such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta). Many Vips have homes on the shores of Lake Como, which is widely regarded as one of the most romantic lakes in Europe. Meet the guide for the tour of Villa Carlotta, a neoclassical museum with a beautiful garden. Cross the lake by boat and arrive in world known Bellagio, called “the pearl of the lake”, setting of many important movies. Guided tour of Bellagio and then free time for lunch. Late afternoon transfer to Stresa checkin at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

7° day LAKE MAGGIORE

Hotel breakfast and depart from the Stresa Pier to the Borromean Islands. Visit Isola Bella with the Borromeo Palace and its beautiful botanical garden. Until 1632 the island was a rocky crag occupied by a tiny fishing village: but that year Carlo III of the influential House of Borromeo began the construction of a palazzo dedicated to his wife, Isabella D’Adda, from whom the island takes its name. Then Isola dei Pescatori with its lovely landscape. Here the traditional occupation of fishing still exists, but tourism has become central to the economic life of the island, as its picturesque charms have made it a popular destination. Time at leisure for lunch. In the afternoon, continue navigation to the Isola Madre and visit its exotic garden, covering an area of eight hectares whose construction in the English style began in the late eighteenth century on the site of a citrus orchard. Particularly prized is the scala dei morti, or staircase of the dead. Evening return to Stresa. Dinner and overnight.
 




 



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Travel Time 7 days 
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• Modern air-conditioned motor coach throughout as specified • English speaking tour escort from first to last day of the program • Hotel accommodation in 3/4 star hotel, rooms with private facilities, with buffet breakfast • Meals as per program • Special visits and sightseeing as specified in the program with English speaking guides • Entrance fees • Service charges and hotel taxes  

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