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Italian Lakes

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
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  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW17142

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

7 nights. October 2018. From £769.00.

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This wonderfully relaxing tour begins with a three-night stay on Lake Garda, Italy's largest and most popular body of water. In addition to the included tour of its sun-kissed shores, there's the opportunity, on an optional excursion, to visit historic Mantova, 'the world's most romantic city'. Continue on to beautiful Lake Maggiore, with its exquisite Isole Borromeo. Enjoy a tour of these stunning offshore islands and a day exploring Lake Como and its elegant resorts.

Resort Information

This escorted holiday sees us based in two resorts - on the shores of Lake Garda and beside Lake Maggiore.

Sirmione, Lake Garda

On the southern shore of Lake Garda, the small, charming, historic town of Sirmione is one of the lake's most popular holiday resorts. The town has a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops lining cobbled, pedestrian streets, and the town's 13th-century castle, Rocca Scaligera, is certainly worth a visit.

Meina, Lake Maggiore

Meina sits on Maggiore's western shoreline, a little way south from Stresa and the Gulf of Borromeo. Sumptuous villas and hotels line the lake shore, while the piazzas and tree-lined squares are filled with the bustle of the cafes and shops. In the distance, the view is framed by the surrounding Southern Alps.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

Sirmione on Garda's sun-kissed southern shore
Enjoy a full-day tour of glorious Lake Garda
Take a guided tour of Maggiore and the beautiful Borromean Islands
Spend a day exploring Lake Como
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in four-star hotels in Sirmione, Lake Garda (3 nights) and Meina, Lake Maggiore (4)
Return flights from your chosen airport to Italy
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

PRICE FROM ? £769 per person
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Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Italy and board the coach for the scenic journey to the shores of Lake Garda. Check in to your hotel base in Sirmione, one of the lake's most celebrated resorts, perched on a rocky promontory jutting into the blue waters, and famed for its fairy-tale Rocca Scaligera castle, with its turrets and towers. Dinner will be served this evening.

Day Two

Today's included tour offers the chance to get to know beautiful Lake Garda, as you journey by coach around its sun-kissed shores. Hemmed in by steep hillsides on its eastern shore, backed by the craggy peaks of the Dolomites to the north, and surrounded on its western shores by vineyards and olive groves, which in turn give way to the tree-lined southern shore, the lake is the setting for several attractive resorts, at some of which you'll call during an enjoyable day.

Day Three

Enjoy the opportunity to rest and relax at the hotel, perhaps to head to the lake shore - a short bus ride away - or join a half day optional excursion, to discover stunning Mantova, which has often been called "the world's most romantic city". Surrounded on three sides by beautiful lakes, and with a skyline of turrets and towers straight out of an 'Arabian Nights' fantasy, Mantova, or Mantua, offers a wealth of interest in its ancient cobbled streets and squares, including an ornate Palazzo Ducale - once Europe's largest palace - and the exotic Renaissance Palazzo Te, a true Italian gem.

Day Four

Transfer to the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore, in its idyllic setting amongst gently contoured hills. Enjoy your first evening in the hotel and its surroundings.

Day Five

Today's wonderful included excursion takes in one of the most beautiful of the Alpine lakes, as you journey to the wooded shores of idyllic Como, elegant playground of the Milanese. Backed by steep mountains, with a shoreline dotted with elegant villas and glorious gardens - a scene that has inspired artists and writers for generations - Como combines Italian sophistication with stunning scenery.

Tremezzo, on the western shore, is one of its most delightful settings, and home to the famed Villa Carlotta, with its extensive botanical gardens. After the chance to explore, you'll enjoy a boat trip across the calm waters to stunning Bellagio, said to be "the most beautiful town in Italy". Nestled beneath beautiful hills and with an enchanting old town, Bellagio is also home to several exquisite fin de siecle villas, adding to the glory of the scene.

Day Six

Rest and relax at the hotel and its surroundings, or join today's optional excursion, which heads into Switzerland and sun-kissed Locarno on Maggiore's northernmost shore. There will be plenty of time, upon arrival, to take in the atmosphere of this colourful Swiss resort town before you board the Cento Valli train to travel through the breathtaking scenery of the 'hundred valleys', from which it takes its name, and onward to the alpine town of Domodossola.

Day Seven

Join our Tour Manager for a guided introduction to Maggiore's shores, where elegant villas are surrounded by beautiful gardens famed for their colours and scents, and resort towns like Arona, Baveno and Stresa exude a Mediterranean-like charm. Stopping in elegant Stresa, the most celebrated of all the shore-side settlements, you'll board a boat for the short journey to the tiny, idyllic Borromean Islands. Here, you can choose to visit stunning Isola Bella, with its 17th-century Baroque palace, or picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, still inhabited by local fishermen. After a wonderful day, you'll return to the hotel in time to relax before dinner.

Day Eight

It's "arrivederci, Italia" as you make the transfer to the airport and the return flight to the UK, at the end of a wonderful week.

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Accommodation

Italian Lakes Touring Hotels

You will be staying in good four-star hotels - first in Sirmione on Lake Garda and then in Meina on Lake Maggiore.

Italian Lakes Touring Hotels

You will be staying in good four-star hotels - first in Sirmione on Lake Garda and then in Meina on Lake Maggiore.

Italian Lakes Touring Hotels

You will be staying in good four-star hotels - first in Sirmione on Lake Garda and then in Meina on Lake Maggiore.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes from Verona, one hour and 30 minutes from Milan Bergamo and two hours and 30 minutes hour from Milan Malpensa. The transfer back to the airport at the end of your holiday is approximately two hours and 30 minutes to Verona, one hour 30 minutes to Milan Bergamo and one hour to Milan Malpensa.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Meals in Italy

Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.

Entrance fees

Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

**This offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 24th June & 1st July 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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