Best of the Italian Lakes

Best of the Italian Lakes

17 Views
9 Days From

$2995

$2441

Best of the Italian Lakes

9 Days Starting and ending in Milan

Visiting: Milan, Baveno, Como, Bergamo, Desenzano del Garda, Verona, Mantua, Modena

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

ITMIZM20

From: $2995 $2441 Operator discount: -$475 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$79 -19%

NB: Prices correct on 16-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

See local operators tour description
- Sign In

This tour is no longer available, please see similar tours below or send an enquiry

Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Italy's picturesque Lake District on the "Best of the Italian Lakes" tour. Discover the enchanting beauty of Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Garda, each offering a unique blend of natural splendor and cultural richness. Explore the historic cities of Verona, known for Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena, and Modena, home to the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Marvel at the architectural wonders of Bergamo's Piazza del Duomo, Milan's Duomo, and La Scala Opera House. With a Local Specialist by your side, you'll delve into the heart of each destination, uncovering hidden gems and experiencing the local way of life. Enjoy the comfort of luxury air-conditioned coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and a selection of meals, making your Italian Lakes adventure both relaxing and unforgettable.

Highlights

  • Explore Verona and Modena with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Bergamo and Milan

  • Visit Lake Maggiore

  • Lake Como and Lake Garda

  • Mantua and the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena

  • View the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo

  • Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena in Verona

  • the Cathedral in Modena and the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan

Itinerary

Expand All

Day 1: Journey From Milan To Lake Maggiore

Location: Milan, Baveno

Accommodation: Simplon

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

A favorite summer retreat for the who's who of Italy for centuries provides an enchanting backdrop for your first day in Italy. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the charming resort of Baveno on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your fellow travel companions and Travel Director before embarking on your journey together.

Day 2: Admire Beautiful Lake Como

Location: Baveno, Como, Baveno

Accommodation: Simplon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey through Italy's exquisite Lake District to scenic Lake Como. Walk along the beautiful Como waterfront or relax by the lake indulging in a tasty gelato. Then it’s time to ease into la dolce vita, ambling along the glamorous Baveno Marina – the gentle sounds of this lakeside setting are a soulful way to enjoy your afternoon. Spend free time exploring Baveno with its Romanesque bell tower and octagonal baptistery.

Day 3: Continue To Lake Garda Connect With Locals Make Travel Matter

Location: Baveno, Bergamo, Desenzano del Garda

Accommodation: Palace Hotel Desenzano

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The enchanting lanes of Bergamo, near the foothills of the Alps, yield architectural and artistic treasures which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning. Wander past centuries-old Renaissance façades and into the exquisite Piazza Vecchia built on the site of an ancient Roman forum, the heart of political power in the city for several centuries. See the ornate Contarini Fountain and 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, which the people of Bergamo built to thank the Virgin Mary for coming to their aid in the midst of the plague during the 12th century. We continue our love affair with the Italian Lakes, traveling to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay, where long, lazy days are a way of life. This evening, we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience featuring local fare with the Serenelli family. On this memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you’ll hear all about the farm’s incredible role in Napoleon’s Battle of Solferino, the bloody aftermath of which inspired the establishment of the International Red Cross.

Day 4: Explore Verona

Location: Desenzano del Garda, Verona, Desenzano del Garda

Accommodation: Palace Hotel Desenzano

Meals Included: Breakfast

Romance is in the air today as we journey to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's tragic star-crossed lovers. Our walking tour with a Local Specialist will take us to Juliet's Balcony, as well as the incredible Roman arena, still in use today. There is also plenty of time to explore the city at leisure - see the seven medieval towers of Castelvecchio, relax under the shady trees in Verona's expansive Piazza Bra or clamber up Lamberti's Tower for magnificent views.

Day 5: Discover The Treasures Of Mantua

Location: Desenzano del Garda, Mantua, Desenzano del Garda

Accommodation: Palace Hotel Desenzano

Meals Included: Breakfast

A leisurely start to your day could see you stroll along the lakefront and enjoy a quiet coffee. Later today, you’ll embark on a half-day excursion to Mantua, a European 'Capital of Gastronomy' renowned for its significant role in the history of opera. Surrounded by lakes, this historic city with its UNESCO-listed center is a delight to explore as you’ll come to discover during your visit. See architectural treasures and artefacts, elegant palaces and Renaissance cityscapes before returning to the picturesque lakeside setting of Lake Garda.

Day 6: Lake Garda Your Way

Location: Desenzano del Garda

Accommodation: Palace Hotel Desenzano

Meals Included: Breakfast

Indulge in a full day at leisure to soak up the picture-perfect setting of Italy's largest lake. Journey along its tranquil shores, stopping at lakeside villages to savor the intoxicating aroma of lemons around every turn. Enjoy the flavors of delicious local olive oils and cheese at local markets, stroll along flower-lined lakeside paths or visit the lake's extraordinary sights. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountains, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks over 10,000 feet (3,000 m).

Day 7: Admire Ferraris In Modena Dive Into Culture

Location: Desenzano del Garda, Modena, Desenzano del Garda

Accommodation: Palace Hotel Desenzano

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our day starts with a gourmet interlude at Acetaia Fiorini on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to taste the delicious sweet and sour flavors of some of the world’s best organic and biodynamic balsamic vinegar. This experience contributes to UN Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. We continue to the gastronomic hub of Modena, home of sparkling Lambrusco, salty prosciutto and the intense aromas of parmigiano, for an exploration with a local specialist. Wander past pastel-hued façades in the heart of the city that was the birthplace of Ferrari, Pavarotti and tortellini. Modena's Old Town and the magnificent Piazza Grande with its 12th century cathedral and Torre Civica, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon we visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum where we Dive Into Culture and explore the history of this Italian icon. This evening, enjoy a leisurely dinner in our Italian lakeside resort.

Day 8: Onwards To Milan

Location: Desenzano del Garda, Milan

Accommodation: Starhotels Business Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

In search of spires that reach the sky, we leave our tranquil lakeside setting behind for the chic northern capital of Milan. Admire the extraordinary Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and 19th-century Galleria with its impressive glass and iron-domed roof. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to jostle with the glamorous Milanese for your spot in the shopping district of Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening we indulge in a Farewell Dinner, joining our fellow travelers to celebrate the end of an exquisite holiday together.

Day 9: Farewell Italy

Location: Milan

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our leisurely jaunt through the Italian Lakes has come to an end. We say arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends.

What's Included

What's Not Included

International airfare is not included

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews of this operator

Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

Feefo Trusted Reviews
King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

Feefo Trusted Reviews
Trusted Customer  

Best of Egypt

14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

Feefo Trusted Reviews
Marshal Daguio  

Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

Feefo Trusted Reviews
Barbara, Canada  

Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

Feefo Trusted Reviews

1 Select your preferred date

tourhub Discount Available - Sign In

Friday - Saturday

Aug 30, 2024 - Sep 07, 2024
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

Sep 06, 2024 - Sep 14, 2024
$3295 $2688

Operator discount: -$520

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$87

Friday - Saturday

Sep 13, 2024 - Sep 21, 2024
$3075 $2507

Operator discount: -$487

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$82

Friday - Saturday

Sep 20, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024
$3075 $2507

Operator discount: -$487

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$82

Friday - Saturday

Sep 27, 2024 - Oct 05, 2024
$2995 $2872

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$93

Friday - Saturday

Oct 04, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
$2995 $2441

Operator discount: -$475

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$79

Friday - Saturday

Apr 18, 2025 - Apr 26, 2025
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

May 09, 2025 - May 17, 2025
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

May 16, 2025 - May 24, 2025
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

May 23, 2025 - May 31, 2025
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

May 30, 2025 - Jun 07, 2025
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

Jun 06, 2025 - Jun 14, 2025
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

Jun 13, 2025 - Jun 21, 2025
$3195 $3065

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$100

Friday - Saturday

Jun 20, 2025 - Jun 28, 2025
$3350 $3215

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$105

Friday - Saturday

Jul 04, 2025 - Jul 12, 2025
$3350 $3215

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$105

Friday - Saturday

Jul 18, 2025 - Jul 26, 2025
$3350 $3215

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$105

Friday - Saturday

Aug 01, 2025 - Aug 09, 2025
$3550 $3409

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$111

Friday - Saturday

Aug 15, 2025 - Aug 23, 2025
$3550 $3409

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$111

Friday - Saturday

Aug 29, 2025 - Sep 06, 2025
$3395 $3259

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$106

Friday - Saturday

Sep 05, 2025 - Sep 13, 2025
$3395 $3259

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$106

Friday - Saturday

Sep 12, 2025 - Sep 20, 2025
$3150 $3022

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$98

Friday - Saturday

Sep 19, 2025 - Sep 27, 2025
$3150 $3022

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$98

Friday - Saturday

Sep 26, 2025 - Oct 04, 2025
$3050 $2925

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$95

Friday - Saturday

Oct 03, 2025 - Oct 11, 2025
$3050 $2925

Operator discount: -$30

Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$95

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Trafalgar requires a minimum deposit of 350 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of trafalgar charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

Why book with tourhub?

Safe & Secure

Your money is held in a segregated client account until you travel.

Visa logo Mastercard logo

100% Guaranteed Refunds if your trip is cancelled.


The safest way to make overseas, multi-currency payments.

Guaranteed Best Value

Industry leading discounts, we won't be beaten on price.


No cancellation or amendment fees from tourhub.

(Operator terms may apply)

Expert Knowledge

Reliable & unbiased advice from travel experts.


Direct contact with the tour operator via our messaging service.


Inspiration & advice from a community of 6000+ real travellers, influencers & content creators.

Trusted Service

Official partners & licensed agents of 1000+ tour operators worldwide.


Don't just take our word for it...

"Tourhub: Friendliness, Professionalism & Integrity I would happily give tourhub a 6* review if I could..."

Similar Tours

Travel Guru Features

Our Reviews