Secret Lakes of Italy

Secret Lakes of Italy

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Secret Lakes of Italy

8 Days Starting and ending in United Kingdom

Visiting: Lake Iseo, Levico Terme

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

FISLO

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English

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Tour Overview

The northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Trentino are home to some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet. Here you will discover dramatic mountain peaks reflecting in shimmering turquoise lakes, and lush green forests basking beneath endless skies.


This carefully created holiday takes you ‘off the beaten track’ to some of the area's secret and lesser-known beauty spots. Away from the crowds, you’ll admire unspoiled nature and far-reaching views, explore historic towns, and visit pretty lakeside villages. You’ll even enjoy a cruise to a tranquil island and taste some traditional specialities and locally produced wine.


There’s also plenty of free time when you can simply relax and take it all in or continue the sightseeing with our optional excursions.

Highlights

  • Medieval Bergamo and funicular ride

  • Taste famous Italian ice cream

  • Scenic cruise around Lake Iseo

  • Farmhouse dinner of local specialities and wine-tasting

  • Lake Idro, Lake Ledro and lunch

  • Lake Molveno and Lake Caldaro

  • Lake Idro, Lake Ledro and lunch at a trattoria

  • Farewell gala dinner of local specialties and wine-tasting

  • Explore the elegant spa town of Levico

  • Farewell dinner of local specialties and wine-tasting

Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Verona

Location: Lake Iseo

Accommodation Name: Hotel Lovere Resort & Spa

Meals Included: D

Your holiday is about to begin, so why not treat yourself to a drink at the airport before boarding your flight to Verona. When you arrive in Italy, we will drive you to the pretty resort of Lovere on the north shore of Lake Iseo. Your hotel is in a great lakefront position and offers fantastic views. Enjoy some time to settle in before we get together for a welcome drink before dinner this evening

Day 2 Bergamo

Location: Lake Iseo

Accommodation Name: Hotel Lovere Resort & Spa

Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast, you have plenty of free time to head out and explore your surroundings. The town of Lovere nestles between mountains and the lake and you could take a stroll along the picturesque lakeside promenade, visit a renowned art gallery, or enjoy a light lunch in one of the many pavement cafés.
Later, we are going on an afternoon excursion to Bergamo in the Lombardy region. This majestic city is divided into two parts, and we’ll take the funicular up to the medieval Old Town, passing through the impressive Venetian walls that separate it from the modern-day city below. Together we’ll explore narrow streets and piazzas before making a stop at an ice-cream parlour, famous for creating the stracciatella flavour. This milk-based ice cream has chocolate shavings running through it, and you can try a scoop if you wish.
This evening, we’re heading to the Al Rocol farmhouse for a three-course meal of local specialities. Using family recipes passed down through the generations, the chef will prepare dishes typical of the region, such as risotto with sausage and scamorza cheese, and homemade pasta with cherry tomatoes and basil. Located in the heart of Franciacorta, one of Italy's most famous wine regions, the farm also produces its very own wine and we will enjoy a glass or two with our meal.

Day 3 Lake Iseo

Location: Lake Iseo

Accommodation Name: Hotel Lovere Resort & Spa

Meals Included: B

Today, we're going to discover the beauty of Lake Iseo on an included scenic cruise around its islands. We'll journey across the shimmering waters, past privately owned Loreto and San Paolo, before stepping ashore on Monte Isola. The unspoiled 'island mountain' towers to 600 metres above sea level and is home to many pretty villages and hamlets. Enjoy some free time to do your own thing, perhaps take a stroll and admire the view or have lunch in an inviting café or bar.

Day 4 Lake Idro & Lake Ledro

Location: Levico Terme

Accommodation Name: Hotel Liberty

Meals Included: B, L

We'll take to the road today and head to our new base, the spa town of Levico Terme, which is renowned for its therapeutic springs. Along the way, we’ll visit two more 'secret' lakes, the first being beautiful Lake Idro, tucked away in the valley of Sabbia between Lakes Garda and Iseo. We'll stretch our legs along its shores and have time to take in the spectacular views from a lakeside café. Next, we'll stop at Lake Ledro, whose deep-blue waters are surrounded by alpine scenery. This makes the perfect setting for our included lunch of local specialities at a trattoria in the resort of Pieve di Ledro.
Your hotel for the remainder of your holiday is located close to the shores of Lake Levico, a picturesque mountain lake surrounded by lush forests. You have a free evening to settle into your room and get to know your new surroundings.

Day 5 Levico Terme - At Leisure

Location: Levico Terme

Accommodation Name: Hotel Liberty

Meals Included: B

Today has been left free for you to spend just as you wish. You might choose to laze in the sun and enjoy the hotel’s terrace, or perhaps you'll stroll into Levico Terme. The town’s hot springs centre is just a short distance from our hotel and offers a huge choice of pampering treatments, so maybe today's the day to treat yourself.
Alternatively, if you want to carry on exploring, you may decide to join our optional excursion to Verona. Once an important Roman city, Verona plays host to a rich collection of archaeological sites, with perhaps the most impressive being the 15,000-seat Roman Arena. We'll discover the city’s highlights including Juliet’s balcony, the supposed romantic setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on a guided walking tour.
Back in Levico Terme, you have a free evening, so why not head out and see what’s on offer in the town's lovely selection of restaurants

Day 6 Lake Molveno & Lake Caldaro

Location: Levico Terme

Accommodation Name: Hotel Liberty

Meals Included: B

Today you're heading off to discover picturesque mountain lakes and take in exceptional views of the Italian Alps and Dolomites.
Your first stop is Lake Molveno, which is located in a hidden valley at the base of the Dolomite Mountains and is noted for its clear waters. You’ll have some free time to explore the surroundings of the lake and the pretty town with its traditional restaurants and artisan shops. You might also choose to ride the cable car to Pradel for breathtaking views of the lake and mountain scenery.
We'll then move on to Lake Caldaro. This is the warmest bathing lake in the Alps and is surrounded by green meadows and towering mountains. You’ll have more free time here to explore by yourselves. The area boasts a long tradition of wine-making, so after taking in views of the lake, why not treat yourself to a glass of the local South Tyrolean wine.

Day 7 Levico Terme - At Leisure

Location: Levico Terme

Accommodation Name: Hotel Liberty

Meals Included: B, D

You have another full day to make your own discoveries in Levico Terme. Maybe you'll immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings by taking a walk along a lakeside path. Another option is to take a leisurely stroll into the Old Town to see the impressive church of Santissimo Redentore and browse the array of shops.
If you want to discover more, why not join our optional excursion to Trento. This lovely town boasts a dramatic mountain setting and is surrounded by the southern part of the Alps and the Dolomites. Highlights include the Piazza del Duomo, lined by an array of grand buildings, the impressive Castello del Buonconsiglio, the churches Santa Maria Maggiore, San Apollinare or San Lorenzo, Palazzo Pretorio and the fountain of Neptune. We’ll learn more about the town and explore together on a guided walking tour.
This evening, we'll enjoy dinner in the hotel's restaurant, where more local products and traditional specialities will be on the menu.

Day 8 Verona - Uk

Meals Included: B

At the end of a very special holiday, we will drive you back to the airport for your flight to the UK.

What's Included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways

  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels

  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners and welcome drink

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

  • Return flights from London

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

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

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

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  • Low Deposit

    Travelsphere requires a minimum deposit of 21% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 84 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

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

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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