7-Day Northern Lakes and Cities Tour
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April to October
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Day 1: Arrival at the Majestic Lake Como
Your First Night in Como
Welcome to Italy! Today is your independent arrival day at the breathtaking Lake Como. As you make your way to this iconic lake, known for its dramatic scenery and romantic allure, the anticipation for the week’s adventure builds. Please note that transportation to Como is not included in your tour package for this day.
Optional Private Airport Transfer
For a seamless and luxurious experience, we offer an optional private airport transfer service. Our professional car and driver will greet you at the airport and transport you to your carefully inspected accommodations in Como. This way, you can start your Italian odyssey in utter comfort and style.
Overnight in Como
Savor your first evening in Como by exploring its charming streets or simply enjoying a lakeside dinner. The city offers a myriad of culinary and leisure options that set the stage for the incredible journey ahead.
Your first night’s accommodation has been meticulously selected to meet our high standards, ensuring that your stay is as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.
Day 2: Como, Bellagio, and the Mesmerizing Lake
Private Walking Tour of Como
Begin your day in the embrace of Como’s captivating atmosphere. Your expert guide will lead you on a private walking tour, unraveling the city’s unique blend of rich artistic heritage and bustling modern life. Whether it’s the intricate cathedrals or the contemporary flair of the city center, Como offers a vivid tapestry of experiences for the discerning traveler.
Independently Explore Lake Como
After your guided tour, enjoy the freedom to explore the stunning Lake Como at your own leisure. Your guide will equip you with all the information you need for an independent lake exploration. Here are some ideas for your free time.
Scenic Vaporetto (Ferry) Ride
Step aboard a Vaporetto, the traditional Italian ferry, for a scenic voyage that captures the essence of Lake Como. With the Alps serving as a majestic backdrop, your eyes will be treated to an unfolding panorama of lakeside villas, luxuriant gardens, and quaint towns.
The Jewel of Bellagio
A must-see on this day’s itinerary is the iconic town of Bellagio. Nestled within ancient city walls, Bellagio is an epitome of Italian charm and elegance. Wander through its narrow lakeside streets, which lead you to opulent hotels and high-end shops. Immerse yourself in the ambiance, where every turn feels like a step back in time.
San Giacomo Cathedral
Don’t miss the Romanesque cathedral dedicated to San Giacomo, a stunning artifact that has remained virtually unchanged since the 12th Century. The cathedral serves as a timeless symbol of Bellagio’s rich history and architectural heritage.
Overnight in Como
As the sun sets on your fulfilling day, find your way back to your refined accommodation in Como. Relax, perhaps with a glass of local wine, as you anticipate the adventures that await in the days to come.
Day 3: An Aristocratic Retreat at Lake Maggiore
Journey to Lake Maggiore with Driver Guide
The day begins with an enthralling full-day tour to Lake Maggiore, escorted by your knowledgeable driver guide. This awe-inspiring lake straddles the regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, and even touches Switzerland, offering vistas that seem almost otherworldly.
Your first stop is the aristocratic town of Stresa. Enveloped in opulence and natural beauty, Stresa is the epitome of luxury meets landscape. Its Mediterranean-like microclimate, courtesy of the protective Alpine shield, adds a touch of the exotic to the European grandeur.
Independent Panoramic Boat Cruise
Following some free time in Stresa to discover its enchanting corners, you’ll set out on a two-hour independent panoramic boat cruise. Navigate through the mesmerizing Borromean Islands, which include Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori.
Isola Bella: A Palace Afloat
Isola Bella is more than an island; it’s a floating palace adorned with Baroque art, intricate caves, and puppet collections. Its botanical gardens bloom in a fascinating array of colors and fragrances, adding another layer of allure to your visit.
Isola dei Pescatori: An Inhabited Marvel
The day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Isola dei Pescatori, the only Borromean Island inhabited year-round. Wander its charming streets, discover hidden corners, and maybe even share a smile with the locals.
Overnight in Como
As evening falls, return to the haven of your accommodations in Como. Reflect on the day’s splendid discoveries as you rest up for another day of exploration.
Day 4: From the Romance of Verona to the Elixirs of Amarone
Journey to Milan and High-Speed Train to Verona
Your morning starts with a rendezvous with your private driver, who will escort you to Milan. From there, board a high-speed train that will whisk you away to the romantic city of Verona, setting the stage for an extraordinary day. Upon arrival, you’ll make your own way to your hotel in this city famed for its Shakespearean history and ancient architecture.
Afternoon Amarone Wine Tour
By early afternoon, you’ll meet your guide who will lead you on an enriching wine tour, set in the breathtaking landscape of the Valpolicella valleys. This isn’t just a wine tour; it’s a foray into a world where each sip tells a story, where each vineyard is a chapter in a book of unforgettable experiences.
Discover Valpolicella’s Wineries
Your tour will feature stops at two specially selected wineries in the Valpolicella region. Here, among the lush gardens and awe-inspiring terrains, you’ll sample traditional wines like the velvety Amarone and the rich Ripasso. Each wine is a nuanced expression of the land from which it comes—a treasure in a glass.
Sommelier-Led Wine Tasting
Local winemakers, guided by a professional sommelier, will share the secrets behind the crafting of Amarone. This is your chance to not only taste but to understand the complexities that go into making one of Italy’s most celebrated wines.
Overnight in Verona
As the sun dips below the horizon, head back to your hotel in Verona. The city’s nighttime ambiance is the perfect backdrop for reflecting on a day of sensory delights. A cozy night in Verona awaits, setting the stage for the next leg of your Italian odyssey.
Day 5: Sirmione and the Mediterranean Splendors of Lake Garda
Journey to Lake Garda and Sirmione
On this exceptional day, meet your guide and set out for Lake Garda, Italy’s largest and arguably most enchanting lake. Your destination is the idyllic medieval village of Sirmione, a tapestry of crystal-clear waters, fairytale-like castles, and palaces bedecked in blooming flowers.
Discover Sirmione’s Charms
Take your time to wander through the labyrinthine streets of Sirmione, where each cobblestone and archway tells a story. From its imposing castle to its sun-drenched piazzas, Sirmione is a celebration of Italian culture, history, and natural beauty.
Panoramic Boat Tour of Lake Garda
Board a panoramic boat to uncover the lake’s myriad wonders. Lake Garda offers more than just breathtaking views; it offers a slice of Italy that is simultaneously serene and vibrant. As you glide along its azure waters, you’ll notice a unique blend of palm trees, olive groves, and vineyards that border its shores, as well as beaches that beckon for your attention.
Mediterranean Oasis Amidst Varied Landscapes
Lake Garda stands as a Mediterranean sanctuary in the heart of Italy, flanked by the towering Alps and the expansive Po River Plain. It’s an oasis that gifts its visitors not only with stunning visuals but also with gourmet delights, including some of the country’s most exquisite wines and olive oils.
Overnight in Verona
As the day’s escapades come to a close, make your way back to your accommodation in Verona. Here, the stars twinkle a little brighter, perhaps echoing the natural and cultural splendors you’ve encountered throughout the day.
Day 6: Verona – A Timeless Tale of History and Culture
Guided Tour of Verona’s Old Town
On your sixth day, a local expert guide will accompany you through the evocative streets of Verona’s old town. Each corner you turn reveals another layer of this city’s rich history, blending classical antiquity with the warm hues of Italian romance.
The Majestic Arena
Your journey begins with a visit to the iconic Arena, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. Still active as an opera house, the Arena resonates not only with its ancient glories but also with the timeless strains of music and performance that fill its stone corridors today.
Stroll Through Verona’s Squares and Palaces
As you meander through the city, you’ll come across stunning squares and palaces that have stood the test of time. From the intricate stonework to the grand façades, these architectural marvels provide a visual narrative to Verona’s glorious past.
Ancient Marble Arcades and the Preserved ‘Ala’
One of the unique features of Verona’s Arena is the remaining ‘ala’—the last piece of the amphitheater’s third outer ring. Walk under ancient marble arcades and feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, all while absorbing fascinating facts and anecdotes from your guide.
Immerse Yourself in Verona’s Rich History
As you wander, immerse yourself in the lore and legends that make Verona a place of everlasting intrigue. Whether it’s the romantic whispers from Juliet’s balcony or the clashing swords of gladiators in the Arena, each tale adds a layer to your understanding of this captivating city.
Overnight in Verona
As daylight gives way to the soft glow of Verona’s streetlights, you’ll return to your hotel for a peaceful night’s rest, accompanied by the memories of a day rich in history and filled with beauty.
Day 7: Farewell to Italy – Your Italian Journey Concludes in Verona
Begin your final day in Italy with a delightful breakfast, savoring those last moments of your trip as you reminisce about the unforgettable experiences you’ve had.
End of Our Services
As breakfast concludes, so do our services for this remarkable 7-day journey through Northern Italy’s lakes and cities. From Lake Como’s tranquil beauty to the romantic allure of Verona, we hope this trip has been an embodiment of all that Italy has to offer—enriching, inspiring, and truly unforgettable.
Optional Transfers & Extended Stay
Please note that transfers to airports or train stations are not included in the tour package. However, for those interested in a seamless transition, we offer optional private car transfers to your next destination, whether it’s an airport or train station. If you’re not ready to say ‘Arrivederci’ to Italy just yet, you can also extend your journey to explore even more of this beautiful country.
The Choice is Yours
Whether you choose to return home or extend your Italian adventure, we’re here to assist in making your travel as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
For any further questions about the tour, post-trip services, or extended stay options, please visit our FAQ page. Thank you for choosing to experience Italy through our curated services, and we look forward to hopefully serving you again in the future.
2024 Departure Days
Departure Days and Blackout Dates for Your 7-Day Northern Lakes and Cities Tour
To best accommodate our travelers, we offer flexible departure days for this enchanting tour of Italy’s Northern lakes and vibrant cities. However, please be aware of our available departure days and blackout dates.
Available Departure Days
– Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: This tour is available for departure on these days of the week, giving you the flexibility to choose a starting date that aligns with your schedule.
– April to October: To capture the Northern lakes and cities at their most inviting, our tours operate during these months when the weather is most favorable for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
Kindly note that the following dates are unavailable for departures due to local holidays, events, or other considerations:
– April: 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 21, 27
– May: 29
– August: 11
Before booking, we encourage you to read our FAQ page to learn more about the trip planning process, timelines, payment information, travel insurance, and cancellation policies. Thank you for considering Italy4Real for your grand Italian adventure! We look forward to making your trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with unforgettable moments.
**Rates Per Person in Euro
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enchanting locales, all while maintaining the quality of service that you expect.
Embark on a journey that captures the heart, soul, and scenic vistas of Northern Italy’s legendary lakes and historic cities. Over the course of 7 days and 6 nights, this meticulously curated tour unveils the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of a region drenched in culture, natural beauty, and culinary excellence. Experience the panoramic allure of Lake Como, wander through the enchanting streets of Bellagio, marvel at the grandeur of Lake Maggiore, bask in Verona’s romantic history, sip Amarone wine in its birthplace, and unwind by the sparkling waters of Lake Garda in Sirmione. Each destination not only stands as a testament to Italy’s rich heritage but also offers a luxurious retreat for those in search of unparalleled beauty and a touch of magic.
From serene boat rides on placid lakes to strolls through medieval towns, and from exquisite wine-tasting sessions to awe-inspiring architecture—every moment is designed to captivate your senses. Your accommodations have been carefully selected to meet Italy4Real’s high standards, ensuring the utmost in comfort and quality. With expert guides, private sightseeing, and efficient ground transportation included, your journey promises to be as seamless as it is spellbinding.
This is not just a tour; it’s an odyssey into the splendor of Italy’s Northern Lakes and more—a tribute to the dreamer, the adventurer, the connoisseur in you. Prepare to be swept away.
What’s Included in Your 7-Day Northern Lakes and Cities Tour
Experience the best of Northern Italy with a meticulously crafted 7-day journey, designed to capture the beauty, history, and culture of this enchanting region. Here’s what you can expect to be included in your tour package:
– Full Support from Our Local Staff: Whether you need restaurant recommendations or experience an unexpected hiccup, our local staff in Italy are just a phone call, message, or WhatsApp away to assist you throughout your journey.
– 3 Nights in Como: Stay in hand-picked accommodations that offer both comfort and locality.
– 3 Nights in Verona: Experience Verona’s hospitality with three nights in a premium hotel, chosen for its ambiance and convenience.
– Daily Breakfast: Start each day right with a sumptuous breakfast that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences.
Exclusive Tours & Experiences
– 2-Hour Private Guided Visit of Como: Get intimate with the city’s history, architecture, and lifestyle.
– Full-Day Driver-Guide Tour to Lake Maggiore: Enjoy pick-up and drop-off service right at your accommodation.
– Public Boat Pass to Borromean Islands: Sail smoothly to explore Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori.
– Skip-the-Line Tickets: Enjoy fast-track access to Isola Bella and Isola Madre, allowing you more time to explore.
Travel & Transfers
– Transfer to Milan Railway Station: Journey comfortably from your hotel in Como to the Milan Railway Station.
– 1st Class High-Speed Train from Milan to Verona: Travel in style with reserved seats on a high-speed train.
Wine & Culinary Experiences
– 4-Hour Amarone Wine Tour: Partake in a small-group afternoon excursion to the Valpolicella region, including wine tastings. (Meeting and drop-off point in Verona)
– 4-Hour Morning Small Group Tour to Sirmione and Lake Garda: Discover another side of Italy with a half-day tour to Sirmione and Lake Garda. (Meeting and drop-off point in Verona)
– 3-Hour Small Group Walking Tour of Verona: Learn about Verona’s history, including entrance to the renowned Arena. (Meeting point in the heart of Verona)
To understand more about trip planning, timelines, payment information, travel insurance, and cancellation information, please read our FAQ page.
Featured Hotels for Your 7-Day Northern Lakes and Cities Tour
At Italy4Real, we believe that your accommodations are more than just a place to rest your head; they are an integral part of your overall travel experience. We carefully select our partner hotels to offer you the finest in comfort, location, and local flavor. Here are the featured hotels for your journey:
– Como Avenue or similar: A hotel that effortlessly combines modern amenities with classic Italian design, offering a convenient location for exploring Como.
– DBH Como or similar: Designed for travelers looking for that added touch of luxury, this hotel offers spacious rooms and top-notch facilities.
– Centrale Cernobbio or similar: Known for its quintessential Italian charm, Centrale Cernobbio provides an authentic experience. With its welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel like a local in no time.
– Grand Hotel des Artes or similar: Ideally situated in the heart of Verona, this hotel boasts elegant rooms and a rich array of amenities, ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable.
What’s Not Included in Your 7-Day Northern Lakes and Cities Tour
While our meticulously curated tour package aims to provide an all-encompassing experience of Italy’s Northern lakes and cities, there are some aspects that are not included. We believe in transparency and want you to be fully informed as you prepare for your Italian journey.
– Airfare to/from Italy: The cost of international flights is not included in the tour package. However, as a special service exclusive to Italy4Real customers, we offer free airfare research and pricing services to help you find the best possible flight options.
– Travel Insurance: For your peace of mind and protection, we strongly recommend travel insurance for all our tours. This is not included in the package and must be arranged independently.
– City Tax: Please note that a local city tax is not included and is to be paid directly at the hotel during your stay.
Transfers & Transportation
– Transfers to Meet Your Guides: Unless specifically mentioned, transfers to meet your guides for guided visits are not included.
– Return Transfers: Similarly, transportation back to your hotel after guided visits is not included, unless otherwise specified.
– Guided Visit at Lake Maggiore: The tour of Lake Maggiore is self-guided; no guided visit is included in the tour package.
Introducing Our Complimentary Currency Converter for Travelers
Embarking on a dream journey often involves juggling different currencies—a task that can sometimes add complexity to an otherwise enchanting experience. To elevate your travel planning to a new level of ease and convenience, Italy4Real is thrilled to present our Complimentary Currency Converter tool.
Say goodbye to mental arithmetic and time-consuming online searches. With just a single click, effortlessly convert foreign currency into U.S. Dollar amounts. Whether you’re fine-tuning your budget, indulging in some overseas shopping, or settling your trip’s financials, our tool sweeps away the burden of manual calculations.
Reliable and Accurate
Consistently updated to offer the most current exchange rates, our currency converter ensures you’re equipped with the most accurate and up-to-date financial data, paving the way for more informed and enjoyable travel.
To utilize this sophisticated tool, please visit our Currency Converter page.
Thank you for entrusting Italy4Real as your guide to uncomplicated, unforgettable European adventures.
Notice to Our Valued Customers: Understanding Our Euro-Based Pricing
We are deeply committed to delivering unparalleled quality and value in all our service offerings. You might notice that all our prices are indicated in Euros—this is entirely by design and for your benefit.
Best Price & Exchange Rate
When we quote prices in Euros, you enjoy the most competitive, transparent pricing available for your European travel. Companies quoting in U.S. Dollars often hide additional costs to safeguard against exchange rate volatility. Italy4Real dispenses with such hidden fees.
Expert Currency Monitoring
Our dedicated Travel Experts monitor Euro exchange rates assiduously. They are geared towards advising you on the most advantageous time to make your final payment, thus optimizing your savings and ensuring peace of mind.
Your invoice will conspicuously display the prevailing exchange rate. Rest assured, you will know exactly what you’re paying for—no hidden charges or unexpected fees.
Flexibility in Payment
The exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and Euro is fixed only upon your final payment, affording you the opportunity to capitalize on favorable rates as they arise.
By electing to quote in Euros, we extend to you the most value for your investment, devoid of any hidden elements. Italy4Real remains your trusted partner in weaving extraordinary European tapestries of experience.
Understanding Room Types: What Do DBL, SGL, and TPL Mean?
When navigating our curated tour packages, you may come across the shorthand terms DBL, SGL, and TPL. To make the most out of your journey, understanding these abbreviations can prove quite helpful.
DBL (Double Room)
Reserved for pairs, a Double Room (DBL) usually includes one double bed or two twin beds, ideal for couples or friends.
SGL (Single Room)
For the lone wanderer, the Single Room (SGL) is furnished with a singular bed and designed solely for one occupant.
TPL (Triple Room)
The Triple Room (TPL) accommodates trios, typically featuring a double bed and a single bed, or three individual beds. It’s an excellent choice for small groups or families.
We trust this guide clarifies any questions you may have. As always, our Travel Experts are ready and eager to assist you further. Thank you for selecting Italy4Real, where we transform your European dreams into cherished memories.
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