10 Day Italian Alps & Lakes

10 Day Italian Alps & Lakes


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Bergamo, Bra, Lago Maggiore, Milan, Venice, Verona

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day) with your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins on the island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. While here, visit a local factory to witness the art of glassblowing. Afterward, continue to the main Venice Island and take a walking tour with your local guide through the maze of narrow alleyways before reaching St. Mark's Square. Upon reaching the square, stop to view its most prominent monuments, the pink marble Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and golden Basilica of San Marco. The Doge's Palace was the official residence of the Venetian ruler. The Bridge of Sighs offers one of the most notable scenes of this Romantic city. Marvel at the golden Basilica of San Marco, that is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It was built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice at leisure, or participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Verona, Sirmione on Lake Garda
After breakfast, set out for Verona, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its urban structure and architecture that developed progressively over the last 2000 years. Today it represents one of the bests examples of a fortified city. Verona is also the setting of the world-famous Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and the seat of the renowned Roman Amphitheatre, home of the Summer Opera Festival. Continue to charming Sirmione on Lake Garda, known as the “Pearl of the Islands and Peninsulas”, thanks to the Poet Catullo. Through the centuries many poets and writers have celebrated its artistic and natural wonders, including Stendhal, Lawrence & Goethe. Due to its beauty and strategic position, Sirmone became a favorite resort destination for the rich families of Verona in the 1st century BC. Due to its beauty and strategic position, it was an area of contention by the various factions until 1860, when it became part of the kingdom of Italy. Spend free time to enjoy the atmosphere, before continuing to Bergamo for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bergamo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Bergamo Alta
Begin the day with a visit to Bergamo Alta. This unique hilltop town forms the historical center of the city, completely surrounded by cyclopean defensive walls, that have maintained their original structure through the centuries. See its beautiful Piazza Vecchia, the Duomo, and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore with its Colleoni Chapel. Free time for lunch on your own. Perhaps try Polenta, one of the local specialties of the area, before continuing to one of the most exclusive resorts on Lake Maggiore. Tonight, savor dinner together
Overnight: Lake Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Cross Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori
Today, cruise Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella and visit the palace of Prince Borromeo with its splendid gardens and famous white peacocks. Continue to the charming Fishermen's Island (Isola dei Pescatori) that gets its name from the occupation of its inhabitants. Walk along the windy medieval streets and marvel at the incredible views of the lake. Sail back to Stresa with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views or perhaps take an optional tour to Lake Orta, and visit the historical Island of San Giulio. Evening is free to explore Stresa on your own
Optional: Half Day Lake Orta & San Giuliano Island (PM)
Overnight: Lake Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Piedmont and Langhe
Today is dedicated to Piedmont and its wines. Travel through the regions of Langhe & Monferrato and visit the heartland of Barolo, the most famous & valuable Italian wine, produced by Nebbiolo grapes. Drive through the lush hills, passing the towns of La Morra and Barolo that link their names to the famous wines of the area. Discover the secrets of the “red gold” in a local farm, tour the cellars, enjoy a local wine tasting and lunch with local specialties. This region, that gave birth to the Slow Food movement, is drenched in culinary culture. Stop for a walk in the town of Alba, the white truffle capital of the world. This picturesque town plays host to gastro-tourists from all over the world who flock to the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the fleeting aroma of the underground earthy perfume of “Tartufo Bianco”. Continue to the town of Bra for overnight
Overnight: Bra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - The Alps & Turin
A journey through the Alpine landscape awaits you! Ascend to the height of 5000 ft above sea level in the Italian Alps to reach Fenestrelle Fortress, one of the largest fortified constructions in Europe. The giant structure located in the Chisone Valley, was built between 1728 and 1850 mainly for defensive purposes. Visit the “Great Wall of the Alps” including a peek into the gigantic covered staircase. Savor typical dishes of this mountainous region for lunch before continuing to Turin. Take a walking tour to experience the capital of Piedmont Region, also called the capital of the Alps. Turin is home to the House of Savoy, Italy’s royal family. Enjoy an aperitif in one of the elegant cafes, before returning to Bra
Overnight: Bra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Tuesday - Asti en route to Milan
This morning. stop in the city of Asti. Ruins of its ancient walls testify its Roman origins, while the most important heritage is its medieval architecture, with numerous towers, fortified houses, churches, and palaces in memory of what once was the most powerful town in Piedmont. Famous for its local nougat, you cannot leave without a tasting! Upon arrival in Milan, take a panoramic tour starting at Sforza Castle. Then, proceed to Duomo Square and walk through the Victor Emmanuel Galleria, a pedestrian mall built in the 1800’s featuring a large arched glass ceiling. Bid a fond farewell to Italy at tonight's Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Milan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10, Wednesday - Depart Italy
Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Venice, Milan-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Venice
  • 1 night Bergamo
  • 2 nights Lake Maggiore
  • 2 nights Bra
  • 1 night Milan
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Visit St. Mark's Square in Venice, with its extraordinary treasures and architectural wonders
  • Walking tour of Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Savor the atmosphere of Sirmione on Lake Garda, a favorite resort town since Roman times
  • Visit the hilltop town of Bergamo Alta, completely surrounded by cyclopean defensive walls
  • Cruise across Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella, then continue to Isola dei Pescatori, or Fishermen's Island
  • Take a guided tour of the wine cellars followed by tasting in the famous Piedmont region
  • Stop in the town of Alba, the white truffle capital of the world
  • Journey through the Italian Alps to reach Fenestrelle Fortress, one of the largest fortified constructions in Europe
  • Take a walking tour of Turin, capital of the Alps and home to the House of Savoy where the Italian royal family lives
  • Experience the medieval architecture in the city of Asti
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Milan, the fashion capital of Italy
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Milan Linate Airport to Como transfers available at an additional cost.


    Accommodation Details:
    Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.

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    Accommodations

    NH Collection Murano Villa
    This first class hotel is located on Venice's Murano Island.

    NH Bergamo
    This first class hotel is located in Bergamo's lower town.

    Grand Hotel Bristol
    This first class hotel is nestled in a garden and overlooks the beautiful Lake Maggiore.

    Cavalieri Hotel
    This first class hotel overlooks the Alps and the hills of Bra.

    Starhotels Tourist
    This first class hotel is located in Milan's Bicocca district.

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