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The Magic of the Italian Lakes 2020

The Magic of the Italian Lakes 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Discover the beauty of the Italian Lakes on this magnificent vacation. With the Alps for a backdrop, you’ll enjoy nature at its finest—with overnights in Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore. Plus, on this affordable Italian Lakes tour, you’ll spend one night in Milan, known as one of the world’s fashion capitals and you’ll visit medieval Verona, where you’ll see the famous Roman Arena, home of the summer Opera Festival.Situated at the foot of the Alps, Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake. With a temperate climate, you can relax and restore harmony to your life, participate in optional excursions, and enjoy the local specialties, such as wine and extra virgin olive oil. With its cobalt-blue waters surrounded by majestic mountains, Lake Como is one of Europe’s deepest lakes. Lake Como is lined with elegant 17th-century villas and lush gardens; it’s the perfect destination. You will enjoy a scenic boat trip to Bellagio and Varenna, both picturesque towns on Lake Como’s shores, where nature and culture come together. Explore the centuries-old buildings, cobbled stairways, cafes and shops. Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. With its prestigious Italian gardens, intriguing palaces, and scenic landscapes, you can choose to relax or enjoy some of the many activities available. On the way to Lake Maggiore, you’ll travel to Lugano, set on gorgeous Lake Lugano, a lake that lies between Italy and Switzerland. Here—with a Mediterranean ambiance—you can stroll along the lakeside promenade or simply unwind as you enjoy a delicious gelato.Over centuries, Italy’s great lakes have been among Europe’s favorite vacation destinations, providing enchanting landscapes and a relaxing ambiance; now’s your time to enjoy them on this affordable Italian Lakes tour. It’s a lovely vacation, perfect for savvy, value-minded travelers.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY.
Check into your hotel in Milan. Start exploring with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: MILAN–SIRMIONE–LAKE GARDA.
Start the day with an orientation tour of Milan, stopping to admire the famous gothic-style Duomo. Travel east through the Po Valley, then catch your first glimpses of Lake Garda as you stop in Sirmione, the picturesque spa town on the south shore of Lake Garda. Stroll among the many shops and ice cream parlors that line the narrow cobblestone streets. Continue to your hotel on Lake Garda.
Today’s Distance: 143 mi/ 230 km (B,D)

Day 3: LAKE GARDA.
Enjoy a whole day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful area, situated at the foot of the Alps and surrounded by mountains to the north and the gentle slopes of moraine hills to the south. Check out the optional excursions available. (B)

Day 4: LAKE GARDA–VERONA–LAKE COMO.
This morning, visit the romantic, medieval city of Verona and enjoy some time at leisure. Continue to fascinating Lake Como, where you’ll spend two nights.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi/ 330 km (B,D)

Day 5: LAKE COMO. EXCURSION TO BELLAGIO AND VARENNA.
Inspiring everyone from Roman senators and great composers to Hollywood actors, Como is the romantic image of the lakes. Its cobalt-blue waters are lined with magnificent mountains, lush gardens, and grand villas. Join the included BOAT TRIP to Bellagio and Varenna, which occupies one of the most scenic positions in all of Italy. (B,D)

Day 6: LAKE COMO–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY.
Depart Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland. Head towards beautiful Lake Lugano and the stylish city that bears its name. Time to stroll along the lakeside promenade, window shop on refined Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on the Piazza Riforma. Leave Switzerland and cross back into Italy, driving to Lake Maggiore.
Today’s Distance: 87 mi/ 140 km (B)

Day 7: LAKE MAGGIORE.
Set between Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. The day is yours to relax or to enjoy some of the many activities available around the lake. Maybe join an optional boat trip to the Borromean Islands of Pescatori and Isola Bella, with time to visit the extravagant Borromeo Palace, built like a ship anchored just off the shoreline. (B,D)

Day 8: LAKE MAGGIORE.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Milan.) (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

MILAN
Visit

SIRMIONE
Visit

LAKE GARDA


VERONA
Visit

LAKE COMO

BELLAGIO
and VARENNA
Boat trip

LUGANO
Visit

LAKE MAGGIORE Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat trip to Bellagio and Varenna

Meals:
Buffet breakfast daily; 4 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$340

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Milan: Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station
Lake Garda: Poiano Resort
Lake Como: Lario Mezzegra
Lake Maggiore: Simplon

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.4
Accommodations
3.3
Itinerary
3.5
Professional Staff
3.5
Repeat with Operator
3.3
Value for Money
3.3

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Ratings based off 28 reviews - currently showing 10 reviews with comments only

The accommodations were exceptional on this trip. The excursions were moderately priced and ran smoothly.

The tour was great and I loved the tour director. The hotels were much better than expected and the views were amazing. My only issue is the tour needs to end in the same city as the airport. I had to leave the tour a day early and it added so much extra cost to my trip to have to transfer to the linate airport the night before because I had an early flight. I had to pay transfer cost plus a hotel. I was unaware that cosmos does not provide transfers to this airport. I found out later once I received my paperwork. It is not clear on the tour info. I have traveled with trafalgar many times and never had this experience. It really messed up the end of my trip and left a bad impression with Cosmos.

This was the 1st time taking a Cosmos and was very happy with the tour. The tour guide was amazing and the tour moved at a good pace and covered everything we expected to see. The hotels were very good choices in good locations. Would definitely take Cosmos again!

Optional excursions were not good value for money

Our trip met our expectations

The itinerary mentioned the town of Como several times, but we did not actually tour Como or visit the historic town square.

No. 1: Was very disappointed that the dolomites excursion was not offered as we were told the weather, I went in early Oct. so the weather should not have been an issue in my opinion, but it was disappointing as that was a highlight of what I wanted to see.

No. 2: hotels, they were ok, Hotel Au Lac, Lake Maggoire was somewhat dirty, had to change my room, beds were horrible in Hotel Lario, Lake Como and asked for an extra quilt and they never brought it. I also did not like the food in any of the hotels that were offered, one offered canned fruit, Hotel Lario, that was wrong. I think a voucher to eat at local restaurants would have been better. The meals in Italy should always be great that's part of the entire experience. I don't think one should eat twice at a hotel while on the tour.

No. 3: For what the tour cost, I think some of the excursions should have been included, like the Verona walking tour, like the visits in Lake Garda to the districts/villages, why should that have cost, we were only dropped off the bus, it should have been included. I also feel that we spent a bit too much time in some of these areas and we could have seen a different little town. Just a thought on some of the free time. All in all, it was my first tour, I liked it, but would not use Cosmos, as I like a better quality tour w/ better locations of hotels, quality of the hotels, the food picked at restaurants. 

The young tour operator was very good, but at times walked too fast for some in our group (including myself). The optional tour in Lugano was over-priced for the value received (including the food). I booked it since I did not have Swiss Francs and did not want to deal with conversions from Euros. In addition, there would not be too muchf for me to occupy myself there since I am not a shopper--like most of the people on the tour. The last hotel (Milan) was not to my expectations--very small room, no room darkening drapes, overlooked moving traffic (on second floor), a totally non-smoking hotel. The included tours were of good value.

Re. hotel in Lake Garda - too far away from any services, i.e. stores or restaurants. Re. hotel in Stresa - should have a minibar or fridge.

The one negative on the trip was the amount of time the tour director spent on selling optional tours . one fellow tourist commented ' if the options are so great , why not include them '


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