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Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days

11 days/ 10 nights

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Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days

Description

Discover the enchanting beauty of Northern Italy with our 11-day Italian Lakes Tour. Immerse yourself in art, culture, and the grandeur of majestic lakes. Begin in Milan, a city of history, wealth, and design. Explore landmarks like the Last Supper and the Duomo. The journey takes you to Bergamo and Franciacorta wine region. Enjoy the serene Bellagio on Lake Como, with a private tour of Villa del Balbianello. Explore the Dolomites, Bolzano, and marvel at the ancient Otzi in the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum. Cruise the shores of Lake Garda, visit Sirmione, and embrace the allure of Milan. Conclude your adventure at Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, and a farewell dinner in the Piemonte region, the birthplace of the Slow Food movement. Join us for a personalized private tour blending history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Day 1
MILAN AIRPORT - BELLAGIO
Upon your airport arrival, we'll transfer you to Hotel Florence 3* or a similar cozy accommodation, our residence for the initial two nights in the charming town of Bellagio on Lake Como. In the evening, we'll embark on our first outing—an exclusive welcome meeting and aperitifs in the garden of a local restaurant. Get ready for an introduction to the authentic cuisine of the region. This is just the beginning of your private tour, where every moment is tailored for your enjoyment and exploration. (D)
Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 2 - MILAN AIRPORT - BELLAGIO
Day 2
BELLAGIO - LENNO - BELLAGIO

Lake Como, shaped like an upside-down “Y”, is adorned with Bellagio at its vertex and along the internal shores where the lake divides. Today's exploration takes us along the western coastline, featuring a private tour of an extraordinary villa. Villa del Balbianello, built in the early 1800s near Lenno, offers breathtaking views and has been featured in renowned films. Enjoy lunch at a lakeside cafe in Lenno. Afternoon return to Bellagio for a free evening. Immerse yourself in the charm of Lake Como on this personalized private tour. (B)

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 3 - BELLAGIO - LENNO - BELLAGIO
Day 3
BELLAGIO - BERGAMO - FRANCIACORTA - LAKE GARDA

After breakfast, embark on a short drive to nearby Bergamo, nestled against the Italian Alps, offering a stunning hill town setting. Explore the old town with a local guide, including visits to Piazza Vecchia and the Palazzo della Ragione. Enjoy a funicular ride to Colle San Vigilio and indulge in an included lunch in Bergamo Alta. Afterward, head to the Franciacorta wine region for a winery visit and tasting.

In the afternoon, journey from Franciacorta to Lake Garda, following a scenic road along the lake's shores. Arrive at Limone sul Garda for a two-night stay at Park Hotel Imperial 5* or a similar accommodation. Enjoy a free evening to unwind. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Bergamo, the Franciacorta region, and Lake Garda on this personalized private tour. (B)

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 4 - BELLAGIO - BERGAMO - FRANCIACORTA - LAKE GARDA
Day 4
LIMONE SUL GARDA - LAGO DI TOBLINO - BOLZANO - LIMONE SUL GARDA

This morning, we'll traverse the UNESCO Dolomite panoramic route north into the Alto Adige region. Our first photo stop is at a castle on Lake Toblino before heading to the delightful city of Bolzano. Bolzano captivates with its charming architecture, pedestrian lanes, market squares, and parks. Our visit to Bolzano includes a fascinating stop at the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum to see Otzi, the 5,000-year-old Iceman, whose discovery in 1991 revolutionized our understanding of human history.

After some free time for lunch, experience a cable car ride to the Renon Plateau to marvel at the captivating Earth pyramids of Bolzano. The Renon Plateau, with its sunny meadows and farmhouses against the backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains, offers a picturesque setting.

In the afternoon, return to Limone sul Garda, where you'll have a free evening to relax. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Bolzano and the Dolomite panoramic route, creating lasting memories on this private tour. (B)

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 5 - LIMONE SUL GARDA - LAGO DI TOBLINO - BOLZANO - LIMONE SUL GARDA
Day 5
LIMONE SUL GARDA - RIVA DEL GARDA - MALCESINE - SIRMIONE - MILAN

After departing from Limone, savor more stunning views of Lake Garda along the panoramic Gardesana lake road, passing through towns like Riva del Garda and Malcesine.

For lunch, make a stop in Sirmione on Lake Garda, known for vacation villas built by wealthy Romans who enjoyed the thermal waters bubbling up from the lake bottom. Positioned on a peninsula with strategic military importance in medieval times, Sirmione features the 12th-century Scaliger Castle. Today, it's a picturesque tourist town with a charming historic center and numerous restaurants offering al fresco dining around the main square.

Depart from Sirmione for Milan, where the centrally located Grand Hotel Rosa 5* or a similar accommodation awaits for the first two nights of the tour. In the evening, embark on the first outing in the city with dinner at a local restaurant, providing an introduction to traditional Milanese cuisine. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Garda and the vibrant atmosphere of Milan on this private tour. (B, D)

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 6 - LIMONE SUL GARDA - RIVA DEL GARDA - MALCESINE - SIRMIONE - MILAN
Day 6
MILAN

Explore the iconic Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci in Milan's Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. Painted between 1494 and 1498, this masterpiece is one of the world's most celebrated works of art. After a guided tour of the Last Supper, the afternoon walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent Duomo, the symbol of Milan and the fifth-largest church on the planet. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore Milan at your leisure on this private tour. (B)

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 7 - MILAN
Day 7
MILAN - LAKE MAGGIORE

Transfer to Lake Maggiore  for the final two nights at Hotel Dino 4* or a similar option. Baveno, a popular destination since the 19th century, boasts a graceful lakefront with Art Nouveau hotels, villas, and stunning gardens. The Borromeo Islands, Isola Bella and Isola Madre, feature lavish palaces and botanical wonders. Enjoy a boat ride to Isola Bella and explore the remarkable gardens and tour the ornate palazzo on Isola Bella. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening on this private tour. (B)

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 8 - MILAN - LAKE MAGGIORE
Day 8
LAKE MAGGIORE - LAKE ORTA - LAKE MAGGIORE

Lake Orta, a sub-alpine gem, is 8 miles long and a mile wide. Known for its quiet charm and rich history, it has been a favorite of writers (Balzac), poets (Browning), and philosophers (Nietzsche). A morning boat ride to Isola San Giulio offers a glimpse of the 12th-century Romanesque basilica. After lunch, explore Sacro Monte's twenty chapels, depicting St. Francis's life, amid stunning lake views. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening on this private tour.

Return to Lake  Maggiore for a farewell dinner, savoring traditional Piemontese cuisine on Isola dei Pescatori island. Piemonte is renowned as the home of the Slow Food movement.

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 9 - LAKE MAGGIORE - LAKE ORTA - LAKE MAGGIORE
Day 9
LAKE MAGGIORE - MALPENSA AIRPORT
Morning transfers to Milan Malpensa airport. (B)
Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - day 10 - LAKE MAGGIORE - MALPENSA AIRPORT
  • Transportation in modern luxury passenger mini-van with extra leg room
  • Transfer to hotel from Milan airport on Day 1
  • Transfer to Malpensa airport on Day 10
  • 10 nights accomodation based on double/twin bed occupancy in a 4 star hotels
  • Full time professional English speaking guide/driver on the tour.
  • Entrance fees to Last Supper in Milan- Skip the line, Otzi Museum in Bolzano and Boromeo Palace on Isola Bella.
  • Sirmione Lake Garda boat ride, Lake Como boat and Lake Maggiore boat. Cable car to Renon Plateau. Funiculare to Bergamo Alta and San Vigilio.
  • Local guides in Milan, Bergamo, Villa Del Balbianelo and Borromeo Palace on Isola Bella.
  • All breakfasts, four dinners with drinks, one lunch wih wine tasting...
  • Parking fees, permits and motorway tolls.
  • Basic insurance and organization.
  • Overnight city tax
  • Lake view rooms in Bellagio on Lake Como, Limone Sul Garda and Stresa on Lake Maggiore
  • City walking tours with local guides in Milan, Bergamo and Mantova.
  • Milan Duomo
  • Cenacolo (Last Supper) di Leonardo da Vinci guided visit
  • Villa del Balbianello in Lenno guided visit
  • Lake Garda Scenic drive
  • Dolomites UNESCO site visit and Suisi Alps cable car
  • Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te Mantova
  • Boat tour Sirmione peninsula on Lake Garda
  • Borromeo Palace Isola Bella guided tour
  • Lake Orta San Giulio Island visit

ITALIAN LAKES & MILAN PRIVATE TOUR begins in: Bellagio, Italy
Transfers from Malpensa airport on Day 1

ITALIAN LAKES & MILAN PRIVATE TOUR ends in : Baveno, Italy
Transfers to Milan Malpensa airport on Day 11

testimonials

Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days - July 2017

Hi Andrej, What a fantastic trip! Overall, Slovenia is one of the prettiest countries we as a family have visited together and working with your company truly made the experience authentic and more of an adventure than a tourist trip.We touched on a lot at the farewell dinner, but below is just overall feedback. Highlights: - Starting in a major city and working out to the farm/ country side of Austria and Slovenia - Sound of music tour was good, but there does need to be a bit more, which is why going to the Eagles Nest was perfect *recommend for other travelers - Farm house in Slovenia - Definitely we could have spent another day just relaxing there or walking to the nearby river - Sailing - Breaks up the trip from walking tours and museums and got us out on the water - Staying in Trieste was the best option out of all the towns visited - Dinner at Stari Podrum - One of the best - Cave experience - Visiting the mountain towns Thank you again! Great experience. Jackie Delie, USA

Jackie Delie, USA

Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - October 2022

Best kept secret of Slovenia. There's a part of me that hesitate to write this review because I want to keep Slovenia 4 Seasons as a secret to myself. This is the best tour operator that I have ever engaged in the past decade. Andrej had been very patient in email exchange from July until October, revising, and requoting the itinerary couple of times. As someone with Tourism background, I have to give my guide Stefan a very high marks because he excel in every aspect as a guide and even more with his attention to small details. Several days with Stefan going around Slovenia, Trieste, and Salzburg was one of the best European trip I have ever experienced. Of all the European countries I have visited, Slovenia is definitely the most beautiful, organic, and peaceful. Slovenians are very very nice people as well whether in cities, villages, Apls, or sea side. And I have never experience a single bad food in Slovenia, even supermarket popcorn was good. Once I experienced Slovenia with Stefan, it's difficult for me to enjoy other European countries because the benchmark is really high. My suggestion is to visit Slovenia after you have visited all the European countries then close it with Slovenia and engage Slovenia 4 Seasons as your tour operator.

Fenny S., Dubai

Croatia delight tour – 13 days - May 2023

Trip of Lifetime - Slovenia, Croatia, Italy I highly recommend Slovenia 4 Seasons who planned and carried out a wonderful trip for two couples, traveling in Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy. Andrej, the owner, was always easy to contact and extremely responsive from initial inquiry to finalizing all the details. Andrej had many good suggestions set forth in his different package tours, yet was flexible to accommodate our travel interests. It is truly a customized, personalized travel experience. And, S4S goes to many other countries as well. We traveled in a very comfortable van with our own tour guide, Blaz, during the first 10 days of our trip. Blaz was very personable, knowledgable about all the sites we visited, and always concerned for our wishes and well-being. In each city we visited, Andrej and Blaz arranged for local guides to show us the highlights so that we saw things we surely would have missed otherwise. Each local guide provided an unbelievable amount of information about the people, customs, and history of each town. The hotels along the way were all well situated, well equipped, and with friendly staff. Most of the hotels were luxurious. Our trip typically included breakfast every morning at the hotels and we had several dinners along the way with Blaz. We started in Ljubljana, Slovenia and traveled over the space of ten days all the way to Dubrovnik at the southern end of Croatia. Each day was well planned to include a walking tour and plenty of time to be on your own. After Slovenia and Croatia, we went to Trieste, Italy where we again stayed in a wonderful hotel and enjoyed the local sites. Andrej then took us over to Venice, Italy for a fabulous day trip. We then ended our trip with a few days in Munich, staying at Louis Hotel. We found the city and the hotel to be absolutely fantastic. Andrej arranged our transfers to and from airports, which were all done as professionally as the entire trip. There are too many good things to say about Andrej and Balz along with the amazing places we saw and friendly people we met along the way to put everything into one review. For any who have concerns, English was spoken by nearly everybody we encountered, you felt quite safe everywhere and at all times of the day and night, and you were treated as a welcome guest everywhere. For a trip of a lifetime, you should book with them, right away.

Jim E., Florida, USA

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    Slovenia4Seasons - Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days
    Slovenia4Seasons - Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days
    Slovenia4Seasons - Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days
    Slovenia4Seasons - Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days
    Slovenia4Seasons - Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days
    Slovenia4Seasons - Italian lakes & Milan private tour – 11 days

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