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Italian Lakes

8 days from £819*
Departing: September - October 2018
* Price shown: 07 October 2018 from LGW - LGW

Save £100 on last-minute departures with promo code LATE3**

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Where the Mediterranean meets the Alps

Join us to discover some of the most alluring and contrasting lakes and mountains scenery in the world as you stay on the shores of mighty Lake Garda and beautiful Lake Maggiore. Sail out to the exquisite Borromean Islands, visit Lake Como, explore Garda's varied shoreline, and perhaps join optional excursions into Switzerland or to historic Mantova, "the world's most romantic city".

Tour Highlights

  • Stay in charming Sirmione on Garda's sun-kissed southern shore
  • Enjoy a full-day tour of glorious Lake Garda
  • Take a guided tour of Maggiore and the beautiful Borromean Islands
  • Spend a day exploring Lake Como

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in four-star hotels in Sirmione, Lake Garda (3 nights) and Meina, Lake Maggiore (4)
  • Tours of Lake Garda, Maggiore and the Borromean Islands
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Italy
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Resort Information

This escorted holiday sees us based in two resorts - on the shores of Lake Garda and beside Lake Maggiore.

Sirmione, Lake Garda

On the southern shore of Lake Garda, the small, charming, historic town of Sirmione is one of the lake's most popular holiday resorts. The town has a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops lining cobbled, pedestrian streets, and the town's 13th-century castle, Rocca Scaligera, is certainly worth a visit.

Meina, Lake Maggiore

Meina sits on Maggiore's western shoreline, a little way south from Stresa and the Gulf of Borromeo. Sumptuous villas and hotels line the lake shore, while the piazzas and tree-lined squares are filled with the bustle of the cafes and shops. In the distance, the view is framed by the surrounding Southern Alps.

Your Itinerary

Day One: Travel to Sirmione on Lake Garda

Fly to Italy and board the coach for the scenic journey to Lake Garda where we'll stay in the celebrated resort of Sirmione. The resort is famed for its fairytale Rocca Scaligera castle - which perches on a promontory jutting into the lake.

Day Two: Coach tour of Lake Garda

Hemmed in by steep hillsides to the east, the craggy Dolomites to the north, and vineyards, olive groves and woodland on its western and southern shores, Lake Garda is the setting for some of Italy's most attractive resorts. Today's coach tour is the perfect way to enjoy the area's marvellous scenery.

Day Three: Optional Mantova tour

Join today's optional half-day excursion and experience 'the world's most romantic city'. Surrounded on three sides by beautiful lakes, and with a skyline of turrets and towers, Mantova offers a wealth of interest in its ancient cobbled streets and squares, including an ornate Palazzo Ducale - once Europe's largest palace - and the exotic Renaissance Palazzo Te.

Day Four: Travel to Maggiore

Bid farewell to Lake Garda and cross the Lombardy Plain to Maggiore, in its idyllic setting amid gently rolling hills.

Day Five: A day trip to Lake Como

Today's wonderful included tour takes in one of the most beautiful of the Alpine lakes. Backed by steep mountains, with a shoreline dotted with elegant villas and glorious gardens, Como combines Italian sophistication with stunning scenery. Head to Tremezzo, on the lake's eastern shore, to visit the museum and gardens of the famed Villa Carlotta (entry payable locally), then sail across the calm waters to Bellagio, said to be one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.

Day Six: Optional Switzerland excursion

Enjoy a day relaxing in the hotel, or join our optional excursion and cross into Switzerland, heading to sun-kissed Locarno. Soak up the atmosphere of this colourful Swiss resort before boarding the Cento Valli train for a ride, through the breathtaking "hundred valleys", to alpine Domodossola.

Day Seven: Explore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands

Join our Tour Manager for a guided introduction to Maggiore's shores, today. Here, elegant villas are surrounded by beautiful gardens, and resort towns like Arona, Baveno and Stresa exude a Mediterranean-like charm.

Stopping in elegant Stresa, you'll board a boat for the short journey to the tiny, idyllic Borromean Islands. Among them are stunning Isola Bella, with its 17th-century Baroque palace, and picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, still inhabited by local fishermen.

Day Eight: Travel home

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home at the end of a wonderful week.

Departure Airport Date Price From
CWL 16 September 2018 £1089
EDI 09 September 2018 £1119
EDI 07 October 2018 £999
LGW 09 September 2018 £939
LGW 16 September 2018 £919
LGW 07 October 2018 £819
LTN 09 September 2018 £949
LTN 16 September 2018 £969
LTN 07 October 2018 £829
MAN 16 September 2018 £979
STN 09 September 2018 £949
STN 16 September 2018 £929
STN 07 October 2018 £829

Italian Lakes Touring Hotels ★★★★

You will be staying in good four-star hotels - first in Sirmione on Lake Garda and then in Meina on Lake Maggiore.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes from Verona, one hour and 30 minutes from Milan Bergamo and two hours and 30 minutes hour from Milan Malpensa. The transfer back to the airport at the end of your holiday is approximately two hours and 30 minutes to Verona, one hour 30 minutes to Milan Bergamo and one hour to Milan Malpensa.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Meals in Italy

Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.

Entrance fees

Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

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*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.