LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
Where the Mediterranean meets the Alps
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
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".
This escorted holiday sees us based in two resorts - on the shores of Lake Garda and beside Lake Maggiore.
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.
Sirmione, Lake Garda
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.
Meina, Lake Maggiore
Italian Lakes Holiday Itinerary
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 One: Travel to Sirmione on 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 Two: Coach tour of Lake Garda
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 Three: Optional Mantova tour
Bid farewell to Lake Garda and cross the Lombardy Plain to Maggiore, in its idyllic setting amid gently rolling hills.
Day Four: Travel to Maggiore
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.
Day Five: Explore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands
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, picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, still inhabited by local fishermen, and Isola Madre with its Renaissance villa and superb botanical gardens.
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: A day trip to Lake Como
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: Optional Switzerland excursion
Transfer to the airport to board your flight home at the end of a wonderful week.
Day Eight: Travel home
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.
Hotel transfer times
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
Meals in Italy
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.
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.
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.
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.
Italian hotel room tax
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.
Airport development fees
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.
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.