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Best of the Italian Lakes

9 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Discover the beauty of the Italian lakes on this At Leisure trip that combines culture with style.

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About this trip

Once the popular holiday retreat of Europe's nobility, today a stylish sojourn for those who enjoy an idyllic setting of pretty lakeside villages and deep blue waters set against the foothills of the Alps. Enjoy a tasty cappuccino on Como's lakeside promenade and explore 14th century Marostica, the rich flavours of Modena, and Milan, the world's fashion and design capital.

Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: ITMI

8 Nights


12 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Best of the Italian Lakes

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Milan – Lake Maggiore (Baveno) (2 Nights)

Welcome to the Italian Lakes region. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the picturesque thermal resort of Baveno on the shore of Lake Maggiore. This evening meet and get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception

2. Lake Maggiore (Baveno) At Leisure and Como Excursion

After a leisurely start enjoy free time this morning to explore Baveno with its Romanesque bell and octagonal baptistery. Later travel to scenic Lake Como, a popular retreat for aristocrats and celebrities since Roman times, and visit Como town. Walk along its beautiful waterfront with a gelato in hand, or relax with a cappuccino in this picturesque lakeside setting before returning to your hotel later in the afternoon.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Discover The Borromean Islands

We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Adult Price: €41.00

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Adult Price: €38.00

3. Lake Maggiore (Baveno) – Bergamo – Lake Garda (5 Nights)

Visit the ancient town of Bergamo near the foothills of the Alps. Explore the streets of the medieval old town with its Renaissance architecture reflected in the exquisite Piazza Vecchia at the heart of the city and the 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore basilica. Continue your journey to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay. Dine at your hotel this evening.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Villa Maria

Optional Experiences

Lake Garda Discovery

Discover the largest of the Italian Lakes as we take a route along its scenic shoreline. You’ll get to enjoy views of mountains, lush countryside and its glistening blue waters as you cross the lake, taking in historical towns along the way.

Adult Price: €43.00

4. Marostica and Bassano del Grappa Excursion

Your full day excursion starts by visiting Marostica, a beautiful 14th century town renowned for its annual living chess event held in September, although the acclaimed festival's chessboard is visible in the Piazza Castello all year round. See the town's old city walls, two castles and take in the beautiful city views. Finish this leisurely day by visiting Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy and magnificent scenery. Return later to Lake Garda.

Buffet Breakfast

5. Verona Excursion

In Shakespeare's romantic city of Verona, view the Roman arena and Juliet's Balcony during your walking tour of the town with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this city at your own pace, with suggested visits to the 1st century Arena, Castelvecchio's city art museum with its rich collection of medieval sculpture and Renaissance paintings, and Lamberti's Tower offering spectacular views of the city. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Be My Guest dining experience with a local family.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

6. Lake Garda At Leisure

You have a whole day to do as you please - explore the largest lake in Italy or spend the day relaxing. Visit one of the quaint lakeside towns and their markets to shop for local produce such as olive oil and cheese, take a leisurely walk along the Lakeside Path or venture further afield and see some of the lake's sights including the 13th century Scalinger Castle, Catullo's Grotto or the 5th century wooden statue of St. Peter near Bogliaco. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountain range, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks at an altitude of over 3,000 metres.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Bolzano and the Dolomite Mountains

Come with us and follow the Adige Valley to Bolzano, capital of the southern part of the Tyrol. Here you'll have time to shop in the arcaded streets, take a cable car to the top of the Renon and ride on the century-old Tramvai, where you can enjoy incredible panoramas from this famous mountain plateau.

Adult Price: €62.00

Spectacular Countryside and Dinner

We take a scenic drive from Lake Garda to the tiny village of Borghetto on the banks of the River Mincio, famous for it’s medieval bridge and ancient water mills. In this idyllic location, we'll enjoy a delicious meal of local specialities with wine and soft drinks included.

Adult Price: €65.00

7. Modena Excursion

Enjoy today's excursion to the interesting gastronomic city of Modena. A Local Specialist will walk you through the Old Town and show you the Piazza Grande including views of the Ghirlandina Tower. You will also see the magnificent 12th century Romanesque cathedral. Sample some of the local speciality balsamic vinegars. After a short drive visit the Ferrari Museum for a Cultural Insight into the history of this luxurious Italian icon founded by Enzo Ferrari.

Buffet Breakfast

8. Lake Garda – Milan

This morning leave the lakes behind and travel towards the major world fashion and design capital of Milan. On arrival, see the sights during an orientation of the city centre including the Gothic Duomo, 19th century Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Enjoy free time to do some last-minute shopping on Milan's famous boulevards, Via Montenapoleano, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening join your fellow travellers to celebrate the end of your holiday at a Farewell Dinner.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Starhotels Business Palace

Optional Experiences

Treasures Of Milan

Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum. When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.

Adult Price: €45.00

9. Depart Milan

Say 'arrivederci' this morning to Italy and your companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Meet Giovanna and her family for a traditional dinner and tales of Lake Garda life in the quaint town of lakeside town of Lazise

  • Cultural Insights
    A celebration of all things Ferrari - present and future - the Ferrari Museum in Maranello includes a permanent exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 complete with cars and a pit stop wall

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Verona and Modena

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Verona and Modena

    • Orientation of Bergamo and Milan

    • See the Roman Arena in Verona

    • View the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Romanesque Cathedral in Modena and the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan

    • Visit beautiful Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda, the towns of Bassano del Grappa, Marostica and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello

What's Included


    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 20 Reviews

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    Service rating : Exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide, Romeo, was outstanding: amiable, knowledgeable, and full of surprises he called hidden treasures. Our driver, Danilo, was an expert at handling the curves and mountain switchbacks. He even subbed for Romeo one day as host due to a family

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    Service rating : Tour director Franconwas excellentProduct : Good crowd on the Tour, Hotels good, no issues

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    Service rating : Good service but not really a well thought out experience.Product : Not enough of the actual lakes experience.

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    Service rating : The service we received was excellent in every way.In every hotel, the staff aimed to please. Our driver, Guiseppe, was careful and always happy to help. He greeted us each day with a smile. We cannot praise Antonella Perfetto enough!! Not only was she incredibly efficient,

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