Northern Lakes & Milan with Bernina Express

Slow down and enjoy life, Italian style
Slow down and enjoy life, Italian style. This four-day tour is a blur of deep blue lakes, flowing hills, snowy mountain peaks, breezy days, wild alpine valleys, and the fresh scent of Mediterranean oleanders, magnolias, and lemon trees. From the simple beauty of Lake Como to the idyllic view of Lake Garda, you’ll love this region. Como offers stunning natural views, Varenna charms with its blend of modernity and Medieval history, and Sirmione inspires with its tree-lined shores along Lake Garda!
5 Days from $2439/person CAD
Family
Food & Wine
Guided
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Departures

2023 departures: May 19, 26, June 2, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 29, & October 6, 20

Included:

  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
  • Arrival transfer from the Milan airport to the hotel
  • Professional Tour Escort throughout
  • Local guides in Milan and Verona
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Unique Bernina Express ride
  • Happy hour experience in Milan
  • Scenic boat transfers as per the itinerary
  • Light lunch and wine tasting in the Franciacorta region
  • Panoramic visits as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums as per itinerary
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard to be in touch with family and friends
  • Headsets to follow the information provided by the tour leader and local guides
  • Stretch your legs with extra legroom on the coaches! More space is provided on board to pamper travellers with the most comfortable trip

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterage service
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy, and for travel in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change

Optional Extras:

  • Pre and Post Accommodation in Milan
  • All optional excursions are subject to change and are based on availability. Optional excursions can be booked with the Tour Escort

Travel Privately

You can request to book this tour privately, travelling only with people you know.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO MILAN

Benvenuti a Milano! Meet your driver at Milan Malpensa Airport for a private transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, meet your professional local guide at the hotel and set off on a three-hour walking tour through the heart of Milan. See the highlights of the city including Porta Venezia, La Scala Opera House, the Milan Cathedral, and Sforza's Castle. At the end of the tour, enjoy an aperitivo (happy hour) at a local bakery before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation at the Starhotels Ritz, Milan, or similar

DAY 2: BERNINA EXPRESS EXPERIENCE

Today you will board the Bernina Express train for a truly memorable experience. Just like sitting in a theater, you will admire unique views from your seat on board the Bernina Express train, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After breakfast at the hotel, meet our driver and reach Tirano. You will get on board there and start this ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world, with its unsurpassed alpine views. The journey will need two hours to complete. As the train winds its way over the Alps, occasionally passing through mountain tunnels, and puffing its way past a myriad of towns and villages, a number of highlights will catch your attention.

Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina pass to St. Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore on your own before returning back to Milan. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Starhotels Ritz, Milan, or similar

DAY 3: MILAN > COMO > BELLAGIO > VARENNA > BERGAMO

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then prepare for a short visit to Como, a tourist destination for its vicinity to Lake Como and the Alps. Amazing views over the lake and the alpine valleys are guaranteed! The lake itself, sometimes called Lario, has long been famous for its y- shape and for Bellagio, which you will reach by boat with some of the most charming landscapes in Italy.

Spend some time exploring this picturesque village and its small streets, luxury hotels, villas, and gardens, and have lunch at your leisure in one of the many restaurants or cafés. Back on board, you will make your way to Varenna in the afternoon, where you will take a panoramic tour before moving on to Bergamo, a truly historic and artistic jewel characterized by its urban structure. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Starhotels Cristallo, Bergamo, or similar

DAY 4: BERGAMO > SIRMIONE > RIVA DEL GARDA > BERGAMO

Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, is the next destination. After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a panoramic tour of the lake’s west coast, taking in the splendid natural landscape, like the Brenta Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the area’s rich vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias, and bougainvillea, and be sure to taste some of the locally-made olive oil and wines.

Next, you will move to Sirmione, where Lake Garda and its surroundings are at their finest. See the sun reverberating on the lake’s blue waters, the tree-lined shores, and Sirmione Castle as well as the ruins of Catullus’s villa or Grottoes of Catullus during a boat tour. Once you’re through, you will have some free time to have lunch before departing for Riva del Garda. Located on the north side of the lake, you will see its quaint Venetian-style historical center. Meals: B, D

DAY 5: BERGAMO > VERONA > FRANCIACORTA > MILAN

After breakfast, reach the romantic city of Verona, home to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A local professional will be waiting for you and take you on a guided tour of the city. After the Verona tour, you will drive toward the territory of Franciacorta, whose soil consisting of gravel and sand over limestone is ideal for the cultivation of grapes and for winemaking. This is where you will enjoy a light lunch and taste some local food as well as the renowned local wine. After this experience, you will head for Milan, where your tour will end. Meals: B, L


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