• Milan • Lake Maggiore • Lake Como • St Moritz • Bellagio
The Northern Italian lakes offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Italy - placid waters, centuries old villas draped with bougainvillea, charming villages, wonderful restaurants and the snow-capped Alps in the distance. Visit St Moritz in Switzerland, and ride on the spectacular Bernina Express train.
Day 1: Milan > Stresa On arrival transfer to the town of Stresa, on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Framed below by soft hills, and above by high mountain peaks, some of which have snow throughout the year, these features create Lake Maggiore's unique microclimate. Thanks to this mild climate, many species of flowers and plants typical of sub-tropical areas have adapted to these coastal areas.
Day 2: Lake Maggiore Take a boat cruise to Pescatori Island with your guide. The island is named after the fishermen who made the area their home - simple houses, narrow lanes and stone portals. After free time for lunch on your own, continue on to Isola Bella to visit the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa.
Day 3: Stresa > Como > Menaggio Depart for Como and enjoy a guided walking tour of Como's city centre - a walk through the walled city allows you to admire the various artistic monuments that have made Como such an interesting place. Continue to Cernobbio to visit the gardens of Villa d'Este and also visit Villa Balbianello before checking in at your hotel in Menaggio.
Day 4: St Moritz Travel to St Moritz in Switzerland today. Drive with your guide to Tirano before joining the Bernina Express, the highest railway in Europe. Experience the breathtaking landscapes of the Alps and enjoy a tour of exquisite St Moritz and lunch in a chalet before returning to Menaggio by car.
Day 5: Bellagio Take the boat across Lake Como to Bellagio, a picturesque village with small streets, luxury villas and lush gardens. Visit Villa Melzi and its beautiful garden. Time to explore on your own then take the ferry back to Menaggio.
Day 6: Menaggio > Milan Private transfer to Milan.
• Tailor-made journey with English-speaking local guides • 5 nights' accommodation in 4-star boutique hotels • Train and boat tickets • Sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary • 5 breakfasts and 1 lunch
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