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 Lake Maggiore. Lake Maggiore is framed below by soft hills, and above by high mountain peaks, some of which have snow throughout the year. These features create a unique microclimate. Thanks to its mild climate, many species of flowers and plants typical to the sub-tropical area have adapted to the coastal areas.
Day 2: Lake Maggiore Take a boat cruise to Pescatori Island with your guide. The island is named ater the fishermen who made the area their home - simple houses, narrow lanes and stone portals. After lunch at a local restaurant continue on to Isola Bella to visit the Borromeo Palace with its magnificent gardens. Return to Stresa.
Day 3: 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 to the hotel in Menaggio.
Day 4: St Moritz Travel to St. Moritz in Switzerland today. Drive with a 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 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, 4 Star boutique accommodation • Sightseeing including entrance fees • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners • Train and boat tickets
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Price is based on 4 people travelling together. Enquire for other prices.
Price is based on 4 people travelling together. Enquire for other prices.