Milan is known as a leading fashion capital of the world, a major economic hub and the most developed city in Italy. Still, it is more than that - it is a magical place where the biggest Duomo (cathedral) sits and a home of the famous La Scala Opera House. It is also a famous fine dining hotspot and a place of many vintage shops and Italian designers.
The surroundings of Milan include Lake Como and the Swiss Alps. This tour lets you see both destinations with an express rail tour from Milan, driving through the Alps to the Borromean Islands where you will be guided on a private tour and transferred to your hotel on Lake Maggiore.
Explore the glorious landscapes, enjoy amazing boat rides and find plenty of opportunities for pleasant walks in Lake Como, Orta, Maggiore, and Milan.
Milan and The Lakes Tour | 9 Nights/10 Days
Day 01: Milan Arrival |Welcome to Italy! On your arrival at Milan Airport, after you clear Immigration, you will pick up your luggage from the appropriate carousel and then proceed to Customs. Just outside the Exit of the protected area meet your English-Speaking Assistant. Porterage arrangements have been made for 2 pieces of luggage per passenger. You will be transferred to your hotel in Milan. The balance of this first day is at leisure. For international arrivals, we suggest an early dinner and a good night sleep. Overnight in Milan.
Day 02: Milan Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. Together with your Private Guide, visit Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper. Stop by the alluring Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery. Visit the medieval Sforza Castle. Next, tour the splendid Duomo and the fabulous La Scala Opera House. Lunch and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Milan.
Day 03: Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby to be transferred to your Group Tour meeting point. Today experience the Bernina Express, the iconic red Swiss mountain train, for an Alps tour with a difference. Travel from Milan to Switzerland in the morning and relax on your coach journey to Tirano. After some free time in the town, board the Bernina Express and gaze out of your window as the historic train passes through the idyllic stretches of Northern Italy and the Swiss Alps. Ride over the spiral viaduct of Brusio, and along the Bernina Pass to Engadin. After 2.5 hours on board, watch the scenery change from windswept gorges and snow-clad glaciers to the chic chalets of St Moritz. Hop off the train to enjoy roughly 1.5 hours of free time in the town. An elegant vacation spot that is popular for winter sports, St Moritz has a bounty of attractions to keep you busy. Stroll the lake, ogle the snow-specked mountains that ring the town, enjoy lunch or browse the local chocolatiers to sample Swiss chocolate. All food is at your own expense. In the early evening, return to Milan by coach. Your tour finishes with a drop-off at the start point. Here you will be met by your driver who will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight in Milan.
Day 04: Milan - Stresa and Borromean Islands Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning meet your driver at the hotel lobby to be transferred to your hotel in Stresa on Lake Maggiore. After a short stop at the Hotel meet your Private Guide. Today you will spend the day touring Lake Maggiore. Your tour starts in Stresa and then continues on to The Borromean Islands. After a guided stroll in Stresa and lunch, you will enjoy a Private Boat Tour in the Borromeo Gulf for a visit to the beautiful Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola Dei Pescatori. Overnight in Stresa.
Day 05: Lake Orta Private Guided Tour | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. Today you will enjoy a Private Guided Tour of Lake Orta. Your tour will include an English-speaking professional guide at your disposal for the visit to the ancient village of Orta and a boat ride to discover the island of San Giulio. Your tour will start in the ancient village of Orta San Giulio which lies on charming Lake Orta, a true gem at a short distance from well-known Lake Maggiore. Accompanied by an expert guide you will discover the medieval lanes and the old palaces of Orta. The small village hides elegant buildings and traditional houses that date back to centuries ago and give the village of Orta its special appeal. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, A large religious community lives on the isle of St. Julius and contributes to the old-time atmosphere of the island. Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Stresa.
Day 07: Stresa → Lake Como | After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. Today you will leave Lake Maggiore to spend 3 nights on Lake Como. Overnight on Lake Como.
Day 08: Lake Como Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today enjoy a beautiful and relaxing private day trip to Lake Como to see the city of Como and its jewel, Bellagio. Your driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Como historic city center, where you will visit its architectural wonders to include the Duomo, the Broletto, the Temple of Volta, and Terragni Palace. Your private tour then takes you to Bellagio, one of Italy’s most breathtaking towns. After lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, enjoy a guided walking tour in the historical center. From the lakefront reach La Punta (the tip of the peninsula), where the three arms of the lake divide. Visit St. James church then continue to the beautiful little borough of Pescallo. Walk by Villa Giulia and head back to the Como side of the lake, to see the little fishing harbor of Loppia. Overnight on Lake Como.
Day 09: Lake Como at Leisure | Breakfast at the Hotel, Spend the day at leisure on Lake Como. Overnight on Lake Como.
Day 10: Lake Como → Milan Airport | Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning at the appropriate time, enjoy a Private Transfer to Milan Airport. Arrivederci! Ciao! Buon Viaggio!
- 3 Nights Milan:
- 3 Nights Lake Maggiore:
- 3 Nights Lake Como:
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
- Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
- Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
- Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
- Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
- 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
Private Package Tours Rates
Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 per person/per day.
Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 650 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 850 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,100 + Euro per person/per day.
High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 900 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,200 + Euro per person/per day.
Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
For Custom Made Tours we work with any reasonable Budget