Tour Description

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 in 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.

Detailed Itinerary

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 procced 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. This morning you will enjoy a Milan Private Guided Tour. Together with your Private Guide, visit Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper. You’ll learn about the Florentine genius as you explore the charming cloister of the adjacent church, Santa Maria delle Grazie. You’ll then embark on a journey through some of Milan’s lesser known streets steeped in history and lined with 15th and 16th century architecture. Continue to the Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), ancient residence of the Milan Duchy (Ducato di Milano); the Merchants Square (Piazza Mercanti), the heart of the medieval city with the House of Common, the Broletto, dated back to the 13th century; the “Duomo”, the most important symbol of Milan; the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a wonderful glass vaulted arcade built is 19th century reach of fashion shops and cafés; Piazza della Scala, with the theatre and its museum rich of mementos from the opera house. After the Tour you will escorted back to your Hotel. 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 whom 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. Your tour starts in Stresa and then continues on to The Borromean Islands. Stresa is an exclusive place with its beautiful lakeside setting in front of Isola Bella. After a guided stroll in Stresa, you will enjoy a boat ride in the Borromeo Gulf for a visit to the beautiful Isola Bella (Beautiful Island). A tiny village, still preserving its original charm, will welcome us on the Island. However, it's a striking baroque building known as "The Borromeo Palace" that will soon capture your attention once you are on Isola Bella. You will be guided through its 17th-century rooms including the Grottoes before enjoying a pleasant stroll in the fabulous Italian gardens built on 10 terraces that make Isola Bella a unique and unbelievable place in the world! Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon continue on to Isola Madre the atmosphere is more authentic, learning about how the Borromeo family created such a luxuriant English-style botanical garden; in the villa, you will admire a collection of marionettes. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Stresa.

Day 05: Stresa → Lake Orta → Cheese & Wine Tasting → Stresa | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. Today you will enjoy a Private Guided Tour of Lake Orta with a lovely afternoon Cheese and Wine Tasting in Arona on Lake Maggiore. 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 at leisure. A large religious community lives on the isle of St. Julius and contributes to the old-time atmosphere of the island where you will also find elegant villas with nice private gardens. You will return to the village's main square right in the centre of the Island where you may you wish to spend some time at leisure. Continue with your tour by visiting Arona area; the highlight is a visit to the cellars of cheese refiners in Arona, where Carlo, the fifth generation of a family completely devoted to cheese, selects and seasons artisan cheeses in his company grottoes, which we will visit. A guided tasting of a selection of the over 300 different kind of Italian artisan cheese coupled with local wines will end the visit. 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 Boat Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and Guide at your Hotel lobby. This morning transfer to Lake Como where you will enjoy a 5 Hours Lake Como Private Boat Tour with an English-speaking Captain. The tour includes a Private Guided visit at one of the most beautiful properties in the Italian Lake District, Villa Balbianello. The splendid Villa del Balbianello rises on a breathtaking sheer promontory above Lake Como. The loggia affords a beautiful view of the lake. The interiors of the Villa remain redolent where the rooms play host to a rich collection of Chinese, African and pre-Columbian art, alongside 18th-century English and French furniture. The true pride and joy of the Villa is the panoramic terraced garden, which is dominated by the elegant loggia. The garden is a bona fide masterpiece, in which every element relates to the lake, its shores and its mesmerising waters. Beside Villa Balbaniello along the coast there are luxury hotels, some with swimming pools that float in the lake and Mediterranean villas with formal gardens, some open to the public, dot the shore. This is a great tour for people who want to experience the extraordinary villas around Lake Como and experience the beauty of the lake from the comfort of a private boat. This is an unforgettable tour around one of Italy's most picturesque regions that is a favourite among garden, nature and history lovers. Over the course of the day, you will stop at Isola Comacina where you will enjoy lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. At the end of your Private Boat Tour arrive in Bellagio to meet your Private Guide. Bellagio, one of the Italy’s most breathtaking towns. From the lakefront, we reach La Punta (the tip of the peninsula), where the three arms of the lake divide. After the visit of St. James church, we will enjoy lovely views of Salita Serbelloni, Bellagio's most charming steps. Continue across the other side of the peninsula to the beautiful little borough of Pescallo, with vistas of the Lecco side of the lake and the beautiful park of Villa Serbelloni, today Rockefeller Foundation. Walking by Villa Giulia we head back to the Como side of the lake, to see the little fishing harbour of Loppia, where time has stopped. Here is the entrance of Villa Melzi, the historical palazzo that gave hospitality to many famous guests in the past. After a guided walk through the gardens of Villa Melzi we make our way back to the center. You might decide to spend some time at leisure before returning to your Hotel on Lake Como. Overnight on Lake Como.

Day 09: Lake Lugano Private Guided Tour | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. Today you will venture just over the border in to Switzerland to discover Lugano and its Lake. A sophisticated city of high-end boutiques, chic bars late-night clubs and expensive restaurants, it is heavily involved in the Slow Food movement, Lugano has a leafy waterside promenade that extends the length of the city and provides breathtaking views across the sparkling lake to the mountains. Once in Lugano meet your Private Guide for a walking tour experiencing the city’s pedestrian center that exudes charm and conviviality. As you weave your way through Lugano’s historic arcades lined with specialty purveyors of fine gourmet goods, you’ll be captivated by the city’s Mediterranean-style squares and refined avenues. Highlights of Lugano include fine frescoes in San Lorenzo cathedral and the largely medieval Historic Center; Piazza della Riforma lies at its heart and is a delightful jumble of architecture from Renaissance to Baroque. However, the standout attractions of the tour is the simple Romanesque church of Santa Maria degli Angeli; its interior is swathed in masterpiece frescoes of the Passion and Crucifixion by Renaissance master Bernardino Luini. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. Take a scenic ferry boat ride to one of the lake’s most picturesque villages, Gandria. Depart on a privately guided walking tour of Gandria’s pedestrian only center, with its intimate passageways and petit streets affording beautiful views of the lake. Continue your exploration of Gandria with a walk along the town’s panoramic olive tree footpath. Late afternoon return to 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!

Tour Inclusions
  • 3 Nights Milan: Hotel Spadari al Duomo 4* or Similar
  • 3 Nights Lake Maggiore: Hotel Regina Palace 4* or Similar
  • 3 Nights Lake Como: Como Palace Hotel 4* or Similar
  • 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
  • Details up on request
Prices in Euro

Tour Package Price per person starting from:

4* Boutique Hotels

€ 5,985 per person

5* Luxury Hotels

€ (On Request) per person


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Clients Testimonial
  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania