Milan and The Lakes Tour | 9 Nights/10 Days
Day 01: Milan Arrival |Welcome to Italy! On your arrival at Milan Airport, pick up your luggage from the appropriate carousel and then proceed to Customs. Just outside the Exit of the protected area meet your Driver to be transferred to your hotel in Milan. The balance of this first day is at leisure. 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 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. Lunch at leisure or browse the local chocolatiers to sample Swiss chocolate. In the early evening, return to Milan by coach. 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 in a typical restaurant, 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 06: Stresa at Leisure| Breakfast at the Hotel. Spend the day at leisure on Lake Como.
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!