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 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.

Detailed Itinerary

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. 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 escort 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 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. 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. 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 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!

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
Price

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

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  • 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