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THE NORTHERN LAKES &
DOLOMITES TOUR

26 Jun - 6 Jul 2017
(11 days/ 10nights) AUD $5790


This tour is designed for small groups to enjoy and experience some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. Lago di Como, Lago di Garda and the Dolomites welcome visitors to an oasis of peace and tranquillity in an unspoilt environment. These areas are rich in ancient culture and tradition and dotted with beautiful villages; all with their own special charm and unmatched hospitality.

The tour starts in Milano: the economic heart of Italy, where the group will enjoy a two day visit of the centre of Milano which will include a special tour of Castello Sforzesco and the famous gothic styled Duomo. After Milano we travel to Italy’s most beautiful lake: Lago di Como. Our stay will be in the picturesque town of Bellagio. A special ferry ride will take the group on a scenic ride around the lake to enjoy the romantic settings of Menaggio, Tremezzo and Cernobbio. Then we set off to Lago di Garda before the scenic spectacle of La Grande Strada delle Dolomiti.

Mario, Viny & Gianni will give you the opportunity to experience these very special parts of Italy. There will be daily strolls with many stops at mountain retreats which provide wonderful eating delights together with unparalleled views. This tour is characterised by a la carte menus and delicious local wines.

The tour ends in Venice in Piazzale Roma.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Milano (D) Your tour leaders will meet you at the hotel in the centre of Milano at 4.00pm. Introductions and a small talk on the tour will precede an evening walk of the city. Milano is Italy’s economic centre and design capital of the world. We will visit Piazza Duomo and the impressive Cathedral. It will follow with a special dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Day 2 Milano (BD) Today, a local guide will take the group on a walking tour of the historical centre of Milan. Travellers will visit the imposing Castello Sforzesco and its museums, the shoppers’ paradise: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza dei Mercanti and La Scala Opera House. The itinerary will give the group the opportunity to visit one of the world's great masterpieces: the Rondanini Pieta? by Michelangelo’. In the afternoon there will be free time to visit nearby sites such as Palazzo Reale or perhaps window shop down some of the most famous fashion avenues of the world. Dinner is organised in a traditional restaurant in the characteristic Brera district of Milan.

Day 3 Milano/Lago di Como/Bellagio (BD) After breakfast we make our way to the wonderful Lago di Como. Our first destination is the city of Como where the group will have free time to explore the historical centre of the City. There will be an opportunity to have lunch at Brunate where we will enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and the lake. After lunch, the group will take a slow boat and meander from village to village before reaching the beautiful town of Bellagio. Our three days on the lake will be in a hotel with lake views in the centre of the town. After check in there will be time for a rest and then dinner in a truly magnificent setting on the edge of the lake.

Day 4 Bellagio/Lenno (BD) Our second day on the lake will be a special experience. Firstly, a small ferry ride will take us to Lenno for an interesting guided tour of the famous and mysterious Villa Balbianello with its amazing lake views. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is free. During this time you may wish to visit Villa Carlotta: a luxurious palace, completed in 1690, with stunning English gardens. There are also the beautiful towns of Tremezzo, Menaggio and Varenna, also worth exploring. Back to Bellagio for dinner.

Day 5 Bellagio (BD) A peaceful tranquil day on the lake with the morning spent visiting the famous gardens of Villa Melzi on the edge of the lake. The afternoon is free to relax and take in the scenery or further explore the small streets of Bellagio. Dinner in a restaurant in Bellagio.

Day 6 Bellagio/Riva del Garda (BD) After breakfast we make our way to Lago di Garda: the largest of all Italian lakes and famous for its tranquillity and breathtaking scenery. Upon reaching Lake Garda, our morning drive will take us along the southern area of the lake before a stop at the picturesque town of Bardolino. After some free time for lunch we continue onto Riva del Garda, passing some of the lake’s delightful towns surrounded by lush groves of olives, vines and citrus trees. Dinner in Riva del Garda.

Day 7 Riva del Garda (B) After breakfast overlooking the beautiful town square of Riva a local guide will escort the group through the narrow streets of the historical centre of Riva to learn about the history and culture of this beautiful part of Italy. The afternoon is free to soak in the sun and enjoy the tranquil scenery of the lake. Free evening in Riva.

Day 8 Riva del Garda/Dolomite Road/San Vito di Cadore (BD) The group say goodbye to Riva and Lake Garda as we slowly make our way to La Grande Strada delle Dolomiti which links Bolzano with Cortina d’Ampezzo. It is 100kms of some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe: gorges, waterfalls, glaciers, high passes, bell laden mountain cows, thick forests, and incredible mountains characterise the whole of the journey. Our stay in the Dolomites is close to Cortina in San Vito di Cadore. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 9 San Vito di Cadore/Cortina D’Ampezzo (BD) After breakfast we continue to experience the scenic spectacle of the Dolomites. Our first stop will be nearby town of Cortina, known as 'The Queen of the Dolomites' where travellers will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful mountain village. The group then catch the Faloria cable car and experience some of the most spectacular views of the Cadore Valley and the imposing Monte Cristallo. There is an optional walk to Rifugio Tondi at 2327m or you can remain in Faloria where there will be time to have lunch and take in the natural beauty of this peaceful mountain environment. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant in San Vito.

Day 10 San Vito di Cadore/San Candido/Lake Misurina (BD) Today we journey to the market town of South Tyrol, San Candido. The town has a historical centre closed to traffic making it perfect for exploring the many shops and Collegiate Church which dates back to the 8th Century. Then it is a short ride to the beautiful Lake Misurina to admire more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. There will be an opportunity to have lunch on one of the many lake front restaurants or take the Auronzo chair lift up to 1573m to see the impressive view of one of the symbols of the Dolomtes the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Dinner in San Vito di Cadore.

Day 11 San Vito di Cadore/Venice (B) Today after our final breakfast in the Dolomites we slowly make our way down to Venice. As we descend passing many beautiful mountain villages, there are opportunities to enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and valleys carved out by the receding glaciers. The group will be dropped off in Piazzale Roma in Venice for the next part of your journey.

 

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Items included in the Tour

• All land travel in air conditioned mini buses
• Accommodation for 10 nights in a superior 3 star hotel in Milano/Bellagio/Riva del Garda and in a mountain chalet in San Vito di Cadore
• 10 breakfasts
• 9 dinners
• A la Carte meals accompanied by local wines and mineral water
• Admission and guided visits of Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi
• Admission to all galleries, museums and historical sites included in the itinerary
• Personally guided tours to all the towns mentioned in the tour
• Ferry ride across Lago di Como from Como to Bellagio
• Mid-lake ferry ticket from Bellagio
• Return chairlift ticket from Cortina to Faloria
• The services of the tour leaders throughout the tour

Items not included

• Airfares
• Travel insurance (we strongly recommend you take travel insurance during your travels)Vita Italian Tours can arrange airfares, travel insurance, pre and post tour accommodation and transfers for you if needed.
• Admission fees to places other than those specifically itemised in the itinerary
• Meals on tour except when specifically mentioned in the itinerary
• Drinks outside normal meal times or additional wine and other drinks in restaurants
• Personal transport costs, phone calls and other personal needs
• Accomodation Tax

Cost

The cost of the tour is AUD $5790 per person in twin share accommodation. A deposit of AUD $500 is required to reserve a place on the tour which is not refundable unless the tour is cancelled. Single supplements are available at an additional cost of AUD $790. The full balance is due 90 days before departure. The tour is costed on a minimum of 6 people travelling on the tour with the maximum number of 14 people.

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Additional information

The weather: it is the height of summer and it can get quite warm and humid in Milano, and on the lakes. For this part of the trip we recommend light, comfortable clothing. You will be staying in comfortable accommodation with air conditioning. On the mountains, the weather can be warm during the day with cool nights. Again we recommend suitable clothing with a light wind/rain jacket. It is mountainous country and you can expect it to be very hilly and in some parts the gradients can be quite steep. It is not a hiking tour; however, some walking is required. You should expect to stroll leisurely for up to two hours with many breaks for sightseeing, coffee and a taste of the local produce. The program appears to be full; however it is mixed with long restful lunches and leisure time for your enjoyment and comfort. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery of this spectacular mountain range. If you need to, you can always take time off from the organised program.

 

 

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