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Highlights of Italian Lakes & Piedmont

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 18 Reviews
Private tour to Italy

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the marvelous lakes of Northern Italy as well as the countryside views of the Piedmont region. Spend time in fabulous Milan, explore charming cities like Como, Sirmione, and Stresa both from land and water, as well as take in the panoramas of the wine region up north.

Highlights of Italian Lakes & Piedmont

10 days5 cities
Italy1 country
Private tour to Italy
From
$4,458
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 18 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the marvelous lakes of Northern Italy as well as the countryside views of the Piedmont region. Spend time in fabulous Milan, explore charming cities like Como, Sirmione, and Stresa both from land and water, as well as take in the panoramas of the wine region up north.

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Milan, Italy

Milan

first destination

The world's fashion capital, Milan, is one of the most visited cities in Northern Italy and in the world.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Milan
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to fabulous Milan! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Milan Sightseeing Tour & Train to Sirmione
City tour
City tour
Transfer
Transfer

Following breakfast you check out from the Milan hotel and meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city's history and reputation as a fashion capital.

You start with a visit to the world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included).

You continue to the picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. Afterward, you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

  • Please note: Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
  • Note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

After the tour your driver transfers you to the rail station for your quick train ride to Desenzano Del Garda from where you are taken to Sirmione, a gorgeous destination of Lake Garda. Upon arrival you check-in your hotel in charming Sirmione, you have the remaining part of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Milano Scala, Milan
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Nestled in the heart of Milan within a walking distance from the magnificent La Scala Opera House and the Milan Cathedral, the Milano Scala boasts excellent service and top-notch facilities. The decor of all guestrooms reflects the famous opera.

train
Milan
Sirmione
1 h 15 min

Enjoy a fast rail connection onboard a modern Italian train from Milan to the charming town of Desenzano Del Garda. Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station and takes you to Sirmione to your hotel.

Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione

second destination

Situated on the southern bank of the beautiful Lake Garda, Sirmione is one of the most picturesque petite towns in northern Italy, boasting breathtaking picturesque views and historic architecture.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 3
Sirmione Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast in the hotel, meet your private guide at the lobby and embark on a 3-hour walking tour of Sirmione, the "pearl" of Lake Garda with its history dating back to the Roman times.

Your first site on your list today is the Scaliger Castle, which is the symbol of Sirmione. The views of the castle completely surrounded by water are breathtaking. You also have a chance to admire churches dating back to the 15th century: the small Sant'Anna della Rocca, and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, as well as a church dating back to the 8th century: Church of St Peter in Mavinas. 

During the tour, you get to walk along the shores of Lake Garda and visit a viewing point that offers the best photo opportunities with amazing scenery of Lake Garda and Monte Baldo. 

As a highlight of the tour you visit the Grottoes of Catullus, an archeological park housing remains of an ancient Roman villa, built between the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D. This grand villa belonged to the family of Catullus, the neoteric poet of the late Roman Republic.

You also learn about the local thermal spas, known for its amazing preventive and therapeutic properties, that you have a chance to visit.

After the tour, you return back to the hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Olivi Thermae, Sirmione
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Hidden in the olive groves, the beautiful property is just a couple of minutes away from the magnificent Lake Garda. All rooms are air-conditioned and have LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibars. The hotel’s famous Thermae & Natural Spa services.

car
Sirmione
Como
1 hr 40 min

A comfortable car ride is a great option to get to Lake Como. Sit back and enjoy the unique beauty of Italian nature as one of our trusted drivers takes you on a breathtaking journey through Northen Italy.

 

Como, Italy

Como

third destination

Located on the Italian-Swiss border, lovely Como is the most important town on the Lake Como, attracting more and more people with its outstanding historic heritage and natural beauty.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Arrival in Como
Free day
Free day

Following breakfast and check-out from Sirmione, meet your private driver who transfers you directly to the Como hotel. Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Sightseeing Tour of Como
City tour
City tour

After breakfast at the hotel, you meet with your local guide in the hotel lobby and start your Como tour.  Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods.

During the city tour you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. You also enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.

The highlight of the tour is visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.

After the tour you are guided back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Palace Hotel, Como
4

Set on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Como, the impressive Palace Hotel is housed in an Art Nouveau Palace near the beautiful Teatro Sociale and the stunning Como Cathedral. Guests are invited to stay in the comfortable air-conditioned rooms.

car
Como
Stresa
2 h 20 min

Have an enjoyable time as your experienced driver takes you along Italy's most picturesque lakes. As you make your way from Como, you have a stop in the nearby Swiss town of Lugano before continuing to your final destination, Stresa.

Stresa, Italy

Stresa

fourth destination

Welcome to beautiful Stresa, nestled on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Maggiore. Stresa is a perfect place to have a brief break from the bursting with life and noise favored Italian cities, taking in the unique beauty of Italian nature in all its vast variety.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Trip to Lake Maggiore via Lugano & Stresa Islands Tour
Transfer
Transfer
Boat ride
Boat ride
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you check-out from the Como hotel and your driver transfers you to Stresa, located on the shores of a stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Maggiore. As a highlight of your trip, you make a stop in the marvelous Swiss town of Lugano where you have some free time (about 1 hour) to check out the top city highlights before proceeding to the Stresa hotel for check-in.

In the afternoon, meet your private guide at the hotel lobby to take a ferry and explore two stunning Borromean Islands, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori. The islands are jaw-droppingly beautiful and are the showpiece of Stresa! Loved by Ernest Hemingway and, in more recent times, by the English Royals, this archipelago is made up of the monumental Isola Bella, with its 17th-Century Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenic gardens, and the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island). Admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private driver and have a short transfer to the gorgeous Villa Taranto. The lakeside garden was created in the 1930s with thousands of species of trees and flowers from all over the world.

Meet your private guide and enjoy a 2-hour walking tour inside gardens. From spring to autumn there are always flowers in bloom, with "special events" for certain species which are particularly spectacular in their season: the tulip week is in April, dahlias are at their best between July and October.

After the tour, you are taken back to the hotel in Stresa and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

car
Stresa
Alba
2 h

This trip with a private driver along Northern Italy from the lakeside city of Stresa to the Piedmont region's Alba gifts you with outstanding panoramas. Along the way, you make a stop to taste local wine.

Piedmont Region, Italy

Alba

fifth destination

The Italian Piedmont Region is known as the gastronomical part of the country, and, being the gourmet capital of Piedmont, beautiful Alba is not a place you want to miss during Italy travel.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Trip to Piedmont Region's Alba & Gallery Mondo Martini Tour
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast, you check out from the Stresa hotel and meet your private driver for a transfer to the Piedmont region. In about 1.5-hours from Stresa, you have a stop to visit the Gallery Mondo Martini, the Wine History Museum, and the Botanical Room. The final chord of the private guided tour is a tasting of selected Martini products.

After the tour, you continue to the charming city of Alba. Upon arrival to the Alba hotel, you check-in and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Breakfast and tasting included.

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Day 9
Barolo Wine Tour
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast in the hotel, meet your private driver-guide and explore one of the most panoramic wine routes in Italy. Today you have two different Barolo wine tastings, each focused on four types of Barolo wine, selected among prestigious vineyards. During the tour, you also have a photo stop over the Langhe hills which are the 50th UNESCO World Heritage site of Italy.

After the 4-hour tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and wine-tasting included.

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Day 10
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Northern Italy and the Piedmont Region! After breakfast, your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Milan, Sirmione, Como, Stresa and Alba;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Private transfers: Sirmione - Como, Como- Stresa, Stresa - Alba, Alba - Milan;
  • 1st class train tickets: Milan - Desenzano del Garda;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Funicular and public boat ride in Como;
  • Tastings in the Gallery Mondo Martini and of Barolo wines in Alba;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Convenient private transfers between cities throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Touring Milan and Sirmione;
  • Exploring Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori in Stresa;
  • Funicuar ride Como-Brunate to the panoramic observation platform over Como town and lake;
  • Leisurely scenic boat trip on the famous Italian lake Como;
  • Barolo Wine Tour in Alba.

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy's midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays, most restaurants won't open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called "coperto". A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu.
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom
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