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|Price range||From £549|
|Travel partner||Newmarket Holidays|
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- Return flights from your local airport to Italy
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- One suitcase allowance per person
- Seven nights half-board accommodation at three-star hotels in Meina, Lake Maggiore (four nights) and Moniga del Garda, Lake Garda (three)
- A tour around Lake Garda
- A visit to Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands
- A tour of Lakes Como and Sirmione
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and board the coach for the journey to Lake Maggiore, in its idyllic setting amid gently rolling hills.
Join our tour manager for a guided introduction to Maggiore's shores, today. Here villas are surrounded by gardens, and resort towns like Arona, Baveno and Stresa exude a Mediterranean-like charm. Stopping in Stresa, you'll board a boat for the short journey to the tiny Borromean Islands. Among them are Isola Bella, with its 17th-century Baroque palace, picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, still inhabited by local fishermen, and Isola Madre with its Renaissance villa and botanical gardens.
Today's included tour takes in one of the most beautiful of the Alpine lakes. Backed by steep mountains, with a shoreline dotted with villas and gardens, Como combines Italian sophistication with scenery. Head to Tremezzo, on the lake's eastern shore, to visit the museum and gardens of the Villa Carlotta (entry payable locally), then sail across the calm waters to Bellagio, said to be one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
Enjoy a day relaxing in the hotel, or join our optional excursion and cross into Switzerland, heading to alpine Domodossola. Ride the Cento Valli train, through the "hundred valleys", to sun-kissed Locarno. Take in the views from the train, and soak up the atmosphere of the colourful, Swiss resort before journeying back along the lake to the hotel.
Bid farewell to Maggiore and cross the Lombardy Plain to Lake Garda. We'll stop in the celebrated resort of Sirmione, perched on a promontory jutting into the lake, and famed for its Rocca Scaligera castle. Take in the views from the battlements, or even take to the water on a lake steamer, before continuing to our hotel in Moniga del Garda, close to Garda's south west corner.
Hemmed in by steep hillsides to the east, the craggy Dolomites to the north, and vineyards, olive groves and woodland on its western and southern shores, Lake Garda is the setting for some of Italy's most attractive resorts. Today's coach tour is the perfect way to enjoy the area's scenery.
Join today's optional excursion and experience 'the world's most romantic city'. Surrounded on three sides by lakes, and with a skyline of turrets and towers, Mantova offers a wealth of interest in its ancient cobbled streets and squares, including an ornate Palazzo Ducale - once Europe's largest palace - and the Renaissance Palazzo Te.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
You will be staying in two good, three-star hotels, first in Sirmione and then in Lake Mergozzo.
Italian Lakes Touring Hotels 2015
You will be staying in two good, four-star hotels, first in Meina on Lake Maggiore and then in Moniga del Garda.
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