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The northern lakes & Dolomites tour tour

The northern lakes & Dolomites tour

Vita Italian Tours
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 4,264 $ 388 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Milano
  • Visit Santa Maria delle Grazie to view Leonardo’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper’
  • Visit the imposing Castello Sforzesco and its museums
  • Visit historical centre of Riva and learn about the history and culture
  • Discover San Vito di Cadore town
  • Discover one of the most beautiful passes in the Dolomites

Short Description

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.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Milano
End City Venice

Trip Includes

  • 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
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners , 4 lunches (Meals include special lunches and dinners in traditional local restaurants as detailed in the itinerary)
  • A la Carte meals accompanied by local wines and mineral water
  • Admission to all villas listed in the itinerary
  • Admission to all galleries, museums and historical sites included in the itinerary
  • Personally guided tours to all the towns mentioned in the tour
  • All chairlift and ferry rides included in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Milano

Meals: Dinner

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, a local guide will take the group to visit Santa Maria delle Grazie to view Leonardo’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper’. Before lunch the group will visit the imposing Castello Sforzesco and its museums and a walking tour to include Royal Palace and 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 greatest masterpieces: the ‘Rondanini Pieta` di Michelangelo’. After lunch there will be free time to browse some of the most famous fashion shops in the world. Dinner is organised in a traditional restaurant in the Brera district.

Day 3: Milano/Lago di Como/Bellagio

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 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/Sirmione/Riva del Garda

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we make our way to Lago di Garda: the largest of all Italian lakes and famous for its tranquillity and breathtaking scenery. Our morning drive will take us to the beautiful village of Sirmione on the southern most point of the lake. The group will have the opportunity to explore the ancient Grotte di Catullo, the Scala Family Castle and perhaps hear lots of stories about Maria Callas. In the afternoon the group will take a ferry to Riva del Garda passing some of the lake’s delightful towns which are surrounded by lush groves of olives, vines and citrus trees. Dinner in a traditional restaurant on the beautiful lakeside promenade.

Day 7: Riva del Garda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 and 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. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 8 Riva del Garda/Dolomite Road/San Vito di Cadore

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we slowly make our way to La Grande Strada delle Dolomiti which links Bolzano with Cortina D’Ampezzo. It is 100 kms of some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe: gorges, waterfalls, glaciers, high passes, 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we continue to experience the scenic spectacle of the Dolomites. A quick ride to Cortina where we will catch the Faloria cable car and have lunch at the Rifugio Tondi at 2327m. In the afternoon we will make our way back to Cortina where you are free to wander through this beautiful mountain village. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant in San Vito.

Day 10: San Vito di Cadore/Passo di Giaú/Lake Misurina

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we discover one of the most beautiful passes in the Dolomites. A short trip through Cortina to Pocol to view the unique valley below which is surrounded by three mountain passes. Our first stop is at Passo di Giau`: a personal favourite for many visitors in the Dolomites. We will enjoy apple strudel and coffee at the rifugio surrounded by lush green meadows and panoramic mountain scenery. Then another short ride to the beautiful Lake Misurina to admire more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Lunch will be in a traditional rifugio on the lake. Dinner in San Vito di Cadore.

Day 11: San Vito di Cadore/Venice

Meals: Breakfast

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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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 14

Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your booking, you must do so in writing to Vita Italian Tours. Vita Italian Tours cancellation policy is:

  • If cancellation occurs before 90 days from the start date of the tour you will forfeit your deposit.
  • If you cancel between 90 - 60 days before the start date of the tour, you forfeit 25% of the tour cost.
  • If you cancel between 60 - 30 days before the start date of the tour, you will forfeit 50% the total cost of the tour. d. if you cancel less than 30 days before the start date of the tour, you will forfeit the total cost of the tour

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Trip Excludes

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Accommodation Tax

Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 10 Dinners

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