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The Magic of the Italian Lakes (6320) - 2014 / 2015

8 Day Tour from Milan to Lake Maggiore


The Magic of the Italian Lakes
Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
Cannero Riviera
Lake Como
Stresa
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping Center in Milan, Italy
Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella
Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Discover the heart of the Italian lakes on this magnificent getaway. Your vacation begins in Milan, one of the world’s fashion capitals and home to the splendid baroque Duomo. Heading east, your first stop on Lake Garda is the spa town of Sirmione at the foot of the Alps. Relax at one of the lakeside cafés and try the fabulous gelato. After two overnights in the Lake Garda area, visit Romeo and Juliet’s Verona and beautiful Lake Como, where you’ll spend two nights. Enjoy free time to relax as well as an included boat trip to picture-perfect Bellagio. Cross the border into Switzerland for free time at Lake Lugano, which stretches its borders on both Italian and Swiss soil. Stroll along Lugano’s lakeside promenade, shop on Via Nassa, or explore the Piazza Riforma. Once in Lake Maggiore, you may choose to join a boat trip to its islands, home to quaint fishing villages and aristocratic villas.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Milan, Sirmione, Verona, Bellagio, Lugano (Switzerland)

Scenic Highlights:
Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore

Guides:

Professional Tour Director while touring. Local host at resort


Day 1Arrive in Milan, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to see some of Milan. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2Milan–Sirmione–Lake Garda Area

Start the day with an orientation tour of Milan, stopping to admire the famous gothic-style Duomo. Catch the first glimpses of Lake Garda as you stop in Sirmione, the picturesque spa town on the south shore of Lake Garda. Stroll among the many shops and ice cream parlors that line the narrow cobblestone streets. Continue to your hotel on the shores of Lake Garda. (B)

Day 3Lake Garda Area

A whole day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful area, situated at the foot of the Alps and surrounded by mountains to the north and the gentle slopes of moraine hills to the south. Alternatively, join an optional excursion. (B,D)

Day 4Lake Garda Area–Verona–Lake Como

This morning, visit the romantic medieval city of Verona. See Juliet’s balcony and enjoy some time at leisure before continuing to Lake Como, where you'll spend two nights. (B,D)

Day 5Lake Como. Excursion to Bellagio

Inspiring everyone from Roman senators and great composers to Hollywood actors, Como is the romantic image of the lakes, its cobalt-blue waters lined with magnificent mountains, lush gardens, and grand villas. Join the included boat trip to Bellagio, which occupies one of the most scenic positions in all of Italy. (B,D)

Day 6Lake Como–Lugano, Switzerland–Lake Maggiore, Italy

Leave Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland, and head towards beautiful Lake Lugano and the stylish city that bears its name. Time to stroll along the lakeside promenade, window shop on refined Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on the Piazza Riforma. Leave Switzerland and cross back into Italy, driving to Lake Maggiore to reach your accommodation in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 7Lake Maggiore

Set between Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore is a paradise of crystal waters, backed by towering mountains and surrounded by lush countryside. The day is yours to relax or to enjoy some of the many activities available around the lake. Maybe join an optional boat trip to the Borromean Islands of Pescatori and Isola Bella, with time to visit the extravagant Borromeo Palace, built like a ship anchored just off the shoreline. (B,D)

Day 8Lake Maggiore

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Milan if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Boat trip to Bellagio


MILAN Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (F)
LAKE GARDA AREA Italica Lake Garda (F) at Moniga del Garda
LAKE COMO Lario (ST) at Mezzegra or Grand Hotel Como (F) at Bellagio
LAKE MAGGIORE Milan & Speranza (F) at Stresa

Buffet breakfast; 4 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SILVIO CACACE

Years of Experience: 11 years

Sharing some of the most enchanting wonders of my home country with new people is always fulfilling. I love introducing travelers to the charm of the "Eternal City," the art and architecture of Florence, the romantic magnetism of Venice, and the mouthwatering food and wines. I enjoy every second of our time together-it's hard to say goodbye!

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