Alps, Matterhorn & Northern Lakes

7 Nights & 8 Days

3 Nights In Lake Maggiore • 2 Nights In Lake Como • 2 Nights In Verona/Lake Garda

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Independent arrival at Lake Maggiore.
Overnight on Lake Maggiore.

Day 2: Lake Maggiore

Meet your guide in Stresa pier and start your excursions by boat to the charming Isola Pescatori and the intriguing Isolabella.Art and nature come together in perfection to produce the beauty of the Borromean Gulf. The little towns of Baveno and Stresa are given an atmosphere of luxury and elegance by the many aristocratic mansions. The three Borromean Islands in the heart of the Gulf opposite Stresa are wonderfully picturesque and eternally fascinating. Outstanding among its 19th century mansions are the Villas of San Remigio, Giulia and Taranto. Their gardens are among the best known and most visited in Europe. The hills around Verbania are studded with a wealth of picturesque little villages with fabulous views over the Borromean Gulf and the islands.
Overnight on Lake Maggiore.

Day 3: Zermatt And Matterhorn

Meet your guide at your hotel and join a group to visit Zermatt the world famous ski resort by coach. Enjoy the dramatic Swiss alpine scenery and the Matterhorn as you drive through the alpine region. The Matterhorn is often called the Mountain of Mountains at 14,692 feet high. It may be the most-photographed mountain in the world. It is myth and emblem for Alpinists and photographers alike as well as Switzerland’s most famous landmark and symbol. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and it existence is closely linked to the mountain. The town is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned.
Overnight on Lake Maggiore.

Day 4: Milan

Today after breakfast you’ll drive from Stresa to Como. We’ll stop in Milan where you’ll have free time to explore the town.
Discovery the charming of the most European city of Italy. Fashion and design: these are just a couple of the artistic forms that make Italy famous, and Milan plays a key role in this aspect Italy. . Milan is also an impressive city of art. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to the Last Supper, the celebrated Leonardo Da Vinci fresco. A major architectural masterpiece is the renowned Teatro alla Scala. The imposing Duomo (Cathedral) is absolutely extraordinary, constructed in white marble and dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary. After your independent visit, you’ll continue to Como.
Overnight on Lake Como.

Day 5: Como

In the morning you’ll take a private walking tour of Como.The town proudly displays to visitors its dual character: that of an art city rich in history, and that of an active center buzzing with modern life. Close to the coast rises the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with its magnificent Gothic facade, its Renaissance and its Baroque dome by Filippo Juvarra. Como also offers walks through other epochs, particularly Medieval Como, returned to its former splendor after significant restoration works.
At the end of your tour, your guide will walk you over to the dock and and provide you with a ticket to Bellagio where you’ll enjoy an independent visit of the most famous place on the lake. Experience its historic town center surrounded by ancient city walls; the narrow roads begin at Lake Como’s shores and run through the hills to a series of lakeside luxury hotels and elegant shopping streets. The town’s ancient origins are visible in its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to San Giacomo, the interior of which seems unchanged from the 12th Century. At the top of the hill are two classic examples of 18th and 19th-Century noble villas: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi.
Overnight on Lake Como.

Day 6: Lake Garda

Transfer from Como to Verona. En route stops in Sirmione and other small villages of Lake Garda. In 1921 Ezra Pound wrote to James Joyce from Sirmiofe’s harbour on Lake Garda:”Dear Joyce,I’d like you to spend a week here with me. The location is well worth the journey – both Catullus and I can guarantee it!”. Lake Garda, with its mild climate and perfect water temperature, seems but a patch of sea set between the Alps and northern Italy’s Pianura Padana (i.e. the Po River Plain). The shores are surrounded by palms, oleander, olive trees and vineyards, in addition to the beaches, little ports, parks and nature reserves. The wines and olive oil produced here are excellent. Beautiful small villages are spread out along the coast: Bardolino ,Garda , Brenzone , Malcesine,Torri del Benaco,just to mention a few. The medieval castles , the Romanesque churches,the small harbours filled with coloured fishing boats and a variety of flowers and trees will enchant you to no end.
Overnight in Verona.

Day 7: Verona

Today discover the city with a private guided walking tour. We’ll start at the Roman Arena and then continue to Piazza delle Erbe, the Market Square and Piazza dei Signori.You’ll have plenty of time to admire the many monuments, inside courtyards, the architecture as well as the hidden spots and streets of Verona. The city was celebrated by Shakespeare, the setting for Romeo and Juliet and where the Capello family lived. We’ll make sure to make time to visit the courtyard of the House of Juliet.Verona is a city with lots of choices to enjoy a walk through the Giardino Giusti, Verona’s medieval garden, spend some time in the Duomo, Verona’s 12th century Cathedral and of course make time for a wonderful meal. Be sure to try the local specialties, polenta with anchovies, tortellini Valeggio, great risottos or enjoy a delicious platter of assorted cheeses and house-cured salumi along with a few glasses of wonderful vino.
Overnight in Verona.

Day 8: Departure

Independent departure transfer to the train station or the airport in Venice (a little over an hour) for a return flight home.