North Lakes & Dolomites

7 Days & 6 Nights

Milan > Lake Orta > Stresa > Como > Bellagio > Bergamo > Sirmione > Riva del Garda > Verona > Val di Fiemme> Val di Fassa > Cortina D’Ampezzo > Lake Misurina (Tre Cime di Lavaredo) > Lake Braies > Pusturia and Badia Valleys > Gardena and Giau Pass > Falzarego and Costa Lunga Pass > Lake Carezza > Merano > Bolzano > Trento > Milan

Itinerary

Day 1: MILAN > LAKE ORTA > STRESA > COMO

Departure at 8:30 am from Starhotels Ritz in Milan to the Lake Orta, a small and charm- ing lake situated in the North-eastern side of the region Piedmont. Stop in the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio for a short visit.Then, tour by private boat to reach the island of San Giulio, just in front of the village: it is the pearl of the lake, almost entirely oc- cupied by the Monastery Mater Ecclesie, famous for studies on antique books. After a short visit, back to Orta and departure by bus to Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, one of the largest Italian ones. Wedged between the foothills, and of clear glacial origin, it is framed in its lower section by the soft hills of the region of Novara, and in the upper section, by high mountain peaks, some of which with perpetual snow. These features make possible an average temperature during all seasons, milder in winter than in the inner areas and cooled down in summer by the breezes that blow on the water’s surface changing its colour. Due to its mild climate, many species of owers and plants typical to the sub-tropical climate could adapt to the lake areas climate. Arrival in Stresa, an international tourist resort situated in a central but also panoramic and picturesque position along the lakeside roadway, stands just in front of the ‘Borromee’ islands. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, tour of the Pescatori island (Fishermen island) by pri- vate boat. The island, was named after the main activity which over the centuries has characterized this shermen town. Although only few families still maintain the original activity, the identity of the small community appears intact.Tourists are fascinated by its simple houses, the narrow lanes, the stone portals and the attractive underpasses. We will continue to the Bella Island. Return to Stresa. At the end of the visit, departure to Como. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: COMO > BELLAGIO > BERGAMO (OLD AND NEWTOWN)

Breakfast at the hotel. Short visit of Como. An amazing small province rich of atmos- pheres, panoramas, and human takeovers. In little kilometres you can admire the high mountains over the lake, the wild alpine valley and the industrialized brianzola area, the city area of Como and the villages of little houses. Lake Como. It has been famous for its setting at the intersection of the three branches of the Y-shaped lake, and it is also known as Lario. Board the boat we reach Bellagio, situated at the tip of the pen- insula separating the lake’s two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. Divided in three branches, is situated on the most renowned beach on the Italian landscape. It is a picturesque village with small streets, luxury hotels and villas and gardens. Visit. Before lunch, we invite you to try a Prosecco as a welcome drink to Bellagio in a typical wine cellar. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, departure with panoramic route along the lake side. to Bergamo. City characterized by a division of the urban structure on two levels, the “Lower town” (Città bassa), modern and dynam- ic and the famous “ Upper town” (Città alta), a truly historic and artistic jewel. After a short walking tour inside the old town with many beautiful churches and monuments, transfer to the modern town, with the best shops, restaurants and museums. Over- night at the hotel.

Day 3: BERGAMO > SIRMIONE > RIVA DEL GARDA > VERONA

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Lake Garda, the largest Italian one. Lake Garda offers the visitor a splendid natural scenery, full of colours, surrounded by the Dolo- mites of Brenta in the north and the gentle slopes of the hills in the south. A rich veg- etation ourishes thanks to the Mediterranean climate: lemon trees, oleanders, mag- nolias and bougainvilleas. The cultivation of vineyards and olive groves produces good wines and olive oil. Arrival in Sirmione where the lake offers its best panorama, really sunny with the blue of its waters and the green of its trees. Boat tour to have a nice view of the Sirmione Cape, the castle and the Catullo’s ruins. Next, departure to Riva del Garda on the North side of the Lake. Its historic centre shows the signs of the Venetian domain. Free time for lunch and then outgoing to Verona. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: VERONA >VAL DI FIEMME >VAL DI FASSA > CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

Breakfast at the hotel and visit of the famous city of Verona. This town is known all around the world for its Coliseum called Arena and main symbol as Juliet balcony, that represents the most important love-story of the literature, written by Shakespeare and inspired to real facts of the two enemy Verona families. We’ll visit the old square of the market, Piazza delle Erbe, surrounded by some of the most famous buildings, likeTorre lamberti, the City Hall, the tribunal. Free time for lunch. Next, departure to Cortina d’Ampezzo with route through Val di Fiemme, Val di Fassa and Passo Pordoi, some of the most wonderful valleys of the Dolomites area. This region includes many small villages typical of a mountain setting. We stop in Canazei, important place for tourism in all seasons, due to the wonderful view given by this part of Dolomites that call thousands of tourists every month. Short visit. Cortina d’Ampezzo, probably the most renowned one because of its historical importance in Italian summer and winter holidays since the 1950’s, is in the middle of a large valley of Boite. Cortina is not only a tourism resort but also the centre of traditional works, as for example, wood manufacturing. Overnight at the hotel. Depending on the arrival time, we invite you to a free tasting of two beautiful local products: Trentino apples and speck.

Day 5: CORTINA D’AMPEZZO > LAKE MISURINA (TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO) > LAKE BRAIES > PUSTERIA AND BADIA VALLEYS > GARDENA AND GIAU PASS > CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

Breakfast at the hotel. Outing to Lake Misurina (situated in a perfect position among woods and Dolomites tops,Three peaks of Lavaredo the most important ones, probably one of the best places for alpinism experts). Then, way to Lake Braies, with a strange and shining colour blue of its water that makes it as unique in the world. Visit of Val Pusteria andVal Badia, probably the most typical valleys of the region, having a stop in a typical village to have free time for lunch. After that, we will cross Gardena Pass coming back to Cortina through the amazing Giau Pass. Again to Cortina to have free time for the rest of the day. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: CORTINA D’AMPEZZO > FALZAREGO AND COSTA LUNGA PASS > LAKE CAREZZA > MERANO > BOLZANO

Breakfast. Route through the several Dolomite Pass: Passo Falzarego which is situ- ated in the basin that surrounds Cortina. Between Val di Fassa and Val Gardena, it gives us a marvellous view, both in winter and summer. Through Passo Costalunga, we arrive to Lake Carezza. Stop to have a look to this wonderful lake. Free time for lunch. Then, departure to Merano, second biggest city of the province after Bolzano. Famous worldwide for its Christmas market, Merano is also a charming and amazing cultural and historical centre. Visit of the old town and free lunch. Second half of the day ded- icated to Bolzano. Important commercial centre in the Middle Age, it has increased its industry productions during the World War. Tourism still represents the rst resource of local economy. Visit of Duomo: the Cathedral, with a gothic style, is considered as the symbol of the town; Dominican church, painted with frescos of Bolzano old school. Finally, we’ll visit the main central streets, as Via dei Portici, core of the Medieval town. Rest of the evening free for your personal visits. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: BOLZANO >TRENTO > MILAN

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Trento, capital of the region. The city is dominated by the castle, known as del Buon Consiglio, symbol of the House of Habsburg which dominated the district for many centuries. Santa Maria Maggiore, built in the XVI cen- tury and one of the rst work of Renaissance and Gothic age. Palace Geremia, building that represents the XVI century. Free time for lunch. Departure to come back to Milan and end of the services.