From the Piedmont and the Swiss border in the northern part of Italy across to the east, the lakes region lies at the foot of the Lombardy Alps. Blue waters flow at the foot of mountains reflecting mansions and villages in a rare harmony appreciated as much by artists and photographers as by the tourists. Small ports, villas with sumptuous gardens, flower-lined shores, good Italian cooking and local wines are some of the pleasures on the shores of Lake Como.
Included in the price are transfers to/from Milan; 7 nights’ accommodation; 7 breakfasts; 7 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with one or two glasses of wine; all excursions, entry fees, bike or canoe hire (for the energetic), boat trips.
Travel for daily excursions is in a comfortable new 5-9 seat vehicle
Pick-up from Milan airport, enjoy a 2-hour drive arriving at your hotel to relax before a welcome dinner
Discover Lake Maggiore by car and ferry boat, a scenic drive and ferry across this magnificent lake
After a leisurely breakfast, we take a short drive from the hotel, then a boat trip to the islands in the centre of Lake Maggiore from Stresa or Verbania
Drive to Varese and climb to the famous Sacre Monte for a magnificent view across the lake, then on to our hotel near Lake Como
After breakfast, we enjoy a leisurely lakeside walk and lunch at Lenno then visit the Villa Balbianello and its stunning gardens
We take a ferry boat to cross the lake Como and explore Bellagio and Varenna. Lunch in Bellagio
Walk or take 2 stops on the ferry to the lakeside Villa Carlotta at Tremezzina. This villa, open to the public, has an interesting history and with its acres of magnificent gardens, invites walking along many paths with magnificent views of the lake and mountains. Free afternoon and dinner at the hotel
Transfer and depart from Milan airport or train station or stay on for the French Riviera tour
Thank you Slow Tours for the tour experiences we had in France and Italy in September 2016. The Italian Lakes Tour was spectacular; beautiful scenery combined with so much history and art. Having the opportunity to stay in Lenno on Lake Como and travel the lake to other villages by ferry ensured a memorable, cultural experience enhanced with wonderful cuisine and wines. The same applies to our time on Lake Maggiore, staying in Verbania; we particularly enjoyed our nights dining in the Plaza watching families and friends come together to dine, meet and listen to the music and/or musicians performing for the evening. The various palaces, stunning villas and their respective histories, their beautiful art and gardens were unbelievably beautiful. Our favourites were: Villa Carlotta, Villa Del Balbianello and Villa Taranto. Our trip to Provence and our stay in the medieval village of Le Castellet was equally memorable and enjoyable. The Slow Tours approach to travelling to the various cities, towns and villages was again appreciated. We had the time to wander, climb up sides of mountains and stairs to amazing cathedrals and churches and wonder at the scenic vistas below; take in the local village cultures, their individual specialisations and wonder at the history and art they each have. We were so pleased to have Carol as our Tour Guide; her intimate knowledge of France and ability to speak the French language fluently made it so easy for us to “sit back and enjoy the ride”; be that paddling boats down a river; a boat trip along the Coast; or visiting the Paul Ricard Racing Track. We loved the restaurants in Le Castellet and the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. Our last tour, also organised through Slow Tours, was an Arts, Food and Wine Tour of Tuscany. Based in Cortona every day was filled with visits to medieval cities including Sienna, Chianti and more. Along with other guests on the tour, we were often left breathless at the beauty of their towns, their history, art, and food and wine experiences. We were so lucky to have an opera singer as a guest on this tour. She entertained not only us, but also the staff and diners in two restaurants with her beautiful voice that simply had everyone in awe followed by applause. An unexpected and delightful experience. Thank you Slow Tours; the tours we experienced were memorable, fun, interactive with community and personal.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 14 2019||May 21 2019||8||Single rooms||2,490€|
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