Best of the Italian Lakes

Tour Type: At Leisure
Brochure Type Europe & Britain 2025 v1

Discover the Italians' favorite holiday haunts on this irresistible Italian Lakes trip. Linger over a sweet gelato on the shores of Lake Maggiore, sample authentic balsamic vinegar in Modena, then ease into the easy-going local way of life in enchanting lakeside villages.

Be My Guest
  • Solferino Join the Serenelli family for a Be My Guest dinner featuring home-grown produce. Learn about their local history and the formation of the Red Cross as you explore their didactic farm.
Dining Summary
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
Dive Into Culture
  • Modena Celebrate all things Ferrari, past, present and future, at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena. This pit stop includes intriguing exhibitions and an immersive experience that you'll never forget.
Iconic Experience
  • Modena Delve into the history and culture of Modena with a Local Specialist. Stroll through the Old Town streets and see the beautiful arcade of the Piazza Grande.
  • Mantua Visit UNESCO-listed Mantua. See the central arcade and grand dome of the basilica as you stroll past gold-toned façades.
  • Como Take in exquisite views of the lake and its alpine backdrop as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.
  • Bergamo See Bergamo's characteristic bell towers and admire the city's captivating Renaissance architecture.
  • Verona Join a Local Specialist on a sightseeing walk along Verona's charming central streets. See the bronze statue of Juliet and the Roman arena.
  • Milan See Milan's central highlights on an orientation tour with your Travel Director.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Enjoy a gourmet interlude at an historic traditional Acetaia for a tasting of some of the world's best balsamic vinegar. As a pioneer in organic and biodynamic balsamic vinegar, they put sustainable production and presentation of the soils at the heart
Must-see Highlights
  • View the Piazza del Duomo in Bergamo, Juliet's Balcony and the Roman Arena in Verona, the Cathedral in Modena and the Duomo and La Scala Opera House in Milan
  • Discover Bergamo and Milan
  • Visit Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda, Mantua and the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena
  • Explore Verona and Modena with a Local Specialist
Whats Included
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Call (412) 331-2244 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18573195

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
9 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1BavenoJourney from Milan to Lake Maggiore: A favorite summer retreat for the who's who of Italy for centuries provides an enchanting backdrop for your first day in Italy. Airport transfers will be provided at set times from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the charming resort of Baveno on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a Light Supper with a drink this evening to meet your fellow travel companions and Travel Director before embarking on your journey together.

Accommodations: Simplon
Day 2BavenoAdmire Beautiful Lake Como: Journey through Italy's exquisite Lake District to scenic Lake Como. Walk along the beautiful Como waterfront or relax by the lake indulging in a tasty gelato. Then it's time to ease into la dolce vita, strolling along the lake shore at Baveno - the gentle sounds of this lakeside setting are a soulful way to enjoy your afternoon. Spend free time exploring Baveno with its Romanesque bell tower and octagonal baptistery.

Accommodations: Simplon
Day 3Desenzano del GardaContinue to Lake Garda Connect with Locals Make Travel Matter: The enchanting lanes of Bergamo, near the foothills of the Alps, yield architectural and artistic treasures which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning. Wander past centuries-old Renaissance façades and into the exquisite Piazza Vecchia built on the site of an ancient Roman forum, the heart of political power in the city for several centuries. See the ornate Contarini Fountain and 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, which the people of Bergamo built to thank the Virgin Mary for coming to their aid in the midst of the plague during the 12th century. We continue our love affair with the Italian Lakes, traveling to Lake Garda for a relaxing five-night stay, where long, lazy days are a way of life. This evening, we Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience featuring local fare with the Serenelli family. On this memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience, you'll hear all about the farm's incredible role in Napoleon's Battle of Solferino, the bloody aftermath of which inspired the establishment of the International Red Cross.

Accommodations: Palace Hotel Desenzano
Day 4Desenzano del GardaExplore Verona: Romance is in the air today as we journey to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's tragic star-crossed lovers. Our walking tour with a Local Specialist will take us to Juliet's Balcony, as well as the incredible Roman arena, still in use today. There is also plenty of time to explore the city at leisure - see the seven medieval towers of Castelvecchio, relax under the shady trees in Verona's expansive Piazza Bra or clamber up Lamberti's Tower for magnificent views.

Accommodations: Palace Hotel Desenzano
Day 5Desenzano del GardaDiscover the Treasures of Mantua: A leisurely start to your day could see you stroll along the lakefront and enjoy a quiet coffee. Later today, you'll embark on a half-day excursion to Mantua, a European 'Capital of Gastronomy' renowned for its significant role in the history of opera. Surrounded by lakes, this historic city with its UNESCO-listed center is a delight to explore as you'll come to discover during your visit. See architectural treasures and artefacts, elegant palaces and Renaissance cityscapes before returning to the picturesque lakeside setting of Lake Garda.

Accommodations: Palace Hotel Desenzano
Day 6Desenzano del GardaLake Garda Your Way: Indulge in a full day at leisure to soak up the picture-perfect setting of Italy's largest lake. Journey along its tranquil shores, stopping at lakeside villages to savor the intoxicating aroma of lemons around every turn. Enjoy the flavors of delicious local olive oils and cheese at local markets, stroll along flower-lined lakeside paths or visit the lake's extraordinary sights. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the magnificent Dolomite mountains, a World Heritage Site comprising 18 peaks over 10,000 feet (3,000 m).

Accommodations: Palace Hotel Desenzano
Day 7Desenzano del GardaAdmire Ferraris in Modena Dive Into Culture: Our day starts with a gourmet interlude at a historic, traditional Acetaia on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience to taste the delicious sweet and sour flavors of some of the world's best organic and biodynamic balsamic vinegar. This experience contributes to UN Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. We continue to the gastronomic hub of Modena, home of sparkling Lambrusco, salty prosciutto and the intense aromas of parmigiano, for an exploration with a local specialist. Wander past pastel-hued façades in the heart of the city that was the birthplace of Ferrari, Pavarotti and tortellini. Modena's Old Town and the magnificent Piazza Grande with its 12th century cathedral and Torre Civica, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon we visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum where we Dive Into Culture and explore the history of this Italian icon. This evening, enjoy a leisurely dinner in our Italian lakeside resort.

Accommodations: Palace Hotel Desenzano
Day 8MilanOnwards to Milan: In search of spires that reach the sky, we leave our tranquil lakeside setting behind for the chic northern capital of Milan. Admire the extraordinary Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and 19th-century Galleria with its impressive glass and iron-domed roof. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to jostle with the glamorous Milanese for your spot in the shopping district of Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea. This evening we indulge in a Farewell Dinner, joining our fellow travelers to celebrate the end of an exquisite holiday together.

Accommodations: Starhotels Business Palace
Day 9MilanFarewell Italy: Our leisurely jaunt through the Italian Lakes has come to an end. We say arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends.

Accommodations:
Dates/Pricing

Click Quote or call us to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
April 18, 2025Land Price$3,195.00* (USD)Quote
May 09, 2025Land Price$3,195.00* (USD)Quote
May 16, 2025Land Price$3,195.00* (USD)Quote
May 23, 2025Land Price$3,195.00* (USD)Quote
May 30, 2025Land Price$3,195.00* (USD)Quote
June 06, 2025Land Price$3,195.00* (USD)Quote
June 13, 2025Land Price$3,195.00* (USD)Quote
June 20, 2025Land Price$3,350.00* (USD)Quote
July 04, 2025Land Price$3,350.00* (USD)Quote
July 18, 2025Land Price$3,350.00* (USD)Quote
August 01, 2025Land Price$3,550.00* (USD)Quote
August 15, 2025Land Price$3,550.00* (USD)Quote
August 29, 2025Land Price$3,395.00* (USD)Quote
September 05, 2025Land Price$3,395.00* (USD)Quote
September 12, 2025Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
September 19, 2025Land Price$3,150.00* (USD)Quote
September 26, 2025Land Price$3,050.00* (USD)Quote
October 03, 2025Land Price$3,050.00* (USD)Quote
Disclaimer
Twin prices are per person.

- These prices are correct at the time of the website going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.
- All tour information is correct at time of tours going live, however is subject to change, please confirm all details at time of booking.
- For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Conditions page.
- Hotel Class Key: D: Deluxe SF: Superior First Class F: First Class

Tours


  • Best of the Italian Lakes

    From $3,050.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: At LeisureBrochure Type Europe & Britain 2025 v1Discover the Italians' favorite holiday haunts on this irresistible Italian Lakes trip.