Italian Lakes Retreat and Scenic Swiss Rail

Tour a Trio of Italian Lakes

Prices from R39,999 pp

Embark on this incredible tour of the spectacular Italian Lakes and enjoy fabulous hotel stays with fascinating excursions.

Surrounded by enchanting views of snow-capped mountains and steep-wooded hills and dotted with botanical gardens with bursts of Mediterranean colour, rich greenery and quaint towns; the iconic Italian lakes offer beguiling beauty.

Explore the natural attractions, Baroque architecture and fascinating culture of Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore as you roam the picturesque landscapes, discovering historical churches clinging to cliff faces and exquisite villages of rustic charm.

Your stays across three majestic lakes offers fascinating excursions delving deeper into the stunning scenery. Enjoy a wonderful Wine tour tasting some of the flavours from the local area; head to the ski resort of St. Moritz, passing majestic mountains and the serene Lake Bianco and board a panoramic train for a magical journey through the stunning Centovalli as you pass by deep gorges with cascading waterfalls and venture across colourful alpine meadows to Locarno.

Paired with luxury hotel stays, this retreat will be a holiday to remember.

Duration 12 nights
Departing May 2020
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Your Experience

  • 1 night 4* hotel stay in Milan
  • 2 night 4* hotel stay in Venice
  • 3 night 4* hotel stay in Lake Garda
  • Fully escorted Wine Tasting Tour
  • 3 night 4* hotel stay in Lake Como
  • Fully escorted Bernina Express Tour
  • 3 night 4* hotel stay in Lake Maggiore
  • Fully escorted Centovalli Express Tour through the Swiss Alps
  • All flights, taxes & transfers
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Itinerary

Days 1 - 2
Milan

Fly to Milan and enjoy a hotel stay in the spiritual home of fashion and design.

Milan is a city where fashion-lovers can take their pick of designer boutiques and pre-dinner cocktails are almost an art form. Explore the rich architecture with a visit to Milan’s ornate Opera House and Duomo, with its abundance of spires, pinnacles and statues.

Days 2 - 4
Venice

Discover secret passageways, dramatic Gothic architecture and the famous Venetian cuisine; all of which contribute to the beauty and intrigue of this enchanting city.

Defying both logic and architectural techniques, the city stands as beautiful as ever, an incredibly well-preserved network of waterways and grand palazzi. Take a trip on a gondola, an iconic experience and undisputed romantic symbol of this timeless city.

Days 4 - 7
Lake Garda

Spend a day walking in the hills and taking in the breathtaking views over the lake – we’d recommend taking the Monte Baldo cable car – or perhaps take a boat out to one of the other towns on the coast to see a different side to the area. You could also pay a visit to Sirmione and delve into its thermal springs, extraordinary castle and Roman ruins; or Riva del Garda with its medieval fortifications and cobblestone streets.

You’ll also enjoy a fabulous wine tour at a local winery. Beginning with a tour of the winery and beautiful vineyard, you’ll discover more about the soil, grapes, the wine and how it’s made. Tickle your taste buds with tastings of typical wines which you’ll savour paired with some delicious nibbles of breadsticks, cheese and olives.

Days 7 - 10
Lake Como

Your next lake stop will be the magnificent Lake Como where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for your three night stay. Poised in the shadow of the snow-draped Rhaetian Alps and nestled between steep-wooded hills, the spectacular surroundings of Lake Como welcome you with open arms. This iconic destination offers something for everyone.

From here you’ll embark a panoramic train for a journey to St. Moritz, passing through the Poschiavo Valley and the Engadin. En route, you’ll enjoy incredible sights of majestic mountains and quaint little towns as you trundle over the Brusio spiral viaduct, past Puschlaversee, over Alp Grum and onto the magical Bernia Pass. Before reaching your final destination of St. Moritz, you’ll savour incredible views of Lake Bianco and its shield of the snow-capped Morteratsch Glacier. St. Moritz offers the perfect opportunity to ski, enjoy a bike ride or explore the town that has hosted the Winter Olympics twice.

Days 10 - 13
Lake Maggiore

Today you’ll be transferred to your hotel, located on the cusp of Lake Maggiore and the magnificent Gulf of Borromeo, for your three night stay. Spend some time exploring Lake Maggiore with a visit to one of northern Italy’s most spectacularly sited monasteries, Santa Caterina del Sasso. The days are yours to explore the enchanting lake views and natural attractions. Delve into the depths of the art and culture encased within the landscapes.

You’ll also get to enjoy a picturesque panoramic train journey from Domodossola to Locarno, across 52km of magical landscapes and lush vegetation. This unforgettable experience will take you through the stunning Centovalli, “One Hundred Valleys”, as you pass by deep gorges and crevices with glittering, cascading waterfalls; and venture across colourful alpine meadows, over numerous bridges and through vineyards and forests of chestnut trees. Upon arriving in Locarno, on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore, you’ll enjoy some time to embrace the atmospheric surroundings and explore the treasures within. Pay a visit to Madonna del Sasso, a highly decorated Catholic sanctuary overlooking the city, which can be reached by the funicular railway.

Prices

05 May 2020 - 17 May 2020 Standard from R39,999

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