ITALY | Discover Northern Italy
Situated in Mediterranean Europe, Italy has land frontiers with France in the north-west, Switzerland and Austria in the north and Slovenia in the north-east. The peninsula is surrounded by the Ligurian Sea, the Sardinian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west, the Sicilian Sea and the Ionian Sea in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the east. Italian is the language of the majority of the population but there are minorities speaking German, French, Slovene and Ladino. There is a great deal of variety in the landscape in Italy, although it is characterized predominantly by two mountain chains: the Alps and the Apennines.The former extends over 600 miles from east to west. It consists of great massifs in the western sector, with peaks rising to over 14,000 feet, including Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Monte Rosa and Cervino (the Matterhorn). The the chain is lower in the eastern sector, although the mountains, the Dolomites, are still of extraordinary beauty.
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 3 nights in Lake Maggiore at 4 stars Grand Hotel Regina Palace or similar
• 2 nights in Milan at 4 stars Hotel Dei Cavalieri or similar
• 6 meals: 5 breakfasts and 1 lunch
• 1 welcome drink upon arrival
• Borromean Gulf Cruise
• Entrance ticket to Isola Madre, Borromean Palace, and Gardens on Isola Bella
• Transfer by private coach from the hotel in Stresa to the railway station
• Transfer Stresa – Milan by train (business/first class seats)
• Entrance ticket to Duomo and its terraces
• 48 Hours ticket for “Hop On Hop Off Bus” in Milan
• Personal assistance throughout the whole itinerary
• VAT and City Taxes
• Porterage service
• Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
• City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
Duration: 6 days & 5 nights
Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.
Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL – MILAN
Arriving in Milan and transfer by private coach to the town of Stresa.
Check in at the hotel.
| Overnight in Stresa
DAY 2 | LAKE MAGGIORE
Lake Maggiore and its Islands Breakfast at the hotel located on the Lake Maggiore promenade.
From the dock close to the hotel catch the boat for a wonderful cruise on Borromean Gulf, the most beautiful part of the whole lake! You can stop at Isola Madre and visit the Tropical Garden and the Palace. After that reach Isola Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), an ancient village of fishermen with tiny roads, typical houses, the church and many typical boats along its shores. Here you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in a panoramic restaurant. In the afternoon transfer by boat to Isola Bella, where you can discover the fantastic baroque Palace and the Italian style Garden.
Then you’ll reach Stresa by boat just in a few minutes!
| Overnight in Stresa
DAY 3 | LAKE MAGGIORE
Breakfast in the hotel. Free day on your own.
| Overnight in Stresa
DAY 4 |LAKE MAGGIORE – MILAN
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer by coach to the close railway station and catch the fast train to Milan (it takes less than 1 hour). Check-in into the hotel. You’ll receive a voucher for 48 hours free pass to the “Hop-on Hop-off” bus to reach on your own all the main points of interest of Milan in the most convenient way and with the support of personal English-speaking headphones.
| Overnight in Milan
DAY 5 | MILAN
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure. Remember, you still have the 48 hours free pass and you will receive a free ticket to Duomo and its wonderful terraces.
| Overnight in Milan
DAY 6 | DEPART – MILAN
Breakfast at the hotel.
You will be transferred to Malpensa Airport depending on your flight time.
Hotel Regina Palace
Hotel Regina Palace is a majestic Art Nouveau building offering refined classic-style interiors and large grounds with pool. It is right on the shore of Lake Maggiore, in Stresa.
Rooms and common lounges are all decorated with antique furniture, rugs and historic chandeliers, all giving a sense of history and nobility. Rooms overlook either the garden or the lake and some also feature a spa bathtub.
This 4-star hotel features a well-equipped spa area, complete with a sauna, Turkish bath and indoor pool in a grotto. Outside you will also find a tennis court and a furnished terrace by the pool.
Liberty Restaurant serves local dishes in a very elegant dining room, while Charleston Restaurant specializes in a sophisticated cuisine. Its dining room has big windows overlooking Lake Maggiore and outdoor dining is possible during summer.
Hotel Dei Cavalieri
Just 800 feet from Milan’s Cathedral, Hotel Dei Cavalieri is set in a historic building opposite Missori Metro Station. It offers free Wi-Fi and a restaurant serving classic Italian cuisine.
The rooms are decorated in classic style, with wooden furniture, pastel colors, and carpeted or parquet floors. Each room is equipped with LCD TV with satellite channels, and private bathroom with bath or shower.
Breakfast at Dei Cavalieri Hotel is a varied buffet including cold cuts, cheese and fresh pastries. Hot snacks are served at the bar for lunch, and dinner is à la carte. During summer the top-floor restaurant with terrace is also available.
The hotel is close to Milan’s Stock Exchange and the Teatro alla Scala Opera House. Duomo Metro Station is 1,000 feet from the property.
Milan City Center is a great choice for travelers interested in food, restaurants and luxury brand shopping.
This is our guests’ favorite part of Milan, according to independent reviews. In this area you can shop ’til you drop for popular brands like H&M, Zara, Nike.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Milan! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
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