SMART TOUR 08 - ALPS & NORTHERN LAKES

Lake Maggiore, Como, Lake Garda, Valpolicella & Verona - 9 Days / 7 Nights


Highlights

Smart Tour - Alps and Northern Lakes

Tour Highlights

  • Daily departures designed for parties from 2-6 passengers - perfect for family and friends traveling! (Can be priced for larger groups as needed).
  • Perfect combination of private touring.
  • Visits to: Lake Maggiore, Como, Lake Garda, Valpolicella and Verona.
  • 24/7 Concierge, as well as 24/7 Celtic Help Line as needed.

Smart Tour Includes

  • Excursions by boat to charming Isola Pescatori and intriguing Isola.
  • Excursions by coach to Zermatt – dramatic Swiss alpine scenery and home to the Matterhorn.
  • Transfer from Stresa to Como, with en route stop and free time in Milan.
  • Private Walking tour of Como.
  • RT Boat tickets to Bellagio for an independent visit (delivered by the guide after the visit of Como).
  • Transfer from Como to Verona. En route stops in Sirmione and other small villages of Lake Garda.
  • Walking tour of Verona.

Hotel Options

  • Lake Maggiore: Milan Speranza Au Lac.
  • Lake Como: Barchetta Excelsior.
  • Lake Garda: Hotel Olivi.

Additional Notes

Arrival and departure transfers are not included but may be optionally booked. City Taxes at hotels is not included and would be paid directly at hotels. Blackouts apply during special events, celebrations, Easter, Carnivals and Fairs.

Blackouts apply during special events, celebrations, Easter, Carnivals and Fairs.

Itinerary

Day 01, U.S. to Lake Maggiore

Overnight flight to Milan, Italy. Celtic Tours World Vacations will be delighted to book your air in conjunction with your tour, or purchase this tour on a land only basis, where your tour would begin on day 02, in Lake Maggiore.

Day 02, ARRIVAL

Independent arrival at Lake Maggiore. Overnight on Lake Maggiore.

Day 03, LAKE MAGGIORE

Meet your guide in Stresa pier and start your excursions by boat to the charming Isola Pescatori and the intriguing Isolabella. Art and nature come together in perfection to produce the beauty of the Borromean Gulf. Human interventions over the centuries have intelligently enhanced the landscape, both on the islands and on the shore. The little towns of Baveno and Stresa are given an atmosphere of luxury and elegance by the many aristocratic mansions in their territory. The three Borromean Islands in the heart of the Gulf opposite Stresa are uniquely picturesque and eternally fascinating. Outstanding among it 19th century mansions are Villa San Remigio, Villa Giulia and Villa Taranto, whose botanic gardens are among the best known and most visited in Europe. The hills around Verbania are studded with a wealth of picturesque little villages with splendid views over the Borromean Gulf and the islands. Overnight on Lake Maggiore.

Day 04, ZERMATT & MATTERHORN

Meet your guide at hotel and join a group to visit Zermatt by coach. Enjoy the dramatic Swiss alpine scenery and the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn is the mountain of mountains, between mystery and majesty and no one can escape its fascination. The Matterhorn is the most-photographed mountain in the world. It is myth and emblem for Alpinists and photographers alike, as well as Switzerland’s most famous landmark and symbol. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town's touristic development is closely linked to the mountain. The vacation destination is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned.

Day 05, MILAN

Transfer from Stresa to Como, with en route stop and free time in Milan (3hrs). Discovery the charming of the most European city of Italy. Fashion and design: these are just a couple of the artistic forms that have made Italy famous, and for which the City of Milan plays a fundamental role. Important fairs, exhibits and trade shows show off the latest in these sectors that are also vitally-important to the country’s economy. Milan is also an impressive city of art, with the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie that contains the Last Supper, the celebrated Leonardo Da Vinci fresco. Still in Milan, a major architectural masterpiece is the renowned Teatro alla Scala. The imposing Duomo (Cathedral) is absolutely extraordinary, constructed in white marble and dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary. After your independent visit, continue to Como and overnight on Lake.

Day 06, COMO

Private Walking tour of Como. At the end, your guide will deliver a Boat ticket to Bellagio for an independent visit and help you to embark. Como proudly displays to visitors its dual character: that of an art city rich in history, and that of an active center buzzing with modern life. Close to the coast rises the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with its magnificent Gothic facade, its Renaissance absidal complex, and its Baroque dome by Filippo Juvarra. Como also offers walks through other epochs, particularly Medieval Como, returned to its former splendor after significant restoration works.

The most famous place is Bellagio, which has preserved its historic town center surrounded by ancient city walls; its narrow roads begin at Lake Como's shores and run through the hills to a series of lakeside luxury hotels and elegant shopping streets. The town’s ancient origins are visible in its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to San Giacomo, the interior of which seems unchanged from the 12th Century. At the height of the promontory are two classic examples of 18th and 19th-Century noble villas: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi. Overnight on Lake Como.

Day 07, LAKE GARDA

Transfer from Como to Verona. En route stops in Sirmione and other small villages of Lake Garda. In 1921 Ezra Pound wrote to James Joyce from Sirmione's harbor on Lake Garda: "Dear Joyce, I'd like you to spend a week here with me. The location is well worth the journey – both Catullus and I can guarantee it!". Lake Garda, with its mild climate and perfect water temperature, seems but a patch of sea set between the Alps and northern Italy’s Pianura Padana (i.e. the Po River Plain). The is even surrounded by palms oleander, olive trees and vines, in addition to the picturesque villages, beaches and little ports, parks and nature reserves it is known for. The wines and olive oil produced here are excellent. Beautiful small villages are spread out along the coast: Bardolino, Garda, Brenzone, Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, just to mention some of them. The medieval castles, the Romanesque churches, the small harbors filled with colored fishing boats and a variety of flowers and trees will enchant you. Overnight in Verona.

Day 08, VERONA

Today enjoy a private guided walking tour of Verona. We start in Piazza Bra, where the Arena is and then continue to Piazza delle Erbe, the Market Square, Piazza dei Signori. With this tour, you have plenty of time to admire the many monuments, the inside courtyards, the beautiful buildings and also the hidden spots and streets of Verona. Juliet’s house is naturally on the program. Overnight in Verona.

Day 09, DEPARTURE

Independent departure transfer.

Optionals

Rates & Hotels

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Pricing

This package is based on a minimum of two (2) persons traveling based on sharing one double room. This tour can be booked via our call center only at this time. Rates for based on 2 - 6 passengers are as follows:

 MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOct
Per Person based on 1 Double Room$2,085$2,223$2,463$2,468$2,544$2,453$2,510$2,223
Per Person based on 1 Doubl & 1 Single Room$2,676$2,853$3,161$3,161$3,265$3,148$3,221$2,853
Per Person based on 1 Triple Room$1,877$2,001$2,217$2,217$2,290$2,208$2,259$2,001
Per Person based on 2 Double Rooms$1,979$2,112$2,339$2,339$2,416$2,329$2,384$2,112
Per Person based on 2 Double Rooms & 1 Single Room$1,938$2,067$2,290$2,290$2,366$2,280$2,334$2,067
Per Person based on 1 Double Room & 1 Triple Room$1,861$1,985$2,199$2,199$2,271$2,189$2,241$1,985
Per Person based on 3 Double Rooms$1,882$2,006$2,223$2,223$2,296$2,213$2,266$2,006
Per Person based on 2 Triple Rooms$1,694$1,805$2,001$2,001$2,067$1,992$2,039$1,805

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • City Tax to be paid locally

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in Italy one day later.

 
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