SMART TOUR 08 - ALPS & NORTHERN LAKES

A perfect mix of private touring and city tours. Complete with 7 nights of accommodations

SMART TOUR 08 - ALPS & NORTHERN LAKES

A perfect mix of private touring and city tours. Complete with 7 nights of accommodations

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).
  • The 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

  • 3 nights in Lake Maggiore
  • 2 nights in Como
  • 2 nights in Verona
  • 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 (3 hours)
  • 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 1 ARRIVAL 

Independent arrival at Lake Maggiore.  Overnight on Lake Maggiore 

DAY 2 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. The little towns of Baveno and Stresa are given an atmosphere of luxury and elegance by the many  aristocratic mansions. The three Borromean Islands in the heart of the Gulf opposite Stresa are wonderfully  picturesque and eternally fascinating. Outstanding among its 19th century mansions are the Villas of San  Remigio, Giulia and Taranto. Their 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 fabulous views over the  Borromean Gulf and the islands. ?Overnight on Lake Maggiore (B)

DAY 3 ZERMATT and the MATTERHORN

Meet your guide at your hotel and join a group to visit Zermatt the world famous ski resort by coach. Enjoy  the dramatic Swiss alpine scenery and the Matterhorn as you drive through the alpine region. The  Matterhorn is often called the Mountain of Mountains at 14,692 feet high. It may be 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 and it existence is closely  linked to the mountain. The town is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly  unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned. ?Overnight on Lake Maggiore (B)

DAY 4 MILAN

Today after breakfast you’ll drive from Stresa to Como. We’ll stop in Milan where you’ll have free time to  explore the town.   Discovery the charming of the most European city of Italy. Fashion and design: these are just a couple of the  artistic forms that make Italy famous, and Milan plays a key role in this aspect Italy. . Milan is also an  impressive city of art. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to the Last Supper, the celebrated  Leonardo Da Vinci fresco. 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, you’ll continue to Como.  Overnight on Lake Como (B)

DAY 5 COMO

In the morning you’ll take a private walking tour of ?Como?. The town 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 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. At the end of your tour, your guide  will walk you over to the dock and and provide you with a ticket to Bellagio where you’ll enjoy an  independent visit of the most famous place on the lake. Experience its historic town center surrounded by  ancient city walls; the 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  top of the hill are two classic examples of 18th and 19th-Century noble villas: Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi.  Overnight on Lake Como (B)

DAY 6 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 harbour 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 shores are surrounded by palms, oleander,  olive trees and vineyards, in addition to the beaches, little ports, parks and nature reserves. 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 a few. The medieval ?castles?, the Romanesque  churches?, the small harbours filled with coloured fishing boats and a variety of flowers and trees will  enchant you to no end.    Overnight in Verona (B)

DAY 7 VERONA

Today discover the city with a private guided walking tour. We’ll start at the Roman Arena and then continue  to ?Piazza delle Erbe, the Market Square and Piazza dei Signori?. You’ll have plenty of time to admire the  many monuments, inside courtyards, the architecture as well as the hidden spots and streets of Verona. The  city was celebrated by Shakespeare, the setting for Romeo and Juliet and where the Capello family lived.  We’ll make sure to make time to visit the courtyard of the House of Juliet ?. ?Verona is a city with lots of  choices to enjoy a walk through the Giardino Giusti, Verona’s medieval garden, spend some time in the  Duomo, Verona’s 12th century Cathedral and of course make time for a wonderful meal. Be sure to try the  local specialties, polenta with anchovies, tortellini Valeggio, great risottos or enjoy a delicious platter of  assorted cheeses and house-cured ?salum?i along with a few glasses of wonderful ?vin?o.  Overnight in Verona (B)

DAY 8 DEPARTURE

Independent departure transfer to the train station or the airport in Venice (a little over an hour) for a return  flight home (B)

Rates & Hotels

2019 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
$4049
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$4049
$4049
$4049
$3639

Featured Hotels

Smart Touring - Alps & Northern Lakes
Lake Maggiore Lake Maggiore
Como Hotel Como
Verona Hotel Verona

Tour Details

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

Lake Maggiore -

This tour uses centrally located hotels in Lake Maggiore [more]

Centrally Located Hotel in Lake Como

Como -

This tour uses excellent centrally located hotels in Lake Como. [more]

Verona -

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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:

This tour does not include:

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

Airfare

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

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one BEGINS IN ITALY. Air date should be booked one day prior to allow for overnight flights to Italy.