16 Day Italian Lakes & Tuscany

Albatross Small Group Tour starting in Milan and finishing in Venice

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Albatross's 16 Day Italian Lakes & Tuscany. Discover the delightful ports and villages that litter Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, explore the palaces of Genoa, seductive Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre. Visit the fantastic...read more
Overview
Operator: Albatross
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Summer Trips
Max Group Size: 28
Duration: 16 Days
From: Milan to Venice
Tour Code: ILT
Visits: Italy, Switzerland
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1
Stresa welcome
Commencing in central Milan at midday we will transfer you to Stresa on wonderful Lake Maggiore, where you will stay the next four nights. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner in a local restaurant. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. (D) Stay: Regina Palace Hotel
2
Scenic train journey to Locarno and visit Ascona
This morning we drive north to Domodossola at the foot of the Italian Alps. Here we board the famous Centovalli Express train which runs through the ‘Hundred Valleys’ to Locarno. Relaxing in the panoramic carriages, we pass over numerous bridges and through numerous tunnels, travelling beside waterfalls, villages and vineyards. A spectacular journey! Arriving in Locarno we will make a short stop in the grand square before boarding our coach to visit nearby Ascona. Lunchtime will be at leisure in this delightful lakeside town. As a finalé, we follow the scenic route home hugging the shores of Lake Maggiore all the way back to Stresa. Dinner tonight is in your hotel. (B/D)
3
Island of Isola Bella and lakeside Orta San Giulio
Boarding our private boat we visit Lake Maggiore’s famous island of Isola Bella where we have included entrance and a guided tour of the palatial Borromeo villa and gardens, which dominate the island. The villa boasts Murano glass chandeliers, gobelin-covered chairs, intricate tapestries and paintings. The spectacular formal gardens rise behind the ornate villa, with patterned flower beds falling in terraces, with statues and ornamental stonework completing the Italianate style. Lunchtime is at leisure back in lakeside Stresa. Later this afternoon we visit the delightful town of Orta San Giulio beside the beautiful, and some say most romantic, of all the lakes – Lake Orta. Your evening is at leisure to discover a local trattoria for dinner. (B)
4
Cruise on Lake Como to Bellagio
This morning we drive to Lake Como where we follow the western shore of the lake to Caddenabbia. Here we board our private boat and enjoy a cruise on Lake Como, past a number of striking lakeside villas, to delightful Bellagio. This beautiful town is situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake’s two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. It’s time to relax in this delightful town which boasts peaceful villas and gardens nestled by the lakeside, elegant shops and walkways plus stylish al fresco dining at its very best. Your evening is at leisure to discover a local trattoria for dinner. (B)
5
Explore medieval Genoa
Bidding farewell to Lake Maggiore we drive south to the coastal region of Liguria, arriving around midday at Genoa. Once the capital of a naval empire, Genoa boasts the largest intact medieval city centre in the whole of Europe. Here we are joined by a local guide to enjoy a walking tour through the city’s old heart, with its pedestrian shopping malls, beautiful churches and squares, and nearly 50 UNESCO Listed palaces and stately homes. We have included a guided visit to the opulent Royal Palace. (B/D) Stay: Grand Hotel Savoia
6
Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Abbey of San Fruttuoso
We spend the morning at leisure in the beautiful harbour town of Santa Margherita Ligure with its elegant shops, boutiques and cafés that litter the port. Later we take a boat along the rugged Liguria coastline to the world famous harbour of Portofino. Delightfully set in a tiny bay, overlooked by the church and castle high above, this old port makes a perfect afternoon stop. Later, we continue around the coast to visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, which is only accessible by boat. This evening your coach is going to the delightful seaside town of Arenzano. Join us if you choose! We suggest a stroll along the promenade before you discover a local restaurant for dinner. (B)
7
Cruise the coastline of the Cinque Terre
A delightful day is planned as we explore the famous Cinque Terre. The name means ‘five lands’ and comes from the five unspoilt fishing villages that cling to the cliffs, overlooking the sea. Our first stop of the day will be in the pretty port of Monterosso. From here we catch a boat and cruise along the spectacular coastline of the Cinque Terre to visit the delightful villages of Vernazza and Portovenere. Arriving in La Spezia we board our coach and travel to Tuscany. We stay the next four nights in the typically ‘Tuscan’ town of Lucca – a medieval walled city, filled with palaces, churches and ancient houses. Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant. (B/D) Stay: San Luca Palace, Lucca
8
Cooking demonstration and lunch in Lucca
After a relaxing start we will visit a cooking school for a pizza and pasta cooking demonstration, to learn how pizza, focaccia and various pasta is created. Next it is time to taste it, as we enjoy a leisurely lunch. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure in Lucca. (B/L)
9
Florence sightseeing and ‘My Time’
Today is dedicated to nearby ‘Firenze’ (Florence). A local guide will bring to life this truly beautiful city which is otherwise known as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’. Your tour starts with a visit to the famous Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and numerous other extraordinary Italian, Florentine and Renaissance works of art. We see the Duomo and take in the magnificent statues in the Piazza della Signoria. Your afternoon is entirely free to enjoy Florence at your own pace. Espresso coffee on Piazza Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried? A gelato whilst strolling across the Ponte Vecchio? Don’t forget the excellent shopping. (B)
10
Leaning Tower of Pisa and ‘My Time’ in Lucca
This morning we visit nearby Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery in the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. Your afternoon has been left entirely free to explore delightful Lucca. Perhaps visit the former home of Puccini, where he wrote ‘Turandot’. Take a bike ride or a stroll around the entire town on top of the broad city walls. As a highlight this evening we drive into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to visit a local olive oil farmhouse estate. Before dinner is served in the Osteria, we spend time amongst the olive groves and enjoy an olive oil tasting accompanied by Tuscan wines and a selection of antipasto including local meats, cheese and bread – all specialities of this region. (B/D)
11
Ferraris and Parmesan Cheese lunch
Driving north we visit the fantastic Ferrari Museum at Maranello, near Modena. A local guide will join us and show us around this fantastic exhibition of bright red, old, new and future Ferraris and Formula One racing cars. Later we continue to the Panini Hombre cheese farm to learn how ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’ (Parmesan) cheese is made, before enjoying a cheese tasting and light lunch. Continuing to Lake Garda, we reach the charming lakeside town of Bardolino, where we stay the next three nights. Dinner tonight will be in our hotel restaurant. (B/L/D) Stay: Caesius Thermae & Spa Resort, Bardolino
12
‘My Time’ in Lake Garda
We have left today entirely free to enjoy glorious Lake Garda. Often regarded as the most beautiful of all the Italian Lakes, Garda is also the largest and deepest. Do as little or as much as you want. Maybe catch a ferry across the lake to explore and shop in the characterful ‘picture postcard’ ports of Lazise or Sirmione. (B/D)
13
Lakeside Salo and wine tasting at Redaelli de Zinis
This morning we visit the delightful lakeside town of Salo. Explore its historical centre which is filled with lanes and little squares with noble houses, elegant shops and the longest promenade on Lake Garda, at your own pace. Later we continue to Redaelli de Zinis in Calvagese della Riviera. This is a famous local winery and restaurant. Here we enjoy a wine tasting and sample some of the locally sourced produce before lunch. (B/L)
14
Verona and Vicenza sightseeing
  Skirting the lake we will visit Romeo and Juliet’s Verona. A local guide will bring to life this beautiful city, where these tragic lovers avowed a love that spanned the centuries. This afternoon we continue to beautiful Vicenza, where a local guide will join us for a walking tour to explore the medieval centre. Later we arrive at our Venetian Villa hotel, where we stay the last two nights. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Villa Contarini Nenzi
15
Bassano del Grappa & historic Treviso
After a leisurely start this morning, we visit delightful Bassano del Grappa located on the foothills of the Alps. You will have free time to stroll across the ornate, centuries old, covered bridge which spans the River Brenta, before exploring the wonderful arcaded streets and piazzas in the heart of town. Later we will enjoy a visit to the Poli Grappa Museum to taste some Grappa liqueur. This afternoon we enjoy a stop in the historic centre of Treviso. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner back in our historic Villa. (B/D)
16
To Venice
Your tour ends today after breakfast. We have included a group transfer to drop off at Venice Marco Polo airport. We recommend you book flights that depart after 12 midday today. (B)
Albatross Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Stay 4 nights in Stresa beside wonderful Lake Maggiore
  • Take a scenic train ride to Locarno aboard the Centovalli Express
  • Enjoy private cruises on Lake Maggiore and Lake Como
  • Stay 2 nights in Liguria in historic Genoa
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Genoa with its magnificent  palaces, stately homes and massive medieval quarter
  • Cruise to world famous Portofino and the hidden Abbey of San Fruttuoso
  • Stay 4 nights in the typically ‘Tuscan’ town of Lucca
  • Spend a delightful day exploring the famous Cinque Terre
  • Explore the beautiful city of  Florence
  • Enjoy an expert Italian cooking demonstration followed by lunch
  • See the famous  Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral
  • Stay 3 nights beside glorious Lake Garda
  • Stay 2 nights in an elegant Venetian Villa hotel near Treviso
  • Enjoy a guided tour of  Verona and historical  Vicenza
  • Taste Grappa in the hometown of Bassano del Grappa
Trip Inclusions
Over $1,600 value of extras already included
  • ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 15 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 27 Meals – including breakfast daily (B), lunch in Lucca, a light lunch at Panini Hombre & wine tasting and lunch at Redaelli de Zinis (L) plus 9 dinners (D)
  • Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
  • Welcome drink in Stresa, wine & olive oil tasting in a Tuscan Osteria and Grappa tasting in Bassano del Grappa
  • Hand Selected Albatross Experiences - private boat trip on Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, panoramic train Centovalli Express, cruises Portofino and Cinque Terre
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • Albatross Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
  • Albatross Memories Photobook
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
  • 3 June departure stays at Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa on Day 1.
  • 7 September departure stays at Hotel Ilaria in Lucca on Day 7.
Albatross
Albatross Reviews: (111)
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Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 28
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Europe, UK & Ireland
Reviews (3)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Italian Lakes & Tuscany with Albatross.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Helpful Vote
3 Trips
“Italian Lakes & Tuscany”
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I was very keen to try 'Albatross' tours, because of the longer stays & thought it would be a more relaxed & better pace tour. The 4 /3 nights stay was very good, however, the pace & time/motion factors felt rushed....perhaps they could review their itinerary, & streamline the tour organisation. Farmhouse dinners were pleasant but not up to other tour ones I have done. Accommodation was generally, excellent. Incidents, such as the coach breaking down was managed well. Italian Lakes & Tuscany, a wonderful area to revisit again.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for your feedback Michele & Glenda. We take our clients feedback very seriously, so I will ensure this is passed on to our product team to review your comments and our tour itinerary for upcoming seasons.


QLD, Australia
May 2017
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“Natural beauty of Northern Italy”
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Stunning Italian lakes,historical walled city of Lucca combined with the beauty of the Cinque Terre.This trip was relaxing with multi night stays in quality hotels. Our guide and driver were first class and the small group (20) interacted well. The large coach ensured comfortable touring. Included excursions and dinners were extensive and fun. Global Journeys provided a seamless booking process and are recommended to other travellers.
Reply from Albatross:
Thank you for your feedback Alan & Patricia. We so glad you enjoyed your trip to this gorgeous region in Italy. The Albatross Tours style of touring with longer stays, small groups (on large coaches) and inclusive pricing certainly sounds like it worked well for you - as it does with many of our travellers. Thanks again and we hope to see you on board again soon!


VIC, Australia
Sep 2016
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“Fabulous itinerary”
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This was a great holiday. The itinerary included many interesting features. There was fantastic scenery, as well as delicious 'foodie' experiences. The group of 28 travellers interacted very well and we all had a lot of fun. Most of the accommodation was of an excellent standard, particularly the Regina Palace in Stresa and the Grand Hotel at Lake Garda. Unfortunately, our group missed out on staying at the San Luca Palace in the 'old town' of Luca. The alternative accommodation at the Best Western was a huge disappointment, particularly in terms of the 'isolated' location. Compared with the other places, it was well below standard. Although we knew in advance that this hotel was the 'replacement', it certainly was not a good choice by Albatross. This is the second time I have booked a tour through Global Journeys and, again, I was extremely satisfied with all aspect of the booking process.
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