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Italian Lakes 2024
Lake Garda & Lake Lugano

Enjoy a sublime tour to the Italian Lakes including Lake Garda, Lake Lugano, plus Lake Lucerne and the chance to drive the amazing Stelvio Pass. There are five major lakes in the Italian Lakes: Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda and each has its own particular character. From landscapes to language, from famous food to friendly locals, the attractions of the Italian Lakes are unique and unmistakable. 

Lake Garda is the jewel of the Italian Lakes and Italy’s largest body of water. Its shoreline is more than twice the length of the Amalfi Coast, and it’s still possible to find untouched towns and villages among the glossy resorts, for example, Peschiera del Garda, a pretty waterfront town which is often compared to Venice for its network of canals. A little further north is Bardolino. Its elegant promenade is surrounded by vineyards, and the lakefront path takes walkers as far as Garda, the lake’s namesake town.

Lake Lugano stretches from Switzerland in the west to Italy in the east. It is a sparkling blue expanse at Ticino's southernmost tip, with a real holiday flavour as soon as the weather warms. Less overrun than many of the lakes over the border, it is nevertheless bewitching, whether glimpsed from one of the many trails that wriggle along its shores, from a mountain peak or from the deck of the boats that glide across it.

Lake Como has so much to offer. The resorts of Menaggio, Tremezzo, Cadenabbia and Lenno are situated on the sunny, western shore with Bellagio perched on the promontory that divides Como and Lecco. Bellagio and Menaggio, the largest resorts, are characterised by a buzzing cosmopolitan atmosphere with quaint, cobbled alleyways and café-filled piazzas. The adjacent villages of Tremezzo and Cadenabbia hug the road from Como to Switzerland and provide great bases for exploring.

The Stelvio Pass at 2757m, is one of the highest and most dramatic mountain passes in the Alps. You’ll experience the drive down the famous switchbacks driving through the heart of the Stelvio National Park before starting the descent, which takes you through some great stretches of alpine forest and fast sweeping roads prior to your arrival at the foot of the pass. The drive down to Bormio is a spectacular drive and has a few vantage points to stop and take pictures of the valley.

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Italian Lakes

Tour itinerary

Drive to your chosen port of departure for the crossing to Europe followed by the drive to your first overnight hotel including a welcome dinner

Mileages from the Port to the Nancy (2 Overnights)

Calais - 260 miles / Rotterdam - 290 miles

Mileages from the Port to Pétange (3 Overnights)

Calais - 250 miles / Rotterdam - 210 miles

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Look What’s Included

• Return Ferry Crossing from Dover/Calais - see other crossing options above

• Choice of 2 or 3 Stopovers on the Outward journey to Lake Garda

• 4 Nights at your Chosen Hotel, Lake Garda

• 3 Nights at the Hotel de la Paix, Lake Lugano

• Choice of 2 or 3 stopovers on the Return journey

•  Breakfast each morning & dinners as meal basis below

• Detailed Road Book featuring Great Drives, Maps & Local Attractions

• Commemorative Tour Rally Plate

• Complimentary Car Parking at all Hotels. Some charges may apply locally

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See our selection of  wonderful hotels, all of which have been hand-picked for their quality, facilities and location

Dates & Prices

All Prices listed below are Per Person and based on 2 persons occupying a room and sharing a car

Lake Garda & Lake Lugano

Staying at the Splendid Sole & Admiral Hotel with 2 Overnight stops each way

Meal Basis - Breakfast each day & 9 Dinners

Staying at the Villa Luisa & Admiral Hotel with 3 Overnight stops each way

Meal Basis - Breakfast each day & 11 Dinners

Staying at the Villa Luisa & Admiral Hotel/Hotel de la Paix with 2 Overnight stops each way

Meal Basis - Breakfast each day & 9 Dinners

Staying at the Villa Luisa & Admiral Hotel/Hotel de la Paix with 3 Overnight stops each way

Meal Basis - Breakfast each day & 11 Dinners

*Please note: All prices shown above are per person and based on 2 persons sharing a car and a twin/double room
Lugano Hotels - June at the Admiral hotel / September at the Hotel de la Paix

Single Occupancy Supplements - Splendid Sole & Hotel de la Paix - £600 (12 Days) & £650 (14 Days) / Villa Luisa & Hotel de la Paix - £550 (12 Days) & £750 (14 Days)

Other Italian Tours include

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June & September

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June & September

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June & September

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