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Northern Italy Tour: Milan, the Lakes and the Italian Riviera

Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Cinque Terre
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13 days - 12 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size



Lakes of Italy


Suggested tour with Exclusive accommodation:

MILANO – **** central boutique hotel – 2 nights

LAGO MAGGIORE – Stresa: ***** hotel – 2 nights

LAKE COMO – **** boutique hotel – 3 nights

LAKE GARDA – **** boutique hotel – 2 or 3 nights

CINQUE TERRE – **** boutique hotel – 3 nights



Please inquire for a custom quite. The price will be defined considering period, type of accommodation and customized itinerary


  • A wonderful tour around Italy, from Milan, the Lakes and Italian Riviera.
  • We propose a tour that is more than the conventional tours of Italy, leaving from Milan and discovering the flavours, the panoramas, the cultural sites if the Lakes of Northern Italy. From Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and the Lake Garda - the biggest one of Italy - discovering small and fascinating medieval villages and some great town such as Verona, Como, Mantova and finally Cinque Terre area. A tour of an authentic and true Italy, staying in elegant and exclusive hotels where guests will relax and enjoy the Italian hospitality and tastes.
  • One of our travel consultant will meet you at your arrival in Venice and will always be available online/phone 24/7.


Day 1

Arrival in Milan APT, where your private driver will greet you upon arrival and escort you to your hotel, in the historical centre of the cosmopolitan Milano. After settling into the comforts of your accommodation, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to relish the beauty of the fascinating city.

Day 2

In the morning, make the most of the city of Milan by learning about its greatest artistic achievements such as the Duomo, the Sforza Castle, the Scala Opera House on a private guided walking tour. Witness the beauty of the city as your guide leads you through the city’s history, culture and, traditions during an unforgettable experience. Admire the Sforza Castle, a Medieval stronghold rebuilt and embellished by the Sforza family in 1450 that is surrounded by a beautiful park. From the Castle, you will walk across the beautiful streets of Milan to reach the Scala Opera House, the all Milanese Temple of Music, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an opulent shopping mall topped with vaulted glass and iron arcades, named after the first king of Italy. Admire the beautiful gothic Duomo Cathedral, a true architectural wonder and the 5th-largest Cathedral in Europe.

Day 3

In the morning, your private driver will greet you upon arrival and escort you to Lake Maggiore. You will reach your hotel, a small piece of paradise in Stresa, which combines sumptuous elegance and tradition with the charm of the Italian luxury Grand Hotels. For the first day, we suggest to enjoy and relax the panoramas and the Italian flavours of the Lake.

Day 4

In the morning, after a great breakfast, your guide will lead you to the famous town of Stresa, located more than 650 feet above sea level with a view of the Borromean Islands. The local market brims with vendors with bright, fresh flowers and arrays of locally made cheeses and cured meats on offer. Board your ferry and make your way with your guide to reach Isola Bella, known for the grand palace and garden adorned with grottoes.

Day 5

In the morning, after the breakfast, your private driver will greet you at your hotel and escort you along the scenic route and into the Italian Alps to reach the town of Lake Como. For today, we propose a great exclusive private boat excursion in the Lake, discovering all the magnificent Villas that looks on the Lake, where the first one is certainly Villa del Balbianello, one of the most important Italian Unesco site, followed by Villa Carlotta, till Bellagio, a picturesque and romantic centre in the hearth of the Lake.

Day 6

For today, we suggest a relaxing day in the Lake with the possibility to add the internal visit of Villa del Balbianello and its’ marvellous garden, a treasure chest of memories of exploits and adventures on the western shore of Lake Como.

Day 7

In the morning, your private driver will meet you in the hotel to reach Verona, where your private guide will escort you on a tour of the city and bring the connection between the gorgeous architecture, narrow lanes, and Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. You will reach the home of Juliet Capulet, located near Piazza delle Erbe and pass through the arched tunnel that leads to the courtyard. Love letters asking for the spirit of Juliet to help in matters of the heart spill out of the cracks in the walls of the tunnel, and the courtyard features a decorative balcony situated above a bronze statue of Juliet. In the late afternoon, you will be escort by a private transfer to the Hotel in the Lake Garda, the perfect a mix of comfort, modern sensibility, extraordinary style with an exceptional level of service in a unique, contemporary, and friendly environment.

Day 8

Wake up with a view of Italy’s largest lake that fills more than 142 square miles. Vineyards roll along the hills and valleys of the southern shoreline as sailboats take to the sweeping winds of the northern waters in view of the staggering cliffs. The day is yours to indulge in the beauty of the landscape and the relaxed pace around the villas of Garda as you enjoy the view of the harbor from the cafes along the promenade.

Day 9

After the breakfast, your private driver will meet you in the hotel to reach Mantova, the city of the Gonzaga dynasty, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 2008) and one of the most fascinating cities in northern Italy. Your private guide will take you to the Ducal Palace, which is so grand and complete that it could be a city - with over 500 rooms, courtyards and gardens. You will see then the Palazzo del Capitano in Piazza Sordello and the nearby Piazza delle Erbe, accessible via a series of arcades.... In the eastern part of the city, the Palazzo Te makes for a worthy visit: a sprawling, and luxurious villa boasting monumental art and interiors, it is considered the most celebrated work of architect Giulio Romano. In the late afternoon, you will reach the hotel with a private transfer. *

Day 10

In the morning, your private driver will welcome you and escort to the edges of Cinque Terre. Portovenere and the surrounding area has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, because it represents a cultural site of outstanding value, with the harmonious interaction between people and nature, which produce a landscape of exceptional quality. Your accommodation will stand on closed to the small port of the town, looking at the sea. The water will splash against the boulders below as beachgoers linger on the pebbled shoreline that arches against the bordering promontories. A statue of Neptune etched into the far precipice was erected in the early 20th century that reaches a height of 46 feet and looks as though it supports the base of what was once a villa. Fishing boats wade in the water at the harbour with a view of the houses each painted with bright colours visible from a distance. The Italian Riviera holds an indelible charm that emanates from the narrow cobblestone streets and meanders around the medieval homes of the historical neighbourhood near the water. A tunnel leads to New Town, which ascends the lush hills of the ravine as the scent of the Mediterranean Sea blends with the luscious aroma of olive groves and then citrus of wild lemon trees.

Day 11

Today you will have a unique day in Cinque Terre... enjoy a Day Cruise and you will explore the Palmaria Island! After breakfast, you will meet your skipper at the harbour and board a private yacht to tour the Mediterranean waters. The refreshing breeze will blow against your cheeks and carry the sea spray that splashes from the hull of the boat. The gorgeous coastline will pass you buy with views of pastel-painted tower houses and small marinas that contain boats equally as colourful as the homes. You will soon reach the island of Palmaria with a view of the beautiful fishing village of Portovenere as the west end of the island looks out to unfettered sea and sky. When you return to Monterosso, you will indulge in a relaxing wine tasting experience that will lead you through the terraces and into a secluded winery that offers tastings of the flavors produced and bottled around Cinque Terre.

Day 12

A great final for your tour in Italy!! The first half of the day is at your leisure to explore or relax around the five towns at your preferred pace. Linger beneath the shade of the beach umbrellas or take the train to Manarola to view the second smallest, and also the oldest, of the Cinque Terre towns. After that, you will meet a private chef and enjoy a gregarious welcome into a traditional Ligurian kitchen for an exciting cooking class experience.Follow your guide with a mortar and pestle to craft the perfect pesto sauce, a tradition beginning on the Italian coast and remaining a fresh, herbaceous staple of the cuisine. Follow the steps to make perfect, light pasta from scratch to accompany the flavor of the seafood caught that morning and bought directly from the fishers at the market.

Day 13

ciao Italia… according to the flight time-table, transfer to the Milan MPX Airport and... ARRIVEDERCI ITALIA!


  • What's included?

  • Day 1: accommodation, airport transfer.
  • Day 2: accommodation, half day private tour. * (tickets to be checked according to the availability).
  • Day 3: accommodation, transfer.
  • Day 4: accommodation, tour.
  • Day 5: accommodation, private transfer, private boat tour.
  • Day 6: accommodation, Villa del Balbianello Tour.
  • Day 7: accommodation, transfer, tour, breakfast.
  • Day 8: accommodation, breakfast.
  • Day 9: accommodation, transfer, tour, breakfast. *Considering the distances, if you don’t mind to change the hotel, we suggest to stay in Modena for the night.
  • Day 10: accommodation, transfer, breakfast.
  • Day 11: accommodation, tour, breakfast.
  • Day 12: accommodation, cooking class, breakfast.
  • Day 13: private transfer to Milano APT.

Tour's Location

Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Cinque Terre


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