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ITALY Reflections of the Italian Lakes 13 nights from £1429 Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £54 if not required§ For astounding scenery, northern Italy's lake district is hard to beat. This tour contrasts some of the famous with the lesser-known lakes, where landscapes are painted in a variety of vibrant hues, and unique cultures have shaped the region. From sublime Lake Garda and Maggiore, to hidden alpine tarns, this tour is a feast for the senses. Views across Lake Garda ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Turin-Lake Orta. Fly to Turin and transfer to Lake Orta. Stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel L'Approdo which sits lakeside in Pettenasco, an area so beautiful it inspired Browning, Balzac and Nietzsche. D Day 2: Lake Orta. Explore this delightful lake by public boat, visiting the charming town of Orta and the island of San Giulio. Spend this afternoon at leisure. B, D Day 3: Lake Orta. Look forward to a relaxing day in the lake town of Arona where you can visit the quaint Umbrella Museum for a glimpse of a bygone era. B, D Day 4: Lake Orta-Lake Maggiore. Travel to Baveno, a typically Italian town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, where you'll spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Simplon. In the afternoon take a short drive to the market town of Omegna and explore the small shops and pretty lakeside promenade. Later you'll stop to explore Stresa, one of Italy's oldest tourist hotspots with a beautiful setting overlooking the historic Borromean Islands. B, D Day 5: Locarno. Cross the border into Switzerland on an included full-day excursion to the resort town of Locarno. From here you'll enjoy an included trip on the Centovalli Scenic Railway, stopping at Domodossola. B, D Day 6: Lake Maggiore. This morning you head to Villa Taranto to stroll through its immaculate gardens. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the stunning garden island of Isola Bella, that rises from Lake Maggiore. B, D Day 7: Lake Maggiore-Lake Garda. This morning transfer to Lake Garda where you spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Palace Hotel Cittá in Arco, two kilometres from the lake. En route, you'll stop to explore the town of Como, whose history of silk production goes back over 4000 years, with fashion houses in Milan and New York still being supplied with Como silk today. B, D Day 8: Lake Garda. You might like to join an optional scenic drive to two medieval towns; Riva del Garda and Malcesine. If weather permits, you can travel up Monte Baldo by cable car for more heavenly panoramic views (extra charge). B, D Day 9: Lake Garda. Today an included excursion visits the pretty, lakeside town of Bardolino. Take time to explore independently before taking a scenic boat trip to the historic peninsula town of Sirmione. B, D Day 10: Lake Garda-Molveno. Travel to Molveno, pausing en route in the town of Trento. Continue for a four-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Du Lac, or Hotel Ariston, dependent on date of departure. This is a seasonal resort and may be quieter during early spring and late autumn. B, D Day 11: Molveno. Soak up the culture of medieval Bolzano on an optional full-day excursion that includes entrance to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, home to Ötzi the Iceman. B, D Day 12: Molveno. Join an optional full-day excursion through the picturesque Val Gardena to the mountain village of Ortisei. Known for its woodcarvings, Ortisei has some interesting shops and cafes to explore. B, D Day 13: Three lakes tour. Enjoy an included excursion to the smaller mountain lakes of Tenno, Ledro and Toblino where there will be time to stroll around each and take in the stupendous views. B, D Day 14: Molveno-Verona-UK. Transfer to Verona for your flight to the UK. B Please note: October 7, 2019 departure, stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Dino on day 4 instead. If you're departing from Manchester your 14-night itinerary includes an extra night in Molveno. Switzerland Lake Maggiore Pettenasco Lake Orta Locarno Lake Como Como Bolzano Molveno Trento Arco Lake Garda Milan Bardolino Baveno nights in hotel Italy 184 To book, please visit your Travel Agent