Leisure Itinerary 9

ITALIAN LAKES

DAILY PROGRAM

DAY 1
ARRIVAL IN MILAN
This morning we arrive in Milan.  We are met by our Tour Manager and transferred to our hotel in Lecco. Rest of the day is at leisure.Welcome drink, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2
SIRMIONE- GARDONE RIVIERA
Breakfast at hotel . Morning departure for Lake Garda. Our first stop this morning will be in Sirmione where we will visit Catullo’s grottoes, the largest and most complete Roman villa in northern Italy. We also visit Rocca Scaligera, also known as Sirmione Castle, then continue with a stroll along the historical center. This afternoon we proceed to Gardone Riviera where we will visit “The Vittoriale degli Italiani”, the museum where the famous writer Gabriele D’Annunzio lived. We return to Lecco for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3
TOUR OF MILAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for our visit of the financial capital of Italy, Milan. Our first stop will be the Brera Art Gallery, followed by a visit to the Scala Opera House. We’ll visit the majestic Duomo in the afternoon, followed by a stroll along the Navigli canals Free time for shopping along the most famous fashion routes of Milan. Return to Lecco for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4
LAKE ISEO – FRANCIACORTA – BRESCIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure towards Lake Iseo, where our first stop will be the small village of the same name. We will then visit the Franciacorta winery and enjoy a wine tasting session. We then proceed to a local agriturismo for lunch. This afternoon, we continue to Brescia, called “the Lioness of Italy”. We will visit the historical center and have some free time for shopping. Afterwards we return to Lecco for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5
LECCO
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will take a walking tour of our host city Lecco, where the first half of “The Betrothed” or “I Promessi Sposi”, written by novelist Alessandro Manzoni, took place. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. Dinner will be available at hotel for those who choose to dine with us. Overnight at our hotel.
DAY 6
LUGANO-LOCARNO-ASCONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure for Lugano, located in the Canton Ticino, the Italian speaking side of Switzerland, and overlooking the lake of the same name. We take a walking tour of this splendid town. Continue to Locarno located on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore and visit the historical center. We then proceed to nearby Ascona for a short visit. Return to Lecco for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7
STRESA- BORROMEAN ISLANDS
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure for Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore where we will board a ferry for a visit of the Borromean Islands [Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori]. In the afternoon, visit of Stresa. Return to Lecco for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8
DEPARTURE DAY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Milan airport. End of the tour.

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