Journey of Milan, Bernina Train & Northern Lakes
Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Italy with our 8-day tour. Begin your adventure in Milan, where you’ll explore historic sites, indulge in an authentic aperitivo, and enjoy the city at your own pace. The highlight of your trip is the captivating Bernina Express adventure, a scenic train journey through the Alps, offering unparalleled views of mountain peaks. Experience the charm of Como, Bellagio, and Bergamo, with boat trip, lakeside views, and medieval treasures. Discover the beauty of Lake Garda, visit Sirmione and Riva del Garda, and savor local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the history of Verona, indulge in Franciacorta wines, and explore Milan’s Fashion District. Conclude your Italian trip with a relaxing boat tour along Naviglio Grande in Milan, admiring historic canals and landmarks. This is not just a tour; it’s an exclusive exploration of Italy’s culture, history, and natural beauty.
Arrive in Milan and meet our driver at Malpensa Airport for a private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring at your own pace. Overnight stay.
Start your day with hotel breakfast. In the afternoon, join a three-hour walking tour with a local guide in Milan. Explore historic sites like Porta Venezia and stroll through Corso Venezia, taking a shortcut through Giardini Indro Montanelli. Pass by GAM, the Modern Art Museum, and reach La Scala opera house, renovated in the early 2000s. Admire the Milan Cathedral and end the tour at Castello Sforzesco, a medieval fortress. Relax at a nearby bakery for a typical aperitivo. Enjoy some free time before returning to the hotel. Overnight in Milan.
Embark on a captivating Bernina Express adventure today, aboard the iconic “train ascending the mountain peaks.” Relish unprecedented views from your seat on this century-old World Heritage train. Following breakfast at the hotel, join our driver for a journey to Tirano, where you’ll board the Bernina Train. The two-hour ride along one of the world’s most beautiful railway routes will take you through the Alps, weaving through tunnels and charming towns, culminating in the crossing of the Bernina pass to St. Moritz. Enjoy free time exploring this enchanting town before meeting your driver for the return to Milan (meeting point in St. Moritz). Overnight in Milan.
Start your day with hotel breakfast and prepare for a brief visit to Como, a renowned tourist hub near Lake Como and the Alps, promising breathtaking views of the lake and Alpine valleys. Lake Como, also known as Lario, is famous for its Y-shaped form and the charming town of Bellagio. Reach Bellagio by boat, where the meeting point of the lake’s southern arms provides stunning landscapes with the Alps dominating the northern horizon. Explore the village, wander its narrow streets, and enjoy a leisurely lunch (not included) at one of the many restaurants or cafes. Afterward, continue your boat journey to Tremezzo/Villa Carlotta, where you’ll meet your driver to embark on the Bergamo adventure, a city rich in history and art. With its unique urban structure, featuring the vibrant città bassa (lower town) and the renowned città alta (upper town), Bergamo is a treasure trove of medieval charm. Check in at your Bergamo hotel and relish a delightful dinner.
Embark on a journey to Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. After breakfast, opt for a panoramic tour along the western coast to marvel at the Brenta Dolomites and the Moraine Hills of Lower Garda, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the lush vegetation, including lemon trees, oleanders, magnolias, and bougainvillea, sampling locally-produced olive oil and wines. Head to Sirmione, the epitome of Lake Garda’s charm. Take a boat tour to witness the sun’s reflection on the lake, admire tree-lined shores, Sirmione Castle, and the ancient ruins of Catullus’s villa. Enjoy free time for lunch before proceeding to Riva del Garda on the lake’s north side, known for its Venetian-style historic center. Wrap up the day with dinner and an overnight stay in Bergamo.
Begin your day with breakfast before embarking on a journey to “fair Verona,” an open-air museum. A local guide will lead you through its narrow streets, unraveling the city’s rich history spanning classical to Germanic influences. Discover remnants of its Roman past, medieval structures, renaissance palaces, and formidable fortifications, creating a captivating fusion of art and history. Verona, famously the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays, including the iconic “Romeo and Juliet,” invites you to explore Juliet’s residence and legendary balcony. Following Verona, head to Franciacorta, known for its grape-friendly soil, ideal for winemaking. Enjoy a light lunch and savor local delicacies and renowned wines. The day concludes in Milan for an overnight stay.
Wake up refreshed in Milan, the fashion hub! After breakfast, explore the Fashion District, home to iconic boutiques like Versace, Prada, and Armani. In the afternoon, venture to Alzaia-Naviglio Grande for a boat tour in Navigli, an enchanting district known for its canals and lively nightlife. Cruise along Naviglio Grande with a delightful cocktail and snacks, admiring historic canal-side establishments turned into bars, restaurants, and art galleries. Pass by San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, one of the city’s oldest churches, Canottieri Olona’s watersports headquarters, and the renowned Vicolo dei Lavandai—an open-air laundry area used from the 18th century to the 1950s. Opt for an audio guide for historical insights or enjoy the journey with fellow travelers. Overnight in Milan.
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Milan. Enjoy a private transfer to the airport. Arrivederci!
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
7 nights of accommodation in 4-star hotels
- Local guide in Milan and Verona, Bernina Express, Happy Hour in Milan
- Food & Wine tasting
- Scenic boat transfers
- Unique Bernina Express ride
- Happy hour experience
- Drinks and fingerfood on a boat on the Navigli in Milan
- Light lunch in Franciacorta region
- Lake Como & Lake Garda
- Escort tour
- Daily Breakfast
- 2 Dinners
- 1 Lunch
- Happy hour experience
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Private arrival and Departure transfer from Milan airport
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Optional Experiences
- City Tax to be paid locally
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Personal Expenses
- Beverages with meals
- Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included