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Italian Lakes - Itineraries

DAY 1 – AM P&O Ferry crossing – Dover / Calais (other crossings are available on request), where you’ll have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive through France to Nancy for the first of two overnight stops. Dinner included - Mileage approx. 280 miles

 

DAY 2 – Breakfast followed by am departure from Arlon and the hotel. Again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive through France and Switzerland before crossing the border into Italy and the Southern Tyrol, Accommodation tonight is at the Hotel Stocker or Goldener Adler with dinner included - Mileage approx. 220 miles

 

DAY 3 – Today after breakfast, the fun begins with a morning descent of the infamous ‘Stelvio Pass’ (approx 25 miles). We recommend that you get to the Stelvio Pass early in the morning before it starts getting too busy, the descent to Bormio takes approx 35 minutes. After your ‘Stelvio experience’ the journey continues through Italy to Lake Garda and the Hotel Drago or Villa Luisa, your base for the next 4 nights. Dinner is Included.

Mileage approx. 175 miles

 

DAY 4 – The Day at Leisure  

OR – Enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Garda where you can explore some of the beautiful towns and attractions such as: Desenzano Sirmione, Bardolino, Malcesine, Riva del Garda, Limone, Gargnano and Tignale to mention just a few. Mileage approx. 95 miles

 

DAY 5 – The Day at Leisure

OR - A spectacular drive taking in alpine lakes, a pass and a lake side drive featured in a Bond film. Probably one of the best drives in Europe. If Jeremy Clarkson drove it, he'd be sure to call it 'one of the most crazy roads in the world'. Mileage approx. 136 miles

 

DAY 6 – The Day at Leisure

OR – Enjoy a memorable drive to Venice. No, you can't actually drive in Venice, but you can drive to Venice, leave your car in a garage or lot, and proceed to enjoy the city of canals car-free, or why not take the train from Desenzano? Mileage approx. 100 miles

 

DAY 7 – Departing the Hotel and Lake Garda after breakfast, today you will enjoy the scenic drive via Lake Idro and Lake Iseo to Lake Como and the Hotel Lumin or Lario, your base for the next 3 nights on a half board basis.

 

DAY 8 - The Day at Leisure

OR – Take a tour to Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore. Departing Lake Como our drive takes you over the mountains via some great winding passes into Switzerland with visits to Porlezza and Lugano before travelling on to Lake Maggiore, again taking the road across the mountains with more spectacular drives. The route then takes you along the lake shore passing through the popular towns of Castelveccana and Laveno-Mombello before heading back to Lake Como.  Mileage 109 miles

 

DAY 9 –  The Day at Leisure

OR - Enjoy a spectacular drive to Tirano where you can enjoy a breathtaking trip on one of the world's most spectacular railway journeys, the famous Bernina Express, click here for timetable returning to Lake Como and the hotel late afternoon/early evening.

 

DAY 10 - Departing from the Hotel and Lake Como after breakfast, today you begin the homeward drive through Italy and into Switzerland where you'll have time to enjoy some of the spectacular passes in the Swiss alps. These include the Furka Pass, St Gotthard Pass and finally the Grimsel Pass, which at 2165m is one of the most spectacular passes in the Alps. Arrival in Weggis on Lake Lucerne will be late afternoon and after check-in and some free time to freshen up dinner is included at the hotel - Milege approx. 160 miles

 

DAY 11 – Breakfast followed by the full day at leisure on Lake Lucerne

 

DAY 12 - Departing after breakfast, today’s journey will see you crossing the border into France. As with the outbound drives, again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive en route through France to Troyes, where you’ll enjoy your final overnight stop at the Golden Tulip hotel.

Mileage approx 286 miles

 

DAY 13 – Departing after breakfast today sees you making your final journey back to Calais and the UK. Again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or a more direct drive to rendezvous with your return P&O Ferry crossing back to Dover. Mileage approx. 254 miles

13 Days, 12 Nights

2 Overnights Outbound & 1 Overnight on Return...

DAY 1 – AM P&O Ferry crossing – Dover / Calais (other crossings are available on request), where you’ll have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive through France and Belgium to Arlon and the Best western Hotel for the first of three overnight stops. Dinner included - Mileage approx. 235 miles

 

DAY 2 – Breakfast followed by am departure from Arlon and the hotel. Again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive through France and Germany with arrival at the Hotel Schloss Hornberg or Landhaus Lauble in the Black Forest late afternoon / early evening. Dinner is included - Mileage approx. 200 miles

 

DAY 3 - Breakfast followed by am departure from Hornberg and the hotel. Again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive through Germany and Switzerland before crossing the border into Italy and the Southern Tyrol, Accommodation tonight is at the excellent Hotel Stocker or Goldener Adler with dinner included - Mileage approx. 220 miles

 

DAY 4 – Today after breakfast, the fun begins with a morning descent of the infamous ‘Stelvio Pass’ (approx 25 miles). We recommend that you get to the Stelvio Pass early in the morning before it starts getting too busy, the descent to Bormio takes approx 35 minutes. After your ‘Stelvio experience’ the journey continues through Italy to Lake Garda and the Lake Garda and the Hotel Drago or Villa Luisa. Dinner is Included. Mileage approx. 175 miles

 

DAY 5 – The Day at Leisure  

OR – Enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Garda where you can explore some of the beautiful towns and attractions such as: Desenzano Sirmione, Bardolino, Malcesine, Riva del Garda, Limone, Gargnano and Tignale to mention just a few. Mileage approx. 95 miles

 

DAY 6 – The Day at Leisure

OR - A spectacular drive taking in alpine lakes, a pass and a lake side drive featured in a Bond film. Probably one of the best drives in Europe. If Jeremy Clarkson drove it, he'd be sure to call it 'one of the most crazy roads in the world'. Mileage approx. 136 miles

 

DAY 7 – The Day at Leisure

OR – Enjoy a memorable drive to Venice. No, you can't actually drive in Venice, but you can drive to Venice, leave your car in a garage or lot, and proceed to enjoy the city of canals car-free, or why not take the train from Desenzano? Mileage approx. 100 miles

 

DAY 8 – Departing the Hotel and Lake Garda after breakfast, today you will enjoy the scenic drive via Lake Idro and Lake Iseo to Lake Como and the Hotel Lumin or Lario, your base for the next 3 nights on a half board basis.

 

DAY 9 - The Day at Leisure

OR – Take a tour to Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore. Departing Lake Como our drive takes you over the mountains via some great winding passes into Switzerland with visits to Porlezza and Lugano before travelling on to Lake Maggiore, again taking the road across the mountains with more spectacular drives. The route then takes you along the lake shore passing through the popular towns of Castelveccana and Laveno-Mombello before heading back to Lake Como.  Mileage 109 miles

 

DAY 10 –  The Day at Leisure

OR - Enjoy a spectacular drive to Tirano where you can enjoy a breathtaking trip on one of the world's most spectacular railway journeys, the famous Bernina Express, click here for timetable returning to Lake Como and the hotel late afternoon/early evening.

 

DAY 11 - Departing from the Hotel and Lake Como after breakfast, today you begin the homeward drive through Italy and into Switzerland where you'll have time to enjoy some of the spectacular passes in the Swiss alps. These include the Furka Pass, St Gotthard Pass and finally the Grimsel Pass, which at 2165m is one of the most spectacular passes in the Alps. Arrival in Weggis on Lake Lucerne will be late afternoon and after check-in and some free time to freshen up dinner is included at the hotel - Milege approx. 160 miles

 

DAY 12 – Breakfast followed by the full day at leisure on Lake Lucerne

 

DAY 13 - Departing after breakfast, today’s journey will see you crossing the border into France. As with the outbound drives , again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive en route through France to Nancy and the Novotel Nancy Ouest where you’ll enjoy an overnight stop.

Mileage approx 210 miles

 

DAY 14 - Departing after breakfast, your journey continutes through France, again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive en route to Chamouille/Soissons where you’ll enjoy your final overnight stop. Mileage approx 160 miles

 

DAY 15 – Departing after breakfast today sees you making your final journey back to Calais and the UK. Again you will have the choice of taking a Scenic or a more direct drive to rendezvous with your return P&O Ferry crossing back to Dover. Mileage approx. 145 miles

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