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Milano, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore 7 nights / 8 days 1 Milano, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore 7 nights / 8 days ITINERARY Day 1 Saturday Arrival in Milano transfer to your hotel Check in at your 4 stars
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Milano, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore 7 nights / 8 days 1 Milano, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore 7 nights / 8 days ITINERARY Day 1 Saturday Arrival in Milano transfer to your hotel Check in at your 4 stars hotel in Milano city center 2-hours orientation walking tour with private guide Day 2 Sunday Full day tour of Milano with private guide, including the visit of Last Supper, the Duomo and La Scala Theater Day 3 Monday Visit to the art Museum in the morning and free afternoon Day 4 Tuesday Transfer to Lake Maggiore, check in and visit to Stresa and Borromean Islands Day 5 Wednesday Lake Maggiore by boat and panoramic train Day 6 Thursday Transfer to Lake Como through Switzerland Check in and rest of the day at your leisure Day 7 Friday Full day tour of the lake with private guide and ferry Day 8 Saturday Departure 2 Day 1 Arrival Day Upon arrival into Milan airport, our driver will drive you to the hotel, which is centrally located. Time to check in and freshen up before meeting your private guide in the lobby of the hotel. Together with her you will have a first taste of the city: 2- hours to stretch your legs after the long flight and to learn how to orientate around the main streets and piazzas. Dinner is on your own with our restaurants suggestions. Evening at leisure. Day 2 After breakfast you will meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for a full day private tour. Starting from the Last Supper of Leonardo, you will walk to Castello Sforzesco and then reach Piazza Duomo, visit the Dom and end with La Scala Theater after lunch. The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci is hosted in the adjacencies of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This painting is one of the greatest masterpieces of art of every time, so important to be listed as part of UNESCO's Worldwide Heritage in 1980, a work of art that really changed the history of world art. 3 The genius of the Tuscan painter reached here one of its highest peaks. Thanks to the incredible painting technique and the complex translation in painting of the Gospels message. Our guide will give you historical and artistic explanation of the painting and the nearby church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with the famous presbytery designed by Bramante, the first architect of San Peter in Rome. Time for a capuccino and get ready to walk to piazza Duomo through the gardens of the Castello Sforzesco. The park was created on the orders of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, at the end of the 14th century. It was built on a broad stretch of land to the north of the castle and consisted of both cultivated fields and an ornamental garden. In 1457 Carlo da Cremona expanded the gardens for Francesco Sforza. During the reign of Ludovico il Moro, at the height of Milanese court's influence, Leonardo da Vinci himself was charged with organising ceremonies and parties in the Ducal Gardens. After the fall of the Sforzas and the arrival of their Spanish successors in the 1500s the vast area fell into disrepair. More recently, the town planning scheme of 1889, signed by the architect Cesare Beruto, set aside a large area for the park. The design is the work of Emilio Alemagna, who between 1890 and 1893 created an English romantic garden with gentle artificial slopes, groves in imitation of the open countryside, waterways and broad paths for carriages. The paths had the purpose of symbolically linking the Milan of the Sforzas with that of Napoleon, by connecting the Castle with the Arena and the 19th century arch. 4 After the gardens, the guide will show you where have a light and tasty lunch. After lunch, the tour goes on to the La Scala Theatre. La Scala Theatre Opera House, one of the biggest and most modern Theatre in the world since 1776, when it was made by Giuseppe Piermarini, the most important architect in Milan in the late 18th century. Our tour will include an insider access to the theatre and to the museum halls. Then the impressive Cathedral awaits for you: built in six centuries from 1368 to 1762 it is the biggest gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic church, after St. Peter in Rome, in the world. The Duomo di Milano is often refered as the Fabbrica del Duomo or the church s factory, not only because the construction lasted so long but also because big building needs continuous care and restorations. Two steps out of the church and we will under the amazing vaulted arcade known as Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II . Built in the 19th century, this glass-vaulted shopping center represents of the first example of Art Nouveau Style in the world. The Galleria is affectionately called the living room of the Milaneses , because it was the meeting point of Artists, Poets, and Men of Letters in the 19th century, in its bar and cafès, still existing inside the Galleria. Here it s time for a well deserved aperitivo! Get a drink and eat some food as the very local people! Day 3 After breakfast you will be met by your guide in the lobby of the hotel for your 4 hours guided tour of the Pinacoteca Brera. 5 The collection of the Pinacoteca di Brera includes some of the greatest masterpieces of Italian and foreign art from the 13th to the 20th century. The works are displayed on the first floor of the building, where the Academy of Fine Arts is also located: the impressive collection contains masterpiecies as the Lamentation of Christ by Mantegna, the Crucifixion by Bramantino, the Pietà of Bellini and The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael and The Kiss by Hayez and many more. The afternoon is at leisure. Milano is the capital of the shopping, we are sure you will not be bored! Day 4 After check out, your driver will pick you up to transfer to the train station. Get the train to Stresa, a city named the queen of the Lake Maggiore for its beauty and strategic location. At Stresa train station meet your driver to get to the hotel. Check in at your hotel and freshen up before meeting with your guide who will show you the beauty of the Borromean Islands. You will depart form the hotel dock and visit first Isola Bella and the Borromeo Palace surrounded by a beautiful garden adorned with fabulous fountains, statues, artificial grottoes and rare plants. After a pleasant walk grab a gelato or a drink and then you will take the boat ride to Isola Madre, a visit worth of gardens lover as it is just a dream island with its beautiful gardens full of flowers and plants, and the 18th 6 century palace that is inhabited by many species of birds and where peacocks roam freely. Back at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. In the evening we suggest you make a reservation at one of the great restaurants in Isola dei Pescatori (transfer to the island is always complimentary by the restaurant). Day 5 Today a great adventure awaits you: the tour of the lake and a journey on one of the most panoramic train in Europe! Have breakfast at the hotel and then get ready for a day rich of contrasts: you will navigate across the Lago Maggiore, admiring the Cannero Riviera castles, the Brissago Islands, Ascona and Locarno. Lunch is served on board. Once in Locarno you have some time to explore this southern Swiss city. Don t forget your passport! Back to Stresa is by train: with the scenic Centovalli and Val Vigezzo narrowgauge railway, you will cross one of the wildest and more romantic landscape in this area. Once in Domodossola, back to Stresa by regular train. 7 Day 6 Today you will depart from the Maggiore Lake to get to the Como Lake. After check out, you will be driven to Lake Como (about 2h40min driving). Once in Como, check in at your hotel and relax walking along the lake or drinking a glass of wine at the hotel terrace. Rest of the day at your leisure. Day 7 This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty once wrote the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. No other words can describe better this blissful place, coated with charm and romance. The main attraction is the lake itself, shaped like an upside down Y, with the charming village of Bellagio at the Y intersection. You will embark on the ferry just in front of the hotel with your guide. The view from the lake at the numerous villas that line the shores of the lake is captivating: Villa Balbianello, dating back to 17thC, with the beautiful gardens, Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi and Villa La Quiete among the others. A visit to one the villa is included. Our great guide Rita will narrate all the stories of the places that inspired Bellini in Moltrasio, Listz in Bellagio and Verdi in Cadenabbia. An aperitivo in the charming village of Bellagio and a stroll along the cobbled little streets is mandatory before we get back to our hotel. 8 Day 8 Today is your departure day. Check out after breakfast and enjoy the last moments before to leave. Transfer to airport will be organized according with flight schedule. Hoping to see you soon! Arrivederci! Please note that your final itinerary may vary slightly from this one as we continuously research and develop each trip, customizing your experience to match your interests and tastes Italy & Golf by Fandango Tours SRL WHAT S INCLUDED WHAT S NOT INCLUDED 7 nights accommodations with breakfast included Return transfer from and to airport 2 hours orientation tour in Milan 6 hours private guide in Milano with Last Supper, Duomo and La Scala tickets 3 hours private guide for visiting Pinacoteca Brera (Milano) and tickets Transfer from Milano to Milano train station Train ticket from Milano to Stresa 3 hours guide for Borromean Islands and ferry ticket Lake Maggiore Express with lunch on board Transfer from Lake Maggiore to Lake Como 6 hours lake tour with private guide Airfare to/from Italy City tax (to be paid directly at the hotels) Meals and beverages where not mentioned Transfer beyond those mentioned above Personal spending money and tips Room upgrades and extras 9 PRICES: Price per person based on 2 persons: EUR 3.145,00 per person Price per person based on 4 persons: EUR 2.455,00 per person Price per person based on 6 persons: EUR 2.165,00 per person Price per person based on 8 persons: EUR 2.129,00 per person MINIMUN PARTECIPANTS 2 PEOPLE RATES ARE BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON REQUEST. AVAILABILITY HAS TO BE CHECKED AT THE MOMENT OF BOOKING. 10
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