Italy > Italy Lake Trip
16 Days Traveling to Italy through Europe’s finest country side.
Delightful road trip in prestige (Optional- sports) car from London to Italy return. Driving through Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and France visiting Lake Maggiore, Lake Como in Italy. Lake Lucerne and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Medieval towns of beauty with their cheeses, flowers, inland waterways, golf clubs, wineries and picnic spots along the way. Small villages, café’s, mountainous Passes, countryside with vineyards, market towns and the Regional Capital of Italy – Como with its fine shopping and lake location.
Driving to Folkestone to board the Eurotunnel shuttle for the twenty minute trip under the English Tunnel. Traveling across France in to Belgium where we travel through the Ardennes forest where many Americans died holding up the last Axis advance on the Western front in WW2.
On the way to Bellargio via Verbania, Como in Italy; St Moritz, Alps, Lucerne in Switzerland. Returning via the medieval town of Auxerre, Lausanne on the banks of Lake Geneva, visiting the cake city of Lille in France, Semois River in the Ardennes, Belgium. Opportunities are to include kayaking, hotair ballooning, horse riding and other activities alternatively a leisurely walk or read on the hotel patio on arrival each day. The scenery looking across the lakes and the changing sky’s as dusk falls and lights switch on making you wonder when you will be back to the lakes in Italy, all this makes a memorable Italian luxury holiday never to be forgotten.
Your trip includes –
* Centrally located Luxury hotels each night.
* Twin share accommodation (single rooms available).
8 Meals including 15 X breakfasts.
* Premium personal (Optional- sports) car travel (group travel in suitable vehicle) with good luggage capability.
* Driver/guide all fuel, tolls and parking fees.
From – London, Hilton Hotel Heathrow Airport T4 return – London
2017 COSTINGS –
TRAVELERS TRIP; FROM £3,520.00 p/p
As per all our tours, all details (hotels, locations, points of interest and tour length) can be customised.
Arriving at either London or Paris CDG airport, return.
From London we drive south to the English Channel where we drive onto the train that takes us the twenty minutes under the Channel arriving in France for a clear drive across Northern France to the city of Lille being our first stop over. Visiting the city center from our selected well placed hotel complete with free WIFI, a short stroll to the center with its architecture, cafés medieval streets and cake shops is a delight.
We drive across the border and into Belgium, driving through the green country along local roads which takes us across some of the well-known battle areas of WWI and WWII, then on to the 200km long Semois River where we arrive at our selected hotel offering free WIFI, swimming pool, bar, relaxed surroundings and providing local and International dining experiences yet nestled on the Semios River bank. This area dating to the second century and its German roots offers some of the best of Belgium country side, located near the Bouillon Castle and the Ardenne’s forest.
# Hot Air Ballooning # Market Place # Bike Riding
Staying in Semois for a second night we spend the day exploring and visiting local hill top villages with their cafés and take a leisurely canoe with the current, down the winding scenic river, hopefully ducklings and signets will offer an unforgettable tranquil one on one with nature. Back to the hotel in time for a sundowner drink at the pool side and enjoyable meal in the area.
# Artist # Walking # Antique Searching # Golf
Leaving Belgium behind we track South through the forests with the remains and reminders of the Battle of the Ardennes of WWII. Heading to and through Verdun we arrive at the Massif du Ventron in the Basel region. Exploring and enjoying the local villages and towns on the drive, arriving with time to stroll through the wooded areas and take in the region with its green deciduous trees and rolling country side.
# Fashion # Wineries # Paragliding
We travel through Switzerland via Chur, the capital of the local region, having origins back to the Bronze and Iron Age, which is nestled on the banks of the Rhine River running at the bottom of the towering Alps. Driving via the Splugen Pass we arrive in the internationally known town of St Moritz with its central lake set in a natural bowl surrounded by trees on the sides of the Alps Mountains. There is time to sit and view the lake while waiting an evening meal after visiting some of the high end shops of this hill side Ski Town.
# Cheeses # Churches # Canoeing # Castles
The day takes us further South to Lake Como via the Maloja pass, through Lecco and turning North up to Bellagio for a suggested nights stop. Bellagio looks over the majestic Lake and offers Grand hotels with their ornately painted ceilings, Italian architecture and views of the Alps setting a backdrop that will draw you back again.
# Shopping # Wild Flowers # Lavender # Cafés
A short drive to the Town of Como set at the base of the Lake we arrive in time to settle in the suggested Hotel on the lake side enabling you to take a leisurely trip on a ferry boat in the Lake, a trip up the funicular railway to higher locations giving panoramic views of the Town with its many churches, gardens and Palaces. Time to wander the local shops that offer Italian fashions at its best. Diner can be on the terrace watching the small boats coming and going, or visit some of the secluded restaurants the area has to offer.
# Restaurant’s # Motor Sports # Mountains
From Lake Como we head to the Fashion centre of Lugauo, straggling Lake di Lugano before turning south and visiting Santa Caterine del Sasso on the way to Laveno. We drive onto the ferry for the trip across Lake Maggiore to our day’s destination of Verbania, the suggested hotel is well set on the Lake side and a short walk to the town center with its cobble stone streets lined with shops for quality shopping and hidden restaurants with local cuisine.
# Archery # Hunting # Swimming # Sailing
Staying a second night in Verbania we can use the day to visit via private ferry Isola Bella and Verbano Cusio Ossola which are on islands set in the Lake or Stresa on the opposite side of Lake Maggiore. Returning to enjoy a cool drink on the Terrace after an interesting day on the Lake.
# Military Review # Cemetery’s # Gardens
Leaving the mist shrouded lake we travel via the Simplon and Susten Passes amongst the towering snow covered Alps to Evian the French renowned bottled water and finally to our destination for two nights, a small medieval town set on the banks of Lake Geneva. The suggested hotel is set on the Lake side with magnificent views across the lake. Local cafés and restaurant’s abound, the cobbled streets stone buildings set around the local Castle with its splendid walled gardens makes this location a must visit.
# Pub’s # Picnic’s # Special Buildings
Day 11 & 12
Rather than watching, take a trip on the glorious paddle steamer ferry into Geneva or Lausanne to enjoy the Lake, sights, flowers, shopping or night life of this area. There are walks and the chance to head back up to the Alps for a picnic in such inspiring landscape before resting each night in your room overlooking the tranquil Lake.
# Architecture # Museum’s # Hiking # Palaces
Day 13 & 14
The day takes us through some stunning French country side, North through the market town of Dole and on to the regional capital of Dijon with well-placed central hotels. This being the central wine region of France, on a drive between Dijon and Beaune – stopping at local Bourgogne French wineries in Nuits St George and Corgoloin you will get a taste of the region’s wines and splendour or to the might river Rhone to see the canal boats and local villages in this very French location. Beaune with its distinctive coloured roof tiles of the region has cheese shops to experience, Dijon with the canal de Bourgogne passing through has a city center to enjoy, Cathedrals and the well-known mustard and Beef Burgundy to taste before moving on.
# Wellness Centers # Festivities # War Trails # Dancing
Continuing North across rolling country side to Auxerre a provincial town of France set on the River L’Yonne has its flower lined bridges and majestic Cathedral sitting high on the hill of this medieval town, with the buildings and Town center setting a unique backdrop for a local last French diner before moving on the next day.
# Art Centers # Manor Houses # Fishing # Kayaking
Today is a direct drive through Northern France heading for Calais on the coast then the return under channel train trip back to England. Stopping in Kent at a typical English country Pub before returning you to London/Paris Airport or destination of your choice.
# White Water Rafting # Race Tracks/Events # Barging
The above provides a glimpse of the flexibility and options open to you when travelling with Tim.
You needed: Camera, open mind and plenty of smiles.
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Fully inclusive of:
Pick up, Drop Off, Vehicle Travel, Luxury Hotels with breakfast each day for the duration of the agreed tour.
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Options and alterations:
Alterations and personalisation of our driving tour is welcomed.
- This map is indicative only.
- As per all tours, all details (hotels, locations and points of interest) can be customised to suit your individual taste.
- Subject to currency fluctuation.
- Subject to availability.
- Trips described on this site are not a quote or a set schedule, but a suggested trip that can be modified and await your confirmation.
- All driving travel is subject to road and traffic conditions. If unforeseen conditions, deviations may be necessary.
- Any nominated roads are shown as an indication only and not necessarily the roads travelled.
- Full Travel/Health/Baggage Insurance is to be taken out by each traveller.
- There are some accommodation locations that are most popular therefore the earliest confirmation of your intentions is recommeded.
- Double room accommodation; Single room options available.
- Free Day or Free time indicates that you have time to yourselves to explore, rest or sit around the pool.
- Lists of sightseeing opportunities are available.
- Non smoking trips
- Full disclosure of any medical conditions is imperative including next of kin details.
- Meal inclusions indicated are to a given value.
- [B]Breakfast included Breakfast included
- [L]Lunch included Lunch included
- [D]Dinner included Dinner included