COACH TOUR: Take in the highlights of northern Italy on this 6-day coach tour which also visits Switzerland. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Milan and see Juliet's Balcony in fair Verona. Take a boat ride on Lake Como and see the stunning scenery of Lake Garda. Cross into Switzerland as you ride the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express Railway to San Moritz and enjoy exploring beautiful Bergamo independently.
Welcome to Milan! On arrival in the city you will be collected at the airport by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
This afternoon, commencing at approximately 14:30 from the hotel, we enjoy a three-hour walking tour of the city with our local guide. We head first to historic Venice Gate. The present day structure is from the 19th century but the origins of the gate can be traced back to medieval and even Roman times.
We stroll through the Indro Montanelli gardens and past the Galleria d'Arte Moderna. See the iconic La Scala opera theatre and the Duomo, probably the highlight of the city. Construction of this imposing cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. Our final stop is Castello Sforzesco, a medieval fortress built in the 1400s by the Duke of Milan.
Near the Castello, we visit a bakery for 'happy hour' and enjoy an aperitivo or two. An aperitivo is a pre-meal drink, designed to open the stomach before dining. It is a centuries-old Italian custom. An aperitivo is usually an alcoholic drink but non-alcoholic options are available. After our drink, the rest of the day is free for you to explore Milan further at leisure.
Please note: Pick-up from the hotel is at approximately 14:30 for our tour of Milan, so we strongly recommend arriving in Italy the day before your holiday starts, to avoid missing the tour!
Bernina Express train to Switzerland
Milan - St Moritz (Switzerland) - Milan. Today we ride the famous UNESCO-listed Bernina Express, a heritage 100-year old railway that travels through the Italian and Swiss Alps, boasting some of the most incredible alpine scenery in Europe.
After breakfast at the hotel we transfer to Tirano near the border with Switzerland, and it is here that we board the train. We will be guaranteed seats in the panoramic carriage, the best place to admire the sweeping alpine views! During our two hour train ride we pass through impressive mountain tunnels and chug through quaint alpine towns and villages. See the peaks of the Swiss Alps as we cross the border, before arriving in the exclusive ski resort town of St Moritz. There's free time to explore the Swiss town before we meet our driver and travel by coach back to Milan, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Milan | Breakfast
Lake Como & Bergamo
Milan - Lake Como - Bergamo. Departing Milan, we drive first to stunning Lake Como, the most famous of the Italian Lakes. Boasting shimmering waters and dramatic alpine scenery, it is little surprise that celebrities flock here from all over the world - George Clooney, Donatella Versace and Madonna are just some of the stars known to own houses around Lake Como.
Lake Como is famous for it's Y-shape, and we'll enjoy a boat ride to Bellagio, a small town that sits idyllically where the two southern arms of the lake fork away. There is free time to explore this small town and enjoy the surrounding views before we head back across the lake and journey to Bergamo, a city split between the modern citta bassa (lower town) and the medieval citta alta (upper town). The evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Bergamo | Breakfast, Dinner
Bergamo - Lake Garda - Sirmione - Riva del Garda - Bergamo. Today we take in another of the Italian Lakes - Lake Garda. We enjoy a panoramic tour of the lake's west coast, admiring the scenery of the UNESCO-listed Brenta Dolomites and the Moraine Hills. There will be time for you to try some of the local olive oil or wine.
Our next stop is Sirmione, on the shores of the lake. We'll enjoy a short boat tour, during which we'll see the lakeside Sirmione Castle and the ruins of Catullus's Villa. Back on land, there is free time to find a quaint local restaurant for lunch. We then return to Bergamo, making a stop in Riva del Garda en route, in order to admire its beautiful Venetian-style historical centre.
Overnight: Bergamo | Breakfast, Dinner
Exploring fair Verona
Bergamo - Verona - Milan. This morning we drive to Verona, where an expert local guide will lead us on a guided tour. Walking down the city's narrow streets you can embrace the fascinating history of Verona, from its Roman origins to its Renaissance palaces.
Two of legendary playwright William Shakespeare's plays were set in Verona: Two Gentlemen of Verona and of course, Romeo and Juliet. We pay a visit to "Juliet's Home" and see the legendary balcony which is said to have inspired the famous "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" scene.
Making our way back to Milan, we stop in the winemaking region of Franciacorta for an included lunch and a glass or two of wine. Arriving back in Milan, your final evening is free to relax at the hotel or head out and explore.
Overnight: Milan | Breakfast, Lunch
Today our tour comes to an end after breakfast at the hotel. Ciao!
Travel in 2023
Please note: This itinerary is for departures in 2024. If booking this tour for travel in 2023, please be aware that it is a 5-day tour, ending in Milan at the end of day 5. In 2024, an additional night in Milan has been added to this trip. Please speak to our Reservations team for further information.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Antares Hotel Concorde, Milan
Located just a short distance from Milan city centre, the Best Western Antares Hotel Concorde welcomes guests with an elegant lobby, including a fibreglass fountain by sculptor Aurelio Gentilio. Rooms are bright and spacious, with classic decor, air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, bathrobes and satellite TV. The onsite restaurant La Piazzetta and accompanying wine bar are open until 23:00, serving a range of traditional Italian cuisine. Free Wi-Fi is also offered. Other onsite amenities include a fitness centre, and a buffet breakfast is served daily.
Starhotels Ritz, Milan
StarHotels Ritz is a luxurious 4-star hotel located in the heart of Milan, Italy. With its prime location just a few steps away from the famous Corso Buenos Aires shopping district, the hotel offers easy access to some of Milan's most popular attractions, including the Duomo, La Scala theatre, and the fashion district. The hotel boasts 197 stylishly appointed rooms, each featuring modern amenities, ensuite bathrooms and elegant furnishings. Guests can enjoy a range of facilities and services, including a fitness centre, sauna, free Wi-Fi and the Grill Bruschetteria restaurant serving delicious Italian cuisine. The hotel also has a stylish rooftop terrace and bar where guests can relax and unwind with a drink after a long day of exploring the city.
Hotel Cappello D'Oro, Bergamo
This 4-star Best Western Signature Collection hotel is located in the centre of Bergamo, within walking distance of the funicular cable car to the centre of the town. Modern guest rooms offer a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi. A buffet breakfast is available from 6:30 at the onsite restaurant and the hotel also comes equipped with a small gym. This hotel is part of the 'Stay For the Planet' project, and is committed to sustainable practices and reducing its environmental footprint, for the benefit of guests and the planet.
Starhotels Cristallo Palace, Bergamo
StarHotels Cristallo Palace is a modern 4-star hotel housed in a glass building in the charming city of Bergamo. The hotel is situated in a peaceful residential area, just a short distance from the city centre and its main attractions, such as the historic Piazza Vecchia and the stunning Cittadella. Offering 90 spacious and elegantly designed rooms, each room features one of the brand's famous Starbeds, large windows, ensuite bathrooms and television. Facilities at the hotel include free Wi-Fi throughout the property, a fitness centre, sauna, and onsite restaurant serving a great mix of local and international cuisine. The Perry Bar is a great place to enjoy a drink in the evening.