One of our most popular and successful tours is to the tranquil shores of Lake Iseo, Northern Italy’s best kept secret. Wooded slopes, a backdrop of mighty mountains, and Europe’s largest lake island with unspoilt fishing villages all add to the charm and appeal. We include a superb hotel and a visit to beautiful Lake Garda.
This superior 4 star hotel, the Iseolago, is located close to the lake on the edge of the small town of Iseo. All bedrooms are tastefully furnished and equipped with a private bathroom, air conditioning, television, radio, telephone and minibar. Other amenities include a tasteful bar, an elegant restaurant, relaxing lounge area, fitness centre, sauna, large outdoor swimming pool and large pleasant gardens – ideal for an evening stroll. A lift serves all floors.
Saturday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the mid morning train a glass of fizz and snacks set the holiday mood. On through France to the Alsace and our overnight hotel, the 3 star Novotel, Hauconcourt Metz.
Sunday We depart after breakfast and make for Switzerland and the Alps we pass Lucerne before taking the spectacular Gotthard Pass road. Now on through magnificent scenery to Lugano and the Italian border. We reach our luxury holiday hotel on Lake Iseo late afternoon.
Monday A day at leisure to explore the old part of Iseo with its interesting shops and lakeside promenade or, perhaps, make use of the hotel's leisure facilities.
Tuesday A full day excursion to the largest of the Italian Lakes, Garda. We spend time in delightful Gardonne on the west shore before boarding a boat for an informative lake cruise around the island of Garda then on to the spectacular medieval town of Sirmione, with its rich historical and artistic heritage. The little town noted for its Roman grottos and the dominating Scaligeri castle. We return to Iseo by coach late afternoon.
Wednesday A guided visit to Bergamo, a pretty town situated on the edge of the Alps. Bergamo's original location was a defensive hilltop, nowadays the historic part of town is known as the Città Alta and home to most of the old buildings and tourist spots. We enjoy a guided tour of the principal sights before spending time at leisure. Early afternoon we head off to our wine tasting at one of the best vineyards producing the wonderful deep red Francia Corta wines. We return to the hotel for coffee & cake late afternoon.
Thursday A drive of discovery around the lake. We drive to nearby Sarnico where the large busy weekly market is in full flow. After time browsing for bargains we take the fjord like west lakeside road to Lovere, a favoured haunt of artists, the largest town at the head of the lake and the perfect place to find lunch. We complete our round lake tour via Pisogne returning to the hotel late afternoon.
Friday We leave Iseo and head north into Switzerland, over the mighty San Bernardino Pass and through the awesome Mala Gorge to Zurich. This afternoon we cross the French border at Basle and on to our overnight hotel in Saarbrucken Sud.
Saturday Homeward bound! We retrace the steps of our outward journey to Calais and the late afternoon shuttle train back to Folkestone. We arrive back in our home area mid evening.
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