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 visits to two other great lakes, Como and 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 private bathroom, air conditioning, colour television, radio, telephone and minibar. Other amenities of this plush establishment 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.
Monday 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 champagne and snacks set the holiday mood. On through France to the Alsace and our overnight hotel, the 3 star Novotel Hauconcourt Metz.
TuesdayWe 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.
Wednesday A day at leisure, explore the old part of Iseo with its interesting shops and lakeside promenade or make use of the hotels leisure facilities.
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 A morning guided visit to Bergamo, an extremely pretty old 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 Alto 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.
Saturday 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 grottoes and the dominating Scaligeri castle. We return to Iseo by coach late afternoon
Sunday A full day excursion to Lake Como, favoured by the actor George Clooney, driving along the fjord like lake shore road via Lecco and passing the tiny ‘River of Milk’ to Varenna where we join the passenger foot ferry crossing to Bellagio ‘Pearl of Lake Como’. After ample time for sightseeing and lunch we rejoin the coach for the return to our hotel.
MondayWe 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 close to the ‘European City’ of Strasbourg.
Tuesday 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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