Joe Banana Limos & Travel

Package 39 - The Lakes Break

7 Nights / 8 Days

Local Tours

Price from7.600or less
Package 39 - The Lakes Break

INTRO

  • Embark on an enchanting 8-day tour.
  • Delve into the beauty of Italy's lakes with guided tours of Bellagio, Borromean Islands, Iseo Lake, and Catullo Caves.
  • Experience the serenity of Lake Maggiore, Iseo Lake, and Lake Garda with captivating boat tours.
  • Indulge in the flavors of Garda with a wine tour and tasting, followed by a sunset cruise on Lake Garda with prosecco tasting.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture with visits to markets and food shops in Desenzano del Garda, along with a private cooking class.
  • Explore the charming towns and picturesque islands, all while enjoying hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodations with breakfast included.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Lakes Break - 7 Nights / 8 Days
  • 8 day tour with 4 Nights in Como, 3 Nights in Garda
  • Guided tours of Bellagio, Borromean Islands, Iseo Lake and Catullo Caves
  • Boat tour experience on Lake Maggiore, Iseo Lake and Lake Garda
  • Wine tour and tasting in Garda
  • Sunset cruise on Lake Garda with prosecco tatsting
  • Visit to the local marketand food shops with a local host in Desenzano del Garda
  • Private coocking class
  • Visit Como, Bellagio, Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, Isola Madre, Buccione, Varese, Schiranna, Varese Lake, Iseo Lake, San Paolo, Loreto and Monteisola islands, Garda, Lake Garda, Sirmione, Desenzano del Garda
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodations with breakfasts included -

our safety measures

  • English speaking driver at your disposal for 10-11 hrs per day
  • New luxury mercedes vehicle
  • Vehicle sanitized prior to pick up of guests 
  • The vehicle will be used exclusively for you for the duration of the vacation/tour 
  • The driver and vehicle is exclusive the same from the start till the end of the vacation.
  • Our tours frequent off the beaten path locations, less frequented by tourists with a greater authentic feel.
  • No hidden costs: guides and tickets are always included in our packages
  • Company representative available by phone 24 hrs per day
  • Flexible, risk free bookings and penalty changes*
  • Changes to land portion of tours up to 30 days prior to the travel date without penalty*

Why choose our tours vs big groups

  • Customize your days and timing at sites directly with your driver
  • Private, comfortable luxury vehicle exclusively for your party for the duration of your tour
  • Our private vehicles (which can hold a maximum of 8 guests) can arrive directly in the main center of the cities, while taking a bus involves a considerable amount of walking which is a significant amount of lost touring time.
  • No need to wait around for groups members to arrive and designated meeting times 
  • More time to spend actually visiting sites 
  • Air conditioning (temperature control) and wifi on board
  • Water, snacks and refreshing cotton wipes with aloe vera, provided everyday
  • Friendly, local, english speaking driver/guides who engage with guests and share information to optimize your touring experience
  • 24/7 assistance and support from our ground operational office in Italy
  • Private small groups of  3, 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
  • For groups more than 8 guests, we’ll use 2 minivans and the service provided will be the same
  • For custom made tours we work with any reasonable budget

AVERAGE PRICE

Average Price for this package is 7.600€ per person based on private party of 4 guests in a 4 or 5-star hotel in standard double occupancy rooms. If there are additional guests in your party, the price per person decreases, please fill the form to get the best offer for your private tour of Italy 🇮🇹.

 

When
All year
Price From
7600.00
Level
Very Easy

What’s included

  • 7 Nights in 4 or 5 star hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Vehicle and driver at your disposal for 10-11 hrs a day
  • Water - snacks - refreshing cotton wipes with aloe vera
  • Local licensed guides
  • Entrance Tickets to sites as indicated

Not included

  • Gratuities
  • Air fare
  • City Taxes

The Lakes Break - 7 Nights / 8 Days

Day 1
Arrival at Milan Airport.
A driver will meet you outside of the baggage claim area and will transfer you from Milan airport to a 4 or 5 star hotel in Como for a four night stay.
Remainder of the day/evening at your leisure. 
Day 2
Full day tour to Bellagio and Lake Como.
Today you will visit the beautiful city of Como and marvelous village of Bellagio.
Visit the Duomo of Como, the Volta Temple and Terragni palace, then drive to Bellagio, time for lunch and then, have a guided walking tour of the historical centre.
Admire the lake and see the real Y up side down.
day 3
Full day guided tour of the Borromean Islands on the Lake Maggiore.
Transfer by boat to Isola Bella. Guided tour of Palazzo Borromeo and its garden, one of the greatest expressions of the baroque garden in Italy.
Continue to the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori. 
Continue to Isola Madre, famous for its wonderful botanical garden and the upper palace which houses part of the Borromeo family's doll collection. Entrance to the islands included.
day 4

Quick stop to Buccione, from which you can see the Lake d’Orta from its southern part.
Visit of the city centre of Varese.
Stopover in Schiranna to have a look at the Varese lake.

day 5

Check-out from your hotel in Como.
Private guided tour cruising around the Iseo Lake the biggest lake in Europe, visiting the three islands San Paolo, Loreto and Monte Isola.
Transfer to Garda, where you will check-in at your 4-5 hotel for three nights.

day 6
Today you will indulge in a unique wine tour and tasting experience in the Garda Region.
Private lake Garda sunset cruise with prosecco.
day 7
Private guided tour of the Catullo Caves and Sirmione, archaeological area including the remains of the vast and luxurious Roman villa known from the Renaissance, on the Garda Lake.
Visit to the local market and traditional food shops in Desenzano del Garda with a specialized host followed by a private cooking class to learn the most famous dishes of Garda cuisine.
day 8
Have your breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver.
Private transfer from your hotel to the airport.
Departure from Italy 😔

 
What is the currency used in Italy, and where can I exchange money?

The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). You can exchange money at banks, exchange offices ("cambio"), or ATMs. Banks offer competitive rates but may have higher fees. Exchange offices are convenient but compare rates. ATMs are widespread with favorable rates, but watch for bank fees. Major credit cards are accepted, but carrying cash for small purchases and emergencies is advisable.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Italy?

Whether you need a visa to travel to Italy depends on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. Citizens of many countries, including those in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, can enter Italy visa-free for short stays as tourists

What are hotel taxes in Italy, how do I pay them and how much are they?

In Italy, hotel taxes, known as "tassa di soggiorno" or tourist tax, are fees charged by local municipalities on guests at accommodations like hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals. These taxes vary based on location and accommodation type, usually calculated per person per night. They're not typically included in the room rate and are paid directly to the provider upon check-out, often in cash or added to the final bill. Exemptions may apply for certain guests, such as children or those with disabilities.

How do you greet people in Italy?

Greetings in Italy are typically warm and involve a handshake. It's common to greet people with a friendly "Ciao" or "Buongiorno" (good morning) during the day. In the evening or when meeting someone for the first time, "Buonasera" (good evening) is more appropriate. Italians value politeness, so don't forget to use "Grazie" (thank you) and "Per favore" (please) when appropriate.

What are the opening hours for shops and businesses?

In Italy, traditional business hours are observed, with most shops opening around 9:00 am and closing for a few hours in the afternoon (usually between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm). Shops then reopen at around 5:30 pm. Some smaller businesses may close on Sundays, so it's advisable to plan shopping accordingly.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Italy?

While major credit cards are generally accepted, it's advisable to carry some cash, especially in smaller establishments. Notify your bank of your travel dates to avoid any issues with card transactions.

How do gratuities work in Italy?

Gratuities are not mandatory and never included, but if you've been pleased with the service, it's customary to show appreciation, and workers are very thankful. Generally speaking, gratuities can be 100€ full day guides, 50€ half/partial day guides, driver 75-150€ on full day use of vehicle, skipper 150-250€ for full day tours, hotel porters 3-5€ per bag, restaurants 10-20% on the total, guest ambassadors, based on service received, 1-5% on rhe total amount. Gratuities in Italy run anywhere from 10-25% depending on the services and your satisfaction with them.

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