A stay on the 'secret' Italian Lake Iseo with views of Monte Isola in the lake including visits to Mantua, Brescia and Franciacorta
Lake Iseo - 7 nights
The famed Italian lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda on the sunny side of the Alps helped to coin the term 'Lakes & Mountains' holidays, yet the one lake with a mountain in it (!) has been largely forgotten: the smaller Lake Iseo containing Monte Isola, where you step back in time on an island of just 2,000 inhabitants and 11 villages and ports, 6 miles in circumference but rising to nearly 2,000 feet - private cars are still forbidden and exploration is by boat, local bus or on foot.
The glorious mountain setting near the Franciacorta wine region allows access to two of Lombardy's lesser known but wonderful towns.
Historic Brescia boasts a heritage from Roman temples to Baroque churches and Renaissance loggias, whilst the Pinacotheca reveals works by Titian, Raphael, Canaletto and Rembrandt.
Elegant Mantua is a very special town of historic piazzas and elegant palazzos with great works of art, indeed it is the wonderful setting of Verdi's Rigoletto and home of the wealthy Gonzaga dukes.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Mantua
Local Expert Guides
Small Group Size: 6 - 16
Day 1 Fly to Milan. Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Araba Fenice on Lake Iseo for seven nights.
Day 2 By train and boat to Carzano on Monte Isola for a guided visit followed by a ‘3-island’ cruise ending at Peschiera for a guided visit and some free time, before returning by private boat. (B)
Day 3 By boat and bus along the lake for a walking tour of Sarnico and Iseo town. Wine tasting in Franciacorta wine region. (B)
Day 4 A tour to lakeside Mantua to visit Palazzo Te and for a guided walking tour. (B)
Day 5 Free day. (B)
Day 6 A short train ride to Brescia for a guided tour. Free time and return by train late afternoon. (B)
Day 7 Free day. (B)
Day 8 Return flight.
Visits include some uneven surfaces, small inclines, public rail and boat travel.
A 4-star historic hotel built in the 19th century at Pilzone village on Lake Iseo, 30 minutes’ walk to Iseo town. Restaurant with a lake front terrace and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax, payable locally is currently €1.50 per person per night.
Lake Como Extension
Transfer from Lake Iseo to Lake Como to join our 'Grand Tour on Lake Como'. Stay at an old 'Jules Verne' favourite, the Grand Hotel Menaggio, looking directly over the blue waters of Lake Como, in the small town of Menaggio, linked to neighbouring communities and different parts of the lake by ferry and bus services.
Day 1 Transfer from Lake Iseo to Lake Como for seven nights at the 4-star Grand Hotel Menaggio. (B)
Day 2 Afternoon private boat along Lake Como to Villa del Balbianello, for a tour. (B)
Day 3 An optional full-day excursion to Switzerland’s most elegant resort, St. Moritz, with a short train journey one-way on the Bernina Express through high mountain scenery to Diavolezza Bernina (£59). (B)
Day 4 Full-day optional tour to Lombardy’s capital, Milan. Visit Castello Sforzesco; a Renaissance Palace and view the dramatic Gothic cathedral, La Scala opera house and the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele (£54 May-Sep). (B)
Day 5 Afternoon private lake cruise. Visit Villa Carlotta and its gardens. Enjoy a drink on the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia terrace with views across the lake to Bellagio and Varenna. (B)
Day 6 An optional full-day excursion to Bergamo. Walking tour of the historic upper town. Ferry to Varenna (payable locally), then by road to Bergamo (£57 May-Sep). (B)
Day 7 Optional full-day tour to Lake Orta, the town of Stresa and a boat to Isola Bella ± on Lake Maggiore (£59). (B)
Day 8 Return flight from Milan. (B)
A 4-star historic hotel, looking directly over the blue waters of Lake Como, a few steps from Menaggio main square and boat station. À la carte and half board restaurants, pool, bar, boutique and WiFi (free). 94 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night (maximum 10 nights).
per person in a twin/double room
Alitalia from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £295
Half board £210
Lake view £175
British Airways from Heathrow £195
easyJet from Gatwick, Manchester or Edinburgh – nil
Extension - Lake Como*
Grand Hotel Menaggio - 7 nights
£925 (Sep £845; Oct £745)
Single supplement £195
NO SINGLE & NO LAKE VIEW SUPPLEMENT (Limited availability)
Arrival transfer add £95
Departure transfer add £95
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax, payable locally is currently €1.50 per person per night (€2 - Lake Como).
*Extension not available for April 4 & May 16 departures.
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