8 days

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Summary

The fabulous scenery and benign climate of the northern Italian lakes have attracted aristocrats and the wealthy for years, and today their elegant villas and lush gardens perfectly complement the natural landscape.

From our bases on the Gulf of Borromeo on Lake Maggiore and at the foot of Lake Como we will explore a succession of villas and their gardens, all set against the breath taking backdrop of       snow-capped mountains and glittering water. We begin with a real treat as we visit the private garden of the President of the Italian Camellia Society, which is home to a remarkable collection of over 500 plants. Nowhere captures the extravagant spirit of the lakeland gardens better than the three Borromean islands, Bella, Madre and Pescatori, which feature sumptuous terraced gardens, shaded woodland walks, flowered terraces and elegant statuary. Other highlights during our stay on Lake Maggiore include a fascinating wholesale specialist plant nursery, Villa Taranto and Villa Pallavicino.

During our stay on Lake Como we will have a private tour with the owner of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni. Azaleas and rhododendrons will put on a dazzling display at Villa Carlotta while the manicured Villa Balbianello, whose garden is impeccably maintained, will be an undoubted highlight. In addition we enjoy a free day to relax and shop in Como town, or visit Villa Melzi d’Eril.

Once again, our tours will be led by popular tour manager and local resident Kate Williamson.

PLEASE NOTE A GOOD DEGREE OF MOBILITY IS REQUIRED TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS HOLIDAY AS THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF STEPS AT MANY OF THE GARDENS

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the private garden of the President of the Italian Camellia Society
  • A private tour with the owner of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni
  • The extravagance of the Borromean Islands
  • Stunning views of lakes and mountains at every turn

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$2,560

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of $125, was $270.

Single supplement: $670

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing

 

Meet your Experts

Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson is one of our most popular tour managers, largely on account of her obvious passion for Italy, her adopted country.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
May 5 2021 BLSG210505 May 5 2021 (Wednesday) May 12 2021 (Wednesday) Kate Williamson $2,560
(ex. flights)
$125
$270
$670 Book Now
June 23 2021 BLSG210623 June 23 2021 (Wednesday) June 30 2021 (Wednesday) Kate Williamson $2,560
(ex. flights)
$125
$270
$670 Book Now
September 3 2021 BLSG210903 September 3 2021 (Friday) September 10 2021 (Friday) Kate Williamson $2,560
(ex. flights)
$125
$270
$670 Book Now
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