Lake Iseo is the ideal starting point to discover many of the hidden gems of Northern Italy! See some of the most famous cities of Italy, have fun biking and trekking in the countryside, enjoy the magic atmospheres of Lake Garda.
7 Days and 7 Nights
- 7 Full Days in a fully equipped Apartment with kitchen
- 1 Welcome Dinner in a Local Restaurant
- Private transportation in comfortable air-conditioned vans
- Half day excursion to Brescia with admission to Tempio Capitolino and Monastero S. Giulia in Brescia
- Full day excursion to Milan with admission to Pinacoteca di Brera
- Full day excursion to Mantova with admission to Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te, or to Verona, with admission to Arena
- Walking tours of Sirmione and Bergamo
- 1 Guided Visit to a Wine Estate in Franciacorta with tasting
- Bike rent
- All taxes and tips
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
- Transfer to / from any airport / railway station
- Guided Visit with a Licensed Tourist Guide to:
- Tempio Capitolino and Monastero S. Giulia in Brescia
- Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan
- Palazzo Ducale in Mantua
- Verona city center including Arena
- Additional visits of Wine Cellars in Franciacorta
- Visit to a Grappa di Franciacorta Distillery with tasting
OUR CONCIERGE SERVICES
- 24-hour full assistance by your Tour Leader
- Restaurant booking
- Concerts, opera, events or theatre tickets and booking
- Golf tee time booking
Price per group in €, booking of 2 people minimum
Accomodation in JUNIOR SUITE (1 double bed + 1 sofa bed)
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Accomodation in SENIOR SUITE (1 double bed + 1 single bed + 1 sofa bed)
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Quotations on request for groups of more than 5 people
LS = Low Season: November to February
MS = Medium Season: March – April – October
HS = High Season: May – June – September
VHS = Very High Season: July – August
Day 1 – Transfer
Welcome to Lake Iseo! Your Tour Leader will meet you at Borgo Lago Suites for a welcome cocktail.
Later in the evening you will have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant .
Day 2 – Brescia – Rodengo Saiano Abbey – Wine Tasting
In the morning we’ll reach Brescia. Brescia is an “off the beaten path” city; known as a city for culture lovers for the quality of its architecture, museums and exhibitions, it’s a perfect town for strolling. We’ll visit Santa Giulia Museum, one of the most important archaeological museums in Italy, a World Heritage Site, housed in the 8th century monastery of Santa Giulia founded by the Lombard King Desiderio. Very close to the City Museum is the Capitoline Temple, some of the best Roman remains in Northern Italy, constructed by the Emperor Vespasian in 73 AD. Alongside are the remains of the Roman theatre, thought to have held 15,000 spectators in its heyday. High above the city on Cidneo Hill, is the Castle built between the 13th and the 16th century. And remember: Brescia is the point of departure and arrival of the “Mille Miglia” race for vintage cars, taking place every year in May!
In the afternoon we’ll get to the Abbey of San Nicola in Rodengo Saiano, one of the most impressive monastic sites in Italy. Founded in the 11th century by Cluniac monks, it passed into the hands of the Olivetans in the mid-15th century until its suppression in the Napoleonic period (1797). The Abbey is built around three large cloisters (the oldest one is from the 15th century with decorated glazed tiles). In the refectory room we will also admire the works of the famous painter Romanino from Brescia.
And later in the afternoon, what’s better than a visit to a renowned Franciacorta Cellar, tasting the full range of Franciacorta wines to make the day perfect?
Day 3 – Lake Garda – Sirmione and Grotte di Catullo
Free time in the morning.
After lunch we will head for Sirmione , the “Pearl of the Lake”. Its magic atmospheres were already described in Catullus’ poems in 1st century B.C. Catullus was born here, and probably lived in the beautiful villa on the extreme tip of Sirmione peninsula. It was the biggest Roman villa in Northern Italy and its impressive remains, today called “Grotte di Catullo” (Catullus’ Grottos), can be admired. We will, then, pass by the Castle, built by the Scala family, closing the entrance to Sirmione Peninsula and we will stroll along its lanes.
Day 4 – Milan
Milan is the Fashion Capital of Italy, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there is some great shopping to be done in this city! We will stroll down the streets of the Quadrilatero D’oro, admiring the shop windows of Prada, Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino.
A must-see is the Duomo of Milan. It’s one of the biggest churches in the world, sitting on the grand Piazza del Duomo beside the immense and beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. We will also visit Pinacoteca Brera, “Brera Art Gallery”, the main public gallery in Milan. And finally, taste a gorgeous Cappuccino at Pasticceria Cova, as people from Milan often do!
Day 5 – Bike tour in Franciacorta
Free time in the morning.
In the afternoon we’ll bike through the Franciacorta district. The landscape of this area is simply wonderful! The routes pass through fields and vineyards, ancient hamlets, places with breathtaking views and spots of great historical and artistic interest. We’ll visit the fascinating Monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa which offers splendid views across the Torbiere del Sebino, a Nature Reserve perfect for strolling in or cycling along.
Day 6 – Verona / Mantua
Choose between two of the most popular cities of Northern Italy.
Verona is known as the “Capital of Love”, due to the Legend of Romeo and Juliet, immortalized by Shakespeare. The sightseeing itinerary will take us to Juliet’s tomb, where the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet supposedly had its end, and through Verona’s streets and squares involved in Shakespeare’s tragedy. And remember, Verona is also famous for shopping!
Mantua is a jewel of the Renaissance Age, with its Palazzo Ducale (Duke’s Palace), the magnificent palace where the Gonzaga family used to live. We’ll be admiring immense frescoed halls, wonderful art galleries, surprising gardens and courtyards along with undisputed masterpieces in art history. Also we’ll visit Palazzo Te, one of the most representative examples of Mannerism. Its multi-faceted style and the pomposity of its decorations have been impressing guests and visitors for almost five centuries.
Day 7 – Bergamo
Free time in the morning.
In the afternoon we’ll reach the Upper town of Bergamo, about half an hour drive from Franciacorta, which lies beautifully on a small hill surrounded by the majestic Venetian city walls of the 16th century. We’ll see the medieval castle, the Rocca, from where you have a marvellous view over the surrounding hills of the Prealps and the city itself. From there the main road with its medieval houses and small shops leads to the Piazza Vecchia with the Colleoni Fountain, the City Tower, the Cathedral of St. Alessandro and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Arrivederci for another tour on Lake Iseo with Borgo Lago Suites and VITOR – Visit Italy on the Road