ITALIAN LAKES TOUR
Our Italian Lakes/ Como & Maggiore golf tour personifies luxury. The tour allows you to embrace spectacular scenery, play superb golf courses, plus enjoy Italian culture while staying at premier hotels.
Arrive at Malpensa airport in Milan. Meet your driver for the 50 minuets transfer to the town Como at the base on the Lake. Check in at the 5 star Villa d’Este Hotel, the remainder of the day will be spent relaxing and exploring this wonderful hotel and town, stay overnight at the Villa D’Este Hotel.
Villa d’Este is an opulent hotel overlooking glorious Lake Como. Hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler, this famous resort destination has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality.
Play Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, non golfers can enjoy the great clubhouse and beautiful sunny terrace, the restaurant is excellent and there are some great walking trails around the course.
Tour Lake Como on this day. First meet with a guide to visit of the town of Como including a walking tour to discover the historic heritage and architectural style. Before noon, board a private motor boat for a cruise on the Como branch of the lake. Lunch on board. From the motor ship you will be able to admire the villas and parks of Cernobbio and Moltrasio (Villa d’Este, Villa Erba, Villa Pizzo, Villa Versace), the typical villages on the lake shores and such historic places as the Isola Comacina which is a tiny island in the lake.
In the afternoon stop in Bellagio, also known as the “pearl” of Lake Como for its position at the top of the promontory that separates the 2 south branches of Lake Como. Enjoy a walking tour to the Punta Spartivento and visit of the historic center of the village and shopping in the boutiques along the steep narrow roads crisscrossing the village. Early evening it’s a boat ride back to the Villa D’Este Hotel disembarking at the hotel’s private dock.
Play Villa D’Este Golf Club, one of Italy’s finest courses. Non golfers can visit to Switzerland and tour Lugano. Stay overnight at the Villa D’Este Hotel
Play Castelconturbia Golf Club. Travel from Como to Stresa with a round at Castelconturbia Golf Club. This course is located on the way between Como and Stresa.
After golf check in at the 5 star Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees located in Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Des Illes Borromees, Stresa
Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is located in a wonderful park facing the enchanting Lake Maggiore, has a magnificent view of the Isole Borromee and the surrounding Alps. The hotel is elegance personified and whilst it retains the wonderful character of a past age, it provides all of the facilities and standards expected in the modern age. Throughout all 4 floors guests will marvel at the hotel’s magnificent collection of antique paintings and sculptures.
Morning is at leisure then noon departure to Switzerland by train and back by boat (ferry boat): The Centovalley Train or Lake Maggiore Express is a day’s round trip by narrow gauge train and ferry. Depart Stresa on regular train and travel as far as Domodossola where you change on to the quaint narrow gauge “Centovalley” train - one of the World’s most scenic journeys, it winds its way slowly up to reach the many bridges and viaducts that span the valleys. There are spectacular views from the train and you can even stop off for a short time in one of the many rustic villages that the train passes through. The Centovalley Train takes you to Locarno, Switzerland at the northern tip of Lake Maggiore. In Locarno catch the ferry to travel on to Ascona Switzerland and spend time exploring this pretty artist’s town. Then catch the late ferry back to Stresa, relaxing on the outside deck as you cruise between the many lakeside towns.
Visit the famous Borromees Islands. Depart from the hotel’s private dock and take a 10 minute boat journey to Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore. Isola Bella is entirely occupied by the Palazzo Borromeo and its world famous gardens. In 1632, Count Vitaliano Borromeo began the construction of the monumental Baroque palace and the majestic and scenic gardens, which have made the island famous. Then proceed to another of the island’s the Isola Madre, with its great garden. The tour ends at Isola dei Pescatori, the smallest of the archipelago islands and the one with the best restaurant where dinner awaits. Stay overnight at the Grand Hotel Des Illes, Stresa
Check-out of the Grand Hotel Des Illes Borromees, Stresa. Travel back to Milan airport for departure.