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Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lakes

18 May — 25 May 2019 | Tour Director: Peter Higginson

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Tour Director

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Peter Higginson, MA, PhD

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 0920 on British Airways, arriving Milan Linate 1220. Transfer to Verbania Pallanza, Lake Maggiore, for four nights at Hotel Pallanza. Evening lecture: Lakeside Paradises – Garden Development in Pre-Alpine Italy.

Day

2

Morning: Villa Taranto. Afternoon: by coach and ferry to Villa della Porta Bozzolo. Evening lecture: Sacred Landscapes – the Sacro Monte in Lombardy and Piedmont.

Day

3

By water taxi to Isola Bella (Baroque Palazzo Borromeo and gardens) then continue by ferry to picturesque fishing island of Isola dei Pescatori. Afternoon: Isola Madre for second Palazzo Borromeo.

Day

4

Excursion to Lake Orta for medieval village of Orta San Giulio, Sacro Monte di Orta (17th century sacred garden). Afternoon: by water taxi to the charming Isola San Giulio and its basilica.

Day

5

By ferry for special tour and lunch at Villa Cicogna-Mozzoni. Afternoon: Villa Bagatti Valsecchi before continuing by ferry to Varenna for three nights at Hotel Villa Cipressi.

Day

6

By ferry to Bellagio (on picturesque promontory dividing Lake Como and Lake Lecco) for Villa Melzi d’Eril. Afternoon: 18th century Villa Carlotta.

Day

7

By ferry and water taxi to Villa del Balbianello. Afternoon: gardens of Villa Monastero.

Day

8

Morning: Villa Litta (16th to 17th century gardens with nymphaeum). Depart Milan Linate 1550, arriving Heathrow 1650.

Tour Dates

18 May — 25 May 2019

Days

8

Cost

£2495

Tour Code

ILVG-19

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £390.

 

 
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