Location: Bergamo - Franciacorta - Iseo Lake - Brescia - Garda Lake - Idro Lake

Although often overshadowed by the seaside resorts, Lombardy lakes offer breathtaking scenery, architectural wonders and are surrounded by natural itineraries. Lake Garda, Lake Iseo and Lake Idro offer many attractions and are the perfect place to spend a weekend of relaxation and quiet, wandering through the many villages that hide typical restaurants, serving excellent wine from the surrounding hills.

Day 1 – BERGAMO

Bergamo is characterized by its peculiar division into two parts: the Upper City (Città Alta), the ancient centre, and the Lower City (Città Bassa), the centre of activity and trade .The Upper City stands out for its two ancient squares: Piazza Vecchia, where the medieval Palazzo della Ragione is located, and Piazza Duomo, with the Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Renaissance Cappella Colleoni.
Lunch at a restaurant.
In the evening transfer to Lake Iseo.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 – FRANCIACORTA and LAKE ISEO

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Rodengo Saiano. Upon arrival visit of the Olivetan Abbey of St. Nicholas. Founded by the monks of Cluny before 1050, the Abbey is certainly one of the most majestic and rich religious complexes in northern Italy. The greatest Brescian artists, Foppa, Romanino, Moretto, Gambara and Cossali, worked in the monastery
between 500 and 600. Transfer to one of the cellars of Franciacorta, considered by many to be the only area of Italian sparkling wine production since the sixties that reached levels comparable to those of Champagne. Guided tour of the cellar followed by a tasting of the best products from Brescia, naturally accompanied by a flute of Curtefranca wine. After lunch, transfer to Lake Iseo for a private ferry cruise. Inside the Lake Iseo stands Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe. The cruise will include the visit to the two private islands of the lake.
In the evening, return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 – BRESCIA

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for a guided walking tour of the city. In the heart of the city is one of the most interesting archaeological areas in the north of Italy. You can see the imposing ruins of the Forum, the Capitoline Temple (73 AD), the Basilica (I century AD), but also those of private houses with mosaics and frescoes. The III century theatre is nearby. In Roman times, it was the third in size in northern Italy, and could hold 15000 people. Leaving behind Via Musei, within minutes you will reach the splendid view of the Cathedral Square (Piazza Paolo VI).
The old Cathedral (Rotonda) is one of the few circular Romane-sque churches, its shape goes probably back to that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The New Cathedral was built between 1604 and 1825. With its 80 meters internal height the dome is the third largest in Italy after St. Peter’s in Rome and Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.
Leaving Piazza del Duomo and walking under the characteristic arcades, you will reach Piazza della Loggia.
Lunch in a restaurant.
In the afternoon visit of the Museum of the Mille Miglia “the most beautiful race in the world.”
In the evening transfer to Lake Garda.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 – LAKE GARDA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Gardone Riviera and guided tour of the “ Vittoriale degli Italiani”. The “Vittoriale degli Italiani” is a monumental citadel built on the
shores of Lake Garda by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio from 1921 to 1938. The outdoor theatre can contain up to 1,500 people and still houses theatrical and musical events during summers. Transfer to the port of Gardone Riviera and boarding for a cruise to Sirmione.
Arrival in Sirmione and lunch at a restaurant.
Then guided tour of the beautiful town. In the town of Sirmione, on the tip of the peninsula, we find the largest and most important Roman villa in northern Italy, called “Grotte di Catullo”, built between the first century B.C. and the first century A. D..
In the evening return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 – LAKE GARDA and LAKE IDRO

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
Short panoramic tour of the Lake up to Salo’ and then transfer to Lake Idro. Lake Idro is located between Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, in the Brescian pre-Alps. It is the ideal place for lovers of quiet life, sports in contact with nature and old traditions.
Stop along the way to admire the splendid view and transfer to Anfo, known for the famous stronhold. The Fortress of Anfo is an exceptional testimony and a unique example of Napoleonic fortress still intact today, that you can visit with a private guide.
Lunch at a restaurant.