Italy’s Idyllic Lakes & Countryside

Tucked unobtrusively between the larger lakes of Garda and Como, Lake Iseo is nevertheless the fourth largest lake in northern Italy. Loaded with the charm and beauty of its more famous neighbours, this hidden gem sees just a fraction of the visitors, therefore making it the perfect place to soak up atmospheric alleyways, elaborate churches and impossibly beautiful vistas. Our hotel is located in the Franciacorta valley, one of the best wine growing areas in the north of Italy and a wonderful base for our fantastic tour, which offers a real taste of the region!

 

Grant says…
“This exclusive Albatross Collection hotel is known for its relaxed and informal atmosphere with fabulous public areas and set amongst wonderful gardens. A memorable stay awaits!”
SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
Day 2 Iseo Driver’s Day Off
We spend today at leisure and can either enjoy the facilities of our superb hotel or spend some time in the authentic historic centre of Iseo, where we can weave our way through the back streets to lovely open-air squares and a lakefront lined with stylish cafés and wine bars. The jewel of the Lake is Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in southern Europe, which is easily reached by boat for anyone wishing to explore this unspoilt, traffic-free island and discover its unique culture.
Day 3 Lake Garda
Today we travel to Lake Garda and visit the town of Salò, boasting the longest pedestrianised, lakefront promenade on Lake Garda. Salò was the seat of the fascist government during the Second World War and consequently home to the infamous dictator, Mussolini, during this time. Traces of its prestigious past can be seen along the main street in the elegant historic centre lined with beautiful buildings, pretty boutiques and restaurants. In the afternoon we enjoy wine tasting at Cantine Redaelli de Zinis, a stunning winery to the south west of the Lake. This region is known as the Tuscany of Lake Garda and will provide us with an excellent, authentic Italian experience.
Day 4 Bergamo & Lake Como
Our full day excursion today first takes us to the old city of Bergamo. The lower part of the town is a modern metropolis that is in stark contrast to the upper part of the town with its maze of medieval streets. We can hop on the funicular that connects the two and take in the stunning views as we ride up. Continuing west to Lake Como, we travel along the south east corner, full of dramatic scenery, before we reach the pretty lakeside village of Varenna. From here, we take to the gentle turquoise waters on a short ferry trip to stunning Bellagio, known as the ‘pearl of Lake Como’. This lovely historic village is teeming with character and boasts a fine selection of lakeside cafés, offering fabulous views from all angles.
Day 5 Iseo & Franciacorta region
This morning we spend some more time exploring Iseo or enjoying the facilities at the hotel. After lunch, we visit nearby Cascina Carretto farmhouse, surrounded by vineyards in the renowned wine producing area of Franciacorta. This region is very well known throughout Italy for its production of top quality sparkling white wine, or spumante as it is known in the ‘bel paese’. We enjoy a guided tour followed by a tasting of 3 wines before returning to the hotel.
Day 6 Departure
After breakfast, we begin our journey home.
Legend

Iseolago Hotel

Iseo, Lake Iseo
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Located near the lake and just 1km from Iseo town, this excellent 4 star hotel offers stylish accommodation and very comfortable public areas, with plenty of seating. Amenities include a welcoming open plan reception area leading to a breakfast room and restaurant, plus wonderful gardens with 3 outdoor swimming pools. The hotel also has air conditioning, a fitness centre, sauna and solarium (an additional charge is payable for this direct to the hotel), while all of the 66 bedrooms have a minibar, hairdryer and TV. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is off-site & free of charge

Iseolago Hotel

Iseo, Lake Iseo
5 Nights Half Board
Twin from £429pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £142
Based on Sunday arrivals


Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of wine
• Set menu on arrival night
• Choice of menu on 4 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner

Why not add tea with afternoon cake at the hotel one afternoon?
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