6 dreamy holidays in the Italian lakes, including day trips to beautiful historic cities

The Italian lakes have long been synonymous with glitz and glamor.

After all, they are a favorite with the A-list, have a seriously spectacular landscape, offer many cultural spots and serve restaurants with world-famous, delicious Italian dishes.

Then there is the fact that they are only a stone's throw away from some of the most beautiful historic cities of Italy; think of Venice, Verona and Pompeii.

To help you plan the perfect trip, Shearings travel shows have pulled some of their top choices in this year's Shearings Expert Collection, their guide to 2019 vacations in the UK, Europe and Beyond, put together by both clients and employees .

The collection contains seriously dreamy routes to hotspots such as Lake Como and Lake Garda, complete with excursions to the breathtaking cities in the area.

We take a look at six bucket list worthy holidays that you do not want to miss …


1. Lake Garda, Venice and Verona

Traveling in one of the luxury coaches from Shearings to sunny Lake Garda, you spend 10 days exploring the beautiful region, from local towns to nearby cities.

If you stay in the glamorous Hotel Villa Mulino on a half-board basis, there is plenty of opportunity to explore the region with excursions to the lake itself and local hubs where you can find food, history and culture.

Next on the route? A trip to romantic Verona, which inspired two of Shakespeare's plays, as well as Venice, where you can wander along the canals and be amazed by the striking architecture that can be found.

How much? Prices start from £ 741pp based on two people sharing a room.

2. Eight overnight stays in Lake Como

Celebrities flock to Lake Como every summer, but you do not need an A-lister's budget to enjoy your own luxury break on the lake.

Shearings offers a stay of 8 nights in the sumptuous Hotel Bazzoni on a half board basis, in the quiet village of Tremezzina, with return flights to Milan Malpensa.

This route is ideal for those who want to relax, because it is about relaxing and enjoying the scenery – although a few excursions are included at the chic St Moritz in Switzerland, the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the picturesque Bergamo.

How much? Prices start from £ 744pp based on two people sharing a room.


3. Beautiful Lake Garda and Venice

Spend seven days relaxing in the town of Garda at the beautiful Hotel Villa Mulino on a half-board basis.

Enjoy the breathtaking blue waters, the awe-inspiring mountains and then explore the charming local towns on a tour of Lake Garda.

History buffs can indulge in excursions to Venice and Verona, where you can visit some of the biggest sights and spectacular architecture that these two cities are famous for.

How much? Prices from £ 544pp based on two people sharing a room. Including air travel.

4. Lake Como All-inclusive holiday

If you are traveling to Italy in one of Shearings' luxury coaches, you will have nine days to explore the spectacular Lake Como, the picturesque towns in the area and the bustling local markets.

If you stay at the Hotel Britannia Excelsior on an all-inclusive basis, there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery, while the excursions offer the ideal opportunity to explore your surroundings.

For example, there is a special excursion with a guided tour of Lake Como, a trip to the beautiful city of Bergamo and a half-day visit to the bustling market of Como, where you can buy many trinkets and souvenirs.

How much? Prices start from £ 399pp based on two people sharing a room. Includes FREE drinks from 8.30 am – midnight (local spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks, tea and coffee).

5. Lake Garda and the Carnival of Venice

Get ready for the journey of your life packed with breathtaking landscapes, epic celebrations and a dose of luxury.

If you travel by bus, you can start a night in picturesque France, before you travel to the beautiful Bardolino where you will spend six nights at the 4 * Hotel Caesius Thermae and Spa Resort on a half board basis.

Enroute? Visit the magical Venice during the annual carnival and enjoy an authentic experience of making masks in a local workshop, exploring Verona and watching the colorful Carnival Procession and seeing the mighty Dolomites.

How much? Prices start from £ 629pp based on two people sharing a room.

6. Summer in Lake Como

Spend ten days at the luxurious Hotel Britannia Excelsior on an all-inclusive basis, where you can enjoy the wonderful sunshine, spectacular views and delicious food.

Meanwhile, there is plenty to see and do on the day excursions to the beautiful Bergamo in the foothills of the Alps, near Lake Maggiore with its incredible views over the lake and the picturesque St. Moritz in Switzerland.

How much? Prices start from £ 556pp based on two people sharing a room. Including bus travel.