Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

9 days in the lake region - please help with itinerary!

Jump to last reply

Our annual European trip is fast approaching and in less than a month we will be off to Milan! From there we will proceed to Mennagio where we have already rented a flat for 5 days. We are a couple in mid/late 30's who enjoy traveling, sightseeing, good food and are in need of some R&R (2 kids, 2 jobs, need I say more?)...
I am hoping to get some feedback on the itinerary I have planned which is just a very rouhg draft so far, due to the lack of time to do proper research...
Here is what I have so far:
Day 1: arrive to Milan from NYC (flight lands at 8:30 am), rent a car at the airport ( already booked) and proceed to Mennagio. Q: Are there any nice place to stop over on the way, to explore and have lunch?
Eve1: explore Mennagio, dinner in Mennagio
Day 2: explore Lake Como. Originally, our plan was to do it by ferry but our flat owner offered us a boat rental. He says we don't need any special permit but I am still hesitant... Has any one done it? Also, looking for recommendations on which villas not to miss and where to have lunch/dinner...
Day 3: day trip to Lugano
Day 4: day trip on Bernina Express
Day 5: explore lake Maggiore and/or lake Orta
Day 6: relax on lake Como, visit some more villas, etc
Day 7: leave for Milan, looking for suggestions to stop over on the way to Milan as we don't need to be there until late afternoon/early evening
Day 8/Day 9: explore Milan
Day 10: leave for NY in the morning.

I am looking for feedback on this plan and suggestions for sights not to miss, as well as restaurants recommendations (we'd like to have a couple of special meals in Michellin star restaurants or similar, but mostly we are looking for places that use fresh local ingredients, and offer traditional menu as well as modern... Not in the same place, of course).
I will be very grateful for any recommendations as we have very limited time to research.
Thank you!

6 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Train from Barcelona to Madrid
  2. 2 Mosquitos in Camargue---is it really that bad??
  3. 3 What to wear
  4. 4 1 week in Switzerland with 18 year old son
  5. 5 Trip Report Greece - trip report - Aegean Islands Chios, Lesvos and Samos Oct 2012
  6. 6 Trip Report Sicily - not a trip report
  7. 7 How to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord?
  8. 8 Urgent Spanish visa dilemma
  9. 9 Salzburg, Innsbruck, and possibly Graz with my 90yr old Mom
  10. 10 Best route from Pamukkale to Fethiye by car
  11. 11 Chip but no PIN
  12. 12 Dining at the Eiffel Tower
  13. 13 Portugal with a 3 year old and 1 year old
  14. 14 No points in Paris .....
  15. 15 3 AM Arrival in Santorini OK?
  16. 16 Italy and France in 20 Days
  17. 17 Finland to Sweden to Denmark to France to UK
  18. 18 What still confounds you about travel?
  19. 19 Three days in Spain
  20. 20 Madrid Tapas Tour
  21. 21 West Ireland with 81 year old mother - Pls Review Itinerary
  22. 22 Florence & Rome Itinerary, hotel, tour co. critique please!
  23. 23 Eurostar booking
  24. 24 The Times reveals secret best beaches: mediterranean
  25. 25 Trip Report Venice, April 2014. Some thoughts ...
View next 25 » Back to the top