Northern Italy’s unseen treasures

Whilst Garda, Como and Maggiore continue to seduce, the wider region of Lombardy offers so much more beyond its great lakes. Palaces and fortresses drape the rolling hills of the region, peaceful Lake Iseo offers a sense of tranquillity, and characterful towns nurture medieval cores. These provincial masterpieces boast extravagant architecture and spectacular artworks, yet somehow they remain free of crowds. Wonderful regional wines are produced thanks to the rich, fertile plains and beyond these, mountain valleys are occupied by stunning cities such as Bergamo and Brescia. These treasure troves of history and culture are endlessly fascinating and impossibly graceful, showing off art and artefacts at every turn, inside and out.


Discover the treasures of Northern Italy without the crowds

  • Bergamo – admire the masterpieces at the Accademia Carrara gallery, founded in 1796
  • Sample the region’s excellent tipple at a wine tasting
  • Cornabusa Sanctuary – discover this fascinating cave church with Papal links
  • Brescia – an archaeological delight, packed with museums & centuries of historic remains
  • Delicious Italian lunch included on one day
  • Lake Iseo – enjoy the beauty of the lake & explore fine art galleries in the lakeside towns
  • Mantua – experience the frescoed Renaissance grandeur of the Palazzo Te & Palazzo Ducale
  • Return flights included
  • 5 nights half board accommodation

From £1,249
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April, October

Suggested Hotel

Iseolago Hotel, Iseo

  • Stylish and comfortable hotel situated right by Lake Iseo
  • Easy access to the Franciacorta wine region
  • Tranquil and relaxing hotel with warm hospitality
  • Excellent standard of food in the hotel's restaurant
  • Extensive gardens and three outdoor swimming pools
  • Close to the historic town of Iseo

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


  • Bergamo

    The bustling city of Bergamo is a majestic medieval masterpiece with history, culture and music at its heart. The historic core of the city sits atop a hill and is divided from the lower city by Venetian walls, which afford spectacular views of the surrounding Lombardy region. Explore the charming cobbled streets, take in the lovely architecture from different eras and visit the city’s fascinating churches, picturesque piazzas and outstanding museums and galleries.

  • Cornabusa Sanctuary
    Cornabusa Sanctuary

    Housed inside a natural cave located in a mountain overlooking the Imagna Valley, this sanctuary has been adapted into a functioning place of worship over hundreds of years. Today a place of meditation and peace, it is a popular destination for pilgrimages as it has ties to the late Pope John XXIII.

  • Brescia
    Image00183 Brescia

    Beautiful Brescia is an artistic and archaeological delight. With no less than four grand, historic squares, it boasts Roman remains dating back to the 1st century, an 8th century monastic complex, two cathedrals, Venetian architecture and a fascinating astronomical clock. A fascinating selection of museums accompany this living history. Brescia is also in the heart of a European Region of Gastronomy, meaning that the food is a delight at almost every turn.

  • Lake Iseo
    From lake Iseo scenic view

    Tucked unobtrusively between the larger lakes Garda and Como, this hidden gem is nevertheless the fourth largest lake in northern Italy. Loaded with the charm and beauty of its more famous neighbours, it sees just a fraction of the visitors. Idyllic Iseo, romantic Lovere, splendid Tavernola Bergamasca or charming Sarnico are the perfect towns for soaking up atmospheric alleyways, elaborate churches, collections of fine art and impossibly beautiful vistas.

  • Mantua
    Medieval city of Mantova Italy Skyline

    Once an Etruscan village, Mantua (Mantova) was transformed during the Renaissance period by the powerful House of Gonzaga. Today, the grandeur of this family remains to be seen in the town’s architecture, which includes the grand Palazzo Ducale and the wonderful Palazzo Te. The interiors of these spectacular palaces are adorned with incredible frescoes.


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