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Explore not only Lake Maggiore, but the equally beautiful Lake Como as well, plus the hidden gem that is Lake Orta, probably one of the most entrancing places you will ever visit. With the arc of the majestic Alps stretching out along the horizon you will enjoy probably the finest mountain scenery in the world during your visits to Switzerland, chic Locarno and dramatic Zermatt, nestling famously at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, the world’s most charismatic peak. Then there are the delightful lost valleys, tumbling glacier streams and classic chalet scenes all blended together to offer a truly inspirational tour.
This tour is also available as a no-fly rail tour
– 7nts in 4-4* accommodation
– Return flights and transfers
– Programme of daily tours and visits
– Half Board
– Services of an expert tour manager
– Checked luggage
– Guided tour of Isola Bella’s baroque villa
– Full day visit to Zermatt to see he Matterhorn
– Journey on the famous Centovalli railway
Day 1 – Arrival in Stresa
Take a flight to Italy and on arrival, transfer to the town of Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore
Day 2 – Lake Maggiore & Borromean Islands
Today, take a boat over to the stunning Borromean Islands, where you’ll have a tour of Isola Bella, a 17th Century villa before exploring Isola dei Pescatori, a perfect place for lunch before you sail back to Stresa in the afternoon
Day 3 – Centovalli Railway
Take a private boat to Cannobio, where you’ll have some free time before joining the coach to continue to the chic resort of Locarno, Switzerland. After some free time in the historic centre, board the narrow gauge Centovalli train for a scenic ride along the mountainside. From Domodossola, return by coach to Stresa.
Day 4 – Lake Como
This morning, explore another of Northern Italy’s most famous lakes, Como. Explore the lake’s surroundings as you wish. The town itself is known for its lakeside parks and grand hotels.
Day 5 – Free Day
Today, you can choose to relax in the pool or explore Stresa. There is a complimentary guided walk available on this day. After a short train journey, begin in the hamlet of Verbania Pallanza and walk to the gorgeous Lake Mergozzo, passing through an unspoilt oak forest. After a small amount of time for a coffee in the local village, return to Stresa by train.
Spaces are limited so please advise at time of booking if you wish to participate. May – Sept only.
Day 6 – Zermatt & the Matterhorn
Head into the alps today, crossing the border into Switzerland before taking the Simplon Pass. Arrive in the village of Zermatt, nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn. For a fantastic view or the mountain, take the cog railway to reach 3000 metres.
Day 7 – Lake Orta
Head to the lesser-known Lake Orta today, visiting the delightful village of Orta San Giulio.
Day 8 – Return flight
At the appropriate time, transfer back to the airport for your flight home
This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:
You’ll be on top of the world as you relax with a glass of fizz taking in the panoramic island and mountain vistas from the region’s only sky bar.
Absorb the magical ambience of the beautiful Borromean Islands on a unique and atmospheric evening cruise around this trio of stunning isles
Cruise to Isola Madre, the largest of the Borromean Islands and said the most authentic of the islands, with its verdant English-style garden. Wander the botanical gardens, home to an exotic mix of plants, birds and flowers, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and cake while taking in spectacular views of Lake Maggiore
Plus, enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests.
For dates and prices, please enquire or call 0800 707 6229
Hotel Regina Palace
The Hotel Regina Palace is four-star Superior rated and one of the best properties on the lake. Dating from the turn of the last century, this recently restored classic hotel truly reflects the ‘belle époque’ era having chandeliers, brass and wrought iron fittings so typical of this period.
Grand Hotel Bristol
Situated amid beautiful, manicured gardens looking out to the Borromean Islands on the lakeside promenade, the Grand Hotel Bristol has a chic marbled lobby and lounge area, which features glass chandeliers and fine frescoes leading to an atmospheric bar and winter garden.
The four-star rated Hotel Astoria is superbly located in its own landscaped gardens on the lakeside promenade and just a short stroll from the heart of the typically Italian old town.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy or Switzerland however must have a valid passport
*All times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic.
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