Italy, Switzerland and William Tell Express
This 2 centre tour combines 3 nights in Stresa, on Lake Maggiore with a 2 night stay in the Swiss Alps, close to Lake Lucerne. To connect these 2 centres we arrange a 1st class journey on the William Tell Express, featuring the spectacular train journey on the Gotthard route from Locarno to Flüelen and a cruise on Lake Lucerne, during which we include lunch.
Lakes Maggiore & Orta • William Tell Express Journey • Bernese Oberland • Interlaken
Day 1 Channel crossing. Overnight in Saarbrücken.
Day 2 Journey into Switzerland and through the Alps to Italy and the lakeside town of Stresa for a 3 night stay.
Day 3 A full day at leisure to explore Stresa. It is possible to take a boat trip from Stresa to the lovely Borromean Islands. See Isola Bella, with its magnificent palace and terraced garden and Isola Madre with its tranquil, interconnecting gardens.
Day 4 A scenic excursion to include a circular route from Lake Maggiore through the mountains to stunning Lake Orta, where we recommend some time at leisure in Orta San Giulio.
Day 5 Depart Stresa after breakfast and travel to Locarno to board the William Tell Express. The first part of the journey is in a 1st class carriage on the Gotthard line to Lake Lucerne. This is followed by a lake cruise, usually in a nostalgic paddle steamer, during which lunch is included. Arriving in Lucerne City, rejoin the coach for the onward journey to nearby Flüeli-Ranft for a 2 night stay.
Day 6 An excursion to the magnificent Bernese Oberland to include the Brunig Pass and with possible stops in Interlaken, Meiringen and the woodcarving village of Brienz.
Day 7 Depart Switzerland and travel on to Saarbrücken for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 8 Short Channel crossing to Dover and home.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
Hotel Milan e Speranza Au Lac, Stresa
A charming, traditional, 4 star hotel. The hotel's 2 buildings are located side by side right in the centre of Stresa, overlooking the lake. The hotel has a piano bar and offers fine dining, very comfortable accommodation and occasional evening entertainment.
• 4 star • Lift
• Bedrooms with air conditioning
• Buffet breakfast and 3 course dinner with choice
• Coach parking opposite the hotel
The Paxmontana is an exceptional hotel that is well placed for exploring Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland. Its distinctive Art Nouveau style and dramatic location never fail to impress. The building's historic integrity has been carefully preserved whilst the various lounges, restaurant and guest bedrooms offer modern comforts. It is found in an idyllic position in a tranquil village on a plateau above Lake Sarnen. This location offers a taste of the real Switzerland and the surrounding mountain peaks provide the perfect dramatic backdrop for the hotel.
• 3 star superior • Lift • All NAGT rooms are with balcony and views
• Gardens, terrace and panoramic views
• Buffet breakfast
• 3 course dinner with menu choice
• Coach Parking
Your tour includes:
• Return short Channel ferry crossings
• 1 night half board on the outbound journey
• 3 nights half board in Stresa
• 2 nights half board in Flüeli-Ranft
• 1 night half board on the inbound journey
• Welcome drink & porter service at main hotels
• 1st class journey on the William Tell Express
• Lunch during the lake cruise on day 5
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