Maggiore and the Lakeland Quartet
Lake Maggiore is an idyllic retreat where magnificent mountains plunge to the lakeside and grand villas lie secluded behind palm trees and lush gardens. Our base is in the stylish resort of Stresa, within sight of the Borromean Islands. During this tour see no less than four lakes in addition to historic towns and villages. We offer a choice of two hotels, both centrally located in Stresa.
Lakes Maggiore, Orta, Lugano and Como • Historic towns • The Borromean Islands
Day 1 Short Channel crossing to Calais and then south, through the Belgian Ardennes and Luxembourg. On then to Germany for dinner and an overnight stay in the Saarbrücken area.
Day 2 Journey into Switzerland, past Lake Lucerne and through the Gotthard Pass to Bellinzona. Arrive at Lake Maggiore and pass through Locarno en route to Stresa for a 5 night stay.
Day 3 A full day to relax and enjoy beautiful Stresa. Follow the town trail and learn about the history of Stresa seeing its most famous buildings en route. There is a long promenade along the lakeside and those who wish can take a short boat ride to the nearby Borromean Islands, which are home to small villages and wonderful gardens.
Day 4 Three Lakes excursion, starting with a drive from Italy and into Switzerland to pass through Locarno, at the northern tip of Lake Maggiore. On then to Lugano, on beautiful Lake Lugano, where the town's wonderful tree lined promenade is overlooked by the surrounding peaks. Proceed from here to Lake Como with a little time at leisure in historic Como City before returning to Stresa in time for dinner.
Day 5 A full day excursion through the wild mountainous scenery of the Anzasca Valley, once famous for its gold mines. Travel to Macugnaga which is overlooked by the mighty Monte Rosa, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. There will be time to relax here and see the typical old house and the town square. Return to Stresa late afternoon.
Day 6 To start the day climb up from Lake Maggiore and through Omegna to arrive at Lake Orta. This unspoilt area comes complete with towering peaks, lush forests, sparkling waters and historic towns. Orta San Giulio is well worth some exploration with its narrow, cobbled streets, cafés, restaurants and views across the lake to the neighbouring island. Return to Stresa via Borgomanero.
Day 7 Depart Italy and travel through Switzerland, en route to Germany for dinner and an overnight stay at Saarbrücken.
Day 8 North, through the Belgian Ardennes and on to Calais for a Channel crossing back to Dover and home.
Lake Maggiore: Boats, Trains and Gardens
There are a host of possibilities to enhance your tour to this wonderful area. Suggestions include...
Borromean Islands boat trip • Visit Isola Madre + Isola Bella
Centovalli Railway Domodossola to Locarno or similar
Villa Taranto Gardens • Return boat trip Pella/Orta San Giulio
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
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 offers very comfortable accommodation.
• 4 star • 164 bedrooms • Lift
• Coach parking nearby
Hotel Astoria, Stresa
A good 4 star hotel with a great location in the centre of Stresa overlooking the promenade and the lake. This hotel offers modern comforts and traditional hospitality. Guest bedrooms are well appointed and all with air conditioning. As well as a bar and restaurant the hotel has a garden, terrace and outdoor swimming pool. Guaranteed lake view rooms are available and a supplement applies.
• 4 star • 92 bedrooms • Lift
• Outdoor swimming pool
• Rooftop terrace
• Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• Return short Channel ferry crossings
• 1 night half board on the outbound journey
• 5 nights half board in Stresa with:
3 course dinner with choice from
• 1 night half board on the inbound journey
While we offer a very wide range of destinations it is impossible to feature everything here. If you cannot see what you are looking for please contact us to discuss your requirements.