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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Italy
Travel type Fly
Price range From £979
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 7 nights
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Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn

Lake Maggiore straddles both Italy and Switzerland, and we stay in Stresa, a typical Italian town. We explore not only Lake Maggiore, but also Lake Como, plus the hidden gem: Lake Orta. With the arc of the Alps stretching out along the horizon, you will see probably the finest mountain scenery in the world during your visits to Switzerland, chic Locarno and Zermatt.

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available at the supplement of £279 per person at the Astoria Hotel and £225 per person at the Regina Palace hotel. Lake view rooms subject to availability at the supplement of £65 per person at the Astoria hotel. The price includes return flights, seven nights dinner, bed and breakfast at fourstar Hotel Astoria or Regina Palace; airport departure taxes; all tours as mentioned; boat cruise to Locarno, journey on the Centovalli railway, cruise to Borromean islands and entrance to villa and gardens, visit to Lake Como, panoramic journey to Zermatt, executive coach travel; services of a Riviera tour manager. Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting.

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights four star accommodation with lake views, plus breakfast and dinner
  • Visit to the Isola Bella
  • Visit to Zermatt in the Swiss Alps seeing the Matterhorn
  • Visit to Lake Como
  • Travel on the Centovalli railway
  • Cruise on Lake Maggiore to Locarno
  • Visit to Lake Orta and the 14th century medieval village Orta San Giulio
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Not included
Cable car to Matterhorn, approximate cost £60, payable locally in Swiss Francs
Day one

Fly to Milan and on arrival you transfer to Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore. We use a series of four star rated hotels.

Day two

Just offshore is one of the real gems of northern Italy, the Borromean Islands. We visit the 17th century, villa filled with fine furniture, sculpture and art. Even more impressive are the grounds, featuring interlocking terraces with orange and lemon trees and magnolias. In complete contrast, the narrow cobbled streets, harbour and charming buildings of the Isola dei Pescatori reflect its 10th century origins and old fishing tradition after which the island is named.

Day three

This morning we take a private steamer into Switzerland and the chic resort of Locarno. During our journey you will see snow-capped mountains and catch glimpses of lakeside life. Locarno is staunchly Swiss, but the twisting lanes and alleys bear more resemblance to Tuscany than Zurich. This afternoon we board the narrow gauge Centovalli train.

Day four

Adored by Wordsworth and a favourite of Shelley’s, today we visit Lake Como which has attracted visitors for centuries in search of relaxation, culture and inspiration. Como town is renowned for its lakeside parks grand hotels and the Villa Olmo which has been home to many famous Europeans including Napoleon and Garibaldi. During your free time, you could take a boat trip to Bellagio.

Day five

Today you can choose to relax in the hotel or explore Stresa’s many delights. Literary aficionados may like to take a drink at the Grand hotel’s bar featured in Hemingway’s ‘A Farewell to Arms’. Alternatively, take a cable car to the summit of Monte Mottarone for panoramic views to the distant Alps.

Day six

Today we take the Simplon Pass into Switzerland. You could be lucky and catch a glimpse of the elusive ibex, chamois or even a golden eagle soaring high above. The road traverses towering viaducts and precipices, before arriving at the village of Zermatt. You stroll through the village, turn a corner and the Swiss national symbol and ultimate alpine peak, the Matterhorn is revealed. For an even better view take the cable car or cog railway to reach 3,000 metres.

Day seven

The lakeside village of Orta San Giulio with pebble studded lanes and stepped alleys, lined with traditional shops leads down to the lakeshore and main square. You will come across buildings with exposed 14th century half-timbers and shuttered windows wear a multitude of colours. Visit St Giulio’s basilica whose interior is covered with preserved 14th century biblical frescoes.

Day eight

Transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Hotel Astoria - four star

Located in its own landscaped gardens on the lakeside promenade and just a short stroll from the heart of the typically Italian old town. The hotel has been family run for three generations and is tastefully furnished with spacious lounges, a rooftop terrace with fine views across the lake and surrounding mountains, a pool and terrace set in lush gardens and a restaurant with panoramic windows with views of the lake and Switzerland beyond.

Lake view £65 per person

Hotel Regina Palace - four star superior

One of the best properties on the lake. Dating from the turn of the last century, this recently restored hotel reflects the ‘belle époque’ era having chandeliers, brass and wrought iron fittings so typical of this period. The hotel faces the lake and is set in extensive landscaped gardens to the front and rear with terraces, tennis court and swimming pool. In addition there is an outdoor pool in the relaxing spa and an elegant restaurant. All the rooms are air-conditioned and luxuriously decorated and furnished.

Please note: Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting.
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21-Oct-2014 Manchester 11:45 15:10 7 979.00 please call
21-Oct-2014 Gatwick Airport 13:05 16:00 7 979.00 please call
21-Oct-2014 Birmingham International 06:45 09:50 7 979.00 please call
21-Oct-2014 Heathrow Airport 07:50 10:45 7 1019.00 please call
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The Regina Palace Hotel was superb and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

One of the main reasons for our having such a fulfilling week was because of the input of Paula, your representative here. She organized and cared for us all with such good humour and tact.
May 2012
Mr & Mrs Baddeley