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Stresa and Lake Maggiore

3.9 stars(8 reviews)

A fantastic lakeside hotel on Lake Maggiore

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2021 Tour code: STL21

About the tour

From our location overlooking beautiful Lake Maggiore in the picturesque town of Stresa, we explore this magnificent region of Italy. Visit the Borromean Islands, taste the wines of Monferrato, visit enchanting Lake Orta, and travel into Switzerland on the scenic Centovalli Railway.


What’s included


Day 1 - London to Colmar

Meet at our St Pancras Departure Office and board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Colmar for the night.

Please Note: For departure STL2108 you will overnight in Basel on Day 1.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 - Stresa

Leaving Colmar on Day 2, we journey through the beautiful Italian countryside to the pretty town of Stresa, on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Our base here for seven nights is the 4-Star Grand Hotel Bristol. One of the finest hotels in Stresa, it enjoys a stunning lakeside location.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Lake Maggiore

Explore Stresa at your own pace today, perhaps enjoying a walk along the flower-filled promenade, lined with impressive villas and neatly terraced gardens. You may wish to take a boat to the colourful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto and the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso, nestled in a rocky overhang on the lake.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Borromean Islands

We discover two of the Borromean Islands, cruising firstly to Isola Bella for a visit to Borromeo Palace, the magnificent Baroque structure which dominates the island. After a tour of its lavish rooms we explore the Italian-style gardens, which sit across ten terraces and include geometrically designed hedging, water-lilies and citrus trees. Our next stop is Isola dei Pescatori, which is inhabited by fewer than a hundred people. It boasts some fine cafés in which to enjoy lunch, with menus loyal to the island's fishing heritage. We enjoy an afternoon on the island before cruising back to Stresa.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Market Day in Stresa

You have another opportunity to explore Stresa at your leisure. Today the town is transformed for market day, and the bustling, colourful stalls are well worth a visit. Should you wish to venture further afield, you could visit vibrant Milan, the capital of northern Italy. If you'd prefer to unwind, you can make use of the excellent facilities at the hotel for a thoroughly relaxing day.

  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Monferrato vineyards and a wine tasting

Our full-day excursion takes us into the rolling countryside of the Monferrato wine region, famous for its vineyards stretching over hills dotted with unspoilt villages. Monferrato is important in the sparkling wine industry, and our day begins with a visit to a local wine producer where we have a tour of the vineyards, followed by a tasting. We continue to an 'agriturismo' farm and enjoy a four-course farmhouse lunch of local specialities and a chance to sample some of the excellent locally produced wine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 - The Centovalli Railway

Enjoy a trip on one of Europe's most scenic railways, the narrow-gauge Centovalli Railway, to Locarno in Switzerland. We wind our way across the 'hundred valleys' that give the railway its name, passing deep ravines and gushing waterfalls, thick forests and sleepy villages. On arrival in Locarno, you are free to have lunch and explore. As well as a picturesque Old Town, Locarno has beautiful subtropical gardens filled with palm trees and exotic flowers, lakeside promenades, and great shopping on the Piazza Grande. We cruise back down Lake Maggiore to Stresa - a splendid way to take in your surroundings.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Lake Orta

After a relaxed morning, we set off for Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore's smaller but no less enchanting neighbour. We enjoy a private boat cruise to the stunning Isola San Giulio, a tiny island dominated by its impressive basilica, before returning to explore the delightful Orta San Giulio, the atmospheric town known as the 'Jewel of the Lake'. Situated on a tiny promontory against the dramatic backdrop of the Alps, this lovely town is truly a gem, with cobbled streets and a piazza overlooking the lake's sparkling waters.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
Day 9 - Dijon

We depart Stresa on Day 9 and take the train to Dijon, where we overnight.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - London

On Day 10 we return to London St Pancras by rail.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


Grand Hotel Bristol, Stresa

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3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 8 reviews

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Mr M Goode

4 stars

Submitted 01 Nov 2019

Overall a good holiday but we felt that the food in Hotel Regina Palace was not up to the quality we would expect of a 4 star hotel

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Mrs A Smith

5 stars

Submitted 28 Sep 2018

Everything worked perfectly from the time we met Caroline our tour manager until we bade farewell after the super holiday

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Mr C Hemphill

1 stars

Submitted 08 Jun 2018

Changes to the itinerary A

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Mrs S Dyson

3 stars

Submitted 08 Jun 2018

It was disappointing I had imagined luxurious train journeys with drinks and snacks as we do in the UK, and found hauling the suitcases from train to,Train tiring, in all it was not what I expected and I will go back to my Princess cruise for total relaxation

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Mr P Irvine

4 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2017

Would have been excellent except we experienced an unplanned train change with limited time for us to transfer with luggage. Also we were not prepared for the step heights between trains and platforms. Accommodation excellent, tours excellent, tour manager excellent

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Mrs B Peters

5 stars

Submitted 07 Aug 2017

lovely hotels and food and excellent locations and all very well organised

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A fantastic lakeside hotel on Lake Maggiore


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