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Stresa and Lake Maggiore

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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


Days 1-2 - London and Stresa

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

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - 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. Alternatively, travel by cable car up Mount Mottarone. The journey offers an amazing panorama - on a clear day, views include seven lakes as well as the Italian and Swiss Alps.

  • Breakfast
Lake Maggiore
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
Isola Bella
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
Monferrato wine region
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
Centovalli Railway
Days 8-10 - Lake Orta and London

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.

We depart Stresa on Day 9 and take the train to Dijon, where we overnight. On Day 10 we return to London St Pancras by rail.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
Lake Orta

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

Grand Hotel Bristol, Stresa

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Centovalli Railway

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86% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr M Goode

Submitted 11119

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

Mrs A Smith

Submitted 28918

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


Submitted 201017

Yes, we really couldnt fault it.Our tour manager was excellent. On one of our free days we went to Milan on our own, wanted to see the interior of the Cathedral having seen it only from outside on a previous trip. Veronica gave us excellent advice as to the comings and goings and where to go for tickets etc, so it was a wonderful day for us. Hotel was lovely and really no complaints at all. The whole thing was well organised and as a bonus the weather was perfect too!


Submitted 141017

Marvellous train journeys. Beautiful hotel with first class staff. Enjoyable excursions by boat and coach and an excellent tour manager who we can't praise highly enough. Hotels in Paris and Colmar were very good too. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.

Mr P Irvine

Submitted 131017

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


Submitted 29917

The holiday was located in a wonderful period hotel with a lake view (upgrade). The balance between free time and organised excursions was perfect.

Stresa and Lake Maggiore

A fantastic lakeside hotel on Lake Maggiore


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