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Stresa & Lake Maggiore

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(Tour code: STL20)

A fantastic lakeside hotel on Lake Maggiore

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 Railroad.

Highlights
  • Isola Bella
  • Isola dei Pescatori
  • Excursion to the Monferrato vineyard with wine tasting
  • Borromeo Palace
  • Lake Orta Cruise
  • Journey on the Centovalli Railroad
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Stresa & Lake Maggiore 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

London to Colmar

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

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 Stresa
Stresa

To Stresa

Leaving Colmar, we journey through the beautiful Italian countryside to the pretty town of Stresa, on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Our base here for 7 nights is the 4-Star Grand Hotel Bristol. One of the finest hotels in Stresa, the 4-Star Grand Hotel Bristol enjoys a stunning location on the shores of the lake.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Stresa
Stresa

At leisure by Lake Maggiore

Today you have the chance to explore Stresa at your own pace. An ideal way to get your bearings is to enjoy a walk along the attractive, flower-filled promenade, lined with impressive villas and neatly terraced gardens. You may wish to take a boat to the colorful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto and the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso, nestled in a rocky overhang on the lake. Alternatively, perhaps travel by cable car from Stresa up Mount Mottarone - the journey offers an amazing panorama, and on a clear day, your views from the snow-dusted peak include seven lakes as well as the Italian and Swiss Alps.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore

The Borromean Islands

Today we discover two of the beautiful Borromean Islands, set in the shimmering waters of Lake Maggiore. We leave Stresa by boat and cruise to the Isola Bella for a guided visit to the sumptuous Borromeo Palace. The magnificent Baroque structure dominates the island, and after a tour of its lavish rooms we explore the alluring Italian-style gardens.

The spectacular gardens are on ten terraces and include an open-air theater with geometrically designed hedging, water-lilies and citrus trees, the Azalea Garden and the 'Piano della Canfora', which is named for the 150-year-old laurel tree growing there. In the English garden, there are lotus flowers, whilst at the highest point of the garden there is a great unicorn, the symbol of the Borromeo family.

Our next stop is the tiny Isola dei Pescatori, a permanently-inhabited island - by fewer than a hundred people - of narrow cobbled alleyways and pretty buildings. It boasts a fine selection of restaurants in which to enjoy lunch, with many menus loyal to the island's rich fishing heritage. We enjoy an afternoon exploring the charming island before cruising back to Stresa.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore

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, colorful stalls are well worth a visit. Should you wish to venture further afield, why not visit vibrant Milan, the capital of northern Italy? Perhaps visit the incredible Duomo - the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a 19th century glass-roofed shopping arcade, or Teatro alla Scala, the beautiful opera house.

The stunning 2,800-seat opera theater welcomed its premier performance in August 1778, with Antonio Salieri's Europa Riconosciuta, having been built to replace another theater on the site, which was lost to a fire. Designed by Giuseppe Piermarini, the Teatro alla Scala is known for its sumptuous gilt and crimson interiors, as well as a rich history as the home of opera and ballet in Milan. For those feeling less energetic, you can make use of the excellent facilities at the hotel for a thoroughly relaxing day.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 6 Monferrato wine region
Monferrato wine region

Monferrato vineyards and a wine tasting

Our full-day excursion by coach takes us into the rolling countryside of the Monferrato wine region, famous for its vineyards stretching over hills interspersed with unspoilt villages. Monferrato is particularly 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 specialties and a chance to sample some of the delicious locally produced wine.

 

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Centovalli Railroad
Centovalli Railroad

The Centovalli Railroad

Today's full-day excursion takes us on one of Europe's most scenic railroads, the narrow-gauge Centovalli Railroad, on an excursion to Locarno in Switzerland. The line threads its way across 'a hundred valleys' that give the railroad its name, all the while passing through outstanding scenery of idyllic landscapes. We pass over deep ravines and gushing waterfalls, and alongside thick forests and through sleepy villages during the journey.

On arrival in Locarno, you are free to have lunch and explore at your leisure. As well as a picturesque Old Town, Locarno has beautiful subtropical gardens filled with palm trees and exotic flowers, lakeside promenades and great shopping under the arcades of the Piazza Grande. Later we cruise back down Lake Maggiore to Stresa - a splendid way to take in your surroundings on the homeward journey.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Lake Orta
Lake Orta

Lake Orta

After a leisurely morning, we set off for Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore's smaller but no less enchanting neighbor. 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 return in good time for our dinner this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 9-10 Eurostar
Eurostar

To Dijon and home

We depart Stresa in the morning by trainto Dijon, where we overnight. Tonight we enjoy our final dinner together in the hotel. On Day 10 we return to London by rail where your tour concludes and you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Includes:
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Colmar, 7 nights at the 4-Star Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa and 1 inbound overnight stay in Dijon

Delicious meals included

  • 16 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Stresa

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursions to Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori
  • Visit to a Monferrato vineyard, with wine tasting
  • Explore the Borromeo Palace
  • Lake Orta cruise
  • Journey on the Centovalli Railroad
  • Enjoy an authentic Italian Lunch at an 'agriturismo'

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers

 

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