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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : All Year
Stresa
Milan
Tour type : Small groups
Max People : 15
Tour Details

Tour 8 days / 7 nights

Lake Maggiore, the second largest lake in Italy,  is recognized as a true natural beauty. Buildings with splendid architecture, museums, enchanting places and natural landscapes will leave you breathless. You will delight with the elegance of Stresa, picturesque small historic center, flowered terraces, boutiques and restaurants. Feeling of tranquillity and beauty in the Monferrato area, rolling hills covered with vineyards, small villages surrounded by fields, medieval churches and castles, aromas of wine. You will know the charm of Lake Orta and all the beauty of this small alpine lake.

The tour includes:

  • 7 nights half board accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Meals as per program
  • Wine tasting
  • Guided tours as per program
  • Transportation with de luxe coach and private boats on Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, Centovalli Lake Maggiore Express Package (train + boat) in standard class
  • Luggage service at the hotels, on arrival and departure 
  • Entrances to museums and monuments according to the program: Borromeo Palace and Isola Bella
  • Whispers for the duration of the tour
  • Our technical assistance with dedicated telephone number

The tour does not include:

  • Coach entrance fees to the city centres
  • City tax in the hotels
  • Entrances that are not indicated in the program
  • Drinks and all extras in general

Highlights

  • Guided visit of the Borromean Islands
  • Tour of the Monferrato wine region
  • Excursion on Centovalli Railway
  • Visit Lake Orta
Itinerary

Day 1MILAN AND TRANSFER TO LAKE MAGGIORE

Departure by bus to Stresa for seven nights in the selected hotel. Hotel accommodation and free time. Welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2EXCURSION TO 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 we explore the Italian-style gardens. 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 a fish lunch. Return to stresa and free afternoon. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3FREE DAY IN STRESA

Today you have the chance to explore Stresa at your own pace. 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 colourful 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 train to the cosmopolitan city of Milan in a fantastic day tour to explore this fascinating city. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4MONFERRATO WINE REGION

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 and wine tasting. We continue to a farm and enjoy a farmhouse lunch of local specialities and local wines.

Day 5MARKET DAY IN STRESA

Today the town is transformed for market day, and the bustling, colourful stalls are well worth a visit. Alternatively visit the gardens of Villa Taranto or cruise to Isola Madre to see the magnificent botanical garden. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 6LAKE ORTA

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. Free afternoon in Stresa. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 7THE CENTOVALLI RAILWAY AND LOCARNO

Today’s full-day excursion takes us on one of Europe’s most scenic railways, the narrow-gauge Centovalli Railway, on an excursion to Locarno in Switzerland. The line threads its way across ‘a hundred valleys’ that give the railway 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.

Day 8DEPARTURE

Transfer to Milan Airport.

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