Old world charm, flower-filled lake islands and shores spanning two countries make Maggiore one of Italy’s most elegant destinations. Lake Maggiore’s classical charm and sophistication might make you think you’ve stepped back into 1920’s Italy. The resort of Stresa, on the western shore, is set within the secluded Borromean Bay and has a pleasant lakeside promenade brimming with cafés overlooking the Borromean Islands and has three main piazzas.
Saturday We depart for Dover early this morning and our crossing to Calais. On arrival in France we continue to our overnight hotel for one night, bed and breakfast.
Sunday This morning we continue our journey through France and into Italy for seven nights, dinner, bed and breakfast at the Hotel Milan Sperenza au Lac.
Monday Enjoy a day visiting the stunning Borromeo Islands. Situated on the western side of Lake Maggiore, directly opposite Stresa, the three Borromean Islands lie in a wide gulf surrounded by mountains. The islands take their name from the aristocratic Borromean family, who took ownership of the land in the 16th and 17th centuries. The three Borromean Islands share a pleasant climate, but each offers a very different experience. Isola Bella was completely transformed by its occupants, and its palace and gardens are the epitome of opulence and luxury. In contrast, the Isola dei Pescatori, with its village unchanged by time, offers a fascinating simplicity. Finally, the exotic atmosphere of the lush and tranquil Isola Madre can be credited to the gardens that almost totally cover it. The boat does not stop at Isola Madre.
Tuesday Today we enjoy a visit to Lake Orta, one of the smallest Italian Lakes and separated from Lake Maggiore by Mont Mottarone. We will enjoy a visit to Orta San Giulio, one of northern Italy’s best kept secrets and one of its prettiest lakeside towns. Enjoy browsing the old cobbled streets or take a boat ride over to the island, Isola San Giulio and visit the characterful monastery.
Wednesday Enjoy a day visiting the north of the lake and across the border in Switzerland. We will depart from Stresa and take the train up to Domodossola, at which point you change onto the scenic high level railway, the Centovalli. The Centovalli Railway leads across the dizzying heights of viaducts, past deep ravines and thundering waterfalls, through sunlit chestnut forests and fertile vineyards, tunnels and hairpin bends. We arrive in the bustling town of Locarno, on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore. After revelling in the fabulous views during your ride, you will have time to relax, before returning to Stresa by boat. Your passport will be needed for this excursion.
Thursday Today we enjoy a visit to Lake Como. Lake Como is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy and has attracted the aristocracy to its shores for centuries and, more recently, celebrities and film directors. Parts of the James Bond movie, ‘Casino Royale,’ were filmed on its shores and celebrities such as George Clooney have a home here.
Friday Enjoy a day at leisure or we may offer an optional excursion (charge applicable). Your driver will provide you with further information. Today is market day in Stresa. Saturday Enjoy a day at leisure or we may offer an optional excursion (charge applicable). Your driver will provide you with further information.
Sunday We depart Lake Maggiore and begin our return journey home travelling through France to our overnight hotel for one night, bed and breakfast.
Monday We depart for Calais and our crossing to Dover. Retracing our steps home, we arrive later this evening.
The cross channel crossing may be replaced with Eurotunnel without prior notice.
The hotel Milan and Speranza au Lac, is a traditional, olde world hotel with a wonderful ambience. The hotels Milan and Speranza au Lac stand proudly together, across from the lake front in Stesa's town centre and are just a short walk from the ferry departure point, from which boats leave to visit the Borromeo Islands. All individually styled bedrooms vary in size due to the historic nature of the building and are all en-suite with television and hair dryer. The elegant restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with a friendly and professional service. The hotel also benefits from a relaxing bar on the first floor. Lift to all floors. An outdoor swimming pool is available to guests of the Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac, at the nearby Regina Palace Hotel.