Picturesque Stresa is the largest and best known resort on the lake with a colourful promenade lined with elegant stylish hotels and villas and lovely old squares and narrow cobbled streets in the town centre to explore
The splendour and majestic beauty of Lake Maggiore stretches from the snow capped mountains of Switzerland on the northern shores, to the Italian Plains in the south. Enchanting landscapes of alpine peaks, serene blue waters, and luxuriant vegetation. Picturesque Stresa is the largest and best known resort on the lake with a colourful promenade lined with elegant stylish hotels and villas and lovely old squares and narrow cobbled streets in the town centre to explore. This tour also includes a journey on the spectacular Lake Maggiore express (Centovalli railway) travelling from Domodossola to Locarno in Switzerland.
The La Palma is a modern elegant four star hotel situated in its own beautiful gardens just across the road from the lake and only a short walk from the town centre. Facilities include restaurant, bar and lounge, outdoor pool, spa area with sauna, steam room, salt cabin and fitness room plus the rooftop 'Sky Bar & Pool' All bedrooms feature air- conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, minibar, and telephone. Lift to all floors.
Day One: We depart in the early hours for our journey south to Folkestone and through the Eurotunnel to Calais, then on to our overnight hotel in delightful Troyes, the former historic capital of the Champagne Region. This medieval old town features narrow, cobbled streets lined with colourful half-timbered houses mostly dating from the 16th century.
Day Two: We continue travelling south through the Alsace Region to Basel, then on via Lucerne and the beautiful Swiss Alps to the Gotthard Tunnel which takes us into Italy. We then descend to Bellinzona and continue to the shores of Lake Maggiore and the Hotel La Palma where we stay for six nights.
Day Three: A day at leisure to explore Stresa, perhaps take a tranquil walk along the lake promenade and absorb the stunning scenery or you may like to explore the Borromean Islands, a convenient hop-on & hop-off ferry service is available sailing between the three islands Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori.
Day Four: Today we visit the magnificent city of Milan where a guided tour is included. One of the most important and stylish cities in Italy, cosmopolitan Milan is renowned as the world's capital of fashion and design, but is also awash with art, cultural heritage and striking historic architecture. Elegantly combining old and new the city features ultra-modern towers juxtaposed with the grand Gothic Duomo, ancient Milanese palaces and the world-famous La Scala Opera House.
Day Five: Today we have a leisurely excursion to pretty Lake Orta, one of the smallest of northern Italy's alpine lakes. We visit the charming lakeside village of Orta San Giulio, rich in history with quaint narrow cobbled streets, aristocratic houses, courtyards, elaborate palaces and the picturesque central square with its frescoed 16th century town hall.
Day Six: This morning we head to Domodossola where we take our seats on the Lake Maggiore Express. This narrow gauge blue and white train, also known as the Centovalli makes its way to Locarno in Switzerland travelling through a region commonly referred to as the Valley of the Painters, passing breath-taking gorges and waterfalls, over spectacular bridges and through colourful vineyards. On arrival in Locarno enjoy some free time to explore this popular Swiss resort, then we board the coach and drive along the shores of Lake Maggiore back to Stresa.
Day Seven: A further day at leisure to relax and explore Stresa or you may like to take a cable ride to Monte Mattarone, one of the best ways to view Lake Maggiore. The first stage of the cable car climbs up to Alpino where a short stroll will take you to the Alpine Gardens. You can wander freely around the terraces and admire the magnificent views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The second stage of the cable car then takes you on to Mottarone where a 10 to 15 minute walk will take you to the summit. From there you have a 360° view which includes 7 lakes and the beautiful Mount Rosa.
Day Eight: We leave Stresa this morning and travel back through Switzerland into France for another overnight stay at Troyes.
Day Nine: We continue north to Calais for our return Eurotunnel journey to Folkestone and home to North Wales.
Two nights accommodation with breakfast at Troyes
Six nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast at Stresa
Guided tour of Milan
A ride on the Lake Maggiore Express train
Return Eurotunnel Journeys
Excursions as described above
Return travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Abergele|| Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop |
|Bangor, Nelson Pub|| Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub |
|Bangor, Pontio Centre|| Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop |
|Bethel|| Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop |
|Bontnewydd|| Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop |
|Bryngwran|| Bryngwran, School Entrance |
|Caergeiliog|| Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub |
|Caernarfon, Campbell Road|| Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road |
|Caernarfon, Leisure Cent.|| Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre |
|Caernarfon, Morrisons|| Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop |
|Caernarfon, Waterloo Port|| Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop |
|Caernarfon, Y Glyn|| Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road |
|Chester|| Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop |
|Chirk|| Chirk, Moreton Park Garden Centre |
|Colwyn Bay|| Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop |
|Criccieth, Medical Centre|| Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop |
|Deganwy|| Deganwy, Railway Station Bus Stop |
|Ewloe|| Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel |
|Gaerwen|| Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park |
|Gwalchmai|| Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock |
|Halkyn|| Halkyn, Outside Billy Jeans |
(Springfield Hotel Return Drop Off Point)
|Holyhead|| Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance |
|Llanberis, Maes Padarn|| Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn |
|Llanberis, Spar|| Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop |
|Llandegai|| Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance |
|Llandudno|| Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop |
|Llandudno Jct. New Road|| Llandudno Junction, New Road Bus Stop |
|Llanfairfechan|| Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop |
|Llanfairpwll|| Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park |
|Llangefni|| Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop |
|Llanrug|| Llanrug, Arvonia Garage |
|Menai Bridge|| Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop |
|Northop|| Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop |
|Old Colwyn|| Old Colwyn, Church Walks Bus Stop |
Opposite The Plough Inn
|Oswestry|| Oswestry, Mile End Services Coach Park |
|Penmaenmawr|| Penmaenmawr, Llys Clwyd Bus Stop (Opposite Spar) |
|Penrhyn Bay|| Penrhyn Bay, Post Office |
|Penygroes|| Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel) |
|Porthmadog|| Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop |
|Pwllheli|| Pwllheli, Bus Station |
|Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms|| Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms |
|Rhos on Sea, Hickorys|| Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant |
|St. Asaph|| St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station |
|Valley|| Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel |
|Wrexham|| Wrexham, Bus Stand Lord Street |
|Y Felinheli, St. Marys|| Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop |
|Y Felinheli, Victoria|| Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop |
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