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Lake Maggiore

4.5 stars(27 reviews)

Fabulous scenery and a relaxing lakeside destination

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8 days From £1,449 per person

2021 Tour code: 21LMS

About the tour

This wonderful seven-night holiday takes you to the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore. Set among the stunning peaks of the Italian Alps, enjoy a tour filled with scenic exploration.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Strasbourg

You meet your group at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office today, leaving London St Pancras International on the Eurostar for Paris. From here, you travel on the high-speed TGV service to Strasbourg, where you overnight.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Lake Maggiore

Return to the railway station this morning and continue your journey to Italy. Arriving at Stresa railway station, you transfer to your home for the next five nights, the 4* Milan Speranza Hotel au Lac. Located in the centre of Stresa, the hotel benefits from a superb position overlooking the lake and the surrounding Italian Alps.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Isola Bella

This morning, enjoy an excursion by boat, cruising to picturesque Isola Bella, a small island only a few minutes' sailing from Stresa. The island was transformed by the aristocratic Borromeo family in the 16th and 17th centuries, and is dominated by the sumptuous Borromean Palace. Set amidst beautiful Italian gardens, this ornate structure was started in the 17th century, but only saw completion in 1959. The fabulous rooms often have mythological themes, and the stuccoed ceilings, Murano chandeliers, fine paintings and rich tapestries lend the villa a fanciful feel. You visit the palace before free time to explore the gardens, which are equally as opulent as the magnificent interiors.

Continue by boat to Isola dei Pescatore, also known as Fisherman's Island, another of the Borromean Islands and home to a quaint fishing village which has only 50 or so permanent year-round residents. While here, it's highly recommended to sample one of the traditional fish restaurants, the local speciality being perch from the lake. You could also visit San Vittore Church to see the wooden busts of apostles Peter and Andrew, the patron saints of fishermen.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Stresa

Today you are free to relax in Stresa. Perhaps take the time to head out and explore the town. Although a highly popular Italian resort, Stresa is small enough to explore on foot, rewarding its visitors with medieval buildings, opulent and historic villas, delightful public gardens, and several fascinating museums. Follow in the footsteps of prestigious guests to the area including George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway and Princess Margaret as you enjoy a walk along the pretty lakeside promenade. Alternatively, take advantage of the hotel's comforts and enjoy a relaxing day. Lounge on the hotel's sun terrace, drinking in the spectacular Alpine views that spread out into the distance, or enjoy the nearby pool at your hotel's sister hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Centovalli Railway

Enjoy a journey on the Centovalli Railway. With a name meaning "One Hundred Valleys", the railway connects Locarno in Switzerland to Domodossola in Italy. The line opened in 1923 and has remained popular ever since, with its beautiful bridges crossing over some truly incredible lakeside and valley scenery. You wind through valleys and past deep ravines, over bridges and through tunnels, on a marvellous route between Domodossola and the lakeside town of Locarno. On arrival in Locarno, you are free to grab some lunch and to explore. Perhaps visit the beautiful Sacred Mount Madonna del Sasso, a stunning historical and religious site perched above the village, where you'll be treated to fantastic views over Locarno and the lake. Later, you take the scenic route back to the hotel, with a pleasant cruise across the lake to Stresa.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Lake Orta

Travel by coach to tranquil Lake Orta, an unspoiled lake with an enchanting atmosphere. Situated on the lake is the charming village of Orta San Giulio, where you have some free time. Popular with writers since the 19th century, Orta San Giulio's elegant streets have welcomed the likes of Lord Byron and Robert Browning. Perhaps admire the paintings in the UNESCO-listed Sacro Monte di Orta here. You also enjoy a boat ride to the Isola San Giulio, a tiny yet delightful island, topped with a Benedictine monastery.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Mulhouse

Start your journey home today. Travelling via Basel, you arrive in Mulhouse for the night. 

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - London

On Day 8, travel by TGV to Paris. Here, you join the Eurostar to London St Pancras, where you tour ends.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast

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 dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Milan Speranza Hotel au Lac, Stresa

Milan Speranza Hotel au Lac, Stresa

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 27 reviews

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Mr G Trent

5 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2019

Our first group organised holiday and we really enjoyed it!

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Mrs M Standing

5 stars

Submitted 28 Oct 2019

Every thing about this holiday was most enjoyable .the staff at the hotel were very friendly and the rooms were a nice size .

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Mr G Gibbons

4 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2018

A well thought out and organised trip. Stresa was a lovely friendly destination to stay on the beautiful Lake Maggorie. The excursions were good, although we would have liked to have had some guides included as time is very limited on these trips to take it all in.The hotel was good, rooms nice, friendly, efficient staff with plenty of food which was adequate. Out tour manager went out of his way to ensure everyone had was happy.

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Mr N Burr

5 stars

Submitted 27 Aug 2018

Completely met my expectations

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Mr R Stevens

3 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2017

The accommodation bedrooms were not four star as in your brochure.

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Mr P Greenhalgh

4 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2017

overall the trip and the organisation were good.

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