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Lake Maggiore

4.4 stars(44 reviews)

Fabulous scenery and a relaxing lakeside destination

8 days From £1,349 per person

2023 Tour code: 23LMS

About the tour

This wonderful holiday takes you to the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore. Set among the stunning peaks of the Italian Alps, you cruise to the lake's idyllic islands and journey on the scenic Centovalli Railway.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Strasbourg

You meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Paris. Here, change trains and continue to Strasbourg, where you spend the night.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Lake Maggiore

Continue to Italy, taking the train to the pretty town of Stresa, one of the most popular resorts on the shores of Lake Maggiore. 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 some fascinating museums. Check into your hotel, which has superb views overlooking the lake and surrounding Italian Alps, for the next five nights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Borromean Islands

Cruise to picturesque Isola Bella, a small island in the middle of the lake, just a few minutes' sailing from Stresa. Transformed by the aristocratic Borromeo family in the 16th and 17th centuries, today it's dominated by the sumptuous Borromeo Palace. You visit the palace before free time to explore the Italian gardens, which are equally as opulent as the interiors. Continue by boat to Isola dei Pescatore, also known as Fisherman's Island and home to a quaint fishing village with only 50 or so permanent residents. While here, it's highly recommended to stop by one of the traditional fish restaurants to try a local specialty - perch caught directly 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're free to relax in Stresa. Maybe head out to explore the delightful town and follow in the footsteps of historic guests, such as Ernest Hemingway and Princess Margaret, as you stroll along the pretty lakeside promenade. Alternatively, take advantage of the hotel's comforts and spend the day relaxing. Lounge on the hotel's sun terrace, drinking in the spectacular Alpine views, or take a dip in the pool of the nearby sister hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Centovalli Railway

Enjoy a journey on the Centovalli Railway. With a name meaning One Hundred Valleys, this 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 incredible lakeside and valley scenery. You wind through valleys and past deep ravines, over bridges and through tunnels, between Domodossola and lakeside Locarno. On arrival in Locarno, you're free to choose a place to enjoy some lunch and look around. You could visit the Sacred Mount Madonna del Sasso, a historical site perched above the village, with fantastic views over Locarno and the lake. Later, take the scenic route to your hotel, enjoying a pleasant cruise back to Stresa.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Lake Como

Travel by coach to one of Italy's most famous destinations - Lake Como. Located in the foothills of the Italian and Swiss Alps, the setting is almost fjord-like, with steep mountains rising from the water's edge. Your first stop is Cadenabbia. Here you board a boat for a relaxed cruise to Bellagio, a peninsula town on the lake. Drink in magnificent views across crystal blue waters from this, one of the oldest tourist towns in Italy. You're free to explore before continuing to Menaggio, where the main square is the perfect place to enjoy a gelato and watch the world go by.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Mulhouse

Begin your journey home, travelling first to Basel, where you change trains and continue to Mulhouse for the night.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - London

Catch the high-speed rail service to Paris. Here, you connect with the return Eurostar to London St Pancras.

  • 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

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 44 reviews

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4 stars

Submitted 02 Oct 2022

Tour Manager was superb and extremely efficient at navigating problems which occurred through no fault of him or the company.

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Mike Lowe

5 stars

Submitted 29 Sep 2022

Brilliant holiday with a smashin' guide Kevin. Lovely hotel, only downside were the bloody noisy patrons of the restaurant/bar nextdoor. Kept at it till two am most mornings.

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D Keens

5 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2022

What a beautiful unspoiled area of Italy! Very clean, no litter, no graffety. We were very fortunate with the weather, the views were amazing. Very easy using the ferry accross the lake. would love to go back, to stay longer at Stressa.

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I Taylor

2 stars

Submitted 26 Sep 2022

Great venue. Horrendous journey if you have a couple of cases and stations with no lifts or escalators and have to wait at Basel for 4 and a half hours. Not the best travelling for over 60's.

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J Massey

4 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2022

Loved it. Lake Maggiore is one of the most beautiful places I have travelled to and I've travelled extensively. The group was a friendly one and Kevin was a good leader

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Mr John Hamilton

3 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2022

Resort, hotel accommodation, and rail travel good. Tour manager excellent. Evening meals in hotel awful.

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