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Magnificent Maggiore & Lake Como

8 Days from £899

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Maggiore, flower-filled islands and charming Lake Como.

Departure from: May 2019 - Sep 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights half-board in a 3-star hotel
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
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Included holiday highlights

  • ​Lake Como, Como town and cruise to Bellagio
  • Explore the alpine resort of Macugnaga​

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Baveno

Depart on your scheduled flight to Milan today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to the pretty resort of Baveno, on the western shore of Lake Maggiore, where your hotel boasts a lovely lakeside setting.

DAY2 Borromean Islands tour

You've come here to see the beauty of Lake Maggiore, and a great way to do this is by taking to the waters. We've arranged an optional private cruise today that takes in two of the Borromean Islands known as 'the sisters', set between soaring mountains and the sparkling lake.
Firstly we'll step ashore on Isola Madre, which is home to the magnificent English Garden, where many rare species of plant thrive. As you explore, keep a lookout too for white peacocks, golden pheasants and parrots, which also inhabit the island.
Next stop is the diminutive Isola Bella, which is wholly occupied by the spectacular Palazzo Borromeo. Admire its stunning façade before we step inside to see its richly furnished rooms. Outside is equally enticing, with extravagant landscaped gardens spread over 10 terraces forming a pyramid decorated with hedges, obelisks and statues. Another interesting highlight is a series of artificial grottoes which form a connecting passageway between the palace and the gardens. The six rooms were built to provide a cool refuge from the heat during the hot summer months.

DAY 3 Lake Como

We're going to introduce you to another spectacular lake today on a full-day excursion to Lake Como. As you explore the charming town of Como with your Tour Manager you'll understand why it has long been a popular destination for Italians. They head here to escape the stifling heat of the cities in the summer months, so you'll see many an impressive villa lining the mountain-backed shores.
Together we'll explore the town's historic centre to see enticing shops, little squares, picturesque lanes and an attractive promenade.
This afternoon we venture further around the lake to Tremezzo, where our own private boat is waiting to whisk us to the elegant town of Bellagio. Once on dry land, you can head off and do your own thing. A network of cobbled lanes will lead you to a selection of upmarket boutiques and pretty gardens. Or perhaps you'll find a seat at a café or bar and simply take it all in.

DAY 4 Centovalli Railway & Lake Maggiore cruise

A day of quiet relaxation lies ahead, so maybe you'll choose to enjoy the facilities at your hotel, which include lovely gardens and an inviting swimming pool.
However, if you're keen to discover more, you could join an optional excursion across the Centovalli, or Hundred Valleys, on a 90-minute scenic train journey. On the way to Locarno, you'll pass through hillside villages and over high bridges, and see waterfalls, vineyards and chestnut forests from your window.
Disembark to explore this Swiss town, where, thanks to its mild climate, palms and citrus trees flourish. We'll stroll to its heart, Piazza Grande, and during free time, you can discover its 12th century castle, now an archaeological museum. We'll make our way back to Baveno via a relaxing cruise.

DAY 5 Macugnaga & Mount Rosa

An included excursion today gives you the chance to discover the Anzasca Valley and the Alpine resort of Macugnaga, a popular destination for winter sport enthusiasts.
There's plenty of time here to revel in the glorious setting, which includes spectacular views of nearby Mount Rosa, the second-tallest mountain in Europe. This evening we offer an optional dinner on the Borromean Island of Isola dei Pescatori, which we'll reach by boat.​

DAY 6 Zermatt & the Matterhorn

If you would like to venture further afield today, we offer an optional excursion into Switzerland. You'll board a coach for a scenic journey across the Simplon Pass, a mountain pass linking the Pennine and Lepontine Alps and affording breathtaking views. In Switzerland a train will take you from Tasch in the Matter Valley to the mountain resort of Zermatt. The sight that greets you here is the towering near-symmetrical peak of the Matterhorn. You can choose to see even more on a journey via cable cars to the highest platform in the Alps, taking in the incredible sight of 38 peaks and 14 glaciers. You also have the chance to admire the majestic views on an optional helicopter ride. 

DAY 7 Lake Orta & Arona market

Spend the day relaxing before your journey home, or you could squeeze in a few more scenic sights on an optional tour to Lake Orta. Nestled at the foothills of the Alps, the village of Orta is utterly picturesque. This day out also features a visit to a traditional market and a cruise to St Julius Island, in the middle of the lake.

DAY 8 Baveno/UK

​Today you'll transfer to the airport in Milan for your flight back to the UK.​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 7 :

Beau Rivage Hotel, Baveno
The 3-star Hotel Beau Rivage is ideally located in Baveno, just a few minutes walk from the ferry landing stage.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, garden terrace and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, safe and a TV.


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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Borromean Islands tour

FROM £57

Take a fabulous cruise by private motorboat around the jewels of Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands. This group of three small islands and two islets get their name from the Borromeo family who began to acquire them in the early 16th century and built upon them magnificent summer palaces visited by royalty and nobility. You’ll see Isola Madre, whose villa is surrounded by open parkland and a beautiful botanic garden and Isola Bella, famed for its unique terraced garden.

Three quarter day - Moderate Walking including many steps - Must See

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Centovalli Railway

FROM £74

A full day excursion which will take you across the Centovalli which features a superb 90 minute scenic train ride across ‘a hundred valleys’, through remote hillside villages and over high bridges to Locarno, passing by thundering waterfalls, neat vineyards and chestnut forests en-route. Your return journey is a relaxing cruise by ferry boat back to Baveno which lets you appreciate the spectacular location from another vantage point.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Best Seller

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Lake Orta and Arona Market

FROM £48

Discover picturesque Lake Orta on this full-day excursion. Not as well known as its more famous neighbour Maggiore, it is no less impressive located as it is in the foothills of the Alps. Facing the lake is the quaint medieval village of Orta San Giulio, where you’ll find a wealth of Romanesque and Baroque architecture, quaint townhouses embellished with wrought iron balconies and cobbled lanes flanked by old stone walls. Look out to the Isola San Giulio, an island almost entirely taken up by the 12th century Basilica di San Giulio, and enjoy a visit to a local outdoor market.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Highly Recommended

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Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

FROM £139

The summit lift will carry you to the highest viewing platform in the Alps, at 3883 metres above sea level. A 360º panorama opens, taking in 38 peaks towering over four thousand metres and 14 glaciers in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. See if you can make out Mont Blanc – Europe’s highest mountain – and, further in the distance, the Jungfrau in all her radiant beauty. Journey time will be 45 minutes each way.

Due to the maximum elevation being 2883m (12,379ft) this optional is not suitable for anyone with any heart conditions.

Please note: This optional can only be booked if taking the Zermatt and Matterhorn excursion. You will only be able to take either the Helicopter ride above the Matterhorn or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise due to time restrictions.

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Helicopter ride above the Matterhorn

FROM £209

Take a stunning helicopter ride from Zermatt for an unforgettable flight above the Matterhorn. Your flight will last approximately 20 minutes and will be subject to the local weather conditions.

Please note: This optional can only be booked if taking the Zermatt and Matterhorn excursion. You will only be able to take either the Helicopter ride above the Matterhorn or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise due to time restrictions.

The final seating arrangement on any helicopter is determined by an automated weight and balance calculator. The balance of weight onboard a helicopter is critical for flight safety.

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Dinner on Fishermans Island

FROM £62

Depart from Baveno by boat to Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermans Island), regarded as one of the most picturesque locations on Lake Maggiore. Here you will take a short walk to your restaurant for a 3-course dinner. You will choose from a selection of courses whilst seated on the terrace (subject to weather) looking out at the beautiful lake views. Depart by boat and take a short trip around the illuminated Borromean Islands before arriving back in Baveno.
Please note that drinks are not included in the price.

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Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

“Look out for beautiful silk gifts in Como. The lakeside town is renowned for the production of this luxurious fabric”


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