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Magnificent Maggiore

Flower-filled islands, palatial lakeside villas and romantic twisty roads sum up this magical region. The pace is fittingly set to slow as you journey around and beyond the lake, taking in Alpine grandeur, towering waterfalls and extravagant gardens along the way.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with British Airways or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis including dinner on Isola Pescatore
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Visit beautiful Lake Como and the charming town of Como
  • Private boat to the pretty resort of Bellagio
  • Enjoy a boat trip and farewell dinner on the beautiful Isola Pescatore

Optional excursions

  • Board a private boat to two of the fascinating but very different Borromean Islands (full day)
  • Scenic railway journey across the Centovalli or Hundred Valleys (full day)
  • Explore Macugnaga, an Alpine resort in a glorious setting (half day)
  • Journey across the Simplon Pass to the Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt (full day)
  • Visit the quaint village of Lake Orta and a traditional local market (full day)
  • Borromean Islands, Macugnaga and Zermatt can be pre-booked as a package from just £152 per person (subject to change for 2016).
Depart on your scheduled flight to Milan. On arrival, transfer to the pretty resort of Baveno, which sits on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. Check in to your hotel, the Hotel Beau Rivage, where you will stay for the next seven nights.

Baveno is a delightful combination of narrow streets and small squares with a pretty promenade along the lake’s shore. It is also home to a charming church from which many artists have taken inspiration, including Sir Winston Churchill. Baveno is also an excellent base from which to explore, we have arranged a superb selection of optional excursions for you to join as you wish.
A wonderful way to become familiar with Lake Maggiore is to visit its famous islands. Today we offer a full-day optional excursion to help you do just this. You will board a private boat to visit two of them, Isola Madre and Isola Bella. In a wonderful setting between the mountains and a lake, Isola Madre is home to thousands of plants, including rare species. Your cruise continues to Isola Bella. This small island is wholly occupied by the Palazzo Borromeo and its extravagant terraced gardens.
After breakfast today join your Tour Manager on an included full-day excursion to Maggiore’s sister lake, beautiful Lake Como. You’ll visit the charming town of Como itself, which boasts a historic centre, enticing shops and attractive lakeside walks. In the afternoon we venture further around the lake to Tremezzo where you take a private boat to Bellagio, the prettiest and most famous resort on the lake.
Today we offer a full-day optional excursion across the Centovalli, or Hundred Valleys. On this 90-minute scenic train journey you will travel through remote hillside villages and over high bridges to Locarno, passing by thundering waterfalls, neat vineyards and chestnut forests en route. Later, you will return to Baveno on a relaxing cruise which allows you to appreciate the spectacular location from an alternative viewpoint.
Our optional excursion takes you to the Anzasca Valley and the Alpine resort of Macugnaga, a popular destination for winter sport enthusiasts. In the summer months, mountaineers make their way to the town, a picturesque location where you can while away a few hours as you admire the glorious setting and the spectacular views of nearby Mount Rosa. After this half-day visit, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
If you choose to join today’s optional excursion you will take a scenic coach journey across the Simplon Pass. Enjoy breathtaking views as you cross the border into Switzerland, where you will board a train for the short journey from Tasch in the Matter Valley to the mountain resort of Zermatt, which is dominated by the towering Matterhorn.
Spend today at leisure or visit picturesque Lake Orta on our full-day optional excursion. Situated at the foothills of the Alps, the quaint village of Orta boasts exquisite scenery. En route here you will visit a traditional outdoor market, where you can mingle with the local people, and enjoy a boat trip to St Julius island. This evening we have included a special farewell dinner on Isola Pescatore, which we will travel to by boat.
Your holiday comes to an end today as you transfer to the airport in Milan for your flight back to the UK.

Please note: To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.

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.

Macugnaga

Macugnaga

from £44

You’ll reach the pretty village and popular winter ski resort of Macugnaga via a scenic coach journey through the woodlands, vineyards and hamlets of the Anzasca Valley. The village is well known for its ancient gold mine, which although no longer operating, can be explored by adventurous visitors. Day-trippers are also charmed by its typical Alpine houses and a picturesque landscape dominated by the magnificent 15,000ft peak of Monte Rosa which towers above. Why not take your seat in a local café and admire the views over a drink.

Half Day - Moderate Walking - Must See

Zermatt

Zermatt

from £62

Remember to bring your passport along on this full-day trip which takes you from Italy into Switzerland and the stylish ski resort of Zermatt. Keep your camera at the ready too, as views of spectacular mountain scenery begin as soon as you board the coach and journey across the Simplon Pass between the Pennine and the Lepontine Alps. Once in Switzerland you’ll board a train for the short journey to Zermatt, which nestles beneath the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. Here, the Alpine air and picture-perfect views will be a treat for your senses.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Scenic Tour

Lake Orta and Local Market

Lake Orta and Local Market

from £44

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

Centrovalli Railway

Centrovalli Railway

from £69

A full day excursion featuring a superb 90 minute scenic train ride across ‘a hundred valleys’, through remote hillside villages and over high bridges to Locarno. Your return journey is a relaxing cruise by ferry boat.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Best Seller

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £152

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre bookable excursion package...

Borromean Islands / Zermatt / Macugnaga

Borromean Islands

Borromean Islands

from £54

Take a 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


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.

Beau Rivage Hotel Baveno

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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