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Magnificent Maggiore

8 Days from £809

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

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Departure from: May 2018 - Sep 2018

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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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HALF BOARD

Included holiday highlights

  • ​Lake Como, Como town and cruise to Bellagio
  • Cruise and farewell dinner on Isola Pescatore

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

You can explore Baveno further today at your own pace, or perhaps you'll choose to join our optional excursion. We'll take you to 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.

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.

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.
This evening you're invited to a very special dinner on the Borromean Island of Isola Pescatore, which we'll reach by boat.

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.

Day 1 - 7 :

Hotel Simplon, Baveno

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Dates and Prices

 
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WED 02 MAY 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£859

£809

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Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 02 May 2018

Departs

07:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:50 Milan (Malpensa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Departs

11:55 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

13:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

WED 02 MAY 18

Edinburgh

GUARANTEED

£1,055

£1,005

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Wednesday 02 May 2018

Departs

09:30 Edinburgh

Arrives

13:05 Milan (Malpensa)

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Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Departs

18:15 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

19:45 Edinburgh

Operated by

Easyjet

WED 02 MAY 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,055

£1,005

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Outbound
Flybe.

Wednesday 02 May 2018

Departs

11:10 Manchester

Arrives

14:20 Milan (Malpensa)

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Flybe.

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Flybe. - BE

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Departs

15:00 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

16:20 Manchester

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Flybe.

WED 16 MAY 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£879

£829

Available

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British Airways

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Departs

07:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:50 Milan (Malpensa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Departs

11:55 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

13:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

WED 16 MAY 18

Edinburgh

GUARANTEED

£1,075

£1,025

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Easyjet

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Departs

09:30 Edinburgh

Arrives

13:05 Milan (Malpensa)

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Easyjet

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Easyjet - EZY

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Departs

18:15 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

19:45 Edinburgh

Operated by

Easyjet

WED 16 MAY 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,075

£1,025

Available

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Flybe.

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Departs

11:10 Manchester

Arrives

14:20 Milan (Malpensa)

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Flybe.

Inbound
Flybe. - BE

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Departs

15:00 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

16:20 Manchester

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Flybe.

WED 13 JUN 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£929

£879

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British Airways

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Departs

07:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:50 Milan (Malpensa)

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British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Departs

11:55 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

13:00 London (Heathrow)

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British Airways

WED 13 JUN 18

Edinburgh

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£1,125

£1,075

Available

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Easyjet

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Departs

09:30 Edinburgh

Arrives

13:05 Milan (Malpensa)

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Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Departs

18:15 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

19:45 Edinburgh

Operated by

Easyjet

WED 13 JUN 18

Manchester

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£1,125

£1,075

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Wednesday 13 June 2018

Departs

11:10 Manchester

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14:20 Milan (Malpensa)

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Flybe.

Inbound
Flybe. - BE

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Departs

15:40 Milan (Malpensa)

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17:00 Manchester

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Flybe.

WED 11 JUL 18

London (Heathrow)

£979

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British Airways

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Departs

07:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:45 Milan (Malpensa)

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British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Departs

11:55 Milan (Malpensa)

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13:00 London (Heathrow)

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WED 11 JUL 18

Manchester

£1,175

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Wednesday 11 July 2018

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11:35 Manchester

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15:00 Milan (Malpensa)

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Wednesday 18 July 2018

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15:40 Milan (Malpensa)

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17:00 Manchester

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WED 11 JUL 18

Edinburgh

£1,175

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Easyjet

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Departs

15:30 Edinburgh

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19:05 Milan (Malpensa)

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Easyjet

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Easyjet - EZY

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Departs

13:30 Milan (Malpensa)

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15:00 Edinburgh

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Easyjet

WED 22 AUG 18

London (Heathrow)

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£979

£929

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British Airways

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Departs

07:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:45 Milan (Malpensa)

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British Airways

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British Airways - BA

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Departs

11:35 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

12:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

WED 22 AUG 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,175

£1,125

Available

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Flybe.

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Departs

11:35 Manchester

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15:00 Milan (Malpensa)

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Flybe.

Inbound
Flybe. - BE

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Departs

15:40 Milan (Malpensa)

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17:00 Manchester

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Flybe.

WED 22 AUG 18

Edinburgh

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£1,175

£1,125

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Easyjet

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Departs

15:30 Edinburgh

Arrives

19:05 Milan (Malpensa)

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Easyjet

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Easyjet - EZY

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Departs

13:30 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

15:00 Edinburgh

Operated by

Easyjet

WED 05 SEP 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£979

£929

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British Airways

Wednesday 05 September 2018

Departs

07:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:45 Milan (Malpensa)

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British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Departs

11:35 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

12:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

WED 05 SEP 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,175

£1,125

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Flybe.

Wednesday 05 September 2018

Departs

11:35 Manchester

Arrives

15:00 Milan (Malpensa)

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Flybe.

Inbound
Flybe. - BE

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Departs

15:40 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

17:00 Manchester

Operated by

Flybe.

WED 05 SEP 18

Edinburgh

GUARANTEED

£1,175

£1,125

Available

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Easyjet

Wednesday 05 September 2018

Departs

12:45 Edinburgh

Arrives

16:15 Milan (Malpensa)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Departs

10:45 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

12:15 Edinburgh

Operated by

Easyjet

WED 26 SEP 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£969

£919

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British Airways

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Departs

07:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:45 Milan (Malpensa)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 03 October 2018

Departs

11:35 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

12:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

WED 26 SEP 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,165

£1,115

Available

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Flybe.

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Departs

11:35 Manchester

Arrives

15:00 Milan (Malpensa)

Operated by

Flybe.

Inbound
Flybe. - BE

Wednesday 03 October 2018

Departs

15:40 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

17:00 Manchester

Operated by

Flybe.

WED 26 SEP 18

Edinburgh

GUARANTEED

£1,165

£1,115

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Departs

12:45 Edinburgh

Arrives

16:15 Milan (Malpensa)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Wednesday 03 October 2018

Departs

10:45 Milan (Malpensa)

Arrives

12:15 Edinburgh

Operated by

Easyjet

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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.

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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Prebookable Package

FROM £161

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

Borromean Islands tour / Macugnaga / Zermatt and the Matterhorn

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Borromean Islands tour

FROM £54

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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Macugnaga

FROM £48

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

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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

FROM £68

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

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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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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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