Enchanting Ticino

If you are familiar with the majesty of the Swiss Alps and the beauty of the Italian Lakes, imagine a destination where the two are fused into one magical destination and you are picturing the stunning Swiss Canton of Ticino. A mixture of palm lined lakes and sharp mountain peaks makes this one of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland, where the links with Italy are so strong that it is the native language, the cuisine is heavily Italian. This, combined with Swiss efficiency and hospitality give you the perfect holiday base.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel with time to settle in before dinner.

Day 2 Ascona, Locarno & Swiss Maggiore
After breakfast we travel south west to the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore and the popular scenic town of Ascona for a wander along the picturesque water front and perhaps a coffee by the shore, or an optional boat journey. We then continue to nearby Locarno, a popular tourist destination, whether you want to rest by the lake, sample some of the many restaurants or do some shopping in the attractive boutiques. For the more adventurous you can take the train and cable car up to the Cardada viewing platform which hangs in space over the town with breathtaking 180 degree views through to the Italian part of the lake to the South.

Day 3 Bellinzona Driver’s Day Off
Enjoy a day at leisure in historical Bellinzona. Why not start with a browse at the local market where the colourful stalls offer the best fresh seasonal local produce and gifts. A must-see is the majestic Castelgrande, a fairytale castle with amazing views. The castle is accessible fromthe town via a lift.

Day 4 Lake Lugano
Today we head south to the shores of the beautiful glacial Lake Lugano, and the city of the same name which sits elegantly on the shores of the lake. We can enjoy a short guided walk of the pretty historical city centre with its pastel-coloured buildings. There are interesting shop and cafés to explore and a lakeside promenade with attractive gardens.

Day 5 Centovalli Railway
Today we return to Lake Maggiore and drive south into Italy to visit the charming resort of Stresa. Enjoy free time to explore this quaint town, and perhaps take a boat to the beautiful Borromean Islands which are situated just off-shore, in the middle of Lake Maggiore opposite Stresa. Our return journey starts with a local train from Stresa to Domodossola where we change for the famous Centovalli Railway which crosses its ‘hundred valleys’ with viaducts, amazing scenery and small villages en route. We finish our journey back in Locarno, in Switzerland where after some free time we board our coach back to our hotel for our final evening meal.

Day 6 Departure
Today, we say a fond farewell to beautiful Ticino and head home.

Hotel & Spa Internazionale

Bellinzona, Ticino
AAA+ Great Touring Location
The Hotel & Spa Internazionale is conveniently situated, opposite the main railway station in Bellinzona, only a short walk from the historic city centre. This unique location makes it an ideal base for exploring the medieval town. Built in the early 1900’s, and extended in traditional style in 2014, this welcoming hotel has 71 modern guest rooms, comfortably furnished with air conditioning/heating, hairdryer and TV. There is an attractive breakfast room on the lower ground floor, modern restaurant on the ground floor and attractive spa area with sauna, Turkish bath, salt room, hydro massage and relaxation area. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

Hotel & Spa Internazionale

Bellinzona, Ticino

5 Nights Half Board
Mar & Apr 2019 Twin from £489
May, Jun & Sept 2019 Twin from £499
Aug 2019 Twin from £509

Double for Sole Use Supplement from £169
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• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage & welcome glass of wine
• Set menu on arrival
• Choice of menu on 4 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
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