The Gems of Lake Maggiore & Milan

Ideally positioned in the beautiful lakeside resort of Stresa on Lake Maggiore, our excellent hotels make a great base for touring this stunning area, and our new packaged tour features a blend of the area's best bits, including a day in Milan, a visit to Lake Orta and rail and boat journeys around Lake Maggiore!

Paul says...
“The Astoria Hotel is lakeside Stresa at its best!”
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 2 Borromean Islands Driver’s Day Off
We enjoy a leisurely day visiting the stunning Borromean Islands, located just offshore from the centre of Stresa. We take the boat out to Isola Bella, which houses a beautiful stately home and elegant Italianate gardens before we continue by boat to Isola dei Pescatori, the only island which is currently inhabited.

Day 3 Lake Orta
Today we explore Lake Orta and one of northern Italy’s best kept secrets, its capital, Orta San Giulio, with a delightful medieval centre. We have time to stroll around the old cobbled streets before taking a boat over to Isola San Giulio to visit the picturesque monastery.

Day 4 Lake Maggiore Express
This morning we travel on the Lake Maggiore Express from Stresa to Domodossola at which point we change onto the scenic high level railway, the Centovalli, which will take us through the mountains and down to Locarno, a bustling town on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore. After enjoying the fabulous views en route, we have time to relax before taking a boat ride from this Swiss corner of Lake Maggiore back down to Stresa.

Day 5 Milan
Today we have a full day excursion to the stylish city of Milan. Upon arrival we enjoy a half day step-on guided tour followed by time at leisure. Be sure to visit the main sights including the Gothic Duomo di Milano Cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper”.

Day 6 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.
Legend

Astoria Hotel

Stresa, Lake Maggiore
AAAA Central Location Double for Single Occupancy
This welcoming 4 star hotel is efficiently run and managed by the Mariani family. Its excellent location is directly on the promenade just a few minutes' stroll from the lovely centre of Stresa. Comfortably furnished with spacious public areas, the main restaurant is attractive and overlooks the lake and its islands. Facilities include a pleasant bar, an outdoor swimming pool and beautiful gardens. All 100 bedrooms include a TV and hairdryer. Limited coach parking is available on-site and is free of charge. Alternatively coach parking is available free of charge at the neighbouring Hotel La Palma.

Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac

Stresa, Lake Maggiore
AAA+ Central Location Lake Location
Located on the edge of Stresa’s historic centre with its shops and bars and just a stone’s throw from the lakefront and boat stop, the 4 star Milan Speranza au Lac is a charming, traditional hotel with a wonderful ambience. The elegant restaurant serves very good cuisine with friendly and professional service. There is a lovely bar on the first floor in which customers can enjoy an evening drink and chat amongst friends. The 160 bedrooms vary in size due to the historic nature of the building and all are equipped with hairdryer and TV. Coach parking is off-site, approx. 200m from the hotel and charges are approx. €20 per day.

Astoria Hotel

Stresa, Lake Maggiore
5 Nights Half Board
Apr 2019 Twin from £456pp
May - Jul & Sept 2019 Twin from £499pp
Oct 2019 Twin from £475pp
Single Supplement from £99
Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage & welcome glass of spumante
• Set menu on arrival night
• Choice of starter & main on 4 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Return boat trip (Orta San Giulio - Isola San Giulio)
• One way rail journey on Lake Maggiore Express (Stresa to Domodossola)
• One way rail journey on Centovalli railway (Domodossola - Locarno)
• One way boat trip (Locarno - Stresa)
• Half day step-on guided tour of Milan

Hotel Milan Speranza au Lac

Stresa, Lake Maggiore
5 Nights Half Board
Apr & Oct 2019 Twin from £385pp
May, Jun & Sept 2019 Twin from £409pp
Jul & Aug 2019 Twin from £439pp
Single Supplement from £89
Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage & welcome house aperitif
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Return boat trip (Orta San Giulio - Isola San Giulio)
• One way rail journey on Lake Maggiore Express (Stresa to Domodossola)
• One way rail journey on Centovalli railway (Domodossola - Locarno)
• One way boat trip (Locarno - Stresa)
• Half day step-on guided tour of Milan
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Prices starting from...

£385 for 6 days

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Features of this tour


  • Return boat trip (Orta San Giulio - Isola San Giulio)

  • One way rail journey on Lake Maggiore Express (Stresa to Domodossola)

  • One way rail journey on Centovalli railway (Domodossola - Locarno)

  • One way boat trip (Locarno - Stresa)

  • Half day step-on guided tour of Milan