The Italian Lakes: A Tantalising Trio 2020

Lake Orta is a hidden gem in the serene and beautiful Northern Lakes and it is an excellent base from which to explore the equally serene Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano areas as well.
Day 1 Arrival

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Lake Maggiore & The Borromean Islands
Today we travel to Lake Maggiore, and the main resort of Stresa with its lovely lakeside setting facing the beautiful Borromean Islands. Take the boat out to Isola Bella and visit its beautiful Palazzo stately home and elegant Italianate gardens where its famous white peacocks roam, before continuing by boat to Isola dei Pescatori, the only island which is currently inhabited.

Day 3 Lake Orta Driver’s Day Off
Today we have time to relax on Lake Orta - one of northern Italy’s best kept secrets. Its capital, Orta San Giulio (which can be reached by boat from outside our hotel) has a delightful medieval centre full of cobbled streets, galleries and local crafts. The local market takes place on Wednesdays which is an added attraction. We can also take the boat over to Isola San Giulio, said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world and home to a picturesque monastery.

Day 4 Lake Como
After breakfast, we set off for glamorous Lake Como, on a journey that takes us from the foot of the lake along the shore, passing the site of the beautiful Villa Balbianello up to the hamlet of Cadenabbia where we can enjoy a little free time in this lovely lakeside resort. We then take the short ferry journey by foot across the lake to beautiful Bellagio where we spend a couple of hours browsing the pretty waterfront and cobbled streets rising up the hill, or sampling an amazing local gelato and watching the world go by in one of the many lovely cafés.

Day 5 Lake Lugano
This morning, we travel across the border into Switzerland, to Lugano, a cosmopolitan city with quaint medieval streets, high end shops, a delightful promenade and grand gardens to explore, all set in a lakeside resort setting. Enjoy a coffee or glass of local wine or for the more adventurous hire a boat or pedalo to explore the lake itself.

Day 6 Lake Maggiore & Centovalli Railway
Today we return to Lake Maggiore travelling up the west coast to its Swiss shores. We enjoy a stop for coffee and a stroll at the pretty lakeside resort of Ascona, before continuing to nearby Locarno. From here, we embark on a panoramic 2 hour train journey on the Centovalli Railway through the picturesque "one hundred valleys" to Domodossola.

Day 7 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.

Hotel Giardinetto

Pettenasco, Lake Orta
AAA+ Family Run Hotel Stunning Lakeside Location
Located on the water’s edge of Lake Orta, the relaxing 3 star superior Hotel Giardinetto enjoys such a close lakeside location that you can feed the lake fish from the restaurant terrace! Set in a quiet location, guests are encouraged to slow to the pace of life on the lake. The hotel offers a mix of modern and traditional styles, with a wonderful restaurant that offers views straight on to the lake. All 59 bedrooms are attractively furnished and contain a TV and hairdryer and there is an outdoor swimming pool in the lakeside grounds. The public ferry stops directly at the hotel. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Hotel Giardinetto Pettenasco

Lake Orta
6 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £354pp
Single Supplement from £93

• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage & welcome glass of Prosecco
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Speciality dinner on 1 night
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