Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland, as its shoreline is divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont/Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino.
October is a wonderful time to visit the Italian lakes, especially if you find it uncomfortable in the heat of the summer, so please join us out-of-season for the very special holiday you deserve!
We will stay at the luxurious 4* La Palma Hotel at Stresa. With it’s stylish 7th Floor SkyBar being one of the lake’s trendiest, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the excellent cocktails on offer ……and spectacular views to match!
Situated just across the road from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this upscale hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Palazzo Borromeo museum of art and history, and a 14-minute walk from the Cableway Stresa Mottarone.
Elegant rooms and suites have terraces or balconies, and come with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and whirlpool tubs. Some offer lake views.
Buffet breakfast is included, as is dinner each evening in the hotel restaurant serving classic Piedmont cuisine.
You will find a charming Sky Pool, comfortable sofas, design lamps and a large gazebo to enjoy a drink in the open air. Sky Bar is also open to non-residents of the Hotel, seasonally (May-October) every day from 12:30 to 00:30.
Hotel amenities also include a rooftop terrace with bar and hot tub, plus an outdoor pool, a private beach area, a spa and an exercise room.
All the rooms are contemporary and welcoming. The lakefront swimming pool inviting and the attractive glass-fronted fitness area with lovely lake views will entice you to keep trim. This pleasant family-run hotel with a relaxed atmosphere is an all-round winner.
Our exciting and varied included excursions will, as usual, enthrall you! A full day to the Borromean Islands by boat; a full day to Lake Orta and the Isola San Guillio; a full day in Switzerland to explore the historic town of Bellinzona and a magical train journey on the Lake Maggiore Express!
The Lake Maggiore Express is a narrow gauge railway giving us the opportunity to see the wonderful valleys and towns surrounding Lake Maggiore.
After taking the train from Stresa to Domodossola we board the Centovalley Railway that travels into Switzerland to Locarno, through the “hundred valleys” area. The little train winds its way up the Centovalley Valley passing many traditional villages and old stone houses. From the train we will once again enjoy the spectacular Swiss scenery of beech and chestnut woods, alpine pasture, mountains and waterfalls. During our journey between Domodossola and Locarno, we will cross 83 bridges and travel through 31 tunnels. Best have your camera poised!
This exclusive Solent Events tour is designed for a maximum of 29 passengers, so as our popular holidays to Europe always sell very quickly, please book your place(s) as soon as possible!
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with Success Tours who are fully bonded.
PROVISIONAL Itinerary (NB. final itinerary will be shown shortly)
Sunday 15 October 2023
Travel to a London airport by Luxury coach from four local pick-ups and relax in an airport lounge before our scheduled flight to Milan, Malpensa Airport at 09:10. A coach will be waiting for us at Milan airport when we land at 12:25 to transfer us to the classy lakeside La Palma Hotel (approx 1 hr) on Lake Maggiore. Free time to take in the wonderful views, relax in the in/out pool or explore the area surrounding the hotel.
19:00 Dinner in the hotel.
Monday 16 October to Thursday 19 October
The exact order of the excursions stated below is provisional and will be finalised on this page and stated in your Travel Pack, to be received 8-10-days before departure. but these include:
A full day excursion to the Borromean Islands with a tour of the Palace on Isola Bella.
A full day excursion to Lake Orta and the Isola San Guilio with its famous Basilica di San Giulio Monastery.
A full day excursion to Bellinzona in Switzerland, with time to explore this beautiful, historic town at leisure.
A full day excursion on the Lake Maggiore Express from Stresa to Domodossola and from Domodossola to Locarno. Coach transfer from Locarno back to our hotel in Stresa.
Breakfast & 3-course Dinner each evening in the hotel.
Lunches at leisure to sample the local cuisine of Italy & Switzerland.
A day will be set aside to enjoy the wonderful facilities at the hotel, or surrounding area of Stresa. Relax with a spa treatment (not included) in the panoramic Spa and Gym, or just soak up the views from the rooftop pool/bar.
Friday 20 October NB. Our lunch destination before for this final day in Italy is to be confirmed.
After checking out of the hotel, we will travel to TURIN Caselle Airport, with a probable stop for lunch & sight-seeing en route.
BA flight at 19:40 to London Gatwick (S).
NB. For your comfort, a maximum of 29 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events Tour (the normal maximum for most Tour Operator tours being around 45!).
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