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Lake Maggiore and Como Special
8 days - by Scheduled Air

Price from £749.00 per person*
Departs 8th Oct 2017

Please see the Includes tab for flight times.

Join us for this super holiday to the Italian Lake District, based in Stresa, the main town on Lake Maggiore. It's made up of three main piazzas and cobbled, traffic–free streets, each with a string of individual shops, bars and cafés. There's a cable car to the top of Monte Mottarone (€18 return), and ferry boats going from Piazza Marconi to other lake resorts such as Baveno, Pallenza and Ascona. If you're keen on horticulture don't miss the Villa Taranto Gardens, one of the region's most famous attractions.

The holiday includes your flights and transfers, half board at a quality hotel, and three excursions; a tour of Lakes Maggiore, Lugano and Como, a cruise around the Borromean Islands and an Alpine narrow gauge railway journey up to Locarno in Switzerland.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Milan
  • Airport taxes and return transfer to the hotel
  • Seven nights stay at the 3 star Hotel Flora, Stresa (upgrade to the 4 star Hotel Astoria at a supplement)
  • Continental buffet breakfast and 4–course evening meal
  • Borromean Islands cruise with visits by private boat to Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori
  • Three lakes tour of Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Como
  • Centovalli narrow–gauge scenic railway excursion to Locarno, Switzerland
  • One piece of hold luggage (at least 20 kg weight allowance)
  • Services of an English–speaking representative
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. Rooms for single person occupancy are offered, subject to availability, at a supplement. Please see hotel details for further information.

Flights ↔ Milan
Birmingham06:50 / 09:5010:35 / 11:35Flybe
Cardiff06:20 / 09:2010:00 / 11:05Flybe
Edinburgh08:30 / 12:0518:05 / 19:35easyJet
Gatwick09:00 / 11:5518:40 / 19:30easyJet
Heathrow15:00 / 18:0018:55 / 19:55BA
Luton07:20 / 10:2517:30 / 18:25easyJet
Manchester06:55 / 10:0512:25 / 13:35Flybe
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice

Day 1  Check in at your chosen airport for your flight to Milan Malpensa, where on arrival we will transfer you to your chosen hotel near the centre of Stresa. Dinner in the evening may be a cold platter depending on your arrival time.

Day 2 After breakfast there will be a Welcome meeting during which our representative will introduce you to the area, then the day is free to explore your resort.

Day 3 Breakfast today and then we embark by private boat on our tour of the Borromean Islands, located on the western side of Lake Maggiore, visiting Isola Pescatori (Fishermen's Island), a lovely island with simple, quaint houses lining the cobbled lanes and fishing boats bobbing around gently in the harbour, and Isola Bella, the most famous of the Borromean Islands, with its gorgeous Palace and Gardens, featuring ornate rooms, grottoes and spectacular formal terraces (admission is included in the tour). We'll return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4 After breakfast today we go on a tour of three beautiful lakes in two different countries, starting with Lake Maggiore itself, and then heading north past the snow–capped peaks of the Alps to Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Lugano town nestles between the peaks of San Salvatore and Monte Brè where you can take a stroll along the palm–lined promenade, or enjoy a coffee in the delightful Piazza Riforma. We continue on to Lake Como, a former glacier lake, generally regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. Como town has an attractive 14th–century Duomo (cathedral) and a vast array of silk shops. You'll also have a chance to visit Villa Carlotta (admission not included) and its terrace gardens, featuring over 500 plant species from giant sequoia to camellias, overlooking beautiful Bellagio.

Day 5 A day at leisure, perhaps to do a bit of souvenir hunting. If you're feeling in expeditionary mood though, you can get to Milan by rail in just under an hour.

Day 6  Today we take the train from Stresa to Domodossola then transfer to the narrow gauge Centovalli ('Hundred Valleys') train for one of Switzerland/Italy's most scenic Alpine railway journeys, winding eastwards up to Locarno across many bridges, viaducts and vertiginous drops. Locarno is well known for its International Film Festival, and has an attractive harbour and a castle thought to have been designed by none other than Leonardo da Vinci. You'll have some free time in Locarno before returning to Stresa in the late afternoon.

Day 7  Another day at leisure today.

Day 8  Breakfast first, then at the appropriate time we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

The above itinerary applies equally to Friday and Sunday departures. For example, the Borromean Islands cruise takes place on Sunday (day 3) for the Friday departure, and Tuesday (day 3) for Sunday departures.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Hotel Astoria, Stresa
Centrally situated on Stresa's lakeside promenade and looking out on the Borromeo Gulf...
Hotel Flora, STRESA
15 minutes' walk from the centre of Stresa and close to the harbour

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