Best of the Italian Lakes

10 Days
£1,695per person

Soak up the splendour of the Italian lakes and surrounding Swiss mountains on an escorted rail holiday that centres on scenic beauty. Travel along the stunning route of the Centovalli Railway, relax by the sublime shores of lakes Orta, Maggiore, and Como, and take a guided tour through the fashionable city of Milan.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Our tour begins today at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras, where you meet your group and Tour Manager. From here, we travel by Eurostar to Paris. On arrival in Paris, we change trains and continue to Turin by rail, where we overnight. We enjoy our first dinner together in the hotel this evening.Includes: Dinner, Eurostar Meal

  • Day 2

    After breakfast today, we continue to Novara by rail, transferring to nearby Pettenasco, a delightful town on the shores of Lake Orta, and our home for 7 nights. With its quiet charm, Lake Orta is one of Italy's lesser-known treasures, and unspoilt Pettenasco is a tranquil and historic destination. The Alps provide a fine backdrop for the town, while the sparkling waters of the lake add to its attractive appeal. We stay at the 4-Star Hotel L'Approdo, which has stunning waterfront views.Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3

    Today we take our first excursion to Lake Maggiore. Our time here includes a visit to the Borromean Islands, which are only accessible by boat. Starting at Stresa, we first explore Isola Bella, home of the Borromeo Palace. Here, we have a guided tour, soaking up the splendour of its Baroque architecture and lavish interior design. Our next stop is the tiny Isola dei Pescatori. It boasts a fine selection of restaurants in which to enjoy lunch, with many menus loyal to the island's rich fishing heritage. We enjoy an afternoon exploring the island at leisure, before cruising back to Stresa, from where we return to Pettenasco.Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4

    Our excursion today is to nearby Isola San Giulio. Topped with a peaceful wood and an enchanting 12th-century chapel that dominates the island, Isola San Giulio is home to a small enclave of Benedictine nuns. After free time to discover the island under your own steam, we continue by boat to Orta San Guillo, for further time to explore.Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5-6

    We venture to Milan this morning. A guided tour introduces us to the city's rich artistic, cultural and architectural heritage. After, you are free to explore this modern city at leisure. Our excursion on Day 6 takes us to Lake Como. We transfer by coach to Cadenabbia, where we join a boat to Bellagio, a town that juts out into the lake. Bellagio has magnificent views across the crystal blue waters, and is one of the oldest tourist towns in Italy. You are free to explore Bellagio at your own pace before continuing to Menaggio whose main square is the perfect place to enjoy a gelato and watch the world go by!Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7

    Today's excursion takes us on the narrow-gauge Centovalli Railway, on an excursion to Locarno. We start with a coach transfer to Domodossola, where we board the train for a scenic Standard Class journey across the border to the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. On arrival in Locarno, you are free to have lunch and explore at your leisure. Later we cruise back down Lake Maggiore to Stresa - a splendid way to take in your surroundings on the homeward journey. We then return to Pettenasco by coach.Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8

    Your final day by Lake Orta is free to relax. Nicknamed by some in-the-know Italians 'La Cenerentola' ('Cinderella'), the lake has the reputation of an overlooked, yet far more beautiful sister to some of the better-known bodies of water in the Italian lake district. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner together at our hotel.Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9-10

    We bid a fond farewell to Italy today, as we transfer to Stresa by coach. From here, we travel by rail to Dijon, where we overnight. On Day 10, we complete our journey by rail, travelling to Paris, where we board the Eurostar to London. On arrival, our tour concludes.Includes: Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Holiday Price Overview

10 Days
£1,695per person

The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish

Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras

Standard Class rail travel throughout

All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation

18 meals, including 9 breakfasts and 9 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Pettenasco

Excursions as specified

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