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Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore, Borromean Islands & Vigezzina train

8-day tailor-made holiday from £2,405 pp incl. flights

Summary

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Soak up the romance of Italy with this luxury Lake Maggiore escape

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Highlights

  • Enjoy the historic city of Milan which oozes style and elegance
  • Take a panoramic trip on the Vigezzina train
  • Cruise to the beautiful Borromean Islands
  • Taste delicacies as you walk the bustling cobbled streets of Stresa

In Brief

  • 1 Night Milano
  • 6 Nights Stresa

About

Recommended for:
Food & wine | Relaxation | Summer

Ease your way into the Italian lake region with this leisurely, 8-day tour. Take in the gateway to Maggiore with an overnight stay in Milan - a city drenched in style and history - before heading to the five star Palazzo e Villa Aminta for a luxury stay on the shores of the glittering lake itself. Here, dramatic mountains backdrop picturesque towns, verdant vineyards and the deep blue of one of Italy's largest lakes. Days are free to be spent how you wish, so from lounging in the hot Italian sun to exploring every inch of Lake Maggiore's pretty shorelines, you'll have plenty of time to relax into lazy lake-side life. With an included panoramic trip on the Vigezzina train named among the top 10 most spectacular rail journeys in Europe, winding through small villages and foothill valleys, plus a day spent on the Borromean Islands.



Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Milan

Begin your holiday in style with complimentary airport lounge access. You'll then fly into Milan where you'll be met by a private driver and brought to your central accommodation, the fashionistas’ favourite, Hotel de la Ville.  Check in your bags and spend the rest of the day exploring this remarkable city. In the evening we recommend dining in the hotels fusion restaurant "Il Vizio" which combines sushi and seafood with quality Italian specialities.

Stay: Hotel De La Ville, Milan (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 2
Milan to Lake Maggiore

Get your fill of the breakfast buffet before heading out to soak up more of Milan's stunning sights. This morning, you have the option of partaking in a guided tour of the city, or perhaps you'd just like to explore at your own pace, visiting some of Milan's iconic attractions including the Brera - Milan's major art gallery, the magnificent Duomo Cathedral Santa Maria delle Grazie - home to Leonardo's Last Supper, and the museum at La Scala.

Having crossed Milan off your list, next up are the tempting waters of Lake Maggiore. Grab your bags and transfer to the beautiful Villa e Palazzo Aminta, overlooking the enchanting Borromean Islands in Stresa, with views over the lake and the islands, a private beach and three piers for mooring boats for excursions and visits –  for a real taste of Maggiore luxury. 

Stay: Villa e Palazzo Aminta, Lake Maggiore (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 3-5
Lake Maggiore

Today your holiday in the lakes truly begins. Soak in your surrounds as you spend the day indulging in all that this luxury hotel has to offer. Whether pool or lakeside, relax as you bask in the hot Italian sun. To fully embrace the Lake Maggiore setting, opt for a sun lounger out on the hotel's picturesque solarium-terrace – there's nothing quite like cooling off with a dip in the breathtaking blue of the Maggiore. Later, to kick off holiday living properly, why not treat yourself to a massage in the hotel's spa? This evening, after a day of pampering, check out the cosy I Mori Italian restaurant. Dining here is a candle-lit affair and consists of locally sourced, seasonal dishes, making for the perfect setting to begin your romantic Maggiore escape. Suitably full from the delicious Italian cuisine, head to Piano Bar for a nightcap and toast Maggiore to the elegant sounds of the bar's grand piano.

This is the ideal leisurely lake holiday – with this itinerary you will be treated to five more nights in the welcoming arms of the Palazzo e Villa Aminta, allowing you to revel in all that the pretty lake setting has to offer. Nearby the small town of Stresa beckons with it's historic centre and lengthy promenade. Or perhaps satisfy your inner oenophile, a trip to a local vineyard is a must. If you want to venture further afield to make sure that you leave with no sight unseen, the hotel's very own pier has great ferry routes, perfect for exploring Maggiore's glittering waters and postcard-perfect shorelines. 

Stay: Villa e Palazzo Aminta, Lake Maggiore (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 6
Borromean Islands

Your guide will meet you in Stresa for a cruise on Lake Maggiore to enjoy panoramic views of the Borromean Gulf. Stopping at Isola Madre with its botanic gardens, rare plants, exotic flowers and parrots, before continuing to Isola dei Pescatori to walk its narrow lanes. After a break for lunch you will continue to Isola Bella with its Baroque palace, terraced gardens and fountains before returning to Stresa in the evening.

Stay: Villa e Palazzo Aminta, Lake Maggiore (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7
Vigezzina-Centovalli Train

After breakfast your driver will transfer you to Domodossola a town full of Medieval charm, located at the foot of the valley through which the Toce flows. Here you will board the Vigezzina-Centovalli train for your journey through small villages and foothill valleys which became accessible with the building of the trainline in 1923. Recognised as being among the 10 most spectacular railway journeys in Europe. A lunch stop is made at Santa Maria Maggiore. In the afternoon continue to Locarno in Switzerland before retracing your route back to Domodossola where you will be met and transferred back to Stresa.

Stay: Villa e Palazzo Aminta, Lake Maggiore (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 8
Depart

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast buffet at the Villa e Palazzo Aminta before transferring back to Milan ready for your onward flight to the UK. 

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

8-day tailor-made holiday from £2,405 pp incl. flights

Deluxe

25 Mar - 12 May / 09 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

from £2,405 pp. incl. flights

13 May - 08 Oct 2022

from £2,525 pp. incl. flights

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Milan
  • Transfer to Milan hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in Milan on a B&B basis
  • Transfer from MIlan Hotel to Palazzo e Villa Aminta
  • 6 nights accommodation in Palazzo e Villa Aminta on a B&B basis in a Deluxe Side lake view room 
  • Full day private guided tour (7hrs) of the Borromean Islands
  • Full day Panoramic trip on the Vigezzina-Centovalli Train in panoramic class (7hrs) including private transfers
  • Complimentary Welcome drink upon arrival, unlimited free Wi-Fi connection, wellbeing experience at Grotto Camelia and fitness centre, daily refill of water, soft drinks and beer in room’s mini bar. 
  • Departure transfer from Lake Maggiore to Milan Airport     

Upgrades to higher room types and Half Board available on request - please ask your consultant for details


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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