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Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands

8-day tailor-made holiday from £2,560 pp incl. flights


Short description

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


  • 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 Milan
  • 6 Nights Lake Maggiore


Recommended for:
Food & wine | Relaxation | Summer

Ease your way into the beauty and tranquility of Northern Italy with this leisurely tour. Take in the gateway to Lake 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 lake itself. Here, dramatic mountains backdrop picturesque towns, verdant vineyards and Maggiore's deep blue waters. Days are free to spend how you wish, from lounging in the Italian sunshine to exploring every inch of Lake Maggiore's pretty shoreline and spectacular mountain surroundings.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

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: Sina 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

With three days set aside to relax and explore, you'll enjoy the most leisurely start to your Italian Lakes holiday, allowing you to revel in all that the hotel's first-class facilities and pretty lake setting have 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. Then, back at base, choose between dips in the pool, indulgent spa treatments or simply resting and soaking up the views. The dining is also excellent, with menus that showcase the very best of regional Italian cuisine.

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

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



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 £2,560 pp incl. flights


22 Mar - 09 May / 18 Oct - 02 Nov 2024

from £2,560 pp. incl. flights

10 May - 17 Oct 2024

from £3,195 pp. incl. flights


  • 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
  • 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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