Lake Maggiore

8 Days from £969 | May, September, October

This holiday includes a week on Lago Maggiore, Italy’s second largest lake, which stretches north from Lombardy and up into Switzerland. It lies, sheltered, on the south side of the Alps, making for a mild climate and consequent lush vegetation, with Mediterranean and exotic flora, including azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. Maggiore is, in our view, much more scenic than, for example, the much larger Lake Garda to the East.

Lake Maggiore

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 80%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Stresa
  • Three guided walks in the wonderful lakeland scenery
  • Train and boat trips to access walks

DAY ONE: Flight to Milan, transfer to your hotel on Lake Maggiore for seven nights half board accommodation. Transfer times from Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo are 30 minutes, 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes respectively.

DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: On Lago Maggiore with 3 included walking excursions. Your base is Stresa, half way up the lake, which was put on the 19th century ‘Grand Tour’ map by Napoleon’s widening of the access road to the Simplon Pass – illustrious visitors came to enjoy the lakeside villas and health-giving waters. The lakeside promenade near the hotel allows for a pleasant stroll to the pretty town centre – around the main Piazza there is a good range of shops, bars, and restaurants, and from the art nouveau ‘imbarcadero’ boats and steamers traverse the lake on a regular basis (various types of tourist ticket are available).

Walk 1: Suna, the ‘Portofino of the Lake’, and Cavandone. Across the bay lies Suna, the most evocative part of Verbania. You travel there by local bus and begin your walk through the clustered medieval village houses, linked by seemingly random arched passageways. You then follow a mule track past orchards, fine old villas, a 14th century tower and a chapel, from where there are lovely views out over the lake towards the Borromean islands and the Alps beyond. Passing through a chestnut grove, you reach the hamlet of Cavandone, the ‘Village of Stone Carvings’, returning to Suna by a different route. 5 miles, 265m of ascent/descent.

Walk 2: The Western Lake/Monte alle Croci. You take the train to Lesa (a 12-minute journey), and climb gradually towards Comnago – there are views to Angera castle, over on the other side of the lake. Passing the Maria Assunta Chapel you climb through the wood to reach the summit of Monte alle Croci, with a wonderful panorama of the Lake. Return is by a different route, partly on a road and partly on a mule track. 6 miles, 420m of ascent/descent.

Walk 3: The Chestnut route: Belgirate to Stresa. You catch the train to Belgirate, 10 minutes away, and follow a route through the woods above the lake, climbing towards the villages of Falchetto and Passera before descending into Stresa. 5 miles, 260m of ascent/descent.

There will also be a fourth, optional walk. On your free days, there is lots to see. Don’t miss the magnificent Borromean Palace on Isola Bella, and the Villa Taranto, with its wonderful garden, created by the Scottish captain Neil MacEacharn. Optional coach excursions are also available.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until you depart for the airport for your flight home.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

Please note: there is a local city tax in Stresa of 1.20 euro per person per day. It is not included in the price of the holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.


Lake Maggiore

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 80%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL MILAN SPERANZA AU LAC ****, Stresa (seven nights)
This four-star hotel is in two adjacent buildings in the centre of  Stresa, overlooking the lake and opposite the boat station. The Speranza has a pleasant street-front café while the Milan houses the hotel restaurant. All rooms have bath or shower, wc, hairdryer and satellite tv. Lake view rooms are available at a supplement. Milan Speranza guests have use of the swimming pool at the nearby Hotel Regina Palace. (
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 83%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking: Lake Maggiore
Supplements per person:
Single room £140
Lake view £84 (twin/double rooms only)
Holiday Code: 7WMG

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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 20/11/2017 at 12:47:04

Walking guides were absolutely brilliant; so friendly, so knowledgeable and really worked hard to engage everybody. We can't praise them highly enough! Some very memorable days.

Mrs W, Cardiff

Note: this holiday has been reintroduced for 2017. Comments below arise from other holidays on the Italian Lakes.


Walking guides were exceptional.

Mrs C, Edinburgh

Overall, very good. Cannot commend walking guides too highly.

Mr M, Edinburgh

We were delighted that our second Preferred Travel Services holiday was at least, if not better than the equal of the first. We like the whole feeling of your company, from the initial contact at booking to the choice of hotels and resorts and your outstanding tour managers. Many thanks again – we look forward to the next holiday with you.

Mr & Mrs F, Cardiff

Our rep Pauline was extremely efficient, making sure we all knew the day's programme and checking on us all re: enjoyment, needs, etc. her bubbly personality warmed even the wet day.

Mrs M, Aberdeenshire

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