Lake Maggiore

8 Days from £1019 | May, July, September, October 1019

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* - 83%
* 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 and Bergamo are 45 minutes and 1 hour 45 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 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 an Passera before descending into Stresa. 5 miles, 260m of ascent/descent.

Walk 3: Colloro. You take the train to the village of Premosello Chiovenda where an old mule-track leads to the Alpine village of Colloro. Set half-way up the hill like a balcony over the Ossola Valley, Colloro is situated in the National Park of Val Grande, Italy’s largest wilderness. It is a pretty village with the typical stone houses where you’ll to see rural life today.   The villagers still have sheep and goats, grazing them on the upper pastures of Capraga. 4.5 miles, 330m ascent to the village of Colloro, though there is the possibility to lengthen the walk, adding an extra 250m ascent to reach Capraga.  This will be a full day excursion, although the actual walking time will be approximately three hours.

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.

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, on some dates the hotel is also featured in our Escorted Holidays brochure with a touring programme.

Please note: there is a local city tax in Stresa of 2 euros 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* - 83%
* 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 Holiday - Lake Maggiore
Holiday code: 7WMG
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Lake View Twin/Double Room: £90 - £91
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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AberdeenTue 19/05/20208BA via LHR11051730Places Available1139Milan Malpensa140 (on request)26ABZ17WMGG1

AberdeenThu 23/07/20208BA via LHR07101950Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14032ABZ17WMGG2

AberdeenTue 08/09/20208BA via LHR11051730Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14027ABZ17WMGG3

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BirminghamTue 19/05/20208Flybe11101610Places Available1079Milan Malpensa140 (on request)26BHX17WMGG1

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BristolTue 19/05/20208Ryanair20502025Places Available1069Bergamo140 (on request)26BRS17WMGG1

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BristolTue 06/10/20208Ryanair20502025Places Available1069Bergamo14034BRS17WMGG4

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London GatwickTue 19/05/20208Easyjet13451440Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)26LGW17WMGG1

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London GatwickTue 08/09/20208Easyjet13451440Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14027LGW17WMGG3

London GatwickTue 06/10/20208Easyjet13451440Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034LGW17WMGG4

LutonTue 19/05/20208Easyjet07201155Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)26LTN17WMGG1

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LutonTue 06/10/20208Easyjet07201155Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034LTN17WMGG4

ManchesterTue 19/05/20208Easyjet16551615Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)26MAN17WMGG1

ManchesterThu 23/07/20208Easyjet16551615Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14032MAN17WMGG2

ManchesterTue 08/09/20208Easyjet16551615Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14027MAN17WMGG3

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NewcastleTue 06/10/20208BA via LHR11451540Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14034NCL17WMGG4

SouthendMon 18/05/20208Ryanair08001205Places Available1069Bergamo140 (on request)26SEN17WMGG1

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StanstedTue 19/05/20208Ryanair08452240Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)26STN17WMGG1

StanstedThu 23/07/20208Ryanair08452255Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14032STN17WMGG2

StanstedTue 08/09/20208Ryanair08452240Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14027STN17WMGG3

StanstedTue 06/10/20208Ryanair08452240Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034STN17WMGG4

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 19/10/2019 at 19:47:08

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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