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.
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: 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.
There may 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 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.
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 80%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Holiday code: 7WMG
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Lake View Twin/Double Room: £84 - £91
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.
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AberdeenThu 04/10/20188BA via LHR11051555Last few places1089Milan Malpensa1406ABZ17WMGF3
AberdeenTue 14/05/20198BA via LHR11051730Places Available1129Milan Malpensa14032ABZ17WMGF4
AberdeenWed 24/07/20198BA via LHR11051755Places Available1089Milan Malpensa14034ABZ17WMGF5
AberdeenTue 17/09/20198BA via LHR11051730Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14034ABZ17WMGF6
AberdeenTue 08/10/20198BA via LHR11051730Places Available1089Milan Malpensa14034ABZ17WMGF7
Belfast IntlWed 24/07/20198Ryanair06301155Places Available1019Bergamo14034BFS17WMGF5
BirminghamThu 04/10/20188Flybe12051655Last few places1009Milan Malpensa1406BHX17WMGF3
BirminghamTue 14/05/20198Flybe12051655Places Available1069Milan Malpensa14032BHX17WMGF4
BirminghamWed 24/07/20198Flybe11151615Places Available1029Milan Malpensa14034BHX17WMGF5
BirminghamTue 17/09/20198Flybe12051655Places Available1079Milan Malpensa14034BHX17WMGF6
BirminghamTue 08/10/20198Flybe12051655Places Available1029Milan Malpensa14034BHX17WMGF7
BristolThu 04/10/20188Ryanair12251710Last few places1019Bergamo1406BRS17WMGF3
BristolTue 14/05/20198Ryanair08350810Places Available1059Bergamo14032BRS17WMGF4
BristolThu 25/07/20198Ryanair12251710Places Available1019Bergamo14034BRS17WMGF5
BristolTue 17/09/20198Ryanair08350810Places Available1069Bergamo14034BRS17WMGF6
BristolTue 08/10/20198Ryanair08350810Places Available1019Bergamo14034BRS17WMGF7
CardiffFri 05/10/20188Flybe10051500Last few places1009Milan Malpensa1406CWL17WMGF3
CardiffMon 13/05/20198Flybe10051500Places Available1069Milan Malpensa14032CWL17WMGF4
CardiffMon 16/09/20198Flybe10051500Places Available1079Milan Malpensa14034CWL17WMGF6
CardiffMon 07/10/20198Flybe10051500Places Available1029Milan Malpensa14034CWL17WMGF7
DublinThu 04/10/20188Ryanair06151140Last few places1019Bergamo1406DUB17WMGF3
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DublinWed 24/07/20198Ryanair06151140Places Available1019Bergamo14034DUB17WMGF5
DublinTue 17/09/20198Ryanair06151145Places Available1069Bergamo14034DUB17WMGF6
DublinTue 08/10/20198Ryanair06151145Places Available1019Bergamo14034DUB17WMGF7
East MidlandsThu 04/10/20188Ryanair12301720Last few places1019Bergamo1406EMA17WMGF3
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East MidlandsThu 25/07/20198Ryanair12301720Places Available1019Bergamo14034EMA17WMGF5
East MidlandsTue 17/09/20198Ryanair12201710Places Available1069Bergamo14034EMA17WMGF6
East MidlandsTue 08/10/20198Ryanair12201710Places Available1019Bergamo14034EMA17WMGF7
EdinburghThu 04/10/20188Easyjet20151945Last few places969Milan Malpensa1406EDI17WMGF3
EdinburghTue 14/05/20198Easyjet20151945Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14032EDI17WMGF4
EdinburghWed 24/07/20198Easyjet15251455Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034EDI17WMGF5
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EdinburghTue 08/10/20198Easyjet20151945Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034EDI17WMGF7
GlasgowThu 04/10/20188Easyjet09350905Last few places969Milan Malpensa1406GLA17WMGF3
GlasgowTue 14/05/20198Easyjet09350905Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14032GLA17WMGF4
GlasgowThu 25/07/20198Easyjet18301800Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034GLA17WMGF5
GlasgowTue 17/09/20198Easyjet09350905Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034GLA17WMGF6
GlasgowTue 08/10/20198Easyjet09350905Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034GLA17WMGF7
HeathrowThu 04/10/20188BA14551245Last few places1009Milan Malpensa1406LHR17WMGF3
HeathrowTue 14/05/20198BA15101245Places Available1049Milan Malpensa14032LHR17WMGF4
HeathrowWed 24/07/20198BA15001245Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14034LHR17WMGF5
HeathrowTue 17/09/20198BA15101245Places Available1059Milan Malpensa14034LHR17WMGF6
HeathrowTue 08/10/20198BA15101245Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14034LHR17WMGF7
Leeds-BradfordThu 04/10/20188BA via LHR11051655Last few places1089Milan Malpensa1406LBA17WMGF3
Leeds-BradfordMon 13/05/20198BA via LHR11051805Places Available1129Milan Malpensa14032LBA17WMGF4
Leeds-BradfordWed 24/07/20198BA via LHR11051655Places Available1089Milan Malpensa14034LBA17WMGF5
Leeds-BradfordMon 16/09/20198BA via LHR11051805Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14034LBA17WMGF6
Leeds-BradfordMon 07/10/20198BA via LHR11051805Places Available1089Milan Malpensa14034LBA17WMGF7
LiverpoolMon 13/05/20198Blue Air11151630Places Available1059Bergamo14032LPL17WMGF4
LiverpoolMon 16/09/20198Blue Air11151630Places Available1069Bergamo14034LPL17WMGF6
LiverpoolMon 07/10/20198Blue Air11151630Places Available1019Bergamo14034LPL17WMGF7
London GatwickThu 04/10/20188Easyjet06551310Last few places969Milan Malpensa1406LGW17WMGF3
London GatwickTue 14/05/20198Easyjet13451440Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14032LGW17WMGF4
London GatwickWed 24/07/20198Easyjet08551310Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034LGW17WMGF5
London GatwickTue 17/09/20198Easyjet13451440Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034LGW17WMGF6
London GatwickTue 08/10/20198Easyjet13451440Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034LGW17WMGF7
LutonThu 04/10/20188Easyjet07201155Last few places969Milan Malpensa1406LTN17WMGF3
LutonTue 14/05/20198Easyjet07201155Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14032LTN17WMGF4
LutonWed 24/07/20198Easyjet18301800Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034LTN17WMGF5
LutonTue 17/09/20198Easyjet07201155Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034LTN17WMGF6
LutonTue 08/10/20198Easyjet07201155Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034LTN17WMGF7
ManchesterThu 04/10/20188Easyjet16001530Last few places969Milan Malpensa1406MAN17WMGF3
ManchesterTue 14/05/20198Easyjet16001530Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14032MAN17WMGF4
ManchesterWed 24/07/20198Easyjet14401410Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034MAN17WMGF5
ManchesterTue 17/09/20198Easyjet16001530Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034MAN17WMGF6
ManchesterTue 08/10/20198Easyjet16001530Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034MAN17WMGF7
NewcastleThu 04/10/20188BA via LHR11401555Last few places1089Milan Malpensa1406NCL17WMGF3
NewcastleTue 14/05/20198BA via LHR11401555Places Available1129Milan Malpensa14032NCL17WMGF4
NewcastleWed 24/07/20198BA via LHR09001930Places Available1089Milan Malpensa14034NCL17WMGF5
NewcastleTue 17/09/20198BA via LHR11401555Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14034NCL17WMGF6
NewcastleTue 08/10/20198BA via LHR11401555Places Available1089Milan Malpensa14034NCL17WMGF7
SouthendMon 13/05/20198Ryanair17352130Places Available1059Bergamo14032SEN17WMGF4
SouthendWed 24/07/20198Ryanair17352130Places Available1019Bergamo14034SEN17WMGF5
SouthendMon 16/09/20198Ryanair17352130Places Available1069Bergamo14034SEN17WMGF6
SouthendMon 07/10/20198Ryanair17352130Places Available1019Bergamo14034SEN17WMGF7
StanstedThu 04/10/20188Ryanair08452240Last few places969Milan Malpensa1406STN17WMGF3
StanstedTue 14/05/20198Ryanair08452240Places Available1009Milan Malpensa14032STN17WMGF4
StanstedWed 24/07/20198Ryanair08452240Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034STN17WMGF5
StanstedTue 17/09/20198Ryanair08452240Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14034STN17WMGF6
StanstedTue 08/10/20198Ryanair08452240Places Available969Milan Malpensa14034STN17WMGF7
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 22/09/2018 at 0:47:06
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.
Note: this holiday has been reintroduced for 2017. Comments below arise from other holidays on the Italian Lakes.
Walking guides were exceptional.
Overall, very good. Cannot commend walking guides too highly.
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.
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.
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