Lake Maggiore

8 Days from £969 | 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 Holiday - Lake Maggiore
Holiday code: 7WMG
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Lake View Twin/Double Room: £84
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

AberdeenTue 11/09/20188BA via LHR11051730Fully Booked1119Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0ABZ17WMGF2

AberdeenThu 04/10/20188BA via LHR11051555Places Available1089Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22ABZ17WMGF3

BirminghamTue 11/09/20188Flybe11151615Fully Booked1039Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0BHX17WMGF2

BirminghamThu 04/10/20188Flybe12051655Places Available1009Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22BHX17WMGF3

BristolTue 11/09/20188Ryanair08350810Fully Booked1049Bergamo140 (on request)0BRS17WMGF2

BristolThu 04/10/20188Ryanair12251710Places Available1019Bergamo140 (on request)22BRS17WMGF3

CardiffMon 10/09/20188Flybe10051500Fully Booked1039Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0CWL17WMGF2

CardiffThu 04/10/20188Flybe10001445Places Available1009Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22CWL17WMGF3

DublinTue 11/09/20188Ryanair06151145Fully Booked1049Bergamo140 (on request)0DUB17WMGF2

DublinThu 04/10/20188Ryanair06151140Places Available1019Bergamo140 (on request)22DUB17WMGF3

East MidlandsTue 11/09/20188Ryanair12201720Fully Booked1049Bergamo140 (on request)0EMA17WMGF2

East MidlandsThu 04/10/20188Ryanair12301720Places Available1019Bergamo140 (on request)22EMA17WMGF3

EdinburghTue 11/09/20188Easyjet20151945Fully Booked999Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0EDI17WMGF2

EdinburghThu 04/10/20188Easyjet20151945Places Available969Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22EDI17WMGF3

GlasgowTue 11/09/20188Easyjet09350905Fully Booked999Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0GLA17WMGF2

GlasgowThu 04/10/20188Easyjet09350905Places Available969Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22GLA17WMGF3

HeathrowTue 11/09/20188BA15101245Fully Booked1039Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0LHR17WMGF2

HeathrowThu 04/10/20188BA14551245Places Available1009Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22LHR17WMGF3

Leeds-BradfordMon 10/09/20188BA via LHR11051805Fully Booked1119Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0LBA17WMGF2

Leeds-BradfordThu 04/10/20188BA via LHR11051655Places Available1089Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22LBA17WMGF3

LiverpoolMon 10/09/20188Blue Air11151630Fully Booked1049Bergamo140 (on request)0LPL17WMGF2

London GatwickTue 11/09/20188Easyjet13451440Fully Booked999Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0LGW17WMGF2

London GatwickThu 04/10/20188Easyjet06551310Places Available969Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22LGW17WMGF3

LutonTue 11/09/20188Easyjet07201155Fully Booked999Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0LTN17WMGF2

LutonThu 04/10/20188Easyjet07201155Places Available969Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22LTN17WMGF3

ManchesterTue 11/09/20188Easyjet16001530Fully Booked999Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0MAN17WMGF2

ManchesterThu 04/10/20188Easyjet16001530Places Available969Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22MAN17WMGF3

NewcastleTue 11/09/20188BA via LHR11401555Fully Booked1119Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0NCL17WMGF2

NewcastleThu 04/10/20188BA via LHR11401555Places Available1089Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22NCL17WMGF3

StanstedTue 11/09/20188Ryanair08452240Fully Booked999Milan Malpensa140 (on request)0STN17WMGF2

StanstedThu 04/10/20188Ryanair08452240Places Available969Milan Malpensa140 (on request)22STN17WMGF3

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 21/07/2018 at 6:47:05

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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Don't forget, we fly from 20 airports right across the UK.
Most of our holidays include half board as standard.
All of our holidays have included visits and tours.

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