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* - 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.
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 83%
* 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: £90 - £91
Travel Insurance: £59.95
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 Malpensa14030ABZ17WMGG1
AberdeenThu 23/07/20208BA via LHR11051730Places Available1139Milan Malpensa140 (on request)17ABZ17WMGG2
AberdeenTue 08/09/20208BA via LHR11051730Places Available1139Milan Malpensa140 (on request)13ABZ17WMGG3
AberdeenTue 06/10/20208BA via LHR11051730Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14024ABZ17WMGG4
AberdeenTue 18/05/20218BA via LHR11051730Places Available1239Milan Malpensa14034ABZ17WMG91
AberdeenThu 22/07/20218BA via LHR11051730Places Available1239Milan Malpensa14034ABZ17WMG92
BristolTue 19/05/20208Ryanair08400815Places Available1069Bergamo14030BRS17WMGG1
BristolThu 23/07/20208Ryanair16551630Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)17BRS17WMGG2
BristolTue 08/09/20208Ryanair08400815Places Available1069Bergamo140 (on request)13BRS17WMGG3
BristolTue 06/10/20208Ryanair08400815Places Available1069Bergamo14024BRS17WMGG4
BristolTue 18/05/20218Ryanair08400815Places Available1169Bergamo14034BRS17WMG91
BristolThu 22/07/20218Ryanair16551630Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034BRS17WMG92
DublinTue 19/05/20208Ryanair08502330Places Available1069Bergamo14030DUB17WMGG1
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HeathrowTue 19/05/20208BA15101245Places Available1059Milan Malpensa14030LHR17WMGG1
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HeathrowTue 18/05/20218BA15101245Places Available1159Milan Malpensa14034LHR17WMG91
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Leeds-BradfordMon 18/05/20208BA via LHR09551705Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14030LBA17WMGG1
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LiverpoolTue 19/05/20208Ryanair18302320Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14030LPL17WMGG1
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LiverpoolTue 08/09/20208Ryanair18302320Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)13LPL17WMGG3
LiverpoolTue 06/10/20208Ryanair18302320Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14024LPL17WMGG4
LiverpoolTue 18/05/20218Ryanair18302320Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034LPL17WMG91
LiverpoolThu 22/07/20218Ryanair13451320Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034LPL17WMG92
London GatwickTue 19/05/20208Easyjet13451440Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14030LGW17WMGG1
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London GatwickTue 06/10/20208Easyjet13451440Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14024LGW17WMGG4
London GatwickTue 18/05/20218Easyjet13451440Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034LGW17WMG91
London GatwickThu 22/07/20218Easyjet09001310Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034LGW17WMG92
LutonTue 19/05/20208Easyjet07201155Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14030LTN17WMGG1
LutonTue 08/09/20208Easyjet07201155Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)13LTN17WMGG3
LutonTue 06/10/20208Easyjet07201155Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14024LTN17WMGG4
LutonTue 18/05/20218Easyjet07201155Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034LTN17WMG91
ManchesterTue 19/05/20208Easyjet16551615Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14030MAN17WMGG1
ManchesterThu 23/07/20208Easyjet16551615Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)17MAN17WMGG2
ManchesterTue 08/09/20208Easyjet16551615Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)13MAN17WMGG3
ManchesterTue 06/10/20208Easyjet16551615Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14024MAN17WMGG4
ManchesterTue 18/05/20218Easyjet16551615Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034MAN17WMG91
ManchesterThu 22/07/20218Easyjet16551615Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034MAN17WMG92
NewcastleTue 19/05/20208BA via LHR11451540Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14030NCL17WMGG1
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NewcastleTue 06/10/20208BA via LHR11451540Places Available1139Milan Malpensa14024NCL17WMGG4
NewcastleTue 18/05/20218BA via LHR11451540Places Available1239Milan Malpensa14034NCL17WMG91
NewcastleThu 22/07/20218BA via LHR06051945Places Available1239Milan Malpensa14034NCL17WMG92
SouthendMon 18/05/20208Ryanair18252235Places Available1069Bergamo14030SEN17WMGG1
SouthendMon 07/09/20208Ryanair19252330Places Available1069Bergamo140 (on request)13SEN17WMGG3
SouthendMon 05/10/20208Ryanair19252330Places Available1069Bergamo14024SEN17WMGG4
SouthendMon 17/05/20218Ryanair18252235Places Available1169Bergamo14034SEN17WMG91
StanstedTue 19/05/20208Ryanair08450020Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14030STN17WMGG1
StanstedThu 23/07/20208Ryanair08452255Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)17STN17WMGG2
StanstedTue 08/09/20208Ryanair08450020Places Available1019Milan Malpensa140 (on request)13STN17WMGG3
StanstedTue 06/10/20208Ryanair08450020Places Available1019Milan Malpensa14024STN17WMGG4
StanstedTue 18/05/20218Ryanair08450020Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034STN17WMG91
StanstedThu 22/07/20218Ryanair08452255Places Available1119Milan Malpensa14034STN17WMG92
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 06/04/2020 at 8:47:06
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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