We start this two-centre tour by exploring Italy’s second largest lake, Lake Maggiore, which is situated in one of the most graceful parts of Europe.
We start this two-centre tour by exploring Italys second largest lake, Lake Maggiore, which is situated in one of the most graceful parts of Europe. We visit Zermatt, lying in the shadow of the Matterhorn, and sail along Lake Maggiore. Then we cross through to Mannheim in the west of Germany, with guided tours of two of Germanys most beguiling cities.
Our four-star Italian hotel located right in the centre of Stresa overlooking the lake. All 164 en-suite rooms come with air-con, satellite TV, safe and free WiFi. There is an outdoor pool and roof terrace.
We experience true German hospitality at our four-star hotel in the heart of Mannheim. All 173 en-suite bedrooms are equipped with air-con, international digital TV channels, safe and hairdryer
Belfast to Hull via Larne
Overnight ferry day 1: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin, all meals included)
Travel from Zeebrugge to Saarbrücken
Hotel day 2: Mercure Saarbrücken Süd (1 night D, B&B)
We travel through the Vosges Mountains into Alsace, then cross into Switzerland, past Lucerne and into Italy, to our hotel in Stresa.
Hotel: Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac, Stresa (4 nights D, B&B)
A day to relax and enjoy market day in Stresa.B, D
A full day round trip on the Lake Maggiore Express railway and ferry. We board the narrow gauge train to Locarno where we have lunch and explore. A gentle cruise takes us back down Lake Maggiore to Stresa. Late dinner tonightB, D
Today we travel by train along a sinuous route that takes around mountains, past gorges and over the Simplon Pass to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn in Switzerland.B, D
We leave Stresa and return back though Switzerland to our next hotel in the west of Germany.
Hotel days : Maritim Parkhotel, Mannheim (3 nights D, B&B)
After breakfast a guided introductory walking tour takes us through Mannheim, or ‘Grid-City’ its nickname comes from the checkerboard layout of its buildings.B, D
It’s a short trip to the famous medieval city of Heidelberg for a guided tour of its ruined castle, towering above the old quarterB, D
We catch the overnight ferry from Europoort to Hull.
Overnight ferry day 10: P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite, all meals included)
Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line.B
B=Breakfast Included , D=Dinner Included