The Italian Lakes

The Italian Lakes

Italy’s Lake Maggiore is an idyllic retreat where magnificent mountains plunge to the lakeside and grand villas lie secluded behind palm trees

Italy’s Lake Maggiore is an idyllic retreat where magnificent mountains plunge to the lakeside and grand villas lie secluded behind palm trees and lush gardens. You will find picture postcard villages with cobbled streets and delightful churches which spill off the flower-lined promenades overlooking the clear blue waters of Lake Maggiore – a true diamond in the Italian Lakeland crown.

 

Our hotel, the four-star Astoria, is located on the edge of Lake Maggiore, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Stresa. It is a stylish modern building with a fine dining room, a bar, outdoor swimming pool and a garden. All ensuite bedrooms in the main building have balconies facing either the garden or the lake and come equipped with air-con, satellite TV, WiFi, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and fridge.

 

Please note single accommodation may be in the hotel annex which does not have a lift.

Day 1 - Wednesday

Europa Buscentre to Hull via Larne with P&O Ferries.

Overnight P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin with side-byside beds all meals included)

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Day 2 - Thursday

Travel from Zeebrugge to Saarbrücken.

Overnight Mercure Saarbrücken Süd *** (1 night D, B&B)

B, D

Day 3 - Friday

We continue south into Italy and our hotel in Stresa, on the edge of Lake Maggiore.

Hotel Hotel Astoria **** (5 nights D, B&B)

B, D

Day 4 - Saturday

A relaxing day today. The boat terminal is just beside the hotel and tickets are provided for trips to the famous Lake Maggiore Islands Isola Madre (the Mother), Pescatori (the Fisherman) and Isola Bella, the largest and most spectacular.

B, D

Day 5 - Sunday

We climb up from Lake Maggiore, through Omegna to arrive at Lake Orta. This unspoilt area comes complete with towering peaks, lush forests, sparkling waters and historic towns. We continue to Orta San Giulio to explore its narrow, cobbled streets, cafés, restaurants and views across the lake to the neighbouring island.

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Day 6 - Monday

Our guide joins us today for an excursion through the wild mountainous scenery of the Anzasca Valley, once famous for its gold mines. Travel to Macugnaga which is overlooked by the mighty Monte Rosa, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. There will be time to relax here and see the typical old house and the town square. We return to Stresa late afternoon.

B, D

Day 7 - Tuesday

A full day trip to the city of Milan

B, D

Day 8 - Wednesday

Time to leave Italy and return this time via Switzerland and France.

Overnight Mercure Forbach Centre *** (1 night D, B&B)

B, D

Day 9 - Thursday

We catch the overnight ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull.

Overnight P&O Cruiseferry (outside en-suite cabin with side-byside beds all meals included)

B, D

Day 10 - Friday

Hull to Belfast via Cairnryan with Stena Line.

B, D

B=Breakfast Included , D=Dinner Included

Italy’s Lake Maggiore is an idyllic retreat where magnificent mountains plunge to the lakeside and grand villas lie secluded behind palm trees

and lush gardens. You will find picture postcard villages with cobbled streets and delightful churches which spill off the flower-lined promenades

overlooking the clear blue waters of Lake Maggiore – a true diamond in the Italian Lakeland crown.

 

Our hotel, the four-star Astoria, is located on the edge of Lake Maggiore, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Stresa. It is a stylish modern building

with a fine dining room, a bar, outdoor swimming pool and a garden. All ensuite bedrooms in the main building have balconies facing either the garden or the lake and come equipped with air-con, satellite TV, WiFi, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and fridge.

Please note single accommodation may be in the hotel annex which does not have a lift.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Europa Buscentre Ulsterbus Tours, Europa Buscentre Stands 2-5
Belfast
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Europa Buscentre,

Glengall Street,

Belfast, BT12 5AH

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Saturday 09:00 - 12:30

Sunday Closed

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