Let’s explore Italy’s lesser known lakes, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, on this 7-night holiday that offers the perfect combination of activity, exploration and recreation.
We’ll take in the crystal blue waters of Lake Maggiore and Orta with panoramic boat rides, stopping to explore some of the lakeside towns and the famous summer palace on Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands.
We will also visit Lake Orta, considered a hidden gem by locals who refer to it as “La Cenerentola” or Cinderella, because it’s even more beautiful than its sisters Como and Maggiore.
We’ll take a scenic train journey, between Locarno and Domodossola which runs through the magical “Hundred Valleys”.
This Italy holiday also offers plenty of free time to stroll around the Lake Maggiore, relax with a gelato or explore the surrounding area with tips from your expert guide.
What You’ll Love
- Discover Italy & its most enchanting lakes on this guided holiday to Lake Maggiore & Orta
- Stay 7-nights in one of the region’s quaint lakeside towns (3* Half Board)
- Relax on a scenic boat tour of the Borromean Islands with a stop to explore Isola Bella
- Explore Lake Orta by boat on a guided day trip
- Take a scenic ride on the Centovalli Railway & visit the Swiss town of Locarno
- Unwind with plenty of free time to soak up the sun or immerse yourself in Italian culture
- Return flights and transfers
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Day 1 – Travel to Italy
Upon arrival in Italy, we will be met by our local representative and transferred by coach to our hotel.
Day 2 – At Leisure
Today is free to enjoy as you please. Ask our guide to recommend some places of interest for you according to your tastes.
Day 3 – Borromean Islands
We depart our hotel this morning for a full day excursion, by boat, visiting the Borromean Islands. Isola Bella is one of the most admired destinations on Lake Maggiore and here we will visit the famous Baroque Palace and Italian style terraced gardens famous for its white peacocks. After some free time at leisure our next visit will be to Fisherman’s Island (Isola Dei Pescatori), the only permanently inhabited island and famed for its narrow lanes and Church of San Vittore. Enjoy free time in the afternoon for lunch at leisure before continuing on to Isola Madre, which is the largest of the three islands. With its 20 acre park the rare plants and exotic flowers in the English styled botanical gardens will enchant before finally visiting the 16th century home where the Borromean family spent their summers.
Day 4 – At Leisure
We will have a full day to relax and take it easy today! Our guide will be happy to offer suggestions for activities and places to see in the surrounding area.
Day 5 – Lake Orta
Following breakfast we travel by coach to Omegna at the northern tip of Lake Orta before continuing onwards through quaint villages to the southern end of the lake where we board a boat and sail to the medieval village of Orta. Known as the ‘Venice without water’ Orta is a maze of picturesque streets and narrow cobbled lanes with many chapels dedicated to St Francis of Assisi. Return to our hotel in the afternoon.
Day 6 – At Leisure
Today we have a further opportunity to relax and enjoy this lovely region of Italy.
Our guide will recommend some places of interest for you according to your tastes.
Day 7 – Centovalli Railway
After breakfast we travel by coach along the Ossola Valley floor towards Domodossola where we will board a narrow gauge railway for our scenic rail journey travelling over 83 bridges and through 31 tunnels into the Swiss town of Locarno at the northern tip of Lake Maggiore. We will have free time for lunch at leisure, shopping and sightseeing in Locarno before returning to our hotel by coach in the afternoon.
Day 8 – Return Home
Time to say ‘arrivederci’ to Lake Maggiore. Transfer from your hotel, with guide assistance, for your return flight home.