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The Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore

  • UK
  • Milan
  • Belgirate
  • Borromean Islands
  • Centovalli
  • Turin
  • Belgirate
  • Macugnaga
  • Milan
  • UK
Tour Pace:

8 DAYS from €1231pp

Tour Highlights
  • Explore the three magnificent Borromean Islands
  • Visit Isola Bella and its stunning 17th century baroque palace
  • Journey into Switzerland on the scenic Centovalli narrow-gauge railway
  • Discover the typical alpine village of Macugnaga on the slopes of the Monte Rosa massif
  • See the Renaissance city of Turin and enjoy afternoon tea Italian-style

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The Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore

Relax and enjoy the romance and serene beauty of Lake Maggiore, inspiration for artists, writers and travellers since Roman times. Explore the region by boat, cable car and train from Stresa to Turin, taking in Mediterranean and Alpine Gardens, and even Locarno in Switzerland, all from your lakeside hotel.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Milan

Depart London on your direct flight to Milan, where you will be transferred to your hotel in Belgirate, on the shores of Lake Maggiore

  • Dinner
Belgirate and the Borromean Islands

By private boat, explore the three islands on the lake, owned by the aristocratic Borromeo family. Isola Madre is home to magnificent English Gardens, where rhododendron, azalea and many rare species of plant thrive and keep a lookout for the white peacocks which live here. After free time for lunch on the only inhabited island of the three, Isola dei Pescatori, head next to Isola Bella and its spectacular 17th century baroque palace. The combination of the stunning facade, ornate interiors, and extravagant Italianate gardens spread over a pyramid of terraces, provides a memorable finale to the day.

  • Breakfast
Belgirate and Turin

Leave the lake today and journey to the beautiful city of Turin, the original capital of a united Italy and surrounded by snow-capped alps. A panoramic tour will show you the elegance and charm of this city, home to royal palaces, museums, historic cafes and wide boulevards lined with renaissance and art nouveau buildings. Window shop the elegant boutiques in the shade of 17th century porticoes or stop in one of the ornate cafes to watch the world go by.

  • Breakfast
Lake Orta - Belgirate

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore independently. Alternatively, take an optional excursion (at a supplement and subject to minimum passenger numbers) to Lake Orta* the smallest yet prettiest of the lakes. The charming town of Orta San Giulio, with its winding cobbled streets, is perfect for whiling away the afternoon and perhaps visit the island (not included) and its small church and crypt. The scenic return journey stops near Arona to see the giant statue, known as San Carlone.

  • Breakfast
Belgirate, the Centovalli Railway and Lake Maggiore

Today take the public boat from Belgirate to Locarno. Disembark in the delightful Swiss town of Locarno, at the northern tip of Lake Maggiore. Stroll to its heart, Piazza Grande - perhaps visit its 12th century castle, now an archaeological museum. Now catch the narrow-gauge train through the Centovalli, or Hundred Valleys. This scenic 60km, 90-minute route takes you from Italy into Switzerland, passing through hillside villages, across deep valleys via breathtakingly high bridges, for views of waterfalls, vineyards and forests.

  • Breakfast

After breakfast, the day is yours to explore this beautiful unspoilt lakeside town at your own pace.

  • Breakfast
Macugnaga & Monte Rosa

Time this morning for a leisurely drive up into the mountains of Monte Rosa to see Macugnaga, a typical Alpine village with quaint old houses and narrow streets. Enjoy some free time here to explore and then return to Belgirate for the remainder of your final day at leisure. This evening enjoy a final farewell dinner in the hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Milan to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


A visa is not required for your trip to Italy. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Milan Airport with EasyJet from London Gatwick. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.
Each passenger is entitled to 23KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 23kg - 56cm/45cm/25cm) in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you always have first hand knowledge. Your guide will accompany you on all days when you have excursions, they will not accompany you on free days.

Currency Information

The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you exchange you currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. Approximately £300- £400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2023 Dates
22 May 202329 May 2023SOLD OUT
19 Jun 202326 Jun 2023€1567.00
28 Aug 202304 Sep 2023€1455.00
25 Sep 202302 Oct 2023€1455.00
09 Oct 202316 Oct 2023€1455.00
2024 Dates
18 Mar 202425 Mar 2024€1231.00
20 May 202427 May 2024€1399.00
17 Jun 202424 Jun 2024€1567.00
26 Aug 202402 Sep 2024€1567.00
23 Sep 202430 Sep 2024€1399.00
07 Oct 202414 Oct 2024€1343.00
Excursion Information

Please note the optional excursion to Lake Orta is not available for the 12th October 2020 date.

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

2 hours

Min/Max temperature

2 °C / 22 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Weather can vary throughout the year, please see further details in the charts below

Lake Maggiore

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Rucksack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater
  • Swimwear
  • Camera and charger
  • Electric plug converter
  • Travel towel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
Tour Map
The Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore Route Map
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    Lake Maggiore Extension

    3 nights from €391pp

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Hotels & Accommodation


Lake Maggiore Extension
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Milan
  • Belgirate
  • Borromean Islands
  • Centovalli
  • Turin
  • Belgirate
  • Macugnaga
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Milan
  • UK

Explore independently from your comfortable base by the lake, with a public boat station conveniently nearby.

3 nights
from €391pp
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