The Italian Lakes by Air – Lake Maggiore

Staying at The Simplon Hotel


8 DAYS | 10th July 2017

Join us at one of the most famous lakes of the ‘Italian Lake District’. Lake Maggiore is the second largest Italian Lake and certainly the most beautiful. It is surrounded by picturesque ornamental gardens, ancient villas steeped in history with breathtaking backdrops of majestic snow capped mountains. It offers charming resorts to explore and the famous gardens and palaces of the Borromean Islands.

The Simplon Hotel is nestled in centuries old Mediterranean gardens in the little town of Baveno, situated on a panoramic of Lake Maggiore. The little town itself has an array of shops, cafés and bars, a weekly market and a lovely lake-side promenade for that after dinner stroll. The Simplon hotel’s buildings flaunt a pretty pink façade which is not only attractive, but signifies the colour of the famous local marble. The interiors are also striking, with grand décor, stained glass windows and detailed furnishings. The bedrooms follow suit too – they are all stylish, clean and in-keeping with the elegant ambiance. The Simplon also boasts an outdoor pool nestled within the gardens, as well as a bar and lounge for a relaxing nightcap. In addition to this, the Simplon is connected to its sister hotel, the Hotel Dino, by a mesmerising passage lined with oil paintings for you to admire as you journey between the two. At the Dino, guests of the Simplon are free to use their indoor swimming pool, as well as a range of other amenities. The hotel has a lift.


Morning departure from Manchester Airport for our flight to Milan Malpensa Ariport. Upon arrival in Italy we will be met by a representative and board a coach for our 50 minute scenic transfer to Lake Maggiore and Hotel Simplon.


This morning we have a welcome meeting. The remainder of the day at leisure to explore the town or perhaps hop on a boat to one of the islands.


Today we take the ten minute stroll down to the pier to catch the boat to Villa Taranto. A stunning botanical garden with over 20,000 varieties of plants and trees. There will be time for morning coffee in the café before we visit the gardens to stroll at leisure.


A free day to explore. Why not visit Isla Bella to see the White Peacocks.


Today we visit the town of Stresa. Once again we stroll down to the pier and take a short ferry ride to Stresa. Today is also market day. You will have time to browse at leisure or take a trip on the cable car, stroll along the lake front or just sit in one of the pavement cafes and watch the world go by.


Optional excursion – Come with us on the Lake Maggiore Express to Locarno Switzerland. It starts with a short walk from the hotel to the train station. We catch the train to Domedossolo, when we get there we change to the Centovalli Narrow gauge Railway for a stunning scenic run taking us through the wildest and romantic of landscapes in this area to Locarno. There will be free time in Locarno before we board the afternoon ferry sailing back to Baveno. (cost approx 36 Euro)


After breakfast we board the coach for our journey back to Milan Malpensa airport for our flight home. A Roy McCarthy Coach will meet us at Manchester airport for the short journey home.

Tour includes: All coach travel. Return flights to Milan Malpensa, 7 nights dinner bed and breakfast. Excursion to Stresa and Villa Taranto.
£998.00 per person sharing twin/double
£218.00 single room supplement
£48.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT
Please note that you will have to pay a tax of approx 1.60 euros per person per night direct to the hotel. This tour is arranged in conjunction with Greatdays Holidays ATOL 4279

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