Travel to Italy
Upon arriving in Milan, you will be met by our local representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
At Leisure & lunch
Enjoy a free morning to relax, shop or alternatively take a trip by cable car to the Alpine Gardens and enjoy the superb views of the lake and the Borromean Islands. Lunch will be served in your hotel.
Lake Orta & San Giulio
In the afternoon Frances and your local guide will accompany you on a visit to Lake Orta. You will take a short boat ride to the island of San Giulio to see its pretty village with a wonderful square, town hall and frescoed houses. This lake island is not only quaint and pretty; its hilly landscape will give you wonderful views of the rest of the lake and the surrounding area.
On this full day tour with Frances and your local guide, you will visit the stunning and secluded Borromean Islands. The first stop will be the villa and botanic gardens of Isola Madre, where the spectacular gardens are well known for the azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and an ancient wisteria. There are also citrus trees, hibiscus and ginkgo biloba for you to see, smell and photograph. Next you will have some free time on Isola Pescatori for lunch, before visiting Isola Bella garden and palace. The splendid gardens, which are on ten terraces, consist of geometrically designed hedging, water lilies, citrus trees and lotus flowers. At the highest point of the garden you will see a great unicorn, the symbol of the Borromeo family who made the island look the way it does today.
You will have today free to revisit islands if you wish or attend local market. You may also choose to spend your day relaxing.
You will have the morning to spend at your leisure or alternatively, take a short walking your around the village of Stresa with Frances. Close to the hotel, it has delightful shops and a local market with wonderful views of the lake.
Villa Taranto & Intra
In the afternoon, travel by private boat to the Villa Taranto Gardens, a botanical garden situated on the west shores of Lakes Maggiore. Established by a Scotsman Neil McEacharn during the period 1931 – 1940, he planted the 16 hectares of land with 20,000 different plant varieties. Afterwards, continue to the small town of Intra, situated on the Borromean Gulf. Intra's historic centre is ideal to stroll around, with its many cafés and little shops.
Brissago, Ascona & Cannobio
A full day exploring the pretty Swiss towns of Brissago and Ascona; and the town of Cannobio at the foot of the mountains close to Lake Maggiore, with your local guide and Frances.
The final day of your holiday will be free to spend as you wish. Enjoy some time by the lake, or visit Stresa to pick up some souvenirs or local Italian treats to take home.
This evening you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your flight home with guide assistance.