- Early rises and long drives took away from the overall relaxation of the holiday. Hotels ok for us but a bit away from Lake Garda for some older people. Scenery was very good.
Published on: 29 November 2014
|Departing||April - October 2015|
* Price shown: 21 Oct 2015 from London Stansted - STN
Where the Mediterranean meets the Alps
Join us to discover some of the most alluring and contrasting lakes and mountains scenery in the world as you stay on the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore and mighty Lake Garda. Sail out to the exquisite Borromean Islands, visit Lake Como, explore Garda's varied shoreline, and perhaps join optional excursions into Switzerland or to historic Mantova, "the world's most romantic city".
Single rooms are available for a supplement
This escorted holiday sees us based in two resorts - the first on the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore and the second beside marvellous Lake Garda.
Meina sits on Maggiore's western shoreline, a little way south from Stresa and the Gulf of Borromeo. Sumptuous villas and hotels line the lake shore, while the piazzas and tree-lined squares are filled with the bustle of the cafes and shops. In the distance, the view is framed by the surrounding Southern Alps.
On the southern shore of Lake Garda, the small, charming, historic town of Sirmione is one of the lake's most popular holiday resorts. The town has a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops lining cobbled, pedestrian streets, and the town's 13th-century castle, Rocca Scaligera, is certainly worth a visit.
Fly to Italy, meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the scenic journey to Lake Maggiore, in its idyllic setting amid gently rolling hills.
Join our Tour Manager for a guided introduction to Maggiore's shores, today. Here, elegant villas are surrounded by beautiful gardens, and resort towns like Arona, Baveno and Stresa exude a Mediterranean-like charm.
Stopping in elegant Stresa, you'll board a boat for the short journey to the tiny, idyllic Borromean Islands. Among them are stunning Isola Bella, with its 17th-century Baroque palace, picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, still inhabited by local fishermen, and Isola Madre with its Renaissance villa and superb botanical gardens.
Today's wonderful included tour takes in one of the most beautiful of the Alpine lakes. Backed by steep mountains, with a shoreline dotted with elegant villas and glorious gardens, Como combines Italian sophistication with stunning scenery. Head to Tremezzo, on the lake's eastern shore, to visit the museum and gardens of the famed Villa Carlotta (entry payable locally), then sail across the calm waters to Bellagio, said to be one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
Enjoy a day relaxing in the hotel, or join our optional excursion and cross into Switzerland, heading to alpine Domodossola. Ride the Cento Valli train, through the breathtaking "hundred valleys", to sun-kissed Locarno. Take in the stunning views from the train, and soak up the atmosphere of the colourful, Swiss resort before journeying back along the lake to the hotel.
Bid farewell to Maggiore, and cross the Lombardy Plain to Lake Garda. Here, we'll stay in the celebrated resort of Sirmione - famed for its 'fairytale' Rocca Scaligera castle - which perches on a promontory jutting into the lake. Check into your hotel, then head out to take in the views from the battlements, or even take to the water on a lake steamer.
Hemmed in by steep hillsides to the east, the craggy Dolomites to the north, and vineyards, olive groves and woodland on its western and southern shores, Lake Garda is the setting for some of Italy's most attractive resorts. Today's coach tour is the perfect way to enjoy the area's marvellous scenery.
Join today's optional excursion and experience 'the world's most romantic city'. Surrounded on three sides by beautiful lakes, and with a skyline of turrets and towers, Mantova offers a wealth of interest in its ancient cobbled streets and squares, including an ornate Palazzo Ducale - once Europe's largest palace - and the exotic Renaissance Palazzo Te.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight home at the end of a wonderful week.