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So much to discover

  • Cruise to the enchanting Borromean Islands 
  • Visit Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella on a guided tour 
  • Travel through the Simplon Pass to Zermatt and see the Matterhorn
  • Visit picturesque Lake Como
  • Enjoy a full-day tour visiting Cannobio and the gardens at Villa Taranto 
  • Visit Lake Orta, one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes
  • See the medieval village of Orta San Giulio 

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7 nights in 4-star accommodation
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Overview

Our desire to experience new countries is as timeless as the beauty of the Italian lakes, which have been delighting visitors for many centuries. Indeed, it was the arrival of the British during the days of the ‘Grand Tour’ that first brought fame to sublime Lake Maggiore and helped to create the sophisticated villages, nestling like pearls on a string along its verbena-clad shores. Separated from its larger and better-known neighbour, tranquil Lake Orta is encircled by emerald woodlands; its focal point is Orta San Giulio, the enchanting medieval village often simply called Orta. Then there’s Lake Como, which has long been attracting visitors in search of inspiration and relaxation – both Rossini and Verdi found their muse while in lakeside villas here. This wonderful combination of magnificent Swiss mountain scenery and Italy’s tranquil, crystal-clear lakes creates a stunning visual montage that cries out to be explored. 

It’s hard to describe the flawless beauty of the Italian lakes, yet viewing them you’ll immediately understand why so many artists, composers and writers have sought peace and inspiration here. The heady mix of serene waters, forest-clad hillsides, medieval villages, orange-blossom-scented warm air and delicious food make them an irresistible destination. 

We explore not only Lake Maggiore, which straddles both Italy and Switzerland, but also the equally beautiful Lake Como and lesser-known Lake Orta, one of the most spellbinding places you’ll ever visit. With the arc of the imposing Alps stretching out along the horizon, you’ll enjoy arguably the finest mountain scenery on the planet during your visit to Switzerland –dramatic Zermatt, nestling at the base of the world’s most mesmerising peak, the mighty Matterhorn. Then there are the delightful lost valleys, tumbling glacier streams and classic chalet scenes that, when blended together, offer a truly inspirational tour.



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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN BAVENO

Baveno on Lake Maggiore

Arrive at the airport for your flight. Upon arrival we transfer by coach to Baveno, a quiet town on the idyllic shores of Lake Maggiore. Our hotel for seven nights, with breakfast and dinner, is the historic four-star Hotel Simplon. 

Hotel Simplon facade and outdoor pool

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4* Hotel Simplon - Baveno

DAY 2 - LAKE MAGGIORE & BORROMEAN ISLANDS

Isola Bella a Borromean Island on Lake Maggiore

Our morning is spent revelling in the myriad charms of Lake Maggiore. It’s one of Italy’s best natural treasures, with breathtaking views, lush hills in the south and mountains in the north. We take a relaxing cruise to the ravishing Borromean Islands, named after the noble Borromeo family to whom they have belonged since the 12th century. The first island we call at is Isola Bella for a guided tour of its Baroque palazzo and terraced gardens. 

The palazzo is a floating chest of wonders, with beautifully furnished halls affording wonderful views of the lake, and staterooms adorned with fine furniture, exclusive paintings and neoclassical stucco work. Perhaps more impressive are the enchanting gardens, whose 10 terraces imaginatively showcase a kaleidoscope of botanical treasures, from citrus and magnolia trees to fragrant shrubs. Fantastical marble statues and a flock of white peacocks add the final finishes to this dramatic display.

Next, we visit the tiny fishing village on Isola dei Pescatori, named after the fishermen who inhabited the island centuries ago. Today, the compact latticework of cream-coloured houses is home to several dozen permanent residents. It’s popular with visitors, yet somehow the rustic little island maintains a delightful air of authenticity. Much of the shore is dotted with vibrant restaurants and cafés overlooking Lake Maggiore – many have cosy secluded terraces – making this the perfect place to stop for lunch at your leisure. Afterwards, perhaps wander through the village’s narrow, winding lanes before we cruise back to Baveno this afternoon.

DAY 3 - CANNOBIO & VILLA TARANTO GARDENS

DAY 4 - LAKE COMO

DAY 5 - FREE DAY

DAY 6 - ZERMATT & THE MATTERHORN

DAY 7 - LAKE ORTA

DAY 8 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Transfer Times

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport or train station First hotel location Transfer time
Milan Malpensa Airport Baveno 1 hr 15 mins
Milan Bergamo Airport 2 hrs
Milan Linate Airport 1 hr 45 mins

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Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

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The price of this holiday is per person based on one person in a double or twin room for sole occupancy. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

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