Holiday Itinerary Magnificent Maggiore and Lake Como

Day 1 UK - Milan

Make you own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Milan today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to the pretty resort of Baveno on the western shore of Lake Maggiore, where your hotel boasts a lovely lakeside setting. D

Day 2 Baveno - at Leisure

You've come here to see the beauty of Lake Maggiore, and a great way to do this is by taking to the water. We've arranged an optional private cruise today that takes in two of the Borromean Islands known as 'the sisters', set between soaring mountains and the sparkling lake.
Firstly we'll step ashore on Isola Madre, which is home to the magnificent English Garden, where many rare species of plant thrive. As you explore, keep a lookout too for white peacocks, golden pheasants and parrots, which also inhabit the island.
Next stop is the diminutive Isola Bella, which is wholly occupied by the spectacular Palazzo Borromeo. Admire its stunning façade before we step inside to see its richly furnished rooms. Outside is equally enticing, with extravagant landscaped gardens spread over 10 terraces forming a pyramid decorated with hedges, obelisks and statues. Another interesting highlight is a series of artificial grottoes which form a connecting passageway between the palace and the gardens. The six rooms were built to provide a cool refuge from the heat during the hot summer months. B, D

Day 3 Lake Como

We're going to introduce you to another spectacular lake today on a full-day excursion to Lake Como. As you explore the charming town of Como with your Tour Manager you'll understand why it has long been a popular destination for Italians. They head here to escape the stifling heat of the cities in the summer months, so you'll see many an impressive villa lining the mountain-backed shores.
Together we'll explore the town's historic centre to see enticing shops, little squares, picturesque lanes and an attractive promenade.
This afternoon we venture further around the lake to Tremezzo, where our own private boat is waiting to whisk us to the elegant town of Bellagio. Once on dry land, you can head off and do your own thing. A network of cobbled lanes will lead you to a selection of upmarket boutiques and pretty gardens. Or perhaps you'll find a seat at a café or bar and simply take it all in. B, D

Day 4 Baveno - at Leisure

A day of quiet relaxation lies ahead, so maybe you'll choose to enjoy the facilities at your hotel, which include lovely gardens and an inviting swimming pool.
However, if you're keen to discover more, you could join an optional excursion across the Centovalli, or Hundred Valleys, on a 90-minute scenic train journey to Locarno​. On the way, you'll pass through hillside villages and over high bridges, and see waterfalls, vineyards and chestnut forests from your window.
Upon arrival in Locarno, disembark to explore this Swiss town, where, thanks to its mild climate, palms and citrus trees flourish. We'll stroll to its heart, Piazza Grande, and during free time, you can discover its 12th century castle, now an archaeological museum. We'll make our way back to Baveno via a relaxing cruise. B, D

Day 5 Macugnaga and Mount Rosa

An included excursion today gives you the chance to discover the Anzasca Valley and the Alpine resort of Macugnaga, a popular destination for winter sport enthusiasts. There's plenty of time here to revel in the glorious setting, which includes spectacular views of nearby Mount Rosa, the second-tallest mountain in Europe. This evening we include a special dinner on the smallest of the Borromean Islands, Isola dei Pescatori. As you cruise to the island, you can enjoy lovely views of Isola Bella too, which is dominated by a grand Baroque palace surrounded by stunning Italian-style terraced gardens.​ B, D

Day 6 Baveno - at Leisure

If you would like to venture further afield today, we offer an optional excursion into Switzerland. You'll board a coach for a scenic journey across the Simplon Pass, a mountain pass linking the Pennine and Lepontine Alps and affording breathtaking views. In Switzerland, a train will take you from Tasch in the Matter Valley to the mountain resort of Zermatt. The sight that greets you here is the towering near-symmetrical peak of the Matterhorn. You can choose to go even further, up to 3,089 metres, by boarding the Gornergrat train to enjoy one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas, with views of the Matterhorn and 29 Alps peaks. Or admire the majestic views on an helicopter ride over the Matterhorn and mountains. B, D

Day 7 Baveno - at Leisure

Spend the day relaxing before your journey home, or you could squeeze in a few more scenic sights on an optional tour to Lake Orta. Nestled at the foothills of the Alps, the village of Orta is utterly picturesque. This day out also features a visit to a traditional market and a cruise to St Julius Island, in the middle of the lake. B, D

Day 8 - Milan - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked). B

Departure dates and prices 2022/2023

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Airport Price from Date
Airport Price from
15 May 2022 Heathrow £1074 18 Sept 2022 Heathrow £1299
12 June 2022 Bristol £138 18 Sept 2022 Bristol £1398
12 June 2022 Heathrow £1299 14 May 2023 Heathrow £1199
17 July 2022 Bristol £1273 11 June 2023 Heathrow £1249
17 July 2022 Heathrow £1174 16 July 2023 Heathrow £1299
21 Aug 2022 Bristol £1398 20 Aug 2023 Heathrow £1349
21 Aug 2022 Heathrow £1299 17 Sept 2023 Heathrow £1249

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Magnificent Maggiore and Lake Como

Holidays by Air 8 Days

Prices from £1074

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Maggiore, flower-filled islands and charming Lake Como. Enjoy an optional private cruise of Lake Maggiore and discover the beautiful gardens on the Borromean ‘sister’ islands, before heading to the charming town of Como to explore its historic centre and attractive promenade.

Cruise the villa-lined, mountain-backed shores of Lake Como to the elegant town of Bellagio with its network of cobbled lanes and perhaps embark on an optional scenic train journey through stunning scenery to the Swiss town of Locarno, home of the 12th century Visconteo Castle and where palm and citrus trees flourish.

With an abundance of dramatic mountain landscapes, stunning lakes and historic towns, this is the holiday of idylls.​

Magnificent Maggiore & Lake Como

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Lake Como, Como town and cruise to Bellagio 
  • Explore the Alpine resort of Macugnaga​ ​
  • Cruise and dinner on Isola dei Pescatori​​

What's Included

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights half-board in a 3-star hotel
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

More flight choices are available, see price panel for details. Supplements may apply

Accommodation as specified or similar

Day 1 - 7 Hotel Beau Rivage

The 3-star Hotel Beau Rivage is ideally located in Baveno, just a few minutes walk from the ferry landing stage.
Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, garden terrace and a swimming pool, typically open June to September. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, safe and a TV.  

Optional excursions

Borromean Islands cruise - Take a fabulous cruise by private motorboat around the Borromean Islands, the jewels of Lake Maggiore - from £57

Rail journey across the Centovalli - This full-day excursion will take you across the Centovalli. It features a superb 90-minute scenic train journey through the ‘hundred valleys’ over high bridges to Locarno - from £74

Helicopter ride above the Matterhorn - Take a thrilling helicopter ride over the Matterhorn from the ski resort of Zermatt. Your flight will last approximately 20 minutes and will be subject to local weather conditions - from £209

Journey across the Simplon Pass to Zermatt and the Matterhorn - This full-day trip takes across the border from Italy into Switzerland, so remember to bring your passport! - from £68

Gornergrat Glacier by train - From Zermatt station, Europe's highest open air railway will take you to the summit of the Gornergrat at an altitude of 3089m.  - from £130

Lake Orta and Arona market - Discover picturesque Lake Orta on this full-day excursion. Lesser known than its more famous neighbour Maggiore, it is equally as impressive, - from £48

Airport travel service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can now choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* off your holiday. Details on how to book will be included in your confirmation invoice on booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. See Terms and Conditions for information


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