Holiday Itinerary Magnificent Maggiore and Lake Como

Day 1 UK/Milan

Depart on your scheduled flight to Milan. 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 waters. 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. On the way to Locarno, you'll pass through hillside villages and over high bridges, and see waterfalls, vineyards and chestnut forests from your window. 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

Today you’ll transfer to the airport in Milan for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Meals included B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner


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. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, safe and a TV.

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Departure dates and prices 2021 Magnificent Maggiore and Lake Como

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Departure Dates & Airport
Prices from Departure Dates & Airport Prices from
9 June - Heathrow
£1099 18 Aug - Edinburgh £1298
9 June -  Edinburgh
£1298 1 Sep - Heathrow
7 July - Heathrow £1099 1 Sep - Edinburgh £1118
7 July - Edinburgh £1298 15 Sep - Heathrow
18 Aug - Heathrow £1099 15 Sep - Edinburgh £1108

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 2021

Prices from £909

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

  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 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

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Italy - Lake Orta and Arona Market £48

Discover picturesque Lake Orta on this full-day excursion. Not as well known as its more famous neighbour Maggiore, it is no less impressive located as it is in the foothills of the Alps. Facing the lake is the quaint medieval village of Orta San Giulio, where you’ll find a wealth of Romanesque and Baroque architecture, quaint townhouses embellished with wrought iron balconies and cobbled lanes flanked by old stone walls. Look out to the Isola San Giulio, an island almost entirely taken up by the 12th century Basilica di San Giulio, and enjoy a visit to a local outdoor market.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Highly Recommended

Switzerland - Helicopter ride above the Matterhorn £209

Take a stunning helicopter ride from Zermatt for an unforgettable flight above the Matterhorn. Your flight will last approximately 20 minutes and will be subject to the local weather conditions.

Please note: This optional can only be booked if taking the Zermatt and Matterhorn excursion. You will only be able to take either the Helicopter ride above the Matterhorn or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise due to time restrictions.

The final seating arrangement on any helicopter is determined by an automated weight and balance calculator. The balance of weight onboard a helicopter is critical for flight safety.

Italy - Gornergrat Glacier by Train £130

From Zermatt station, Europe's highest open air railway will take you to the summit of the Gornergrat at an altitude of 3089m. The train psses over bridges, through tunnels and across forests of Swiss stone pine and past rocky ravines and lakes. Once you have reached the top you will be greeted by spectacular views taking in Monte Rosa, the Gorner Glacier and of course the Matterhorn in all its glory.

Italy - Journey across the Simplon Pass to Zermatt and the Matterhorn - from £68

emember to bring your passport along on this full-day trip which takes you from Italy into Switzerland and the stylish ski resort of Zermatt. Keep your camera at the ready too, as views of spectacular mountain scenery begin as soon as you board the coach and journey across the Simplon Pass between the Pennine and the Lepontine Alps. Once in Switzerland you’ll board a train for the short journey to Zermatt, which nestles beneath the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. Here, the Alpine air and picture-perfect views will be a treat for your senses.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Scenic Tour

Please note, it is also possible to extend the excursion and book the helicopter ride or glacier experience. Please see alternative descriptions or speak with a holiday advisor.


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