Wonderful trip, unique, just perfect.
Among the pearls that make this environment unique are the little Lake Mergozzo, the northern bank of Lake Orta where Omegna is located (where the coffee maker and the pressure cooker were invented in the last century), and the western bank of Lake Maggiore that hosts renowned resorts: e.g. Cannobio, Cannero Riviera, Verbania, Baveno and Stresa, an international tourist destination.
The Borromean Islands are rich in fascination, lying in the middle of Lake Maggiore and offering the perfect balance between art and nature: think Baroque palace and the Italian garden at Isola Bella; the neoclassical home and English-style garden at Isola Madre and a colorful village of rustic houses on the Isola Pescatori. A truly enchanting landscape of banks dotted with historic villas and parks filled with the colorful flowers that are typical of Lake Maggiore: camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons.
The most famous of all is the Villa Taranto in Verbania, one of the most renowned and important botanical gardens in Europe.
Day 1: Milan Malpensa/Lake Maggiore
Arrival at Milan Malpensa airport and transfer to a hotel on the Lake Maggiore coast. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Borromean Isles
Full day excursion by boat from Stresa to the three Borromean islands: Isola Madre (Mother Island), the largest among the three isles, with its quiet and enchanting atmosphere; Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), with its characteristic winding narrow roads, small shops and renowned restaurants serving typical fish dishes; Isola Bella (Beautiful Island), home to the elegant Borromeo family mansion with inestimable works of art. Back to Stresa by boat, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Villa Taranto/Laveno
Morning: Transfer to Villa Taranto. This is an impressive English style park created by a noble Scotsman at the beginning of XX century, where you can admire statues, fountains, little lakes, terraces and waterfalls. It is one of the most important botanic gardens in the world and hosts hundreds of flora species from all over the world.
Afternoon: Transfer to Intra and boarding onto the boat that will lead you to Laveno, a small city on the Lombard shore of the lake. Back to Intra and to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Villa Pallavicino/Locarno
Transfer to Villa Pallavicino, a zoological garden covering an area of 20 hectares, hosting a rich fauna, including monkeys, Patagonian rabbits, zebras, kangaroos, ferrets, prairie dogs, owls, parrots, ostriches and many others.
Afternoon: Transfer to Locarno, a small city on the Swiss shore of Lake Maggiore. After a visit of the town, you will be transferred back to the hotel for your dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Lake Orta/Arona
Morning: Transfer to Lake Orta, a lovely alpine lake located a few miles west of Lake Maggiore. Amidst Lake Orta you will visit San Giulio’s island, also known as the silence island and for ancient stories and legends, reachable by boat from Orta San Giulio, the main resort on the lake coast. Afternoon: Visit of the Sacred Mount, a steep promontory amid the green of the forest, hosting 21 chapels decorated with frescoes and terra cotta sculptures related to facts of St. Francis’s life. Transfer to Arona, on the southern shores of Lake Maggiore, visit of the town and its famous colossus of San Carlo Borromeo. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Lake Maggiore/Milan Malpensa
Transfer to Milan Malpensa airport and end of our services.
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- 5 nights in hotel cat. 3-star accommodation in a double room "standard " treatment with half board;
- 1 Torino + Piemonte Card valid for one adult and one child under age 12, with a duration of 3 days: Free entry in more than 180 museums, exhibitions, monuments, castles, fortresses and Royal Residences in Torino and Piedmont. Free rides on tourist transports (panoramic lift in the Mole Antonelliana, Sassi - Superga rack tramway, boats on the river Po, tourist shuttle buses) train to/from Torino-Torino International Airport.
Rates do not include:
- Porterage at hotels;
- Taxes, (children under 12 years exempt);
- Tips and personal expenses;
- Transfer from airport to hotel and vice versa;
- Transportation (taxi, etc.);
- Entrance ticket & guided museum's tours;
- The price does not include anything that is not mentioned under the rates include
Note: All prices are subject to availability and reconfirmation at the time of the request for option / booking.
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