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The Best of the Italian Lakes

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(Tour code: 18ORL)

Discover the scenic surrounds on a delightful Italian lakeside holiday

Discover the incredible beauty of four stunning lakes: Orta, Maggiore, Como and Lugano. Steep yourself in scenic surrounds on a delightful Italian lakeside holiday by rail.

  • Lake Orta
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Lake Como
  • Lake Lugano
  • Isola San Giulio
  • 7 Nights’ hotel accommodation
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Scenic cruise across Lake Orta

The Best of the Italian Lakes 2018Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Lake Orta
Lake Orta

To Lake Orta

Your holiday begins at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras. After meeting your group here, board the Eurostar to Paris. Continue to Lake Orta via Turin, and enjoy your first dinner at the hotel tonight. The secluded lake is overlooked by pristine peaks of Monte Mottarone, and the village of Orta, situated close to your hotel, has a tranquil atmosphere, that you are at leisure to discover on Day 2.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore

Your excursion today is to two of the delightful towns that dot the shores of Lake Maggiore. Firstly, pause at Stresa, which has welcomed visitors to its luxurious villas and elegant hotels since the 19th century. After time to explore - perhaps stroll along the promenade to soak up the serenity - continue to Locarno, at the lake's northern tip. Despite their close proximity to one another, the two towns reside in different countries, with Locarno situated in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino. Enjoy free time to savour Locarno's graces before returning to Orta in time for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 Lake Lugano
Lake Lugano

Lake Como and Lake Lugano

Today is free by Lake Orta. On Day 5, experience two more stunning Italian lakes today, beginning with a visit to spectacular Lake Como. Nestled in the foothills of the Italian and Swiss Alps, Como is sublimely picturesque, and was used as a location for the Bond film Casino Royale. Next, visit Lake Lugano, which straddles the Swiss-Italian border. Lugano, a Swiss town on the lake's northern shores, has a delightful Mediterranean feel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-8 Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio

Isola San Giulio and London

Enjoy a scenic cruise across Lake Orta to the enchanting Isola San Giulio today, where you have free time before returning by boat to Orta. Day 7 is at leisure by Lake Orta. On Day 8, you return to Paris by rail, before connecting with the Eurostar to London.

  • Days 6-7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner each day
  • Visits to Stresa and Locarno on Lake Maggiore
  • Explore Lake Como, Lake Lugano and Isola San Giulio


Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
Kathryn Cambridge
Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
The Best of the Italian Lakes

Discover the scenic surrounds on a delightful Italian lakeside holiday


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