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Italy, Reflection of the Italian Lakes

Italy, Reflection of the Italian Lakes

Backed by the breath-taking scenery of snow-capped mountains edged with grand villas and laid-back towns.

Backed by the breath-taking scenery of snow-capped mountains edged with grand villas and laid-back towns, it is so easy to understand why Italy’s lakes are so popular. Lake Orta is a hidden gem in the serene northern lakes, described as being the place where ‘the Alps meet heaven’, and it provides a perfect setting to explore other beautiful Italian lakes nearby… plus a neighbouring Swiss one!


Hotel Giardinetto, Lake Orta

Located on the water’s edge of Lake Orta, the relaxing 3 star superior Hotel Giardinetto enjoys such a close lakeside location that you can feed the lake fish from the restaurant terrace! Set in a quiet location, guests are encouraged to slow to the pace of life on the lake. The hotel offers a mix of modern and traditional styles, with a wonderful restaurant that offers views straight on to the lake. All 59 bedrooms are attractively furnished and contain a TV and hairdryer and there is an outdoor swimming pool in the lakeside grounds.



Day 1

An early departure we travel south to Dover for our ferry crossing to Calais.
We then continue to the Ibis Strasbourg Centre Historique, Strasbourg for our overnight stay. (Evening meal included).


Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel we continue our journey to the Hotel Giardinetto, Lake Orta.

B, D

Day 3

Today we travel to Lake Maggiore and the main resort of Stresa, with its lovely lakeside setting facing the beautiful Borromean Islands. We take a boat trip out to Isola Bella and visit its beautiful Palazzo stately home and elegant Italianate gardens where its famous white peacocks roam, before continuing by boat to Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), the only island which is currently inhabited.

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Day 4

After breakfast, we set off for glamorous Lake Como on a journey that takes us from the foot of the lake along the shore, passing the site of the beautiful Villa del Balbianello and up to the hamlet of Cadenabbia where we visit the beautiful gardens of Villa Carlotta. We then take the short ferry journey across the lake to beautiful Bellagio to browse the pretty waterfront and cobbled streets rising up the hill. We can sample an amazing local gelato and watch the world go by in one of the many lovely cafés.

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Day 5

Today we have time to relax on Lake Orta, one of northern Italy’s best kept secrets. Its capital, Orta San Giulio – which can be reached by boat from outside our hotel (cost not included) has a delightful medieval centre full of cobbled streets, galleries and local crafts.

B, D

Day 6

This morning we travel across the border and into Switzerland to Lugano, a cosmopolitan city with quaint medieval streets, high end shops, a delightful promenade and grand gardens to explore, all set in a lakeside resort setting. We can enjoy a coffee or glass of local wine, while the more adventurous among us can hire a boat or pedalo to explore the lake itself.

B, D

Day 7

Today we return to Lake Maggiore, travelling up the west coast to its Swiss shores. We enjoy a stop at the pretty lakeside resort of Ascona, Switzerland’s lowest lying town. Ascona is famous for its mild climate, Old Town and lake promenade dotted with street cafés and boasting a Latin ambience. We then continue to nearby Locarno where we embark on a panoramic train journey on the Centovalli Railway to Domodossola. This two-hour ride takes us through the picturesque ‘one hundred valleys’, passing deep gorges and crevices with glittering cascading waterfalls as we travel across colourful alpine meadows, over numerous bridges, and through vineyards and forests of chestnut trees.

B, D

Day 8

Today we depart the hotel and travel back to the Ibis Strasbourg Centre Historique, Strasbourg for our return overnight stay. (Evening meal included).

B, D

Day 9

We depart after breakfast and continue our journey home.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Price Includes:


  • Return Ferry Crossings

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation at the Ibis Strasbourg Centre Historique Hotel

  • 6 nights half-board accommodation at the Hotel Giardinetto

  • Porterage & Welcome Drink (main stay hotel)

  • Rooms with private facilities

  • TV

  • Lift

  • Outdoor swimming pool

  • Boat trip to Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori

  • Ferry journey to Bellagio

  • 2-hour train journey to Domodossola


Single Room Supplement £146.00



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Alfreton Bus Station Alfreton Bus Station, Hall Street
Barlborough, Rose & Crown Barlborough, Rose & Crown Pub
Barnsley, Eldon Street Barnsley, Eldon Street opposite the Odeon Cinema
Bolsover Market Place Bolsover Market Place
Carlton in Lindrick Carlton in Lindrick, A60/Maiin Rd End of Long Lane
The Bus Layby
Carlton in Lindrick. Carlton in Lindrick, Limetree Nursery
The Bottom Of Rotherham Baulk
Chesterfield, Beetwell St Chesterfield, Beetwell Street
Outside the old Registry Office
Clay Cross, Church Layby Clay Cross, The Church Layby The High Street
Clowne Tesco Clowne Tesco, Bus Layby
Clowne,End of Gapsick Ln Clowne, The end of Gapsick Lane
Creswell Creswell, Junction of Sheffield Road/Elmton Road
Creswell Bingo Hall Creswell, Bingo Hall, Elmton Road
Creswell, Skinner Street Creswell, Skinner Street, Cemetery
Derby, Full Street Derby Full Street, Premier Inn
Doncaster, Ward Bros Doncaster, Ward Bros Waterdale
Eckington, Bus Station Eckington, The Bus Station
Edwinstowe,Mansfield Road Edwinstowe, Mansfield Road/ Fifth Avenue
Old Manvers Arms
Grays Travel Home Pickup
Hodthorpe, Top Bus Stop Hodthorpe, Queens Road, The Top Bus Stop
Hucknall, Ogle Street Hucknall, Ogle Street Opposite the Car Park
Killamarsh, Nags Head Pub Killamarsh, The Nags Head Pub
Top of Bridge Street
Langwith Junction Langwith Junction, The Bus Stop End of Station Rd
Langwith Junction. Langwith Junction, The King of Diamonds
Langwith, The Gate Hotel Langwith, The Gate Hotel
Leicester Forest Leicester Forest East Services, South Bound
Leicester Fosse Park Leicester Fosse Park, Outside Marks & Spencer
Leicester, St Margarets Leicester, St Margarets Bus Station, Bay Z
Loughborough Loughborough, Junction 23 - M1
The Bus Stop outside the Harvester Pub
Mansfield Outside Iceland Mansfield, Walkden Street Outside Iceland
Mansfield Woodhouse Mansfield Woodhouse, A60 The Coopers Pub
Mansfield Woodhouse. Mansfield Woodhouse, The Bus Stop A60
End of Peafield Lane
Nottingham, Mount Street Nottingham
The top of Mount Street on Maid Marion
Ollerton, Main Road Ollerton, Main Road
The Junction of Forest Road/Sherwood Drive
Ollerton, The Plough Pub Ollerton, The Plough Pub
Retford Market Place Retford Market Place, Outside Greenwoods
Rhodesia, Tylden Way Rhodesia, End of Tylden Way
Rotherham, Mecca Bingo Rotherham, The Mecca Bingo, Corporation Street
Sheffield The Penny Black Penny Black Pub Pond Hill Sheffield 1
Shirebrook, Ashbourne St Shirebrook, Ashbourne Street, Opposite
Ashbourne Court
Shireoaks Fish&Chip Shop Shireoaks, Shireoaks Row, Fish & Chip Shop
Sutton Lammas Centre Sutton Lammas Centre
The Sidings The Sidings, Mansfield Woodhouse
Off Debdale Lane
Warsop Church Warsop, The Church bottom of Cuckney Hill (A60)
Warsop Motor Company Warsop Motor Company
Warsop, The Strand Warsop, The Strand Bingo Hall
Whitwell Bakestone Moor Whitwell, Bakestone Moor, End of Franklin Avenue
Whitwell Mini Market Whitwell, Mini Market, Welbeck Street
Whitwell Square Whitwell Square
Whitwell The Spar Shop Whitwell The Spar Shop, Bakestone Moor
Worksop B&Q Worksop, B&Q, Sandy Lane
Worksop Bingo Hall Newcastle Avenue, The Bingo Hall
Worksop Community Church Worksop, Thievesdale Lane, The Community Church
Worksop Eyres Corner Worksop, Eyres Corner
Worksop Gateford Road Worksop, The bus stop before the Post office
Worksop Larwood Health Worksop, Larwood Health Centre
Worksop Pelham Street Worksop, Pelham Street Shops, Manton
Worksop St Annes Church Worksop, St Annes Church, Newcastle Avenue
Worksop Three Legged Worksop, The Three Legged Stool, Raymoth Lane
Worksop, Cannon Hotel Worksop, The Cannon Hotel
S81 7AD
Worksop, High Hoe Road Worksop, High Hoe Road, Nr Canal Bridge
Worksop, Innings Pub Worksop, The Innings Pub, Prospect Estate
Worksop, Johnsons Depot Worksop, Johnsons Depot, Dukeries Industrial Est
Worksop, Kilton Hill The shops (One Stop) Kilton Hill
Worksop, Opposite Tesco Worksop, Opposite Tesco
Worksop, Plantation Hill Worksop, The Shops, Plantation Hill, Kilton,
Worksop, Priory Church Worksop, Priory Church Car Park
Worksop, Stubbing Lane Worksop, End of Stubbing Lane, Newcastle Avenue
Worksop,Mansfield Rd, A60 Worksop, Mansfield Road, A60
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