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Discover three of Europe's most beautiful lakes on this fantastic holiday. The tour starts with an overnight in Zurich then an amazing rail journey via the alps to Lake Maggiore the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. You will stay in the resort town of Stresa whose landmark buildings include Villa Pallavicino, with its gardens and zoo, and the Grand Hôtel des Îles Borromées, where author Hemingway once stayed. Next is Lake Lugano a glacial lake which straddles the Swiss-Italian border. Staying in Lugano, a Swiss town on the lake's northern shores which feels very Mediterranean. Next is Lake Como an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, here you will stay in the village of Cadenabbia on the westside of the lake a perfect base to explore the surrounding area.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a night in Zurich en route to Italy
  • Visit three amazing lakes all in one holiday
  • Borromean Islands Hop on Hop Off boat tour
  • Lugano Food Tour
  • All Inclusive Luxury at Cadenabbia

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 1-night hotel stay with breakfast in Zurich
  • 3 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Stresa
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Lugano
  • 3 nights' hotel stay half board in Cadenabbia
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • All rail as listed
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

DAY 1 - ZURICH
On arrival in Zurich make your own way to the hotel for your overnight stay. Zurich is a boutique city that offers everything that implies, albeit in small and exquisite format. So, explore the restaurants and bars alongside the shimmering lake framed by alpine mountains, or take a stroll around the Old Town, alternatively a dip in a ‘badi’ – open-air swimming pools beloved by locals. (Overnight in Zurich)

DAY 2 – ZURICH – STRESA
This morning is free time before boarding your lunch time train to Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Once you have checked into your hotel enjoy the sunset over the lake (Overnight in Stresa) B

DAY 3 – STRESA
Today discover the tiny Borromean Islands with your hop-on hop-off ferry ticket. Use the 1-day pass to venture out from Stresa and spend your day sightseeing as you wish. Step onto the shores of Isola Bella, home to the Borromeo family ‘palazzo’; wander amid the houses of pocked-sized Isola dei Pescatori; and admire the greenery of Isola Madre where botanical gardens beckon (Overnight in Stresa) B

DAY 4 – STRESA
A day of leisure why not take the Mottarone Cable Car which departs every 20 minutes from the Lido in Stresa and is one of the best ways to view Lake Maggiore. The first stage of the cable car takes you to Alpino where, a 5-minute stroll from the cable car station, you will find the Alpine Gardens. The second stage of the cable car takes you to Mottarone where, a 10-minute walk will take you to the summit. From there you have a 360° view which includes 7 lakes and the beautiful Mount Rosa. (Overnight in Stresa) B

DAY 5 – STRESA – LUGANO
After breakfast head to Lugano travelling via Milan and arriving early lunch time. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Lake Lugano the centrepiece of Switzerland's Ticino region, the southern canton where Italian is the official language. Tour the lake on one of the white steamers. The mountains not only give Lake Lugano a stunning backdrop from nearly every angle, but they provide some of Europe's finest viewpoints to admire it from. Some favourite spots around the lake are best accessed by boat, a fine way to reach the traditional grottos, or little informal restaurants along its shore. (Overnight in Lugano) B

DAY 6 – LUGANO
Scout out the places where the locals eat in Lugano with your self-guided food tour of the city. Put together by food lovers living in Lugano, the itinerary takes in six recommended eateries, from cafes selling coffee and cakes, to restaurants and wine bars. You’ll enjoy enough snack-style samples to provide a full meal at each place, allowing you to discover places to eat off the main tourist trail. (Overnight in Lugano) B L

DAY 7 – LUGANO to CADENABBIA COMO
Departing Lugano, you board your direct train to Como where a private transfer awaits you for the 30 min drive to your hotel. Cadenabbia is a small community in Lombardy, on the west shore of Lake Como. The rest of the day is free to explore and enjoy your classic package perhaps have a drink at one of three hotel bars or take a dip in the infinity lake side pool. (Overnight in Cadenabbia) B L D

DAY 8 –CADENABBIA COMO
A day of leisure Como is one of the deepest and most impossibly photogenic lakes in Europe, and is famed for its luxury homes, shimmering waters and pure tranquillity away from the bustle of city life. Take a boat ride to the town of Como which is over 400 years old and bursting with ancient churches, historic monuments, verdant gardens and, of course, tasty antipasti. Don’t miss the beautiful Cathedral, considered by many to be the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy. On sunny days, wander through the lakeside gardens of the elegant Villa Olmo or take a funicular railway line up to Brunate for fabulous views from the Alps Balcony. (Overnight in Cadenabbia)

DAY 9 –CADENABBIA COMO
A melting pot of all-things-fun, Cadenabbia, is unique. Historic landmarks, a favourable climate AND beautiful parks await you to explore, and while here, don’t miss out on visiting, the Garden of Villa Melzi Or I Giardini Di Villa Melzi (Overnight in Cadenabbia) B L D

DAY 10 –CADENABBIA COMO – ZURICH
Enjoy a breakfast before getting your transfer to Como for your final rail journey direct to Zurich where your tour concludes. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Lugano Dante Center Swiss Quality Hotel

No stress: everything you need is within easy reach, since we are located in the very heart of downtown Lugano. Reaching Hotel Lugano Dante is easy and convenient by any means of transport.

Hotel International Au Lac Hotel Lugano

Nestled in a prime location between the lakeside promenade and the lively restaurants, cafés and boutiques of Via Nassa, the International au Lac is a family-run property in a sensational location. The hotel was given the honorary distinction of “Historical hotel worthy of special mention” by UNESCO. The hotel’s rooms are individually decorated, all with a classic elegant style. Relax after sightseeing with a stroll through the garden or a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel even boasts an exhibition about its 100 year history!

Swiss Night Am Kunsthaus Zurich

The Swiss Night am Kunsthaus is located within a quiet residential district and is close to the Kunthaus Museum and the Opera of Zurich. Lake Zurich is just a short walk away and all 46 bedroms are light, airy and spacious. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre.

Du Theatre Zurich

The Hotel du Théâtre in Zurich is a historic hotel which was a theatre during the 1950s. The hotel has 50 individually designed, contemporary bedrooms as well as a cinema and audio book library in honour of the hotel's theatrical past. The contemporary lounge restaurant, la suite serves local specialities along with great city views. The hotel is in the centre of old Zurich, a short walk from the train station.

Helmhaus Zurich

The Helmhaus Hotel in Zurich is a modern boutique hotel and is centrally located in Zurich's old town. The hotel has 24 stylish bedrooms, each has been renovated and some offer views over the lake of Zurich. Located in the historic city centre and close to all of Zurich's major sights, the Helmhaus Hotel is the perfect hotel for exploring this charming city!

Schweizerhof Hotel Zurich

The Schweizerhof Hotel in Zurich is a traditional family-run hotel, with 115 comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Guests are provided with a butler service on arrival (Monday to Friday), a welcome cocktail at the bar and fresh fruit in their bedroom. The hotel has a French restaurant, a bustling café, and guests enjoy a champagne American style buffet breakfast. The hotel is opposite the main railway station, on the famous "Bahnhofstrasse".

Hotel Britannia Excelsior Lake Como

Hotel Britannia Excelsior is located on the shore of Lake Como, within a former 19th century inn. The beautiful guestrooms are decorated with luxurious fabrics and fine antique furniture. Only 51meters from the pier of Cadenabbia, the Britannia Excelsior offers a beautiful view of Bellagio and free parking. The center of Griante is located a short 10minutes walk away.

Hilton Lake Como

Welcome to Hilton Lake Como, an elegant hotel near the western lakefront. The first Hilton hotel in the Lake Como region, we offer personalized service, a unique vantage of the lake from our sky bar and rooftop pool, and conveniences like a wellness spa, restaurant, fitness center and stylish event space. Walk to Villa Olmo in 3 minutes, and reach city center and popular shops in 15 minutes. Public transport is frequent, and located just outside our door.

Metropole and Suisse Hotel Como

The Metropole & Suisse Como is a traditional property owned by the Cassani family. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and decorated with wood furnishings and classical artwork. Guests can enjoy a drink in the wine bar or dinner at the Imbarcadero Restaurant which features a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. The hotel benefits from a fantastic location on the shores of Lake Como, close to the town's main attractions.

La Palma Stresa

La Palma Hotel is a modern hotel with traditional decoration. The hotel has 120 comfortable bedrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, garden, pool and private beach. The hotel is on the shore of Lake Maggiore, close to Stresa train station.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

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