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Secret Lakes and Gardens of Italy exclusive to Gardeners World

A stylish and relaxed train journey transports you to a lakeside paradise in Northern Italy, on this Gardeners’ World exclusive holiday. Enjoy the beautiful setting of our base on Lake Orta, adorned with exotic flowers and plants, and framed by the foothills of the Alps. Take advantage of this beautiful getaway and enjoy visiting the nearby lake district and gardens, including a trip to the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto. We also include a visit to the Ossalo Valley, where we’ll enjoy a traditional lunch on the tea plantation and an exclusive visit to the Japanese Garden.

8 days from £1,495pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Return TGV from Paris to Stresa
  • 7 nights half board accommodation on the shores of Lake Orta
  • Free time in the stunning resort of Lake Orta
  • Services of our experienced tour Manager

Itinerary

Overview

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris and join the TGV to Stresa, where we are transferred by coach to our hotel on the shores of Lake Orta.

Includes Dinner

Overview

Today is free to explore Lake Orta, a star in this constellation of subalpine lakes. Situated entirely in Piedmont, it’s only 8 miles long and less than 2 miles wide. It is truly a location for sublime moments; in fact, it’s a rather secret place.

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Included Highlights

Lake Orta

Overview

Today we offer an included coach excursion visiting Lake Maggiore. Our visit will incorporate three scenic stops. The first of these will be at Stresa on the lake’s western shore, a town full of villas and gardens, with an attractive lakeside promenade. Moving on, we visit the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto where there’s free time to explore before we continue to the Swiss canton of Ticino to stop at Locarno on the northern tip of the lake. Locarno is laced with Latin charm, and all the cobbled alleys of the old town lead to the colonnaded Piazza Grande which is renowned for its annual film festival.

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Locarno

Overview

Today’s coach excursion destinations are Lake Como in Lombardy and Lake Lugano across the border in Switzerland. Lake Como is striking for both its mountain landscape and shores dotted with picturesque villages, luxurious villas and parks. Our first visit is the town of Como at the foot of the Como branch. There are many artistic sites to see including the 11th-century Church of Sant’Abbondio and the Basilica of San Fedele. The heart of the old town is the Piazza del Duomo with its Renaissance cathedral, one of the most beautiful churches in Lombardy. Our next visit is the popular town of Tremezzo where you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views on the lake. One of the most visited destinations in the town is the Villa Carlotta, the only historic villa on the lake which offers public access. The other villas are private, but you can still admire their beautiful structures and architecture. Our next stop is across the border in Switzerland at the popular resort of Lugano, on the northern shoreline of the lake with the same name. Set within a bay surrounded by mountains, its town centre is full of Mediterranean-style squares and arcades with numerous parks and public gardens adorned with subtropical plants.

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Lugano

Overview

Today, we are joined by a specialist local guide and travel by coach to the beautiful Ossola Valley. Here, the climate is perfect for growing camellias and tea plants and we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting at the tea plantation of Compagnia del Lago Maggiore.   Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a traditional light lunch where you’ll sample some local produce including Vigezzo valley water with blueberries, local cold cuts and cheeses and a traditional jam tart.    From here, we continue to Giardino Zen di castiglioni Alberto for an included visit to the Japanese Garden.  A local artisan created this unique and rare garden 30 years ago and we’ll enjoy tour where you’ll see well cut pines, maple trees, azaleas and a natural spring pond full of colourful Japanese Koi carps. Enjoy the tranquil and relaxed atmosphere before we head back to the hotel for our evening meal.

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Oriental corners in the Ossola Valley

Overview

Milan is internationally famous for fashion and design. It is also home to several historic and artistic attractions and is a fascinating city to explore.

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Milan

Overview

Enjoy a further free day in resort and relax amid the spectacular scenery or explore the surrounding area.

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Lake Orta

Overview

We depart in the morning, travelling back to Paris where our Eurostar connection returns us to London. *Due to the late arrival on day 1, lunch and dinner will be provided on day 2.*

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Accommodation

You will stay for seven nights at the Hotel Giardinetto.

Hotel Giardinetto

The 4-star Hotel Giardinetto in Pettenasco lies on the shores of Lake Orta. Here you can enjoy all the comforts of a modern hotel: a private beach, outdoor pool and a landing stage. There is also a restaurant with a lakeside veranda as well as a large banquet hall.

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • 4 Star
  • Guest Lounge
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Shower or Bath
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
Accessibility
  • Lift
  • Disabled Rooms Available
Hotel
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?

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