The Hidden Lakes & Gardens of Italy

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3 May 2020 - 12 Oct 2020
Duration: 8 days
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A stylish and relaxed train journey through Europe transports you to a lakeside paradise in Northern Italy, where you can spend seven nights on the shores of Lake Orta. It’s a beautiful setting, adorned with exotic flowers and plants, and framed by the foothills of the Alps. Take advantage of this beautiful getaway and subside by the nearby lakes, enjoying the magic of Italy’s very own Lake District.


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

Plus the following excursions:

  • Breathtaking visits to Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Lugano
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto
  • Take an unforgettable visit to the cosmopolitan City of Milan

Day 1: London – Lake Orta

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

Day 2: Lake Orta

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.

Day 3: Lake Maggiore – Locarno

Today we offer an included coach excursion visiting Lake Maggiore. Our visit will incorporate two 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 enter 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.

Day 4: Lake Como – Lake Lugano

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.

Day 5: Lake Orta

Today is free for you to spend in our resort of Lake Orta. You can either relax or you may choose to visit some of the wonderful sights on the island of San Giulio (not included).

Day 6: Milan

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.

Day 7: Lake Orta

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

Day 8: Lake Orta – London

We depart in the morning, travelling back to Paris where our Eurostar connection returns us to London.

Due to the late arrival on day one, lunch and dinner will be provided on day two.


    Outward Journey

      Departs London 09.24
      Arrives Stresa 21.38

    Return Journey

      Departs Stresa 09.21
      Arrives London 19.39

The Hotel Giardinetto, Pettenasco

The 3 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 and a landing stage. All of the bedrooms have an en suite, a satellite TV, a telephone and a hairdryer. There is also a restaurant with a lakeside veranda as well as a large banquet hall.