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Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

Stunning lake and mountain scenery in alpine Italy

8 Day Holiday


Sunday 23 August  £749


Single supplement £140

Guaranteed Lake View Room £50





7 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

3 Excursions

Channel crossings by Ferry


Day 1 Sunday

Sunday. To Calais by ferry, continuing to Dijon for dinner, bed & breakfast at
our chosen hotel


Day 2 Monday

Monday. Into Switzerland via the Jura Mountains, arriving at the border near
Geneva. Pass Lausanne and Montreux and follow the Rhone upstream to Brig. Over
the brilliantly engineered Simplon Pass to Italy. Arrive Lake Orta for 5 nights dinner,
bed & breakfast at Hotel Giardinetto.

B, D

Days 3 - 6 Tue - Fri

A day at leisure and three excursions. Boats on the
lake will enable you to get to Orta San Guilio and the island for the medieval streets
and the sacred hillside with chapels dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi. The
excursions were amended (and improved) in 2019.
A grand day out, with amazing views, will be to Macugnaga, an alpine resort at the
head of the Anzasca Valley. At well over 4,000 ft, it is below the east wall of the
mighty Monte Rosa, the second highest mountain in the Alps.
On another day there will be a short drive to Baveno and nearby Stresa, the main
resort town on Lake Maggiore. From here an optional trip is by boat to the Borromean
Islands, which glisten like precious gems in the blue waters. Isola Bella has a Baroque
palace and terraced gardens: Isola Madre has exotic plants, flowers and birds. We
stay in Stresa long enough for shopping and lunch and perhaps a cable car ride up to
Mottarone with its breathtaking views of seven lakes.
On Thursday we start at Omegna market, one of the largest and liveliest in the area,
the stalls stretching for several hundred yards along the lakeside. Then to Orta town
which, because of its narrow streets, is accessed by a tourist ‘train’.

B, D

Day 7 Saturday

Back to France with a different route across the Jura. Overnight in Dijon

B, D

Day 8 Sunday

Drive to Calais for an early evening ferry to Dover and home


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Smaller than Maggiore or Como, Lake Orta is intensely beautiful and in a delightful setting in the foothills of the Alps. There are all the usual leisure activities in the lakeside towns and villages; quaint corners, handsome palaces and decorated houses in San Guilio. Many reason to travel on this high class holiday.


HOTEL GIARDINETTO, PETTENASCO In a peaceful spot on the lakeside and a couple of miles from Orta San Guilio, here is an upmarket hotel with everything for a great holiday. Heated swimming pool, private beach, restaurant with veranda on the lake. Fully equipped bedrooms served by a lift. It became a 4 star hotel in 2019.

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
Ashingdon Golden Cross Golden Cross, By Fox (Welcome Homes)
Barking, North St North Street, Barking,outside St Margaret's Church
Barkingside Barkingside, Fulwell Cross, by Swimming Baths
Basildon Trafford House Trafford House (Adjacent to Basildon Rail Station)
Billericay Sun Corner Sun Corner, Laindon Road, Billericay
Brentwood Brentwood High St, by Argos
Canvey Island - Canute King Canute PH, Canvey Island
Canvey Island - Haystack Long Road, Canvey Island, Haystack
Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop
Chandos Garage Hockley Chandos Garage Hockley
Chelmsford Victoria Road (coach bays)
Cricketers Westcliff Cricketers Bus Stop, Southend on Sea
Dagenham Wood Lane Wood Lane, Dagenham, Opp Morrisons
Eastwood - Kent Elms Kent Elms Corner, Eastwood, Rayleigh Road
Eastwood - Rochford Cnr Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, Rochford Corner
Eastwood Jones Corner Eastwood, Rayleigh Road, Jones Corner
Bus Stop by Brookside Tavern
Folkestone services XX Eurotunnel- Stop 24 Junction 11 on M20
Grays Oak PH Oak PH, Socketts Heath, Grays
Hadleigh - Vic House Cnr Vic House Corner, Kiln Road, Hadleigh
Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
Harold Wood Harold Wood, Bus Stops, Harold Wood Station
Hockley Spa Spa Road Bus Stop, Hockley
Hopes Green, S Benfleet High Road, S Benfleet, by Benfleet Tvl opp Shell G
Hornchurch North Street, Hornchurch, Fire Station
Ilford Clements Road, Ilford, by Travelodge IG1 !BA
Kents Hill Lights Kents Hill Lights Bus Stop, London Road, Benfleet
Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) - Thundersley
Leigh on Sea - Elms Elms PH, London Road, Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea - Thames Dr Thames Drive, Leigh on Sea
M25 Thurrock Services M25 Thurrock Services Coach Park
North Shoebury Road Bus Stop , outside Asda (St Marys)
North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness
Pitsea Old Granada Bingo, Pitsea SS13 3AH
Rayleigh Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh, opp Rayleigh Lanes
Rochford Station Bus Stop Rochford Station Bus Stop, Bradley Way
Romford St Edwards Way, Romford, Bus Stop 'H'
Shenfield Shenfield Station
Shoeburyness - Kathryn Ct The Cambridge.(Kathryn Ct.), Shoeburyness
South Benfleet Clare Rd Tarpots Coach Stop (opp Clare Road), Sth Benfleet
South Benfleet St Marys St Mary's Church, Layby, South Benfleet
Southchurch Tyrrel Drive Southchurch Road - Tyrrel Drive (Swintons)
Southchurch White Horse White Horse Bus Stop, Southchurch
Southend Airport Bus Stop, Southend Airport, Eastwoodbury Crescent
Southend Queensway Bus Layby, Rear of Sainsburys, Southend
Stanford le Hope Rookery Rookery Corner, Stanford le Hope (St Cleres Hall G
Thorpe Bay Station Station, Acacia Drive, Thorpe Bay
Upminster St Mary's Lane/Bell Corner, Upminster
Vange Barge Vange Barge Bus Stop, High Road, Pitsea
Wakering Crouchmans Wakering High St/ Crouchmans Avenue
West Leigh Schools West Leigh Schools, London Rd, Leigh on Sea
Westcliff on Sea Bell PH Bell PH, Rochford Road Bus Stop
Westcliff on Sea Palace Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea
Wickford Halls Corner Halls Corner, opp Police Station, Wickford
x Benfleet Hopes see hope xxxxxHopes Green, High Road,xxxxxxxsee new p/up

There are currently no departures available on this tour.


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