A taste of Lake Maggiore tour
4 Days/3 Nights
Arrival on Lake Maggiore and check in at your hotel accommodation in Baveno or surroundings. If you have the afternoon free, we would suggest to reach Verbania and to visit the Villa Taranto’s gardens. The notoriety of its gardens is well know all around the world, and every visitor will be amazed by their beauty. Their today?s appearance is not natural, but the result, molded during the years, of an arduous elaboration undertaken by Captain McEacharn in 1931. Back to your Hotel accommodation in Baveno to enjoy a welcome dinner and the overnight stay.
Day 2: BORROMEE ISLANDS, STRESA
After breakfast at your Hotel, you will meet your local guide. Transfer to the lake pier where'll you take a ferry trip to the Borromee islands to visit "Isola Bella" and "Isola dei Pescatori". Isola Bella (the beautiful island) is without doubt the most famous of the Lake Maggiore’s islands, it is a work of art and a tribute to human genius and seems mounted like a jewel on the mirror of the lake. You are immediately hit by the splendid beauty of Palazzo Borromeo and then immediately afterwards by its marvellous Italian style garden built over ten terraces that slope down to the edge of the lake. Isola dei Pescatori (the island of the fisherman) is the smallest but certainly not the least fascinating of the Borromee Islands, you are immediately met by its ancient alleys, its typical restaurants and the unexpected glimpses of scenery which appear and disappear all of a sudden both delighting and taking by surprise its visitors who animate its narrow cobbled stone streets and steep flights of stairs. Back to Stresa for lunch time on your own. We suggest to spend the afternoon in this lovely town, having a stop in one of the many "patisseries" to taste the traditional "Margheritine" (little daisies), delicious cakes created for Queen Margherita di Savoia during her visit to Stresa. Return on your own to your Hotel accommodation in Baveno. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Day 3: DOMODOSSOLA, CENTOVALLI LOCAL TRAIN, LOCARNO (Switzerland)
Breakfast at hotel. In this day we want to suggest you a very interesting and independent excursion in the Lake Maggiore area. Take the train from Stresa to Domodossola railway station and departure on a characteristic train locally known as the "Centovalli" (100 valleys), for an extremely pleasant experience that lasts an hour and a half and journeys through the Vigezzo valley and many other picturesque valleys. You go past amazing precipices, where you can almost touch the spectacular waterfalls; through multicolor fields and daring bridges, vineyards and chestnut tree forests. The train journey ends at Locarno in Switzerland (passport required), and after a short walk in the centre of this nice Swiss town, you'll catch the ferry boat on Lake Maggiore back to Stresa. The ferry trip from Locarno to Stresa is full of splendid views that will complete an ideal day's trip. Return to your hotel accommodation in Baveno. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Day 4: LAKE MAGGIORE
After breakfast, check out at hotel and end of our services.