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Piedmont, Lake Maggiore & Centovalli Railway

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGPLC

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
An Italian adventure contrasting the authentic charms of Piedmont with the breathtaking north Italian lakes, topped off with a rail journey.
PRICE FROM ? £1699 per person
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  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to our overnight hotel in northern France.

  • Day 2

    Through France and to our hotel in Terruggia in the Piedmont region of Italy, where we stay for four nights.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Canelli, Asti & Grappa Tasting

    Our included excursion takes us on a tour of the pleasant and gently rolling hills of the Monferrato area.

    Amid the landscapes, little-known and precious treasures are just waiting to be discovered. The Monferrato area occupies a fertile triangle of terrain between Asti, Alessandria and its historical capital, Casale Monferrato. Vineyards fan out in all directions interspersed with castles.

    The first stop is the town of Canelli. It is considered the local capital of Asti with its Castello Gancia, overlooking the historic district. We then head to the wine-growing town of Asti. A stroll through the historic district is enough to feel the magic of this place. This medieval town is known as the ‘San Gimignano of Piedmont’ due to its many soaring towers and is the centre of the wine growing region of Monferrato.

    At the end of the day you can test the various distillates during a grappa tasting.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Turin & Superga

    Our included excursion takes us first to Turin. Join our guided city tour and see Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama and San Lorenzo from the outside – a fantastic first impression of this city.

    You will have time to stroll through the Baroque historic district, wander elegant tree-lined boulevards, relax in the art-nouveau cafés and soak up the atmosphere of this unique city. Be sure to sample the Turinese chocolate coffee drink called Bicerin!

    After spending free time here, we travel on the funicular rack railway to Superga. As we head to the summit, you can enjoy the superb views across Turin, the Po River and the Alps. Visit the stunning Basilica of Superga, which is positioned in such a way to provide incredible vistas of the city.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Alba & Barolo

    Included scenic drive through the Langhe to discover one of world’s most famous wine growing regions, boasting beautiful panoramic views of the hilly landscape with its castles and fortress. The pretty town of Alba, famous for the white truffle and its lovely buildings, is a highlight. The town is also legendary in the confectionary world as home of the Ferrero Rocher factory. We will then continue to Barolo, birthplace of the world-famous wine of the same name. We include a tasting of the fine wine.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Lake Como

    We leave Piedmont and head to Lake Como. We make a stop in Como, with free time to explore this lakeside city and enjoy a spot of lunch. The elegant Place Cavour is worth a visit whilst here.

    Afterwards, enjoy a boat ride in the Gulf of Como before heading to Lake Maggiore and our hotel for five nights.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Borromean Islands

    Today we enjoy an included boat cruise on Lake Maggiore to the enchanting Borromean Islands. Admire the charming gardens, stunning buildings, elegant villas and subtropical vegetation. We visit Isola Bella, which boasts a magnificent Baroque palace (entrance at additional cost), and a gorgeous garden with plants and flowers of various origins.

    We also visit Isola dei Pescatori, with its picturesque fishing village. Afterwards you will have time to stroll through the famous health resort of Stresa with its elegant promenades.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8 - Verbania & Villa Taranto

    We spend time in the popular lakeside resort of Verbania and then head to the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. Scottish Captain Neil McEacharn created the gardens in 1931, and the blending of a predominately English style with Italian accents has resulted in a masterpiece. Sixteen hectares are crossed by four miles of paths leading through landscaped perfection to waterfalls, statues, fountains and pools.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 - Centovalli Train & Locarno

    We travel by coach through the romantic ‘Val Grande’ national park to the mountain village of Domodossola. Here, you will climb aboard the Centovalli train for a ride through the fascinating ‘valley of one hundred valleys’.

    During the ride you will pass by tranquil, stony mountain villages, waterfalls and chestnut forests, and over bridges which span deep ravines, on the way to Locarno. You will have some free time in this splendid Swiss town before heading back to Lake Maggiore by coach.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 10 - Lake Orta

    Today we head to Lake Orta, a hidden gem among the great Italian lakes. The picturesque hilly landscape, in which small villages are embedded, radiates peace and quiet and the whole region enchants with its Mediterranean flair. In the village of Orta, located on the shores of the lake, you can meander around the old market square and through the narrow, medieval alleyways whilst exploring romantic, secluded gardens.

    Later we include a short cruise to the island of San Giulio, where you can visit the oldest church of this region. In the interior you will find precious frescoes dating back to the Renaissance.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 11

    We head to our overnight hotel in northern France.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 12

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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You will stay for four nights in Piedmont at the 4-star Hotel Ariotto in Terruggia. On Lake Maggiore, we will stay for five nights at the 4-star Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac in Stresa.

Hotel Ariotto is located in Terruggia a small village set amongst vineyards and olive groves. The highlight of the property is the garden and sun terrace overlooking the countryside. There is also a good size pool with sun loungers. Rooms are finished in a Mediterranean style with large windows, balcony or terrace.

Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac is located just 150m from the shores of stunning Lake Maggiore, next to the pier taking boats to the Borromeo Islands. The property includes a popular restaurant and rooms featuring views of Lake Maggiore or Stresa and the surrounding mountains. Breakfast is served on the indoor veranda and the Embassy café. Note the swimming pool is located 150m from the hotel.

Overnight stays in Northern France will be in city-style hotel.

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