COACH HOLIDAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 Travel to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel crossing then head to the Victor’s Residenz Hotel, Saarlouis, for our overnight stay.
DAY 2 After breakfast check out of the overnight hotel and travel through France via Basel, in Switzerland, and over the Gottard Pass then cross the border into Italy. Arrive at the main stay hotel in time to freshen up before our evening meal.
DAY 3 After breakfast enjoy a half day excursion to Lake Orta. This is the smallest of the Italian Lakes which has stayed off the tourist radar for decades, helping it to remain one of the most untouched of the great lakes. Orta San Giulio is the lake’s biggest talking point – a pretty lakeside town full of cafes and pastel buildings. The picturesque streets aren’t the only reason to visit Orta San Giulio though; it’s also the closest point to the lake’s largest island, Isola San Giulio. Opportunity to visit Isola San Giulio by boat (price not included, approx. €6 pp). Return to the hotel for free time to relax around the outdoor swimming pool or take a walk into town before our evening meal.
DAY 4 After breakfast visit Lake Como. With dramatic mountains and ink-blue waters, Lake Como may be the most spectacular of the Italian Lakes. There are plenty of boutiques and medieval sights here, as well as many restaurants and cafes for lunch to be purchased.
DAY 5 Today we have a day at leisure in Stresa. The hotel is ideally situated in a central position within walking distance to places of interest. Opportunity to take a boat trip from the waterfront to the fabulous Borromean Islands, home to palazzos, villas, a fishing port and the Museum of Dolls and Toys (price not included, approx €14pp) before returning to the hotel for our evening meal.
DAY 6 After breakfast travel across the border into Switzerland to Lugano, a cosmopolitan city with quaint medieval streets, high end shops, a delightful promenade and grand gardens to explore; all set in a riverside setting. Enjoy a coffee or glass of local wine, or for the adventurous, hire a boat or pedalo to explore the lake itself. Return to the hotel with time to relax before our evening meal.
DAY 7 After breakfast we have a coach excursion around Lake Maggiore and stop at the pretty lakeside resort of Ascona, before continuing to nearby Locarno. Here we can embark on a panoramic 2-hour train journey on the Centovalli Railway through the picturesque ‘one hindered valleys’, featuring waterfall cascades and chestnut tree orchards, to Domodossola and then followed by a 2.5- hour boat trip across the lake to Stresa (price not included, approx. €35 pp). Re-board the coach and return to the hotel for our evening meal.
DAY 8 After breakfast check out of main stay hotel and return to our overnight hotel in Germany. We will stop for lunch to be purchased along the way, arriving in Saarlouis with time to freshen up before our evening meal.
DAY 9 After breakfast head to Calais for the Eurotunnel crossing, making suitable comfort stops. Arrive back to home area early evening.
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HOTEL MILAN SPERANZA AU LAC ****
This superb 4-star hotel is 2 minutes’ walk from the beach. Only 150 yards from the shores of Lake Maggiore and next to the pier for boat trips to the Borromeo Islands. It has a popular restaurant and rooms featuring views of Lake Maggiore or Stresa and the surrounding mountains. Stresa’s pedestrian area is just a few steps from the property. You can enjoy relaxing moments in the free outdoor pool of the Regina Palace Hotel, 150 yards away. The Milan Au Lac restaurant is perfect for a dinner with a superb lake view.
AT A GLANCE
√ Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys
√ Return Eurotunnel crossing
√ Outward and return overnight accommodation
√ 6 nights at the Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac
√ Dinner, bed & breakfast throughout
√ Porterage at Hotel Milan Speranza only
√ Tea/coffee after dinner at Hotel Milan Speranza only
√ Free use of the hotel’s leisure facilities
√ Half day coach excursion to Lake Orta
√ Coach excursion visiting Lake Como
√ A day at leisure in Stresa
√ Coach excursion to Lugano
√ Coach excursion around Lake Maggiore, stopping at Ascona before continuing to Locarno
√ Fully escorted throughout
If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE
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