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Lake Maggiore and Enchanting Ticino

Lake Maggiore and Enchanting Ticino

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If you are familiar with the majesty of the Swiss Alps and the beauty of the Italian Lakes, imagine a destination where the two are fused into one magical destination and you are picturing the stunning Swiss Canton of Ticino. A mixture of palm lined lakes and sharp mountain peaks makes this one of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland, where the links with Italy are so strong that it is the native language, the cuisine is heavily Italian. This, combined with Swiss efficiency and hospitality give you the perfect holiday base. We travel south west to the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore and the popular scenic town of Ascona, enjoy a day at leisure in historical Bellinzona. We head south to the shores of the beautiful glacial Lake Lugano, and the city of the same name which sits elegantly on the shores of the lake. In the middle of Lake Maggiore opposite Stresa. We enjoy a return journey starts with a local train from Stresa to Domodossola where we change for the famous Centovalli Railway which crosses its ‘hundred valleys’ with viaducts, amazing scenery and small villages en route. We stop overnight in France in both directions and travel overnight from Hull to Zeebrugge and back with P&O Ferries.

 

Please note that the Italians have given each municipality the ability to collect a tourist stay tax of between €1 -€5 per person per night {€5-€25 per person for this holiday) Collection is at the discretion of the municipality and will be payable on arrival.

 

Hotel and Spa International Bellinzona, Ticino***

 

The Hotel & Spa Internazionale is conveniently situated, opposite the main railway station in Bellinzona, only a short walk from the historic city centre. This unique location makes it an ideal base for exploring the medieval town. Built in the early 1900’s, and extended in traditional style in 2014, this welcoming hotel has 71 modern guest rooms, comfortably furnished with air conditioning/heating, hairdryer and TV. There is an attractive breakfast room on the lower ground floor, modern restaurant on the ground floor and attractive spa area with sauna, Turkish bath, salt room, hydro massage and relaxation area.

 

Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud***

A 3-star hotel on the outskirts of Saarbrucken, close to the French border. The bedrooms have TV, tea/coffee facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi

 

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Elite coach Travel

Overnight sailing from Hull to Rotterdam and back in 2 berth inside cabins*with evening meal and breakfast included

Overnight stop at Mercure Saarbrucken Hotel in both directions with dinner & breakfast

5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Hotel and Spa International Bellinzona, Ticino***

Train journey to Stresa to Domodossola

Train Journey Centovalli Railway Domodossola

A day in Bellinzona

 

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Day 1

We depart from Hull for the overnight sailing to Zeebrugge

Day 2

We travel through Belgium into France and stop over night in Forbach

Day 3

Our journey takes us in to Switzerland past Lake Lucerne and through the Gotthard Pass to Bellinoza and then through Locarno to Stresa.

Day 4

After breakfast we travel south west to the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore and the popular scenic town of Ascona for a wander along the picturesque water front and perhaps a coffee by the shore, or an optional boat journey. We then continue to nearby Locarno, a popular tourist destination, whether you want to rest by the lake, sample some of the many restaurants or do some shopping in the attractive boutiques. For the more adventurous you can take the train and cable car up to the Cardada viewing platform which hangs in space over the town with breathtaking 180 degree views through to the Italian part of the lake to the South.

Day 5

Enjoy a day at leisure in historical Bellinzona. Why not start with a browse at the local market where the colourful stalls offer the best fresh seasonal local produce and gifts. A must-see is the majestic Castelgrande, a fairytale castle with amazing views. The castle is accessible fromthe town via a lift.

Day 6

Today we head south to the shores of the beautiful glacial Lake Lugano, and the city of the same name which sits elegantly on the shores of the lake. We can enjoy a short guided walk of the pretty historical city centre with its pastel-coloured buildings. There are interesting shop and cafés to explore and a lakeside promenade with attractive gardens.

Day 7

Today we return to Lake Maggiore and drive south into Italy to visit the charming resort of Stresa. Enjoy free time to explore this quaint town, and perhaps take a boat to the beautiful Borromean Islands which are situated just off-shore, in the middle of Lake Maggiore opposite Stresa. Our return journey starts with a local train from Stresa to Domodossola where we change for the famous Centovalli Railway which crosses its 'hundred valleys' with viaducts, amazing scenery and small villages en route. We finish our journey back in Locarno, in Switzerland where after some free time we board our coach back to our hotel for our final evening meal.

Day 8

Today, we say a fond farewell to beautiful Ticino and head home.Saturday
We say farewell to Italy and travel back to Forbach staying overnight at the Mercure hotel again

Day 9

Onwards to Zeebrugge to catch the overnight ferry back to Hull.

Day 10

Arrive back home

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The hotels

 

Hotel and Spa International Bellinzona, Ticino***

The Hotel & Spa Internazionale is conveniently situated, opposite the main railway station in Bellinzona, only a short walk from the historic city centre. This unique location makes it an ideal base for exploring the medieval town. Built in the early 1900’s, and extended in traditional style in 2014, this welcoming hotel has 71 modern guest rooms, comfortably furnished with air conditioning/heating, hairdryer and TV. There is an attractive breakfast room on the lower ground floor, modern restaurant on the ground floor and attractive spa area with sauna, Turkish bath, salt room, hydro massage and relaxation area.

 

Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud***

A 3-star hotel on the outskirts of Saarbrucken, close to the French border. The bedrooms have TV, tea/coffee facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi

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