Holiday PackageFlowers and art, between the lake and the mountains
Flowers and art will be the main features of this holiday. Travelling among Italian gardens and marvellous parks on the shores of Lake Maggiore, visit the fascinating Borromean Islands and enjoy an easy trek on the hills to discover plants, trees and flowers growing by the lake.
1st day: Arrival in Stresa at Lake Maggiore
Arrival in Stresa and accommodation at "Primavera Hotel" (3-star-hotel), located in the town centre, close to the lake. Free time and overnight.
2nd day: Borromean Islands
Visit of the famous Borromean Islands. From Stresa departure by motorboat to reach the "Isola Bella" (Beautiful Island) with its wonderful Baroque palace and Italian style garden. Then you reach the "Isola Superiore dei Pescatori" (Fishermen's Island) with its typical fishermen's village, where you stop for lunch in a good restaurant. To end the day visit of the "Isola Madre" (Mother Island) with its gorgeous English style garden.
3rd day: Villa Taranto and Lake Orta
The morning is dedicated to the visit of Villa Taranto, a wonderful garden located in Pallanza. By car you reach this unique garden created by Captain Mc Eacharn in 1931. Today this garden is one of the most important botanical gardens of Europe. After the visit the excursion continues at Lake Orta, one of the most romantic Italian lakes. Orta San Giulio is a little jewel of history and art. The old palaces in the centre, the "San Giulio" Island, the Holy Mountain dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi and much more... To end this wonderful day, typical dinner in a good restaurant with view of the island...
4th day: Mottarone
After a good breakfast departure by cable car to reach the Botanical Garden Alpinia; located at 700 metres above sea level, with its rare botanical mountain and alpine flora. For its breathtaking view of the Borromean Islands it is known as the "Balcony on the Gulf". After this short stop, you reach the Mount Mottarone. From its top, situated at 1,491 metres above see level, you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view of seven lakes, the wonderful Alps with Mount Rosa and to the south the immensity of the plain... Many possibilities for outdoor walks and for lunch you can taste local products in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon return to Stresa by cable car, peaceful stroll along the waterfront to reach the hotel.
5th day: Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Number of days: 4 nights, 5 days, according to hotel availability
Minimum number of participants: 2 people
Included services4 nights with breakfast at "Primavera Hotel" in double room;
return transfer by motorboat from Stresa to the Borromean Islands;
entrance ticket for gardens and palaces of the Borromean Islands;
lunch in a good restaurant on the Fishermen's Island (3-course-menu, drinks not included);
dinner in a restaurant in Orta San Giulio (3-course-menu, drinks not included);
return trip by cable car Carciano-Alpino-Mottarone;
entrance ticket Botanical Garden Alpinia;
traditional lunch in a typical restaurant at Mottarone's peak (3-course-menu, drinks not included).
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
entrance ticket Botanical Garden Villa Taranto (10,00 € per person);
hotel city tax.