Every day we propose a number of coach excursions departing from Baveno and Stresa to places of interest . We also arrange walks above Lake Maggiore and in the Ossola valleys.
Your holiday is a discovery of the area, showing you historic and artistic aspects plus all wonders and beauty of the lake area.
An interesting drive to the capital of Lombardy, Milan – a thriving industrial city. On arrival we meet our official city guide to visit the city on foot and by coach. We visit the Sforza Castle, the Monumental Cemetery where Toscanini was buried, the Arch of Peace (sister to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris), the Cathedral which is the centre of Milan and a pedestrian area where there are also many elegant shops and pass through the famous arcade “La Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II” as far as Piazza Scalawhere there is a statue of Leonardo da Vinci with four of his pupils. Free time to visit La Scala museum and see inside the theatre, more sightseeing and shopping, before joining the coach and returning to Lake Maggiore.
Three of Europe’s most beautiful lakes in one day! Following the road around Lake Maggiore we enter Switzerland and travel along the side of Lake Maggiore. Passing Locarno, over the Magadine Plain and Monte Ceneri we arrive at Lugano. Here we stop for an hour or so for sightseeing and shopping. We proceed along the northern part of the lake, through Gandria and back into Italy with a beautiful view of Lake Como from above. Shortly we arrive in Tremezzo where one can visit the Villa Carlotta gardens or you can have lunch and explore.
Later we travel south along the western branch of Lake Como as far as Como town where a stop is make for an hour or so to visit the Cathedral and the historic centre. Como is very important for silk manufacturing.
From Como we take the motorway and return to Lake Maggiore, arriving at the southern end, travelling above the lake with beautiful views.
Almost at once we leave Lake Maggiore and after a short drive we drive at Omegna at the northern tip of Lake Orta. Optional boat ride from Omegna to Orta at the southern end of the Lake, stopping at the little island of San Giulio to visit the Church. Then over to the the Medieval village of Orta to explore this delightful place with its tiny streets and sacred hillside with many chapels dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi.
Orta is nicknamed “Venice without water!” After free time we board the coach and pass through pretty countryside until we come to Arona at the southern end of Lake Maggiore. We stop above Arona to see the statue of Saint Charles Borromeo, the second largest in the world, with beautiful views of Lake Maggiore. We return along the lakeside to Stresa.
A scenic drive up the rugged valley of the Anza. Through charming villages built in stone, past winding rivers, and waterfalls towards the village of Macugnaga, once famous for its gold mines. Macugnaga lies at the foot of the Mount Rosa range, the second highest in the alps (15.200ft). Free time to take the chair lift (optional) to admire the peaks and the only advancing glacier in Europe, and see the wild flowers; a stroll in the meadows and explore the village, then perhaps a “fil de fer” in the local café before returning down the valley.
A drive along the Ossola Valley through Domodossola along the Simplon road through some very impressive scenery into Switzerland. The tour continues along Napoleon’s road and up and over the Simplon Pass. At the Belvedere view point a stop is made for photos and coffee.
Then down to Brig with its Stockalper Castle, through Visp and up the Matter valley as far as Taesch. Here we take the little mountain rack-railway train (included) intoZermatt. The whole village is a pedestrian precinct and from the main street we see the famous Matterhorn standing majestically on its own – rightly named “Queen of the Alps”.
Free time for exploring this beautiful elegant resort or take the train to the higher plateau ( optional ) where you can eat your lunch looking at the Matterhorn. Time for a little shopping and then return to the coach by the rack railway. The return journey is again through magnificent alpine scenery with the sun at a different angle; over the Simplon Pass and back to Lake Maggiore .