Lake & Mountain: Lake Maggiore and the Gran Paradiso National Park

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£ 2860 per person

Two great places to visit - Lake Maggiore and the Gran Paradiso national park - where you can enjoy the beach, village life, and mountains all in one trip.

 

Culture, unspoiled nature, lakes, castles, excellent food and wine. This holiday is awesome.

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14 nights

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from £ 2860 per person

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Fully comprehensive car hire

4 nights sharing a Suite Lake View at the Hotel Residence La Luna nel Porto in Stresa

4 nights sharing a Superior Lake View at the Park Hotel Villa Belvedere in Cannobio

6 nights sharing a Superior double room at the Hotel Bellevue & Spa in Cogne

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Stresa. The pearl of Lake Maggiore

The beautiful town of Stresa is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations on Lake Maggiore.

 

This pretty lakeside village has around five thousand residents and is situated in a stunning landscape: from Stresa, you have a great view of the Alps, and the whole municipality overlooks the waters of Lake Maggiore, which has the famous Borromean islands. They can also be visited during the day with organised boat tours.

Highlights

A short distance from Stresa, Orta Lake is certainly a destination not to miss.

The Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto display many rare species, including the black tulip.

Mottarone's Alpinia Botanical Garden is home to over a thousand species of Alpine and subalpine plants, as well as Japanese, Chinese, and Caucasian flowers.

Do you love pure adrenaline? Then you have to take a tour of Alpyland!

Villa Pallavicino's park is a huge green space with beautiful, tree-lined avenues, and an awesome botanical garden. The park is teeming with animals, including kangaroos, fallow deer, zebras and llamas!

Climbing to the top of Mottarone gives you an exceptional view of Lake Maggiore.

The Hotel Residence La Luna Nel Porto overlooks Lake Maggiore and is the perfect mix of familiarity and charm that will make your holiday special and one of a kind.

Fall In Love With Cannobio

Cannobio is a typical and well-preserved historic centre and features numerous civil and religious architectures. Immersed in a naturalistic context of great value, this municipality also offers excellent complementary services, including visits and excursions, adequately promoted thanks to an effective tourist information service.

 

Cannobio, with a great view of Lake Maggiore, is perfect for a romantic stroll along the lakefront. Enjoy a delicious drink with a view of the lake and some background music.

 

This pretty lakeside village has around five thousand residents and is situated in a stunning landscape: from Stresa, you have a great view of the Alps, and the whole municipality overlooks the waters of Lake Maggiore, which has the famous Borromean islands. They can also be visited during the day with organised boat tours.

Cannobio, Lake Maggiore North Side

Highlights

The Orrido di Sant'Anna is located in Traffiume. It's a pretty suggestive place - you can see a rocky gorge that the Cannobino stream carved out over time. There's a stone bridge above the gorge, and if you go behind it, you'll find a seventeenth-century church dedicated to Sant'Anna. You can also drive to the ravine, but we recommend taking a leisurely stroll along the river from Cannobio.

Also worth a stop is Gurro, which was once the largest and most populous municipality in the valley. The most curious legend the town keeps is the Scottish origin of some families. In 1525, some Scottish soldiers, in the pay of King Francis I of France, after the defeat in the Battle of Pavia, retreated to the Valley and settled in the town. Some argue that the Gurro dialect (actually very different from the dialects of other towns in the Valley) has Scottish characteristics.

The Brissago Islands are two islands on Lake Maggiore, off the coast of the Gulf of Ascona. They host a botanical park with subtropical species from all over the world.

A stone's throw from Cannobio is Locarno, a town rich in history. The old city is worth seeing, with its narrow alleys, cafés, boutiques, palaces, churches, and the Visconteo castle.

Just over the Swiss border, Ascona is a lively cultural and artistic centre overlooking Lake Maggiore, with an interesting historic center of historic buildings and elegant boutiques.

The Centovalli (100 valleys) and Vigezzina railway line starts in Domodossola and arrives in Locarno, a name that derives from the numerous valleys present on both sides: Italian and Swiss. The journey is 52 kilometres, with 83 bridges and viaducts, through 34 tunnels of incredible landscapes.

The Park Hotel Villa Belvedere is a great hotel set in an old park with a big swimming pool. The park is huge and well-kept, with lots of plants and flowers that bloom throughout the season. There are hammocks, deck chairs, and benches everywhere, making it the perfect place to relax and recharge--a little break from reality in nature.

Gran Paradiso National Park: valleys, fauna, paths

Cogne is the largest municipality in the Aosta Valley and one of the gateways to the Gran Paradiso National Park, the oldest national park in Italy. You can immerse yourself in nature, among hundreds of flora and fauna species, and spot the ibex, the animal symbol of the park.

 

There are lots of routes with different levels of difficulty, mostly above 2,000 meters, like Colle del Lauson (3,296 meters), and Colle della Porta (3,002 meters).

Cogne, Gran Paradiso National Park

Highlights

The Prato di Sant'Orso is an "Italian marvel" and one of the largest mountain meadows in Europe.

The Paradisia Botanical Garden, located in Valnontey at 1700 m above sea level, is named after the Paradisia Liliastrum, or mountain lily. The garden has around 1000 species of plants and flowers from the Alps and the Apennines, as well as other specimens from the rest of the world.

Cogne offers rafting and canyoning for those who love "wild waters." These are adventurous walks along rivers accompanied by expert guides.

The Lillaz waterfalls, from the Urtier stream, are a 10-minute, flat walk from Lillaz and about 150 meters high.

Cogne has seven itineraries, perfect for bikers of all levels, including kids, to enjoy some two wheels fun while respecting nature.

The gondola lift from Cogne to Montseuc is 2081 meters. The Sentiero Natura has easy and difficult sections. The easier sections lead to a balcony with a view of the Cogne valley, the Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc. The more difficult sections climb over 2240 meters to the Grand Crot chairlift, which returns you to Cogne.

A tradition of hospitality almost a century long. Which is renewed with Le sources del Gran Paradiso, 1200 m2 Spa of aquatic and wellness paths overlooking Monte Rosa. But the flagship remains the gastronomic offer, from Le Petit Restaurant, with just four tables and a Michelin star, to the Bar à Fromage.

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