The Best of the Italian Lakes Rail tour

The Best of the Italian Lakes 2019/2020

8 Days Train Tour from £1010 per person

Our ultimate favourite lakes combine to an awe-inspiring effect on this wonderful tour. Discover the north of Italy in the spring, arguably one of the best times of the year to travel. From fresh green shoots of newly emerging shrubs, to the explosion of floral colour that can only be found in spring, lakes Orta, Maggiore, Como, and Lugano are truly seen at their best in this season of renewal.


Day 1-2

To Lake Orta

Your holiday begins at Rail Discoveries’ dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras. After meeting your group here, board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Lake Orta via Turin. Enjoy your first dinner at the hotel tonight. You are at leisure to discover Orta for yourself on Day 2.

Days 3-4

Lake Maggiore and Locarno

Your excursion today is to two of the delightful towns that dot the shores of Lake Maggiore. Firstly, pause at Stresa, which has welcomed visitors to its luxurious villas and elegant hotels since the 19th century. After time to explore - perhaps stroll along the promenade to soak up the serenity - continue to Locarno, at the lake's northern tip. Day 4 is free by Lake Orta.

Day 5

Lake Como and Lake Lugano

Begin today with a visit to spectacular Lake Como, nestled in the foothills of the Italian and Swiss Alps. Next, visit Lake Lugano, which straddles the Swiss-Italian border. Lugano, a Swiss town on the lake's northern shores, has a delightful Mediterranean feel.

Days 6-8

Isola San Giulio and return home

Enjoy a scenic cruise across Lake Orta to the enchanting Isola San Giulio today. This pretty little island is situated within Lake Orta, and boasts of numerous picturesque buildings. Your final full day, Day 7, is at leisure by Lake Orta. On Day 8, return to Paris by rail, before connecting with the Eurostar to London. On arrival, your tour comes to an end.