Solo - Scenic Lake Orta
and a Matterhorn Rail Journey8 days from £1,599 per person
The smallest of the Italian Lakes, Orta remains refreshingly uncrowded and almost untouched by tourism. The rambling cobbled streets are lined with traditional trattorias and authentic, family-run hotels. In the lake’s centre, Isola San Giulio floats dreamily, adorned with handsome 18th-century buildings overlooked by the mountainous backdrop. Zip across the border into Switzerland by rail for yet more breathtaking scenery: glittering glaciers, classic mountain villages, and snow-capped chalets await.
Your holiday includes:
4 excursions and visits
- Half-day excursion to Orta San Giulio, boat trip to Isola San Giulio & Basilica di San Giulio (2021 only)
- Full-day excursion to Gornergrat Switzerland by rail
- Guided tour of Aosta
- Excursion to Stresa
- 7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways or easyJet from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 16 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 2 lunches (days 3 and 5) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
- Welcome drink
- Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Milan - Lake Orta
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Milan. We arrive in Lake Orta and enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and musical entertainment.
Hotel L'Approdo, Lake Orta (4-star)
Orta San Giulio - Isola San Giulio
We’ll make our way to the town of Orta San Giulio, nestled into the hills. After a little exploration we’ll board a boat on this jewel-like lake, to the little island of San Giulio. On the island, we’ll visit the Romanesque Basilica di San Giulio. Please note: 2020 departures will have a free day today, maybe explore one of the local islands yourself.
Visp - Zermatt - Gornergrat - Täsch
Experience some superbly scenic rail journeys into and around Switzerland, as we journey from Visp to Zermatt, at the foot of Matterhorn. After walking the short distance to Gornergrat Bahn, we’ll join a further train to Gornergrat - a rocky ridge overlooking the Gorner Glacier. We arrive at the spectacular viewing platform at lunchtime, before taking a train to Täsch this afternoon.
Spend the day at leisure enjoying the lake. Relax at the hotel or perhaps walk up to the UNESCO-listed collection of chapels in the hills above Orta San Giulio.
Today we’ll visit the attractive mountain town of Aosta, surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Alps - Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn) and Monte Rosa. Enjoy a guided walking tour to discover the delights of this ancient town, founded by the Gauls before being taken by the Romans in 25 BC. After taking in the Roman remains and medieval history here, we’ll tuck in to a lunch of local specialities.
Today is free to relax in your beautiful surroundings by the lake. Or join an optional excursion to Verbania on Lake Maggiore and the Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens. Please note: In 2020 this optional is replaced with an optional excursion to Milan.
We’ll journey into Stresa on the banks of Lake Maggiore. This lovely town has been popular with artists and writers since the late 19th century. It’s well known for its weekly market and boasts an attractive old town centre, perfect for exploring.
Day 8 Lake Orta - Milan - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationPlease note: A room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
The four-star Hotel Ristorante L’Approdo is in a stunning position set in an oasis of peace and tranquillity overlooking the waters of Lake Orta and the hill where the UNESCO world heritage site, Sacro Monte, is located. It has 72 spacious and comfortably appointed rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Many feature a large balcony with stunning views over the lake ideal for gazing at the dawns, sunsets and lush landscapes. The hotel is just a few minutes from the picturesque medieval village of Orta and the Island of San Giulio, providing an opportunity for enchanting sightseeing.
Fly From Your Local Airport
International flights from regional airports are available* or choose a free connecting flight to London, with home transfers all included.
Please call 0800 988 5823 for more information.
*Subject to flight schedules and availability.