Scenic Lake Orta
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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 lakes 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.
4 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Milan – Lake Orta
Titans 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.
Day 2 Orta San Giulio – Isola San Giulio
Well make our way to the town of Orta San Giulio, nestled into the hills. After a little exploration well board a boat on this jewel-like lake, to the little island of San Giulio. On the island, well visit the Romanesque Basilica di San Giulio.
Day 3 Visp – Zermatt – Gornergrat – Tsch
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, well 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 Tsch this afternoon.
Day 4 Lake Orta
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.
Day 5 Aosta
Today well 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, well tuck in to a lunch of local specialities.
Day 6 Lake Orta
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.
Day 7 Stresa
Well journey into Stresa on the banks of Lake Maggiore. This lovely town has been popular with artists and writers since the late 19th century. Its 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.