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If you are familiar with the majesty of the Swiss Alps and the beauty of the Italian Lakes, the Swiss Canton of Ticino provides you with the most magical aspects of both regions in one spectacular destination. It is easy to see the Italian influences through the architecture, cuisine and culture. These aspects pair beautifully with the Swiss Alpine scenery. This tour is based in Bellinzona the capital city of Ticino, which is home to three breath-taking medieval castles which you are able to explore with your Ticino Card which will allow for discounts on entrance and free public transport during your stay.
Wednesday – We collect you from your home to meet your tour coach and travel down to Folkestone for our Channel Crossing to Calais. We then travel on to our overnight stop, where we will be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival.
Thursday– After breakfast we will depart from France and continue down in to Switzerland and to Bellinzona where we will have a welcome drink on arrival and time to settle in before dinner.
Friday – After breakfast we travel south west to the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore and the popular scenic town of Ascona for a wander along the picturesque water front and perhaps a coffee by the shore. After some time at leisure here we then continue on to nearby Locarno, a popular tourist destination. Whether you want to rest by the lake, sample some of the restaurants or do some shopping in the attractive boutiques. For those who are more adventurous use your free Ticino to take the train and cable car up to the Cardada viewing platform which hangs over the town with breathtaking 180-degree views through to the Italian part of the lake to the South.
Saturday – Enjoy a day at leisure in Bellinzona. Why not start with a browse at the local market where the colourful stalls offer the best fresh seasonal local produce and gifts, the perfect chance to stop and do some souvenir shopping. A must see in Bellinzona is the Castelgrande, a fairy tale castle offering amazing views. The castle is accessible from the town via a lift.
Sunday – Today we head south to the shores of the beautiful glacial Lake Lugano, and the city of the same name which sits elegantly on the shore of the lake, Look out for the pastel-coloured buildings, within this pretty historical city. You will have some time at leisure here to visit the interesting shops and cafes on offer and to explore the lakeside promenade filled with attractive gardens.
Monday –Today we return to Lake Maggiore and drive south into Italy to visit the charming resort of Stresa. Enjoy free time here to explore the quaint town, and perhaps take a boat to the beautiful Borromean Islands situated just off-shore. After enjoying a day in Stresa we will return to Bellinzona.
Tuesday – After breakfast we will depart Bellinzona and head to France for our overnight stop, there will be welcoming drinks on arrival at the hotel.
Wednesday – Following breakfast we will continue our journey home, heading to Calais for our Channel Crossing back to Folkestone before carrying on to Wiltshire where your taxis will be waiting for you.
Hotel & Spa Internazionale, Bellinzona
The Hotel & Spa Internazionale is conveniently situated, opposite the main railway station in Bellinzona, only a short walk from the historic city centre. This unique location makes it an ideal base for exploring the medieval town. Built in the early 1900’s, and extended in traditional style in 2014, this welcoming hotel has 71 modern guest rooms, comfortably furnished with air conditioning/heating, hair dryer and TV. There is a breakfast room on the lower ground floor, and a modern restaurant on the ground floor. The hotel also has leisure facilities including a salt room, Turkish bath, sauna and relaxation area. There is lift access in the hotel.
- Platinum coach travel
- Return Channel Crossings
- 7 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
- Welcome drinks at both hotels
- Hostess service
- Home pick-up
- Excursions and visits