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  • Garden holidays for individuals in the Italian Lakes

    Villa Monastero gardens Lake Maggiore

    Isola Bella gardens Lake Maggiore

    Grand Hotel Majestic gardens Lake Maggiore

    Grand Hotel Imperiale lakeside gardens

    Holiday to the gardens and villas of Lakes Como and Maggiore

    This 6 night holiday combines stays in five star hotels on both Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, both of which have a distinctly alpine feel but are also luxuriant in their vegetation.
    This is a holiday for individuals, not as a group. It works in two ways:
    We can arrange the accommodation, the hire-car, the flights and give you details of the gardens to visit (you visit then when you want to and pay your own entrance fees), giving you a structure but independence.
    Or we can arrange for you to be accompanied for the visits to the villas and gardens by a local guide. This option costs more but you can pick and choose perhaps where you might want to have the local guide.

    This holiday combines two very popular and dramatically beautiful Italian lakes features a splendid range of striking villas and their gardens which you visit independently. On Lake Como these include the splendid Villa Melzi d’Eril at Bellagio with its eclectic collection of sculptures in this essentially English-style park that abounds with excellent tree specimens, the enchanting Villa Balbianello facing Serbelloni, secluded in its setting and full of woods of pine, cypress and oak as well as flowerbeds and the Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo, full of imaginative planting, sunny terraces, with climbers, ferns, giant magnolias and cork oaks. Two more gardens complete the tour at Lake Como; Villa Cipressi which is poised upon a rocky promontory with terraces leading down to the lake, planted with Mediterranean shrubs and vines, laced with magnolia, eucalyptus, pittosporum, lavender and agave and Villa Monastero, renowned for a fine collection of Mediterranean and tropical vegetation, as well as fountains and statues. On Lake Maggiore we recommend Isola Bella, one of the most dramatic 17th Century Baroque gardens in Italy, seemingly floating on the surface of the lake with its ten-terraced garden and marble balustrades. Water theatre, putti and grottoes embellished with tinted stucco, pebble mosaic and shellwork add to the sense of fantasy here. Trees include orange trees, lemons and pomegranates. We also visit Isola Madre nearby, the Villa Giulia in Verbania and the Botanical garden in Alpinia.

    Holiday day by day
    Day One: Arrive in Milan
    Let us book you onto your chosen flight to Milan (Linate or Malpensa) and then you collect your hire-car for the drive to Lake Como and your hotel, the Grand Hotel Imperiale at Moltrasio (you can ask us to book the Villa Serbelloni at Bellagio for you at a supplement). Dinner is included at the hotel.
    Day Two: Full day tour of nearby gardens
    This is quite a full day with gardens to be visited on different shores of Lake Como. Villa Melzi d’Eril, Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta are our suggested gardens and you should use your hire-car to visit them. You return to the hotel for dinner.
    Day Three: Full day to Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero
    Another full day is recommended with a morning visit to Villa Cipressi briefly and then the garden, villa and museum of the Villa Monastero in the afternoon. Dinner is included at the hotel.
    Day Four: From Lake Como to Lake Maggiore
    Today you drive from Lake Como to Lake Maggiore, enjoying the alpine scenery of the lake surrounds as you go to reach your next hotel, the Grand Hotel Majestic in Pallanza in time for unpacking, settling in and dinner.
    Day Five: Full day tour of Isola Bella and Isola Madre
    Today we suggest that you spend the whole day on the islands in Lake Maggiore. Drive to Stresa and take a boat over to the islands. Or perhaps leave the car at the hotel and travel by boat from Pallanza. Dinner back at the hotel.
    Day Six: Half day visit to Stresa and the Botanic gardens.
    A leisurely day today as you visit the pretty Botanic gardens Alpinia located above Stresa at an altitude of 800 metres. You reach it by cable car. Final evening with dinner is spent at the Grand Hotel Majestic.
    Day Seven: Back to Milan and London
    There are numerous flights back from Milan, so let us book one that makes most sense for you, perhaps allowing the morning for a visit to Como for shopping or a leisurely lunch at the nearby superb Villa d’Este, with a final stroll in its own magnificent gardens. Return the car to the airport.

    Dates and prices:
    6 nights from about £1680 per person.
    Price will increase in high season and is also influenced by flight availability.
    Room upgrades possible – prices on request.
    Deposit payment:
    £200 per person
    We include:
    • Flights with British Airways London Heathrow to Milan in Euro traveller
    • Hire of a group A hire-car for 7 days
    • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Grand Hotel Imperiale in a double or twin park view rooms (Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, can be arranged at a supplement)
    • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Grand Hotel Majestic, Pallanza in double or twin rooms with partial lake view.

    Grand Hotel Imperiale
    Moltrasio, Lake Como
    The Grand Hotel Imperiale is a four star hotel and one of the many historical hotels on Lake Como, built in the late Art Nouveau style with a separate modern wing and a refurbished independent Villa, which houses 11 deluxe rooms with beautiful lake views. The rooms, whether in the modern wing or in the original hotel are all elegantly furnished with modern amenities and have either lake views or views over the gardens. The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
    See more details on the Grand Hotel Imperiale 

    Grand Hotel Majestic
    Pallanza, Lake Maggiore
    Situated on a promontory in Lake Maggiore surrounded by English-style gardens of lawns and trees, the Grand Hotel Majestic dates from the 1870s and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. There are 90 rooms, two restaurants, a spa and an indoor swimming pool.
    See more details on the Grand Hotel Majestic

    Alternative travel arrangements
    If you want us to arrange flights on other dates allowing you more time in Italy before and/or after the holiday, if you want to fly into and out of a different airport or fly at different times to the ones suggested, if you want the use of a hire-car for your holiday or if you want to travel out and back by train instead of flying, all this is possible. Just discuss your travel plans with us and we will adjust the details and the price accordingly.

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