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Swiss & Italian Lakes

An 8 day coach tour combining the majesty of the Swiss Alps and the beauty of the Italian Lakes

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Combining the majesty of the Swiss Alps and the beauty of the Italian Lakes, the stunning Swiss Canton of Ticino is a mix of palm lined lakes and sharp mountain peaks. Ticino is one of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland but the native language is Italian and the combination of Swiss efficiency and hospitality, with Italian charm and cuisine makes this an unforgettable holiday destination.


At a glance:

  • Centovalli Railway

  • Lugano guided tour

  • Lake Maggiore

  • Locarno

  • Ascona


This holiday includes Sapphire Star travel.


This tour is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.


Day 1

Following collection from home, travel to Dover and enjoy the ferry crossing over to Calais. Travel on to the overnight hotel for a one night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.


Day 2

Continue the journey to Bellinzona and the Hotel & SPA Internazionale, for the five night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.

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Day 3

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 or an optional boat journey. Continue to nearby Locarno, a popular tourist destination to rest by the lake, sample one of the many restaurants or browse the attractive boutiques. For the more adventurous, take the train and cable car up to the Cardada viewing platform, hanging in space over the town with breathtaking 180 degree views through to the southern Italian end of the lake.

B, D

Day 4

Head south to the shores of the beautiful glacial Lake Lugano and the City of Lugano, sitting elegantly on its shore. Enjoy a short guided walk of the pretty historical city centre with its pastel coloured buildings, high end shops and elegant cafes, and the serene lake front and attractive gardens. Enjoy free time to browse for souvenirs, sit by the lakeside, perhaps take a pedalo or motor boat on the lake and sail to the Italian border.

B, D

Day 5

Enjoy a day at leisure in historical Bellinzona. A must see is the majestic Castelgrande, accessed from the centre by a lift to experience a story book castle with amazing views. A Ticino card is provided allowing travel further afield on the local trains and buses.

B, D

Day 6

Travel back to Lake Maggiore and drive south along its shores to the lovely resort of Stresa across the Italian border. Explore the quaint town, perhaps take a boat to the beautiful Borromean Islands situated just off shore. The return journey starts with a local train from Stresa to Domodossola before changing to the famous Centovalli Railway, crossing its 'hundred valleys' with viaducts, amazing scenery and small villages. Journey back to Locarno where, after free time, board the coach for the return journey back to the hotel.

B, D

Day 7

After bidding a fond farewell, begin the journey home with an overnight stay en route.

B, D

Day 8

Travel to Calais and enjoy the ferry crossing back to Dover. Travel back to East Anglia where the door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included

The Hotel & SPA Internazionale, Bellinzona

Located in the medieval capital of Ticino, Bellinzona, the recently renovated Hotel & Spa Internazionale offers views of both hills and castles.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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