Lake Maggiore by Rail
- 7 Days
- From £1,049
- Enjoy a night in Dijon, the historic capital of Burgundy
- Travel through Switzerland and the Alps to beautiful Stresa
- Spend three full days exploring Lake Maggiore
- Return via South-Eastern France and Alsatian capital Strasbourg
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- Complimentary First Class upgrades on both scenic journeys through the Alps
- 6 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Catch a train to Paris and then connect onto a TGV service that will take you speeding through eastern France to Dijon. On arrival, check in for an overnight stay at the Ibis Dijon Gare (or similar), conveniently located within walking distance of the station.
Dijon is the capital of Burgundy, so it’s not surprising that you can expect a delicious evening meal here, washed down with a glass of wine from a local vineyard.
Take your seat in First Class and travel across the Swiss border to Lausanne and then through the Simplon Tunnel into Italy. Before too long, you will arrive into the lakeside resort of Stresa, on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Make your way to the Regina Palace Hotel (or similar), where you will check in for a 4-night stay.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Break your journey down to Stresa with a night in Switzerland. Lausanne and Montreux are both located on Lake Geneva and lovely locations for an overnight stop.
Lake Maggiore is the second largest of Italy’s famous lakes and offers stunning resorts, villas and gardens in a mountain-fringed setting. There are regular ferry services that will take you around, or you can simply relax and take in the scenery from a lake front gelateria.
During your stay, don’t miss a ride on the Mottarone cable car (which you can take from the Lido) for beautiful views over the lake. At the midway stop you can stroll around the Alpine gardens and look out over the three beautiful Borromean Islands of Bella, Madre and dei Pescatori below.
Leave Lake Maggiore today and take a train to Basel on the border between Switzerland and France, travelling in First Class. An easy connection takes you to Strasbourg, where you will stop for the night at the Mercure Strasbourg Gare (or similar).
Spend an evening exploring the cobbled streets of the Petite France district and enjoying some Alsatian food and wine in this stunning city.
Enjoy a leisurely start today before making your way back to the station for your return journey to London via Lille or Paris.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Ibis Dijon Gare is a comfortable and conveniently located hotel, just across the road from the main station. Facilities here include complimentary Wi-Fi, a restaurant serving regional Burgundian cuisine and a cocktail bar. The restaurant also has a floral terrace, perfect for a leisurely lunch in the summer months.
Hotel Regina Palace is a majestic Art Nouveau building offering refined classic-style interiors and a large garden with pool. It is right on the shore of Lake Maggiore, in Stresa. Rooms and common lounges are all decorated with antique furniture giving a sense of history and nobility.
The Mercure Strasbourg Gare is ideally situated opposite Strasbourg station, making it perfect for an overnight stop. The hotel features 68 modern, comfortable bedrooms and a cosy bar, where you can enjoy local and regional wines.
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Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees offers elegant rooms with marble bathrooms complete with spa bath. Some rooms have views of the distant Alps, some overlook the lake and the islands. The wellness centre feaetures an indoor swimming pool as well as hot tubs and saunas.
The Sofitel Strasbourg Grand Ile is a modern, comfortable hotel located on a quiet square just a short walk from the city’s historic Cathedral and medieval centre. Tuck in to French and Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant or enjoy a nightcap in the 1940s style bar.