Enchanting Ticino - Switzerland & Italy

Enchanting Ticino - Switzerland & Italy

Join us on a wonderful ten day tour to this very popular and beautiful area.


Join us on a wonderful ten day tour to this very popular and beautiful area.


Bellinzona is the capital city of southern Switzerland’s Ticino canton. It’s known for its 3 medieval castles, including the hilltop Castelgrande and Sasso Corbaro. Both have views of the city, the surrounding Alps and Montebello, the 3rd castle. The town lies east of the Ticino river, at the foot of the Alps. It stretches along the river valley, surrounded by the southern ranges of the Lepontine Alps to the east and west, and by the Lugano Prealps to the south.



Locarno is an Italian-speaking resort city in southern Switzerland, on Lake Maggiore at the base of the Alps. It's known for its sunny climate. Founded in the 12th century, the old town's Castello Visconteo houses the Museo Civico, which showcases Roman antiquities

Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular, or Funicolare Locarno–Madonna del Sasso (FLMS) is the funicular railway in Locarno. The line links a lower station in the city center with the pilgrimage site of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso and the municipality of Orselina. It forms part of the route to the summit of nearby Cimetta mountain. At Orselina there is a connection with the cable car to Cardada, which in turn connects with a chairlift to the summit of Cimetta.



Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is closely related to that of Italy’s northern Lombardy region. This mix is reflected in its architecture and cuisine. The city stands on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains. Its main square, Piazza della Riforma, is ringed with pastel-colored, neoclassical palazzi.



Stresa is a picturesque town on Lake Maggiore, in a nice setting. It looks right out at the lake's Borromean Islands and is one of the area's more important tourist towns because it is on the rail and ferry lines. There are abundant flora to enjoy, from olive groves to lemon trees and bay hedges, along with camelia, azelia and magnolia blooms. There are pretty streets lined up along the lake with nice shops and boutiques as well as cool cafes and restaurants. The water front promenade offers excellent views of the surrounding the mountains and the islands in the lake. When the Duchess of Genova bought the Ducal Palace Hotel, other famous travelers followed, like Rockefeller, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw and Hemingway. Stresa became known as a spa center.

The Centovalli Railway

The Centovalli Railway, reached by a local train from Stresa to Domodossola, is the most attractive route between Lake Maggiore, the French part of Switzerland and the Swiss capital, Bern. Thanks to the marvellous scenery of the Centovalli and the Valle Vigezzo in which is operates, it serves not only transit traffic but also tourism. The landscape is further enriched by the wealth of tourist facilities in Locarno - located in the Italian part of Switzerland to the south of the Alps and on the south side of Lake Maggiore.

Tuesday 20th Aug

Travelling from Cumbria via a lunch stop in York, we join the P & O overnight sailing from Hull to Rotterdam. Enjoy the entertainment on board as we cross the North Sea.

Wednesday 21st Aug

From Rotterdam our journey takes us south through Holland towards Maastricht and into Belgium and then Germany and our overnight hotel the Mercure at Saarbrucken. Dinner in the hotel.


Thursday 22nd Aug

After breakfast we head towards the Swiss Border at Basel, then on through Switzerland past Lucerne to our resort of Bellinzona, and the Hotel & Spa Internazionale. Dinner in the hotel.

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Friday 23rd Aug

After breakfast we travel south west to the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore and the popular scenic town of Ascona time for a coffee by the shore. We then continue to nearby Locarno, have lunch in one of the many restaurants and in the afternoon why not take the train and cable car up to the Cardada viewing platform which hangs in space over the town with breathtaking 180 degree views through to the Italian south part of the lake. Dinner in the hotel.

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Saturday 24th Aug

Enjoy a day at leisure in historical Bellinzona. Why not start with a browse at the local market then perhaps the majestic Castelgrande. We include a Ticino card which gives complimentary travel on local trains and buses. Dinner in the hotel.

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Sunday 25th Aug

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 shores of the lake. The pretty historical city centre has many pastel-coloured buildings, interesting shops, cafés and a lakeside promenade with attractive gardens. Dinner in the hotel.

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Monday 26th Aug

Today we head back to Lake Maggiore and drive south along its shores to the lovely resort of Stresa across the border in Italy, and probably the most famous resort on the lake. Our return journey starts with a local train from Stresa to Domodossola where we change for the famous Centovalli Railway which crosses valleys, viaducts, amazing scenery and small villages en route to Locarno. After some free time we board our coach back to our hotel for our final evening meal.

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Tuesday 27th Aug

We leave our hosts in Bellinzona for the journey back to Saarbrucken and our overnight stop at the Mercure hotel. Dinner in the hotel.

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Wednesday 28th Aug

Our journey continues north towards Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.


Thursday 29th Aug

From Hull we return to Cumbria, arriving home early afternoon.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud

The 3-star Superior Mercure Hotel Saarbrücken Süd has 100 air-conditioned rooms with bathtub, hair dryer, mini-fridge, telephone, cable flat TV and free WiFi. 

The contemporary L'Orangerie restaurant can cater for 120 guests and is open from 6am until 11pm serving regional and international dishes. There is a bar, "La Source" and drinks can be enjoyed in the bar or on the terrace.


Hotel & SPA Internazionale Bellinzona

Re-opened in September 2010, Hotel & SPA Internazionale Bellinzona offers free access to a spacious spa area, as well as modern, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi in the centre of Bellinzona. The Internazionale’s soundproof rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Most rooms offer views of Bellinzona’s three medieval castles, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The restaurant connected to the hotel serves Mediterranean and regional cuisine with many seasonal specialities. A rich breakfast buffet is available each morning.

The 250 m² spa area includes a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a hot tub, a room with Himalayan salt walls and a beauty zone with massages facilities.

A computer with free internet connection is available. Many shops and restaurants are only a short walk from Hotel Internazionale. Castel Grande is 550 yards away.

The air-conditioned "Ristorante Internazionale" offers Mediterranean dishes and local specialities. There are 80 seats inside and 60 on the terrace. 

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
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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