About the tour: Piedmont, Lake Maggiore & Centovalli Railway

A new Italian adventure contrasting the authentic charms of Piedmont with breathtaking Lakes Como, Maggiore and Orta, topped off with a stunning rail journey across ‘a hundred valleys’. The culinary treasures of the Piedmont and the natural beauty of the great Italian lakes combine to create the perfect holiday.

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points

12 days from £1599 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Local departures by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to our overnight hotel in northern France.

    Through France and to our hotel in Terruggia in the Piedmont region of Italy, where we stay for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Our included excursion takes us on a tour of the pleasant and gently rolling hills of the Monferrato area.

    Amid the landscapes, little-known and precious treasures are just waiting to be discovered. The Monferrato area occupies a fertile triangle of terrain between Asti, Alessandria and its historical capital, Casale Monferrato. Vineyards fan out in all directions interspersed with castles.

    The first stop is in the town of Canelli. It is considered the local capital of Asti with its Castello Gancia, overlooking the historic district. We then head to the wine-growing town of Asti. A stroll through the historic district is enough to feel the magic of this place. This medieval town is known as the ‘San Gimignano of Piedmont’ due to its many soaring towers and is the centre of the wine growing region of Monferrato.

    At the end of the day you can test the various distillates during a grappa tasting.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Asti
    Asti, Monferrato

    Included Highlights

    • Monferrato

    Our included excursion takes us first to Turin. Join our guided city tour and see the Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, San Lorenzo from outside and gain a first impression of the magnificence of this city.

    You will have time to stroll through the lively, Baroque historic district. Wander elegant tree-lined boulevards, relax in the art-nouveau cafés and soak up the atmosphere of this unique city.

    Enjoy the Turinese chocolate coffee drink called Bicerin. After spending free time here, we travel on the funicular rack railway to Superga. As we head to the summit, you can enjoy the fantastic views across Turin and the Po River and all the way to the Alps. Visit the stunning Basilica of Superga, which is positioned in such a way to provide incredible vistas of the city.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Turin
    Turin

    Included Highlights

    • Turin
    • Superga

    Included scenic drive through the Langhe to discover one of world’s most famous wine growing regions, boasting beautiful panoramic views of the hilly landscape with its castles and fortress. The pretty town of Alba, famous for the white truffle and its lovely buildings is a highlight. The town is also legendary in the confectionary world as home of the Ferrero Rocher factory. We will then continue to Barolo, birthplace of the world-famous wine of the same name. We include a tasting of the fine wine.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Barolo
    Barolo

    Included Highlights

    • Alba
    • Barolo

    We leave Piedmont and head to Lake Como. We make a stop in Como Town, and you will have time to explore this lakeside city and also relax and enjoy a spot of lunch. Admire the elegant Place Cavour.

    Afterwards, enjoy a boat ride in the Gulf of Como before heading to Stresa on Lake Maggiore and our hotel for five nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lake Como
    Lake Como

    Included Highlights

    • Lake Como

    Today we enjoy an included boat cruise on Lake Maggiore to the enchanting Borromean Islands. Admire the charming gardens, stunning buildings, elegant villas and subtropical vegetation. We visit Isola Bella, which boasts a magnificent Baroque palace (entrance at additional cost), and a gorgeous garden with plants and flowers of various origins.

    We also visit Isola dei Pescatori, with its picturesque fishing village. Afterwards you will have time to stroll through the famous health resort of Stresa with its elegant promenades.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Borromean Islands
    Borromean Islands

    Included Highlights

    • Borromean Islands

    We spend time in the popular lakeside resort of Verbania and then head to the botanical gardens at Villa Taranto on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. Scottish Captain Neil McEacharn created the gardens in 1931 and the blending of a predominately English style with Italian accents has resulted in a masterpiece.

    Sixteen hectares are crossed by four miles of paths leading through landscaped perfection to waterfalls, statues, fountains and pools.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Verbania, Lake Maggiore
    Lake Maggiore

    Included Highlights

    • Lake Maggiore
    • Villa Taranto

    We travel by coach through the romantic ‘Val Grande’ national park to the mountain village of Domodossola. Here, you will climb aboard the Centovalli train for a ride through the fascinating ‘valley of one hundred valleys’.

    During the ride you will pass by tranquil, stony mountain villages, waterfalls, chestnut forests and over bridges which span deep ravines, on the way to Locarno. You will have some free time in this splendid Swiss town before heading back to Lake Maggiore by coach.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Centovalli Express
    Centovalli Express

    Included Highlights

    • Locarno
    • Centovalli Express

    Today, we head to Lake Orta, a hidden gem among the great Italian lakes. The picturesque hilly landscape, in which small villages are embedded, radiates peace and quiet and enchants with its Mediterranean flair. In the village of Orta, located on the shores of the lake, you can meander around the old market square and through the narrow, medieval alleyways, whilst exploring romantic, secluded gardens.

    Later we include a short cruise to the island of San Giulio, where you can visit the oldest church of this region. In the interior you will find precious frescoes dating back to the Renaissance.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    San Giulio Island
    San Giulio Island

    Included Highlights

    • Lake Orta
    • San Giulio Island

    We head to our overnight hotel in northern France.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Travel Insurance from £42.00 (12 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person). Single Room Supplement from £439.00 (12 days).

    Piedmont, Lake Maggiore & Centovalli Railway 12 days from £1599pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights in Piedmont at the 4-star Hotel Ariotto in Terruggia. On Lake Maggiore, we will stay for five nights at the 4-star Hotel Milan Speranza Au Lac in Stresa. 

    Overnight stays in Northern France will be in city-style hotel.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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