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See the gardens of the Italian lakes with Gardeners' World star Adam Frost


See the gardens of the Italian lakes with Adam Frost: Join the Gardeners’ World star to discover stunning displays on Maggiore and Como

With their spectacular backdrop of the Alps and a mild climate all year round, it’s no wonder Lake Maggiore and Lake Como have provided the inspiration for many authors, poets and painters over the years.

The charming islands dotted across the lakes are the home to delightful Renaissance villas with stunning gardens that flourish in the Mediterranean climate – and you’ll get to explore some of them on this wonderful eight-day tour.

Joining you to give his expert insight into the gardens will be the popular Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost. 

Jewel in the crown: Delightful San Giulio island on Lake Orta in Italy

Jewel in the crown: Delightful San Giulio island on Lake Orta in Italy 

He will join you for a boat trip to the islands of Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori on Lake Maggiore, founded in the 10th Century, and you’ll take a walk with him through one of its formal Italian gardens.

He will also join you for an exclusive talk and Q&A session about his life, award-winning garden design career, and TV presenting.

You’ll stay in the stylish town of Stresa, located on the edge of Lake Maggiore, which stretches from Italy into Switzerland. The lake features in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms and was one of the American writer’s most-loved places to visit.

The flower-filled Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore. The lake has provided the inspiration for many authors, poets and painters over the years

The flower-filled Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore. The lake has provided the inspiration for many authors, poets and painters over the years

MEET OUR EXPERT 

Gardeners' World presenter Adam Frost

Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost 

Since setting up his landscape business in 1996, Adam has designed gardens around the world and won seven gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

He is a presenter on BBC’s Gardeners’ World, an RHS  ambassador for education, and the founder of the Adam Frost Garden School in Lincolnshire. He has written two books including Real Gardens, in 2015, and How to Create Your Garden.

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive in Stresa DAY 2 Centovalli Railway, DAY 3 Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori with Adam Frost DAY 4 Lake Como DAY 5 Day at leisure DAY 6 Zermatt, the Matterhorn DAY 7 Lake Orta DAY 8 Return journey. 

During your stay you will also enjoy a visit to beautiful Lake Como and the lesser known but no less wonderful Lake Orta, as well as what is sure to be an unforgettable full-day journey into the Swiss Alps through the Simplon Pass to see the Matterhorn.

REASONS TO BOOK

Exclusive events with Adam Frost: From nearby Stresa, you will take a boat trip to the spectacular terraced gardens of Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori with Adam Frost and have the opportunity to ask the Gardeners’ World presenter your greenfingered questions during a private talk and Q&A.

Italy’s best-kept secret: One of the country’s lesser known lakes, the charming Lake Orta, will be one of the highlights of your trip. The pebble-studded lanes and alleys –lined with food shops selling famous Italian produce – lead to the lake shore and romantic main square.

Magical rail journeys: Named after the so-called ‘hundred valleys’ it passes through, the Centovalli Railway features panoramic carriages so you can soak up the scenery as you journey through mountainside villages, wild woods and romantic landscapes.

You’ll stop in Cannobio and Locarno to explore. The Simplon Pass was used as early as the Stone Age and later as a route for smugglers.

You’ll travel along it into Switzerland by rail for a trip that culminates in incredible views of the Matterhorn.

Experience real Italy: Walking the cobbled streets of Stresa’s Old Town feels like stepping back in time to the elegance of a bygone era. 

You will also visit Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella, including a tour of the latter’s 17th Century baroque villa.

Discover the town of Como: Explore Como and its cathedral, parks, grand hotels and the majestic Villa Olmo, which has hosted many eminent guests including Napoleon. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED 

  • Return flights from London Gatwick (£1,459pp) or East Midlands (£1,479pp)
  • Seven-night stay in the four-star Regina Palace 
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Adam Frost
  • Cruise to Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori with Adam Frost
  • Visits to Lake Como and Lake Orta
  • Trip into the Swiss Alps through the Simplon Pass to see the Matterhorn
  • Visits to Cannobio and Locarno and a trip on the Centovalli Railway
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

HOW TO BOOK

The dates: October 5 to October 12, 2021.

The price: From £1,459pp*

Call 01283 893 338 quoting reference MOS ITALIAN LAKES.

To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/italianlakes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * Based on two sharing a room. Single rooms are available on request at a supplement and subject to availability. There may be slight alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. Our travel partner, Riviera Travel, is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/Italianlakes. 

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