Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Discover Italy’s lakes and gardens with Gardeners’ World star Adam Frost


With their stunning views and glorious, cultivated gardens, the lakes of northern Italy have inspired poets, painters and travellers for centuries.

On this wonderful eight-day tour, you will be staying in the stylish Italian town of Stresa and have the chance to enjoy the serene natural beauty of some of Italy’s great lakes, including Maggiore, Como and Orta.

What’s more, you will be joined by our special guest, the popular garden designer and broadcaster Adam Frost.

In full bloom: The stunning shoreline of Lake Como

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DAY 1 Arrival and transfer to hotel.

DAY 2 Centovalli Railway

DAY 3 Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori with Adam Frost, talk and Q&A

 Lake Como

DAY 5 Free day to explore

DAY 6 Zermatt and the Matterhorn

DAY 7 Lake Orta

DAY 8 Return home

Adam will join you for a special boat trip to the islands of Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori, where you’ll enjoy a walk with him through one of its formal Italian gardens.

Adam will also give an exclusive talk about his career and his time presenting BBC’s Gardeners’ World. It promises to be an unforgettable adventure in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.


Discover Lake Maggiore

You will explore the cobbled streets of Stresa’s Old Town, on the shores of stunning Lake Maggiore, and also visit the enchanting islands of Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella, including taking a tour of a beautiful 17th Century baroque villa.

The Centovalli Railway passes the mighty Matterhorn


The Centovalli Railway passes the mighty Matterhorn

Ride the Centovalli Railway

Named after the so-called ‘hundred valleys’ it passes through, the Centovalli Railway features specially designed panoramic carriages so you can soak up the views as you travel through mountainside villages, wild woodlands and spectacular landscapes.

On another day, you will travel through the Simplon Pass to enjoy views of the mighty Matterhorn.

Visit Lake Como

You will also have time to explore Como town, famous for its cathedral, parks and the majestic Villa Olmo, which has hosted famous guests including Napoleon and Garibaldi, the ‘father of modern Italy’.

The charming Lake Orta will be another highlight of your trip. The town’s pebble-studded lanes and alleys – lined with shops selling fresh local produce – lead to the beautiful, romantic main square and wonderful lakeside views.

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