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Revel in a magical Mediterranean Cunard cruise before discovering the unrivalled beauty of the spectacular Italian Lakes during an incredible tour.

Surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes of jagged, snow-draped mountains, rolling hills peppered with flares of vibrant colour, sprawling vineyards and charming towns; the epochal Italian Lakes are renowned for being one of the most beguiling regions in the world and are truly something to behold.

Explore the natural attractions and Baroque architecture of Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and Lake Como as you roam the picturesque landscapes, discovering historical churches clinging to cliff faces and exquisite villages of rustic charm.

Your stays also offer the opportunity to embark on fascinating excursions, delving deeper into the stunning scenery. Board a panoramic train for a spellbinding journey through the mystical Centovalli where you’ll pass shimmering gorges with cascading waterfalls and venture across alpine meadows to Locarno and journey through the Poschiavo Valley to the ski resort of St. Moritz, discovering the serene Lake Bianco.

Complete with a hotel stay in romantic Florence and a timeless Cunard Mediterranean cruise, your holiday will be one to remember.

Your Route

3 Italian Lakes | 2 Breathtaking Rail Journeys | 1 Incredible Cruise

Duration

15 Nights
16 Days

Included Meals

Breakfast: 15
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 7

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Baglioni
Zacchera Hotels
Hilton Lake Como 
Hotel & Restaurant Laurin

Transport

Cunard Queen Victoria
Centovalli Express
Bernina Express 
All transfers

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Board the regal Queen Victoria for a Mediterranean Voyage

There’s something distinctly refined and regal about a Cunard cruise and the beautiful Queen Victoria certainly upholds the fine traditions of this luxury line. Even before you board this beautiful ship you’ll note the trademark black and red livery which, together with her sleek modern design, immediately sets the theme of proud cruising heritage married with innovative features for today’s cruise guests. From her plush, elegantly decorated public rooms to her gourmet dining and luxurious, spacious cabins, Queen Victoria exudes class. The range of options for high-quality entertainment and enrichment, as well as serene relaxation make for the cruise holiday of a lifetime.

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Dining

From hearty dishes to healthy snacks, light bites to elegant fine dining, you’ll enjoy a sense of freedom regarding the array of places to eat.

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Entertainment

Each evening brings about a different entertainment highlight. See a dazzling stage show, enjoy black tie gala dinners and savour fabulous live music.

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Spa

The opulent Mareel Spa offers a sanctuary of relaxation where you can indulge in some ‘me time’ with a sumptuous massage or calming facial.

Your 15 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

23 Sep 2022

Embark the Regal Queen Victoria for your Mediterranean Voyage

From Southampton, you’ll embark the sumptuous Queen Victoria, a ship designed with all the modern conveniences but with the splendour evocative of great ocean liners past. From her plush, elegantly decorated public rooms to her gourmet dining and luxurious cabins, Queen Victoria exudes class.

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Days 2-3

24 & 25 Sep 2022

Savour two sumptuous days at sea

Cunard cruises are well known for their lavish entertainment, with everything from gala balls to dazzling West End-style musicals to comedians and illusionists. Its resident Royal Court performers are among the most talented at sea and every evening brings a fresh experience. As for the venues themselves, expect sublime comfort, state-of-the-art productions and great views.

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Day 4

26 Sep 2022

Explore the seductive city of Seville

The capital of Spain’s Andalusia region will win you over with its incredible gothic architecture, winding medieval lanes and lively tapas bars. As well as its bitter oranges – the essential ingredient in the world’s finest marmalades – Seville is renowned for its passionate flamenco dancing and great festivals. Walk the narrow lanes of the Jewish Quarter, the expanse of the Plaza de Espana, or the halls of the Museo de Bellas Artes or visit the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the city’s Gothic Cathedral, where you’ll find Christopher Columbus’s tomb.

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Day 5

27 Sep 2022

Discover more of Cunard's Queen Victoria with a day at sea

Dining on board Queen Victoria is heralded as some of the very best at sea. Alongside Cunard favourites like the Britannia Restaurant, for a small supplement you can enjoy themed dining experiences like Steakhouse at The Verandah for mouth-watering prime cuts and seafood or the Lido which offers a fusion of fresh seasonal flavours in an intimate setting.

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Day 6

28 Sep 2022

Revel in the picturesque resort of Valencia

Valencia is a picturesque resort known for its pavement cafes, parties and paella. A must for anyone who travels here is a trip to Peñíscola Castle or Papa Luna, poised on the highest points of a rocky headland with stunning panoramic views over the city. Built by the Knights Templar, this charming attraction sits on a site that was previously an old Arab citadel. The old city holds the Valencia Cathedral, where you can climb the octagonal Miguelete Bell Tower to see sweeping views. In the new town you’ll see the ultramodern ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ with its soaring glass palaces.

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Day 7

29 Sep 2022

Enjoy your final day at Sea on board Queen Victoria

Your day on board the Queen Victoria can be active and lively, or as calming and chilled as you like; there’s something on board to suit your every mood from swimming in the pool to relaxing in the spa; joining in with Book Club to browsing the Royal Arcade.

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Day 8

30 Sep 2022

Disembark Queen Victoria and travel to the Tuscan capital of Florence for a hotel stay

Discover Florence

Your cruise ends in Civitavecchia where you’ll disembark and transfer to the Tuscan capital of Florence for a one-night hotel stay. An achingly romantic city of medieval architecture and art, it has a magnificent centre that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regarded by many as the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, it’s home to the superb Uffizi Gallery, home to works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Other sights include the Duomo cathedral, the illustrious Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo which boasts panoramic views of the city.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

Located in the centre of the city, this beautiful hotel is housed in a magnificent 19th-century building and offers exceptional views of famous historic monuments including the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. Each of the 192 rooms are equipped in an unmistakably Florentine style: wooden furniture, wrought iron finishes, hardwood floors and leaded glass windows.Features include the panoramic B-Roof restaurant and two American bars.

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Day 9

1 Oct 2022

Your trio of Italian stays begins in Lake Maggiore

Discover Lake Maggiore

Begin your fabulous Italian Lakes escape at Lake Maggiore. Located just south of the Alps, this is the second-largest lake in Italy and extends into Switzerland. It’s characterised by its colourful fishing villages, the tiny Borromean Islands off its south-western shore and the delicious cuisine found in the villages around it. Blessed with a mild climate all year round, the surrounding landscapes burst with a mesmerising array of Mediterranean vegetation and exotic plants.

Zacchera Hotels

Owned by the Zacchera family, these collection of five accommodations are one of the most important hotel chains in Italy. All of the hotels in the group benefit from a privileged position on the shores of the lake, however each resort offers its own uniqueness in design and comforts. Begin your days with a refreshing dip in the indoor or outdoor pools, indulge in delectable dishes and dine alfresco on the outdoor terraces, and escape into the stunning natural surroundings either on foot or by bike..

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Day 10

2 Oct 2022

Savour a scenic rail journey on board the Centovalli Express

Today you’ll enjoy a picturesque panoramic train journey from Domodossola to Locarno. This unforgettable experience will take you through the stunning Centovalli, “One Hundred Valleys”, as you pass by deep gorges and crevices with glittering, cascading waterfalls; and venture across colourful alpine meadows, over numerous bridges and through vineyards and forests of chestnut trees. Upon arriving on the Swiss shores of Lake Maggiore, you’ll enjoy some time to embrace the atmospheric surroundings and explore the treasures within.

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Day 11

3 Oct 2022

Discover Lake Como's dramatic Alpine scenery

Discover Lake Como

Poised in the shadow of the snow-draped Rhaetian Alps and nestled between steep-wooded hills, the spectacular surroundings of Lake Como welcome you with open arms. Shaped like an upside- down Y, its meandering shoreline is dotted with ancient villages and exquisite villas. Wander aimlessly along the lake, crossing through gardens, visit the main square and explore the centre’s history or head to Brunate using the funicular and witness breathtaking views of the shore and lake below.

Hilton Lake Como

Found on the slopes surrounding Lake Como, and just 10-minutes from the city centre, the chic Hilton Lake Como sits in a prime location, close to the treasures of the lake, and boasts spectacular views of the surroundings. Rooms are minimal and airy with crisp white bedding and dark wooden touches. Features include an opulent restaurant with a wine library and cheese room, two bars - one of which located next to the pool, and a state-of-the-art spa and health club.

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Day 12

4 Oct 2022

Experience one of Europe's most scenic train journeys on the Bernina Express

A day of adventure awaits as you embark the iconic Bernina Express for a panoramic train for a journey to St. Moritz, passing through the Poschiavo Valley and the Engadin. Enjoy incredible sights of majestic mountains and quaint little towns as you trundle over the Brusio spiral viaduct, past Puschlaversee, over Alp Grum and onto the magical Bernina Pass. Before reaching St. Moritz, you’ll savour incredible views of Lake Bianco and its shield of the snow-capped Morteratsch Glacier.

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Day 13

5 Oct 2022

Be bewitched by the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda

Discover Lake Garda

Your final lake stay is at the magnificent Lake Garda. The largest lake in Italy, this staggeringly beautiful body stretch of water has a universal charm that attracts people from all walks of life. Enjoy every second of it with this superb three-night hotel stay. The lake’s southern region has olive groves, Roman architecture and lakeside beaches, while the north is characterised by its dramatic scenery, hemmed in on both sides by the majestic Alps.

Hotel & Restaurant Laurin in Lake Garda

Hotel Laurin is one of the best-preserved examples of floral Liberty in Italy, offering a perfect blend of historical charms and modern comforts. A stunning building, it boasts frescoes by Bertolotti and Landi, wrought iron scrolls and refined cabinetmaking works. Rooms are elegant with warm lighting enhancing its bright white interiors, with pops of colour to keep it modern. Settle in for a romantic evening with mouth-watering dishes in Magnolia, try your hand at a round of golf or venture out on a boat trip, exploring the beautiful shoreline.

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Day 14

6 Oct 2022

Delve into the depths of Lake Garda with a day at leisure to explore

A day at leisure is yours to explore this fascinating lake. Pay a visit to magical Sirmione awash with thermal springs, an ancient fortress and Roman ruins of a villa. Nature-lovers will enjoy a day walking in the hills and taking in the breathtaking views over the lake, or perhaps take a boat out to one of the other towns on the coast to see a different side to the area. You could also delve into history at Riva del Garda with its medieval fortifications and cobblestone streets.

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Day 15

7 Oct 2022

Take in the scenery of captivating Lake Garda for your final day

On your final day in beautiful Lake Garda, find a quiet waterfront trattoria to relax in while the waves of the lake gently lap at the harbour walls. Or head out into the bucolic countryside where you’ll find olive groves and vineyards galore, perhaps taking a tasting tour. You could also cross to the tiny island of Isola del Garda, a privately owned speck of land in the south-west of the lake that’s open to the public and is home to a palatial Venetian neogothic villa.

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Day 16

8 Oct 2022

Your trio of Italian Lakes complete, transfer to Milan for your flight home

Your lovely lakes retreat complete, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotel Stays

Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence
★★★★

Located in the heart of Florence, the Grand Hotel Baglioni has been synonymous with hospitality and quality for over 100 years. Housed in a stunning 19th-century, in which past and present co-exist in perfect harmony, this hotel bears the values inherent to Florentine tradition. Officially opened on 12th August 1903, for more than 100 years, this accommodation has played host to kings, heads of state, artists and intellectuals. Don’t miss the opportunity to head up to the B-Roof restaurant where delicious haute cuisine is enhanced by spectacular panoramic views.

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Zacchera Hotels, Lake Maggiore
★★★★

The Zacchera Hotels, Grand Hotel Dino, Hotel Simplon, Hotel Splendid and Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa, all boast privileged positions on the shores of Lake Maggiore and the breathtaking Gulf of Borromeo. Each with their own team of highly professional staff, elegance, sumptuous comfort and high-quality facilities, every stay here is an unforgettable pleasure for all guests. Marvel at the astonishing views as you dine alfresco in one of the exceptional restaurants, indulge in a treatment or two in the opulent wellness centre or wander the lush gardens, bursting with colour.

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Hilton, Lake Como
★★★★

Enjoy unparalleled lake views from the glorious rooftop pool at Hilton Lake Como, a modern yet comfortable hotel standing on the slopes surrounding Lake Como. Just 10-minutes away from the city centre and a five-minute wander from the grand Villa Olmo, you’re moments away from some of the region’s glorious highlights. Head to the eforea spa and Health Club where you could relish an indulgent treatment or two, savour delicious flavours in Satin whose menu focuses on Southern Swiss and Valtellina cuisines and sip tasty cocktails from Terrazza 241, a specialty bar overlooking the sapphire waters.

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Hotel & Restaurant Laurin, Lake Garda
★★★★

Once Villa Isabella, Hotel Laurin was built at the beginning of 900 by the Simonini family. During the Social Republic, it was the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, holding within itself a wealth of fascinating history. Surrounded by a charming garden with beguiling flora and fragrant areas, and affording enchanting views of the lake, it’s a slice of paradise in which to immerse yourself in nature. Dine alfresco in one of the shaded corners, breathing in the fresh lake air, soak up the sun during a round of golf, and escape out onto the waters on a thrilling boat trip.

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Your Scenic Rail Adventures

The Bernina Express

Also known as Lario, Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardo and is the third-largest lake in Italy. Favoured by many an A-List celebrity, Lake Como is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery – set against the foothills of the Alps, beautiful villages where you can enjoy a coffee alfresco, and extravagant villas. Head to the picturesque village of Varenna for a romantic spot or explore its traditional delights. A memorable journey on board the Bernina Express will take you past glaciers and dramatic mountains, as well as astonishing architectural wonders.

The Centovalli Express

For jaw-dropping alpine scenery and some of Central Europe’s most remarkable large-scale feats of engineering, a journey on the Centovalli Express train is hard to beat. Take in the splendid views of vivid blue lakes, waterfalls and deep-creased valleys from the comfort of your seat as you wind through this beautiful part of Switzerland.

Lake Maggiore

For jaw-dropping alpine scenery and some of Central Europe’s most remarkable large-scale feats of engineering, a journey on the Centovalli Express train is hard to beat. Take in the splendid views of vivid blue lakes, waterfalls and deep-creased valleys from the comfort of your seat as you wind through this beautiful part of Switzerland.

Your Holiday Summary

 

Hotel Stays*

  • 1 night four-star stay in Florence at the Grand Hotel Baglioni
  • 2 night four-star stay in Lake Maggiore at the Zacchera Hotels
  • 2 night four-star hotel stay at the Hilton Lake Como
  • 3 night four-star stay in Lake Garda at the Hotel & Restaurant Laurin
  • All hotel stays include breakfast

Rail Journeys

  • Scenic rail journey through Centovalli on board the Centovalli Express
  • Scenic rail journey through the Swiss Alps on board the Bernina Express

Cruise

  • 7 night full-board cruise on board Queen Victoria

Inbound flight (London arrival - regional flights available) and transfers

 
*Named hotels are subject to availability, a similar hotel may be offered at the same standard.

Prices From

Your itinerary may vary based on your chosen departure date.

Departing

22 September 2022

Inside

£2,799pp

Outside

£3,399pp

Balcony

£3,799pp

Grill Suite

£5,699pp

Duration: 15 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Florence, Civitavecchia (Rome), Genoa, Marseille, Gibraltar, Southampton

Departing

23 September 2022

Inside

£2,599pp

Outside

£3,199pp

Balcony

£3,699pp

Grill Suite

£5,499pp

Duration: 15 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Southampton, Seville, Valencia, Civitavecchia (Rome), Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Milan

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