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Revel in the unrivalled beauty of the spectacular Italian Lakes during an incredible tour, with Florence and Rome hotel stays and a magical Mediterranean Cunard cruise.

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 and Lake Garda during a two-night stay at each lake. 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 a fascinating Swiss excursion that delves 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 during your stay in Lake Maggiore.

From Lake Garda, you’ll transfer to Florence for a one-night stay, followed by a two-night stay in Rome.

Complete your timeless holiday with a cruise on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria. You’ll get to soak up the magnetic sights of the Mediterranean as you sail from Rome to Southampton, via Genoa, Marseille and Gibraltar.

Your Route

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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 14 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

23 Sep 2022

Today you will fly to Milan to begin your tour of the Italian Lakes

Arriving in Milan, you’ll transfer to your hotel in Lake Maggiore and settle in for your two-night stay. 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.

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Day 2

24 Sep 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 3

25 Sep 2022

It’s time to transfer to glorious Lake Garda for a two-night stay

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 two-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.

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Day 4

26 Sep 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 5

27 Sep 2022

It’s time to say farewell to the Italian Lakes as you transfer to Florence

Indulge in a one-night stay in the Renaissance City — also known as Florence. 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.

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Day 6

28 Sep 2022

Transfer to Rome for a two-night stay in magnificent city

Your adventure continues with a two-night hotel stay in Rome, the Eternal City. Drink in the sights of Italy’s ancient capital, where you can follow in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum, built in 80AD and which once housed around 50,000 spectators. In between chic cafés and serene statues on street corners, you’ll find treasures like the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, where a coin tossed into its shining waters promise a return to Rome. Sample hearty local cuisine at a family-run trattoria and find a gelato stand for a cooling ice cream as the stylish locals zip through cobblestone streets on Vespa scooters. It’s a city that brims with atmosphere.

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Day 7

29 Sep 2022

Spend the day at leisure exploring the sights of the spectacular city of Rome

Explore Rome’s ancient Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, before discovering the Vatican City. Visit the collection of Vatican Museums and the Renaissance church of Saint Peter's Basilica. Marvel at the Sistine Chapel’s Renaissance ceiling fresco, painted by Michelangelo, which is regarded as one of the most significant artistic achievements in human history.

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Day 8

30 Sep 2022

Transfer to Civitavecchia where you’ll embark the iconic Queen Victoria for your stunning Mediterranean voyage

From Rome 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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Day 9

1 Oct 2022

Discover the Baroque architecture and colourful streetscapes of Genoa

This city's swag of ornate churches and palaces is as astounding as the revitalized old port area that surrounds them. Visit the Baroque piazza and order the Genovese specialties of minestrone and trofie al pesto or Sip a glass of Bianchetta Genovese wine, then stroll the waterfront to ride the Bigo crane for panoramic views of modern-day Genoa. Visit San Lorenzo Cathedral, Piazza de Ferrari and Maritime Museum.

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Day 10

2 Oct 2022

Soak up Marseille’s wealth of historic sights and the pretty marina

Marseilles is France's second largest city and a virtual melting pot of peoples and cultures with a salty city with a feel and culture all its own. Dominating the harbour is the infamous Chateau d'If, the rocky prison from which Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo escaped. Marseille is also your gateway to Provence. Also, try the renowned bouillabaisse or tour the lovely towns and vineyards of Provence.

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Day 11

3 Oct 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 12

4 Oct 2022

Discover a Mediterranean melting pot of culture in Gibraltar

They say the Rock of Gibraltar crouches over the sea Sphinx-like facing Africa. Many countries have fought for control of this passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, resulting in a vibrant cultural melting pot. Narrow steep lanes are busy with English tourists, veiled Moroccan women in caftans, and Spanish residents. Stroll below the white cliffs among a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. Go below to Gibraltar’s caves, or up above to see the Rock’s Barbary apes.

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Days 13 - 14

5 - 6 Oct 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 15

7 Oct 2022

Arrive back in Southampton, your Italian Lakes & Cunard cruise holiday complete

It’s time to say farewell to Queen Victoria as you arrive in back in Southampton.

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Hotel Stays

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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Splendido Bay Luxury Spa Resort, Lake Garda
★★★★★

The five-star Splendido Bay is a luxury resort hotel on the Lombardy side of Lake Gardo, offering state-of-the-art facilities. Overlooking the lake, the hotel features a sumptuous spa and thermal suite, a selection of restaurants, lounge bar, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a pebble beach. Relax in your elegant hotel room. Sample the sublime cuisine at Aqua Riva, Il Rivale, and BBay Bistrot and unwind at the hotel’s luxury spa or by the pool.

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Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence
★★★★

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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Le Méridien Visconti Rome
★★★★

Within walking distance to the Spanish Steps and the Vatican, Le Méridien Visconti is perfectly located in the heart of Rome. The stylish hotel offers light and spacious rooms and suites with a chic aesthetic and modern amenities, including King size beds, Wi-Fi and robes and slippers. There’s a fitness and Longitude 12 bar & Bistrot, which celebrates local, Italian flavours. Relax on the hotel’s rooftop terrace and soak up the breathtaking city views.

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Your Scenic Rail Adventure

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*

  • 2 night four-star stay in Lake Maggiore at the Zacchera Hotels with breakfast
  • 2 night five-star hotel stay in Lake Garda at the Splendido Bay Luxury Spa Resort with breakfast 
  • 1 night four-star stay in Florence at the Grand Hotel Baglioni with breakfast
  • 2 night four-star hotel stay at the Le Méridien Visconti Rome with breakfast

Rail Journey

  • Scenic rail journey through Centovalli on board the Centovalli Express

Cruise

  • 7 night full-board cruise on board Queen Victoria

Outbound flight (London departure - regional flights available) and transfers

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

Prices From

Departing

23 September 2022

Inside

£2,599pp

Outside

£3,199pp

Balcony

£3,699pp

Grill Suite

£5,499pp

Duration: 14 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda, Florence, Civitavecchia (Rome), Genoa, Marseille, Gibraltar, Southampton

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