Christmas in the air at Lake Maggiore: December 2012
Christmas in the air at Lake Maggiore
14th – 16th December 2012
Christmas is coming: in the surrounding area of Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta and Ossola Valleys, there are a lot of events to wait the “White Christmas”!
Tiny typical markets, Santa Claus, magic caverns, hand-crafted cribs, typical representations and many great events for everyone to be discovered!
We suggest you an unordinary weekend: who said that only children love Santa Claus?!
Friday 14th December: arrival, check-in and overnight in a 3-star-hotel of Stresa. This small town is the so-called “Pearl of Lake Maggiore”, facing the “Borromeo Gulf” with a wonderful view of the famous islands…
Saturday 15th December: after breakfast excursion to Domodossola, the most important centre of Ossola Valley. In the heart of the town it will take place the 15th edition of the Christmas Markets: a lot of ideas for a great present with typical hand-crafted objects and products with a special taste! In the early afternoon you will reach Ornavasso (we suggest you to arrive there before 2 p.m.), a nice village with an old and interesting Walser-origin, situated at the beginning of Ossola Valley. There, children (but also adults) will have the possibility to visit the Pink-marble Quarry (or much better “The Real Cave of Santa Claus”), where a real Santa Claus is waiting for you with a gift and an afternoon snack (www.grottadibabbonatale.it)! Return in hotel and overnight.
Sunday 16th December: in the morning, after breakfast, visit of one of the three Borromeo Islands: by private motorboat you will reach the “isola Superiore dei Pescatori” (Fishermen’s island) that owes its name to the occupation of its inhabitants. This island, with its medieval charm, narrow streets and the view of the lake, is difficult to forget. After a romantic walk along the so-called “Via di Mezzo” and a visit of the small church dedicated to Saint Victor you will continue by private motorboat to Baveno (a small town facing the Borromeo Gulf, not so far away from Stresa). In Baveno since few years before Christmas Day there is one of the most beautiful event of Lake Maggiore: “Un Salto nel Passato” (A Plunge into the Past). During this spectacular event the old town centre goes back into the past and more than 500 people, dressing old clothes, give life to a truly impressive show… You have just to follow alleys and narrow streets to discover magic corners, secret spots, unusual works and to taste typical dishes, but you can’t pay with Euros, the only money available is “ul Franc da Baven” (www.unsaltonelpassato.info). In the afternoon you will return in Stresa by private motorboat, ready to come back home.
Services included in the package:
- 2 nights, BB-rate in a 3-star-hotel of Stresa;
- return-ticket for private transfer by motorboat from Stresa to reach the “isola Superiore dei Pescatori” and Baveno;
- ticket package “Ornavasso Visit” (small craft market – enchanted “Twergi forest” – visit of “The Real Cave of Santa Claus” – “good-child-certificate” – Christmas afternoon snack).
Price per person in double room: € 102,00
Extra charge for child (till 3 y.o.): € 15,00
Extra charge for child (till 10 y.o. in 3-bed-room with 2 adults): € 41,00
Extra charge for child (from 11 to 15 y.o. in 3-bed-room with 2 adults): € 56,00
Recommended period: from 14th to 16th December 2012
Length: 2 nights, 3 days
Minimum participants: 2 people
Dinner in a restaurant on request
Car required (we consider you moving with your own car), transfer available on request
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