Set in the Maggia Valley, only 2km from Lago Maggiore, Losone will be the base from which to explore the popular Italian part of Switzerland. You will discover the medieval city of Bellinzona surrounded by its three castles, the wild and defiant Maggia valley and the varied landscape around Lago Maggiore, whilst staying at the charming Albergo Losone set in its own large palm garden.
Highlights Lago Maggiore
- Bellinzona with medieval town centre
- Picturesque town of Ascona
- Chapel Santa Maria with wonderful frescos
- Lugano – Italian Dolce Vita
Air or rail travel to Switzerland. Rail transfer and onward bus transfer to Losone. Your hotel will issue the ‘Ticino Ticket’ on arrival which will offer free use of public transport on most buses and trains.
Cycle towards Locarno and along the lake promenade to the flat Magadino area, past small forests and big farming areas on to the city walls of Bellinzona – the capital of the region. Explore the medieval town centre with its cobbled streets and visit at least one of the three castles surrounding the city. Return to Losone.
Today’s route takes you to the picturesque town of Ascona. Leave your bikes here and continue by boat to the Brissago Islands, famous for a botanical garden housing 1,700 different plant species. Return to Ascona and cycle towards the Centovalli valley before returning to Losone.
This alpine valley of the Maggi river is dotted with small picturesque villages with traditional stone houses typical for the area, vineyards and dairy farms. The extraordinary beauty of the area invites to many stops along the banks of the river. Travel past the waterfall at Monte Brolla until you reach the lovely town of Maggia. Time for a break and a visit to the chapel Santa Maria with its wonderful frescos before returning to Losone.
Cycle to Locarno before taking the train to Melide. From here you cycle along Lake Lugano to the largest city in Ticino – Lugano. Italian Dolce Vita, colourful villages with typical stone churches and inviting grottos offering local delicacies accompany you throughout the day. Return to Losone by train and bike.
Return journey by train to the border or airport.
From Prices per Person in £
Daily Departures: Daily 08 April – 24 June & 12 August – 21 October
Classic Room, breakfast
Premium Room, breakfast
Upgrade to 1st class rail transfers
Upgrade to 4-day E-Bike Hire
- Return flights from UK to Switzerland in economy class including 1 piece of hold luggage and all taxes
- All rail travel as per itinerary in 2nd or 1st class as selected, incl. half-fare card
- Brissago Island excursion ticket
- Ticino Ticket for free local transport
- Entry to the castles’ of Bellinzona
- 5 nights’ accommodation in selected category
- Daily breakfast
- Local taxes
- 4 day standard touring bike hire
- Digital Swiss Coupon Pass
- Travel documentation
6 Days / 5 nights – Unescorted
Grade: A – easy.
Day 2 – 55km | Day 3 – 25km | Day 4 – 30km | Day 5 – 35km
Accommodation: Albergo Losone 4-star
Surrounded by a large garden with palm trees, the family run hotel offers a heated outdoor pool and wellness facilities including steam bath and tepidarium for a relaxing end to your day. Classic rooms are slightly smaller with terrace while premium rooms have balcony.