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Ascona Holidays

The Swiss Side of Lake Maggiore

Known as the ‘Pearl of Lake Maggiore’, this quaint lakeside town is situated in a sunny bay near the delta of the Maggia River and has a special charm. The lakeside promenade enjoys a wonderful panorama of Lake Maggiore and towards the Brissago islands and the old town with its cobbled streets and bell tower is home to a variety of little boutiques to explore. The regular bus and boat services bring visitors with ease to Locarno or other destinations on both the Swiss and Italian side of the lake, and there are plenty of walking opportunities from strolls along the lakefront, or walks higher up into the Ticino valleys.

Added value

Discount Travel Card – worth over £100 per person - included in the price of your holiday

Free return ticket on the Cardada cable-car (stays of 7 or more nights)

Free travel on Swiss Transport Network for children up to 15 years incl.

Early Booking Offers at selected hotels

Inghams Rep 'Meet & Greet' service

Useful Information

Resort Code: CHAS

Languages spoken:

Time difference: GMT +1

Currency: CHF

  • from£732pp
  • 60 rooms
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This hotel is certainly the place to stay for breathtaking views across Lake Maggiore. Situated approx. 8 minutes’ by hotel shuttle from Ascona centre in an elevated position, it enjoys uninterrupted panoramic lake views from its room and public area.

  • from£719pp
  • 46 rooms
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Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss enjoys an excellent reputation for hospitality and cuisine, with an unbeatable location just a stone’s throw from the edge of Lake Maggiore, 200m from the boat jetty and 400m from the bus stop.

Travel and Transportation

Departure day Duration (nights) To Depart from

Monday 

Wednesday 

Friday

Saturday

3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14 Zurich Gatwick
Heathrow,
Luton,
London City,
Manchester

Transfer Approx. 3hrs by rail. Your journey may involve a change of trains.

Flight supplements may apply and are based on 7 nights midweek/weekend departures. Other UK regional airports are available on indirect flights.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

AVAILABLE LOCALLY

Centovalli train excursion to Stresa*

From Sfr47, daily
An unforgettable journey by rail and boat on the ‘Lago Maggiore Express’ across the ‘100 valleys’,to Stresa and the Borromean islands. N.B. Train excursions commence from Locarno. Guests of Ascona must pay for bus or boat to Locarno where applicable.

Brissago Islands*

From Sfr23, daily
Return boat ticket to the island, including free entrance fee.

UNESCO Bellinzona Castles*

From Sfr16, daily

 

*Book locally – price for guidance only.

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Things To Do

  • Cable cars
  • Walking and hiking - from palm trees to glaciers: where the Meditteranean and Alpine meet 
  • Lake boat trips
  • Botanical garden
  • Golf
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Culture
  • E-bike hire

For those staying in Ascona hotels, there are lots of activities and excursions to keep you busy. Among its major attractions are a lovely lake promenade lined with flowers and palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical parks and gardens, access to wonderful wild valleys such as Valle Verzasca and the Centovalli - famous for its dramatic rail routes - and the ambient 'Piazza Grande' famous for its frequent concerts and other events. Boat rides can be taken to the Islands of Brissago in Switzerland, or the Borromean Islands and Stresa in Italy. A free return trip up Cardada is included for guests on holidays in Ascona who stay 7 or more nights.

In and around Ascona

  • Madonna del Sasso church, with fantastic views over the town, lake and mountains
  • Botanical gardens of Brissago islands with wide selection of flora
  • Monte Verità is a great wooded park and features exotic plants, it offers views of Lake Maggiore and the Ticino Valleys and is a popular spot for philosophers and artists
  • Parco delle Camelie, Locarno has precious botanical features and 850 types of flower 
  • Bolle of Magadino is a renowned wildlife refuge
  • Day trips on Lake Maggiore for the Borromean islands and their gardens with fantastic exotic and tropical plants
  • 1.5km Lakeside Maggiore walk from Locarno to Muralto  
  • The three castles of Bellinzona - Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro were built in the Medieval Age  
  • Discovering Lake Maggiore on board the 'Navigazione del Lago Maggiore' boat is a unique experience 
  • Basilica of San pietro e Paolo in Borgo old town with art museum
  • 'Lido Locarno’ public lido with swimming pools and thermal pool
  • 6 & 9 hole golf courses, plus 18-hole course in nearby Ascona & Losone
  • 'Moon and Stars’ music festival (approx 9-19 Jul)
  • 'JazzAscona’ music festival (approx 20-29 Jun)
  • Locarno film festival (approx 7-17 Aug)
  • Folk festival takes place throughout June
  • Ascona Polo Cup takes place in July

Discount Travel Card included for all Inghams guests

Save up to 50% with your discount travel card on trips of your choice across the Swiss transport network. Included in the price of your holiday, and worth over £100!

NB. Discount card is not valid on Lake Maggiore

Travel card sent to you before departure with your rail transfer tickets.

Exploring on the Swiss Transport Network

Switzerland's excellent public transport network of mountain railways, cable-cars, steam boats and buses makes it a pleasure to explore the sights, at your own pace.

Evening resort bus service available 

Car hire is available locally 

Walking

Easy There are many scenic walks in and around Locarno and Ascona, which area a pleasant 1-hour stroll apart along the lakeside. Explore the alleyways and quaint corners, full of cafes, art galleries and craft shops. Locarno has a strong relationship with flowers, with the beautiful Camelias in particular attracting many visitors in spring. For flower lovers, a visit to the Brissago islands is a must. The climate allows over 1600 species of plants to flourish here, many of which are unique to Switzerland

Moderate The Cardada, reached by funicular and cable-car from Locarno centre also offers several varied mountain short walks and more challenging hikes all with breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore.

Slightly challenging Hikers can head into the hills of the Verzasca Valley for typical Ticino scenery and cooler air. Here you can see the Contra Dam, the setting of the famous scene in the James Bond fil Goldeneye. Continue the journey to Lavertezzo on one of the signposted walks through the small picturesque villages.

Good to know

  • Free Ticino Resort Card entitles you to unlimited use of operating public trains and buses, plus discount on operating funiculars, cable cars, boat trips and local attractions
  • Take advantage of the many natural beaches, lidos, lakes, open air pools and watersports
  • There is sports galore here including paragliding, golf, canyoning, rafting , cycling and hiking
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