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Locarno Holidays

Dominated by the Madonna del Sasso church, which is reached by funicular from the town centre, Locarno has a lovely lakeside promenade, where colourful flora flourishes in the warm climate, and a medieval old town full of little shops and cafés. Our hotels in Locarno offer you a great choice of accommodation. The impressive ‘Piazza Grande’ is famous for its frequent concerts and other events. Visit the unspoilt nature of the valley of Verzasca or head into the hills by cable-car to enjoy the cool air and super panoramic views, or take a boat ride on the lake to Italy.

Useful Information

Resort Code: CHLO

Languages spoken:

Time difference:

Currency: CHF

  • from£1319pp
  • 89 rooms
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In a peaceful, elevated position above the town centre, and enjoying great views of Lake Maggiore and the mountains beyond.

  • from£689pp
  • 40 rooms
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Modern and stylish in design hotel with superior service and comfort, set in a convenient location with easy access to lakeside promenade for miles of walking and cycling.

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. 2hrs 30mins by rail/boat or postbus.

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: Yes

Evening resort bus service: Yes

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

Inghams Plus

  • Discount Travel Card – worth over £100 per person - included in the price of your holiday
  • Free UNESCO Sites discount voucher booklet
  • 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.
  • Free daily packed lunches at selected hotels
  • Early Booking Offers at selected hotels
  • Inghams Rep 'Meet & Greet' service

Special Offers

Excursions

BOOK LOCALLY

Locarno/Ascona*

From £4 (bus)/£14 (boat)
Return fares by bus (approx. 10 mins), or by boat (approx. 20 mins) between the resorts.

Guided coach excursion to Milan*

From £60, full day
Get the most out of your visit to this beautiful, historical Italian city on this guided coach excursion. Visit the ‘il Duomo’ cathedral, ‘La Scala’ theatre, the Sforza castle and the famous shopping area ‘La Galleria’.

Centovalli train excursion to Stresa*

From £34, 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 £30 (Locarno), £20 (Ascona), daily
Return boat ticket to the island, including free entrance fee.

Lugano*

From £10, daily (1/2 hour by rail).

Many more options available locally through your Representative.

*Book locally – price for guidance only. Prices shown include travel card discount

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
  • Lake boat trips
  • Botanical garden
  • Golf
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Culture
  • E-bike hire

For those staying in Locarno 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.

Activity Information

In and around Locarno

  • Madonna del Sasso church, with fantastic views over the town, lake and mountains
  • Botanical gardens of Brissago islands with wide selection of flora
  • Day trips on Lake Maggiore for the Borromean islands and their gardens with fantastic exotic and tropical plants
  • 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 half-price 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.

 

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.

Resort Combinations

Two Centres | You can combine your stay in Locarno with one or more Swiss resort(s) of your choice. Transfers between resorts via the Swiss transport network are included.

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