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.
Multi- Centre Holidays | You can combine your stay in Ascona with one or more Swiss resort(s) of your choice. Transfers between resorts via the Swiss transport network are included.
Resort Code: CHAS
Time difference: GMT +1
|Departure day||Duration (nights)||To||Depart from||Supplement|
|4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14
3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14
3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14
4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14
Transfer Approx. 3hrs 30 mins by rail.
Supplements: are based on 7 nights midweek/weekend departures. Other UK regional airports are available on indirect flights.
‘Fly-rail Luggage’ - send your luggage directly from your UK airport to your hotel for only £14 per item per way. See our transfers page for details.
‘Fetch My Luggage’ - send your luggage direct to your hotel in advance so it is waiting for you on arrival from approx. £50 per item, per way.
Car hire available: No
Evening resort bus service: Yes
Local bus services:
Parking available: Yes
Resort Ski bus available: No
£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*
£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*
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.
£30 (Locarno), £20 (Ascona), daily
Return boat ticket to the island, including free entrance fee.
£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.
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
Half-price 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 £80!
NB. Half-fare 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.
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.