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Francis Brennans Grand Tour

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Francis Brennans Grand Tour

Stresa - The Italian Lakes

There's a long journey ahead for the tour as they say au revoir to Cannes and France as travel to Italy. Their destination is the small scenic town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lakes.

En route, the coach stops off at one of the glitziest states in the world, Monaco, famous for its Grand Prix circuit, the Monte Carlo Casino and Royal Palace, home of the glamorous Grimaldi dynasty.

Once they reach the Italian lakes the tourists take a break from the coach for another form of transport - a boat. They take a ride around the properly scenic Lake Maggiore, where, scenery aside, one of the highlights is a stop off at Villa Taranto, famous for it's fabulously manicured gardens. They manage to lose their boat captain at one point but, of course, Francis saves the day!


Useful Information


Harmony Court
Harmony Row
Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: + 353 1 637 1600


Hotel La Palma
Lungolago Umberto I, 33
28838 Stresa VB
Tel: 00 39 0323 32401

Grand Hotel Bristol
Corso so Umberto I, 73
28838 Stresa VB
Tel: 00 39 0323 32601


Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto
Via V Veneto 111
Opens - April to end October, 9am to 6pm
An admission fee is charged.
Tel: 00 39 0323 556667 / 404555

Mottarone Cable Car and the Alpine Gardens
Tel: 00 39 0323 30295

Lido Blue Beach

Mergozzo village

Boat excursions to the Borromean Islands -Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori

Stresa Market - Friday morning

Piazza Cadorna - square with shops, cafes and restaurants

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