The lakes of northern Italy and southern Switzerland have drawn travellers for centuries. There is a special attraction, an allure that pulls people as if by magic. Now rowers are also being enchanted by the charms of this region. It has cast its spell on us and is one of our favourite places. We have been drawn here every year for some of the most spectacular rowing in the world. Join us and let this region surprise you with its charm and warmth. It will take your breath away with its unparalleled natural beauty. Discover the pizazz of Italy with the precision of Switzerland, separate countries but bound together by their shared geography, a common language and a long history of welcoming visitors.
Lago Maggiore effortlessly straddles the two countries. Firmly rooted in Italy, it also wraps its shoreline along a beautiful part of Switzerland, where the Alps rise dramatically behind the lake. As Italy’s second largest lake and its longest, there is a lot to explore here. Get to know this majestic lake with a wonderful week rowing its waters. Coastal rowing shells give us the freedom to follow the shore or cross back and forth as we seek out the loveliest scenery and most enchanting sights. We will row past opulent hotels in Stresa, the wealthy waterfront of Ascona, tiny villages perched high on the hills above, plus a diversity of islands, one sporting a castle, others with grand gardens and villas, another simply covered in willow trees. There is always something interesting and beautiful to look at as you row.
We will visit gardens and villas, rich with colour, treasures and history. Stroll coastal paths and elegant waterfronts, climb to a monastery perched on a cliff above the lake. Sit in the warmth of a sunny café to watch chic people passing by in a square decorated with buildings painted white, yellow, pink and ochre, the vowels of Italian floating above the clink of glasses. And then there is the food. Savour a morning cappuccino and pastry, for lunch enjoy fresh panini or a hot slice of pizza, and at dinner sample a heaping bowl of risotto alla Milanese or a serving of polenta with lake fish. Enjoy local wines or perhaps prosecco or just a refreshing glass of sparkling water. Be charmed and enchanted. Let magical Lago Maggiore cast its spell on you. Even More to Enjoy.
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|Single Supplement||$220||$275||180 €|
|Daily Distances||Boats||Group Size|
|15 – 25 km per day||Coastal coxed quads.||Minimum group size is two quads (9 guests); maximum is four quads (19 guests)|
Non-rowers welcome. Program for non-rowing companions includes walking and sightseeing options.
Note that weather and water conditions may mean deviations from the itinerary described below.