Christmas & New Year On Lake Como
11 nights. December 2018. From £1569.00.
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Celebrate the festive and New Year season on the shore of glistening Lake Como, in a comfortable hotel situated across the water from beautiful Bellagio. Enjoy all-inclusive, full-board accommodation, with music each evening, a splendid six-course Christmas Day meal and a New Year's Eve feast, and discover one of Europe's most scenic corners on some wonderful included and optional excursions.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend time on the shores of Italy's most romantic lake
Discover idyllic Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town'
See Como Town Christmas Market and the Magic Light Festival
A Lake Como cruise on Christmas Day
A six-course Christmas Day turkey lunch
A six-course New Year's Eve dinner with music and fireworks
11 nights' all-inclusive accommodation in the three-star Hotel Britannia Excelsior in Cadenabbia
Return flights from the UK to Milan
Coach travel and transfers throughout
One piece of hold luggage per person
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Milan and transfer by coach to your three-star Hotel Britannia.
Day TwoYour first unforgettable full day begins with a boat trip across the water to Como's most sparkling settlement, stunning Bellagio, often described as Italy's most beautiful town. Step ashore for a short walking tour and time to explore, before returning across the water for lunch at the hotel.
Later, we'll journey by coach to Como Town, where the lakeside Piazza Cavour and nearby Via Plinio, beneath the majestic cathedral, are home to a colourful Christmas market selling local produce and handicrafts. After dark, the dazzling Magic Light Festival illuminates the historic buildings. Soak up the festive atmosphere before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)Rest and relax at the hotel and the nearby small resort of Cadenabbia-Griante, or join our half-day optional excursion to Switzerland's stylish Lugano, delightfully set on the shore of the smaller lake of the same name. After a chance to explore, return to the hotel to begin your festive celebrations.
Day Four (Christmas Day)Your memorable Christmas Day includes a relaxing cruise on the lake, taking in the sight of the historic villas that dot the wooded shore, and culminates with a splendid six-course Christmas meal of antipasto, pasta, a fish course, turkey, mince pies, traditional Italian panettone, crackers and even English Christmas pudding. With a small gift for all, musical entertainment and the wine flowing, an unforgettable evening is guaranteed.
Day Five (Boxing Day)Join this morning's optional full-day excursion to Milan, one of Europe's most exciting cities. See Sforzesco Castle, the famous Galleria shopping mall, La Scala - one of the world's greatest opera houses - and the great cathedral, Il Duomo - Italy's largest Gothic church. Enjoy a tour in the company of a local guide, before returning to Cadenabbia in time for dinner and a relaxing evening at the hotel.
Days Six and SevenRelax at the hotel or explore Lake Como's pretty surroundings at your own pace.
Day EightOn today's unforgettable optional excursion, board the famous Bernina Express from Tirano to St Moritz, playground of the rich and famous. Window-shop or enjoy a coffee in a choice of cafes, before returning to Como by coach, arriving in time for dinner at the hotel.
Day NineMake the most of another opportunity to join the optional full-day excursion to Milan. (See Day Five for more details.)
Day 10 (New Year's Eve)An unforgettable day begins with the chance to join our half-day included excursion to Switzerland's stylish Lugano (see Day Three). Return to the hotel during the afternoon to begin your celebrations, starting with a six-course dinner that includes an aperitivo, antipasto, fish, meat, dessert and traditional panettone. Later, enjoy live music and, to ring in 2019, a firework display over the lake. For those still a little peckish, a traditional Italian 'good luck and prosperity' dish of lentils and pork sausage will be served after midnight.
Day 11 (New Year's Day)Rest and relax after the festivities or join today's optional gentle cruise on the lake - a wonderful way to begin the New Year - before enjoying a final dinner at the hotel.
Day 12Bid "Arrivederci" to your hosts and transfer back to airport for the return flight. Back to top
AccommodationHotel Britannia Excelsior
With 284 rooms, this large, three-star, all-inclusive hotel is set in a former 19th-century inn right on Como's shore, and has a floating outdoor swimming pool that almost seems part of the lake (open seasonally). Hotel guests can visit Bellagio by boat during leisure time (boat ticket included from May-Oct. A limited winter timetable also runs - tickets payable locally).
As well as the bustling main buffet restaurant, the hotel has several bars and restaurants (some a la carte, open seasonally and payable locally). These are offered on an all-inclusive basis, with full-board meal arrangements (packed lunches will be available on excursion days) and many drinks included free of charge (participating bars vary according to season and time of day).
Bedrooms are simply furnished with air-conditioning, satellite TV, fridges and hairdryers. Rooms vary in size and style and are typically located at the rear of the property. Upgrades to lake view rooms are available for a supplement.Back to top
European closing timesShops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Italian hotel room taxSome regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Entrance feesSince some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Terms and conditions*This 10% discount offer applies to new bookings only on all air-inclusive and river cruise holidays made between 22nd and 27th November 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (BLACK) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Prices shown are based on two people sharing. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding Holiday Insurance) at the time of booking. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Back to top