7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £655.00.
Rest and relax on the elegant shores of Italy’s most picturesque body of water.
Discover one of Europe’s most idyllic, charming and stylish corners, as you soak up the atmosphere of the most picturesque of the Italian lakes, in its mountain-backed setting to the north of Milan. Combine leisurely days in your chosen hotel with exploration of the lake’s towns and villages, elegant villas and glorious gardens, and perhaps venture further afield on escorted excursions.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsRelax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
Enjoy peaceful lake-shore strolls
Lunch in a shore-side cafe or restaurant
Visit famous Villa Carlotta’s stunning gardens
Take a lake steamer or ferry to beautiful Bellagio
Visit cycling mecca Ghisallo del Madonna
Marvel at the delightful and unspoiled Varenna
Explore elegant Como Town Catch the funicular to Brunate
Spot George Clooney – or at least his former home!
Join optional excursions to Milan, Lugano or walled Bergamo
Take an optional trip to Switzerland’s St Moritz on the Bernina Express*
*The Bernina Express optional excursion must be booked prior to departure
Seven nights' half-board or all-inclusive accommodation in one of our carefully chosen Lake Como hotels
Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Italy
Return airport-to-hotel transfers
The services of a friendly, experienced resort-based 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 Italy, and transfer to Lake Como and your chosen hotel.
Day Two - Optional Day Trip to BellagioRelax and get to know your surroundings at your leisure, or join our optional day trip to stunning Bellagio, Como’s most sparkling jewel. Idyllically set at the tip dividing the lake’s two southern legs, Bellagio is often described as the most beautiful town in Italy. Join our tour manager for the ferry crossing and step ashore to discover this exquisite place, with its elegant villas and glorious gardens looking out over the lake and backed by wooded hills. After a short walking tour, you are free to enjoy Bellagio’s wondrous surroundings, perhaps taking a seat in a cafe, enjoying a delicious gelato, or simply strolling the lakefront promenade before returning across the water at your leisure. By afternoon you will have already slowed to life at Como’s relaxed pace.
Day Three - Optional Lake Como Cruise & Villa Balbianello Gardens TripChoose to unwind and use the hotel’s amenities or take our optional day trip to the lake again, to enjoy more of Como’s idyllic shoreline. Board a lake cruiser to sail past yet more elegant villas and their stunning gardens, as well as some of the lakes most highly favoured settlements. We include a visit to the gardens of Villa Balbianello, then sit back and relax, hopefully enjoying the joys of cruising back to port under sunny skies on what is sure to be a memorable day.
Day Four - Optional Trip to MilanJoin our optional excursion to the great city of Milan. One of Europe’s most exciting cities, Milan is not merely a centre of worldwide fashion; it is also home to some of the best collections of art and architecture in the world. The Sforzesco Castle, the famous shopping Galleria, La Scala - one of the world’s greatest opera houses - and the great cathedral, Il Duomo, one of its largest Gothic churches, are amongst the breath-taking sights brought to life on the guided tour, after which you might head to the shops, visit a gallery or museum … or simply take a seat in a pavement cafe to watch the Milanese world go by.
Day Five - Optional Bernina Express ExcursionJoin our tour manger on an optional day trip to remarkable St Moritz, the world famous resort set high in Switzerland’s Upper Engadine Valley. The journey to this exclusive mountain town features some of the most stunning scenery found anywhere in this Alpine region, as you board the Bernina Express to travel from the Lombardy town of Tirano through Switzerland’s Italian-speaking southeast corner, across viaducts - including the famous spiral at Brusio - and across the 2253 metre-high Bernina Pass to St Moritz. Enjoy window-shopping in this playground paradise, or perhaps take a stroll into the beautiful countryside beyond the town, before returning by coach to Como and your hotel.
Day Six - Optional Day Trip to Lake Lugano & Lugano TownJoin today’s optional excursion to Lugano, one of Switzerland’s most stylish resorts, delightfully set on the shore of the smaller lake of the same name. Around the lake, pretty Swiss villages nestle amidst luxuriant vegetation, and the shoreline is dotted with villas and summer homes. After a short sightseeing tour, explore under your own steam, or take the funicular ride up Monte Bre for a breath-taking panoramic view over the lake and the nearby Alps, before returning to Como.
Day Seven - Optional Bernina Express ExcursionJoin a last optional excursion, which journeys to the ‘twin’ city of Bergamo, the modern Bassa, or Lower City with its neoclassical features looked over by the idyllic, walled Alta or Upper City, built between the Lombardy Plain and the Alps. The stunning 14th-century Citadel, ancient Piazza Vecchia (Old Square) with its beautiful Pallazo Ragione, 15th-century belltower, cathedral and elaborate Santa Maria Maggiore church are all breathtakingly glorious examples of Italian architecture, all enclosed by the Venetian walls, a stroll around at least a section of which is a must for the energetic. Bergamo is also famed for its food, and boasts a host of reasonably priced cafes and osterie in which you might enjoy a delicious snack.
Day EightBid ‘arrivederci’ to your hosts and transfer back to the airport for the return flight, at the end of a wonderful stay in a beautiful corner of the world. Back to top
AccommodationHotel Lario, Mezzegra-Tremezzina
Offering an enchanting view of Como’s waters, this welcoming and comfortable three-star hotel is a short distance from the lake itself.Hotel 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.Hotel Bazzoni, Tremezzo
This welcoming hotel, under new ownership for 2018, sits on the lakeside promenade, offering wonderful views from the newly refurbished public areas, which include a bar and lounge area, reception and dining room. The hotel also has a lift and sun-terraces. The bedrooms offer private facilities, hairdryer, fridge, flat screen satellite TV, safe, air-conditioning, ceiling fan and telephone. There is a supplement for rooms with lake view.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour 30 minutes from Milan Malpensa and two hours from Bergamo.
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.
Meals in ItalyGuests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.
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.
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.
Italian hotel room taxSome regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € 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.
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.
Passengers travelling on tours departing after September 2018 will be offered different excursions on Days Four, Six and Seven. Please see the itinerary for further details. Visit 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.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information. Back to top