Lake Como, St Moritz & The Bernina Express
7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £769.00.
Based on the shores of Italy's most picturesque lake, with its elegant villas and gardens, this holiday combines rest and relaxation with some wonderful included and optional excursions, including a journey on the scenic Bernina Express Railway to fabled St Moritz, and the chance to discover stylish Milan and idyllic Lugano.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend a week on the shores of Italy's most romantic lake
Discover idyllic Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town'
Enjoy a cruise on Lake Como and entrance to the gardens of a lakeside villa
Board the Bernina Express to fabled St Moritz
Entrance to the gardens of Villa del Balbianello
Seven nights' accommodation at your choice of hotel
Return scheduled flights from the UK to Milan
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by 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 upon arrival transfer to Lake Como and your chosen hotel. Settle into your surroundings and enjoy your first dinner.
Day TwoToday introduces you to Como's most sparkling jewel, stunning Bellagio, often described as Italy's most beautiful town, as you cross by ferry to discover its elegant villas and glorious gardens. Following 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.
Day ThreeAnother relaxed day sees you take to the lake again to enjoy more of Como's idyllic shoreline, boarding a lake cruiser to sail past yet more elegant villas and their stunning gardens, as well as some of the lake's highly favoured settlements. We include a visit to the gardens of Villa Balbianello, then sit back and relax, enjoying the joys of cruising under hopefully sunny skies.
Day FourToday brings the opportunity to rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, or perhaps join the optional excursion to Milan, one of Europe's most exciting cities, a centre of worldwide fashion and home to some of the world's most important art collections. 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 the world's largest Gothic churches, are amongst the highlights of a guided tour, after which you are free to enjoy the city at your leisure.
Day FiveThe last included excursion is to fabled St Moritz, set high in Switzerland's Upper Engadine Valley. Journey aboard the Bernina Express from the Lombardy town of Tirano, through some of the Alps' most stunning scenery, crossing viaducts - including the famous spiral at Brusio - and heading through the Bernina Pass to the famous playground paradise, before returning by coach to Como.
Day SixAnother free day brings opportunities to explore your surroundings, as well as the chance to join today's optional excursion to Lugano, one of Switzerland's most stylish lake-side resorts. Around the lake, pretty 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 to take the funicular ride up Monte Bre for a panoramic view, before returning to Como.
Day SevenJoin today's final optional excursion to the 'twin' city of Bergamo, the modern Lower City overlooked by the walled Upper City, and where the 14th-century Citadel and ancient Piazza Vecchia (Old Square), enclosed by the Venetian walls, are highlights of a place also famed for its food, and which boasts a host of reasonably priced cafes and osterie.
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.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 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.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
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.
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.
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.
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