Lake Como, St Moritz & The Bernina Express
7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £749.00.
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Spend a week on the shores of Lake Como, just north of Milan and arguably the most beautiful lake in northern Italy. Cruise the waters of the lake, relax in Bellagio and cross into Switzerland to visit little Lugano and ride the Bernina Express to exclusive, sophisticated St Moritz.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSeven nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel
Return flights from the UK to Milan
Two boat trips on Lake Como
A ride on the Bernina Express
Entrance to the gardens of Villa del Balbianello
Comfortable coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Discover Bellagio, 'Italy's most beautiful town'
Enjoy a cruise on Lake Como
Ride the Bernina Express to St Moritz
Entry to the gardens of a lakeside villa
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 1Today you'll fly to Milan and then board our coach for the transfer to Lake Como and your chosen hotel.
Day 2Soak up the splendour of Como's spectacular surroundings as we take the ferry across to Bellagio, on the lake's southern shore. Often listed as the most beautiful town in Italy, Bellagio's villas, gardens and lakefront promenade nestle in the wooded hills overlooking the lake.
After a short walking tour you'll be free to wander, stop for coffee, gelato or something a little stronger, and then take the ferry back across the lake in your own time.
Day 3Take a second boat trip on Lake Como's still waters, today. Relax as the wooden shoreline slips by, revealing the elegant villas and grand hotels that shelter along the water's edge, on a day that also includes a visit to the pretty gardens of Villa del Balbianello.
Day 4The cultural capital of Northern Italy, Milan, is the destination for our first optional excursion. A world famous centre for the fashion industry, Milan is also a treasure trove of culture, art and architectural splendour. The Sforzesco Castle, the famous shopping Galleria, La Scala - one of the world's greatest opera houses - and the great cathedral, Il Duomo are among its unforgettable sights.
Day 5A fantastic rail journey awaits, this morning, as you board the Bernina Express in Tirano. Cross the Italian border and follow the spiralling viaduct at Brusio, then glide through the alpine paradise of Switzerland's Italian-speaking southeast corner, across the 2253 metre-high Bernina Pass to St Moritz.
Here you'll have the chance to explore before returning to your hotel by coach.
Day 6Spend today relaxing in and around your hotel, or join our optional excursion and cross into Switzerland once more as we make our way to Lugano. Discover the stylish resort and its namesake lake on a short sightseeing tour, then explore, and perhaps take a ride to the summit of Monte Bre to enjoy the immense views across the lake and Alps.
Day 7Our final optional excursion explores the twin city of Bergamo. Here the 16th-century walls of Alta (the upper city) shelter the grand Palazzo della Ragione, churches and colonnaded library that surround Piazza Vecchia, and overlook the Neoclassical buildings of Bassa (the lower city). Don't miss the chance to enjoy a meal - or at least a snack - here, in a city famed for its food and fondly championed by Antonio Carluccio.
Day 8Say goodbye to Como and your hotel, today, as our coach arrives to carry you back to the airport where you'll board your flight home. 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 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 € 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.
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.
Terms and conditionsThis offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays and river cruise only made between 14th and 18th February 2019 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (VAL10) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price at the time of booking (excluding holiday insurance if selected). This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top