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Lake Como and The Bernina Express

Visit the truly spectacular Lake Como

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Soak up the beauty of dazzling Lake Como on this spectacular holiday. From our idyllic base in Cadenabbia, we cruise on the sparkling waters, taking in lakeside villages and beautiful villas, and experience one of Switzerland's greatest rail journeys - the iconic Bernina Express.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Day 1 - London to Mulhouse

Meet at our Departure Office at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Paris. We continue by rail to Mulhouse for the night.

Day 2 - Lake Como

On Day 2 we travel by rail to Basel, where we change trains for Lugano. We transfer to the 4-Star Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, where we stay for seven nights. The hotel has a history dating back to the 1800s and enjoys a spectacular location in Cadenabbia di Griante, on the shores of Lake Como.

Day 3 - Bellagio

This morning, we sail to the picturesque village of Bellagio, at the tip of the peninsula dividing the 'legs' of the lake. The old-world streets wind away from the main square, Piazza San Giacomo, a bustling hive of activity and the location of the town's historic Basilica di San Giacomo. You have free time for lunch in one of Bellagio's many delightful trattorias before our return journey across the lake. Later, we visit Villa Carlotta. Built in the early 18th century for a Milanese Count, this stunning building once belonged to the Prussian Monarchy and boasts magnificent gardens and superb artworks, including sculptures by Canova.

Day 4 - Villa Balbianello

Cruise down Lake Como to Lenno, passing striking vineyards and olive groves. Here, we pay a visit to one of the lake's most renowned villas, Villa Balbianello. Perched on a wooded peninsula overlooking the shimmering waters, this enchanting 18th-century mansion is a popular filming location. Enjoy a guided tour followed by free time, either at the villa or in Lenno, which is home to some charming cafés, and the Baptistery di San Giovanni, which dates back to the 11th century.

Please note: For departures CML2105 & CML2110 Days 4 and 8 have swapped around.

Day 5 - The Bernina Express

Embark upon an unforgettable journey on the Bernina Express. We journey by coach to Tirano, where we board the Bernina Express. This incredible railway line is over 100 years old and is recognised by UNESCO for the feat of civil engineering required to create it, as well as the stunning scenery through which it travels. We journey in panoramic carriages, climbing the Bernina Pass to more than 7,000 feet. Admire the passing scenery of mighty glaciers and flower-filled meadows as we wind towards St Moritz, where you have free time to explore. St Moritz is synonymous with glamour, attracting wealthy holidaymakers from across the world. Maybe window-shop at the chic boutiques, or relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Day 6 - Free day in Cadenabbia

Enjoy a free day in Cadenabbia di Griante - one town split into two, with Cadenabbia sitting on the lakeside and Griante located in the hills above. Perhaps stroll along the lakeside and marvel at the breathtaking views, or catch a boat for a scenic trip across the lake. Alternatively, spend a day relaxing in the elegant surroundings of our hotel.

Day 7 - To Bergamo

On Day 7, we board a coach to Bergamo, in the foothills of the Alps. Here, we visit the 'Città Alta', or 'upper town', where Renaissance buildings are encircled by 17th-century walls, for a guided tour. This afternoon, we continue to Valcalepio to visit a local wine estate. Here, we're treated to a delicious traditional lunch, a tour of the cellars and a tasting of the wines of Lombardy and Franciacorta.

Day 8 - Varenna and Menaggio

We set out by boat to Varenna, where cobbled streets and narrow alleyways give the village a truly medieval feel. After some free time, we continue to Menaggio, a stunning little town that epitomises the charms of Italy. Wander along the pretty lakeside promenade, perhaps enjoying some ice cream from a gelateria, or soak up the atmosphere in the quaint town square. Back in Cadenabbia, we enjoy a final dinner at our hotel.

Day 9 - Turin

Today, we make our way to Milan and connect with a train to Turin, where we spend the night.

Day 10 - London

On Day 10 we travel to Paris where we join the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Bernina Express
Bernina Express arriving in Tirano

The narrow-gauge Bernina Express connects northern and southern Europe and offers a spectacular means of crossing the Alps. The route runs through the ancient landscape of Switzerland's beautiful Grisons/Graubünden region and provides essential links to the Italian-speaking population in the south.


The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.

Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!

The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.

For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.


Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionised train travel and meant that travelling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.

The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially-constructed high speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. With the exception of shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante
Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante

The 4-Star Grand Hotel Cadenabbia is located directly in front of Lake Como in Cadenabbia di Griante and next to the gardens of Villa Carlotta. The hotel has two restaurants and three bars for you to relax in. Leisure facilities include an open air swimming pool in the garden of the hotel. Situated nearby is an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts and mini golf. The rooms come equipped with a telephone, satellite television, private safe, air-conditioning, mini-bar and a hairdryer. Upgrades to rooms with a lake view and lake view with balcony are available, subject to availability.


We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Baggage Upgrade

To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices)Please call for more details.

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Upgrade to a lake view in Cadenabbia
Upgrade your room

Upgrade to a lake view in Cadenabbia from £95 (twin occupancy)

Upgrade to a lake view with balcony in Cadenabbia from £245 per person (twin occupancy)

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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