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Soak up the beauty of dazzling Lake Como

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10 days From £2,095 per person

2022 Tour code: CML22

About the tour

Soak up the beauty of dazzling Lake Como from idyllic Cadenabbia. On this spectacular escape we cruise the sparkling waters, taking in lakeside villages and elegant villas, hunt for truffles in the hilly woodland surrounding the lake, and experience one of Switzerland's greatest rail journeys - the iconic Bernina Express.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Turin

We meet at London St Pancras and board the Eurostar to Paris. From the French capital, we continue by rail to the handsome city of Turin, where we spend the night. Turin is a wonderful place to discover, with elegant, tree-lined boulevards and a fantastic architectural heritage.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – Lake Como

We continue our journey by rail, heading to Milan before speeding onwards towards Lake Como. Our hotel here is the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, where we spend the next seven nights on the shores of the scenic lake. Lake Como is Italy's deepest lake, set within picturesque scenery where towering mountains fall steeply to the water's edge. For centuries, the shores of the lake have been a popular destination for Italians wishing to escape the cities, and as a result there's many historic and beautiful villas lining the shores.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Lenno and Villa Balbianello

We cruise to Lenno, sailing past striking vineyards and olive groves. In Lenno, we visit Villa Balbianello, a star of the silver screen used in the Star Wars and James Bond films. Perched on a wooded peninsula, this striking 18th-century mansion boasts a sophisticated façade and beautiful terraced gardens. Discover the villa on an insightful guided tour followed by free time. You could either spend a little more time exploring the villa or discover charming Lenno. The town is home to some charming cafés, and the Baptistery di San Giovanni, which dates back to the 11th century.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Bellagio

We sail to picturesque Bellagio, at the tip of the peninsula dividing the 'legs' of the lake. We head up into the woods overlooking Lake Como to partake in the centuries-old tradition of truffle hunting. Joined by a local chef and a specially trained truffle-sniffing dog, we search for truffles and mushrooms before savouring an expertly prepared meal made using our findings. You have free time in Bellagio before our return journey across the lake. Discover the old-world streets that wind away from the main square, Piazza San Giacomo, a hive of activity.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 – Bernina Express

We embark upon an unforgettable journey on the Bernina Express. The incredible line is over 100 years old and is recognised by UNESCO for the feat of civil engineering used to create it, as well as the stunning scenery through which it travels. We journey in panoramic carriages, admiring idyllic flower-filled meadows as we wind toward St Moritz, where you have time to explore. St Moritz is one of Switzerland's most iconic resort towns and is synonymous with glamour; maybe window-shop at the luxury boutiques or relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Cadenabbia

Enjoy a free day in Cadenabbia di Griante. This is a town split into two parts, with Cadenabbia right by the lake and Griante located a little higher in the hills above. You could visit nearby Villa Carlotta. Built in the 18th century and perched between the lakes and the mountains, it boasts pretty gardens and artworks including sculptures by Canova. Or, find a quaint little café in which to unwind with some delicious Italian cuisine or a coffee.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 – Bergamo

We take a coach to Bergamo, nestled in the foothills of the Alps. We visit the 'Città Alta', or 'upper town', where Renaissance buildings are encircled by 17th-century walls, for a fascinating guided tour. This afternoon, we continue to the DOC wine region of Valcalepio. Our destination is Gandosso, where we visit a local wine estate set in a beautiful rural spot surrounded by greenery. We're treated to a traditional lunch here as well as an introduction to the local wine production, as we tour the wine cellars before enjoying a wine tasting.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 - Varenna

We set out by boat to Varenna on the lake's eastern shores. Quaint cobbled streets and a jumble of narrow alleyways give the village a medieval feel, and you have some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, 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 local gelateria, or soak up the atmosphere in the quaint town square before we return to Cadenabbia.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – Turin

We leave Cadenabbia and Lake Como behind today, as we transfer to Turin and our overnight hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 – London

From Turin, we take to train to Paris, where we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia di Griante

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Trains

Bernina Express
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Reviews

3.8 stars3.8 / 5 · 35 reviews

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Kate

4 stars

Submitted 31/Jul

A great holiday in a beautiful place with an excellent Tour Manager. Some of the excursions included early starts and long coach journeys so we avoided those but that's fine - it's our choice. The only thing we feel let it down was the journey home - a long lunch stop over at Milan station followed by a mediocre overnight stay in Turin before a very early start and coach journey to Chambery, before picking up the train to Paris. I'm sure it could have been arranged differently - perhaps the overnight stay in Chambery instead? This would have given us a different place to visit and explore; avoided the very early start on the Sunday and reduced the journey time home.

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Dee

5 stars

Submitted 24/Jul

Excellent holiday with a knowledgeable and efficient tour manager, congenial travellers, interesting itinerary and great accommodation.

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MR D BALL

3 stars

Submitted 24/Jul

The Bernina experience and trip tp Bergamo were first class but in general the rest of the lake Como experience were ordinary and some cases poor.

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Roger Willoughby

5 stars

Submitted 24/Jul

Fiat Hotel superb, Caddenabia Hotel very good

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J Thompson

5 stars

Submitted 14/Jul

It was a beautiful place to visit with fabulous views. The Bernina Express was a great experience with also fantastic views - a ride not to be missed!

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Allen Knight

4 stars

Submitted 13/Jul

A good group of 24 travellers to make friends with. Well organised events kept us busy most days. Bernini Express was superb with luxury panorama coaches. Journey from London was long and tiring but travelling first class made all the difference. Use the luggage service if you can, it makes travelling easy. Use it just on the return journey if you are worried about spending a holiday without your luggage. Don’t use Ambassador hotel in London. Got harassed by them whilst on holiday. Plenty of others to choose from

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