Lake Como, Lake Maggiore & the Bernina Express

From $2,699
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
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From $2,699
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2022 - Oct 2022
Tour Overview

Relax in the tranquil mountain setting of Lake Como and head out to enjoy plenty of sightseeing highlights.

  • Relax & Discover
  • Half Board
  • Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 7 nights in a 3-star hotel 
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 15 included meals: 17breakfasts, 1lunches, 7 dinners, plus drinks from 10am to 11.45pm, welcome drink & farewell get-together 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport* and porterage
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the lakeside town of Varenna
  • Cruise Lake Como
  • Enjoy a lunch of traditional local specialities
  • Lake Maggiore, Stresa & the Borromean Islands
  • Scenic ride on the Bernina Railway to St Moritz

Itinerary

Day 1 Malgrate

Make your own way to the hotel where your Tour Manager will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Lake Como & Varenna

Lake Como sits at the foot of the Alps and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy. Today we discover the lovely lakeside town of Varenna, before enjoying a boat ride to the northern tip of the lake for stunning mountain views. For lunch, we'll tuck into a selection of traditional dishes, including pizzoccheri, a type of pasta made with buckwheat flour and cooked with potatoes, cabbage, cheese and sage.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Malgrate - at Leisure

You can spend a relaxing day in Malgrate today, or join an optional excursion to the medieval town of Bergamo. The upper and lower sections are separated by impressive Venetian walls, and we'll ride the funicular railway up to the Old Town. Here we'll explore the cobbled streets in the company of a Local Guide and learn about the town's rich history. Our tour ends at a historic ice-cream parlour that's renowned for creating stracciatella, a milk-based ice cream with chocolate shavings running through it. We'll sample a scoop or two to round off the day.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Lake Maggiore, Stresa & the Borromean Islands

​We'll discover more of the region's incredible highlights on today's full-day tour. We'll soak up the stunning scenery of Lake Maggiore and explore the elegant town of Stresa. Later, a short boat trip across the lake takes us to tiny Isola Bella – one of the Borromean Islands within the lake. Boasting a magnificent 17th century palace and impressive terraced gardens, it has long been used as an idyllic sanctuary​.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Bernina Express

The Bernina Express travels between Italy and Switzerland and is the highest railway across the Alps. It is a spectacular journey and today, we'll step aboard one of its panoramic carriages for the scenic ride through meadows, mountains and past glistening glaciers. We'll disembark in the elegant Swiss town of St Moritz, which is located beside a sparkling mountain lake.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Malgrate - at Leisure

​You can spend another day at leisure in Malgrate or join an optional excursion and explore the southern part of Lake Como. It begins with a visit to the town of Como, where you'll have time to discover the ancient walls, historic architecture and lively square. A journey by ferry then takes you to Villa Melzi Gardens in Bellagio. Set directly on the shores of the lake, the gardens are a delight to explore. Lush trees and softly scented borders are decorated with elegant sculptures and connected by meandering paths. As we explore, we'll also be treated to fantastic views of the lake's calm waters and the majestic mountains that encircle it. Later, you'll have some free time to explore Bellagio with your travelling companions, before returning to the hotel.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Malgrate - at Leisure

​Your final day has been left free for you to do as you please. Alternatively, you could join an optional excursion to Lake Lugano, a shimmering glacial lake that straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy. Enjoy some free time to explore the city of Lugano, with its Mediterranean-style squares and pretty parks.  

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end. Meals included: B

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Accommodation

NH Lecco Pontevecchio

Centrally located in the beautiful town of Lecco, the NH Lecco Pontevecchio is a few minutes from the lakeside promenade. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar, gym and the modern guest rooms have free wi-fi, satellite TV and mini-bar.