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Lake Como

8 days from £695*
Departing: May - October 2019
* Price shown: 16 October 2019 from LTN - EZY2283
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Italy’s most picturesque lake

Discover one of Europe’s most idyllic, charming and stylish corners, as you soak up the atmosphere of the most picturesque of the Italian lakes, in its mountain-backed setting to the north of Milan. Combine leisurely days in your chosen hotel with exploration of the lake’s towns and villages, elegant villas and glorious gardens, and perhaps venture further afield on escorted excursions.

Tour Highlights

  • Relax and enjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
  • Enjoy peaceful lake-shore strolls
  • Lunch in a shore-side cafe or restaurant
  • Visit famous Villa Carlotta’s stunning gardens
  • Take a lake steamer or ferry to beautiful Bellagio
  • Visit cycling mecca Ghisallo del Madonna
  • Marvel at the delightful and unspoiled Varenna
  • Explore elegant Como Town
  • Catch the funicular to Brunate
  • Spot George Clooney – or at least his former home!
  • Join optional excursions to Milan, Lugano or walled Bergamo
  • Take an optional trip to Switzerland’s St Moritz on the Bernina Express*

*The Bernina Express optional excursion must be booked prior to departure

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' half-board or all-inclusive accommodation in one of our carefully chosen Lake Como hotels
  • Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Italy
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced resort-based Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Holiday Base: Lake Como Hotels

Situated on the western shore of this magnificent lake, looking out towards idyllic Bellagio, Cadenabbia, Tremezzo and Mezzegra -Tremezzina combine to form one delightful lakeside resort. Friendly cafes, colourful bars and some fine restaurants dot lake front promenades and stunning streets beyond. On the water, as well as pleasure craft of all shapes and sizes, steamers ply their trade to farther flung corners of the lake. Open-air lidos, shore-side sun terraces, and some of Italy’s finest gardens, including those of celebrated Villa Carlotta, vie for your time during the day. When evening comes, an air of elegant tranquillity, except in nearby Mennagio’s lively Piazza Garibaldi, complements the perfect days.

Active pursuits
When you’re not enjoying the comforts and amenities of your chosen hotel or heading out on an optional organised excursion, Como’s shores offer a host of diversions. The energetic might stroll along the promenade or hike into the hills, rent bikes or perhaps even swim in the lake itself.

Rest and relax
Como’s rural surroundings are tailor-made for lazy days spent over morning coffee, a leisurely lunch, or an afternoon in the sun, ice cream in hand. Whether you choose to go no further than your hotel and its immediate surroundings, or to step aboard a lake steamer and head somewhere else for the day, there’s always the chance to simply sit and take in the beauty of this very special corner of the world.

Discovery and exploration
From idyllic Bellagio to tree-shaded Varenna, and from livelier Lecco to the lake’s main settlement Como Town and its historic funicular to mountain village Brunate, there’s certainly no shortage of places to visit during your stay.

Optional Excursions

Those wishing to explore will have the chance to join a range of optional excursions (listed below), which will be offered on specific days during your stay. Simply select your chosen excursion(s) from the list when booking.

Cruise to Bellagio

Today 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.

Milan Day Trip

Milan is not merely a centre of worldwide fashion; it is also home to some excellent collections of art and architecture. The Sforzesco Castle, the famous shopping Galleria, La Scala - one of the world’s greatest opera houses - and the great cathedral, Il Duomo (the world’s second largest Gothic church) are among the breathtaking sights.

Bernina Express

Board the Bernina Express to travel from Tirano across viaducts, via Brusio, and across the Bernina Pass to St Moritz. Window-shop or enjoy a coffee in a choice of cafes, before returning to Como by coach, arriving in time for dinner at the hotel.

Lake Lugano and Lugano Town

Lugano is 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.

Visit Bergamo

In the twin city of Bergamo, 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 the late, great Antonio Carluccio.

Departure Airport Date Price From
ABZ
ABZ 12 June 2019 £1069
BHX
BHX 08 May 2019 £875
BHX
BHX 15 May 2019 £849
BHX
BHX 22 May 2019 £1059
BHX
BHX 29 May 2019 £1049
BHX
BHX 05 June 2019 £999
BHX
BHX 12 June 2019 £999
BHX
BHX 19 June 2019 £999
BHX
BHX 26 June 2019 £1009
BHX
BHX 28 August 2019 £1069
BHX
BHX 04 September 2019 £1049
BHX
BHX 11 September 2019 £1039
BHX
BHX 18 September 2019 £1009
BHX
BHX 25 September 2019 £979
BHX
BHX 02 October 2019 £879
BHX
BHX 09 October 2019 £785
BHX
BHX 16 October 2019 £745
BOH
BOH 22 May 2019 £999
EDI
EDI 08 May 2019 £855
EDI
EDI 15 May 2019 £869
EDI
EDI 22 May 2019 £1029
EDI
EDI 29 May 2019 £1029
EDI
EDI 05 June 2019 £979
EDI
EDI 19 June 2019 £979
EDI
EDI 26 June 2019 £979
EDI
EDI 28 August 2019 £1019
EDI
EDI 11 September 2019 £1009
EDI
EDI 18 September 2019 £979
EDI
EDI 25 September 2019 £979
EDI
EDI 02 October 2019 £929
EDI
EDI 09 October 2019 £795
EDI
EDI 16 October 2019 £775
HUY
HUY 05 June 2019 £1059
HUY
HUY 18 September 2019 £1059
INV
INV 04 September 2019 £1129
LGW
LGW 08 May 2019 £785
LGW
LGW 15 May 2019 £799
LGW
LGW 22 May 2019 £919
LGW
LGW 29 May 2019 £919
LGW
LGW 05 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 12 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 26 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 04 September 2019 £909
LGW
LGW 11 September 2019 £899
LGW
LGW 18 September 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 25 September 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 02 October 2019 £819
LGW
LGW 09 October 2019 £735
LTN
LTN 15 May 2019 £799
LTN
LTN 22 May 2019 £919
LTN
LTN 29 May 2019 £939
LTN
LTN 05 June 2019 £889
LTN
LTN 12 June 2019 £889
LTN
LTN 26 June 2019 £889
LTN
LTN 04 September 2019 £929
LTN
LTN 11 September 2019 £919
LTN
LTN 18 September 2019 £889
LTN
LTN 25 September 2019 £889
LTN
LTN 02 October 2019 £799
LTN
LTN 16 October 2019 £695
MAN
MAN 08 May 2019 £885
MAN
MAN 15 May 2019 £869
MAN
MAN 22 May 2019 £979
MAN
MAN 29 May 2019 £999
MAN
MAN 12 June 2019 £949
MAN
MAN 19 June 2019 £949
MAN
MAN 26 June 2019 £949
MAN
MAN 28 August 2019 £989
MAN
MAN 04 September 2019 £989
MAN
MAN 25 September 2019 £949
MAN
MAN 02 October 2019 £879
MAN
MAN 09 October 2019 £795
MAN
MAN 16 October 2019 £775
MME
MME 11 September 2019 £1099
NQY
NQY 29 May 2019 £1029
NQY
NQY 02 October 2019 £969
NWI
NWI 15 May 2019 £959
NWI
NWI 25 September 2019 £1039
SEN
SEN 08 May 2019 £835
SEN
SEN 22 May 2019 £979
SEN
SEN 05 June 2019 £999
SEN
SEN 19 June 2019 £999
SEN
SEN 11 September 2019 £1039
SEN
SEN 25 September 2019 £979
SEN
SEN 16 October 2019 £745
STN
STN 29 May 2019 £919
STN
STN 12 June 2019 £869
STN
STN 19 June 2019 £889
STN
STN 28 August 2019 £929
STN
STN 04 September 2019 £909
STN
STN 18 September 2019 £869
STN
STN 02 October 2019 £799
STN
STN 16 October 2019 £695

Hotel Bazzoni ★★★

This welcoming hotel, under new ownership for 2018, sits on the lakeside promenade, offering wonderful views from the newly refurbished public areas.

Hotel Lario ★★★

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).

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour 30 minutes from Milan Malpensa and two hours from Bergamo.

Combining hotel transfers

We 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.

Meals in Italy

Guests 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 fees

Since 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.

Special requirements

If 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 access

The 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.

Italian hotel room tax

Some 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.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, 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.

Passengers travelling on tours departing after September 2018 will be offered different excursions on Days Four, Six and Seven. Please see the itinerary for further details.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit 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 fees

An 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.