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Scenic Alpine train journeys

Take in Italy’s most romantic lake, some spectacular views, and an unforgettable journey to one of the world’s most famous resorts.

Enjoy a wonderful wintertime break that includes a visit to beautiful Como Town and a ride on its funicular to hilltop Brunate, with its breath-taking views. Journey on the scenic Bernina Express Railway to famous St Moritz, one of the world’s most celebrated Alpine resorts. Explore Como's idyllic shores, and enjoy opportunities to visit beautiful Lugano and stylish Milan on optional excursions.

What does this price include?

  • Five nights' half-board or all-inclusive accommodation at your chosen three-star hotel
  • Return flights to Milan or Bergamo
  • Rides on the Brunate funicular and Bernina Express
  • A visit to Como town
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Fly to Milan or Bergamo, and transfer to Lake Como and your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager, settle into your surroundings and enjoy your first dinner.

  • On today’s included tour you’ll journey to the lake’s main town (also called Como). Here, the shore-side Piazza Cavour is surrounded by shops and cafés, and leads through to an old town of narrow streets lined with shops and artists’ studios, and crowned by a majestic cathedral. A highlight of your day will be a ride on the historic funicular (first opened in 1894) that climbs the 1600 feet to the mountain village of Brunate.

    The seven-minute journey in modern, air-conditioned and heated cars offers wonderful views of the lake below, and on clear days spectacular vistas that stretch to the snow-capped Alps beyond. Wander Brunate’s cobbled streets, take in the views and perhaps visit the public viewing gallery, which showcases the railway’s haulage mechanism.

    You'll return to Como and head back to the hotel this afternoon, for the chance to relax before dinner is served.

  • Today brings the chance to join a wonderful optional excursion to the Swiss resort of Lugano, a stylish, elegant town idyllically set on the lake of the same name. The town will be brought to life with a ride on its Red Arrow tourist road train, and there will also be a chance to climb aboard one of the resort's two funiculars, San Salvatore south of the town, or Monte Bre above the picture-book village of Gandria, both of which offer exceptional views (payable locally).

    Those choosing to stay on Como's shores for the day might take a lake cruiser to Bellagio, at the tip of the Lario peninsula that juts into the southern end of the lake, one of Italy's most sparkling jewels and home to some exquisite villas and glorious gardens (a limited wintertime service operates – check timetable at the hotel).

  • Another day to rest and relax, to enjoy the lake and its surroundings or perhaps to join our optional excursion to historic, stylish Milan. Highlights of an introductory tour, here, will include the vast breathtaking Gothic Duomo cathedral that survived World War Two largely unscathed, the great La Scala opera house (one of the world’s most important concert venues) and the arcades of the famous shopping Galleria. Enjoy the pleasures of the city, which include watching Milanese life go by from a seat in a café, visiting one of its countless museums or galleries, and – of course in Italy’s fashion capital – shopping or window-shopping.

  • Today's unforgettable included excursion sees you journey to Tirano to board the famous Bernina Express train. The train will carry you from the Lombardy town, through the countryside of south-east Switzerland, the Italian-speaking Ticino, crossing bridges and viaducts including Brusio’s famous spiral, and across the Bernina Pass (which tops out at 2253 metres) to St Moritz.

    One of the world’s most celebrated mountain playgrounds, especially for winter sports, this town is tucked away in the Upper Engadine Valley, and offers stylish shops and stores against the background of some of Switzerland’s finest scenery. Window-shop, or enjoy a coffee in a choice of cafés, before returning to Como by coach, arriving in time for a last dinner at your hotel.

  • Bid “Arrivederci” to your hosts and transfer back to the airport to board your flight home at the end of a wonderful break in one of Europe’s most beautiful corners.

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Hotels

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).

Hotel Bazzoni, Tremezzo

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

Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes from Milan Malpensa and two hours from Milan Bergamo
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
  • 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.
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