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Captivating Lake Como

  • Scenic Lake Como, Italy

    A view of Lake Como with harbour and hills in background
  • Lake Como and the Alps from the Faro Voltiano, Brunate, Lake Como

    Lake Como and the Alps from the Faro Voltiano, Brunate, Lake Como
  • Brusino Arsizio at Lake Lugano, Switzerland ©Photo swiss image ch / Roland Gerth

    Brusino Arsizio at Lake Lugano, Switzerland ©Photo-swiss-image-ch / Roland Gerth
  • Galleria Vittoria Emmanuele II, Milan

    Galleria Vittoria Emmanuele II, Milan
  • Milan's Duomo Cathedral, Milan

    Milan Duomo Cathedral
  • Baveno, Lake Maggiore

    Baveno, Lake Maggiore
  • Looking over to the Borromean Islands from Baveno, Lake Maggiore

    Aosta Looking over to the Borromean Islands from Baveno, Lake Maggiore
  • Bernina Express ©Switzerland Tourism

    Switzerland, Alps, Bernina Pass, Bernina Express ©Switzerland Tourism
9 day tour
From £645 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Explore the Captivating Lake Como & Travel on the Spectacular Bernina Express

The undoubted jewel in the crown of Italy’s famous lakes. Lake Como offers a haven of tranquility set among the spectacular grandeur of the Alps. In this tour we enjoy a cruise on the lake, explore the many lakeside towns and villages, visit Como’s old town and pop next door to visit Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano. We also cross into the millionaire’s playground of St. Moritz, Switzerland. While in Switzerland, you will take a ride on the world-famous Bernina Express railway, for a truly memorable excursion through the Italian and Swiss Alps.

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Luxurious Lake Como; The Magisterial Jewel of the Italian Lakes

Imagine a grand mountainous landscape looming over a glistening lake below, it is hard to look further than Lake Como, a truly captivating setting. Along the ancient, winding roads that circumvent this magnificent lake, pretty villages and historic villa can be found in every corner. Once home to Dukes and Duchess, this region has long been the home of the rich and famous and you won’t have to look far to find the Ferrari’s roaming the lake. experience these historic homes that have opened to the public, such as Villa Carlotta, a beautiful hillside villa with sumptuous interiors and gardens.

Experience a vista like no other on the Bernina Express

A truly memorable excursion today with a ride through the Italian and Swiss Alps on board the wonderful Bernina Express train, one of Europe’s most spectacular railway journeys. On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds bridges between regions with different languages and cultures. The railway is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscapes around the Albula and Bernina Passes.

Experience the luxury of this captivating region and tailor the tour to suit your preferred route through the Italian Lakes.


March - October 2021

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1-2

Travel to Lake Como

Enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel through France to Lake Como, stopping en route for an overnight stop before arriving at your hotel in Cadenabbia on day 2.

Day 3

Lake Como Cruise and Sightseeing

This morning we take to the shimmering waters of Lake Como to enjoy a relaxing cruise. A local guide will describe the history of the lake and reveal the stories of many of the beautiful lakeside villas. We then take a scenic drive around the lake to really get the feel of this magnificent natural wonder. We stop at Tremezzo and chic Bellagio, ranked as one of Europe’s most beautiful towns.

Day 4

At Leisure

A day to enjoy the facilities at the hotel and explore Cadenabbia and the surrounding area. Perhaps take the 15-minute walk along the shore to the Villa Carlotta, a beautiful hillside villa with sumptuous interiors and gardens. Alternatively, take one of the little ferries across the lake to Bellagio or Varenna to discover more of the places seen yesterday.

Day 5

Exploring Historic Como

Today we travel to the southern end of the lake to spend time in the historic city of Como, its old town still protected by high walls. We spend the whole day in Como so there’s plenty of time to explore the narrow streets, filled with small, unique local and designer shops. Step inside the stunning 14th century cathedral or perhaps take the funicular up to the quiet hilltop village of Brunate for a memorable panorama of mountains and lakes. Then enjoy an ice cream as you take a stroll along the beautiful lakeside promenade.

Day 6

St Moritz and the Bernina Express

A truly memorable excursion today with a ride through the Italian and Swiss Alps on board the wonderful Bernina Express train, one of Europe’s most spectacular railway journeys. In our reserved carriage we’ll cross 196 bridges as the train reaches the summit of the Bernina Pass and crosses the Morteratsch glacier on its way to the exclusive Swiss resort of St Moritz. We then take a scenic journey by coach back to Lake Como.

Day 7

Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, or day excursion to Milan

After the thrill of the Bernina Express, today is more leisurely with a short drive across the border into Switzerland to visit Lugano, an attractive town sitting on the shore of the lake named after it. Its palm-lined promenade offers a Mediterranean feel. We cross back into Italy and drive along the shores of Lake Maggiore to visit the charming town of Stresa. As an alternative to more lakeside sightseeing, take a day trip to Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. Explore at leisure or take an optional guided tour that includes the famous Duomo Cathedral and the truly magnificent La Scala Opera House.

Day 8-9

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Lake Como and return to the UK. Stop for an overnight stay in France before taking a short sea crossing on day 9.

Suggested hotels

Hotel Britannia Excelsior, Cadenabbia ***

One of the most popular hotels on Lake Como. Situated in an enviable lakeside position offering stunning views over to Bellagio. Furnished in traditional Italian stylewith spacious lounges, bar, restaurant, outdoor sun terrace and swimming pool (May-October) at the hotel’s own nearby lakeside lido. Parking nearby, payable locally (around €40/day).

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia ****

Recently refurbished to its old grandeur, the historic hotel has 195 rooms and its restaurant, bar and terrace offer beautiful panoramic views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Outdoor pool and onsite coach parking.

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Dates Hotel Half Twin Single Supplement
September 2021

Britannia Excelsior

From £645.00 per person From £142.00 per person

City tax – A local city tax is payable per passenger per night directly to the hotel.

Based on exchange rate £1.00 = €1.130. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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