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Lake Como, St Moritz and the Bernina Express

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  • Full day visit to St Moritz including a journey on the Bernina Express, one of the world’s most spectacular alpine railway journeys
  • Full day visit to Stresa on Lake Maggiore
  • Explore Monza, a hidden gem south of Lake Como
  • Lake cruise to stunning Bellagio with a private visit to the enchanting Villa del Balbianello and its inspirational gardens
  • Visit to the Swiss lakeside town of Lugano
  • Seven nights in a choice of conveniently located four star accommodation including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • Stays at Grand Hotel Menaggio will be on a bed & breakfast basis
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At a Glance
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7 nights in 3 to 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board
Grand Hotel Menaggio is B&B
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

 

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Overview

Alpine beauty

Italy presents a great diversity of people; food and wines; iconic architecture; footprints of ancient and medieval civilisations and a huge variety of scenery ranging from almost desert to lofty mountains. There is no one thing or region that defines Italy but in the north, its lakes reflect the magnificent Alps, so high they appear to puncture the sky!

On this wonderfully varied tour we explore Lake Como, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, plus some stunning icons of northern Italy and Switzerland. Described by Wordsworth as ‘a treasure the earth keeps to itself’, visitors have been attracted to the lake for centuries in search of relaxation, culture and inspiration. Both Verdi and Rossini worked in lakeside villas here, together with countless poets. Its atmosphere is one of an eerie, near-silence, broken only by the rhythmic lapping of gentle waves on the lake shore whilst above, birds of prey soar on the numerous thermals generated by the gentle mountain breezes. The scenery is just awesome with the mirror-like, deep blue waters reflecting the surrounding hills and snow-capped peaks dotted with tall, typically Italian, ochre and magenta coloured buildings and opulent villas lining the lakeside itself. Majestic mountains rise almost vertically towards the deep blue sky with the lower slopes covered in lush vegetation, adding an invigorating aromatic backdrop to a most harmonious scene.

A fantastic journey

For a contrast we visit nearby Lake Maggiore too, almost Mediterranean in character and lined by verbena, palm and orange trees, and a string of 19th century picturesque towns creating a true ‘belle époque’ atmosphere. Then just to the north is of course Switzerland with the most dramatic alpine scenery on the planet, and at its heart, chic St Moritz. We explore this too, also taking a trip on the nearby iconic Bernina Express, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys through the gorgeous Poschiavo Valley.

In designing this tour we really feel we have selected the very best of this wonderful area for you to savour at your leisure.

Your Itinerary

Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single and lake view rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Entrance to Villa del Balbianello
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Stays at the Grand Hotel Menaggio will be on a bed & breakfast basis

Classic Groups Information

Along with your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and local experts, you’ll discover so much on our award-winning Classic tours, offering the best value for money way for you to explore the world.

Our tour managers have been rated as the best in the business for their knowledge and experience and will go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly – so all you need to worry about is your packing.

Small Groups Information

On a range of tours we are delighted to offer the option to travel in a small group of up to 25 people.
You’ll enjoy the same sociable atmosphere of a typical Riviera Travel holiday - but with a smaller number of travellers and a touch more exclusivity.

Available across our range of UK, European and select Worldwide tours; just look out for the icon on holiday pages.

Useful Information

 Fact File

  • Currency: Euro, Swiss Franc
  • Flight time: Approx. 1 hr 55 mins to 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Italian, Swiss
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy, Switzerland 

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy or Switzerland however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Hotel Information

  • The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.
  • Whilst we do our best to ensure an exceptional experience, the views from the lake facing rooms may at times be partially obstructed.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on the number of hotel stops and traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Airport  Hotel  Transfer time 
  Milan Malpensa Airport   Cadenabbia Hotel & Menaggio Hotel  1 hr 30 mins 
Regina Hotel   1 hr 
 Milan Linate Airport   Cadenabbia Hotel & Menaggio Hotel 2 hrs
Regina Hotel 1 hr 30 mins
 Milan Bergamo Airport   Cadenabbia Hotel & Menaggio Hotel 2 hrs
Regina Hotel 1 hr 30 mins


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