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Lake Como & The Bernina Express


Soak up the views of Italy’s most dramatic lake

8 days Sold out

2020 Tour code: 20CMF

About the tour

Soak up the views of Italy's most dramatic lake with a 7-night stay on the lakefront. Visit stunning villas, explore quaint towns, and soak up the beautiful scenery along the route of the Bernina Express.


What’s included


Day 1 - Fly to Lake Como

Fly from London to Milan. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Bazzoni in the delightful village of Tremezzo on the shores of Lake Como.

  • Breakfast
Day 2 - Bellagio

Cruise across the lake to Bellagio, and soak in the fjord-like scenery of Italy's deepest lake. Bellagio is perched on a promontory that divides the southern end of the lake, and looks across to a colourful cluster of houses that seemingly tumble down to the water. You have time to explore the cobbled streets and delightful shops. Perhaps visit the 15th-century Villa Serbelloni Park or Romanesque San Giacomo Church before returning at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Stresa and Lake Maggiore

Journey by coach to nearby Stresa, on Lake Maggiore. Make the most of free time to explore its honeycomb of pretty streets, relax in a shaded café to enjoy the Italian pastime of people watching; perhaps take a boat ride on the lake to explore the Borromean Islands, or board the Mottarone cable car for splendid views over the town and lake.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Borromean Islands
Days 4-5 - The Bernina Express

Relax with a full day at leisure. Perhaps visit Villa Carlotta, which is just a short walk from your hotel. On Day 5, transfer to Tirano, where you join the Bernina Express for a spectacular journey into Switzerland, passing high Alpine peaks and glistening glaciers on the route to St Moritz. Opened more than a century ago, the line is celebrated not only for its beauty, but also for the feats of engineering that were required to complete it.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Bernina Express
Days 6-7 - Villa Balbianello

Spend today at leisure, perhaps exploring further afield using the ferries which link many of the lakeside villages. On Day 7, board the ferry for the journey down the western shore of the lake to Lenno, where you visit one of the most beautiful villas in Italy, Villa Balbianello. Enjoy a guided tour and free time to soak in the beautiful Italianite gardens, famously used as the backdrop to several films, before cruising back to Tremezzo.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Villa Balbianello
Day 8 - Lake Como to London

Transfer to Milan airport for the flight to London.

  • Breakfast
Flight home

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Hotel Bazzoni, Tremezzo

Hotel Bazzoni, Tremezzo

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Bernina Express

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Lake Como & The Bernina Express

Soak up the views of Italy’s most dramatic lake


Lynne Broadley
Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack