Lake Como & The Bernina Express
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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.
Fly from London to Milan. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Bazzoni in the delightful village of Tremezzo on the shores of Lake Como.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to Milan airport for the flight to London.
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Soak up the views of Italy’s most dramatic lake