A 6 day 5 night tour to Lake Como stopping at the Grand Hotel Menaggio, on a Diner, Bed & Breakfast basis with flights from Manchester.
- Staying at the Grand Menaggio Hotel
- Diner, Bed and Breakfast
- Flights included
- Ride the Bernina Express
- Visit Villa Carlotta & the Botanical Gardens
Full Tour Details
Friday 7th April 2017
Departing from Maghull Square approximately 8am we drive to Manchester Airport for the Flybe flight to Milan Malpensa. Upon arrival we will be met by a coach and transferred north into the foothills of the Alps. We make our way along Lake Como to Menaggio. We will stay for 5 nights at the Grand Hotel Menaggio, a 4* hotel on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. Located on the lake within very easy walking distance from the town square and adjacent to the ferry landing stage. Menaggio is located half way up the west bank of beautiful Lake Como. This breathtaking location is ideal to discover the lake and how better than to take advantage of the regular ferry services which operate just a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel at the Menaggio terminal.
Saturday 8th April 2017 Free day.
We recommend taking a ferry to Varenna; a picturesque town rich in artistic monuments on the eastern shore of Lake Como. After arriving in Varenna we walk the short distance to Villa Monastero one of the most interesting examples of an eclectic style residence on Lake Como.
Sunday 9th April 2017
Today, we enjoy a contrasting day of spectacular scenery and extraordinary Swiss engineering.
We take a coach to Tirano, where we board the famous Bernina Express. One of the slowest ‘express’ trains in the world, this remarkable Swiss train twists upwards in an amazing sequence of spirals, loops and tunnels to the summit at Ospizio Bernina, the highest through station in Europe. Here, you are surrounded by stunning vistas over snow-clad peaks and ice-cold glacial lakes which strikingly mark the watershed between Mediterranean and Black Sea river systems. We descend sinuously through pretty pastures and dense pine forests to the ostentatiously chic resort of St Moritz, home of the infamous Cresta Run toboggan track, where there’s time for a spot of window shopping or perhaps afternoon tea and cake. Listen carefully and you may notice a rather unusual tongue: here, in this tiny corner of Switzerland, the locals speak Romansch, an ancient and little known Latin language. We return through yet more spectacular scenery to Lake Como for dinner.
Monday 10th April. Free Day.
For those wishing your tour manager will be on hand to sail across the lake to Bellagio. This town has lots to offer visitors with charming shops, magnificent views of the lake and surrounding mountains and the possibility of visiting some elegant Villas such as Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni gardens.
Today a half day visit to near by Villa Carlotta & the Botanical Gardens. This splendid lake side Villa has a treasure trove of fine art collected by the 18th century owner Giambattista Sommariva. As well as this the 8 hectare gardens are extensive and offer fantastic views across the lake. In the afternoon we will also call in at nearby Lenno before sailing back to the hotel.
Wednesday 12th April 2017
This lunchtime we must check out of the hotel and make our way back to the airport for our flight home. Upon arrival back in the North West we will be met by a coach, which will transfer us back to Maghull.
Location Map - Lake Como, Italy
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