Lake Como, St Moritz and the Bernina Express

Lake Como, St Moritz and the Bernina Express

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$1565

Lake Como, St Moritz and the Bernina Express

8 Days Starting and ending in London, UK

Visiting:

Metropolitan City of Milan

,

Lake Como

,

Bellagio

,

Bernina Express Rooms

,

Lake Maggiore

,

Stresa

,

Como

,

Villa Carlotta

,

Lugano

,

Bergamo

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

CO

Age range:

18-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

From:

$1565 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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 Lake Maggiore plus a visit to medieval Bergamo, a hidden gem, on a guided tour

  • Visit to the Swiss lakeside town of Lugano.

  • Lake cruise to stunning Bellagio with a private visit to the enchanting Villa del Balbianello and its inspirational gardens.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : ARRIVAL AT LAKE COMO
Location:

  Metropolitan City of Milan, Lake Como


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  4* Grand Hotel Cadenabbia (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Dinner


You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Milan from where you will be taken to your choice of four-star hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing you time to settle into the hotel and start exploring if you wish.

icon Day 2 : LAKE COMO & BELLAGIO
Location:

  Lake Como, Bellagio


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  4* Grand Hotel Cadenabbia (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Lake Como, one of the deepest in Europe, has been beloved of romantics since the famous Roman chronicler Pliny wrote of its luxuriant beauty and it has inspired some of the best works by greats such as Verdi and Rossini. A favourite of Shelley and Wordsworth, the delights of Lake Como are many and varied and this morning you can enjoy one of its many highlights, a private boat and tour of the beautiful, 18th century Villa del Balbianello, one of the finest villas surrounding the lake. Originally built for a cardinal, it features a renowned collection of art and historic furniture, ironically much of it English, including an oak bureau from Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. The gardens are equally stunning, being a series of manicured terraces full of fragrant roses and colourful borders, dominated by a classic three arched ‘loggia’, and all creatively planted using the rugged topography to great effect.

The boat then takes us to the elegant and exclusive resort of Bellagio which, with its idyllic location on a promontory on the lake, is often described as the most beautiful town in Italy, and when you see it you will almost certainly agree! Once the haunt of European monarchs, today the attractive, pastel-coloured buildings, faded by decades of sunshine, line the lake shore and narrow cobbled streets and lanes climb their way to the hilly centre. Awash with colourful flowers Bellagio cannot be bettered for a long lazy lunch in one of the many lakeside restaurants, followed by a stroll perhaps amongst the many typically formal Italian gardens so beloved of romantics over the centuries, sprinkled as they are with fine, 18th century sculpture. Spend the afternoon exploring at your own pace before returning to your resort by boat when you wish.

(Subject to available boat timetable)

icon Day 3 : THE BERNINA EXPRESS
Location:

  Bernina Express Rooms


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  4* Grand Hotel Cadenabbia (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Today, we enjoy a contrasting day of spectacular scenery and extraordinary Swiss engineering. Firstly we ascend up the Valtellina, a classic alpine valley with soaring peaks rising steeply on both sides 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.

icon Day 4 : LAKE MAGGIORE & STRESA
Location:

  Lake Maggiore, Stresa


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  4* Grand Hotel Cadenabbia (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Today we visit nearby Lake Maggiore and its most attractive lakeside town, Stresa, which owes its origin to the days of the ‘Grand Tour’ when Europe’s 19th century aristocracy, having crossed the border from Switzerland, experienced their first taste of Italy! Unmistakably Mediterranean in character, its shores, lined with oleanders and palms, backed by classic belle époque hotels create an ambience of classic gentility. Take a stroll along its impressive palm-lined promenade and enjoy the fine views across the shimmering lake to the Borromean Islands just offshore. You can also take the short boat trip to Isola Bella, an island transformed by a 17th century count, from a barren rock into an amazing terraced garden. This stunning display has long been visited by the famous, amongst them Queen Caroline of England, wife of George IV, plus Napoleon and Josephine. For the literary enthusiasts, you can relax at the bar of the Grand Hotel, featured in Hemingway’s ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and also frequented by the likes of George Bernard Shaw and Charlie Chaplin. But to see everything at once you could experience the cable car to the summit of Monte Mottarone for panoramic views to the soaring snow-capped Alps before returning to our hotel for dinner.

icon Day 5 : FREE DAY
Location:

  Como, Villa Carlotta


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  4* Grand Hotel Cadenabbia (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Today you are free to explore as you wish. Enjoy a delicious Italian coffee in one of the pleasant cafés. Alternatively you may decide to take the boat to the lakeside town of Como or visit the gardens of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo.

icon Day 6 : LUGANO
Location:

  Lugano


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  4* Grand Hotel Cadenabbia (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


This morning we travel to Lugano, capital of the Italian speaking canton of Ticino which was seized by the Swiss in 1512 and has steadfastly refused any opportunity to revert to Italy ever since! It is absolutely fascinating, an eclectic mix of traditional Swiss values and the more laid-back Latin influences from across the border. The trains run on time and shops are just as chic, but there’s a distinctive Mediterranean feel unlike anything you’ll experience elsewhere in Switzerland. Tiny alleyways lead to unmistakably Italian piazzas, where you can relax over a typically Italian lunch, but like everywhere else in Switzerland, the traffic laws are obeyed without question - it really is a quirky blend! The town is a delight to explore being centred round the café-lined main square, ideal to people-watch whilst enjoying a superb coffee. Alternatively, you can explore the myriad of twisting lanes of the old town or the dense network of shops with their displays probably unmatched anywhere in the world. Lugano is a lovely place to idly wander, before we enjoy yet more outstanding scenery on our return journey to our hotel for dinner.

icon Day 7 : BERGAMO
Location:

  Bergamo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  4* Grand Hotel Cadenabbia (or similar)


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


After breakfast, we visit the town of Bergamo for a morning guided tour. Said by many to be the most beautiful town in all of northern Italy, Bergamo is simply enchanting. The historic centre – or Città Alta (Upper Town) – strikingly crowns a hill and was ruled for centuries by Venice, one of the world’s great powers in the Renaissance, when much of the city we admire today was built, while the walls separating the Old Town from the Città Bassa (Lower Town) have recently been granted the status of World Heritage Site.

The focus of hilltop Bergamo is the Piazza Vecchia, a graceful main square that gathers together some of Italy’s finest medieval and Renaissance buildings, including a palace and grand houses featuring wrought-iron balconies. Marvel at the 12th-century bell tower from ground level, but also consider a walk to the top to enjoy irresistible views over the jumble of ancient roofs, the maze of lanes and alleys and the lush Lombardian landscapes beyond.

icon Day 8 : London, UK.
Location:

  Metropolitan City of Milan


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


We return to the airport at the appropriate time for our flight home after a memorable and varied tour.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Seven nights’ accommodation

  • Fully Guided

    The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

  • Return flights

  • All tours as mentioned

  • Entrance to Villa del Balbianello

  • Transport

    All local transfers

  • Meals

    Breakfast and dinner

  • Local Taxes

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Yes

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are flights included in this tour?

Yes

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

No

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    For almost 40 years

    I have reduced mobility; can I still travel?

    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 contact us or call us on 01283 688 486 to discuss these concerns; our offices are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday 9:30am - 4pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Accommodation For all tour and river

    Do I require travel insurance?

    It is a condition of booking that you carry suitable travel insurance.

    What is my luggage allowance?

    You will receive details of your luggage allowance with your final travel documents, which are sent approximately 10 days prior to your date of departure.

Dates & Availability

Tuesday

Apr 04, 2023

Tuesday

Apr 11, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1565 (USD)
$1565 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Apr 20, 2023

Thursday

Apr 27, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2012 (USD)
$2012 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

May 04, 2023

Thursday

May 11, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1819 (USD)
$1819 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

May 05, 2023

Friday

May 12, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2175 (USD)
$2175 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

May 11, 2023

Thursday

May 18, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1861 (USD)
$1861 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

May 12, 2023

Friday

May 19, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1879 (USD)
$1879 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

May 18, 2023

Thursday

May 25, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2789 (USD)
$2789 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

May 23, 2023

Tuesday

May 30, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1818 (USD)
$1818 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

May 25, 2023

Thursday

Jun 01, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1819 (USD)
$1819 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Jun 01, 2023

Thursday

Jun 08, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1878 (USD)
$1878 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Jun 08, 2023

Thursday

Jun 15, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1878 (USD)
$1878 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Jun 13, 2023

Tuesday

Jun 20, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1938 (USD)
$1938 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Jun 15, 2023

Thursday

Jun 22, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1938 (USD)
$1938 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Jun 20, 2023

Tuesday

Jun 27, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1878 (USD)
$1878 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Jun 22, 2023

Thursday

Jun 29, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2288 (USD)
$2288 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Jun 27, 2023

Tuesday

Jul 04, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2216 (USD)
$2216 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Jul 04, 2023

Tuesday

Jul 11, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1926 (USD)
$1926 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Jul 11, 2023

Tuesday

Jul 18, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2204 (USD)
$2204 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Jul 18, 2023

Tuesday

Jul 25, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1866 (USD)
$1866 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Jul 20, 2023

Thursday

Jul 27, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2204 (USD)
$2204 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Aug 01, 2023

Tuesday

Aug 08, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1866 (USD)
$1866 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Aug 15, 2023

Tuesday

Aug 22, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1902 (USD)
$1902 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Aug 18, 2023

Friday

Aug 25, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1867 (USD)
$1867 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Aug 24, 2023

Thursday

Aug 31, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2169 (USD)
$2169 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Aug 25, 2023

Friday

Sep 01, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2193 (USD)
$2193 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Aug 29, 2023

Tuesday

Sep 05, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1902 (USD)
$1902 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Sep 05, 2023

Tuesday

Sep 12, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1926 (USD)
$1926 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Sep 07, 2023

Thursday

Sep 14, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2264 (USD)
$2264 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Sep 12, 2023

Tuesday

Sep 19, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2264 (USD)
$2264 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Sep 14, 2023

Thursday

Sep 21, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1926 (USD)
$1926 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Sep 19, 2023

Tuesday

Sep 26, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2264 (USD)
$2264 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Sep 21, 2023

Thursday

Sep 28, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2193 (USD)
$2193 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Sep 22, 2023

Friday

Sep 29, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1928 (USD)
$1928 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Sep 26, 2023

Tuesday

Oct 03, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1926 (USD)
$1926 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Sep 28, 2023

Thursday

Oct 05, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1807 (USD)
$1807 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Sep 29, 2023

Friday

Oct 06, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1747 (USD)
$1747 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Tuesday

Oct 03, 2023

Tuesday

Oct 10, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1806 (USD)
$1806 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Oct 06, 2023

Friday

Oct 13, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2012 (USD)
$2012 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Oct 12, 2023

Thursday

Oct 19, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2012 (USD)
$2012 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Oct 20, 2023

Friday

Oct 27, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1566 (USD)
$1566 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Thursday

Oct 26, 2023

Thursday

Nov 02, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1566 (USD)
$1566 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Riviera Travel requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of riviera travel charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: 70% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

Lake Como, St Moritz and the Bernina Express

8 Days Starting and ending in London, UK

Visiting:

Metropolitan City of Milan

,

Lake Como

,

Bellagio

,

Bernina Express Rooms

,

Lake Maggiore

,

Stresa

,

Como

,

Villa Carlotta

,

Lugano

,

Bergamo

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

CO

Age range:

18-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

From:

$1565 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

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