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Lake Como & Alpine Railways

From £729.00
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Bernina Express
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Duration 6 Days
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Take in Italy’s most romantic lake, some spectacular views, and an unforgettable journey to one of the world’s most famous resorts.

Enjoy a wonderful wintertime break that includes a visit beautiful Como Town and a ride on its funicular to hilltop Brunate, with its breath-taking views. Journey on the scenic Bernina Express Railway to famous St Moritz, one of the world’s most celebrated Alpine resorts. Explore Como’s idyllic shores, and enjoy opportunities to visit beautiful Lugano and stylish Milan on optional excursions.

What You’ll Love

  • Five nights’ half-board or all-inclusive accommodation at your chosen three-star hotel
  • Rides on the Brunate funicular and Bernina Express
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Return flights to Milan
  • A visit to Como town
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One – Fly to Italy

Fly to Milan or Bergamo, and transfer to Lake Como and your hotel. Meet your Tour Manager, settle into your surroundings and enjoy your first dinner.

Day Two – Included tour of Como Town

On today’s included tour you’ll journey to the lake’s main town (also called Como). Here, the shore-side Piazza Cavour is surrounded by shops and cafés, and leads through to an old town of narrow streets lined with shops and artists’ studios, and crowned by a majestic cathedral. A highlight of your day will be a ride on the historic funicular (first opened in 1894) that climbs the 1600 feet to the mountain village of Brunate.

The seven-minute journey in modern, air-conditioned and heated cars offers wonderful views of the lake below, and on clear days spectacular vistas that stretch to the snow-capped Alps beyond. Wander Brunate’s cobbled streets, take in the views and perhaps visit the public viewing gallery, which showcases the railway’s haulage mechanism.

You’ll return to Como and head back to the hotel this afternoon, for the chance to relax before dinner is served.

Day Three – Optional excursion to Lugano

Today brings the chance to join a wonderful optional excursion to the Swiss resort of Lugano, a stylish, elegant town idyllically set on the lake of the same name. The town will be brought to life with a ride on its Red Arrow tourist road train, and there will also be a chance (payable locally) to climb aboard one of the resort’s two funiculars, San Salvatore south of the town, or Monte Bre above the picture-book village of Gandria, both of which offer exceptional views.

Those choosing to stay on Como’s shores for the day might take a lake cruiser to Bellagio, at the tip of the Lario peninsula that juts into the southern end of the lake, one of Italy’s most sparkling jewels and home to some exquisite villas and glorious gardens (a limited wintertime service operates – check timetable at the hotel).

Day Four – Optional excursion to Milan

Another day to rest and relax, to enjoy the lake and its surroundings or perhaps to join our optional excursion to historic, stylish Milan. Highlights of an introductory tour, here, will include the vast breath-taking Gothic Duomo cathedral that survived World War Two largely unscathed, the great La Scala opera house (one of the world’s most important concert venues) and the arcades of the famous shopping Galleria. Enjoy the pleasures of the city, which include watching Milanese life go by from a seat in a café, visiting one of its countless museums or galleries, and – of course in Italy’s fashion capital – shopping or window-shopping.

Day Five – Included journey on the Bernina Express

Today’s unforgettable included excursion sees you journey to Tirano to board the famous Bernina Express train. The train will carry you from the Lombardy town, through the countryside of south-east Switzerland, the Italian-speaking Ticino, crossing bridges and viaducts including Brusio’s famous spiral, and across the Bernina Pass (which tops out at 2253 metres) to St Moritz.

One of the world’s most celebrated mountain playgrounds, especially for winter sports, this town is tucked away in the Upper Engadine Valley, and offers stylish shops and stores against the background of some of Switzerland’s finest scenery. Window-shop, or enjoy a coffee in a choice of cafés, before returning to Como by coach, arriving in time for a last dinner at your hotel.

Day Six – Fly back to the UK

Bid “Arrivederci” to your hosts and transfer back to the airport to board your flight home at the end of a wonderful break in one of Europe’s most beautiful corners.


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