Lake Como, Milan & St Moritz including The Bernina Express
Discover the breathtaking views and beautiful villas of Italy'sLake Como with us on one of our guided holidays. Our Lake Como holidays include return flights, accommodation, transfers and excursions with expert, local guides.
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Known as the ‘pearl of the lake’, Bellagio is home to incredibly well-preserved historic buildings, narrow cobbled lanes and chic shops selling beautiful Italian handmade items including scarves, jewellery and handbags. The town is small enough to walk around and an ideal spot for taking views of the lake. On our trips to Lake Como, we’ll take a boat ride around the lake to visit the gorgeous town of Bellagio and have plenty of free time to explore the beautiful gardens, serene views and authentic shops at a leisurely pace.
Villa Balbianello is a spectacular 18th-century villa set on the shores of Lake Como. The villa contains an impressive Italianate garden that was completely renovated in the early 20th century and is built on terraces of majestic plane trees overlooking the sparkling lake. The villa is also famous for its appearance in films like Casino Royale and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones. Travellers on our Lake Como holidays will enjoy plenty of free time to visit this must-see attraction.
One of the most stunning things about Lake Como is the dramatic Alpine scenery that surrounds it. On our trips to the lake, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the Alps on a full day excursion on the Bernina Express, a UNESCO World Heritage Railway. During this panoramic journey, we’ll see views of White Lake, Black Lake and breathtaking glaciers. We’ll also visit the Swiss mountain town of St. Moritz, where we’ll have time to take in the beautiful scenery, wander the town’s charming streets and shop for Swiss chocolates.
Just a short drive away from Lake Como is Italy’s northern capital and fashion hub, Milan. On our Lake Como holidays, we’ll visit this incredible city with an expert guide by our side to give us an overview of its fascinating history. We’ll stroll past the Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral, along with the world’s oldest shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Plus, we’ll enjoy some free time to go shopping or view some of the Milan’s famous art galleries.
On our summer holidays to Lake Como, enjoy plenty of free time to soak up the sun at some of the lake’s fabulous ‘lidos’ or beaches. Almost every town on the lake includes a lido, and there are plenty of public and beach club options to choose from. Some of these lidos, likes the ones in Riva Bianca and Onno, are traditional public beaches. While others, like those in the towns of Cadenabbia and Bellagio, are more exclusive, boasting pools, bars and sun loungers for a fee.
With beautiful mountain scenery, tranquil blue waters, rich history and delicious Italian food, it’s no wonder that Lake Como has become one of our most popular destinations in Italy, we even see many travellers returning, year after year. Our Lake Como, Milan & St Moritz including the Bernina Express holiday offers the perfect blend of free time to explore, a day-long boat trip around the lake, along with excursions to the cosmopolitan city of Milan and the picturesque alpine town of St Moritz. Our Lake Como holidays also include Solo Traveller options for those travelling on their own. Each of our holidays offers plenty of dates so you’re sure to find one that fits into your schedule. With over 20 years’ experience travelling to Lake Como, we know a thing or two about the area, so you’ll be sure to get the most out of your trip with us!
In Lake Como WiFi is free in most restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, but it may be confined to the public areas of the hotel only, so do check your hotel facilities. Hotels generally don’t feature entertainment, other than in the larger, resort-style establishments. In summer time, live music is provided in the bars and pavement cafes of most towns and free outdoor musical performances frequently take place in public spaces.
When notified in advance, Travel Department can inform our Lake Como hotels of your dietary requests, such as gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan foods. Please note that choices may be limited compared to the offering found in hotels at home.
For restaurants and hotel dining rooms you can dress casually, but we suggest you avoid wearing “beach wear”, such as shorts and flip flops. When visiting churches and holy places, cover up bare flesh; shoulders, chest, legs.
Our guided tours on our Lake Como holidays will involve walking and standing on some uneven and cobbled surfaces, as well as travel by boat. There may be steep inclines or steps to negotiate at some locations, as well as varying levels within your hotel. Therefore, a reasonable degree of health and mobility is required. For all our tours we have an activity level guide to help you decide which holiday suits you best. For specific advice regarding our Lake Como holidays and to discuss any special needs, please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist.
Northern Italian cuisine tends to be hearty, with butter more commonly used than the olive oil and tomatoes favoured in the south. You’ll find delicious cheeses (Gorgonzola, Taleggio) and air dried salted beef (Bresaola) on most restaurant menus. Specialities include the unctuous Risotto alla Milanese, flavoured with saffron, and Osso Buco, a rich and tasty dish of veal shanks braised in wine. For a refreshing aperitif, try a sparkling wine from Franciacorta and with meats, a glass of Barolo, made from the Nebbiolo grape and one of the great wines of Northern Italy.
Between March and November you can experience sunshine and a pleasant warm climate. The hottest months are in July and August, peak tourist season, where temperatures reach 30°C or more.
Lake Como offers natural beauty and tranquility, and is the perfect setting for a laid-back, relaxing retreat. It’s also an ideal base if you’re looking to visit other highlights of Italy, such as cosmopolitan Milan, the picturesque Alps and St Moritz or to experience the Bernina Express train journey.