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Tour Description

  • 6 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

Base yourself on the shores of the elegant Lake Como for five nights to explore its beautiful surroundings. The chance to see the lakes enchanting villas and gardens as well as indulge in retail therapy in Milan with our handpicked excursions.

Tour departures

To complete this itinerary as described, departures must be on a Saturday.

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At a glance
  • See the beautiful surroundings of Lake Como in five days
  • Day trips to Milan and St Moritz
  • Free time to explore Lake Como’s towns

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK – Lake Como

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Map of Day 1: UK – Lake Como

Touch down in Milan Malpensa airport and transfer to your chosen hotel (approx. 1 hour 30 minutes). As the sun begins to set head to the lakefront to enjoy the first delicious meal of your trip – there are lots of restaurants to choose from, many have uninterrupted views of the lakes and distant mountains.

Day 2: Villa Balbianello

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Points of Interest

Map of Day 2: Villa Balbianello

You’ll have the morning to explore at your own leisure before travelling in style, by private boat, to Villa Balbianello and its manicured gardens. This half day excursion allows you to roam the villa and admire the many collections acquired from the travels of explorer Guido Monzino. Visitors less mesmerised by the elaborate interiors can recreate the scenes from many of their favourite Hollywood blockbusters instead – films including Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and James Bond’s Casino Royale were filmed in the villa’s grounds.

Day 3: St. Moritz and The Bernina Express

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Map of Day 3: St. Moritz and The Bernina Express

Passports at the ready – today you will cross the Swiss border and visit St Moritz, the town popular with skiers is known as ‘Top of the World’. Free time here allows you to pick up a large bar of famous Swiss chocolate or enjoy a traditional fondue.

In the afternoon you will board your carriage on the Bernini Express train for the journey between Poschiavo and Biavolezza - it is known for having the most stunning views along the Bernina Express railway. Don’t forget to charge your camera for your full day excursion, you will see picture perfect scenery of the glistening lakes and snow-capped mountains.

Day 4: Milan

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Points of Interest

Map of Day 4: Milan

With sophisticated designer boutiques, gothic architecture and world-renowned galleries, Milan is a city with plenty to offer.

Begin with a guided tour of the most famous sites, learn about the operatic past of the La Scala Theatre and see the extraordinary 15th Century Renaissance Castello Sforzesco. There will be plenty of free time to explore Italy’s fashion capital at your own pace – we recommend a visit to the world’s oldest shopping centre, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, to shop till you drop. End the day by resting your feet on the private coach journey back to Lake Como (approx. 2 hours).

Day 5: Lake Como

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Points of Interest

Map of Day 5: Lake Como

Enjoy a day admiring the magnificent villas on the lakeside during a mid-morning stroll - don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for resident a-list celebrities including George Clooney and Sir Richard Branson!

Purchasing a central lake ticket from one of the kiosks near the ferry ports allows you to explore the many towns in Lake Como. Pick up an authentic souvenir during a trip to ‘The pearl of Lake Como’, Bellagio, or sip on an Italian coffee in the gardens of Villa Monastero, Varenna.

Day 6: Lake Como – UK

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Map of Day 6: Lake Como – UK

On your final day head to Milan airport for your flight back to the UK.

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Flight Information

The closest airport to Lake Como is Milan Malpensa (MXP). Direct flights to Milan are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.

Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) depart from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.