Italian Lakes - Como & Maggiore by Rail

8 Days

May - Oct 2019 - From £1349 pp



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Lake Como





Come with us to our favourite Italian lakes – Como and Maggiore. Enjoy an all-inclusive stay at a Como waterfront hotel, visit Como’s Bellagio and Varenna by ferry and have the option to visit Vila Meltzi gardens. We also visit Lake Maggiore and its stunning Borromeo Islands including Isola Bella. A ride on the amazing Bernina Express train is also included.


Villa Meltzi

Day 1: London to Milan
Morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Paris, continuing by TGV train to Milan where we transfer to our overnight hotel.

Day 2: Rail - Milan to Como
This morning we have a guided tour of Milan followed by time at leisure. Late afternoon transfer by coach to Cadenabbia on lake Como and check into our hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Lake Como
Free day to relax at the hotel or explore on your own. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and drinks at the hotel.

Day 4: Bellagio & Varenna
Today we explore Lake Como by ferry, visiting the beautiful resorts of Bellagio and Varenna. There will also be an option to visit the Gardens of Vila Meltzi, one of the best Japanese gardens in Italy (entry payable locally). Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 5: Lake Maggiore
Full day excursion to Lake Maggiore including a visit to the Borromeo Islands and Isola Bella (garden entrance payable locally). Return to the hotel for dinner and free drinks.

Day 6: Bernina Express
Full day excursion to the Bernina Express, an amazing train ride from the cool north of St Moritz to the temperate south. Along its route the distinctive red train climbs to 2,253 metres above sea level where glaciers lie. We take a seat in one of the modern panorama coaches,and relax as the train travels through incredible scenic beauty: romantic forests in the Albula valley and, traversing bridges and viaducts, it will take you high above gorges and wild streams to see the snow and the glacier above the Bernina Pass. This is one of the most stunning rail journeys in the world (Bernina Express may operate from south to north depending on timing). We return to the hotel late afternoon for dinner and free drinks.

Day 7: Lake Como
Free day to explore on your own or relax at the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 8: Lake Como to Milan to London
Early Morning transfer from Como to Milan to board our return train to London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request) via Paris.

Note: Order of excursions may be subject to change.


Hotel Britannia Excelsior - 3 star-Lake Como
Your lakeside hotel

The hotel is located in the centre of the small lakeside town of Cadenabbia with stunning views across the lake to Bellagio, Varenna and the mountains beyond. Popular with British visitors since the 18th century, Cadenabbia has excellent ferry links to all of Como’s attractions. Just a few metres from the hotel, directly on the lake, are the outdoor pool and lido area - a perfect spot to relax and take in the magnificent views.
The hotel offers excellent value with its ‘all inclusive’ facilities and quality accommodation. All bedrooms are en-suite with a shower (some have bath but this cannot be guaranteed), fully air-conditioned and have TV with English satellite channels, fridge and hairdryer.
All meals are self-service and offer choices for starters, main courses and desserts. The inclusive bar includes beers, spirits, some liqueurs, and wine by the glass. The bar is open from 10.00 to 23.45hrs daily.


  • Escorted throughout

  • Return rail travel from London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request)

  • 1 night hotel B&B sharing a twin/double room in Milan outbound

  • 6 nights sharing a comfort room at the 3-Star Britannia Excelsior Hotel on an all-inclusive basis - includes breakfast, lunch (or packed lunch) and dinner, free house wine, beers, spirits, tea/coffee from 10.00 until 23.45 every day. Soft drinks, wine, beer and coffee are free at the swimming pool from 09.30 until 17.30

  • Excursions as stated

  • All transfers abroad


  • Single room at supp’t £20pppn

  • Deluxe room at Hotel Britannia Excelsior supp’t £60pp

  • Comfort room with balcony at Hotel Britannia Excelsior supp’t £90pp

  • Comfort room with lake view at Hotel Britannia Excelsior supp’t £90pp

  • Comfort room with lake view and balcony at Hotel Britannia Excelsior supp’t £110pp

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras- call for information

Rail Travel

Eurostar – London to Paris
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.

TGV – Paris to Milan
Taking the train is easily the most civilised and stress-free way to travel through France. For Milan we hop on the 186mph TGV at Paris Gare de Lyon station. Sit back, relax and let scenic France & Italy pass by the train windows. The journey is around 7 hours. The train has a buffet car which sells drinks and snacks, but there’s nothing to stop you taking your own food and drink (including wine & beer) to enjoy at leisure.

Exact train departure times are confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.

Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.

Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.

Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).