Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express

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Apline beauty

Italy presents a great diversity of people; of food and wines; iconic architecture; footprints of ancient and medieval civilisations and a huge variety of scenery ranging from almost desert to lofty mountains. There is no one thing or region that defines Italy but in the north, its lakes reflect the magnificent Alps,so high they appear to puncture the sky!

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.

A fantastic journey

For a contrast we visit nearby Lake Maggiore too, almost Mediterranean in character and lined by verbena, palm and orange trees, and a string of 19th century picturesque towns creating a true ‘belle époque’ atmosphere. Then just to the north is of course Switzerland with the most dramatic alpine scenery on the planet, and at its heart, chic St Moritz. We explore this too, also taking a trip on the nearby iconic Bernina Express, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys through the gorgeous Poschiavo Valley.

Next it’s Bergamo, a classic hilltop city so reminiscent of this part of Europe, it has one of the most charming hearts of any medieval city in northern Italy and dominates the Lombardian plain below. Surrounded by huge ramparts and within, its wealth of renaissance buildings and centuries old squares, lined by traditional cafes and restaurants selling fantastic Italian food, it’s a delight to explore. Art lovers will really appreciate the Galleria dell ’Accademia, a major art gallery with superb works by Titian, Raphael, Canaletto and many more. One of the most charming attributes of this lovely atmospheric city is that it really is an undiscovered gem, being almost totally devoid of tourists.

In designing this tour we really feel we have selected the very best of this wonderful area for you to savour at your leisure.

Holiday 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 and guided tour of Bergamo, northern Italy’s most enchanting medieval town
  • Lake cruise to stunning Bellagio with a private visit to the enchanting Villa del Balbianello and its inspirational gardens
  • Visit to the Swiss lakeside town of Lugano
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
  • Return travel from a selection of regional airports and transfers to and from your hotel included
  • Seven nights in a choice of conveniently located four star accommodation including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • Stays at Grand Hotel Menaggio will be on a bed & breakfast basis with the choice to pre-book a hotel dining package
  • Selected departures from April to October 2019

What's Included

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single and lake view rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrance to Villa del Balbianello and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.
  • Stays at the Grand Hotel Menaggio will be on a bed & breakfast basis with the option to pre-book a hotel dining package.

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