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Italy - Lake Como

Italy - Lake Como

The most "James Bond" of the Italian Lakes with a reputation for fancy lakeside hotels and stylish villas where shiny red ferraris weave through the narrow streets of authentic villages.


The most "James Bond" of the Italian Lakes with a reputation for fancy lakeside hotels and stylish villas where shiny red ferraris weave through the narrow streets of authentic villages.

The most “James Bond” of the Italian Lakes, where parts of the 2006 Bond movie Casino Royale were filmed, Lake Como has a reputation for its fancy lakeside hotels also offering a 007 price-tag. Shiny red Ferraris weave their way through narrow authentic villages and neoclassical villas take on a whole new level of opulence. We have chosen to base ourselves on the eastern branch of the lake, which is best preserved from mass tourism, amazing for the surrounding high mountains that reach over 2,400 metres in height. The green of the woods mirrored in its water, the unique villages and agreeable mild climate combine to form a destination of incomparable beauty. Certainly the most elegant of the Italian Lakes, Como has a magical dreamlike atmosphere that has attracted celebrity residents from Julius Caesar to Queen Victoria, and more lately George Clooney to Donatella Versace – you are in good company!


Wednesday - Very early morning departure from Dorset for channel crossing to Calais and onwards to hotel near Saarbrucken in Germany for dinner, overnight stay and breakfast.

Thursday - Southwards through France and across Switzerland to Lecco on Lake Como. A welcome drink while the bags are portered and after settling in enjoy a 3 course dinner in the restaurant.

Friday - Experience one of the great European railway journeys on the Bernina Express. Drive to Tirano and join the famous train which scales the Bernina Pass - the highest railway line in Europe at 2330 metres. View the snow-capped glaciers of the Swiss Engadin Alps with thrilling twists, turns, tunnels and views from towering viaducts - it really is beyond words. The amazing 2½ hour ride brings us to the chic resort of St. Moritz, meeting point of the rich and famous with time for lunch and sightseeing. This afternoon tour past Lake Sils and over the Maloja Pass to Chiavenna, then back to Como.

Saturday- Todays journey will provide memories for a lifetime - a boat cruise on Lake Como to take in the prettiest villages and some of its strangest places with breath-taking views of the waterside scenery. We shall visit the Pearls of Como - the towns of Varenna, with its brightly coloured houses festooned in flowers, and Bellagio, which sits at the intersection of the three branches of the lake. Finally Menaggio with its lakeside promenade and romantic narrow alleyways of the old town.

Sunday - First stop is the city of Como, located on the western branch of the lake and an ancient centre for silk production. The promenade is a great place to take photos but equally the medieval centre will captivate and delight. It has little piazzas surrounded by cafes and shops - the narrow streets will inevitably lead you to the cathedral with its adjacent bell tower and old town hall.
Later we recommend you ride the funicular railway from Como up to the village of Brunate, a town overlooking Como at 715 metres high. The views from the station alone are incredible, but just take a 20 minute stroll to the Volta Lighthouse and you will be speechless (there is a local bus service). The chuch of St. Agostino in Brunate was founded in 1300 and contains preserved frescos from the 16th century.

Monday - A chance to relax in Lecco, It was once a fortified hamlet and still has parts of the old walls - here are several museums, monuments, open squares with cafes and trendy shops - all are overlooked by the bell tower of the Basilica of San Nicolo at 96 metres tall the same as Big Ben.

Tuesday - A fond farewell from our hosts as we leave Como and head back across the Swiss Alps into France for dinner and overnight at hotel in Saarbrucken..

Wednesday - Across France to Calais for afternoon channel crossing to Folkestone and return to Dorset that evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Hotel NH Pontevecchio, Lecco

A modern 4 star hotel owned by NH who are renowned for their highly specified hotels worldwide.

Over 100 bedrooms are light and airy and spread over just 3 floors. All are equipped with private bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, TV with Sky channels, phone, safe, minibar, free wifi and air-conditioning. The stylish restaurant serves up tantalizing Italian cuisine with the emphasis on local flavours. Meals will consist of an international breakfast buffet and 3 course set menu dinner plus unlimited salad buffet. We have included bottled water and a glass of wine/soft drink with dinner, and tea/coffee to follow. There is a bar in which to socialise or you can sit on the sunny terrace. Guests have use of a gym, room service and a lift serving all floors.



TOUR PRICE: £929.00 Per Person  Single Room Supplement: £180.00



Price Includes: All coach travel,  Return channel crossings, 2 x overnight hotel in Saarbrucken,  5 x nights hotel in Lecco,  Half board meals throughout,  Welcome drink at Lecco,  Wine/water with dinner Lecco, Porterage in/out Lecco, Bernina Express train fare,  Lake Como boat cruise. 



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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