GRAND HOTEL ON LAKE COMO

Stay at the stunningly beautiful centre of Italy's most exclusive lake with included cruises to its villas - relax or explore
by boat, bus and train

Lake Como remains the most elegant of the Italian lakes. Its golden age came in the 19th century when its romantic scenery and equitable climate attracted the likes of Queen Victoria, Flaubert, Tennyson and Liszt, but centuries earlier it was favoured by Julius Caesar and both Pliny's were born here. Today, George Clooney and Donatella Versace are amongst the celebrities who own secluded villas, whilst the lakeside towns with their houses of pastel pinks and yellows make the area a highly sought after film location.

Lake Como takes its dreamlike atmosphere from flower-filled gardens reflected in the water, secluded villas, little lakeside towns with steep narrow streets, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the southern Alps. Cruising the lake itself is a rewarding experience allowing fine views and different perspectives, a photographer's paradise!

Shaped in the form of an inverted 'Y', the northern end and the Lecco arm reveal dramatic peaks. Charming towns and villas set against a backdrop both less rugged and more genteel populate the Como arm.

Lake cruises are included to two of the most famous 18th-century villas: elegant Villa Carlotta, with beautiful sculptures and abundant gardens; stunningly located Villa del Balbianello, once a home of the Visconti family and the Italian mountaineer Guido Monzino, and now the setting for celebrity weddings and films such as 'Star Wars' and 'Casino Royale'.

Grand Hotel Menaggio has been a favourite of Jules Verne guests for more than 20 years. The small town of Menaggio lies in the scenic central area of Lake Como with a range of restaurants, cafés, shops and regular ferry and bus services.

Key Features

Classic Resort
Historical Hotel
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departures
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 - 30

 

Special Events

Cruises on Lake Como

Enjoy an afternoon cruise on the lake by private launch, sailing past Varenna, Bellagio and Lenno to visit Villa Carlotta and gardens. Enjoy a drink at the historic Grand Hotel Cadenabbia overlooking the lake. A further cruise to Villa del Balbianello for a guided tour.

 

Best excursion was Orta / Stresa.

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Grand Hotel on Lake Como

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Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Milan and transfer to the Grand Hotel Menaggio for a seven-night stay.

Day 2 Afternoon excursion by private boat along Lake Como to Villa del Balbianello, for a guided tour. (B)

Day 3 An optional full-Day excursion to Switzerland’s most elegant resort, St. Moritz, including a short train journey one-way on the Bernina Express through spectacular high mountain scenery to Diavolezza Bernina (£57). (B)

Day 4 Full-Day optional tour to Lombardy's capital of Milan, home of the Visconti and Sforza families. Visit Castello Sforzesco; A Renaissance Palace and view the dramatic Gothic cathedral, La Scala opera house and the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele (£52). (B)

Day 5 Afternoon private lake cruise. Visit Villa Carlotta and its gardens famous for its azaleas and rhododendrons but displaying a wide range of flora throughout the season. Enjoy a drink on a terrace of Grand Hotel Cadenabbia overlooking the lake from the rooftop terrace with views across the lake to Bellagio and Varenna. (B)

Day 6 An optional full-Day excursion to the old town of Bergamo, whose upper town is influenced by the rule of Venice. Walking tour of the historic upper town. Ferry to Varenna (payable locally), then by road to Bergamo (£52). (B)

Day 7 Optional full-Day tour to Lake Orta, the town of Stresa and a boat to Isola Bella (Isola dei Pescatori October 19 & 26) on Lake Maggiore (£57). (B)

Day 8 Return flight from Milan. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Excursions on Days 2, 6 & 7 include visits on foot with some uneven surfaces and small inclines.

Optional excursions may take more than 30 people and itineraries are subject to change.

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
March 30 £795
April 6 £795
April 13 £845
April 20 £895
April 27 £895
May 4 £945
May 11 £945
May 18 £995
June 1 £995
June 15 £975
June 22 £975
June 29 £995
July 6 £995
July 13 £995
July 20 £995
July 27 £995
August 3 £975
August 10 £975
August 17 £995
August 24 £995
August 31 £995
September 7 £975
September 14 £975
September 21 £975
September 28 £945
October 5 £895
October 12 £875
October 19 £845
October 26 £795
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

No Lake View Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

30 March and 19 October 2019

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 
Limited availability, on these dates
2019: Apr 6 &13, Oct 5, 12 & 26

Solo Group Departures - Mar 30 & Oct 19
No single supplement

Single supplement £195 (Apr £145)

Accommodation Upgrades

Lake view £195 
(Apr £145)
Lake view and balcony £395
(Mar/Apr/Oct £195)

NO LAKE VIEW SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates
2019: Apr 6 &13, Oct 5, 12 & 26

Half board 7 nights £95 
Half board 4 nights £55

Flight Options

British Airways – Nil (Jul 13, 20 & 27/Aug 17, 24 & 31/Oct £50)
easyJet from Gatwick – Nil (Apr-Jun £50)
British Airways Club Europe from £295

Optional Excursions

St Moritz £57
Milan Tour £52
Bergamo Tour £52
Lake Orta & Stresa Tour £57

Extension Options

Extension - Lake Como
Grand Menaggio
7 nights £575
(Apr/Oct £445)
3 nights £345
(Apr/Oct £295)
Single supplement - 3 nights £95 
(Apr/Oct £75)
Half board 3 nights £40

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT & NO LAKE VIEW SUPPLEMENT
Limited dates availability, on these dates
Mar 30/Apr 6/Sep 28/Oct 

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival transfer add £95
Departure transfer add £95

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, services of local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night (maximum 10 nights).

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