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Grand Hotel on Lake Como

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Follow in the footsteps of Flaubert and Tennyson, Julius Caesar and Queen Victoria, to enjoy the timeless elegance of Lake Como, where flower-filled gardens and pastel-painted villages punctuate the shore, set against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps

Shaped like an inverted ‘Y’, Lake Como is long (50km), narrow, and up to 400m deep. Rugged peaks rise around its northern reaches, with softer southern landscapes of forested slopes framing fabulous villas, and charming towns with their toes in the water.

One of these is Menaggio, the setting for your seven-night stay. Scenic and central for exploration, its promenade hems the western shore; the centre is sprinkled with cafés and boutiques; steep stairways lead to stone buildings in the (older) upper area; and regular ferries team practical transport with picturesque views. Collated to offer a vibrant variety of experiences, this tour is a flexible mix of free time, optional and included excursions, so that you can plan your ideal blend of ‘sightsee’ or ‘stay-put’ days. Two afternoon boat trips take you to the jewel of the lake, the Villa Balbianello, which has featured in several films; and to the botanical gardens of Villa Carlotta.

Four optional tours go further afield, one across the Swiss border to stylish St. Moritz; another to multi-faceted Milan, its beautiful cathedral and La Scala opera house; the third to enjoy the churches, chapels and cheeses of historic Bergamo; and the last to lovely Lake Orta and majestic Lake Maggiore.

Overview

  • Lake Como  - 7 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Most Popular Classic Resort
  • Historical Hotel
  • Jules Verne Favourite Hotel
  • Local Expert Guides

Follow in the footsteps of Flaubert and Tennyson, Julius Caesar and Queen Victoria, to enjoy the timeless elegance of Lake Como, where flower-filled gardens and pastel-painted villages punctuate the shore, set against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps

Notes:

Excursions on Days 2 & 7 include walking on some uneven surfaces.

Optional tours are not exclusive to Jules Verne groups and subject to minimum numbers.

Milan (day 4) and Lugano (day 7) optional excursions are bookable from May-Oct.

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Menaggio - Lake Como

A 4-star historic hotel, looking directly over the blue waters of Lake Como, a few steps from Menaggio main square and boat station. Restaurant, pool, bar, boutique and WiFi (free). 94 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night (maximum 10 nights).

Optional Excursions

St. Moritz Tour

Enjoy a beautiful scenic day to the chic and sophisticated resort of St Moritz. Travel by road to Tirano where after a coffee stop, you will continue into Switzerland to the town of Poschiavo where you will board the famous Bernina Express train. During your train journey you will be able to view the White Lake and the Black Lake and some of the most breathtaking glaciers which are enroute to Diavolezza, a short bus ride away from the famous town. St Moritz is nestled on the southern side of the Engadine Valley where you will find its beautiful lake engulfed by stunning alpine scenery.

Milan Tour

Travel by coach taking in the beautiful scenery of Lake Como to Lombardy’s capital Milan where you will meet your city guide. Visit the formidable fortress of Castello Sforzesco, the world famous Las Scala opera house, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele and the enormous yet ethereal Cathedral Duomo di Milano. Your afternoon is free for you to explore further and visit museums and galleries or simply stop at one of the charming Brera’s cafes.

Lake Maggiore & the Islands

This is a full day excursion of fairytale beauty and scenery. We reach Stresa by bus where we will embark on a private boat for a wonderful boat tour with a stop on Isola Bella, whose gardens were inspired by the 'hanging gardens of Babylon' and Count Borromeo fashioned them into the shape of a ship for his wife, Isabella, giving the island its name (entrance fees not included). We then continue by private boat to Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's island). It is the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands, as well as the only one to be permanently inhabited. Distinctive features of its ancient little village are narrow lanes with characteristic two-storey houses, with long balconies traditionally used for drying fish; the island's inhabitants earn their living mainly by fishing and tourism. On the island are little boutiques and renowned restaurants where you can eat freshly caught fish – a culinary pleasure for the humble and the famous alike. In the early afternoon transfer by private boat to Stresa where you will have some free time before returning to Lake Como.

Como & Lugano

Stresa & Isla Bella / dei Pescatori

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

August
August 24 (Saturday)
September
September 28 (Saturday)
October
October 5 (Saturday)
October 19 (Saturday)
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, approximately between €1.50 and €3 per person per night (maximum 10 nights).

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Aug, Sep
  • £445
  • 2024: Oct
  • £375
  • 2025: Apr 05, Apr 12, Oct
  • £375
  • 2025: Apr 19, May, Sep
  • £455
Flight Options
  • Alternative regional departures
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • St. Moritz Tour (2024)
  • £90
  • St. Moritz Tour (2025)
  • £145
  • Milan Tour (2024)
  • Milan Tour (2025)
  • £125
  • Como & Lugano (2024)
  • Como & Lugano (2025)
  • £125
  • Lake Maggiore & the Islands (2024)
  • £98
  • Stresa & Isla Bella / dei Pescatori (2025)
  • £140
Tour Only
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  • £290
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £105

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