Lake Como - 7 nights

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Secret Lake Como

Discover the three corners of Lake Como from the alpine north to sophisticated Como town and the lesser-known Lecco arm, staying at a Jules Verne favourite hotel

Grand Hotel Menaggio and Lake Como are long-time Jules Verne favourites that attract many returning visitors to this unusually shaped lake of three arms. We, therefore, present a new option including new excursions by boat, train and small bus to its lesser-known ‘three corners’, contrasting the dramatic snow-capped mountains and more remote villages of the ‘wild’ north with the scenic south and the former Roman town of Como with its famous cathedral and elegant piazzas. Climb above Como town for panoramic views, cruise the secret arm of Lake Como, also known as ‘Lago di Lecco’ and explore the alpine north.

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.

Key Features

Classic Resort
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Historic Hotel
Local Expert Guides
No Single Supplement
No Lake View Supplement
Small Group Size: 4 – 12

Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Milan. Transfer to Grand Hotel Menaggio for seven nights.

Day 2 By boat to Bellagio, then an extended cruise to Lecco for a guided tour and time to explore. Return by train to picturesque Varenna and visit the gardens of Villa Cipressi. Return by boat to Menaggio. (B)

Day 3 An optional full-day excursion to St. Moritz by coach, including a short train journey one-way on the Bernina Express through spectacular scenery (£59). (B)

Day 4 Travel to Como town for a walking tour of the medieval walls, cathedral, Piazza Verdi, Teatro Sociale, Palazzo Terragni and the Roman Baths. Enjoy an aperitif, then continue via picturesque villages to Sighignola known as ‘the balcony of Italy’ and enjoy tea or coffee with panoramic views over Lake Lugano and the Alps. (B)

Day 5 Depart for Chiuro and Valtellina for a wine tasting and cellar tour. Visit Piona and its monastery. (B)

Day 6 Day at leisure. (B)

Day 7 An optional full-day tour visiting Lake Orta and the town of Stresa. Take a boat to Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore (£59). (B)

Day 8 Transfer to Milan airport for the return flight to Heathrow. (B)

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


Optional excursions on Days 3 & 7 include visits on foot with some uneven surfaces and small inclines.

Optional excursions operate on minimum numbers and may take more than 30 people.


per person in a twin/double room
Italia Trasporto Aereo from Heathrow

Date Price
May 21 £1395
June 11 £1425
July 16 £1495
September 3 £1425
September 17 £1425
October 8 £1295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

No Lake View Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)
2022: Oct 8

Single supplement £215

Accommodation Upgrades

Lake view £195 (Oct £295)
Lake view and balcony £395 (Oct £295)

(limited availability/dates)
2022: Oct 8

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

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £295
British Airways from Heathrow £195
easyJet from Gatwick or Edinburgh - nil

Optional Excursions

St. Moritz £59
Lake Orta and Stresa £59

Extension Options

Extension – Lake Como
7 nights £595 (Oct £445)
Single supplement £215

3 nights £345 (Oct £295)
Single supplement £95

Lake View supplement
3 nights £75
7 nights £195 (Oct £125)

Lake view and balcony
3 nights £115
7 nights £295

Half board 3 nights £40
Half board 7 nights £95

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer add £95

Price includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night (maximum 10 nights).

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