Italy: Maggiore and Como Medley

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We've done all the planning, so you can just relax and enjoy your time on the shores of these beautiful lakes - Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. Begin on Lake Maggiore, in Stresa, with its hive of interesting cobbled streets. The Borromean Islands are just a short ferry trip from here, where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella or the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori. Later in the week hop across to Lake Como, where you'll stay in Cadenabbia. The sleepy town has wonderful views across to Bellagio, which is easy to reach by ferry. We’ve included a full day excursion to St Moritz, with a ride on the world famous Bernina Express Railway, as well as a wine tasting excursion and a visit to the historic Piona Abbey. In both resorts, our Inghams Representatives will be on hand to advise, assist and help you enjoy your holiday to the full.

Tour highlights | Itinerary | Your holiday includes | Hotels | Departure dates

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Tour highlights

  • Experience the natural beauty of the Italian lakes
  • Ride along the world famous Bernina Express Railway
  • Visit Piona Abbey and take a wine tasting excursion
  • Discover the elegant lake-side town of Stresa
  • Take a boat trip to the Borromean Island and visit the palace and gardens
  • Spend a week in the best location to explore the beautiful towns of Lake Como
  • Enjoy the beautiful views across to Bellagio from the roof-top terrace bar

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Stresa

Transfer by coach from the airport to Stresa to begin your four night stay at the Hotel Astoria.

Meals included: Dinner

Days 2-4: Lake Maggiore

Get to know Lake Maggiore. Based in Stresa you’ll be at the centre of it all. You might like to visit the Borromean Islands – the jewels of the lake are just a short boat ride away. There’s the botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto to wander through and lots of nice walks straight from the hotel. A cable cable-car from the centre, links to the summit of Monte Mottarone where you get the most beautiful views as far as the Po Valley. When you’re not out seeing the sights, explore the old town, where bars and restaurants spill out into cobbled squares and enjoy leisurely strolls along the regal lakefront promenade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Stresa to Cadenabbia

We’ve included a direct transfer to Cadenabbia on Lake Como. Here you’ll begin your seven night stay at the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Piona Abbey & wine tasting excursion

The mild climates around the lake are perfect for growing grapes – so the region has an abundance of vineyards. So today we’ve included a wine tasting excursion. You’ll hop across to the eastern side of Lake Como to visit the historic Piona Abbey, dating back to the 7th Century - Cistercian monks still live and worship here. Once you’ve taken a look around soaked up the serene atmosphere you’ll head up to the Valtellina vineyards, high on a mountain pass at the border with Switzerland – the perfect setting for you to try their wines.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 7-9: Lake Como

Spend a few days on Lake Como and drinking in its dramatic scenery. You might like to take a ferry over to Bellagio or visit the famous Villa Carlotta – it’s only a short walk away. Alternatively, Como town’s easy to get to on the local bus or ferry – here you can enjoy the café culture of the provincial capital. The small town of Varenna is another beautiful place to check out with some great lake front restaurants where you could have a nice leisurely lunch. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: St. Moritz & the Bernina Express Railway excursion

Travel to Switzerland for a memorable day in the luxurious St. Moritz and ride along the wonderful Bernina Express Railway from Poschiavo. Its our most popular excursion on Lake Como, so we thought we’d include it for you to experience too. The full day outing includes time in Tirano where you’ll have time to visit its remarkable cathedral and a stop on the way home in the quaint town of Chiavenna - perfect for an ice cream or coffee in the cobbled piazza. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Lake Como

A final day to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the beautiful lake. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Cadenabbia to UK 

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights to Milan from the UK (flight supplements may apply)
  • Airport transfers to hotels
  • Direct transfer from Lake Maggiore to Lake Como
  • 11 nights half board accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Piona Abbey & wine tasting excursion (approx. 6 hours) on day 6
  • Full day St. Moritz and the Bernina Express excursion on day 10
  • Assistance of Inghams Reps while in resort

Your holiday excludes:

  • Any other optional excursions
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses 

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Hotels

★★★★ Hotel Astoria, Stresa (4 nights)

★★★★ Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, Cadenabbia (7 nights)

Departure dates

  • Saturday departures (11 nights returning Wednesday) from early May to early September

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This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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