6D/5N - 2019 Lakeside Villas & St Moritz - Semi Private Tour

6D/5N - 2019 Lakeside Villas & St Moritz - Semi Private Tour

    Lakeside Villas & St Moritz      Semi Private Tour

    Lake Como-Villa Balbianello-Bernina Expvass train-St Moritz-Milan-Comacina Island
    2019 depart Sat: Apr-Oct
    Cost from: $1863 per person twin share (s/sup $503)

    **Please enquire about Private Transfers

day 01 Lake Como
Arrive independently to Como and your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for personal discoveries.

day 02 Villa Balbianello
Morning is at leisure. Later in the afternoon at 3.15pm depart by private boat from the boat landing stage opposite Villa Carlotta to the loveliest villas and gardens on Lake Como. Villa Balbianello on the tip of the Lavedo promontory is the most spectacular spot on the lake. It was built at the end of the 18C and today belongs to F.A.I. (the Italian equivalent of the National Trust). Visit the beautiful and exquisitely furnished interiors and the great collection of pre-Columbian objects, Chinese porcelain and terracotta, reverse-glass paintings, tapestries and carpets that belonged to its last owner, Count Guido Monzino, a keen explorer renowned for climbing Mount Everest in 1973. Later return to Como.

day 03 Bernina Express-St Moritz (22 May -25 Sep)
Meet your guide outside the hotel at 07.40am. We travel northbound to Tirano where we stop for coffee. Part of this excursion is done with the well-known panoramic Bernina Express train. We take the train in Poschiavo (Switzerland) and continue to Diavolezza (Switzerland), doing one of the nicest section of the Bernina Express Railway. We will see the White Lake and the Black Lake and plenty of breathtaking glaciers. Then, by coach, reach St. Moritz, the famous Swiss holiday and ski resort situated on the southern side of the Alps in the Engadine Valley with its numerous crystal clear mountain lakes. On our return we stop in Chiavenna and have some free time before returning to Lake Como.

day 04 The Best of Milan
Meet the guide outside the hotel at 08.30am and depart to Milan. Your guided tour will include the Castle of the Dukes one of the best Renaissance monuments of Milan. Continue to the historic centre with its highlights: the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and the renowned La Scala Opera Theatre. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the famous shopping district or join an optional excursion. Later in the afternoon return to Como.

day 05 Villas of Lake Como and Comacina (5 Jun- 18 Sep)

Departure at 10.15am by boat from the boat landing stage opposite Villa Carlotta. Enjoy a cruise around Lake Como with a full commentary and view of the famous villas: Villa Balbianello whose gardens and sensuous beauty were used for the James Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ and the Villa Cassinella, one of the most prestigious private villas of the lake. The tour will also include the Villa Oleandra and Villa Margherita which belong to George Clooney, Villa Fontanelle at Moltrasio, which was the residence of Gianni Versace, the Villa D’este, voted the world’s best hotel in 2009 and many others. On the way back we will stop on the Comacina Island famous for its dramatic history and legends, where you will have some time at leisure for exploring its unique charms or perhaps to take an aperitivo at the Kiosk. (In the event of bad weather instead of stopping on Comacina Island you will be able to enjoy an aperitif on the panoramic fourth-floor terrace of the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia).
day 06 Lake Como Departure
This tour comes to an end. Transfer independently to Milan Airport or train Station.

Inclusions: twin share accommodation in lake view room ,breakfast daily, Bernina Express train, coach to St Moritz, boat excursions to the Villas mentioned in the programme, English speaking tour guide, local taxes, (passports required).
Hotel: Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

Excluding: return transfers, entries and regular ferry crossing.

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