Villa Balbianello and Bernina Express PRIVATE TOUR
Lake Como-Lake orta-Lake Maggiore-Stresa-Villa Balboanello-St Moritz-Bernina Express train
2019 depart Thu: Apr-Oct
Upgrade for a room with lake view and balcony or terrace on request
day 01 thu Lake Como arrival
Arrive independently to Como and your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for personal discoveries.
day 02 fri Lake Orta and Stresa (Lake Maggiore)
Meet your guide outside the hotel at 8.10am. This full day tour by coach starts with a drive to Lake Orta, where we will have time for a stroll around the village. Then continue on to the elegant town of Stresa, situated on Lake Maggiore. You will take the boat to Isola Bella where you will have free time for a short visit, back by boat to Stresa where you will have time at leisure to visit the town.
day 03 sat Lake Como
You have the day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful Lake Como. Take a stroll around the village, visit the city of Como or board a ferry to visit other villages or a relaxing crossing of the Lake.
day 04 sun Villa Balbianello
Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon at 3.15pm depart by private boat from the boat landing stage opposite Villa Carlotta to one of the loveliest villas and gardens on Lake Como. Villa Balbianello on the tip of the Lavedo promontory, is perhaps in the most spectacular spot on the lake. It was built at the end of the 18th century 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 terracottas, 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.
day 05 mon St Moritz and the Bernina Express (22 May- 25 Sep)
Meet the guide outside the hotel and pick up at 7.40am. After breakfast travel northbound to Tirano where we stop for coffee before proceeding into Switzerland and reach Poschiavo. 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 bus, reach St. Moritz. The famous Swiss holiday and ski resort is 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 06 tue Lake Como Departure
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer independently to Milan.
Inclusions: twin share accommodation with lake view ,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 (upgrades on request for lake view room).
Excluding: return transfers, entries and regular ferry crossing.