Optional Excursions

Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second largest lake, with its northern shores actually in Switzerland. The shores of the lake are dotted with delightful towns and villages with colourful gardens and terraces ablaze with colourful and exotic flowers. Situated on the western shores of Lake Maggiore, we visit Stresa, a lively resort with narrow cobblestone streets lined with shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants, which is sheltered by a backdrop of pine covered mountains. From here, you can take a boat to the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola Pescatore and Isola Madre - where you can enjoy beautiful gardens, picturesque hamlets and lakeside cafes.

St. Moritz and Bernina Express Railway

A fabulous excursion featuring a scenic coach trip to Poschiavo, where we board the Bernina Express train for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breathtaking railway journeys to Diavolezza. The journey takes us high into the Swiss Alps and through the unspoilt beauty of the Bernina Pass, passing mountain rivers, snow-capped mountains and distant glaciers. At Diavolezza we rejoin the coach and continue our way to the exclusive resort of St. Moritz. We’ll have some free time in the famous ski resort, with its choice of interesting shops, bars and cafes, before returning by coach to Lake Como.


Milan

Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and the country’s most vibrant city. Milan is noted for its splendid Cathedral, the ‘Last Supper’ painting by Leonardo da Vinci and the ‘La Scala’ Opera House. After seeing the sights make sure you leave enough time to browse in the shops in the ‘Galleria’ arcades, perhaps look for designer brands in the elegant Via Monte Napoleone shopping district and perhaps for enjoying a drink in one of the pavement cafes.

Como & Lake Lugano

Lying on the southern shore of the lake, Como town is a delightful resort with an attractive pedestrianised centre. The historical centre is in the area around the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, with its imposing marble façade, and where there is a seemingly endless choice of shops. The main Piazza has lots of pavement cafes and ice cream parlours and is the ideal place to relax after a morning’s shopping and sightseeing. From Como we cross the nearby border into Switzerland and on to Lake Lugano, where we make a visit to the stylish resort of Lugano, which is overlooked by Monte Bre.

 

* Optional excursions are subject to sufficient demand and are usually available from May - September.

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