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Set out on an alpine adventure on board the Bernina Express, marvel at the opulent villas of Lake Como, discover the old world elegance of Lake Maggiore's and Orta's beautiful shores.
Fly from Dublin to Milan where you will be met at the airport by your Topflight's resort manager. You will be transferred comfortably by coach to Mezzegra where you will stay for seven nights in the Hotel Lario on a half board basis.
Overlooking Lake Como, Hotel Lario enjoys a perfect location from which to experience all that this magnificent lake has to offer. The hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and of course the lake itself from its many balconies. Enjoy a drink on the lovely veranda or sample the local Lombardy cuisine in the restaurant all whilst enjoying the most modern comforts and a service level that’s hard to beat.
Opulent Lake Como is known as the celebrities' Italian paradise, thanks to the stars, including George Clooney and Richard Branson, who own sumptuous villas here. Set on the western shores of this A-lister lake lies the romantic village of Mezzegra, which boasts stunning views of the Lake, scrumptious restaurants and vibrant botanical gardens. Today, you can discover Mezzegra at your own pace.
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel, by coach, to venture out on your full day tour. We will start with a drive to Lake Orta, where you will have time to take a stroll around the village of San Julio. Continue to the elegant town of Stresa, situated on Lake Maggiore, where you can enjoy lunch in one of the many fantastic restaurants and explore its beautiful features at your own leisure.
Next stop? A boat trip to Isola Bella, an achingly beautiful island, dominated by its exquisite Baroque palace and luxuriant Italian-style gardens, brimming with varieties of flowers and exotic plants. You will have time to wander its beautiful landscapes and discover just why this island is adored. Afterwards return to Stresa where you will have a little more time to enjoy all that Stresa has to offer. Return to your hotel by coach.
Over the weekend, enjoy some downtime at your hotel. In the heart of the most glorious part of Lake Como, overlooking the lake, Hotel Lario provides the perfect combination of stunning lake views and comfortable and elegant surrounds. Perhaps you'd like to make use of your hotels' swimming pools and cool off from the Lake Como sun.
This morning, we will travel by coach along the northern part of Lake Como to the town of Tirano, where we stop for coffee before proceeding into Switzerland and reaching Poschiavo, where we board the Bernina Express train. All aboard this breathtaking one hour journey through alpine woods, lush green valleys, waterfalls and glaciers, until we reach Diavolezza. The section is often regarded as one of the nicest sections along the path of the Bernina Express.
Here, we will board the bus to one of the glitziest ski resort in Switzerland – St. Moritz, where you can explore the town and enjoy lunch at your leisure. The birthplace of the Winter Olympics – and host of it on two occasions – this chic resort is also an alpine playground for the rich and famous. Filled with designer boutiques, ultra chic bars and, of course, a natural landscape that looks like a million dollars, walking through dashing St. Moritz is nothing short of mesmerising. On the return coach journey, we stop in the pretty mountain town of Chiavenna, to enjoy some free time before we return to Lake Como.
This afternoon, you will be picked up by coach from your hotel and brought to the town of Lenno where you will embark on a short guided tour by boat. View the sumptuous villas of Lake Como and the gorgeous town of Bellagio on this leisurely cruise along its picturesque shores. Marvel at the sheer opulence of the architecture and the beauty of the ancient monuments you see en route.
This is followed by a visit to the Villa Balbianello, one of the most spectacular spots on the lake. A number of well-known movies have been shot at this grand Lake Como villa, including Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Casino Royale. Originally built in 1787, and owned today by the National Trust of Italy, it's a real treat to visit! You will have time to explore its great gardens and the villa itself at your own leisure, before returning back to your hotel by coach.
You will check out of the hotel after your final breakfast of the stay. Your coach will pick you up at your designated time and transfer you to Milan airport for your return flight back to Dublin.
This property is offered on a Half Board basis. Dinner is 3 course. Buffet breakfast is included. Tour holiday groups will dine together in the hotel’s dining area.
Overlooking Lake Como, Hotel Lario is in the picture-perfect Tremezzina area of Mezzegra, famous for its historic villas and gardens.
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