The Italian Lakes have always held a special attraction and Lake Como, a firm favourite with British holidaymakers, is one of Italy’s most popular destinations Lake Como is Italy’s third largest lake and, from its northern shores at the foot of the Alps to the Lombard shores in the south, the scenery is magnificent and full of contrasts. The soaring snow-capped peaks in the north give way to gentle rolling hills and colourful sub-tropical lakeside gardens and promenades to the south. Imagine the bright blue waters lapping at the elegant shores, surrounded by fine walks, imposing villas and beautiful parks and gardens filled wit exotic flowers – giving this area a real Mediterranean flavour – and you’ve got the picture.
- Return flights – available from Edinburgh or Glasgow
- Hotel transfers
- 7 nights accommodation at the lakeside Hotel Britannia Excelsior, Cadenabbia
- ‘Comfort’ twin bedrooms/private facilities
- Full hot and cold buffet breakfasts, 4 course buffet lunches and dinners
- ‘Show Cooking’ at lunch and dinner
- Picnic lunches available on request
- FREE BAR serving local brand wines, spirits, beers soft drinks, tea & coffee from 8.30am – midnight
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.
Accommodation & Itinerary
We are delighted to feature the superb Britannia Excelsior Hotel, which is one of the most popular hotels on Lake Como. It is situated in an enviable position directly across the road from the lakeside in Cadenabbia, and has stunning views over the lake to Bellagio. It’s just 50 metres from the boat landing stage, where regular ferries and steamers stop to take you to all Lake Como’s towns and beauty spots. An historical 19th century hotel, built and furnished in traditional Italian style, the 3 star Britannia Excelsior has spacious and comfortable public areas and lounges, a bar, restaurant, outdoor sun terrace with commanding views over the lake and an outdoor swimming pool (May – October) at the hotel’s own nearby lakeside lido.
All of the en-suite bedrooms are comfortably furnished and feature air conditioning/heating, hairdryer, telephone, ’fridge, safe and satellite TV. Prices are based on standard Comfort twin rooms. Comfort rooms with a lake view and/or balcony are available at a supplement. Standard Deluxe rooms and Deluxe rooms with a balcony and/or lake view are also available at a supplement. Accommodation is reserved on an ‘All Inclusive’ basis, with hot and cold buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free local brand spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks, tea and coffee are served between 8.30am and midnight
You can extend your stay for seven nights from as little as £399 per person ‘all inclusive’.
All around the lake there are sheltered bays, charming lakeside resorts and peaceful fishing villages. There are weekly markets to visit, shops and boutiques t browse around, colourful gardens to explore and pavement cafes to relax in as you watch the world go by.
We stay in the pretty resort of Cadenabbia, which is perfectly placed on the western shore of the lake and is ideal for enjoying everything the lake offers. It’s easy to get around from Cadenabbia, with lots of ferries criss-crossing the lake from one delightful harbour to the next, while steamers and local buses can take you to some of the lakeside towns and villages further along the lake.
The nearby Villa Carlotta is well worth visiting. Built in the early 18th century, the Villa is renowned for its beautiful gardens, which extend over 14 acres. Inside the villa are some superb sculptures and works of art by Antonio Canova.
A boat trip to Bellagio, sometimes called the ‘pearl of the lake’, is a definite “must do”. The old town is a jumble of cobbled lanes and stepped streets lined with stylish boutiques, wine bars and craft shops selling locally produced handicrafts including olive wood carvings and woven silk. Little known Varena, just acros the lake from Bellagio, is practically as unspoilt as its neighbour and is an ideal village for wandering around. There are meandering lakeside paths and the walk up to the 13th century Monastery Villa will reward you with some fine views over the eastern arm of Lake Como.
However you choose to spend your time and however much you see, you will find that you will want to return to beautiful Lake Como, again and again!