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Trip summary

  • Departure Como
  • End Como
  • Countries
  • City
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips and custom tours
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
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Description

Enjoy this tour to discover Como Lake, its stunning landscapes and amazing villages on the lake!

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Enjoy this tour to discover Como Lake, its stunning landscapes and amazing villages on the lake!

This tour, beyond allowing us to enjoy an amazing trip to Valtellina to discover its DOC wines and typical products, takes us to visit Como, a beautiful city boasting a unique urban design, ancient palaces, lively squares, picturesque alleys and a stunning lakeside enjoying calm walkings. Then, we'll move to Menaggio, a village characterized by a central square full of coffees and shops and a suggestive lakeside with unique views. Afterwards, we'll continue to Varenna, a fascinating fishermen village, Bellagio, with its enviable Villa Melzi. At the end, we'll discover Lecco, famous for being the city where Alessandro Manzoni lived when he was young. It was in his house, the eighteenth-century villa Caleotto (now Manzonian Museum), that Alessandro Manzoni found the inspiration for the plot of its novel The Betrothed.

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Como
    Day 1
    Como

    Arrival in Como during daytime. Free time in the afternoon. Accommodation in the hotel and overnight.

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  • 2
    Como - Menaggio - Varenna - Bellagio
    Day 2
    Como - Menaggio - Varenna - Bellagio

    Breakfast in the hotel and meeting with the guide, who will accompany us during the tour.

    At 9 am departure by van for Menaggio. Brief stop in this amazing village, characterized by a central square full of coffee, typical shops and an amazing lakeside with unique landscape.

    At 10.30 am the tour continues to Varenna. We'll move northwards along Lake Como passing for Domaso and Gera Lario.

    Once arrived, we'll enjoy a short break in this amazing fishermen village. Bars, restaurants and shops stud the walkway, before the hanging pedestrian path on the lake starts. This latter is called "Lovers' walk" and it will take us to the jetty, in the northern part of Varenna. Possibility to enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurant along the lakefront.

    After lunch, we'll take the boat to reach Bellagio.

    Bellagio is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tourist destinations, not only of Lake Como, but of the whole world. Ever since the 16th century, its beauty has been appreciated from both Italian and foreign visitors. Lake Como's landscape makes Bellagio really charming; here it is possible to enjoy many different views of the lake. Of course, also its villas, trees and flowers, its picturesque stairways and the different evocative paths make Bellagio unique.

    Time available to visit Villa Melzi and its gardens. Before reaching the villa, we have to walk along a tree-line boulevard, at the shadow of umbrella-shaped planes. Once arrived at the large terrace in front of the mansion, it is possible to admire the landscape and the architectural harmony of the building, reachable through a scenographic staircase.

    At 4 pm meeting and departure for Como. Arrival around 5 pm.

    Free time to enjoy dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

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  • 3
    Como - Sondrio
    Day 3
    Como - Sondrio

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure by bus for Sondrio at 7 am, arrival around 9.30 am.

    Meeting with the guide at the Coffee of Sondrio railway station and departure for "Valtellina wine trail tour", a trip starting from Sondrio and arriving to Trevisto. It allows us to discover wine cellars and taste Valtellina typical products.

    On route we'll take a break and enjoy a 1-hour visit of Castel Grumello, a castle built in the XIII century located in the municipality of Montagna in Valtellina.

    Castel Grumello is an amazing example of twin castle, composed by two separate buildings, one military and one for residential use, surrounded by walls. The military unit is located to the East and boasted a defensive and sighting function, as proved by the imposing square-plant tower and the foundations of a second tower.

    At the end of the visit, around 11 am, we'll continue to Chiuro to enjoy a 1.30 hour tour together with an enologist. We'll visit a well-noted wine cellar and taste DOC wines served with local cold cuts and cheeses, it is also possible to buy fine and selected Valtellina wines.

    Then, the itinerary takes us to Tresivio, where we'll enjoy a typical lunch in a high-quality restaurant. It is possible to savor the traditional Pizzoccheri della Valtellina as well as the delicious bresaola, an unique local product.

    At the end of the lunch, around 3.30 pm, meeting and departure for Como, arrival around 5.30 pm.

    Free time to dinner and overnight in the hotel.

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  • 4
    Como - Lecco
    Day 4
    Como - Lecco

    Breakfast at the hotel. Free time during the morning to enjoy shopping and more visits of Como.

    This stunning city, lapped by Lake Como, boasts a captivating urban design, ancient palaces, lively squares, calm lakeside where to go strolling, but also many monuments to visit and unmissable tourist sights.

    At the end of your visits, enjoy a lunch in the city.

    At 2 pm meeting with the guide and departure for Lecco, arrival around 3 pm. Time available to discover this city.

    Lecco is famous for being the city where Alessandro Manzoni lived when he was young. It was in his house, the eighteenth-century villa Caleotto (now Manzonian Museum), that Alessandro Manzoni found the inspiration for the plot of its novel The Betrothed. The surrounding lake and mounts make Lecco really fascinating, a city in which modern and bygone time are mixed. The Manzonian epoch is mostly revived in Pescarenico, a district meticulously described by the writer. Anyway, Lecco is more than only "That branch of the lake of Como which extends southwards...". In fact, Lecco is also rich in history and culture, which can be discovered visiting the city museums.

    After the visit, around 5 pm departure for Como. Arrival at 6 pm.

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  • 5
    Como
    Day 5
    Como

    Breakfast in the hotel and departure from Como for your next destination!

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Driver/guide
    • Van/private car
    • Accommodation in a 4 stars hotel, B&B treatment

    Price does not include

    • Transfer from Milan Malpensa airport, Linate or Bergamo (available on request)
    • Tips
    • Extra
    • Everything not expressly specified in "Price includes"