- Travel from London to Italy on an easy-going and eco-friendly train trip
- Cycle around the beautiful Lake Como, enjoying stunning views across the lake
- Take in the spectacular views of the lake from the lofty heights of Brunate
- Tour the 18th century Villa del Balbianello alongside a private guide
- Visit charming villages and indulge in spectacular Italian food, accompanied by an array of wines
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Embark on your train journey from London to Lake Como, and on arrival, ease into your trip with a bike ride around the stunning lake. Alternatively, hike San Martino hill for spectacular views across the water or take the cable car up to the town of Brunate, nicknamed ‘the Balcony of the Alps’. Take a privately guided tour of the 18th century Villa del Balbianello, with its interesting collection of artefacts and artworks. Throughout your trip, enjoy some incredible Italian cuisine, including pizza, pasta and the finest wines.
LONDON TO LAKE COMO BY TRAIN
Get ready to set off on your eco-friendly, slow-travel London to Lake Como train trip. The first leg of the journey takes approximately two-and-a-half-hours on the Eurostar from London to Paris, bringing you into Paris Gare du Nord. It's then two stops on RER (the Paris metro system) to Gare de Lyon, where you’ll hop on your next train – a four-hour long journey to Zurich. Upon arrival in Zurich, you will catch your last train for the final leg of your journey, from Zurich to Como San Giovanni. This train takes about two-and-a-half hours, and once you’ve made it to Como, a private transfer will transport you to your hotel.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to divide up your journey (and squeeze in some more sight-seeing), we can arrange overnights in either Paris, Milan or Zurich. This allows for a more leisurely voyage and some time spent in an additional city.
LEISURELY DAY AT LAKE COMO
Today you have the entire day to spend at your leisure. After your day of travel yesterday, you're probably looking to stretch your legs and get your muscles moving. Lake Como, often considered to be the ‘jewel of the Italian Alps’, has some superb cycling paths hugging its shore, which boast beautiful views across the lake from a range of vantage points. Cycling here is leisurely, with minimal inclines, perfect for getting out on a warm sunny day. If cycling isn't your thing, maybe climbing up San Martino's hill would suit more. The climb is relatively easy, and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views across the lake. For an even more leisurely option, you can take a ferry around the lake or the cable car up to the town of Brunate. Nicknamed ‘the Balcony of the Alps’, Brunate is situated over 2000ft above sea level and blessed with some atmospheric panoramic points, from which you can see the outline of Como’s historic centre, the ancient Roman castrum and a view over the Alps and the Brianza plain. Enjoy a first proper dinner overlooking the lake this evening; our clued-up local Concierge can recommend the best local restaurants.
VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO
Today you will be taken on a two-hour private tour of Villa del Balbianello, alongside an expert guide. Set among cypress and cedar trees on the shores of Lake Como, the 18th century residence contains collections of Asian and African art. A wealthy entrepreneur named Guido Monzino bought the villa in 1974, and alongside the art collections there are also displays of artefacts acquired by Monzino during his expeditions. These include Inuit sculptures, memorabilia from his 1971 expedition to the North Pole and an extensive collection of maps and books. Following this cultural experience, you’re free to spend the rest of your day exploring Como’s old centre, visiting one of the nearby picturesque villages and perhaps sipping on a martini (or your drink of choice) while enjoying the surrounding views.
FINAL DAY OF FUN IN THE ITALIAN LAKES
Get out and about today to make the most of your last full day in Italy! Maybe go out for another walk and bike ride, or spend the day enjoying all that your luxurious hotel has to offer. If you haven’t yet made it up the cable car to Brunate, this could be an option for today, before treating yourself to a massage at the hotel, which will leave you feeling sublime and revitalised. In the mid-afternoon, spend some time letting the sun kiss your skin, before sinking into the pool to cool off.
Finally, in the evening, indulge in - arguably - Italy's main attraction; the food. With a range of dining options, you'll be spoilt for choice. Think pizza, pasta, grilled meat and fish, all accompanied by an eclectic selection of Italian wines.
TRAIN FROM LAKE COMO TO LONDON
Sadly, today it is time to leave Lake Como and start your slow-travel journey home. The first leg of your journey is a transfer from your hotel to Como San Giovanni station. Your train will depart Como San Giovanni towards Zurich, with this part of the journey taking around three hours. Enjoy the stunning alpine scenery - Swiss meadows, mountains and the beautiful Lake Lugano - as you journey via the Gotthard route; a major section of an important international railway link between northern and southern Europe. The stretch from Zurich to Paris takes a comfortable four hours, and in Paris you will have plenty of time to make your way back across to Gare du Nord to catch your final Paris to London Eurostar train, which will take a further two-and-a-half hours.
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