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Lake Como Organised Trips

Cruise to Villa Balbianello

Afternoons don’t come much more picturesque than cruising across Lake Como to a beautiful 18th-Century villa. On the tip of the Lavedo promontory, Villa Balbianello sits in the most spectacular spot on the lake. It now belongs to FAI (the Italian equivalent of the National Trust) and has beautiful fragrant gardens. Explore the lavishly furnished interiors and see the collection of pre-Columbian objects, Chinese porcelain and terracottas, reverse-glass paintings, tapestries and carpets that belonged to previous owner Count Guido Monzino – a keen explorer who climbed Mount Everest in 1973. If you think the villa looks familiar, it might be because it starred in Casino Royale and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

• Departing Sunday from Lake Como hotels
• Operates April - October
• Group experience

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 2.45pm
End time: 6pm

Private Cruise Around the Villas of Lake Como

Channel your inner A-list celeb and glide across Lake Como on a private boat trip showcasing the most exclusive villas. Lake Como is known for its lavish villas and this idyllic private cruise will introduce you to a few of our favourites. Impressive Villa Balbianello has immaculate gardens and a stylish terrace with a breathtaking lake backdrop; it’s no wonder it was chosen to star in Casino Royale and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Then there’s Villa Cassinella, a wow-factor private estate with towering cypress trees and a secluded, romantic setting. We’ll also sail past Comacina Island: the lake’s only island, home to a charming little white church and a fascinating history.

• Departing daily from Lake Como hotels
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll have your private boat for one hour.

Duration:

1 hour

St Moritz & Bernina Express

There’s something particularly charming about travelling by train. The Bernina Express is Switzerland’s ultimate scenic train – despite its ‘express’ name, it leisurely navigates mountain twists and tunnels. Your adventure begins with a drive along northern Lake Como to Tirano, where’ll we stop for coffee before crossing into Switzerland to board the Bernina Express train for the most scenic part of its route. Our one-hour train journey from Poschiavo to Diavolezza takes in the sights of the White Lake and the Black Lake, as well as breathtaking glaciers. We’ll continue by road to the iconic ski resort of St Moritz on the southern side of the Alps where highlights include crystal clear mountain lakes. There will be free time to wander around the beautiful town of Chiavenna before returning to Lake Como.

• Departing Monday and Wednesday from Lake Como hotels
• Operates April - October
• Group experience

Good to know
You’ll need to bring your passport as this experience crosses the border into Switzerland.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 7.35am
End time: 7pm

Wine Tasting in the Cellars of Valtellina

Slow the pace with a laid-back day of architecture admiring and wine tasting. We’ll take you to Piona Abbey, which sits at the top of the Olgiasca peninsula on the Lecco bank of Lake Como. The abbey is a typical example of Comacina Art, with its exposed square stone, and is a rare jewel of Lombard Romanesque architecture. You’ll have time to explore this peaceful site – still enjoyed by the Cistercian monks who live there today – and take in the panoramic views of the lake and west coast. Valtellina is home to more than 850 hectares of vineyards and we’ll visit one of the oldest cellars: a natural fridge (‘crotto’) in a cavity between the mountain rocks. We’ll finish the day with four wine tastings accompanied by local produce.

• Departing Thursday from Lake Como hotels
• Operates May – September
• Group experience

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9.15am
End time: 3.30pm

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