More than 50% of our travelers have reserved this extension in 2015
Discover one of Europe’s most beloved lakes, and one of its most sophisticated cities. On this pre-trip extension, explore Lake Como, the picturesque Alpine gem with a beauty that has drawn noted philosophers, composers, leading men, and poet laureates. You'll also feel the excitement of Milan—a historic city that is brimming with culture and style.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 4 nights in Cernobbio at the First-Class Regina Olga Hotel or similar
- 6 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
- Included tours: Como, Bellagio, Milan
- Personal headset on all included and optional tours
- Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
- Now included for 2015
- Gratuities on this extension are now included for local guides and motorcoach drivers
Depart today on your flight to Milan, Italy.
Arrival times vary throughout the day, depending on your city of departure. You'll be met at the airport and assisted to your hotel in Cernobbio. You can relax for the afternoon and take an orientation walk of the neighborhood with your Program Director. This evening, join your fellow travelers and Program Director for a Welcome Drink and introduction. Dinner is on your own.
After breakfast, take an orientation walk with your Program Director to get to know Cernobbio. Then, embark on a ferry ride to the southeast corner of Lake Como to its namesake town. During an included tour, you'll marvel at the impressive architecture of buildings like the Duomo, stroll through public gardens, and learn about the city's silk-making tradition.Then, you'll have some free time to explore at your leisure and have lunch independently.
In the mid-afternoon, ride the ferry back to Cernobbio, where you'll enjoy the rest of your afternoon to explore at your own pace before an included dinner at a local restaurant.
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure, relaxing at the hotel and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of Lake Como. With numerous churches, private villas, and lakeside walking paths, you're sure to discover a new side of this beautiful town.
Or, take a full-day tour of Bergamo Alta, a town in the Lombardy region rich with art and architecture, and the home of the famed Commedia dell'Arte theatrical tradition.
Dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast, take the ferry up Lake Como to Bellagio—justifiably called the "Pearl of the Lake," and the legendary lakeside retreat of generations of well-to-do Italians and international jetsetters alike. The boat ride promises to be a scenic one, as it climbs Lake Como's southwestern fork. Verdant, steep mountains plunge into the water on all sides, and you'll be able to relax and enjoy them sliding by from your ferry. You'll also see many of the luxurious villas that dot the lake shore.
Upon arrival in Bellagio, take an orientation walk i with your Program Director to get to know this charming town. You'll also have time to make your own discoveries: Stroll its Via Garibaldi from the waterfront through the town, wander manicured gardens such as those at Villa Melzi, or relax on the lakeside piazza. Keep an eye open for the eleventh-century Torre delle Arti, a stone tower that no longer serves a military function, but rather hosts artistic exhibitions. With a history stretching back 2,500 years, you'll feel the mixture of ancient heritage and modern culture alive in the town. Enjoy lunch on your own in Bellagio.
After soaking in Bellagio's culture and panoramic views, you'll return to Cernobbio, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Dinner is on your own.
After breakfast, you'll travel to the vibrant city of Milan, known for its incredible style in art, architecture, and fashion. You'll see the white-marble majesty of the Duomo—Italy’s largest cathedral, which took nearly six centuries to complete—and the famous La Scala opera house and museum. La Scala has hosted many premieres of the world's finest concerts, and has been particularly important to Giuseppe Verdi, one of Italy's most beloved composers. Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.
Then, transfer to Stresa, Italy where you will join your fellow travelers on your Romantic Villages of Alpine Europe trip.