• DAILY EXCURSIONS FROM LAKE COMO

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1) FULL DAY : COMO – BELLAGIO – VILLA CARLOTTA

 In the morning departure by public boat from Como Pier for a cruise on the lake. The lake banks in Como are bordered by several villas of 18th  century surrounded by marvellous gardens that are witnesses of the charm of the area during the centuries influencing painters and poets. During the navigation you can admire  the most suggestive points of the lake: Villa Olmo, Villa d’Este, Villa Balbianello, (owned by FAI, Italian Fund for Environment) and many others. Arrived in Bellagio, landing and lunch free or at the  restaurant. In the afternoon walk through narrow streets and picturesque staircases overlooked interesting shops.   At the end departure by  public boat to visit the elegant 18th century Villa Carlotta, in Tremezzo. Villa Carlotta is a place of rare beauty, where masterpieces of nature and live together in perfect harmony in over 70,000 square meters of gardens and museums. The park  of  Villa  Carlotta is  famous for  the  amazing spring flowering rhododendrons and azaleas in 150 varieties  (camellias, century-old  cedars and sequoias,  huge  planes  and  tropical  succession  of meetings surprising fact: the rock garden, the valley of  ferns,  the  forest  of  rhododendrons,  bamboo garden, the museum of agricultural tools). At the end way back to Como by public boat .

 

2) FULL DAY VALTELLINA ( WINE AND CHEESE)

In the morning departure by private car/minivan to the Valtellina Valley, a wonderful land, full of contrasts, where the green of the vegetation mix up with the white of the snowy alpine peaks. First  stop  in  a  beautiful  farm  which  is  located  in  the splendid setting of the bottom of the valley - where the Orobie Alps meet the Retiche Alps, at just one step from Lake Como.     

You can choose:

 1) Cooking and cheese classes begin at 10.00 a.m. , are generally about 2 to 3 hours long and include the preparation of a typical meal, which you enjoy with the Valtellina wine at the end of the lesson, visit   the farm and cheese laboratory in the dairy.

 

2Tasting of fresh dairy products and cheeses DOP. In a beautiful natural setting , the farm organizes for the guests a special tasting with cheeses produced in the dairy. Three Valtellina wines are served and explained by the sommelier.

In the afternoon the tour goes on towards Sondrio.  A difficult land for wine, but thanks to the art of the local winemakers give a superb and surprising product. The vineyards cover 40 km of the Rethic side of Valtellina and give origin to the largest Italian terrace area. The   prevalent   grapes   here   is Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca ) and the most famous and rare product is Sforzato,  a  great  wine  obtained after a long wither of the grapes, generally till January. Loosing a 40% of weight, the grapes get an higher sugar and tannic concentration, giving as a result a long lasting, elegant and harmonic wine. Stop in a traditional cellar to visit and tasting a very good red wine. At the end way back to the Hotel in Como.

 

3) FULL DAY ALPS TOUR -

Departure by private car   for an impressive and scenografic tour of the Alps, crossing the Mediterranean Valtellina Valley  with its grapevine and its exuberant nature, reaching Livigno, called by locals the little Tibet due to its height  ( 1800 meters above sea level) and its climate. Livigno can be considered a paradise for shopping, thanks to its status of tax free area. Hundreds of shops where all the best brands are sold are at disposal of  the  guests  in  a  unique  alpine atmosphere. Lunch on your own.   Leaving Livigno you’ll cross the  Bernina  Pass  at  2.200  meters  to  open  a window on the eternal glaciers of the Palu Peaks and of the Bernina circle. A wonderful and unforgettable experience would be to get the Diavolezza lift and jump at the 2.900 meters of the  Chamanna   da  Diavulezza.  The  amazing  glaciers are under your feet and the trouble of the precipice is in front of you. Further on you’ll reach the world famous village of Sankt Moritz and its typical alpine lakes. Visit to the oldest part and driving through the natural set of Engadina and passing the Maloja pass we return into Italy on the warm atmosphere of Lake Como.

 

4) FULL DAY ST. MORITZ – TIRANO ( BERNINA EXPRESS)

Departure by private car to St. Moritz,  one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Chic, exclusive and famous for its cosmopolitan ambiance, it is situated in the center of the Engadina lakes, at  1856m above sea level.     Its   “sparkling”  climate,  called “Champagnerklima”, is legendary. Even St. Moritz’s sun is legendary: it shines on average 322 days a year. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon  transfer to the rail station and departure aboard the panoramic train, Bernina Express. This remarkable  route   passes through  no fewer than 55 tunnels and crosses 196 bridges as well as the famous circular viaduct  of  Brusio.  It  also  climbs  the 2253-metre   Bernina   Pass  and (after crossing into Italy) passes through the Valtellina Valley. Journey time 2 hours. At the arrival at Tirano ( Valtellina) met your driver and way back to Como.  In  the  morning  transfer  by  your  own  to  Stresa.  Full  day dedicated to the excursion to the three Borromean Islands. Embarkation in Stresa on the boat and departure towards Isola Bella. Visit of the 17th century Baroque Palace and of the scenic gardens.     Next stop in  Isola   Superiore    dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), the only isle steadily inhabitated. Lunch at  the    restaurant  or    at  your  own.  In  the  afternoon embarkation towards Isola Madre.. Its gardens, are full of rare plants and exotic flowers, helping to create the charm of a tropical land. At the end back to Stresa by private boat.

 

6) FULL DAY   MILAN

Departure to Milan by train or by your own car. Visit  the most important monument: the Duomo, symbol and soul of Milan,  the most important symbol of the “Flowered Gothic Art” in the world . The world’s most famous opera houses, the Teatro alla Scala, a neoclassical structur.  The visit goes on in via Mercanti,   sole   surviving   route   proof  of  the medieval town, then the  tour gets to  Castello Sforzesco, one of the most important buildings in Milan.   Afternoon: time at leisure to      dedicate     to other  activities,  such  as  taking  a  lift  to  the cathedral's roof to scan the city from above; visit  the Pinacoteca di Brera,      Milan's most outstanding museum  recognized as one of the major art collections in the world; shopping in the fashion district  of  Milan, the  so  called 'Quadrilatero'. At the end back to the hotel by train or by your own car.

 

 7) CASTELGRANDE CASTLE - LUGANO & FOX TOWN OUTLET (SWITZERLAND)

Departure by private car towards Bellinzona (Switzerland) famous for the castles.  These fortresses are  among the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in the alpine region. These battlements, towers and gateway, included in  the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000, are still a source of wonder today. Visit of Castelgrande castle. Lunch at your own. In the afternoon departure to  Lugano and  visit of  the town that  lying on the banks of the homonymous lake. The pedestrian area, very suggestive, preserves the historical centre rich  of  marvelous buildings such as  the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo and the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli,    whose    interiors    preserve   the    most    famous renaissance fresco in the Switzerland, a Luini masterpiece. On the banks of the lake the park of the town, Parco Ciani, considered one of the most beautiful in the   Switzerland. Along the paths there are many rare and exotic plants. At the end the tour continue to Mendrisio, not far from Lugano, where  you’ll find FOXTOWN outlet, one of the biggest  in Europe. In this retail space, the most famous international companies offer their products   at factory prices, with discounts from 30% to 70%. Fox Town offers 160 exclusive Stores, 250 brands at factory prices, a casino,  7 restaurants and bars.  The high level of quality and gracious hospitality make them unique shopping experience, like that in the most exclusive stores - but at much lower prices. At the end way back to Como brands at factory prices, a casino,  7 restaurants and bars.  The high level of quality and gracious hospitality make them unique shopping experience, like that in the most exclusive stores - but at much lower prices. At the end way back to Como.

 

8) FULL DAY VERZASCA VALLEY

Departure by private car towards  the Valle Verzasca (journey time: about 1 hour and 15  minutes). The Verzasca Valley is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating river valleys of the Alpine region south  of  the  St.  Gotthard  Pass,  and  is  of  genuine historical interest. The valley bears witness to the harsh life of its inhabitants, who tried to eke out a living, though nature was at times very harsh and forced them to seek out sites that nowadays beguile tourists with their charms. The discerning  tourist can  find  all  this right   outside  the city  centre.  The Valley  is  right before your eyes, both impassable and welcoming at the same time, and capable of slaking a broad range of desires. The  valley  has an extensive network of paths, with a total length of around 300 km, and they cater for the whole range of needs: from a leisurely stroll along the lake, through sporting trails and theme  walks,  to  high-mountain  walks  between  peaks, passes, alpine pastures and  refuges, with  breath-taking views to quicken the heart of any mountain walker. Lunch on your own. At the end back to Como.

 

 

9) FULL DAY VALLEMAGGIA , "the magic 36 secrets" in a golden basket.

Departure by private car to Vallemaggia, a region of extraordinary beauty that from Lake Maggiore (Ascona, Locarno) weaves its way through the Alps. A valley where   nature,  culture, emotion  and aste  come  together perfectly: Vallemaggia, the magic valley  where you can rediscover the traditional flavors borne of man and nature living in harmony for a thousand years. A region that knows how to welcome guests in the best possible way. From the typical “grottos” where traditional Ticino dishes can be enjoyed in the shade of the trees, to the many restaurants that use the best of the particular local products. Don’t miss: The village of Brontallo where visito rs are ransported back i n time on seeing old houses of wood and stone huddled around the tiny village square. Bosco Gurin , the walzer village. Situated at 1506 m. asl, Bosco Gurin is the highest commune in the Ticino and dates back more than seven centuries. Church San Battista in Mogno .  Designed by the architect Mario Botta, this cylindrical church stands out among the surrounding houses with their typical Alpine architecture. Lunch on your own. At the end of the excursion back to the hotel in Como.

 

RATE 2017

 

 

EXCURSIONS

2 pax

4 pax

8 pax

1

FD COMO – BELLAGIO – VILLA CARLOTTA

€    60.00

€  60.00

€  60.00

2 a

FD VALTELLINA ( WINE AND CHEESE)

€ 500.00

€ 322.00

€ 182.00

2 b

FD VALTELLINA ( COOKING CLASS)

€ 545.00

€ 374.00

€ 204.00

3

FD ALPS TOUR

€ 440.00

€ 254.00

€ 130.00

4

FD BERNINA EXPRESS

€ 470.00

€ 295.00

€ 174.00

5

FD BORROMEAN ISLANDS

€  340.00

€ 211.00

€ 130.00

6 a

FD MILAN BY TRAIN 

€    90.00

€  90.00

€  90.00

6 b

FD MILAN BY PRIVATE CAR/MINIVAN

€  310.00

€ 182.00

€  100.00

7

FD  CASTELGRANDE  CASTLE  -  LUGANO  &  FOX TOWN OUTLET (SWITZERLAND)

€ 210.00

€ 138.00

€  76.00

8

FD  ASCONA & LOCARNO ( SWITZERLAND)

€ 328.00

€ 185.00

€  93.00

9

FD VERZASCA VALLEY (SWITZERLAND)

€ 328.00

€ 185.00

€  93.00

10

FD VALLEMAGGIA ( SWITZERLAND)

€ 32800

€ 185.00

€  93.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANDLING FEE PER PERSON

€ 10.00

€ 10.00

€ 5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplements guides/escorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD ESCORT Lake Como**

€ 155,00

 

FD ESCORT  Lake Como **

€ 207,00

 

HD GUIDE IN VARESE AND SURROUNDS

€ 160,00

 

FD GUIDE IN VARESE AND SURROUNDS

€ 290,00

 

HD GUIDE LAKE MAGGIORE AND SURROUNDS

€ 180,00

 

FD GUIDE LAKE MAGGIORE AND SURROUND

€ 290,00

 

HD GUIDE MILAN

€ 190,00

 

FD GUIDE MILAN

€ 370.00

 

Full day escort lago Maggiore

€ 180.00

                 

 

** Exc. N. 1 = add € 31.00 ( escort boat tkt) )

** Exc N. 4 = add € 31.00 ( escort rail tkt)

 

 

 

The  Rates include:

 

 EXCURSION 1) FD COMO – BELLAGIO – VILLA CARLOTTA

  • Public boat Como – Bellagio – Villa Carlotta
  • Admission Villa Carlotta ( palace and gardens)
  • Vat and service charge

 

 

EXCURSION 2) FD VALTELLINA WHINE AND CHEESE

2a) Tasting of fresh dairy products and cheeses DOP

  • English speaking escort
  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Sondrio
  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • Vat and service charge

2b) Cooking and cheese classes

 

EXCURSION 3) FD ALPS TOUR

  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Valtellina – St Moritz
  • Vat and service charge

 

EXCURSION 4) FD BERNINA EXPRESS

  • Return rail ticket Bernina Express
  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Tirano
  • Vat and service charge

EXCURSION 5) FD BORROMEAN ISLANDS

  • Round trip by private Boat from Stresa to Isola Bella – isola Madre – Fisherman’s Island
  • Admission to Isola Bella and isola Madre ( Palaces and Gardens)
  • Vat and service charge

 

Supplement :    LUNCH AT TYPICAL RESTAURANT ( FISHERMAN’S ISLAND)  from     € 25.00 ( 3 COURSE DRINKS NOT INCLUDED)

Reduction : Combined ticket three islands and Angera Castle                        € 7.00 pp

 

EXCURSION 6) FD MILAN BY TRAIN

  • Return rail ticket Como – Milan ( 2nd class)
  • Admission to La Scala Museum
  • Admission to Sforzesco Castle
  • Vat and service charge

 

BY PRIVATE CAR/MINIVAN

  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Milan ( 8 hours)
  • Admission to La Scala Museum
  • Admission to Sforzesco Castle
  • Vat and service charge

 

EXCURSION 7) FD LUGANO AND FOX TOWN OUTLET ( SWITZERLAND)

  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Lugano/ Mendrisio ( 8 hours)
  • Vat and service charge

 

EXCURSION 8) FD ASCONA & LOCARNO ( SWITZERLAND)

  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Locarno /Ascona ( 8 hours)
  • Vat and service charge

 

EXCURSION 9) FD VERZASCA VALLEY ( SWITZERLAND)

  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Locarno /Ascona ( 8 hours)
  • Vat and service charge

 

EXCURSION 10) FD VALLEMAGGIA  VALLEY ( SWITZERLAND)

  • Round trip by private car/minivan from Como to Locarno /Ascona ( 8 hours)
  • Vat and service charge

 

The rates, for person, has been calculated  on the exchange rates, tariffs and services on the ground costs in effect at 13th January 2017.  Any increase of the tariffs and foreign exchange rates will  result in an adjustment of the entire shareholding.

 

Currency Swiss Franc / Euro = 0,93