Lake Como Driving Holiday - 5 Days
Lake Como Driving Holiday
Our Italian Lakes Driving Holiday takes you on a scenic tour down to and around Lake Como. The day by day itinerary is outlined below.
Day 1 - Arrival in Zurich
Arrive in Zurich, take a taxi to the B2 Boutique & Spa Hotel. After check in, visit Zurich town center, take a walk along the world famous shopping street that is Bahnhofstrasse, with its incredible collection of jewelry and designer stores. Continue to Lake Zurich, where you can stroll along the lakeside promenade. The next morning you will be met at your hotel for a complete tour and car walkthrough.
Overnight: 4 Star B2 Boutique & Spa Hotel Room type: B2 Boutique Room
Day 2 - Through the Alps to Lake Como
Your driving tour south will take you initially via the scenic shores of Lake Luzern, stopping at one of the most beautiful lakeside resort at Lake Lucerne for morning coffees. You then trace the shores of the lake, and continue south into the heart of the Central Swiss Alps, where you will take lunch in the Alpine resort of Andermatt. After lunch your tour takes you over the sweeping Oberalp Pass (2033m) and Lukmanier Pass (1915m) and across the Blenio Valley, before reaching shores of the Lake Lugano. From here, follow the shoreline of the lake and head to your hotel set directly by the Lake Como.
(Note: in Spring and late Autumn, the first drive takes you via Gotthard tunnel south to Lugano and then to Lake Como, otherwise the rest of the tour remains the same).
Overnight: 5 Star Superior Grand Hotel Tremezzo Room type: Superior Room with park views
Day 3 - Loop of Lake Como
Today, you will drive a beautiful loop around Lake Como. In the morning, take a car ferry directly to Bellagio and Villa Serbelloni where you take your morning coffees on the hotel`s terrace overlooking the lake. Afterwards, continue south, along the shores of Lake Como, and visit a village of Magreglio dominated by its little church that is declared to be the patroness of cyclists. After lunch, at the elegant and beautifully decorated Villa d`Este, follow the shore of the lake north to Lenno where you can visit the stunning Villa Balbianello (subject to opening times), featured in movies 007 Casino Royale or Star Wars. Take a stroll in its impressive gardens before continuing back to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo for your final evening.
Overnight: 5 Star Superior Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Day 4 - Return to Zurich via San Bernardino Pass
Your final tour back to Zurich sees you head north from Como and along the shores of Lake Lugano. Take the last opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Italian Lakes while having your morning coffee. Then, continue through Valley Mesolcina and its charming Italian villages, before heading over the sweeping San Bernardino Pass, rated as one of the best driving roads in Europe. Now in Switzerland, stop for a traditional Swiss lunch and afterwards pick up the path of the Rhine river as it makes its way north. This particular stretch of road takes you past gorges and some spectacular rock formations, created over millions of years by the river. Here is an optional stop at the Rofla Gorge, probably the most dramatic gorge in this region, before completing the last stretch of the drive and back to Zurich.
Overnight: 4 Star B2 Boutique & Spa Hotel
Day 5 - Final Day in Zurich
Spend the last day taking in the sights and attractions of Zurich, a compact yet international city, with a wonderful old town (on either side of the Limatt river) the world famous shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, with its collection of watch and designer stores, then down to the chilled out shores of Lake Zurich, where you can take a coffee at one of the lakeside cafes with views all the way down to the Alps on a sunny day.