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Cultural Milan & Scenic Lake Como Retreat

Break Available: March - October
5 days

Price Per Person: From £1,350

Milan is perfect for several days exploring the Duomo; the main hub of the city, Leonardo da Vinci’s the Last Supper fresco and the usual blend of galleries, museums and parks. And there is also La Scala Opera House, which puts on some of the most prestigious operas in the world.

Enjoy exploring this bustling city before heading onto Lake Como, which is the perfect finish to your trip. With a further several days at a more sedate pace exploring the nearby towns of Bellagio and the various villas and gardens that adorn the lake. Pure bliss!

Highlights

  • Private Guided Duomo Tour
  • Self Guided Audio Tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper fresco
  • 2 nights in centrally located Milan only minutes from the Duomo
  • 2 nights on Lake Como with a balcony overlooking the lake
  • Private airport and city and lake transfers
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Day 1 - Fly to Milan and Transfer to your hotel

Day 1 - Fly to Milan and Transfer to your hotel

Fly to Milan. With most UK regional airports offering a direct daily flight, you don’t have to waste time travelling to a further airport than your local.

Once you arrive in Milan, your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. 4 Star Hotel de la Ville is located within a 5mins walk from the Duomo, so perfect for you to wander and explore at your own pace.

Rest of day at leisure.

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Day 2 - Private Guided Duomo and Rooftop Tour with Self Guided Audio Tour of The Last Supper

Day 2 - Private Guided Duomo and Rooftop Tour with Self Guided Audio Tour of The Last Supper

Today your private guide will meet you and walk with you to the Duomo for your private tour. This gothic building was built in the 5th century and took almost six further centuries to complete. Marvel at the high ceilings and gothic feel of this cathedral.

However, no tour is complete without a trip onto the rooftop, allowing beautiful views across the city. The roof can be accessed either by lift or stairs.

Move on to Santa Maria della Grazie, the church that houses the world famous Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Supper painting. This fresco has narrowly avoided two main disasters – the first; the paint badly fading so the figures became unrecognisable, the second; almost being destroyed during the bombing of World War II.

This enigmatic painting has led to speculation that it is Mary and not John sitting to Jesus’s right. With your self guided audio tour, discover this at a pace to suit you. From personal experience, we know savouring your initial view of the fresco is worthy of quiet contemplation before listening to the guide.

Rest of day at leisure.

We would particularly recommend a few hours at Castello Sforzesc0 for the various museums and the park behind which includes the Peace Arch.

This was originally created on the orders of Napoleon, but after leaving Milan, the locals found the structure too plain and continued to decorate further to the wonder that it is today. The art gallery is also a must visit if you have any time remaining.

This evening, why not add in our Optional Extra night at La Scala Opera house. Enjoy either an opera or ballet performed by one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

See Optional Extra below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Milan - Attend La Scala Opera
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Milan - Attend La Scala Opera

Operas 2019:

Rigoletto (Verdi) – 07, 20 Sep
The Elixir of Love (Donizetti) – 14, 21, 23, 25, 27 Sept, 01, 04, 07 Oct
Quartett (Francesconi) – 11, 14, 17, 19 Oct
The Egyptian Helena (Strauss) – 26, 29 Nov
Tosca (Puccini) – 07, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22 Dec

Ballets 2019:

Giselle – 19, 24, 30 Sept, 03 Oct
Onegin – 07, 10 Nov
Sample of Ballets incl Balanchine, Kylian & Bejart – 19, 22, 24, 27 Nov

Operas 2020:

Tosca (Puccini) – 02, 05, 08 Jan
Romeo and Juliet (Gounod) – 15, 18, 21, 30 Jan, 02, 13, 16 Feb
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 06, 09, 12, 15, 18, 21, 23, 29 Feb
Il Turco in Atalia (Rossini) – 22, 25, 28 Feb, 04, 13, 15, 19 March
Salome (Strauss) – 08, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 27 March
Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) – 04, 07, 14, 18, 21, 24 April
Tannhäuser (Wagner) – 23, 26, 30 April, 03, 07, 10, 24 May
L’amore dei tre re (Montemezzi) – 17, 23, 26, 29 May, 04, 10 Jun
Fedora (Colautti) – 03, 06, 09, 13, 17, 25, 30 June
Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) – 20, 23, 26 June, 02, 07, 10, 16 July
La Traviata (Verdi) – 11, 14 July, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22 Nov
Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini) – 01, 03, 08, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, 25 Sept
Erwartung / Intolleranza 1960 (Schoenberg) – 29, 31 Oct, 02, 04, 08, 11 Nov
La Gioconda (Ponchielli) – 10, 13, 18, 21, 24, 27, 29 Nov

Price Per Person: From Ballet – £235 / Opera – £385

Exterior of La Scala Opera house at night
Stage for Opera at La Scala, Milan
La Scala opera house, Milan

Day 3 - Private Transfer to Lake Como and Evening at leisure

Day 3 - Private Transfer to Lake Como and Evening at leisure

Today your private driver will be waiting to take you to Lake Como for the second part of your trip. Your 4 star hotel is located right on the lake with a balcony room overlooking the full scenic beauty that is the region.

Alternatively, why not upgrade to Hotel Belvedere which shares a higher position on the lake and with more local sites nearby. See Optional Extra below for more information.

After settling in, have a wander on foot exploring some of the local area.

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  • Lake Como - Upgrade to Hotel Belvedere
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Lake Como - Upgrade to Hotel Belvedere

Location is everything and if you want to be located in the middle of the lake, why not opt for upgrading your hotel to Hotel Belvedere, which is placed with views of the lake on three sides. This hotel is perfect for those wanting to be nearer to the main sites and villas and gardens that surround the lake.

Price Per Person: From £50

Hotel Belvedere sunbathing view, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere Junior Suite Lake View, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere Sunset Swimming Pool, Lake Como

Day 4 - Day at Leisure

Day 4 - Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to explore Lake Como.

Alternatively why not add in one of our Optional Extras. We would particularly recommend our Varenna and Bellagio Boat tours as you get to discover the lake by boat whilst also strolling through beautiful villas and perfectly displayed gardens, all adorning the banks of the lake.

See Optional Extras below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Lake Como - Varenna & Villa Carlotta Boat Tour
  • Lake Como - Bellagio Boat Tour
  • Lake Como - Private Guided Villa Tours
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Lake Como - Varenna & Villa Carlotta Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat trip up to Varenna and Menaggio, before some time to explore Villa Carlotta. Whilst Lake Como is surrounded with stunning villas, Villa Carlotta is the main one in terms of size boasting over 70,000 square metres of gardens and museum.

Built around the end of the 17th century, the area is in a natural basin between the lake and mountains, facing the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio. The garden has over 150 different types of plants including cedars, sequoias, tropical plants, The Rock Garden, Ferns Valley, the Rhododendrons Wood and the Bamboo Garden.

Whilst the garden is decorated with sculptures, stairs and fountains, the villa has works by Canova, Thorvalsden and Hayez, including Eros and Psyche, Terpsychore and the last kiss of Romeo and Juliet, amongst many other masterpieces.

Price Per Person: From £50

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como
View of Lake Como
Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como - Bellagio Boat Tour

Take the boat along the length of Lake Como as you have time to explore on stops including Bellagio town, in the middle of the lake. Then move onto Villa Melzi, a neoclassic residence surrounded by a botanical garden overlooking the lake. Finish the tour exploring Villa Serbelloni, which overlooks the three branches of the lake.

Price Per Person: From £50

Lake Como view
Bellagio, Lake Como
Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como - Private Guided Villa Tours

Today with your private guide and driver, have a full day exploring the best villas on Lake Como. Begin your tour in Tremezzo learning all about Villa Carlotta with its sweeping gardens overlooking the lake. Then head inside in the villa with your guide to see the priceless artworks exhibited.

Transfer onto either Villa del Balbianello or Villa Melzi to see more scenic gardens and the attached villas.

A great way to see the best that the lake has to offer.

Price Per Person: From £430

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como
Villa Balbianello, Lake Como
Lake Como view

Day 5 - Private Transfer to the Airport for Flight home

Day 5 - Private Transfer to the Airport for Flight home

At leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if travelling between July – early September, why not extend your trip to take in an opera in the open-air Roman arena in Verona.

Another good option would be either Venice or Florence, both of which can be visited between March to October time.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel de la Ville (SINA) - Milan (4 Star)

Outside Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Pool at Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Dining room at Hotel de la Ville, Milan

Hotel de la Ville (SINA) - Milan (4 Star)

Considered to be one of the most elegant meeting places of Milan the hotel is patronised by fashion celebrities, show business personalities, and entrepreneurs. Very close to the Duomo, La Scala and Via Montenapoleone, it is a comfortable and tranquil place, perfect for a stay.

The hotel's restaurant, "L'Opéra", is open late at night, and is the ideal setting for an after theatre meal.

And, as in any aristocratic home, the rooms and suites all have their own distinct personality thanks to the use of different fabrics and decor, the fine furnishings and the marble bathroom.

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Carlton Baglioni - Milan (5 Star)

Outside of Carlton Baglioni, Milan
Double room at Carlton Baglioni, Milan
Terrace seating at Carlton Baglioni, Milan
Spa treatments at Carlton Baglioni, Milan

Carlton Baglioni - Milan (5 Star)

The Carlton Hotel Baglioni is a luxury 5 star hotel in Milan. It is situated in the heart of Milan, at the crossroads of culture, fashion and design.

It directly overlooks Via della Spiga, the most celebrated shopping street in the city. Via Montenapoleone, the cathedral and the famous La Scala theatre are situated a short distance away.

The Baretto al Baglioni is one of the most famous restaurants in Milan and the perfect meeting place for the Italian and international Jet Set. Ideal for your special occasion.

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Hotel Villa Flori - Lake Como

Hotel Villa Flori, Lake Como
Hotel Villa Flori Deluxe lake view room, Lake Como
Hotel Villa Flori Ristorante-Raimondi, Lake Como
Hotel Villa Flori Gran Lago Suite, Lake Como

Hotel Villa Flori - Lake Como

Nestled near the bottom of Lake Como, this stunning 4 star hotel, boasts fantastic view overlooking the lake, spa and fine dining.

Taking over a historic Villa, this 19th century hotel has been the residence of many noble Lombardy families. With delicate stucco work, mesmerising floral frescoes, parquet floors and antique furnishings, you will soon feel like Italian royalty.

All of the rooms we offer come with stunning balcony view rooms of the lake and with fine dining and the spa centre as well, you will soon feel like the everyday stresses are forgotten.

The hotel is very well located for the main sights, and for anything further, it's the perfect excuse for a relaxing boat ride across the lake.

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Hotel Belvedere - Lake Como

Hotel Belvedere sunbathing view, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere Comfort Room Lake View and Balcony, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere Sunset Swimming Pool, Lake Como
Hotel Belvedere Junior Suite Lake View, Lake Como

Hotel Belvedere - Lake Como

Hotel Belvedere is located in the middle of Lake Como, with far reaching views. Born out of five generations of women, this scenic hillside retreat is perfect for a relaxing few days, yet also close to the main sights.

There is a heated outdoor pool, spacious jacuzzi, a private garden with terraces, lawns and tiered grounds affording many shaded spots by the olive trees, in which to enjoy the views.

When you come inside, enjoy some time in the Library room with full length windows.

The rooms all have light colours with warm hues with either a private garden or patio, most of which include a jacuzzi. As well of course as that fantastic view over the lake.

The Junior Suites also offer an a lounge area with sofas.

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Optional Extras
Milan - Attend La Scala Opera
Exterior of La Scala Opera house at night

Operas 2019:

Rigoletto (Verdi) – 07, 20 Sep
The Elixir of Love (Donizetti) – 14, 21, 23, 25, 27 Sept, 01, 04, 07 Oct
Quartett (Francesconi) – 11, 14, 17, 19 Oct
The Egyptian Helena (Strauss) – 26, 29 Nov
Tosca (Puccini) – 07, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22 Dec

Ballets 2019:

Giselle – 19, 24, 30 Sept, 03 Oct
Onegin – 07, 10 Nov
Sample of Ballets incl Balanchine, Kylian & Bejart – 19, 22, 24, 27 Nov

Operas 2020:

Tosca (Puccini) – 02, 05, 08 Jan
Romeo and Juliet (Gounod) – 15, 18, 21, 30 Jan, 02, 13, 16 Feb
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 06, 09, 12, 15, 18, 21, 23, 29 Feb
Il Turco in Atalia (Rossini) – 22, 25, 28 Feb, 04, 13, 15, 19 March
Salome (Strauss) – 08, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 27 March
Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) – 04, 07, 14, 18, 21, 24 April
Tannhäuser (Wagner) – 23, 26, 30 April, 03, 07, 10, 24 May
L’amore dei tre re (Montemezzi) – 17, 23, 26, 29 May, 04, 10 Jun
Fedora (Colautti) – 03, 06, 09, 13, 17, 25, 30 June
Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) – 20, 23, 26 June, 02, 07, 10, 16 July
La Traviata (Verdi) – 11, 14 July, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22 Nov
Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini) – 01, 03, 08, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, 25 Sept
Erwartung / Intolleranza 1960 (Schoenberg) – 29, 31 Oct, 02, 04, 08, 11 Nov
La Gioconda (Ponchielli) – 10, 13, 18, 21, 24, 27, 29 Nov

Price Per Person: From Ballet – £235 / Opera – £385

Lake Como - Upgrade to Hotel Belvedere
Hotel Belvedere sunbathing view, Lake Como

Location is everything and if you want to be located in the middle of the lake, why not opt for upgrading your hotel to Hotel Belvedere, which is placed with views of the lake on three sides. This hotel is perfect for those wanting to be nearer to the main sites and villas and gardens that surround the lake.

Price Per Person: From £50

Lake Como - Varenna & Villa Carlotta Boat Tour
Villa Carlotta, Lake Como

Enjoy a boat trip up to Varenna and Menaggio, before some time to explore Villa Carlotta. Whilst Lake Como is surrounded with stunning villas, Villa Carlotta is the main one in terms of size boasting over 70,000 square metres of gardens and museum.

Built around the end of the 17th century, the area is in a natural basin between the lake and mountains, facing the dolomite Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio. The garden has over 150 different types of plants including cedars, sequoias, tropical plants, The Rock Garden, Ferns Valley, the Rhododendrons Wood and the Bamboo Garden.

Whilst the garden is decorated with sculptures, stairs and fountains, the villa has works by Canova, Thorvalsden and Hayez, including Eros and Psyche, Terpsychore and the last kiss of Romeo and Juliet, amongst many other masterpieces.

Price Per Person: From £50

Lake Como - Bellagio Boat Tour
Lake Como view

Take the boat along the length of Lake Como as you have time to explore on stops including Bellagio town, in the middle of the lake. Then move onto Villa Melzi, a neoclassic residence surrounded by a botanical garden overlooking the lake. Finish the tour exploring Villa Serbelloni, which overlooks the three branches of the lake.

Price Per Person: From £50

Lake Como - Private Guided Villa Tours
Villa Carlotta, Lake Como

Today with your private guide and driver, have a full day exploring the best villas on Lake Como. Begin your tour in Tremezzo learning all about Villa Carlotta with its sweeping gardens overlooking the lake. Then head inside in the villa with your guide to see the priceless artworks exhibited.

Transfer onto either Villa del Balbianello or Villa Melzi to see more scenic gardens and the attached villas.

A great way to see the best that the lake has to offer.

Price Per Person: From £430

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Mark arranged this holiday for my 50th birthday and it was absolutely fantastic!! It has given us some fabulous memories so thank you so much for your professionalism, local knowledge and attention to detail. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved, including the taxi drivers who were superb!!

Louise

A lovely short break which fully lived up to expectations. Finally, may I also thank you for your assistance with the booking. I got the impression from your own professionalism that Weekend a la Carte would be a good company to travel with, and we were not disappointed.

Marilyn

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What's Included?

  • 2 nights in Milan
  • 2 nights in a lake view balcony room on Lake Como
  • Private guided Duomo with rooftop tour
  • Self guided audio tour of The Last Supper
  • Private airport and lake transfers
  • UK flights

Departure airports:

Most UK regional airports.

Our international clients are welcome to arrange their own flights.

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