Highlights

  • Travel on Europe’s most luxurious train from London to Verona
  • Enjoy pianist-accompanied drinks in the bar car
  • Indulge with multi-course fine dining
  • Stay in an Art-Nouveau icon on the shores of Lake Como
  • Explore with private transfers throughout

Put simply, this is your chance to relive all the grandeur of the Grand Tours of yesteryear, once embarked on by the British landed gentry. You’ll start by travelling on the world’s most iconic train, enjoying multi-course fine dining and sipping bar-car cocktails as you wind from London, through France and over the Alps to Verona. Here, you’ll be met by a private driver and whisked to your accommodation on the shores Lake Como. Staying in a 20th-century grand dame, it’s the chance to explore historic villas and fishing-village idylls before returning for some private-beach relaxation in the sun.


Day 1

The Belmond British Pullman & Orient Express

Begin in style, with a complimentary chauffeur transfer to London Victoria, where you’ll relax in a private lounge before boarding the Belmond British Pullman. All wing-back armchairs, Art-Deco lighting and inlaid marquetry, you’ll take in the views of the Kent countryside with a gourmet brunch and Bellini cocktail onboard carriages once favoured by the Queen Mother and visiting heads of state. Then, following a channel-tunnel hop, you’ll be welcomed aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express by your personal steward, settling into your polished-wood private cabin before changing for dinner. It’s an extravagant, multi-course affair served among Lalique glasswork and capped by bar-car drinks.

Lunch & Dinner included

Steward, Belmond British Pullman

Steward, Belmond British Pullman

Restaurant car, Belmond British Pullman

Restaurant car, Belmond British Pullman

Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Cabin, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express


Day 2

Into Verona

With your compartment converted to plush berths as you dined the night before, you’ll awake well rested this morning, enjoying views of the Swiss Alps and a Continental breakfast served in the intimacy of your cabin. As the scenery levels out, you’ll have some time to admire rural Italy before it’s time for the next of your indulgent meals – a three-course lunch. Then, arriving in Verona, consider pausing to explore its pretty piazzas and thousand-year-old Roman amphitheatre before your private transfer whisks you on to Lake Como. It’s a scenic drive, bringing you along the lake’s mountain-backed shores to arrive at your opulent hotel.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Breakfast, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Breakfast, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy

Arena di Verona


Days 3 – 5

Relaxing on Lake Como

You’ll have four nights to rest up in the lap of luxury, staying in an Art Nouveau icon that, with a century-old history, has won high praise from legendary actress Greta Garbo. Indeed, it showcases the best views over the glittering meeting of Lake Como’s two branches from an array of superb facilities. Expect everything from  fine-dining terraces and private-balcony, lake-view rooms to a private beach, infinity spa and even a pool floating in the lake. But, you’ll also want to explore the nearby medieval castles, church towns and impossibly grand 18th-century villas. The most evocative way to see it all? From a Venetian water taxi, departing from your hotel’s private marina.

Breakfast included

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Flowers Pool, Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Flowers Pool, Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Bellagio, Lake Como

Bellagio, Lake Como


Day 6

Fashionista's Milan & depart for UK

After a last indulgent breakfast, a final private transfer will see you the short distance to Milan. While you’ll be brought to the airport for your flight home, consider lingering a little longer to take in the city’s stunning Gothic cathedral, luxury boutiques and, yes, Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Breakfast included


"Perhaps the ultimate mini-moon, here I've combined the world's greatest rail journey with truly romantic cities and staggeringly beautiful landscapes. After multi-course dining and champagne indulgences on board the train (for the ultimate treat, I'd recommend an upgrade to a Grand Suite), a stay at a luxury Lake Como hotel right on its glittering edge is the perfect way to relax – after a day spent strolling through Verona, of course. There's also time to explore stylish Milan – which is sure to end your holiday in the most glamorous of ways."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Guide price from £4,265 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £4,265 pp
High Season from: £5,175 pp

Valid for travel: The Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como opens between 10 Apr - 03 Nov 2019

Includes:

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven UK return transfers
  • Welcome refreshments by British Pullman at Victoria Station
  • London Victoria Station to Folkestone on the British Pullman including three course gourmet brunch accompanied by an iconic Bellini cocktail
  • Travel from Calais to Verona via Paris on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express through the beautiful Swiss Alps including selected meals prepared by onboard chefs
  • Private transfer from Verona station to Lake Como
  • 4nts accommodation in the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como on a B&B basis
  • Private transfer Lake Como to Milan
  • One way flight from Milan to London
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