Lake Como

The Italian Lakes have always held a special attraction and Lake Como, a firm favourite with British holidaymakers, is one of Italy’s most popular destinations. Lake Como is Italy’s third largest lake and, from its northern shores at the foot of the Alps to the Lombard shores in the south, the scenery is magnificent and full of contrasts. The soaring snow-capped peaks in the north give way to gentle rolling hills and colourful sub-tropical lakeside gardens and promenades to the south. Imagine the bright blue waters lapping at the elegant shores, surrounded by fine walks, imposing villas and beautiful parks and gardens filled with exotic flowers - giving this area a real Mediterranean flavour - and you’ve got the picture.

All around the lake there are sheltered bays, charming lakeside resorts and peaceful fishing villages. There are weekly markets to visit, shops and boutiques t browse around, colourful gardens to explore and pavement cafes to relax in as you watch the world go by.

We stay in the pretty resort of Cadenabbia, which is perfectly placed on the western shore of the lake and is ideal for enjoying everything the lake offers. It’s easy to get around from Cadenabbia, with lots of ferries criss-crossing the lake from one delightful harbour to the next, while steamers and local buses can take you to some of the lakeside towns and villages further along the lake.

The nearby Villa Carlotta is well worth visiting. Built in the early 18th century, the Villa is renowned for its beautiful gardens, which extend over 14 acres. Inside the villa are some superb sculptures and works of art by Antonio Canova.

A boat trip to Bellagio, sometimes called the ‘pearl of the lake’, is a definite “must do”. The old town is a jumble of cobbled lanes and stepped streets lined with stylish boutiques, wine bars and craft shops selling locally produced handicrafts including olive wood carvings and woven silk. Little known Varena, just acros the lake from Bellagio, is practically as unspoilt as its neighbour and is an ideal village for wandering around. There are meandering lakeside paths and the walk up to the 13th century Monastery Villa will reward you with some fine views over the eastern arm of Lake Como.

However you choose to spend your time and however much you see, you will find that you will want to return to beautiful Lake Como, again and again!

Optional Excursions

Lake Maggiore:

The shores of the lake are dotted with delightful towns and villages with colourful gardens and terraces ablaze with colourful and exotic flowers. Situated on the western shores of Lake Maggiore, we visit Stresa, a lively resort with narrow cobblestone streets lined with shops, boutiques, cafes and bars. From here, you can take a boat to the Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola Pescatore and Isola Madre - where you can enjoy beautiful gardens, picturesque hamlets and lakeside cafes.

St. Moritz and Bernina Express Railway:

A fabulous excursion featuring a scenic coach trip to Poschiavo, where we board the Bernina Express train for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breathtaking railway journeys to Diavolezza. The journey takes us high into the Swiss Alps and through the unspoilt beauty of the Bernina Pass, passing mountain rivers, snow-capped mountains and distant glaciers. At Diavolezza we rejoin the coach and continue our way to the exclusive resort of St. Moritz. We’ll have some free time in the famous ski resort, with its choice of interesting 
shops, bars and cafes, before returning by coach to Lake Como.


Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and the country’s most vibrant city. Milan is noted for its splendid Cathedral, the ‘Last Supper’ painting by Leonardo da Vinci and the ‘La Scala’ Opera House. After seeing the sights make sure you leave enough time to browse in the shops in the ‘Galleria’ arcades, perhaps look for designer brands in the elegant Via Monte Napoleone shopping district and perhaps for enjoying a drink in one of the pavement cafes.

Como and Lake Lugano:

Como town is a delightful resort with an attractive historical centre where there is a seemingly endless choice of shops. The main Piazza has lots of pavement cafes and ice cream parlours and is the ideal place to relax after a morning’s shopping and sightseeing. From Como we cross the nearby border into Switzerland and on to Lake Lugano, where we make a visit to the stylish resort of Lugano, which is overlooked by Monte Bre.

Excursions can be booked at the hotel and are usually available from mid May to mid September and are subject to sufficient demand.

Departure dates and prices 2019 : 7 or 14 nights return flights to Milan

Mistral Holidays brochure prices from £719

Travel 55 discount prices from  £669*

Tel Mistral Holidays reservations on 01352 756 864 and quote Travel 55 code T55

*Price based on 7 nights with flights from Manchester - Travel 55 discount of 7% will apply on all holidays, whichever airport and date

Departure dates

12, 19, 26 March

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July

2, 9 16, 23, 30 April

6, 13, 20, 27 August

7, 14, 21, 28 May

3, 10, 17, 24 September

4, 11, 18, 25 June

1, 8, 15 October

Room supplements per 7 nights - price per person:

Lake view - £70 : Lake view and balcony £119 : Deluxe room - £35 : Deluxe room with balcony and lake view - £149

Single supplement £125. Prices shown are subject to flight and accommodation availability. Prices are correct as of 22/02/2019 and are subject to change and will be confirmed upon enquiry. Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing in a standard twin bedroom. All holidays subject to Mistral Holidays Terms & Conditions

*Plese note Aberdeen flights are usually indirect.

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Flights, subject to availability, from the following airports, ring for prices and flight times

*Aberdeen : Birmingham : Bristol : Dublin : East Midlands : Edinburgh : Gatwick : Heathrow :  Liverpool : Luton : Manchester : Stansted

*Aberdeen flight is usually indirect

Mistral Holidays
Lake Como All Inclusive

Holidays by Air 7 or 14 Nights – 7% Discount

Prices from 7 nights £669 - 14 nights £995 - All Inclusive

The Italian Lakes have always held a special attraction and Lake Como, a firm favourite with British holidaymakers, is one of Italy’s most popular destinations. Lake Como is Italy’s third largest lake and, from its northern shores at the foot of the Alps to the Lombard shores in the south, the scenery is magnificent and full of contrasts.  Staying at the 3 Star Hotel Britannia Excelsior, Cadenabbia.

Book direct with Mistral on 01352 756 864, quote the Travel 55 discount code T55 and receive the Travel 55 money saving offer of 7% discount on all Mistral holidays.

Mistral Holidays - ABTA V0669 & ATOL 6900

To book or to check availability, call Mistral Holidays direct on 01352 756 864 and quote T55 for the Travel 55 discounted price. 

Included in the price

  • Return flights to Milan
  • One piece of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • 7 or 14 nights accommodation in a ‘Comfort’ twin bedroom with private facilities

Plus All Inclusive Package with ...

  • Hot & cold buffet breakfasts
  • 4 course buffet lunches
  • 4 course buffet dinners
  • ‘Show Cooking’ at lunch and dinner, including pasta and pizza, meat and fish.
  • Picnic lunches available on request
  • Free bar serving local brand wines, spirits, beers, soft drinks, tea & coffee from 10.30am – midnight
  • Music most evenings

Your Hotel

Britannia Excelsior Hotel - Cadenabbia

We are delighted to feature the superb Britannia Excelsior Hotel, which is one of the most popular hotels on Lake Como. An historical 19th century hotel, built and furnished in traditional Italian style, today it is owned and managed by the Whieldon family who extend a warm welcome to all their guests.

The hotel is situated in an enviable position directly across the road from the lakeside in Cabenabbia, and has stunning views over the lake to Bellagio. It's just 50 metres from the boat landing stage, where regular ferries and steamers stop to take you to all Lake Como's towns and beauty spots.

The 3 star Britannia Excelsior has spacious and comfortable public areas and beautifully decorated lounges, a well-stocked bar, a large restaurant featuring "show cooking" islands and an outdoor sun terrace with commanding views over the lake.

All of the 280 en-suite bedrooms are comfortably furnished and feature air conditioning/heating, ceiling fan, hairdryer, telephone, ’fridge, safe and satellite TV.

Accommodation is reserved on an ‘All Inclusive’ basis, with hot and cold buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free local brand spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks, tea and coffee are served between 10.30am and midnight.

Room Upgrades

Prices are based on standard Comfort twin bedrooms. Comfort rooms with a lake view and/or a balcony are available at a supplement. Standard Deluxe rooms and Deluxe rooms with a balcony and/or a lake view are also available at a supplement. Please note that the difference between Comfort and Deluxe rooms relates to the furnishings/decor and not the size of the room.

Free Watershuttle Service

A water shuttle service across the lake to Bellagio is offered by the hotel and is free of charge to Mistral guests. The shuttle operates at varying times during the day in the summer season, usually from mid May to mid September (subject to weather conditions).

The Britannia's Lakeside Lido

The hotel’s Lido Beach Club, just 100 metres from the hotel, is where from late April until mid September, you can soak up the sun by the large swimming pool. There is also a bar serving the free “all inclusive” drinks (excluding spirits) during the daytime. Mistral guests also enjoy a 20% discount at the Lido’s a la carte restaurant.


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