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Review: Lake Como, St.Moritz and The Bernina Express

Escorted Tour - Coach

Excellent Lake Como holiday

  • By SilverTraveller Clover-Park

    44 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Jun 2013
  • Husband

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We enjoyed our holiday to Croatia with Riviera Travel a couple of years ago so were confident that this holiday to Lake Como, Moritz and The Bernina Express would live up to our expectations – and it certainly did.

We flew from Gatwick to Milan and it was just an hour's drive to our Regina Olga Hotel in Cernobbio. Our room (we didn't pay extra for a lakeside one) was comfortable and clean though the bathroom was quite small and the shower very compact. The staff were very helpful, even those who spoke very little English. The first evening my husband was showering when I heard a ring at our door – opened it to find a gentleman from reception there, saying "alarm" and "no worry". I thought he meant there was going to be a practice fire alarm that we could disregard, so I went into the bathroom to tell my husband. Five minutes later he was ringing at our door again. He seemed more agitated this time, repeating "alarm" but also "string" and pointing to the bathroom. Then I realised what must have happened – sure enough my husband had pulled the emergency cord – twice, thinking he was pulling the extractor fan on – and off! It had no red knob or warning message, so a natural mistake.

Anyway, everything went fine after that. Lovely trips out, especially our ride on the Bernina Express Train on a beautiful sunny day. We rode on several cable cars and Noddy trains – Lugano, Stresa, Bellagio, Como.

On our free day we walked into Como and then round to get the cable car up to Brunate. From there we trudged uphill over the cobbles for a good half hour to eventually reach the Volt Lighthouse (he was a scientist born in Como – the electricity "volt" is named after him. Fantastic views from atop the lighthouse.

Back at the hotel most evenings I enjoyed a sunbathe interspersed with swims in the lovely pool – there was even a young lady lifeguard in attendance.

Our tour guide, Wendy, an Englishwoman who has lived in Italy for over 20 years, was excellent – very friendly and helpful. All in all, a really enjoyable holiday.

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