Cruise & Stay
Welcome to Lake Como
Cruise Nation are delighted to bring you our great range of Lake Como Cruise & Stay Holidays. These packages all feature a cruise sailing from the port of Civitavecchia. This means that Cruise Nation bring you massive choice on cruise lines to sail with throughout the year. Our Lake Como Smart Packages feature FREE stays in one of many handpicked hotels which are all centrally located in Lake Como providing you with the ideal base from which to explore all that this exciting destination has to offer.
With our Lake Como Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.
Lake Como offers a bounty of activities. Glorious mountain hikes offer superb views, whilst a cookery course will give you a chance to create a dish using fresh ingredients grown in the region.
Take to the slopes with a spot of skiing or get a bird’s eye view with a helicopter tour over the lake and mountains. Soak up the culture in the popular towns of Agregno, Bellagio and Laglio where you can spot curiosities like an 18th century 22-metre high pyramid or Bear Hole where cave bear bones were once found but are now on display in the Natural History Museum in Milan.
Wine lovers will rejoice in the selection of wine tasting tours available but Cantina Follie is a particularly special wine tasting venue, based in the cellar of a traditional Italian villa. Wine bottles are stacked around the walls and vintage oak wine barrels have been repurposed as makeshift tables giving this venue a whimsical, shabby chic charm that’s perfect for discovering the history of wine production in como.
Weather in The Mediterranean
Learn about the fascinating silk heritage of Como which dates back over 4,000 years and today supplies iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Armani, Versace and Valentino. Quite a fitting connection as the fashion-forward city of Milan is less than 2 hours away.
Milan is a bustling metropolis and visitors will discover unrivalled shopping opportunities, an inspirational art scene, grand historic architecture, scintillating nightlife and a serious passion for football.
A Smart Package combining a stay in Lake Como and Milan offers the opportunity to discover these two contrasting sides of Italy, one presenting scenic countryside charm and the other a bustling cityscape packed with culture and style.
Scratch the surface just a little and you’ll quickly realise that Lake Garda has something to satisfy a variety of curiosities; museums, open air antique markets, natural parks, archaeological sites and historical sightseeing are in abundance. With so much on offer, it’s clear to see why Lake Garda is such a desirable destination for a cruise and stay holiday experience.
Lake Garda is a destination where you can sample many of the delights of the landscape. Olive tree farms, vineyards and citrus groves make up a large part of the landscape and as a result you can taste freshly baked bread dipped in light olive oil, sip chilled Limoncino liqueur and relax with a glass of fine Merlot, Cabernet and Nosiola.
Things to do in Lake Como
Food & Drink Tasting Tour
Lake Como is a destination which is renowned for its gastronomic experiences and you’ll find an abundance of food and wine tours available.…
Food & Drink Tasting Tour
Some of the tours will take you to restaurants and wine bars whilst others will take you to vineyards and farms where you’ll be able to see the production process and taste items such as cheese and olive oil. There are also cookery classes where you’ll use fresh, local ingredients and trips to markets where guides will point out how to spot the best quality ingredients and teach you how to order them in Italian – so you’ll feel like a local in no time!
Take the Funicular
The funicular railway has linked Lake Como and Brunate since 1894 and it’s the quickest way of travelling between the two towns.…
Take the Funicular
During the journey you’ll enjoy panoramic rural views of Como and when you get to Brunate (the journey is approx 10 minutes long), you can enjoy a leisurely drink in the small bar and enjoy the views a little longer or you can go and explore.
Varenna is a stunning village located on Lake Como.…
The houses are quintessentially Italian, painted in sunset shades of ochre, orange and red and the narrow cobbled lanes make Varenna a perfectly picturesque destination. Find yourself a spot along the waterfront and enjoy a fresh coffee whilst watching the world go by.
Bellagio is described as the pearl of Lake Como.…
Not only is it incredibly beautiful as it sits on the edge of the water with a dense forest backdrop, but you can also find world-class restaurants and hotels which attract an array of A-list celebrities every year. Bellagio is characterized by century-old buildings, narrow cobbled lanes and boutique shops filled with the finest Italian products.
Restaurants in Lake Como
Cremeria Bolla has been running for over 120 years – so they must be doing something right! Serving up delicious desserts and gelato, it’s a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth. As well as desserts and gelato, you can also grab a great cup or coffee or an aperitif in the evening.
BabaYaga Steak House & Pizza
Located in Bellagio, BabaYaga is famous for its flatbread pizzas. With an extensive menu with various toppings head to BabaYaga for the perfect pizza. And if you want a steak, don’t worry. They offer some of the most succulent steaks in the area and all at an affordable price.
Lake Como Nightlife
D Lounge is a trendy spot where you can enjoy a selection of drinks and nibbles whilst enjoying a superb view over the lake.
Enoteca Cava Turacciolo
Tucked away in one of the narrow streets of Bellagio is this traditional-style winery. The bar is located in a cellar with vaulted ceilings which creates a great atmosphere for you to enjoy a glass of one of the many wines available.
Passion Como serves up some of the best coffees and alcoholic beverages in Como. They’re also known for their excellent meat and cheese boards which are perfect for a late night nibble if you’re enjoying a glass of wine or two.
Bar Il Molo
Located in Varenna, Bar Il Molo has amazing views over the lake and in addition to offering cocktails and coffees, it also serves up a great pizza!
Events in Lake Garda
Orticolario is an international flower show which occurs for 3 days every year at the end of September/early October. There are workshops to learn more about growing flowers or arranging them, incredible flower displays and activities especially for little ones too.
Festival of San Giovanni
The Festival of San Giovanni is the oldest festival on the lake and it celebrates the rich heritage of Como. It’s held on the last weekend in June and there is folk art, music and traditional food. The focal point of the celebration takes place after sunset when hundreds of floating lanterns are released and a magnificent fireworks display occurs for a truly magnificent scene of the lake.
Como City of Music Festival
This music festival has been running for 10 years and it’s an eclectic celebration of not just music but theatre and dance too. It’s held from the end of June to early July.