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Italian Lakes Discovery: Small Group Walking & Trekking

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,611

Discover the delightful scenery of Italy’s Lake Como and Lake Garda on foot, by ferry and by bus. Spend time in cosmopolitan Milan and enjoy a day in nearby Switzerland. You will walk through magnificent mountain scenery and along the shores of beautiful lakes.


On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side.

On arrival at your hotel in Milan, have an orientation meeting about the next week’s activities.
The following morning, enjoy a walking tour of Milan, Italy’s fashion capital and financial centre including the impressive Duomo (Cathedral) with its amazing city views from its rooftop, the sophisticated shopping arcade, the Galleria, La Scala Opera House, the fashion district, a medieval castle and a beautiful park. Later drive north to Lake Como arriving at the pretty town of Como on the southern shore. Have a drink in the main square or on the lakeshore after which, head to the quaint mountain village of Breglia for overnight accommodation.

The next morning, walk up the southern slopes of Mount Grona where you will have outstanding views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. Enjoy a picnic lunch after which climb higher to the viewpoint at Pizzo Coppa with panoramic views of several of Italy’s and Switzerland’s lakes. Then descend back down to Breglia and continue to the attractive town of Menaggio on the shores of Lake Como. From here, take a local ferry to Varenna with its elegant villas and old castle. You will spend the next 2 nights in Varenna with its picturesque lanes and old fishermen's houses and its pretty waterfront and tiny stone beach.

From Varenna, take a ferry to Bellagio, a small village at the tip of a long hilly promontory between the two southern branches of Lake Como. It is an elegant and long-established resort with considerable charm. On arrival, walk to the Villa Metzi with its collection of exotic rare plants after which, take another ferry to Tremezzo and visit the famous Villa Carlotta with its beautiful gardens. Later, take the ferry back to Varenna.

The next day takes you travel north to Switzerland and St. Moritz, the well known ski resort. Here you will have the opportunity to take an optional rail trip to Morteratsch travelling past mountain peaks and glacier lakes. Then head back to Tirano in Italy. It is in Tirano that you spend your next overnight.

From Tirano, drive the next morning to Lake Garda through the Dolomites to the town of Riva del Garda with its medieval centre and colourful houses. Spend 2 nights here.

From Riva del Garda, take the ferry to Limone where you will walk up a steep hill to the Singol Valley for amazing views. Later descend back down to Limone and return by ferry to Riva del Garda.

Your walking tour finishes with a bus journey to Verona.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,611

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Day 1

Arrive Milan

Arrive in Milan, Italy's second largest city and the capital of Lombardy, and the country's wealthiest province. No activities are planned until tonight's group meeting so that you may arrive at any time. Your hotel is centrally located and close to all the major sights. After the meeting, the evening is yours to spend as you please. Perhaps enjoy some dinner in a local traditional restaurant.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Gran Duca di York

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    Hotel Gran Duca di York



    In a historic building of the XIX century, this boutique hotel is located in a very quiet street in the heart of Milan. The very relaxing atmosphere and the hall decorated with original frescos, make the Gran Duca di York an oasis away from the ...

    In a historic building of the XIX century, this boutique hotel is located in a very quiet street in the heart of Milan. The very relaxing atmosphere and the hall decorated with original frescos, make the Gran Duca di York an oasis away from the noise of the city. The fantastic location in the historic center will give you the possibility to enjoy all the Milan major attraction by foot. The area surrounding Gran Duca di York is well-known for its shopping. It is within a 20-minute stroll of Cadorna Metro Station, which allows for easy access in and around Milan.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Lift/elevator
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Telephone

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Day 2

Milan / Como / Menaggio

Enjoy a walking tour of Milan this morning. See the Gothic Duomo, the city's most famous building walking in between the sculptures on its roof is a fantastic experience. Walk through the beautiful Galleria, to the Teatro alla Scala, arguably Italy's most famous opera house. Explore some shops in the fashion district, and visit the medieval castle and its beautiful park. Lunch is optional today you can choose to eat in a local restaurant or pick up a 'panino' if you prefer. In the early afternoon, you will drive north to Lake Como (Lago di Como), an area of stunning beauty, full of unique and evocative landscapes. Stop en-route for a stroll around the medieval town centre of Como. There will be time for a drink, either on Como's fantastic town square or along the lake shore, before driving around the eastern side of the lake. Strewn with elegant villas and crowned by an old castle, Menaggio will be your base for the next three nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Du Lac Milan

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    Hotel Du Lac Milan


    The roof terrace is a great suntrap to while away an afternoon and again wonderful views. All the staff were so friendly and helpful, can't wait to return. Feel the hotel website doesn't really do it justice. Nearly forgot, breakfasts great choice to suit all ...

    The roof terrace is a great suntrap to while away an afternoon and again wonderful views.
    All the staff were so friendly and helpful, can't wait to return.
    Feel the hotel website doesn't really do it justice.
    Nearly forgot, breakfasts great choice to suit all tastes.

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Day 3

Lake Como / Tremezzo / Bellagio / Menaggio

In the morning, you will travel to the lakeside village of Tremezzo and explore the splendid Villa Carlotta and its beautiful gardens overlooking the lake. Take another boat to the central part of Lake Como to visit the pretty village of Bellagio, the Pearl of the lake, situated on the Punta Spartivento (literally the point that divides the wind), where the two arms of Lake Como meet. With inspiring views of the lake and the distant mountains, brightly painted houses adorned with flower-filled balconies, a bustling waterfront and a maze of meandering cobblestone streets, Bellagio is a delightful place to explore. Embark on a short walk through the countryside -- past a picturesque fishing harbour and beautiful villas. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route, on the beach or just along the lakeshore. Or perhaps you'll want to relax and eat in a trattoria somewhere in the village. End your walk in the gardens of beautiful Villa Melzi. This grand white villa sits just back from the water, and its surrounding estate is filled with a plethora of rare and exotic plant life. Another ferry ride takes you back to charming Menaggio.

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Day 4

Lake Como / Menaggio

Today is a free day for you to enjoy all Menaggio and the surrounding area has to offer. Depending on your energy levels there are many different routes in the area. A great option is for you to take a short ferry ride to the city of Varenna, deemed by some to be the most romantic town in Italy. From here a short walk heads to the castle of Vezio, and the remains of this military fortress, which was used as sighting tower in the days of Queen Teodolinda. Alternatively, you may prefer to relax and see the sights of pretty Menaggio or get active and head to the mountain hut above Menaggio, situated on the southern slope of Mount Grona. The walk is challenging in sections, but the visual rewards are spectacular with peerless views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. The first portion of the trail goes through forest and pastoral land, before heading steeply uphill to the 'Rifugio' itself. This is a great scenic setting to enjoy a picnic lunch. There are plenty of other walks to be enjoyed. Make sure you ask your leader for suggestions.

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Day 5

Chiavenna / Switzerland's St. Moritz Area / Bernina Express / Tirano

After an early breakfast, head out for a day in the majestic mountains -- partly in Italy and partly in Switzerland. Drive to Chiavenna, north of Lake Como, where you can take a stroll and do some shopping if you like. Upon entering Switzerland, travel along a wonderfully scenic road and stop at Passo Maloja, then continue to the famous St Moritz area which is full of beautiful lakes. You will then take an easy excursion to the Morteratsch Glacier at 2000m above sea level, where you can choose to enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the incredible views. You will return to Italy on the Bernina Express, a small local train that operates directly from Morteratsch. This rail trip is renowned as one of the most spectacular in the world -- a highlight for many travellers. Travel past mountain peaks and glacier lakes before descending steeply into the valley. Arrive in Tirano and retire for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Centrale Milan

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    Hotel Centrale Milan


    Hotel Centrale Milan is located in an exhibition area of Milan in close proximity to Ospedale Niguarda, Milan Fashion District and Niguarda Hospital. The city center is 3 km away from the hotel. The hotel is 10 minutes' walk away from Cascina Pozzobonelli, Central Station ...

    Hotel Centrale Milan is located in an exhibition area of Milan in close proximity to Ospedale Niguarda, Milan Fashion District and Niguarda Hospital.

    The city center is 3 km away from the hotel. The hotel is 10 minutes' walk away from Cascina Pozzobonelli, Central Station of Milan (Stazione Centrale di Milano) and Tre Torri di Greco.

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Day 6

Lake Garda / Limone / Riva del Garda

Drive to Lake Garda (approximately 4.5 hours). This route takes you along some of Italy's famous mountain chains, including the Dolomites. Your base is at the most northern point of the lake, in the charming small town of Riva del Garda. You will stay in the medieval town centre among the colourfully painted houses. On your way to Riva del Garda visit the local acetaia in the hamlet of Cologna di Tenno, a farm which produces balsamic vinegar. Taste their produce while taking in the panorama of Lake Garda spread out in front of you. After settling into our accommodation, your private bus will bring you to Limone, a village named after the many lemon groves that surround it. Walk up through the old cobbled streets to the edge of town, where the landscape changes from the Mediterranean to alpine. Visit an old Limonaia (Lemon Farm) -- Limone was the world's northernmost point for citrus groves grown for commercial purposes: hundreds of thousands of lemons were exported mainly to Germany, Poland and Russia, thus guaranteeing many jobs and considerable profits for the area. It's worth spending some time strolling along the steep and narrow lanes of the old centre of Limone. There's the option of a direct bus back to Riva, or to spend more free time in Limone and return to Riva by boat along the coast. If you like, you can dine with the group tonight under the ancient arches of Riva del Garda.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Europa Milan

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    Hotel Europa Milan


    Hotel Europa offers free parking, and rooms with LCD TV and free Wi-Fi. It is just 200 m from Sesto Rondò Metro Station, on Milan's Line 1. Milan's Tangenziale Est ring road is just one kilometre from the Europa Hotel. The staff can provide tourist ...

    Hotel Europa offers free parking, and rooms with LCD TV and free Wi-Fi. It is just 200 m from Sesto Rondò Metro Station, on Milan's Line 1.

    Milan's Tangenziale Est ring road is just one kilometre from the Europa Hotel. The staff can provide tourist and travel information.

    A varied breakfast is served in the Europa's breakfast room.

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Day 7

Lake Garda / Riva del Garda

Today discover the great and varied landscapes around Lake Garda. Take a boat from the northern and more alpine side of the lake to the southern side (which has a more Mediterranean feel), passing many photogenic villages en route. Go ashore in the town of Garda itself, nicknamed the 'Pearl of Lake Garda'. It is dominated by its 'rocca' (rock), complete with an abbey and the remains of a medieval castle. You will take a short and leisurely walking tour through the village to buy some picnic supplies before climbing up towards the abbey, where, after a steep but short and pleasant climb, you will be rewarded with beautiful views over the lake. Here you will have the chance to enjoy an optional picnic at an incredibly scenic spot. Those wishing to opt out of this walk can wander around the medieval alleys in town, enjoy lunch in Garda or relax on the lakefront. There's also an optional afternoon walk along easy terrain to the peninsula of San Vigilio. There is a fairytale-like feel to this small medieval hamlet. You may wish to spend some time here on the lake, have a drink or relax in the park. In the late afternoon, travel back to Riva del Garda by bus and take in views of the lake's eastern side.

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Day 8

Riva Del Garda / Verona

After breakfast, travel by private minibus from Riva del Garda to Verona. You will arrive at around 10 am. Your trip comes to an end on arrival at Verona train station. From Verona, you can travel easily by rail to other major destinations in Italy. For train schedules, can check the national rail site trenitalia.com. If you wish to remain in the Italian Lakes Region, additional accommodation can be booked at our hotels in Riva del Garda or Verona. Please enquire when booking your trip.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Apr 28; May 19; Jun 2, 23; Jul 7; Sep 1, 15, 22
2020: May 3, 10, 31

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 breakfasts
  • Transport: Private Minibus, Train, Boat, On foot, Kayak, Bicycle
  • 7 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Included Activities:
    • Kayaking on Lake Como
    • Morteratsch Glacier Excursion
    • Bernina Express Scenic Train Ride
    • Lake Garda Boat Tour
    • Lake Garda Bike Ride

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PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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