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Italian Lakes Discovery: Small Group Walking & Trekking

Duration
8 Days
Prices:
On request

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:
On request

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Day 1

Arrive Milan

Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. This evening is free, so why not enjoy dinner in one of the nearby traditional restaurants. Overnight at the Hotel Gran Duca di York (or similar).

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

Lake Como and Breglia

You will spend the morning enjoying a walking tour of Milan. Apart from being known as the fashion capital of the world and Italy's financial centre, there is also an overwhelming amount of history here, as you discover when you visit some of the must-see sights. The Gothic Duomo is the city's most famous building and walking in between the sculptures on its roof is an amazing experience. The views from up high are also very impressive. You then walk through the beautiful Galleria, to the Teatro alla Scala, arguably Italy's most famous opera house and a stage that has been graced by many great performers. You also explore some shops in the famous fashion district and you will visit the medieval castle and enjoy its beautiful park. Lunch is optional, you can either eat in a local restaurant or pick up a 'panino' if you prefer. In the early afternoon you drive north to Lake Como (Lago di Como) - an area of stunning beauty and full of unique and evocative landscapes. You will stop and enjoy a stroll in the beautiful medieval town centre of Como. Then there is time for a drink, either on Como's amazing town square or along the lake shore, before driving around the western side of the lake to your next base (walking time: approx. 3 hours). To recover from the hectic city life, you stay for one night in the quaint mountain village of Breglia, high above Menaggio. In the evening you will savour some fine local fare at your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Breglia (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Breglia

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    Hotel Breglia



    Welcome to the Hotel Breglia, located in Plesio - a little village overlooking the magnificent Lake Como (750m above sea level) - on the slopes of Mount Grona. Here you are only 7km from Menaggio, a small town in the center of the lake. Every ...

    Welcome to the Hotel Breglia, located in Plesio - a little village overlooking the magnificent Lake Como (750m above sea level) - on the slopes of Mount Grona. Here you are only 7km from Menaggio, a small town in the center of the lake. Every room has a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Garden
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Telephone
    • Terrace
    • TV

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Day 3

Menaggio, Lake Como and Varenna

Today you take a great walk up 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 pace set by the leader will be achievable for the whole group. The first portion of your walk goes through forest and pastoral land, before you trek up to the 'Rifugio' itself. This is a great scenic setting to enjoy your picnic lunch. A ten minute walk from the 'Rifugio' takes you to a viewpoint called Pizzo Coppa, from where you have a view not only of Lake Como, but also of the entire region with Lake Piano and Lake Lugano, between Italy and Switzerland. After lunch you have time for a rest and then begin your descent down to the lake again (walking time: approx. 5-6 hours). According to your energy levels there are a number of different return routes back down to Breglia and from there to Menaggio. There is also the possibility to catch a bus at various points. Those who wish to have a more relaxed day, you can opt to miss today's more challenging walk and instead take a wonderfully panoramic, but easy circular route directly from the hotel. Alternatively you can travel down to Menaggio and relax by the lake. In the late afternoon you will head to Menaggio and take a local ferry to the romantic town of Varenna, on the east side of the lake. Strewn with elegant villas and crowned by an old castle, Varenna is your base for the next two nights. Overnight at the Hotel Eremo Gaudio (or similar).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Eremo Gaudio

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    Hotel Eremo Gaudio



    The singular name of "Eremo" or Hermitage, given by Prof. L. Pirelli to this building, was kept by Vocationist Fathers it was donated to. Set above the centre of Varenna, surrounded by woods, it has a mild climate and a beautiful position overlooking the centre ...

    The singular name of "Eremo" or Hermitage, given by Prof. L. Pirelli to this building, was kept by Vocationist Fathers it was donated to. Set above the centre of Varenna, surrounded by woods, it has a mild climate and a beautiful position overlooking the centre of the Lake of Como. You can reach it just on foot or by a panoramic external lift. The Hermitage is the ideal place to relax and can be used also as base for a lot of excursions.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Bellagio, Tremezzo and Lake Como

This morning you will take a boat ride to the central part of Lake Como and visit the pretty village of Bellagio. You walk through the Bellagio's delightful countryside and visit 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. Boarding another boat, you then travel to the lakeside village of Tremezzo and explore the splendid Villa Carlotta, with its beautiful gardens overlooking the lake. Another ferry ride takes you back to the charming village of Varenna, deemed by some as the most romantic town in all of Italy. You see the Fiumelatte, the curious 'River of Milk' and Italy's shortest river (250m), which flows only six months a year. Not even Leonardo da Vinci, who explored the cave from which the river emerges, could discover its source or the reason why it flows for only half the year (walking time: 3-4 hours). Overnight at the Hotel Eremo Gaudio (or similar).

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Day 5

St. Moritz and Tirano

After an early breakfast, you depart for a day in the real mountains - partly in Italy and partly in Switzerland. You will drive to the northern edge of Lake Como and for some shopping time and also enjoy a drink in the last Italian town, Chiavenna. Upon entering Switzerland, you travel along a wonderful panoramic road and make a stop at Passo Maloja before arriving in the famous St. Moritz area, which is full of beautiful lakes. You take an easy, but spectacular excursion to the Morteratsch Glacier, where you can choose to enjoy a picnic lunch whilst taking in the incredible view (walking time: approx. 3 hours). You return to Italy on the Bernina Express, a small local train that operates directly from Morteratsch. This amazing rail trip takes you past mountain peaks and glacier lakes, before descending steeply towards the valley. This journey is one of the most spectacular in the world and definitely a highlight of your tour. The train takes you back to Italy and the town of Tirano (Tiran), where you spend the night. Overnight at the Hotel Bernina (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Bernina

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    Hotel Bernina



    The Bernina Hotel is situated directly in the station square opposite the departure point of the Red Train. The central position is ideal for those who look for a holiday close to all the main facilities that the town of Tirano can offer. From the ...

    The Bernina Hotel is situated directly in the station square opposite the departure point of the Red Train. The central position is ideal for those who look for a holiday close to all the main facilities that the town of Tirano can offer. From the reception you can enter the bright restaurant, which has large windows overlooking the station square from where you can admire the Red Train.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Heating
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Telephone
    • TV

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Day 6

Riva del Garda

After breakfast, you drive to Lake Garda. Your drive 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 city of Riva del Garda. You will stay in the medieval town centre, with its colourful painted houses. Overnight at the Park Hotel Astoria (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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Park Hotel Astoria

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    Park Hotel Astoria



    A vacation at Astoria Park Hotel is an experience of complete and absolute relaxation within the studied design and refined elegance of the hotel. A short distance from the centre of this charming town and the lake, this historic hotel in Riva del Garda is ...

    A vacation at Astoria Park Hotel is an experience of complete and absolute relaxation within the studied design and refined elegance of the hotel. A short distance from the centre of this charming town and the lake, this historic hotel in Riva del Garda is immersed in a magnificent green park. This is the ideal environment for enjoying wellbeing in the rejuvenating Social Spa, the inviting pool, delicious Italian cuisine with local flavours at the Casaliva Restaurant and seductive comfort in the large and luminous rooms and suites.

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    • Garden
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

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Day 7

Riva del Garda

You will take a boat tour across the northern side of Lake Garda to Limone, a village named after the many lemon groves that surround it. From here you walk up through the old cobbled streets to the edge of town, where the landscape changes from Mediterranean into alpine mountain scenery. After a coffee break, you will walk steeply uphill into the Singol Valley, along a comfortable path, alternating between woods and panoramic views of Lake Garda. After a short rest at a mountain stream, you descend back to Limone and walk amongst olive groves and citrus trees down to the lake shore. It is worth spending some time in the old centre of Limone, strolling along its steep and narrow lanes (walking time: approx. 3-4 hours). For those who wish there is a direct bus back to Riva, but it is also possible to spend some more free time in Limone, and then jump on the boat, to travel back to Riva along the coast. Tonight you can choose to dine together under the medieval arches of Riva del Garda and raise your glasses in a toast to the infinite charms of the Italian Lakes region. Overnight at the Park Hotel Astoria (or similar).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Verona

After breakfast this morning, a private minibus takes us from Riva to Verona. Your trip ends on arrival in Verona. From Verona you can travel easily by rail to other major destinations in Italy. Please do not book any onwards train or bus travel before midday. Of course you may opt to stay in beautiful Verona and spend time exploring this romantic city of Romeo and Juliet dominated by its Roman Amphitheatre. If you wish to return to the Italian Lakes Region, additional accommodation can also be booked in Riva del Garda or in the town of Sirmione. Please enquire when booking your tour.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:  23 Apr; 7, 14 May; 11, 25 Jun; 3, 24 Sep

2018: 22 Apr, 6, 13 May; 10, 24 Jun; 2, 23 Sep

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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