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Map of Walking in Italy: The Italian Lakes including Italy

Explore the beautiful Italian Lakes region on foot

For centuries, the Italian lakes have inspired poets, artists and travellers with their majestic beauty. You’ll find it hard to resist the charm of this region as you walk through vineyards, olive groves, and past luxurious villas – oh and maybe George Clooney!


Start
Milan, Italy
Finish
Verona, Italy
Destination
Italy
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Walking
Code
PELD
Physical rating
Trip rating
18 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Admire spectacular vistas as you glide to the top of Monte Baldo on a rotating funivia (cable car). Soak up the stunning scenery as you’re surrounded by snow-dusted mountains and lush green lowlands.

  • Take a cruise across Lake Como to the picturesque waterfront villages of Bellagio and Tremezzo, home to the must-see Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta

  • Enjoy several included guided hikes along with plenty of opportunities to unwind. There's flexibility on some days if you'd rather spend more time relaxing.

  • Explore Lake Garda from many angles. In the north, it's bordered by impressive rocky cliffs; in the south, by vineyards and olive groves.

Is this trip right for you?

  • You will need to be in good health and able to walk for a few hours at a time. There are some up-and-down sections, and the terrain varies from well-defined paths to rocky trails, up to an altitude of 2000m above sea level. The incredible scenery is of course well worth the exertion.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is often available (at an additional charge). Note that hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together or apart.

Itinerary

Arrive in Milan, Italy's second largest city, the capital of Lombardy, and the country's wealthiest province. No activities are planned until tonight's group meeting, so 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Gran Duca Di York or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Arrival Transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
A private arrival transfer to your hotel is included in the price of this trip (from Milan Malpensa Airport only). In the evening you will meet your trip leader and fellow travellers at a welcome meeting (this is usually at 6 pm but check the hotel reception or noticeboard for the exact time and place). It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know.
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 an amazing 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 amazing 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel du Lac or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Milan Walking Tour
  • Milan Duomo Roof Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Walking time approximately 3 hours; 5-7 km
In the morning, you will travel to the lakeside village of Tremezzo by local lake ferry 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. Perhaps enjoy a picnic lunch en route, on the beach or just along the lake shore, or instead you may want just 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel du Lac or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Villa Melzi
  • Villa Carlotta
  • Lake Como Boat Trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Walking time approximately 3-4 hours; 5-6 km
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 several varying 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 of 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 walk 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel du Lac or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you’ll take a private transfer to the most northern point of Lake Como, the charming small town of Riva del Garda. On your way stop by crystal clear Lago d’lseo (Lake Iseo), northern Italy's fouth largest lake, for an optional walk and lunch. Continue to Limone sul Garda, a village named after the many lemon groves that surround it (literally 'lemons on Lake Garda'). Walk up through the old cobbled streets to the edge of town, where the landscape changes from 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 before transferring to your accommodation in Riva del Garda. This evening, you might like to dine with the group under the medieval arches in the medieval town centre among the colourful painted houses.
Included Activities
  • Stopover at Lake Iseo
  • Limonaia Visit in Limone
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that today will be a long day of travel. The total travel time on the road will be approximately 5 hours / 300km, but as you will stop numerous times your departure from Menaggio will be after breakfast and your arrival into Riva del Garda will be in the evening.
Today, discover the great and varied landscapes around Lake Garda. Take a public 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’s 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 public bus and take in views of the lake's eastern side.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Europa or Hotel Sole or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Garda Boat Trip
  • Rocca Abbey Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Walking time approximately 3-4 hours; 6 km
Today, you’ll briefly leave Riva del Garda and take a leisurely 1-hour walk along the lake shore to Torbole. Enjoy scenic views across Lake Garda as you travel by public ferry to Malcesine (approximately 1 hour). On arrival, the spectacular views continue as you board the funivia (cable car) up to Monte Baldo – from snow-dusted Alpine peaks to the jagged terrain of mountains melting into the softer scenery of the lowlands, admire every perspective as the rotating cabins glide up to 1800 metres above sea-level within just a few minutes. For those feeling energised and adventurous, there are a selection of hiking options available at the top of Monte Baldo – otherwise, why not relax in the serenity of the peaceful surrounds and perhaps indulge in a delicious lunch while marvelling over phenomenal vistas. Afterward, return to Malcesine and enjoy time at leisure to explore this pretty town. Later this afternoon, join the locals and return to Riva del Garda via public bus.
Included Activities
  • Boat Trip to Malcesine
  • Hike on Monte Baldo
  • Monte Baldo Cable Car
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Walking time approximately 4-5 hours; 12 km
After breakfast, travel by private minibus from Riva del Garda to Verona. Your trip comes to an end on arrival at Verona train station this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Arrival at Verona train station will be at around 10am. From Verona you can travel easily by rail to other major destinations in Italy. For train schedules 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 and Verona (subject to availability). If you're flying out of Verona today, you can be dropped off at the airport instead of the train station. If it is all ending too soon you can combine your trip with our 'Walking in Italy: The Cinque Terre' trip, taking in the scenic walking trails of the renowned Cinque Terre region and the Portofino Peninsula. Most departure dates coincide to create the perfect combination and a transfer between trips can readily be booked. Please speak to your booking agent for more details.

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Boat, Local bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Arrival Transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport
  • Milan Walking Tour
  • Milan Duomo Roof Visit
  • Villa Melzi
  • Villa Carlotta
  • Lake Como Boat Trip
  • Stopover at Lake Iseo
  • Limonaia Visit in Limone
  • Lake Garda Boat Trip
  • Rocca Abbey Hike
  • Boat Trip to Malcesine
  • Hike on Monte Baldo
  • Monte Baldo Cable Car

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Important notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
An arrival transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport (only) to the start point hotel is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flight times at the time of booking.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

LEVEL OF FITNESS
You will need to be in good health and able to walk for a few hours at a time, but just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will enjoy this trip. Some walking may involve steep sections or uneven paths up to an altitude of 2000m. However there is always the option to opt out or take public transport instead (at your own expense)

ITINERARY
This trip will conclude on day 8 at around 10am at Verona Train Station. Please keep this in mind when pre-booking any onward travel

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