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Walk & Discover: The Italian Lakes

Experience more with so much included

  • See quaint villages, ruined castles and colourful gardens on a guided walk around Lake Maggiore
  • Take a walk with a specialist guide through the medieval villages around Lake Como and admire the elegant villas
  • Enjoy a guided walk around Lake Orta, seeing lovely villages, such as Orta San Giulio, and a Moorish palace
  • Cruise the enchanting Borromean Islands and tour the splendid Isola Bella palace with a guide
  • Travel through the Simplon Pass to Zermatt and the Matterhorn
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, plus hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • The services of an experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
  • A local specialist walking guide to accompany you on all walks

Selected departures from April to October 2020

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & walks
Half board
Expert tour manager/walking guide
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

It’s difficult to describe the flawless beauty of the Italian lakes, yet viewing them you’ll immediately understand why so many artists, composers and writers have sought inspiration here. The heady mix of serene waters, forest-clad hillsides, medieval villages, orange-blossom-scented warm air and delicious food make them an irresistible destination.

It was the arrival of the British during the days of the ‘Grand Tour’ that first brought fame to the sublime Italian lakes and helped to create the sophisticated villages nestling like pearls on a string along the verbena-clad shores. This wonderful combination of magnificent Swiss mountain scenery and Italy’s tranquil, crystal-clear lakes creates a stunning visual montage that cries out to be explored.

Lake Maggiore straddles both Italy and Switzerland and we stay in Baveno, a typically Italian lakeside town that overlooks the stunning Borromean Islands. We explore not only Lake Maggiore but also the equally beautiful Lake Como and lesser-known Lake Orta, one of the most spellbinding places you’ll ever visit. With the arc of the imposing Alps stretching out along the horizon, you’ll enjoy arguably the finest mountain scenery on the planet during your visits to Switzerland – dramatic Zermatt, nestled at the base of the world’s most mesmerising peak, the mighty Matterhorn. Then there are the delightful lost valleys, tumbling glacier streams and classic chalet scenes that, when blended together, offer a truly inspirational tour.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation in four-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Return flights
  • Hotel transfers
  • All coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • An expert local walking guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What walking equipment do I need?

Good quality walking shoes or boots are a must. We also recommend a waterproof jacket, comfortable rucksack, hat, sunglasses, sun cream, water bottle and clothes that can be layered easily. Hiking poles are not necessary, but you may wish to take them.

Who guides the walks?

Most of our walks are guided by accredited local professionals, who have intimate knowledge of the routes and can offer meaningful information about the history and nature of the area.

How difficult are the walks?

Our Walk & Discover holidays are designed to appeal to anyone who would typically enjoy an escorted tour but would like to incorporate a little more activity. There is almost always a choice of an easy or moderate option. While a reasonable level of fitness is recommended, the easy walk should suit most travellers.

We've put together a few graphs to help show the elevation of each of the walks on this tour, so that you can gauge how comfortably you'll be able to manage them. Click on a walk below to view the elevation.

What size is the average group?

On each walk we prefer an intimate atmosphere, so you can expect around 12 to 18 people. Depending on the nature of the walk, the group may occasionally be slightly larger. The wider group size will be around 40 people, mainly during coach transfers.

Will the routes always be as advertised?

While we will always try to adhere to the route as advertised, we may be required to modify the itinerary due to local conditions. Our guides may also make minor changes to tailor the walk to the group.

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Hotel Information

  • The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.
  • Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting.
  • Whilst we do our best to ensure an exceptional experience, the views from the lake view rooms may at times be partially obstructed. 

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 1 hr 55 mins to 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Arrival airport   First hotel location    Transfer time 
Milan Malpensa Airport Stresa  1 hr 15 mins
Milan Linate Airport 1 hr 45 mins
Milan Bergamo Airport 2 hrs


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