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Walk & Discover: The Italian Lakes

8 days from only £1,099pp

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 in September and October 2019 & April to October 2020

 
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 Stresa, a typically stylish Italian town that was once a favourite haunt of Hemingway, Chaplin and many others. 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 with breakfast and dinner; all tours as mentioned; airport departure taxes; return flights and hotel transfers; all coach travel as mentioned; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager and an expert local walking guide.

Useful Information

What to Pack

  • Walking boots/shoes are essential 
  • Suitable clothing including waterproofs
  • Sun cream and hats are highly advisable
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle

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 Hotel location Transfer time
Milan Malpensa Airport Stresa 1 hr 

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Italy

Mobility & Elevation Information

This is a walking holiday and whilst not strenuous walking, it will be 2 to 3 hours of walking on 3 days so not suitable for those with restricted mobility.

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.

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. 


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