Enjoy island gardens and alpine vistas

Walking in the Italian Lakes District

5 nights — from USD2090

Talk about romantic! The lakeside villas, elegant towns, and glacial lakes set among the magnificent alpine peaks of northern Italy are sure to take your breath away. This is a tour full of variety, from grand cable-car rides to walks on mountain meadows to boat cruises among islands brooded over by sumptuous mansions and palaces. And each town has its particular charm: Stresa's flower-filled squares, Orta San Giulio's narrow, cobblestone streets, Lugano's cosmopolitan good looks, and Bellagio's restful quays – a region long favored by European poets and artists.

Highlights

  • Explore the lake-side towns of Stresa, Lugano and Bellagio
  • Walk among pristine glacial lakes
  • Relish the stupendous vistas of the Italian Alps
  • Enjoy the fine local cuisine and wines of Piemonte and Lombardia
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At a Glance
Depart From: Milan Finish In: Milan
Starting Dates: Any day, all year long
Fitness Rating:1-4 Ratings Explained...

“Girosole was great to work with...”

testimonial 1

We had a great trip and very much enjoyed Michelangelo. He was extremely knowledgeable on so many things (geography, biology, history, foods and wines). Plus, his sense of humor always kept us laughing. We also thank him for being flexible as we were not quite into as much hiking but rather enjoyed more site seeing and taking pictures. Girosole was great to work with and afforded us the opportunity to see parts of the real Italy without getting lost. We had a great trip and would recommend your group to anyone.

— Eric and Laurie Lombardo

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Itinerary Outline

Here is an outline of a suggested daily itinerary. You can shorten or lengthen this tour to fit your travel dates. For further information, please request a detailed itinerary.

  • Day one: Your guide meets you in the morning in Milan for a transfer to the town of Orta San Giulio on the Lago d'Orta. After a walk through this charming village, you continue to Stresa, where you spend the next two nights.
  • Day two: Today you walk to the top of Monte Mottarone, above Lago Maggiore, with excellent views of the Italian alps and the lakes below. In the afternoon, you visit the islands of Lago Maggiore, with their palaces, gardens and picturesque fishing villages.
  • Day three: You transfer to the Swiss city of Lugano, for a tour of this cosmopolitan Swiss city. Later you hike to the top of nearby Monte Bre and walk along the bluffs overlooking Lugano. Afterwards, you continue to Lago di Como and the lakeside village of Bellagio, where you spend the next three nights.
  • Day four: In the morning, you walk along ancient country lanes above Bellagio to find an astounding vista of the Lago di Como and its ring of high mountains. Energy permitting, you can enjoy a hike to Monte San Primo for a view as far as the Swiss Alps on a clear day.
  • Day five: You start the day with a visit across the lake to Varenna and a walk to the Fiumelatte, a waterfall remarkable for its milk-white waters. Upon your return to Bellagio in the afternoon, you have time free for shopping and further exploration of Bellagio.
  • Day six: We help you on your way to your next destination with a transfer to Milan.
Italian Lakes map

What's Included

We suggest the following inclusions based on the proposed itinerary (above) and prices (below). Keep in mind that you can modify these as per your own preferences.

  • 5 nights accommodation with en-suite facilities
  • breakfast each day
  • 2 dinners
  • full-time, professional Tour Leader
  • guided walks each day
  • specialty foods tastings
  • paid entrance to all included activities
  • all land transfers to and from tour area, and during tour
  • travel guidance for pre/post-tour activities

(Not included are airfare, wine and other beverages with alcohol, personal purchases such as laundry, phone calls, frigobar items etc., and anything not specifically included above.)

Pricing

We price this tour for the following categories of accommodation. We also tier-price based on your group's size. You can keep your tour private to your own group or you can open your tour for other travelers to join, thereby taking advantage of our tier discounts. Single Supplements (sing. supp.) are charged on single occupancy rooms only. All prices are quoted per person in USD.

accomm. level 2-3 p 4-5 p 6+ p sing. supp.
comfort 2490 2290 2090 490
select 2990 2790 2590 690
first class 3890 3690 3490 790
deluxe 4990 4790 4590 990

Scheduling

You can schedule this tour to start on any day of the week, all year long. As with all our tours, you tell us the dates you would like to start your tour, allowing you the maximum in flexibility and convenience (full explanation).

“Thank you for working so hard...”

testimonial 2

My husband and I had a fantastic anniversary trip to the Italian Lakes, despite the best efforts of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud! Thank you for working so hard to reschedule our trip. It would have been a shame to miss out on such a grand adventure.

Georgio was a wonderful guide-- super friendly and interesting. We also spent a day with another guide, Giuseppe, who was great fun and took good care of us while Georgio was off saving the world from an avalanche. (I did say he was interesting!) Both guides took very good care of us, making the trip feel more like a visit with friends than a tour.

Stresa was our favorite, with a wonderful large room right across from the lake. There is nothing better than seeing the sun rise from your own lakefront yard. Kelvin particularly enjoyed the helicopter tour Georgio arranged for us. What a cool way to see Lago Maggiore.

The highlight of the trip for me was the visit to Villa Del Balbianello on Lake Como. It has been a dream of mine for many years, and the villa was the inspiration for our entire trip. I could not stop smiling. My husband and I are still talking about it. We are ready to go back for more! Attached is a picture of us "living the dreaSm" at Balbianello. Thank you again for every smile and wonderful memory. We loved it!

— Sherri & Kelvin Smith

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