Arrive Milan, Italy.
Day 2 - Walking: Approximately 3 Hours
Orientation of Milan on foot visiting the Cathedral, the Galleria and the medieval castle. Transfer to Como and walk Old Como before travelling to the romantic town of Varenna, dotted with elegant villas and crowned by an old castle; our base for the next three nights.
Day 3 - Walking: Approximately 3-4 Hours
Travel to the lakeside village of Tremezzo to discover one of the trip’s highlights, the Villa Carlotta, then board a boat to the exquisite village of Bellagio for a walk into the countryside - past picturesque fishing harbours and beautiful villas. A ferry takes us back to Varenna.
Today is a free day for you to enjoy all that Varenna and the surrounding area has to offer. Depending on your energy levels there are a number of different routes in the area.
Day 5 - Walking: Approximately 3 Hours
Drive to St Moritz, Switzerland. Excursion to glacier of Morteratsch. Return to Italy on the Bernina Express, a small local train that operates directly from Morteratsch. This journey is one of the most spectacular in the world through mountain peaks and glacier lakes, before descending steeply towards the valley and town of Tirano. It is definitely a highlight of our tour.
Day 6 - Walking: Approximately 3-4 Hours
Drive to beautiful Riva del Garda at the head of Lake Garda then cross the northern side of the lake to Limone. Walk up the cobbled streets to the edge of town where the landscape changes from Mediterranean to alpine. Retun to Riva del Garda by ferry or bus.
Day 7 - Walking: Approximately 3-4 Hours
Take a boat from the northern and more alpine side of the lake to the southern side, which has a more Mediterranean feel, passing many pretty lakeside villages en route. Alight in the town of Garda itself, dominated by its ‘rocca’ (fort), complete with an abbey and the remains of a medieval castle. Climb up towards the abbey, for beautiful views over the lake. Easy afternoon walk to the peninsula of San Vigilio And small medieval hamlet. Return to Riva.
Walking holiday ends this morning with a transfer to Verona.
Easy guided walking on terrain that varies from well-defined paths to rocky trails.
2018 (Double/Twin Share):
29 April-6 May $4765, 6-13 May $4925, 13-20 May $4925, 3 – 10 June $4925, 10-17 June $4765, 17-24 June $4765, 26 August - 2 September $4955, 2 – 9 September $4955, 9 – 16 September $4955, 16 – 23 September $4765, 23 – 30 September $4615, 30 Sept -07 October $4615.
Optional Single Room Supplement from $720 if you want to have your own room, or you can choose to share with someone else of same sex, and pay share twin price as above.
For centuries the Italian Lakes region has captivated and inspired royalty, poets, artists and wanderers with its majestic beauty and breathtaking vistas. On this walking holiday you’ll fully experience the charm of the region as you walk through vineyards and olive groves, past magnificent villas (keep an eye out for George Clooney!), and explore amazing Lakes Como and Garda, Menaggio and St Moritz.
This trip is a cultural adventure that takes you from Milan to Verona and includes a mix of discovery, history and relaxation. Highlights include travelling on one of the world’s most scenic alpine train journeys from St Moritz to Tirano, through the Bernina Alps aboard the Bernina Express.