Straddling Lombardy and Piedmont, the great lakes of northern Italy have been a popular holiday destination since Roman times, evidenced by the array of lavish villas and sumptuous gardens which line the shores. Away from the affluent holiday centres is a feast of walking trails exploring the forested valleys, mountain tops and traditional villages which have retained their unique character. The old tracks which cross the mountains on the west side of Lake Como, used even today by the local people to reach the alpine pastures called 'Monti' ('Munt' in the local dialect) have been transformed into a series of way marked trails offering exceptional views. This program takes in the highlights of Lake Como within a flexible framework with a selection of walks of varying lengths and difficulty to choose from along the Monti Lariani (Lario being the ancient name of Lake Como). With accommodation in a small family run hotel there is ample opportunity to experience the excellent regional cuisine allowing a complete appreciation of the area.
DAY 1 Arrive Menaggio (Lake Como) DAYS 2-4 Day walks to explore the small towns, viewpoints, forests and Monti above Lake Como and visit the gardens of Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and Villa Melzi in Bellagio (3-7hrs daily) DAY 5 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Apr to 22 Oct
High season is from 28 Jun to 30 Sep (3 star hotel option) Trips run from 1 Apr to 22 Oct for 4 star option and 15 Apr to 5 Oct for 3 star hotel option. A discount is available for low season departures in the 4 star category from 1 Apr to 9 Apr and 16 to 22 Oct - upgrade supplement is applicable in conjunction with the discount.
*4 breakfasts *4 nights in a 3 star hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 4 star hotel and/or lakeview room (supplement applies), hotel taxes extra - payable locally) *transfer on day 3 to start of walk in Cavargna *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *emergency hotline