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) DAY 2/4 Day walks to explore the small towns, viewpoints, forests and Monti above Lake Como and visit the gardens of Villa Carlotte in Tremezzo and Villa Melzi in Bellagio (3-6hrs daily) DAY 5 Trip concludes
Daily departures from 1 Apr to 20 Oct
High season is from 1 Jul to 30 Sep. Mid season is from 1 Apr to 30 Jun. A supplement applies to high and mid season.
*4 breakfasts *4 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis *information pack including route notes & maps *emergency hotline