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THE ROMANCE OF THE ITALIAN LAKES

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The most picturesque in the world, Lakes Maggiore and Como in Italy resonate with romanticism.
  • Product Code 17450
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 10 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Romance of the Italian Lakes

You can almost hear the lakes and mountains resonate with romanticism. There are vast displays of flowers in perfect contrast to the various hues of blue of the lake and sky. The snow capped peaks in the distance add yet more contrast to this chocolate box scene. This is not country for those who prefer serious mountains. The gentle scene of rhododendron and the gentle throb of the ferry boats plying their trade across the lake accompany leisurely strolls. Belle Epoque villas and manicured gardens await exploration. Perhaps a lake shore café terrace surrounded by bobbing boats of every colour might distract. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Another season, another walk this time above the lake. Chestnuts and walnuts litter our path climbing slowly away from the lake. As we climb gently, the views of the lake are revealed. We do not need to go far and it would be a shame to rush.

We see different views from our return across the lake by ferry. Accompanied this time by the gentle slap of water on the hull as shore lines recede and advance. These are the sights and sounds to be savoured in one of the world’s more beautiful places.

Using the ferries plying the lakes we can take in the best walking and sightseeing. Wherever we travel wonderful views are a feature of our walking. There are gentle climbs to hillside chapels and views of lakes small and large and some great challenges on the higher grade walks.

Bellagio in particular is a very pretty town set on the end of the peninsula. Set aside some time to have a good look around, browse in the many shops and have a cup of tea or ice cream in a lakeside café.


Holiday Highlights

Grade 4 Highlights

  • The view across Lake Como.
  • Criss-crossing the lakes by ferry.
  • World-famous gardens.  
  • Visiting the Borromean Islands. 

Grade 6 Highlights 

  • The view from the summit of Monte San Primo of the snowy Alps.
  • Walking from the Mottarone cable car.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Milan Malpensa (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Two walks, two leaders, two grades
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4 and 6

  1. Day 1

    Fly to Milan Malpensa Airport and transfer to Stresa.

  2. Day 2 to 5

    Local programme arranged by the leader

  3. Day 6

    Transfer by coach to our second centre at Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como

  4. Day 7 to 10

    Local programme arranged by the leader

  5. Day 11

    Transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport for our flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Milan Malpensa (British Airways) 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions

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Hotel Della Torre

The Hotel della Torre is located close to the lake shore a little outside Stresa town. It is ideally located for the cable car ride up Monte Mottarone which we take for one of our walks. The hotel is well equipped with swimming pool, gym and rooms finished in a pleasant modern style.


Hotel Fioroni

The recently renovated Hotel Fioroni is located above the centre of this pretty little town with beautiful views across the lake. The family run hotel is a 10 minute walk down the hill into town. All rooms are air conditioned, have satellite TV, telephone, en-suite facilities, mini-bar and safe and some have amazing views of the mountains. An expansive buffet breakfast is served every morning and we will take dinner in local restaurants. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


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