In the shadow of the Swiss and Italian Alps, the Lake Como region is home to lavish villas and magnificent gardens – European nobility, seduced by its charm, have long flocked here for holidays. Elegant and luxurious villas line the shores of the lake and camellias, hydrangeas and azaleas are reflected in the quiet waters.
We embark on some great walks and visit some of the area’s most splendid villas. It’s then into Switzerland where we explore the area of St Moritz and take one of the world’s most spectacular train rides, back into Italy. We then move on to explore Lake Garda, bordered by impressive rocky cliffs and soaring mountains in the north, vineyards and olive groves in the south. Old cobblestone paths take us through the maze of villages and up through the hills, dominated by snowy peaks in the distance.
We walk through vineyards, olive groves and wild mountains, and discover a Roman chapel and an 18th century palace. There is so much to discover in this truly delightful region.
The walks on this tour are graded 'Easy'. You will be working on well defined paths for around 3 to 4 hours per day.
Exception: the walk up to the mountain hut above Menaggio on Day 3 is challenging in sections and you will be walking on uneven, steep, rocky paths to reach the mountain Rifugio. Although more difficult than the other walks, the views are incredible and the walk is well worth the effort. However if you would prefer not to undertake this walk with the group, you can choose to opt out and the leader can make a suggestion for an easier, round walk (unguided) that you can do from Breglia (1 hour) or instead you may prefer to have some free time.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
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