Italy's Lake Como & Bellagio Walking & Hiking Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $6,999 - $7,649 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Italy's Lake Como & Bellagio Walking & Hiking Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jun, Aug-Oct 2025: Apr-Jun, Aug-Oct

From $6,999 - $7,649 /person

Stylish Sojourn in the Italian Lake District

Maggiore, Como and Orta enchant with dreamlike landscapes. Shimmering blue waters set against a dramatic alpine backdrop. Majestic palazzos, timeless villas and lovely lakeside towns. And quiet hikes above it all. The views, the flavors, the wines. And every beautiful detail that makes these lakes—extraordinary.

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Highlights

  • Hike on historic paths offering superlative views of lush countryside, mountain peaks, forests and old-world village scenes
  • Discover stunning and often overlooked Lake Orta, believed to be Flaubert and Tchaikovsky's scenic muse
  • Boat across Lake Como to spectacular Villa Balbianello, an exquisite 18th-century estate with splendid gardens
  • Behold a renowned and iconic Italian landscape, including the jaw-dropping panorama from Monte Mottarone
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Start/End Milan

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Admire enchanting Lake Orta, creative inspiration of Flaubert and Tchaikovsky • Hike past the clifftop Madonna del Sasso Sanctuary and up to the 21 ancient chapels of Sacro Monte • Explore quiet lanes in the charming medieval hamlet of Orta San Giulio • Savor mouthwatering cuisine at our beautiful hotel.

Accommodations

Night 1

Laqua by the Lake
Pettenasco
Premiere Hotel

Located on the spectacular Lake Orta, this elegant retreat boasts spacious contemporary-style rooms and a lakefront wellness area with an infinity pool. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Hike mountain paths and trails amid frescoed hamlets • Marvel at breathtaking scenery, including dramatic views from Monte Mottarone, 4,000 feet above Lakes Orta and Maggiore • Visit the town of Stresa and boat to Isola Bella, home to Palazzo Borromeo • Walk along Lake Maggiore from Cannero Riviera to Canobbio, passing tiny chapels and crossing small bridges • Our luxurious retreat provides an ideal setting for a sunset aperitivo.

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées
Stresa
Premiere Hotel

A belle epoque beauty on Lake Maggiore and the setting for part of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. (pool, spa)
 

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Hike past magnificent villas, colorful gardens and castle ruins to Varenna • Walk to Italy's shortest river, the 800-foot-long "River of Milk"—not even Leonardo da Vinci could discover its source! • Ferry to beautiful Bellagio, known as the Pearl of the Lake, and stroll its scenic waterfront promenade and shopping district • A beloved enoteca invites us in for a tasting of local vintages • Marvel at Villa Melzi, one of Lake Como's grand estates • Learn the art of truffle hunting from a local farmer • Pause in Baita Belvedere, where a mountain lunch awaits • A private boat takes you to the western shore of Lake Como • Explore 18th-century Villa Balbianello, owned by famed mountaineer Guido Monzino, and relish the vistas of the lake and surrounding hills.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Bellagio
Premiere Hotel

Built in 1872 as the luxurious neoclassical retreat for an aristocratic family from Milan, this lakeside villa glimmers with marble, frescoes and Murano chandeliers. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
 

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Limited & Fixed Menus

On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.

Terrain

While many of the routes on this trip are low in mileage, some sections may feel more challenging due to the mountainous terrain and resulting elevation changes. Most routes begin with steep climbs out of town (1–3 miles long) and end with a long sharp descent. To stay off the beaten path, we often walk on cobblestone mule tracks and rocky terrain, occasionally following slightly overgrown paths that may not be well defined.

From $6,999 - $7,649 /person

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Laqua by the Lake
Pettenasco

Premiere Hotel

Located on the spectacular Lake Orta, this elegant retreat boasts spacious contemporary-style rooms and a lakefront wellness area with an infinity pool. (pool, spa)

Nights 2-3

Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées
Stresa

Premiere Hotel

A belle epoque beauty on Lake Maggiore and the setting for part of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. (pool, spa)
 

Nights 4-5

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Bellagio

Premiere Hotel

Built in 1872 as the luxurious neoclassical retreat for an aristocratic family from Milan, this lakeside villa glimmers with marble, frescoes and Murano chandeliers. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
 

From $6,999 - $7,649 /person

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