Journey through the Italian Lake District and St. Moritz, from Milan to Verona

Pamper the appetite and treat the senses on this exquisite journey through Italy’s Lake District and the staggering peaks of Switzerland’s St. Moritz. Stroll the forested paths around Lakes Como and Garda, unwind through the Dolomite highlands and just keep whetting and sating that appetite with classic Italian delicacies. Shop til you drop among Milan’s famous fashionistas, ferry to and fro between lake villages and villas that keep getting prettier, and clamber about the crumbling ruins of medieval castles. Idyllic in setting, laid-back in lifestyle, and a gastronomist’s delight, this jaunt through one of Europe’s most charming nooks shouldn’t disappoint. And if it does, take the issue up with one of the local residents – like Sting or George Clooney.

Start
Milan, Italy
Finish
Verona, Italy
Countries
Italy,
Switzerland
Themes
Walking & Trekking
Code
ZGXI
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
140kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Potter among the rooftop sculptures of Milan’s Gothic Duomo
  • Take the rails through St. Moritz’s staggering mountain scenery on the Bernina Express
  • Prowl the superb grounds of Villa Melzi
  • Traipse along the forested paths of Lake Garda’s Singol Valley
  • Enjoy a picnic perched atop Mount Grona
  • Indulge in some ambrosial Italian fare in Tirano

Itinerary

Arrive in Milan and be seduced and smitten by this ever-stylish, always-on-display city of food and fashion.
Delve into Milan’s past and present on a guided morning walking tour. Head out to Lake Como for a stroll through this lakeside slice of pictorial perfection.
Set out on an optional hike up Mount Grona for unrivalled vistas, or amble your way around Menaggio. Catch a ferry over to Varenna – considered by many to be Italy’s most romantic town. Explore the equally charming lakeside villages of Tremezzo and Bellagio.
Hop on a boat to discover some beautiful villages, villas and gardens in and around Lake Como. Visit the grand white Villa Melzi, stop by the lakeside village of Tremezzo, explore the charming village of Varenna, deemed by some as the most romantic town in all of Italy and take a trip to see Fiumelatte, the curious ‘River of Milk’.
Kick back with a chinotto in Chiavenna before continuing on to Switzerland’s St. Moritz area. Travel out to the Morteratsch Glacier for a picnic lunch with incredible views, before heading to Tirano via one of the world’s most stunning train journeys.
Drive through more sensational mountain ranges – including the Dolomites – on the way to Riva del Garda. Meander the cobbled streets and splendid scenery of Lake Garda’s Limone, explore the ruins of Garda’s medieval castle, and wander along San Vigilio’s peninsula.
After breakfast, drive to Verona where this spectacular adventure draws to a close.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Private Bus, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Bernina Express Scenic Train Ride
  • Lake Como Day Trip
  • Lake Garda Boat Tour
  • Milan Walking Tour
  • Morteratsch Glacier Excursion
  • Walk to Mount Grona Viewpoint

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Important notes

This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Italian Lakes Discovery trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Italian Lakes Discovery , May 2015

Italian Lakes Discovery , April 2015