Let the Italian Lakes delight your senses on an active northern Italy adventure.

Indulge your appetite and treat the senses on this exquisite active journey through Italy’s Lakes district. Hike the forested paths around Lakes Como and Garda, cycle through the Dolomite highlands and simply admire the stunning views at every turn. Ferry to and fro between lake villages and charming villas, clamber about the crumbling ruins of medieval castles and spend a day experiencing the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Milan. Idyllic in setting, laid-back in lifestyle, and a gastronomist’s delight, this jaunt through one of Europe’s most charming regions shouldn’t disappoint. And if it somehow does, take the issue up with one of the local residents – like Sting or George Clooney.


Start
Como, Italy
Finish
Garda, Italy
Destination
Italy
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures
Code
ZGXI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Spend your time immersing yourself into the tranquil lifestyle of Lake Como and Garda – admiring the views, getting active by the lake, and indulging in regional food and wine.

  • Explore the beautiful villages, estates and gardens dotted around Lake Como, meandering the lake by ferry. Feel the fanciful vibe on the grounds of Bellagio's grand Villa Melzi, then see the shore from a kayak.

  • Leave your bags at Milan’s central station and explore the wonders and urban history of this magical city while in transit between Como and Garda.

  • Consider the option of taking a cable car up Monte Baldo – with varying degrees of mountain hikes available, or just to sit at the mountaintop restaurant for lunch, this experience gets you sky high above Garda.

  • Have plenty of free time lakeside in Garda, perhaps taking up one of the water sports on offer or visiting nearby wineries in the Bardolino region.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This multi-activity trip requires a decent level of fitness, as you will be doing some kayaking, cycling and a fair amount of walking. Some of the treks involve steep hills and steps that you'll need to be able to climb, although sometimes there are easier, alternative routes you can take. Daily walking times vary between 3 and 6 hours, but the rewards are worth every step.

  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in the Italian Lakes district (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. Please note that a single supplement is available on this trip (subject to availability). Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. In some cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

Itinerary

Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Please make your own way to the hotel. No activities are planned for today until tonight's important welcome meeting at 6 pm, so you can arrive at any time. If you arrive early why not take a wander around the historic town of Como and enjoy a drink in the main square or along the lake shore. After tonight's group meeting the evening is free, so perhaps go for dinner at one of the nearby traditional restaurants with your new travel companions.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Como (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Lake Como (Lago di Como) is an area of stunning beauty full of unique and evocative landscapes. Discover the central part of Lake Como by boat. You’ll head ashore in Bellagio, the 'pearl of the lake', situated on the Punta Spartivento, where the two arms of Lake Como meet. Embark on a scenic hike through the delightful countryside, past the charming fishing village of Pescallo and other scenic hamlets. Back down at the lake discover the grand estate of the Villa Melzi, which is set into gardens filled with rare and exotic plant life. Next is a kayaking adventure which brings you all around the headland of Bellagio. Back in Como take a stroll through the medieval town centre, before enjoying a drink in the main square or along the lake shore, if you’d like.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Como (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kayaking on Lake Como
  • Villa Melzi
  • Lake Como Boat Trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Approximate walking Distance/Time: 7 km/2.5 hours
Today is a free day for you to explore the area. There are many options to spend a day in Como: Explore Villa Olmo or Villa D’Este. Travelling by boat to other lakeside villages in this southern part of the lake is also a worthwhile experience. Cernobbio is surrounded by beautiful villas and has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. For the hikers there are several nice walks in the near surroundings such as the trail network in the state park of Spina Verde. Another possibility is to travel into Switzerland and hike Monte Generoso. This is an amazing walk which includes a train ride on Europe's oldest tourist train. Views stretch from Lake Lugano to Lake Como – bellissimo!
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Como (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Mt Generoso Mountain Hike - EUR30
  • Villa Olmo Como - Free
  • Spina Verde State Park - from - EUR10
  • Lunch at Villa D'Este Cernobbio - from - EUR10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, take a train to one of Italy’s major hubs: Milan. You’ll stop here for a few hours to explore; you will be able to store your luggage at a locker room at the railway station. Take the metro into the city centre, where your leader will offer an orientation walk to get your bearings. Then, it is up to you to explore Milan at your own pace. Explore the city's historic centre, visit the city's most famous building, the Gothic Duomo, and walk between its rooftop sculptures, admiring the views and the stunning Gothic terrace. If you would like to see Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, be sure to organise tickets well in advance. Your group will have a designated meeting time and place in the afternoon to regroup, then catch a train to the southern end of Lake Garda. There, you will transfer to a bus and arrive in the township of Garda. With a charming classic feel, this will be your base for the next few nights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Garda (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • La Scala Museum - EUR7
  • Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' from - EUR29
  • Milan Duomo Roof Visit - EUR13
  • Castello Sforzesco - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that we will store our bags at the railway station in Milan while exploring town. There is a limit of one bag per person for the lockers, so please make sure you pack accordingly. Many visitors to Milan will want to take a visit to Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece: The Last Supper. Tickets to The Last Supper are limited and generally sell out extremely quickly and up to six months in advance. If you do want to see the Last Supper you need to make arrangements well in advance. Today between 1pm and 3pm is the most suitable time. The viewing is 15 minutes and in order not to lose the reservation, visitors must arrive 15 minutes before the time allocated for the visit. Online bookings may be available at this site: vivaticket.it. Some websites will only sell a ticket in conjunction with an additional product such as a guidebook or another museum entry.
Good morning from idyllic Lake Garda. Complete with its rocca (rock), a monastery and the remains of a medieval castle, the town of Garda is an enchanted place to explore on foot. Take a walking tour through the town before climbing up towards the rocca and the abbey, and after a steep ascent, be wowed with beautiful views over the lake. The rest of the day is as clear as the crisp air of the Italian Lakes. Being on the southern end of the lake and in one of the major villages, there is so much to see and explore In Garda. Perhaps book into one of the watersports on offer – this is a common holiday destination for locals, with sailing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding all on offer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Garda (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rocca Abbey Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Approximate walking Distance/Time: 8 km/3 hours
Take a bus to the northern and more alpine side of the lake to Riva del Garda, passing many photogenic villages en route. On arrival, embark on a bike ride along the shores of Lake Garda, taking in the glorious scenery of the glistening lake in front of you and the towering Alps behind you. Depending on weather, fitness and interest of the group several rides are possible. The ride out of Riva del Garda is mostly flat. Explore the remains of WWI in a place which until 100 years ago was the border between Austria and Italy. In the afternoon hop on a boat to the beautiful town of Malcesine with time for you to explore or just take in the lake views. Return to your accommodation in Garda by local bus in the late afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Garda (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Garda Bike Ride
  • Lake Garda Boat Trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's bike ride takes place on the cycle path from Riva del Garda to Torbole and then towards Lago di Cavedine. The distance today depends on the group's abilities but is approximately 20km. The path is almost flat with just 150m difference in altitude. Please note that helmets are provided on today's bike riding activity.
After breakfast head down to the lake and follow the lake shore to Punta San Vigilio and on to Torre del Benaco. Return to Garda by public bus. You may wish to spend your afternoon relaxing by the lake. Otherwise, get on the water by taking the ferry to another one of the picturesque towns dotted around the lake. Sirmione is a good choice – a small peninsula that juts out of the southern end of the lake, full of restaurants, bars and spas. Inland from Garda, there are a selection of wineries which are also an ideal place to visit today.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Garda (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Punta Vigilio & Torri del Benaco Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Approximate walking Distance/Time: 8 km/3 hours
After breakfast this morning you are free to leave the Italian Lakes district at any time. From Garda you can travel by bus to Verona, from where it is easy to reach other destinations in Italy by train. If you'd like to stay in the Italian Lakes region, we can organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you wish to continue your active adventure, you may want to consider extending your trip by adding another one of our Italy Active trips. The Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak trip (ZGXT) starts in Levanto, taking in the best of the Ligurian Coast and the Portofino Peninsula, and the Amalfi Coast: Hike, Boat & Kayak (ZGXA) focuses on the stunning coastline south of Naples. The start locations for both trips can easily be reached by train. Many departure dates coincide to create the perfect combination. Please speak to your booking agent for more details.

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Boat, On foot, Kayak, Bicycle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Kayaking on Lake Como
  • Villa Melzi
  • Lake Como Boat Trip
  • Rocca Abbey Hike
  • Lake Garda Bike Ride
  • Lake Garda Boat Trip
  • Punta Vigilio & Torri del Benaco Hike

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Important notes

LEVEL OF FITNESS
This multi-activity trip requires a decent level of fitness, as you will be doing some kayaking, cycling and a fair amount of walking. Some of the treks involve steep hills and steps that you'll need to be able to climb, although sometimes there are easier, alternative routes you can take. Daily walking times vary between three and six hours, but the rewards are worth every step.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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