Italy: The Lakes

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On Lake Como, vintage speedboats slice across the ultramarine water, zipping between baroque villas, terraced gardens, and quaint, hillside villages. It’s a sophisticated region—fashionable Italians have flocked here for centuries—and you’ll relish the splendor of manicured palazzi backed by soaring Alpine peaks. In this dramatic setting, enjoy walks leading ...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Wander the majestic grounds of 18th-century Villa del Balbianello, a mixture of luxurious palms, classical statues, and dramatic arches covered in ivy.
    • On Lake Maggiore—the setting for Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms—stop by a local shop on Isola dei Pescatori (“Fishermen’s Island”) to chat about the catch of the day.
    • Sample the delicate and robust vintages of the region during a wine tasting in a 16th-century wine bar located in Orta San Giulio.

What's this trip about?

    On Lake Como, vintage speedboats slice across the ultramarine water, zipping between baroque villas, terraced gardens, and quaint, hillside villages. It’s a sophisticated region—fashionable Italians have flocked here for centuries—and you’ll relish the splendor of manicured palazzi backed by soaring Alpine peaks. In this dramatic setting, enjoy walks leading from medieval lakeside hamlets to serene hillside meadows dotted with goats and on to wild oak forests—capping the day with a boat ride home.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 24 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityMilan
End CityMilan

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Hiking & Walking


  • Europe
  • Italy


  • Lake Como
  • Milan
  • Star Wars


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature

Trip includes

    • Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7
    • All meals except for two lunches and one dinner; local wine included
    • All accommodations while on tour
    • Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point
    • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
    • Destination information (weather, visa requirements, etc.) and other travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International
    • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff

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Dates & Availability

Price From $4,748
Price per day$678
Single supplement (single occupancy)$1,048
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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Cancellation policy

Cancellations received 91 days or more prior to the tour start date will incur a loss of $150; cancellations received between 90 and 61 days prior to the tour start date incur a loss of 25 percent of the tour price; there are no refunds within 60 days of the tour start date. Up to 91 days prior to departure, you may transfer your reservation, depending on availability, from one departure to another in the same calendar year at no cost*. Please notify us in writing.

*One transfer per year; afterwards a modest per person transfer fee will apply. Please note that tours with seasonal prices may involve a higher price.

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Pre-Tour Extension: Milan

2 nights: $398 | Single +$298

Like the grand, gothic cathedral at its heart, Milan is a city of refined beauty, unsurpassed taste, and monumental power. Spend a few days here and you’ll have the opportunity to see La Scala Opera House, medieval castles, and Da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper.

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Guaranteed Departures

Country Walkers guarantees the departure of every tour*—no exceptions and no disappointments! From the moment you make your deposit, you can start preparing for your adventure. We take care of all the details to ensure a seamless, small-group experience (with an average of 6 or 7 guests per guide). For best availability, reserve your trip today!

*except in cases of force majeure

Activity Level

This tour is one of our Guided Walking Adventures, rated moderate with challenging sections, with an average of 4 to 9 miles per day. There are daily ascents and descents. The Italian Lakes tour has a combination of gradual and steep ascents, descents, and a few valleys. The climbing time on the ascents ranges from 15 to 45 minutes. There are very few long, flat stretches of trail. The  800.464.9255 15 terrain is a combination of hiking trails, narrow gravel roads, ancient cobblestone ways, and some single-track trails with loose stones or gravel. The pace on this tour is leisurely to allow for stops en route to explore villages, or to visit cultural and historical sites.

Itinerary Changes

Please bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary, since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance and unforeseen circumstances may arise that mandate change. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience.

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