Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Start: Como Finish: Garda

Visiting: Lake Como, Bellagio, Milan, Lake Garda, Riva del Garda, Malcesine


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: ZGXI

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconSpend 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.
  • iconExplore 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.
  • iconLeave 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.
  • iconConsider 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.
  • iconHave 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.

Places You'll See

Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak
Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak
Italian Lakes: Hike, Bike & Kayak
Lake Como
Lake Como
Lake Como
Lake Garda
Lake Garda

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Lake Como

Location: Lake Como

Accommodation: Hotel,

Meals: No Meals

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.

icon Day 2 : Kayaking & Hiking in Bellagio / Lake Como

Location: Bellagio, Lake Como

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Activities:
-Kayaking on Lake Como
-Villa Melzi
-Lake Como Boat Trip

icon Day 3 : Lake Como

Location: Lake Como

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

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!

Optional Activities:
-Mt Generoso Mountain Hike
-Villa Olmo Como - Free
-Spina Verde State Park - from
-Lunch at Villa D'Este Cernobbio - from

icon Day 4 : Milan / Lake Garda

Location: Milan, Lake Garda

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: 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.

Optional Activities:
-Milan - La Scala Museum
-Milan - Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' - from
-Milan - Duomo Rooftop Visit
-Milan - Castello Sforzesco - Free

icon Day 5 : Hiking at Lake Garda

Location: Lake Garda

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Activities:
-Rocca Abbey Hike

icon Day 6 : Biking in Riva del Garda / Malcesine / Lake Garda

Location: Riva del Garda, Malcesine, Lake Garda

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Activities:
-Lake Garda Bike Ride
-Lake Garda Boat Trip

icon Day 7 : Hiking at Lake Garda

Location: Lake Garda

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Activities:
-Punta Vigilio & Torri del Benaco Hike

icon Day 8 : Lake Garda

Location: Lake Garda

Meals: Breakfast

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).

What's Included

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    Punta Vigilio & Torri del Benaco Hike

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    Villa Melzi

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    Kayaking on Lake Como

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    Lake Como Boat Trip

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    Lake Garda Bike Ride

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    Rocca Abbey Hike

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    Lake Garda Boat Trip

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (7 nights)

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    Transport

    Train, Boat, On foot, Kayak, Bicycle

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

Transport

  • Train , Boat , On foot , Kayak , Bicycle

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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    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

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    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

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    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

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    For almost all of our trips, we offer a single supplement option for those solo travellers who wish to have their own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room.

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