Austin Adventures - Switzerland and Italy Stamps - Italy Vacations
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 16, 2019
  • From $3,798 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Switzerland / Italy : Lugano to Como

Set in an idyllic landscape of green alpine hills, the lakes of Northern Italy glow with a dreamlike quality. Romantic villages, busy harbors, and opulent villas sit on hillsides rising up from the water’s edge, providing stunning views in all directions. Come for the exquisite landscape, the cuisine, and the luxurious accommodations. Our walk follows scenic footpaths through woodlands, meadows, and hamlets to some of the loveliest villages in all of Italy.

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  • New Trips of 2019!
  • Europe Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Hiking
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

About
This Tour
Trek across the Swiss/Italian border, savoring stupendous views of the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau, and the Apennines before basking in the romance of Lake Como. Explore old stonework chapels, 13th-century cross bridges, and lush, terraced gardens by day, settling in for a meal of local fish, hand-rolled pasta, and stracciatella gelato by night.
  • Discover the cog railway to the top of Monte Generoso while taking in jaw-dropping views of the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau, and the Apennines
  • Explore Tremezzo, and wander the enchanting village while indulging in the perfect gelato
  • Soak in the romance of Italy’s country trails and villages dating back to the 13th century
  • Enjoy a feast for your senses while taking in the sweet-scented gardens and Italian architecture
Austin Adventures - Milan - Italy Vacations
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Excellent trip and guides - superb trip.

Richard P. Westminster, CO

The best experience with our large family we could dream for!

Nancy V. Pebble Beach, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Lugano, Switzerland; Milano, Italy

Day 1: Lanzo d’Intelvi
Austin Adventures - Cog Railway - Italy Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Milano
After ascending the cog railway to the top of Monte Generoso (5,584ft) you’re in for a treat with stupendous views of the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau, and the Apennines. Walk gently downhill to Lanzo d’Intelvi, a quiet mountain town with views of the lake and the Alps. Our family run hotel boasts an inspiring restaurant experience.

About Hotel Milano

About Hotel Milano is situated on a remote hilltop village with panoramic views of the Alps and the Italian lakes in the distance. With a lovely lawn and garden, there’s plenty of space to relax after a nice hike.
Day 2: Menaggio
Austin Adventures - Menaggio - Italy Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Bellavista
Country trails wind downhill through villages full of quaint frescoed houses and churches. From Osteno on the shores of Lake Lugano, we shuttle to Menaggio, an alluring resort town on Lake Como. Soak in the romance over a Gelato or a cappuccino at an outdoor café. We’ll stay here two nights in a majestic hotel with lakeside dining and a swimming pool.

About Hotel Bellavista

Located in the Heart of Menaggio, you’ll find joy sitting on the hotel’s terraces or relaxing poolside. The hotel offers comfortable rooms all with satellite TV and safe.
Day 3: Menaggio
Austin Adventures - Menaggio - Italy Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel Bellavista
We start our hike just outside of town from Naggio to “Pianure”/ Loveno. Today we’ll admire ancient frescos, cross bridges from the 13th century in villages forgotten by tourists. Admire the old donkey paths, while crossing grass meadows with old oak trees. This afternoon you’ll have time to explore and shop around Menaggio.
Day 4: Varenna
Austin Adventures - Varenna - Italy Vacations
Meals Included:  B, D
After transferring to Villa Carlotta and its gardens, we’ll begin our hike with breathtaking views of old farm houses and chapels. We’ll search for a perfect Gelato on our way to the town of Tremezzo, where you’ll have some free time to wander the enchanting village before we set off across the lake to Varenna.

About Hotel Royal Victoria

Beautiful rooms, fashionably and stylishly decorated, the Hotel Royal Victoria has attracted queens and movie stars alike. You’ll see why as you sit poolside admiring the never ending lake views. With a stunning restaurant and elegant cuisine you’ll never want to leave.
Day 5: Bellagio
Austin Adventures - Botanical Gardens - Italy Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L
A relaxed morning in Varenna with your Italian coffee before visiting the Botanical gardens. Stoll along the lakeside promenade soaking in life in Italy. With breathtaking views of the lake we’ll cross over a scenic canyon before taking in the café culture of Bellano.

About Hotel Belvedere Bellagio

Revel in the heartfelt hospitality – honed by five generations of welcoming women – of this rare hillside retreat. Slip into reverie as your gaze takes flight, falling first on the picturesque bay of Pescallo, then coming to rest within the landscape of the lake and the Alps beyond. The Hotel features pool and jacuzzi, a spa, lush gardens, a library, WIFI and much more.
Day 6: Bellagio
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Meals Included:  B, D
Find inspiration in extravagant sweet-scented gardens and Italianate Architecture • Today’s loop walk takes us through winding centuries old shepherd’s paths. We’ll spend time in the forests spotting gourmet mushrooms as we prepare ourselves for another lavish dinner this evening in Bellagio.
Day 7: Milan
Austin Adventures - Milan - Italy Vacations
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No Overnight
After breakfast, a scenic transfer takes you to Milan where you will be dropped off wherever you please – at your hotel, the airport or the train station (1.5 hour transfer). *Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 16, 2019
  • From $3,798 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019
  • Jul 7, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019
  • Aug 4, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019
  • Aug 25, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019
  • Oct 6, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Lugano Switzerland. On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of the Hotel Walter Au Lac at 9:00 a.m. After a short transfer the hiking will begin. After breakfast on Day 7, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Milan (1.5 hour transfer).

Activities

Walking/Hiking:
Day 1 hike mileage options: 3 / 7 Day 2 hike mileage options: 5 / 8 Day 3 hike mileage options: 7 Day 4 hike mileage options: 6 Day 5 hike mileage options: 4.5 /9 Day 6 hike mileage options: 6 Discovery – Discover why movie stars delight in the magical shorelines of the Italian lakes. The lush landscape features rugged hills rising up from the lakes, with snow-capped Alpine peaks in the distance, this area is captivating from the moment you set foot on its many pathways. Our routes make extensive use of ferries, funiculars, and other modes of transportation, allowing us to enjoy walks in alpine meadows, through woodlands, and along the grassy lakeshore, with wonderful lake views as we travel from town to town. Stunning lakeside and hilltop accommodations add sparkle to our stay like the diamond reflections of the sun shining down on these magnificent lakes. Gourmet food awaits around every corner, and the infectious Italian way of life will have you describing your journey to your friends as passionately as one of the locals you might encounter during your stay in the Romantic Italian lakes.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in the Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.    
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