• SELF-GUIDED
  • 8 DAYS
  • Easy
PRICE FROM £ 1,750 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £ 380 per person

OVERVIEW

Stay in beautiful authentic villa accommodations, and with the majestic Alps as a breathtaking backdrop, embark on a journey around the Italian lakes, exploring landscapes that can only be reached on foot. The region is blessed with a perfect climate for hiking and has become adorned with numerous villas and splendid botanical gardens. During this walking excursion in Italy, you’ll uncover the most enchanting trails via vineyards and olive groves, and marvel at the must-see sights of the two beautiful lakes in northern Italy.

Your adventure begins at Lake Como, often referred to as the pearl of the Italian lakes. It is renowned for its sumptuous botanical gardens at Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, and Villa Melzi. Venture to Lake Maggiore, with its enchanting fairy-tale setting and the Borromean Islands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The stunning villages of Lenno, Cannero and Stressa
  • Uncover the natural splendour of Lake Como’s pristine waters, majestic Italian Alps and enchanting Riviera ambience
  • Delve into the exquisite Italian gardens of Carlotta and Balbianello
  • Visit Stresa and its majestic architecture and the elegance of Cannobio, with its picturesque narrow streets.
  • Discover traditional medieval villages via walks along beautiful lake and mountain trails
  • Sail to the Borromean Islands and soak up the breathtaking views

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy
PRICE FROM
£ 1750 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
£ 380 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in rooms with ensuites
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • All boat and taxi transfers as described in the itinerary (days 2,3,4 and 6)
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the freshest baguettes, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground
  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the Alps
  • Walk with a company that has 30 years plus experience devouring self-guided walks

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

The accommodation has been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. During this tour, you will spend each night in double occupancy rooms with private facilities. Chosen for their location, facilities and history, our accommodation in Lenno, Cannero and Stresa is used to welcoming walkers. The hosts are very knowledgeable about the region and will always be happy to chat with you about its history, food, and wine. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk.

You will be provided six daily breakfasts after each night’s stay. With the wide variety of offerings at your fingertips, you can enjoy choosing whatever takes your fancy for lunch and dinner. Lunches are available at various cafes or food stores daily. There are numerous places to get dinner each night. Your hosts will give you a list of recommendations. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know when you book so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

GENERAL INFO

WALKING

WALKING

March through to October.

The villas and gardens are opening in the following months. In Winter and Spring, some gardens and villas are closed  

Lenno – Gardens of Villa Balbianello – Open from the beginning of January to mid December Closed on Monday + Wednesday + Friday

Tremezzo – Villa Carlotta – Open from mid March to early November

Bellagio – Villa Melzi Gardens – Open end of March to end of October

Varenna – Castle of Vezio – Closed in case of bad weather – Open from March to end of October

Varenna – Villa Monastero Gardens – Open from March to end of October

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walk starts and finishes in Lenno. You will need to organise your own transport to get there. The easiest option would involve flying into Milan, training from Milan to Lake Como and catching a boat or bus to Lenno. To make it easy, we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane: There are regular flights to Milan from different countries around Europe. There are many airlines that fly these routes. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights 

http://www.google.com/flights

Train: The train from Milan to Como S. Giovanni will take around 40 minutes and will cost around AUD$10. Please find below ways to book.

https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times

https://www.rome2rio.com/

By bus or boat: You can also travel by bus or ferry to Lenno, where the walk will begin.

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Bastia/Calvi

WEATHER

From March the temperature begins to rise so be prepared for warmer days if you walk in summer. Shoulder season is by far the best time as the weather is perfect for walking and the added advantage of having fewer people around in the villages and on the coast (we walk away from the populated areas on the walk so crowds are not an issue.)

See the weather information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@stroll.com, or call us on +44 808 304 8701.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 27 Mar 2024 - 8 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1970

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 545

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - High Season

  • 9 Oct 2024 - 15 Nov 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 380

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • 1 Mar 2025 - 26 Mar 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1860

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 435

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • 27 Mar 2025 - 8 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 2080

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 600

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - High Season

  • 9 Oct 2025 - 15 Nov 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1860

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 435

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • 1 Mar 2026 - 26 Mar 2026
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1935

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 450

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • 27 Mar 2026 - 8 Oct 2026
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 2160

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 625

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - High Season

  • 9 Oct 2026 - 15 Nov 2026
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1935

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 450

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

sections

Overview

Stay in beautiful authentic villa accommodations, and with the majestic Alps as a breathtaking backdrop, embark on a journey around the Italian lakes, exploring landscapes that can only be reached on foot. The region is blessed with a perfect climate for hiking and has become adorned with numerous villas and splendid botanical gardens. During this walking excursion in Italy, you’ll uncover the most enchanting trails via vineyards and olive groves, and marvel at the must-see sights of the two beautiful lakes in northern Italy.

Your adventure begins at Lake Como, often referred to as the pearl of the Italian lakes. It is renowned for its sumptuous botanical gardens at Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, and Villa Melzi. Venture to Lake Maggiore, with its enchanting fairy-tale setting and the Borromean Islands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The stunning villages of Lenno, Cannero and Stressa
  • Uncover the natural splendour of Lake Como’s pristine waters, majestic Italian Alps and enchanting Riviera ambience
  • Delve into the exquisite Italian gardens of Carlotta and Balbianello
  • Visit Stresa and its majestic architecture and the elegance of Cannobio, with its picturesque narrow streets.
  • Discover traditional medieval villages via walks along beautiful lake and mountain trails
  • Sail to the Borromean Islands and soak up the breathtaking views
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in rooms with ensuites
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • All boat and taxi transfers as described in the itinerary (days 2,3,4 and 6)
  • Our comprehensive set of notes with detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the freshest baguettes, where to taste olive oil or wine)
  • 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground
  • Awe-inspiring vistas over the Alps
  • Walk with a company that has 30 years plus experience devouring self-guided walks
Accommodation & Dining

The accommodation has been handpicked to reflect the character and history of the region. During this tour, you will spend each night in double occupancy rooms with private facilities. Chosen for their location, facilities and history, our accommodation in Lenno, Cannero and Stresa is used to welcoming walkers. The hosts are very knowledgeable about the region and will always be happy to chat with you about its history, food, and wine. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk.

You will be provided six daily breakfasts after each night’s stay. With the wide variety of offerings at your fingertips, you can enjoy choosing whatever takes your fancy for lunch and dinner. Lunches are available at various cafes or food stores daily. There are numerous places to get dinner each night. Your hosts will give you a list of recommendations. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know when you book so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

General Info

WALKING

WALKING

March through to October.

The villas and gardens are opening in the following months. In Winter and Spring, some gardens and villas are closed  

Lenno – Gardens of Villa Balbianello – Open from the beginning of January to mid December Closed on Monday + Wednesday + Friday

Tremezzo – Villa Carlotta – Open from mid March to early November

Bellagio – Villa Melzi Gardens – Open end of March to end of October

Varenna – Castle of Vezio – Closed in case of bad weather – Open from March to end of October

Varenna – Villa Monastero Gardens – Open from March to end of October

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

The walk starts and finishes in Lenno. You will need to organise your own transport to get there. The easiest option would involve flying into Milan, training from Milan to Lake Como and catching a boat or bus to Lenno. To make it easy, we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

By plane: There are regular flights to Milan from different countries around Europe. There are many airlines that fly these routes. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights 

http://www.google.com/flights

Train: The train from Milan to Como S. Giovanni will take around 40 minutes and will cost around AUD$10. Please find below ways to book.

https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times

https://www.rome2rio.com/

By bus or boat: You can also travel by bus or ferry to Lenno, where the walk will begin.

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Bastia/Calvi

WEATHER

From March the temperature begins to rise so be prepared for warmer days if you walk in summer. Shoulder season is by far the best time as the weather is perfect for walking and the added advantage of having fewer people around in the villages and on the coast (we walk away from the populated areas on the walk so crowds are not an issue.)

See the weather information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@stroll.com, or call us on +44 808 304 8701.

Map
Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    27 Mar 2024 - 8 Oct 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1970
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 545
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - High Season

  • Date
    9 Oct 2024 - 15 Nov 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1750
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 380
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • Date
    1 Mar 2025 - 26 Mar 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1860
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 435
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • Date
    27 Mar 2025 - 8 Oct 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 2080
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 600
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - High Season

  • Date
    9 Oct 2025 - 15 Nov 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1860
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 435
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • Date
    1 Mar 2026 - 26 Mar 2026
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1935
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 450
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

  • Date
    27 Mar 2026 - 8 Oct 2026
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 2160
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 625
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - High Season

  • Date
    9 Oct 2026 - 15 Nov 2026
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1935
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 450
    DETAILS

    4 Star and Charming Accommodation - Low Season

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