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Many tourists flock to Italy for its food, wine, and art. But for the outdoor enthusiast, Pure Adventures Tours provides the best of Italy’s natural gems in this eight-day, self-guided hiking tour that takes you over, around, and through the Dolomite Mountains. With a mix of town and country, you get to experience the city of Como and walk from there. Your hiking vacation through the Dolomite Mountains will take you through forests of beech, fir, and birch. Your treks through the hills will take you to the Mediterranean, to fishermen villages and the villages of Bellagio, Varenna, and Torno. We’ll take care of your transportation, transfers, and lodging while you enjoy your self-guided hiking vacation through the jewel of Italy.
Fly into Milan, train to Torno and taxi to your hotel. Departure from Bellagio is same.
Included Standard Hotels:
About: Stay in deluxe 3 star hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.
Note: Some hotels may have a city tax that you need to pay at check in, not included in rate. It usually varies between 1-2 Euros per person per night.
Local Expert: Our local coordinator will conduct a telephone orientation with you on arrival day to make sure you are well arrived and have everything you need. The call will go over the hiking maps and notes that form your ‘route book’ and by which you will navigate. Our local support staff are your contact during your hiking trip and they are available by phone throughout the day. This local support is a key feature of a Pure Adventures tour and this local expertise is how you know you are on the best trip with competent local support in case of need. They live in the region and know it so well!
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Plan to arrive to Milan Airport (Malpensa or Linate) and from there you can get yourself to Torno, a lovely lakeside village, located close to Como. There will be a late afternoon welcome briefing to go over the road book and the program for the week, including how to reach us if needed. Dinner on your own and overnight stay in hotel in Torno included, in front of the lake. We can arrange airport transfers and dinners for a supplement.
After breakfast, you can begin your day with today’s hike. You start with a steady ascent through Torno’s twisting alleys, leading to a mule track offering increasingly lovely lake views as you follow it up. Pass by terraced groves of peach trees, waterfalls and stone-carved tombs. Soak in the view before a steep descent under wild cherry trees, leading down to Torno. NOTE: picnic lunches CAN be added daily for your hikes. (supplement 55 euros/person)
Hike Details: 4.5 hrs hiking, +450 / – 450 m
Max altitude: 670 m
Today, start your day at your leisure and after breakfast you will have a short ferry transfer to Como. There you will have some optional time to discover the old town, with its wonderful Duomo, beautiful Romanesque churches and medieval town walls. After the visit, take the cable car to Brunate, a village up on the hills that overlooks Como. From Brunate you have a nice walk back to Torno.
Hike details: 4 hrs hiking, +200 / – 500 m
Max altitude: 700 m
Today you will change hotels so after breakfast, have your luggage ready for a private transfer to the Monte San Primo Natural Park. The hike overlooks the lake and the majestic Grigne Range, a mountain range similar to the Dolomites. Enjoy a nice walk down to Magreglio, passing through lush beech forest and the River Lambro Spring. From Magreglio, you will have private transportation back to Bellagio, where your luggage is waiting for you!
Hike Details: 5 hrs hiking, +400 / – 700 m
Max altitude: 1450 m
On today’s hike you will take a very lightly used trail, starting from Bellagio’s picturesque promenade and leading up into the high hill villages of Brogno and Chevrio. In the afternoon, enjoy the view of the pretty villages overlooking the beautiful lake.
Hike Details: 4 hrs hiking, + 380 / – 380 m
Max altitude: 452 m
In the morning you will transfer by boat to the village of Varenna, one of the most romantic villages of Italy! A lovely walk on the “Sentiero del Viandante” (wanderer path) dips and rises through terraces of olive trees along the eastern shore , where it meets the lake in central Bellano. Ferry back to Bellagio and then if you would like to add it, there is time for a wine tasting at our favorite local winery. (+35 euros/person) Salute! Note; ferry tickets are not included and purchased at the dock before transfer by you.
Max altitude: 430 m
Transfer by ferry to the cute town of Lenno. Following the wonderful Via Crucis to the Madonna del Soccorso, you join an ancient path to the Abbey of St. Benedetto, a 12 century church hidden away in the woods. Return back to Bellagio for your last night and to celebrate however you like! Perhaps you will choose to enjoy some fine wines, a delicious local meal, reflecting on your hikes and the amazing scenery you discovered in this magical region of Italy!
Hike Details: 5.5 hrs hiking, +600 / – 600 m
Max altitude: 800 m
After breakfast, you can depart at your leisure. We arrange a private transfer to Milano Airport if you desire. Ask us in advance for help in planning onward travel, extra nights in Milan or elsewhere!
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
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Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!