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Italy – Lake Como Hiking Tour

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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.

Arrival & Departure Locations

Fly into Milan, train to Torno and taxi to your hotel. Departure from Bellagio is same.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights in accommodations with breakfast included
  • Welcome orientation & briefing on Day 1
  • Luggage transfers daily
  • Private transfer to San Primo, pick up in Chiosco Ghisallo and transfer to Bellagio Splendide (Day 4)
  • 24 hr Emergency Contact
  • Detailed Road Book with maps for the hikes
  • Mobile app and trail routes for your device
  • Pre and post travel planning service
  • Detailed travel information and suggestions for visits

 

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels: 

  • Torno: Hotel Restaurant Glavjc ***
  • Bellagio: Hotel Excelsior Splendide ***

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.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Wine Tasting on Day 6
  • Daily Picnic Lunches
  • Lake Transportation by Ferries
  • 3 Dinners in Torno
  • 4 Dinners in Bellagio
  • Optional Visit to Villa Melzi
  • Airport Transfers to/from Milan
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support

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! 

Tour Highlights
  • The wilderness of the Pre Alps between the lake and sky
  • The picturesque villages of Bellagio, Varenna and Torno
  • The Duomo, beautiful Romanesque churches and medieval town walls of Como
  • Hike through Monte San Primo Natural Park, overlooking the lake and the Grigne Range
  • Walk on the “Sentiero del Viandante”
  • Visit the historical St. Benedetto Abbey

Need to Know: 

  • Tour  is NOT available in August
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Torno

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.

Meals: none
Overnight: Torno

Day 2Loop Hike to Monte Piatto

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)

Meals: breakfast
Hike Details: 4.5 hrs hiking, +450 / – 450 m
Max altitude: 670 m

Day 3Ferry to Como to Explore

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.

Meals: breakfast
Hike details: 4 hrs hiking, +200 / – 500 m
Max altitude: 700 m
Overnight: Torno

Day 4Hike to Mount San Primo & Transfer to Bellagio

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!

Meals: breakfast
Hike Details: 5 hrs hiking, +400 / – 700 m
Max altitude: 1450 m
Overnight: Bellagio

Day 5Loop Hike around Bellagio

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.

Meals: breakfast
Hike Details: 4 hrs hiking, + 380 / – 380 m
Max altitude: 452 m
Overnight: Bellagio

Day 6Transfer to Varenna & Hike to Bellagio

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.

Meals: breakfast
Max altitude: 430 m
Overnight: Bellagio

Day 7Transfer to Lenno and Hike to Bellagio

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!

Meals: breakfast
Hike Details: 5.5 hrs hiking, +600 / – 600 m
Max altitude: 800 m
Overnight: Bellagio

Day 8Arrivederci!

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!

Meals: breakfast

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Rates

Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)

Superior Three Star Hotels:

  • 2 persons:  1113 euros/person
  • 4 persons:  988 euros/person (2 double rooms)
  • High Season Supplement:  55 euros/person (July-September)
  • Single Supplement:  213 euros/person (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Supplement:  please inquire
  • Upgraded Four Star Hotels may be possible:  please inquire
  • Airport Transfers can be arranged with advance notice:  please inquire

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get MoreIf you compare price, we are much less than guided trips with similar experiences. In our private, independent format, you get much more than what most traditional self guided tours offer, plus it’s a better experience! Our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional tours all over the world, vacations that will give you lifelong memories. From the accommodations to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard. We are dedicated to empowering people through travel!
 
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