Alpine Lake District: a treasure set within the Alps

Alpine Lake District: a treasure set within the Alps, discover the great lakes of Lake Como and Lake Lugano in Northern Italy. Marvel at the luxurious villas and the lavish gardens which line the shores as you meander along mountain trails. The area is bursting with historical sites and architectural brilliance which can be admired from afar. Mouth-watering local dishes and wines are a plenty on this wonderful Italian walking adventure. Spend your nights in Menaggio which is one of the main towns surrounding Lake Como. Within the city walls, take a stroll along the promenade and marvel at the views of the rugged mountains across the lake. Being your base each day you head out on different walks in the surrounding area including a visit to Val Sanagra nature reserve. On Lake Lugano Porlezza is a charming town surrounded by mountains offering many hiking trails. Whilst here, why not visit the local suburb of Cima which is a regularly visited area for its ruins of ancient walls and fortresses. Follow us on Facebook!

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY

  • Discover the spectacular views on the mountain trails high above Lake Como
  • Explore the cosmopolitan town of Menaggio
  • Treat your taste buds with some local traditional dishes 
  • Experience the rich culture and art of the region

TYPICAL DISHES

  • Traditional fresh pasta: Pizzòccheri, Agnolotti, Anolini, Casoncelli, Marubini
  • Wines and liqueurs: Franciacorta, Lugana DOC, Botticino, Garda Colli Mantovani
  • Gorgonzola, Bresaola della Valtellina, Provolone Valpadana, Olive oil

Additional information

IMPORTANT NOTEThe schedule might be subject to change; Depending on your needs and your requests, we can provide you individual services (accomodation, land service, guide service, single tours and activities) or a full package tour;
PriceUpon request
AvailabilityJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
What is included6 dinners, wine&beverages included, 6 packed or picnic lunches, 7 continental morning breakfast, 7 nights at 3 or 4 stars hotel in Menaggio (or surroundings), Back up guide, Hotel local tax, Professional Official Guide, Transportation in private van 9 seats (8+1)
What is not included– All not expressed in the “What is included”, − Personal Expenses

DAY 1 – Arrive in Menaggio

We recommend flying to Milan Malpensa.

Meet and transfer to Menaggio, stroll along the lakeside promenade to view the beautiful villas and gardens, explore the Romanesque monuments and historical castle through the narrow cobble streets. Dinner and overnight hotel.

DAY 2 Menaggio to Rezzonico 

Breakfast hotel. This first days walking is relatively easy on mostly paved surfaces and level ground. Head along the ‘Antica Strada Regina’ which is an old road built by the Romans.  It leads along the west coast of Lake Como with fantastic views across the lake.  This road is an important connection between Como and the alpine passes. Pic nic lunch. Dinner and overnight hotel.

7.4 km, 200m Ascent

DAY 3 Menaggio through Val Sanagra Nature Reserve 

After breakfast, head to an area with wild beauty, interesting and historical cultural traces.  From Menaggio the first stop is Loveno which is an impressive village with stunning villas.  Continue on to Pianuro where the trail follows the Sanagra stream, a typical alpine water course.  Here, we can see several ancient mills and iron foundries. The streams form impressive gorges which we can admire as we stop for lunch.  The walk also passes through Barna, a lovely timeless hamlet famous for its Baroque architecture.  This is a circular walk which starts and ends in Menaggio. Pic nic lunch. Dinner and overnight hotel.

10 km, 400m Ascent

DAY 4 Brunate to Faggeto Lario

Breakfast hotel. This morning we will need to reach the town of Como and then we take the funicular to Brunate which on a cloudless day offers spectacular views stretching across to the Alps! The walk climbs the mountain trail through woodlands across to Pian Del Tivano before finally descending to Faggeto Lario.  From here we must catch a public bus to Como and then the public boat back to Menaggio. Pic nic lunch. Dinner and overnight hotel.

11 km, 350m Ascent, 670 Descent

DAY 5 Free Day

Breakfast hotel. Full day at leisure.

This day offers you the chance to relax and explore the local areas.  Why not visit the Grotte di Rescia natural caves a few kilometres from the town; these caves became private property many years ago, but today it is still possible to visit them by asking for the keys from the campsite owner located near the caves.  Summer opening hours: from 2:30pm to 6:00pm.  Or hire bicycles for a cycle through the natural reserve of the Lake Piano.  Bikes can be hired from Hotel Europa. Overnight hotel.

DAY 6 MENAGGIO/Ascent to Monte Grona 

Today is quite a challenging day with some narrow and steep paths to climb.  After breakfast, we get to the village of Breglia where we start the climb to the top of Monte Grona.   Although the walk does become gentler it is a long climb but never too strenuous.  This area is extremely wild and we may see some rare and amazing birdlife.  Once at the top, we will be rewarded with some of the most breath-taking views of the Italian and Swiss Alps. Pic nic lunch. Dinner and overnight hotel.

12 km, 980m Ascent

DAY 7 Transfer to Cavargna and walk to Porlezza 

After a brief transfer to the start of the walk in Cavargna, a lovely village set into the mountains, we will start our walk to Lake Lugano and Porlezza. Today can be quite challenging and involves a steep climb on the first section. This route will take us up to 1550m of altitude as we pass by ski chalets and impressive hamlets while the alpine mountain range of ‘Monte Rosa’ can be viewed on this route. Pic nic lunch. Dinner and overnight hotel.

13.3 km, 500m Ascent, 1280m Descent

DAY 8 Onward Travel

After breakfast in hotel, according to departure time, transfer to Malpensa Airport.