8 Days - Walk and Discover Tours

It’s difficult to describe the flawless beauty of the Italian lakes, yet viewing them you’ll immediately understand why so many artists, composers and writers have sought inspiration here. The heady mix of serene waters, forest-clad hillsides, medieval villages, orange-blossom-scented warm air and delicious food make them an irresistible destination. It was the arrival of the British during the days of the ‘Grand Tour’ that first brought fame to the sublime Italian lakes and helped to create the sophisticated villages nestling like pearls on a string along the verbena-clad shores. This wonderful combination of magnificent Swiss mountain scenery and Italy’s tranquil, crystal-clear lakes creates a stunning visual montage that cries out to be explored. Lake Maggiore straddles both Italy and Switzerland and we stay in Baveno, a typically Italian lakeside town that overlooks the stunning Borromean Islands. We explore not only Lake Maggiore but also the equally beautiful Lake Como and lesser-known Lake Orta, one of the most spellbinding places you’ll ever visit. With the arc of the imposing Alps stretching out along the horizon, you’ll enjoy arguably the finest mountain scenery on the planet during your visits to Switzerland – dramatic Zermatt, nestled at the base of the world’s most mesmerising peak, the mighty Matterhorn. Then there are the delightful lost valleys, tumbling glacier streams and classic chalet scenes that, when blended together, offer a truly inspirational tour.

Highlights

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • See quaint villages, ruined castles and colourful gardens on a guided walk around Lake Maggiore
  • Take a walk with a specialist guide through the medieval villages around Lake Como and admire the elegant villas
  • Enjoy a guided walk around Lake Orta, seeing lovely villages, such as Orta San Giulio, and a Moorish palace
  • Cruise the enchanting Borromean Islands and tour the splendid Isola Bella palace with a guide
  • Travel through the Simplon Pass to Zermatt and the Matterhorn
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • A local specialist walking guide to accompany you on all walks

Inclusions

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a room. Double sole occupancy rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
  • Seven nights’ accommodation in four-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Return flights
  • Hotel transfers
  • All coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • An expert local walking guide