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The Italian Lakes Walking Tour awaits you on this hand-crafted Story Walks' Adventure through Italy.

STORY WALKS: 7 Day Italian Lakes Adventure

This Story Walks' Adventure Features:


Journey Overview

“It’s truly a magical and enchanting itinerary with walks that can be described as simply Majestic. We’re so pleased we chose to walk with Story on their premiere itinerary – Grazie! — Mike & Debbie”

WALKING TOUR CHARACTER: Moderate, 2 to 4 miles daily on average.
Group size: No more than 16 guests who love exploring and meeting new people.

TRIP COMMENCES: Milan MXP Airport with included airport arrival transfer onward to Bellagio, Italy (fly into Milan MXP)

TRIP FINALE: Stresa, Italy with included airport departure transfer to Milan MXP Airport

ADD AIRFARE: Check with our Air Service Department to inquire about competitive round-trip airfare rates. Visit Air Service for an airfare quotation with your walking tour.

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY: Majestic mountains known as the pre-Alps on the horizon encase the valley of Lake Como, and the jewel of Stresa on Lake Maggiore is the accent of the Borromees island chain which in and of itself rings beauty.

 

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1: Your Overnight Flight
Fly from your home airport to Milan MXP International airport.

DAY 2: Milan to Bellagio
Welcome to Lake Como and Far North Italy.

DAY 3: Walking Lake Como: The Grigna
Discovering one of Lake Como’s best kept secrets.

DAY 4: Il Rogolone & Bosco Imperos
We take a trail today that is one of the most scenic in all our collection of walking tours!

DAY 5: Lugano
Today we start with a cog railway ride up to the top of Monte Bre’ for the best view of the lagoon of Lugano.

DAY 6: Stresa | Included option of the Cardona Line
Day at leisure.

DAY 7: Arrivederci Day
Farewell until our next tour together!


Daily Itinerary

Flight Day

Day 1: Your Overnight Transatlantic Flight

Fly from your home airport to Milan International airport.

Note: Day 1 is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel. Your small group tour commences on itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Milan.

Can we help you with your Airfare? 
Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the STORY Land & Sea air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination on time regardless of whether STORY Land & Sea has arranged your air.

At the end of the Italian Lakes Walking Tour you should set your flight to return from Milan Malpensa. Inquire for details on your trip planning.

 

Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.



Bellagio on Lake Como

Day 2: MILAN TO BELLAGIO

Gaiole in Chianti
Bellagio Port on Lake Como, Italy

food icon   Story® Way Dining: Welcome Dinner Tonight

Upon arrival to the airport, you clear customs and are met by our Story Representative for the included transfer to Bellagio, our home the next two evenings.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT
Join your Story Adventure Guide for our Orientation Walkabout on your arrival day. 

Welcome to Lake Como and Far North Italy
The Lake District, as it is known, is one of the most splendidly beautiful areas in Northern Italy.

Fall under the spell of Lake Como and her beauty as so many have including the likes of American actor George Clooney.

Story Way® Dining: Welcome to Bellagio
Enjoy a feast created by one of Italy’s Top 10 Chefs and hosted by your friendly and entertaining Story Adventure Guide to kick off the journey with our included welcome dinner.

About the Story® Way of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we’re traveling through. We call this, parla come mangia or ‘speak the language of your food.’ From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it’s truly an immersion into authentic Italian food and wine. No buffets here. Your Story Adventure Guide is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. Your Story Adventure Guide will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your vino from the estate ~ a variety of red and white wine from the best regions of Italy ~ and yes, “the wine flows.” It’s an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience.

Our hotel boasts gorgeous views.

Accommodation: Grand Villa Serbelloni or similar, 2 Nights

 

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WALKING LAKE COMO: The Grigna

Day 3: Today’s Walks on Lake Como

Chianti

food icon  Dining: Included Breakfast and Optional Dinner.

Discovering one of Lake Como’s best kept secrets is the surrounding mountains and the trails that explore these hidden jewels. We begin our journey this morning with a short ferry ride to the town of Varenna, gateway to The Grigna (pronounced green-ya). Although it is not the highest mountain in the Lake Como area (that prize goes to Monte Legnone), the Grigna is by far the most prominent.

Varenna is sometimes referred to as ‘the Pearl of Lake Como,’ and we enjoy the beginning of our trek through the village. It’s a beautiful waterfront village opposite Bellagio and includes colorfully-painted houses and structures as well as a castle.

The Grigna is part of a mountain massif (a massif is a compact group of mountains, especially one that is separate from other groups) rising up from the eastern leg of Lake Como. It extends from the towns of Bellano to Lecco. The massif has two distinct peaks: the Grigna Settentrionale (North Grigna) and the Grigna Meridionale (South Grigna). The Grigna Settentrionale (also known as just Grigna or Grignone) reaches 7,907 feet above sea level. The Grigna Meridionale (also known as Grignetta) is a slightly lower at 7,142 feet.

Character of the Morning Walk: Today’s hike is a pleasant ramble through high alpine environment of the Grigna Massif. Traverse beneath the Piancaformia ridge to the Rifugio Bietti for lunch with views of the high surrounding peaks of the Alps in the distance and the lake below.

We return to Varenna for an optional dinner at a local hole-in-the-wall that you will absolutely love or you can easily return at your leisure by ferry to Bellagio.



IL ROGOLONE & BOSCO IMPERO

Day 4

food icon   Dining: Included Breakfast and Story® Way Dining: Welcome to Lugano

Our Walk: We take a trail today that is one of the most scenic in all of our collection of walking tours! We transfer to Menaggio and on to Codogna to start our walk. We embark and almost immediately enjoy fantastic views of the Monte di Tremezzo to the south. It’s a virtual walker’s paradise almost instantly.

We make our way up an easy but steep climb up out of the woods to a pasture and before us is presented the large oak, Il Rogolone. Over 300 years old, the oak provides a wonderful shade and monument.

We continue on to Bosco Impero for one of the most fantastic views in all the land. See the hills of Monte Calbiga and the Lago di Piano with Lago di Lugano in the distance. Amazing.

Character of the Walk: Enjoy a flat gradient for the first portions along our trail. The trail will narrows at time but nothing to compete with the beauty. About 2.5 to 3 Miles with a walk-rating of Moderate to Challenging (Beautiful!).

We are met by our driver and transferred to our hotel in Lugano, our home for the night.

Lugano, Switzerland

San Gimignano
Lugano, Switzerland

WELCOME TO LUGANO
Lugano is lively and modern but also filled with grand history. It boasts a large pedestrian area with its historic center. Check in, freshen up and then join the Story Adventure Guide to a delightful dinner.

Story® Way Dining:
Tonight enjoy an included dinner at one of our favorite local hangouts in the Swiss village.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola or similar, 1 Night

 

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Stresa on Lake Maggiore

Day 5: Lugano to Stresa

Siena
Monte Bré, Lugano, Switzerland

food icon   Dining: Included Breakfast
star icon   Story® Exclusive

Today’s Walk: We’ll start with a cog railway ride up to the top of Monte Bré for the best view of the lagoon of Lugano. Then we are set for a view-filled walk down the mountain.

Character of the Walk: Descending from Monte Bré to the base enjoys a walk-rating of Easy.

We meet our driver and transfer to Lake Maggiore for our included private boat trek to Stresa and our hotel, our home for the next two evenings.

Welcome to Stresa. 
The town of Stresa clings to the shoreline of Lake Maggiore and boasts a string of stately lakeside hotels. Ernest Hemingway set part of his novel, A Farewell to Arms, in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees, where we enjoy a lovely perspective on beautiful Lake Maggiore.

Your luggage is ‘magically’ transferred to your hotel and will be waiting for you once the rooms are ready. Balance of the day is at leisure until our included reception.

Story’s Exclusive:  Enjoy a reception on the shores of Lake Maggiore with your Story Adventure Guide. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner or explore on your own.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees or similar, 2 Nights



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Stresa on Lake Maggiore

Day 6: Included Option of The Cardona Line

Montalcino
Lake Maggiore and Island Bella; at Stresa, north Italy

food icon   Dining: Included Breakfast and Story® Way Dining: Farewell Dinner

Enjoy the day at leisure. Remember, you may opt to join your Story Adventure Guide® for an optional (included at no extra cost of course) hike along the ‘Cordona Line.’

Today’s Walk: The Cardona Line
The extraordinary complex of military archaeology known as the Cadorna Line, which runs along the border between Italy and Switzerland, was a line of fortifications devised by Italian General Luigi Cadorna to protect the territory in the eventuality of attack from Austria-Germany during the First World War.  Between 1916 and 1918 thousands of men and women worked on the construction of this dense network of military mule-tracks, trenches,artillery positions, lookout posts, redoubts, first aid posts, logistical structures and command centers. 

Character of the Walk: We’ll transfer by vehicle first, and then start a hike that boasts great views and challenges keen hikers. Moderate Rating. 

Tonight, meet together for our Reception before our farewell dinner.

Story Way® Dining: Farewell Dinner
Join the Story Adventure Guide® for our included farewell dinner celebrating our journey together. It’s a night of exceptional cuisine and vino paired with reliving the adventure you’ve just experienced and even the possibility of dreaming of your next Story of Travel.


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Day 7: ARRIVIDERCI

food icon  Included Breakfast, time permitting

A complimentary departure transfer to Milan MXP Airport, or to your hotel in Milan if you are extending your stay, is included.

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Inquire with reservations for pricing and details.

Call toll free 1-877-865-6711

 


Deluxe Hotels & Relais

Our Luxury Bellagio Hotel - 2 Nights



Our Lugano Hotel - 1 Night



Stresa Hotel - 2 Nights



 

Story's Italian Lakes Walking Tour

A Luxury Walking Tour through Italy

Story's Small Group advantage means you are not waiting to get on and off big traditional sized tour buses, and you get to interact with our Story Adventure Guide and local Expert Guides more easily (not to mention our boutique hotels, skip-the-line sightseeing experiences and Story's signature Story® Way Dining and Story® Exclusives. See the world more easily and continue your Story of Travel with our small groups in Italy.

2019 Trip Departures

True Small-Group® means a Maximum of 16 guests. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $2,800

Walking Tour Published Date

True Small-Group®

Pricing Guarantee

 
May 6
$6,379
Jun 10
$6,379
Oct 7
$7,179
 

2020 Trip Departures

True Small-Group® means a Maximum of 16 guests. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $2,800

Published Date

True Small-Group®

Pricing Guarantee

 
May 4
$6,379
Jun 8
$6,379
Oct 5
$7,179
 

 

The Italian Lakes Walking Tour Includes:
  • All Breakfasts, 1 Gourmet Lunch, 3 Dinners with premium wine and beverages
  • Enjoy one of Italy’s Top 10 Chefs for our welcome dinner in Bellagio
  • All 5-Star hotel accommodation (upgrade to a suite if available, call for details)
  • Professional Story Adventure Guide throughout your journey.
  • Two complimentary lightweight, telescoping Trekking Poles.
  • Complimentary waterproof travel backpack and transformable multi-functional Waist Bag and Lightweight Daypack
  • Admissions, entrances and events while on tour.
  • All transportation from tour commencement to finalé.
  • Magic Portage from commencement to finalé.
  • Customary gratuities included. Story Adventure Guide gratuities optional.
  • Story® Exclusives

 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time Story Adventure Guide.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, 1 LUNCH AND 3 DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners with Wine and cocktails are included at unique restaurants.  

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $130 per bag. Story Land & Sea luggage tags given upon arrival at your first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED 
International Airfare is not included.

PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are Deluxe class categories (4 and 5-Star) you choose based on your preferences.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

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Guest Reviews

"...loved our 'story host' and was blown away each day by what we experienced. thanks!"


“It’s truly a magical and enchanting itinerary with walks that can be described as simply Majestic. We’re so pleased we chose to walk with Story on their premiere itinerary – Grazie! — Mike & Debbie”

“We were not avid hikers per se but enjoy walking a lot. The pace of the Story itinerary was just perfect. We enjoyed meeting new friends and are looking forward to walking with them on your Italian Lakes trip. Truly, a special thank you to Dan – stellar Story Adventure Guide!"
Grazie Danino!




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