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Como, Garda, Maggiore… these iconic lakes of Northern Italy are famous for their chic towns, dramatic shorelines, and lavish villas set against breathtaking landscapes. But our tour goes beyond the regular tourist sights, showcasing the very best of all three lakes and then some! How? Well, by going on hikes around and above them—searching for the best high-point views and natural wonders. Obviously that does not exclude scenic ferry and cable car rides, sightseeing in historic towns, and enjoying incredible Italian cuisine and wines and staying in great accommodation. Over 10 days, these walking holidays across Italy’s iconic lake trio promise a seamless blend of hiking and cultural exploration without the hassle of logistics or the need for weeks of preparation.

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  • Scenic hikes

    Traverse scenic trails and soak in the best panoramic views of Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore

  • Northern Italian culture

    Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of historic towns like Como, Bellagio, and Brescia, exploring iconic landmarks, vibrant local culture, and incredible cuisine.

  • Hassle-free experience

    Accommodation, meals, transportation, and daily guided tours allow you to focus solely on enjoying the stunning landscapes and cultural experiences of Italy’s iconic lakes.

Itinerary

Explore the iconic lakes of Northern Italy—Como, Garda, and Maggiore—on these 10-day walking holidays. Immerse yourself in the charm of chic towns, stunning shorelines, and lavish villas amidst breathtaking landscapes. Embark on invigorating hikes around and above the lakes, enjoy scenic ferry and cable car rides, indulge in incredible Italian cuisine and stay in quality accommodation. With seamless logistics and expert guides, experience a perfect blend of hiking and cultural exploration across these legendary lakes.

  • Upon your arrival in Milan, immerse ourselves in the bustling energy of this cosmopolitan city, known as Italy’s vibrant fashion capital. After exploring Milan, we embark on a scenic train journey to Laveno, a charming lakeside town nestled on the shores of Lake Maggiore. As we settle into our accommodations, we take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade, soaking in the stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

    Vedute of the Italian town of Laveno by Lake Maggiore.
  • We board a ferry from Laveno to Baveno, treating ourselves to a delightful cruise across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Maggiore. Upon arrival in Baveno, we embark on an exhilarating hike to Monte Crocino, traversing forested trails and rocky ridges. Along the way, we are rewarded with panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and the picturesque shoreline below, making for unforgettable memories.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 10 km (6.2 miles)
    Elevation: +800 m / -800 m (+2,625 ft / -2,625 ft)

    Vedute of Baveno, an Italian town by Lake Maggiore.
  • Our day begins with a thrilling ride on the cable-car to the summit of Sasso del Ferro, where we enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding Alps. From there, we embark on a scenic hike from Pizzo di Laveno to Virasca. Along the way, we immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of the region. Afterward, we go to our accommodation and enjoy dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 14 km (8.7 miles)
    Elevation: +400 m / -900 m (+1,312 ft / -2,953 ft)

    View from Sasso del Ferro, above lake Maggiore, Italy.
  • Today, we bid farewell to Laveno as we travel by train to Como, a charming lakeside city nestled at the southern tip of Lake Como. Upon arrival, we’ll spend the day exploring Como’s historic center, strolling along its scenic waterfront promenades, and visiting iconic landmarks such as the Como Cathedral and the Villa Olmo.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

    Como, a lakeside town in Italy and its waterfront.
  • Today, we’ll first embark on a picturesque ferry ride from Como to Roiano, savoring the stunning views of Lake Como along the way. Our hike takes us from Monte Colmegnone to Urio, where we traverse gorgeous trails and lush forests. As we ascend to higher elevations, we are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding countryside.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 14 km (8.7 miles)
    Elevation: +1,100 m / -1,100 m (+3,609 ft / -3,609 ft)

    Ferry on Lake Como, Italy.
  • A scenic ferry ride from Como to Casate awaits us in the morning, offering panoramic views of Lake Como’s tranquil waters and picturesque shoreline. Upon arrival, we explore the charming town of Bellagio, known for its historic architecture, vibrant culture, and stunning botanical gardens. We wander through its quaint streets, soaking in the beauty of this picturesque lakeside gem.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 12 km (7.5 miles)
    Elevation: +800 m / -800 m (+2,625 ft / -2,625 ft)

    Vedute of Bellagio, an Italian town by Lake Como.
  • We travel by train from Como to Brescia, a historic city renowned for its rich cultural heritage and medieval architecture. Upon arrival, we transfer to Toscolano-Maderno, a picturesque lakeside town nestled on the shores of Lake Garda. Here, we enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade, taking in the stunning views of the lake and indulging in a typical Italian aperitif.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

    Promenade of Toscolano-Maderno, by lake Como.
  • Embarking on a scenic hike from Toscolano to Monte Castello di Gaino, we traverse lush forests and rugged mountain trails. As we ascend to higher elevations, panoramic views of Lake Garda and the surrounding countryside greet us. Amidst the stunning landscapes, we make lasting memories of our adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 15 km (9.3 miles)
    Elevation: +900 m / -900 m (+2,953 ft / -2,953 ft)

    Monte Castello di Gaiano as seen from Toscolano-Maderno.
  • A ferry ride from Toscolano to Campione kicks off yet another day of exploring the great lakes of Italy, treating us to breathtaking views of Lake Garda. Our trek to Tremosine unveils stunning vistas and the famous “scaring terrace” overlooking the lake. Captivated by the dramatic cliffs and rugged terrain, we immerse ourselves in the sheer beauty of our surroundings before dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 12 km (7.5 miles)
    Elevation: +600 m / -600 m (+1,969 ft / -1,969 ft)

    Dramatic shoreline of Tremosine, by Lake Garda.
  • Our journey concludes as we get transferred by private transport from Toscolano to Brescia. From there, we journey by train back to Milan, bidding farewell to the great lakes of Italy as we depart for home or our next destination, cherishing the memories of our unforgettable adventure amidst the stunning landscapes of Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Cathedral in Brescia, Italy.
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Meet your guides

Guido
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Guido
Guido is an expert mountaineer and founder of Freemotion Trekking Italia. In addition to having covered thousands of kilometers everywhere in the Dolomites, Guido has a deep knowledge of them. Beyond the Dolomites, he leads tours in the Lake Garda area, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and Sicily. In his company, you can learn many interesting things about the "most beautiful mountains in the world" and other gorgeous places in Italy.
Freemotion Trekking Italia
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Freemotion Trekking Italia
Freemotion Trekking Italia
Freemotion Trekking Italia is a passionate team of Mountain and Hiking Guides based in the heart of the Dolomites. Beyond the rugged beauty of the Dolomites, we offer immersive hiking tours in some of Italy's most stunning locations, including the Amalfi Coast, Lake Garda, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Sicily. With years of experience guiding people of all ages and backgrounds, safety is our top priority, but our commitment goes beyond that. We believe in enriching experiences that delve into the local culture and natural wonders of each destination. Our excursions are more than just walks; they're opportunities to connect with nature, learn about local traditions, and create lasting memories. From the moment you join us, expect a warm welcome and leave with a heartfelt hug, as we share our love for hiking and the beauty of Italy with you.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide and a local tourist guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 10-day walking holidays around Italian lakes of Como, Garda, and Maggiore
      • Accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels and B&Bs for the duration of the tour (9 nights), based on double occupancy
      • Breakfasts and dinners
      • Train/ferry/cable-car tickets
      • Private transfer from/to Brescia

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Milan
      • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
      • Aperitifs, wine, and coffee at bars and coffee shops, including drinks during dinners
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — recommended
  • To participate in our guided walking holidays around famous Italian lakes, you should have a moderate level of fitness and be comfortable with full-day hikes. You should be able to maintain a stable and safe pace and not have a strong fear of heights. The hiking tour across lakes Maggiore, Como, and Garda involves covering between 6 and 9 miles (10-15 km) each day, with hiking durations of approximately 4 to 6 hours. While there may be some challenging sections along the way, you’ll always have a guide by your side to set the appropriate pace, ensure regular breaks, and ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone in the group. It is also worth mentioning that some days are reserved solely for transfers and sightseeing, ensuring the right balance between hiking and regular holiday activities.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items you may need during the day (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support
      • Comfortable hiking clothes, both short-sleeved and long-sleeved, to last you for a week
      • Midlayer or fleece
      • Waterproof lightweight rain jacket
      • Casual clothes for when you’re not hiking
      • Swimsuit
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Bring comfortable clothes appropriate for the season. We suggest checking the forecast and adjusting your list accordingly. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this group adventure, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 12:1. You will either be led by a hiking or a tourist guide, depending on the activity.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate.

    This hiking tour around the Great Italian Lakes of Como, Garda, and Maggiore can be arranged for private and for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Milan, most people fly into Milan Malpensa Airport, which is connected to the city center via a regular railway like (Malpensa Express).

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best time to meet, usually at the Milan train station in the early afternoon, which is a 50-minute train ride from the airport.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the trails, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The deposit is fully refundable in the first 48 hours. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus the deposit.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
      • Booking fees are non-refundable.
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