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2019 Rates & Dates
April 6 – 13, 2019: 7 nights from $2350
August 31- September 7, 2019: $2450
Single Supplement: $495
Guaranteed departures
Program subject to change.
2019 Veneto Extension
Padua, Verona, Venice
3 night extension following Blue Walk Italy
April 13 – 16, 2019
$995 based on double occupancy
$350 single supplement

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Blue Walk Italy Walking Tour Vacation

Rapallo – Cinque Terre – Portofino – Bellagio – Lenno – Lake Como

Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como Blue Walk Italy European walking tour vacation

Experience Italy’s less visited gems!

Find an authentic Italy of today steeped in rich beauty and a colorful past. Our Blue Walk Italy walking tour vacation is an idyllic combination for those who have seen the big cities of Italy or want to do something unique and very special. Arrive to northern Italy’s Milan. Then travel by rail to the little known harbor town of Rapallo. From there we will stage visits to Portofino and Cinque Terre. After soaking in the beauty of the Italian seaside, we spend the second half of our tour on the shores of serene Lake Como.

Discover the Italian Riviera

Our Italy walking tour begins in the cosmopolitan city of Milan. We will visit Milan’s famous Duomo and the nearby Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Then we’ll christen our time Milanese-style with the Italian ritual of aperitivo. (It’s similar to the American happy hour, but so much more.) Next day, we travel together by rail to Rapallo on the lovely Italian Riviera. Rapallo is a charming harbor town with a sunny promenade, sea views, and historic city center. Lovely all on it’s own, Rapallo is the perfect base to explore the five coastal villages of Cinque Terre in one direction and gorgeous Portofino in the other. The options for sightseeing are plentiful, and we offer guided as well as additional self-guided coastal walks and wanders. Our Italy walking tour’s Rapallo hotel is a family-owned 4-star perfectly situated in the center of it all.

 

Exploring Cinque Terre: A hop-on hop-off train connects the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre. For those who would like to earn the views, optional walk/hikes can also take you from town to town.

Cruise Luxurious Lake Como

The next stop on our leisurely walking vacation is Lake Como. Via train and a short ferry ride we arrive to the posh village of Bellagio, referred to as the “Pearl of the Lake”, or the laid-back village of Lenno. Both offer tranquil lake views surrounded by the wooded, towering pre-Alps. At our handsome lakefront hotel we will enjoy a welcome aperitivo on the terrace. Bellagio’s beautifully restored, centuries-old buildings and array of artisan shops deserve a day to explore all on their own.

We have a very popular Italian cooking class option where you can try your hand at making some of the wonderful dishes you’ve enjoyed along the way. And of course you’ll have to save room for a tasty gelato. Optional lakeside walks allow you to discover ancient lake-side paths. If you’d prefer to raise your elevation, professional mountain guides may be hired to lead the way.

The remainder of your Italy walking tour may be spent exploring Lake Como and nearby towns by ferry, stopping here and there to stroll the promenades. You will have time to visit to the stately Villa del Balbianello (as seen in the James Bond film Casino Royale) or picturesque Villa Carlotta. On our final evening we will gather for a farewell dinner to enjoy a final glass of wine and recall adventures achieved.

Stay for the Veneto Extension (April 2019 only)

Padua, Verona, Venice

Is a week just not enough? We’ve got you covered. Join us for a 3-night guided extension to the Veneto region. We will travel by rail from Lake Como to Padua. There, we check into our welcoming, family run hotel in the beautiful historic center. The oldest city in northern Italy, Padua is an ancient town with winding, arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze. It is situated perfectly with Verona to the west and Venice to the east. By rail we will visit magical Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The next day we travel the short 25 miles to Venice for a day to wander its picturesque streets and tranquil canals. On our last evening we will share a meal to say goodbye and savor the flavors and memories of this wonderful region.

Join us for a fun, relaxing, and delicious vacation in beautiful Italy!

Buildings in the Mediterranean Blue Walk Italy walking tour vacation European
View of Bellagio at night, twilight, water Blue Walk Italy European walking vacation

Blue Walk Italy Walking Tour: What to expect

What’s included in Milan: (2019 tours)

  • One night at our 4-star hotel in Milan
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Guided travel via metro to Piazza Duomo
  • Guided travel by train to Rapallo
  • Welcome aperitivo or gelato
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

What’s included in Rapallo:

  • Three nights at our 4-star waterfront family-owned hotel in Rapallo
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • Seaside orientation walk in Rapallo with time to ride the funicular for spectacular coastal views
  • Stunning guided coastal walk from Rapallo to Portofino
  • Return from Portofino back to Rapallo by bus or coastal ferry
  • Round-trip train from Rapallo to Cinque Terre to visit the towns
  • Optional self-guided hikes between its famous seaside towns
  • All hotel taxes and service fees.

What’s included in Lake Como:

  • Train transportation from Rapallo to Lake Como
  • Three nights in our favorite central lakefront hotel in Bellagio or Lenno
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome wine tasting & aperitivo
  • Orientation walk to get to know your neighborhood
  • An all day mid-lake ferry pass
  • Visit to Menaggio, with a guided seaside walk
  • Optional cooking class
  • Optional visit to Villa Carlotta and/or Villa del Balbianello
  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the program
  • Farewell dinner
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
  • Onward travel not included

What’s included in Blue Walk Italy Veneto extension:

  • 3 nights at our 4-star hotel in Padua’s historic center
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • Guided orientation walks
  • Ferry from Bellagio or Lenno to Varenna
  • Train from Varenna to Padua
  • Lunch in Padua
  • Train from Padua to Verona roundtrip
  • Train from Padua to Venice roundtrip
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Onward travel not included

Airfare is not included, and all programs are subject to change.

Cinque Terre Blue Walk Italy European walking vacation

Where in the World?

The Italian Riviera, synonymous with Italy’s Liguria region, is a crescent-shaped strip of Mediterranean coastline between the south of France and Tuscany. Its eastern half, the Riviera di Levante, is defined by its rugged cliffs, turquoise coves and pastel seaside towns, including the Cinque Terre fishing villages, and it’s stylish resort areas including Portofino. Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is an upscale resort area known for its deep-blue waters set against the rugged, forested foothills of the Alps and coastlines dotted with colorful Mediterranean Villas. Both are ideal locations for your Italy walking tour vacation.

Map of Blue Walk Italy walking tours vacation region: Italian Riviera and Lake Como