Italy Walking Tour Liguria and Lake Como

Explore Rapallo, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Bellagio and more by foot, ferry and rail
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Wonderful Walks, Unique Destinations, Lots of Laughter

Dates

April 21-28, 2024

May 11-18, 2025

Sep 28-Oct 5, 2025

    Cost: from $3095 based on double occupancy
    Single Supplement: $595
    Max Group Size: 12

October  7-14, 2024*  SOLD OUT (waiting list available)

    Cost: from $3395 based on double occupancy
    Single Supplement: $745
    Max Group Size: 10
    * Special itinerary: 4 nights in Rapallo, 3 in Lake Como (all nights in 4-star sea view or lake view room)
Duration: 7 nights
Start: Milan, Italy
End: Lake Como, Italy
Sites: Milan, Rapallo, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Bellagio, Varenna, and Lenno
All prices in US dollars, land only. Solo traveler roomshares available. Program subject to change.

Italy Walking Tour on the Italian Riviera and Lake Como

Experience Italy’s less visited gems! Find an authentic Italy of today steeped in rich beauty and a colorful past. Our Italy walking tour on the Italian Riviera and Lake Como is an idyllic vacation for those who have seen the big cities of Italy or want to do something unique and very special. Together we will walk between Mediterranean towns and lakeside villages. We will travel coastal paths and ancient Roman trails. Beautiful views and generous hospitality will welcome our small group of travelers. Of course wonderful tastes of the region will sustain us along the way.

Overview

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Milan and The Riviera

Our Italy walking tour begins in the cosmopolitan city of Milan. First we will visit Milan’s famous Piazza Duomo and the nearby Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. There we’ll christen our time Milanese-style with and artisan gelato or the Italian ritual of aperitivo (It’s similar to an American happy hour, but so much more).

Next, 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 on its own, Rapallo is the perfect base to explore the coastal villages of Cinque Terre in one direction and gorgeous Portofino in the other. The options for sightseeing are plentiful. We offer guided as well as additional self-guided coastal walks and wanders. Our Italy walking tour Rapallo hotel is a family-owned 4-star perfectly situated in the center of it all.

Lake Como and Villages

After Rapallo, the next stop on our leisurely walking tour is Lake Como. Via private transfer we arrive at 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. 

Colorful, centuries-old buildings and an array of artisan shops and restaurants make up the many villages dotting the lakeshore. We will visit Bellagio, Varenna, and Lenno, stopping here and there to stroll the promenades. You will have time to visit the stately Villa del Balbianello (as seen in the James Bond film Casino Royale) or picturesque Villa Monastero. The ferries that criss-cross the lake make hopping between villages a breeze. 

Our lakeside walks allow you to discover quiet paths and unique views. If you’d prefer to raise your elevation, professional mountain guides may be hired to lead the way. On our final evening we will gather for a farewell dinner to enjoy a final glass of wine and recall adventures achieved.

While on Lake Como, we have a very popular Italian cooking class option. Here you can try your hand at making some of the wonderful dishes you’ve enjoyed along the way. Of course you’ll have to save room for a tasty gelato. 

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

Thank you for such an amazing tour. We loved it – every walk, every hotel, and every meal. You did a great job and went way beyond.

Jackie and Mark Curley

Boston, MA

What You’ll Love

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1. Planning with Care

We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation.

2. Small groups

With a maximum group size of 12, we travel places large tour groups can’t.

3. Unique Itineraries

Visit destinations exclusively chosen for their beauty, charm, and authenticity.

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Inclusions

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Milan*:

  • 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

* Our October group will transfer to Rapallo on the first day and will not have a night in Milan

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 (weather permitting)
  • 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.

* Our October group will stay in a 4-star waterfront hotel with a sea view room

Lake Como*:

  • Private transfer from Rapallo to Lake Como
  • Three nights in our favorite central lakefront hotel in Bellagio, Lenno, or Varenna
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome aperitivo
  • Orientation walk to get to know your neighborhood
  • Optional cooking class
  • An all day mid-lake ferry pass
  • Guided walk to town of Argegno
  • Optional funivia ride for outstanding views of the lake
  • 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

* Our October group will stay in a 4-star lakefront hotel with a lake view room and small balcony

Onward travel and airfare is not included, and all programs are subject to change.

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Example Itinerary

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Program subject to change

Milan, Italy busy sidewalk scene at dusk

Day 1

Arrive at our hotel in Milan near Centrale Station. First, a welcome meeting gives an overview of the week. Then we take the metro to visit the famous Piazza Duomo. Before heading back we’ll cristen our time together with an aperitivo or gelato treat.

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Day 2

Begin the day early with a train ride to Rapallo. Then, an orientation walk ends with a panoramic funivia ride. A walk through the woods reveals a family-run pension. There we’ll share our welcome meal looking over Portofino. Finally, return to Rapallo for an evening at leisure.

 

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Day 3

Our Italy walking tour will spend a day in the Cinque Terre. Together we will explore the coastal villages by foot and by rail. If you are feeling ambitious self-guided hikes between the villages offer amazing views. With your included pass you may return to Rapallo with the group or at your leisure.

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Day 4

First your Italy walking tour follows the spectacular coastline between colorful Santa Margherita Ligure and famous Portofino. Then, when you are ready, return to Rapallo by a scenic ferry ride. Later, we’ll gather for a food and wine tasting of local specialties.

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Day 5

Begin the day with a transfer to Lake Como at the foot of the Italian Alps. Next, an orientation walk of Bellagio will introduce your new neighborhood. Afterwards stretch your legs with a walk around town or along the lakeshore promenade. 

 

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Day 6

An early ferry takes us across the lake to Lenno. Some may take part in our popular hands-on cooking class. Others may choose to travel back in time with walk along the Roman footpaths included in the Lake Como Greenway.  Return to Bellagio in the afternoon.

Villa Monastero Varenna Lake Como Italy art workshop

Day 7

In the morning a short ferry ride carries across the lake to Varenna. First a stroll through the village to the stunning Villa Monastero. After, wander the grounds and village at your leisure. Later enjoy our farewell meal at an intimate lakeside trattoria. 

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Day 8

Finally it is time to say goodbye. There are no group activities planned on this day. You may depart at any time. The hotel will hold your bags if your depature is after checkout.

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Discover Italy’s lesser known gems

We use the regional trains to travel between the villages of Cinque Terre. If you’d like to earn the views, there are also optional self-guided hikes between the villages.

Where in the World?

Italy has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine while remaining utterly true to its traditions. Our walking or art workshop vacation will tour Italy's northern regions. First, our small group meets in Milan, the center of global fashion and design. Next, we explore the sunny Italian Riviera in Liguria. Finally, our vacation ends in the serene foothills of the Alps and stunning Lake Como.

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Airport Information

Three international airports serve Milan: Malpensa, Linate, and Bergamo. Malpensa Airport (MXP) is the largest. It usually has the best connections for North American cities. Also, MXP is well connected to Milano Centrale Station by both train and airport busses. You may find information on how to get to Milan from the airport on our blog.

Linate Airport (LIN) is the closest airport to the city. It is located just 7km away from Milano Centrale. From LIN an airport bus can bring you directly to the station.

Bergamo Airport (BGY) is a great choice for anyone traveling on low cost, regional airlines. Specifically, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air offer regular flights to and from Bergamo. Bergamo is also served by shuttles and public transport to Milan’s center.

For departures, we advise arriving to the airport at least 3 hours early for non-european final destinations and at least 2 hours prior for flights within Europe.

Malpensa is located closer to Lake Como than Linate. From Como, Malpensa also enjoys more frequent and better train connections than Bergamo. Generally speaking, you will find it most convenient and cost effective to fly in and out of Malpensa Airport.

Important Notes

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Deposits

Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program. 

You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.

Solo travelers and single supplements

For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.

If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.

A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.

Fitness

Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)

As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking  poles on familiar paths first.

 

For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.

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