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Dates: September 4 – 11, 2021 (7 nights) from $2650
May 29 – June 5, 2022
September 25 – October 2, 2022
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Rapallo and Lake Como, Italy
Cost: from $2650 (2022 pricing will be confirmed prior to deposit)
Solo Traveler Roomshares
Optional Single Supplement: $595
Program subject to change
All prices are in U.S. dollars based on double occupancy including taxes
Blue Walk Italy Walking Tour Vacation
Rapallo – Cinque Terre – Portofino – Bellagio – Lenno – Lake Como
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.
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.
Blue Walk Italy Walking Tour: What’s Included
What’s included in 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
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
- Optional cooking class
- An all day mid-lake ferry pass
- Guided walk to town of Argengo
- 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
- Private transfer Lake Como to Malpensa airport
Airfare is not included, and all programs are subject to change.
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.
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