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Como & Lugano Lakes Walking Tour

7 nights

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Join this walking tour around the beautiful Como and Lugano Lakes in Italy

The Como and Lugano Lakes Walking tour is a breathtaking hiking experience in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, exploring the excellent scenery around Lake Como and Lake Lugano.

You’ll start the Como and Lugano Lakes Walking Tour in Menaggio, a lakeside town with stellar mountain views. Walking along the lakeshore takes you to Varenna, where the classic architecture and the lake views will compete for your attention. Each town you walk through will surprise you with its unique culture and atmosphere. Ascending into the mountains gives you birds-eye views of the shimmering lakes, and you’ll be a stone’s throw from Switzerland. Relax in mountain huts, and then dip down into meadows and forests. By the time you arrive in Porlezza by the end of the Como and Lugano Lakes Walking Tour, you won’t ever want to leave. Book your spot and trek the stunning Lombardy region now!

Highlights of the Como & Lugano Lakes Walking Tour

Hike high into the mountains of the stunning Lombardy region.
Trek the trails surrounding the incredible Lake Como and Lake Lugano.
Experience the rich culture and beauty of the region, including grand villas and lush gardens.
Explore beautiful towns and villages with extensive history and friendly locals.

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From $825USD
8 days / 7 nights
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Self-Guided
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Como and Lugano Lakes Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Menaggio

You’ll start your hiking tour of Lombardy in Menaggio, a lakeside town with a beautiful mountain view. Take some time to relax in the town centre or take a walk through the neighbouring forest. Villa Carlotta nearby has incredible gardens that are definitely worth your time.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Menaggio
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Walk from Varenna to Dervio

Start your hiking tour of Lombardy with a more relaxed trip around the eastern side of Lake Como along Sentiero del Viandante, “The Wayfarer’s Path.” The landscape you’ll pass is exceptional, and the views are picture-perfect. You can make a quick trip up to the castle in Vezio, which is definitely worth it!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Menaggio
Distance: 5 hours, 12.4 km, 637m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Choice of walks

For the next few days, you can pick between three walks to complete on whichever day you prefer. The first walk is a loop walk that passes through the Val Sanagra nature reserve, a lesser-explored area with a storied history. You’ll walk to Loveno, a villa-clad town, and then along the Sanagra stream, which flows from high in the mountains. Resist the urge to take a dip- it’s chilly! Next, you’ll explore Barna, a hamlet with an incredibly peaceful, slow pace of life.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Menaggio
Distance: 15.5 km, 40m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Choice of walks

The next walk you can choose starts in Breglia, and then continues up two of the highest peaks in the area, Monte Grona and Monte Bregagnino. This means you get birds-eye views of the three lakes in the area and the surrounding villages. On a clear day, enjoy the view of the Alps in the distance.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Menaggio
Distance: 6.5 hours, 14 km, 1000m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Choice of walks

The final walk you can choose for days 3-5 follows the Antica Strada Regina on the west side of Lake Como. The route was built by the Romans, and connects Lake Como with several alpine passes. You’ll walk along cobblestone to Rexxonico, where the views of the lake are exceptional.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Menaggio
Distance: 3 hours, 9 km, 330m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Walk from Cavargna to Porlezza

Start the morning with a private transfer to Cavargna, which sits high on a hill. You’ll climb up to the Church of Saint Lucio, which straddles the border of Italy and Switzerland. Pop over to the other side and snap a photo! Then, you’ll hike to Monti, a remote hamlet normally only accessible by land rover. Descend to Molzano, where the trail is flanked by mountains and leads to clear views of Lake Como and Lake Lugano.

The last section of today’s hike follows a trail through the woods and meadows to Porlezza, and this section of the path is spectacular. Soak it in and make sure to snap some photos, as this is one of the highlights of the area!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Porlezza
Distance: 5 hours, 16.5 km, 600m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Walk from Porlezza to San Mamete

The final full day of the Lombardy Cuomo & Lugano Lakes Tour takes you up into the mountains above Lugano Lake. You’ll pass waterfalls, forests, and small villages almost too perfect to be real. The ascent is tough, but you’ll be rewarded with excellent views from Alpe Vecchio, the mountain hut on the plateau. If your knees hold up on the way down, you’ll make it back to San Mamete with time to relax a moment before the bus takes you to Porlezza for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Porlezza
Distance: 5 hours, 11.3 km, 1100m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Arriverderci, Porlezza!

Savour a last breakfast in Lombardy looking over the lake before starting your travels home.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Como and Lugano Lakes Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour of Lombardy is always run as a custom tour for your group only, therefore the prices depend on the season and whether you are staying in a single, double or a triple room.

The best time to travel to Italy for the Como and Lugano Lakes Walking tour is from April-October, however, July and April tend to get hot.

Prices of Self-guided Como and Lugano Lakes Walking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! The departure is available at any day of the week. Prices below are per person:

Departure on April 1st – 26th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,095 USD
  • Price per person staying in a double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $925 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers):$875 USD

Departure on April 27th – May 27th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,095 USD
  • Price per person staying in a double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers):$925 USD

Departure on May 28th – September 30th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,295 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,175 USD
  • Price per person staying in a double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $1,050 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers):$995 USD

Departure on October 1st – 25th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in a double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $895 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers):$825 USD
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Accommodation on the Como and Lugano Lakes Walking Tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels and B&Bs. The hotels offer pleasant rooms with ensuite bathrooms and excellent locations. Rooms are standard, double occupancy, and you can upgrade the accommodation at Mennagio to the lake view with an extra charge.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Solo travellers must pay a supplement that varies based on the season (please inquire to find out more). However, it’s definitely possible to match single travellers up.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Bellavista in Menaggio ★★★

Hotel Bellavista enjoys wonderful views, and guests can enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi, and a great restaurant.

Hotel Europa in Porlezza ★★★

Hotel Europa is just 5 minutes from the beach and offers a private garden, gym, and swimming pool. Rooms are equipped with TVs and free WiFi.

What’s included in the Como and Lugano Lakes Walking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes one personal transfer from Menaggio to Cavargna on day 6, with a luggage transfer to Porlezza. You are in charge of all the other transfers, such as ferry or train tickets.

Also Included

  • Route guides and notes
  • Maps and detailed information packs
  • 24/7 telephone guidance and support

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Trains, boats, and busses wherever required
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes
  • Personal equipment

Optional Extras

  • Any additional nights before or after tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Room with a Lake View while staying in Menaggio (please enquire for the prices)

Frequently Asked Questions about Como & Lugano Lakes Walking Tour

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will walk moderate distances with occasional steep incline, but routes are easy to follow and well-maintained.

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