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Walking the Italian Lakes: Tranquil Waters at the Foot of the Alps

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Program #17290RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
A couple days will be walks between 3300-3500 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Oct 3, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Europe.
In Transit: Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Europe.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: For three generations, the Hotel Ristornate Fiorentino has been owned and operated by a local family in the heart of Stresa. The hotel is in the beautiful Piemonte region, very close to the lake and with a beautiful view of the Borromee Islands.

Contact info:
Via A.M. Bolongaro, 9
Stresa (VB), 28838 Italy
phone: +39 0-323-3025 4
web: www.hotelfiorentino.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, garden restaurant, laundry services and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - ARRIVAL DAY IN ITALY
Note: Orientation stroll in Stresa - 1.5 hours. Field lecture on the Stresa area.

Arrive To: Upon arrival your Group Leader will meet you for the transfer by private coach to Stresa (656 feet, transfer time approx. 1 hour), the site for the first four nights of this program. Depending on arrival time, a light lunch will be served followed by an orientation stroll. Welcome reception and orientation prior to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Ristorante Fiorentino

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: For three generations, the Hotel Ristornate Fiorentino has been owned and operated by a local family in the heart of Stresa. The hotel is in the beautiful Piemonte region, very close to the lake and with a beautiful view of the Borromee Islands.

Contact info:
Via A.M. Bolongaro, 9
Stresa (VB), 28838 Italy
phone: +39 0-323-3025 4
web: www.hotelfiorentino.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, garden restaurant, laundry services and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - MONTE MOTTARONE-ISOLA BELLA
Note: 3.5 hours total walking and visiting (palace) time. Field lecture on Mount Mottarone formation and the Piedmont region.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning ride a cable car to the top of Mount Mottarone (4900 feet), considered one of the most beautiful natural balconies in the whole Piedmont region. Its geographical formation allows your gaze to sweep over 360° from the Po Valley to the summits of the Alps. The visitor's eye is struck by the summit of Monte Rosa and by great views of Lake Maggiore and Lake d’Orta below. Walk on comfortable trails on the top of the mountain and return to Stresa by cable car.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch take a boat ride to the Borromean Gulf. Excursion to one of these most famous islands, Isola Bella with its 18th century Borromean Palace with a perfectly preserved Baroque garden.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Ristorante Fiorentino

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: For three generations, the Hotel Ristornate Fiorentino has been owned and operated by a local family in the heart of Stresa. The hotel is in the beautiful Piemonte region, very close to the lake and with a beautiful view of the Borromee Islands.

Contact info:
Via A.M. Bolongaro, 9
Stresa (VB), 28838 Italy
phone: +39 0-323-3025 4
web: www.hotelfiorentino.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, garden restaurant, laundry services and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - ORTA SAN GIULIO & SACRO MONTE
Note: 3 hours total walking. Field lectures on the history of Orta and the sacred Monte d'Orta.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Today coach to Lake d'Orta and the town of Orta (961 feet) to begin the walking field trip around the picturesque streets of this little town and for an excursion to the sacred Monte d'Orta, a hilltop sanctuary built in 1500 A.D. and located in a special nature reserve.

Lunch: Picnic money will be provided.

Afternoon: Independent time in Orta to explore the center of town. Return to Stresa by coach.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Ristorante Fiorentino

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: For three generations, the Hotel Ristornate Fiorentino has been owned and operated by a local family in the heart of Stresa. The hotel is in the beautiful Piemonte region, very close to the lake and with a beautiful view of the Borromee Islands.

Contact info:
Via A.M. Bolongaro, 9
Stresa (VB), 28838 Italy
phone: +39 0-323-3025 4
web: www.hotelfiorentino.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, garden restaurant, laundry services and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - MAGOGNINO-HILSIDES OF LAGO MAGGIORE
Note: 3.5 hours total walking. Field lecture on the flora and geography of the Monte Croce area.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Today's walk begins right from the hotel. Walk along marked trails through wooded areas on uneven ground and undulating terrain around Monte Croce (1693 feet) and along the wooded hillsides south of Stresa. We will enjoy memorable views of Lago Maggiore.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Belgirate.

Afternoon: Optional walk to Lesa (one hour). Return to Stresa by public bus.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Ristorante Fiorentino

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Como in the center of Menaggio, the Hotel Bellavista is a stylish hotel that enjoys a magnificent panoramic view across the heart of the lake. Guests of the Hotel Bellavista have easy access to the ferry boat, water bus and local bus.

Contact info:
via IV Novembre, 21
Menaggio (Como), 22017 Italy
phone: +39 0344 32136
web: www.hotel-bellavista.org

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a veranda restaurant, bar, solarium, swimming pool, terrace, tea room and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, September 27 - GANDRIA - MENAGGIO TRANSFER DAY
Note: 2.5 hours total walking. Introduction field lectures regarding the area of Lake Como and the village of Menaggio.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Stresa hotel.

Morning: After breakfast leave Lake Maggiore behind and depart for Lake Como. Enroute there is a stop at Lugano (896 feet) for an effortless walk along the shore of Lago di Lugano to the quaint little village of Gandria.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the lakeshore before continuing on by coach.

Afternoon: Arrive in the afternoon in Menaggio (660 feet), the site for the next five nights. Check-in at the hotel followed by an orientation stroll through the center of town and along the lakeshore.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Evening: Welcome orientation.

Lodging: Hotel Bellavista

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Como in the center of Menaggio, the Hotel Bellavista is a stylish hotel that enjoys a magnificent panoramic view across the heart of the lake. Guests of the Hotel Bellavista have easy access to the ferry boat, water bus and local bus.

Contact info:
via IV Novembre, 21
Menaggio (Como), 22017 Italy
phone: +39 0344 32136
web: www.hotel-bellavista.org

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a veranda restaurant, bar, solarium, swimming pool, terrace, tea room and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, September 28 - SAN DOMENICO-LOVENO
Note: 3 hours total walking. Field lectures on the San Domenico "Place of Pilgrimage" and the history of the old and unspoiled village of Loveno.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning take a private coach to Breglia (2500 feet), a small mountain village, to begin the walking field trip on an easy circular trail that leads through the woods to the chapel of San Domenico (2700 feet) with spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Continue the walk to the Santuario della Madonna di Breglia before returning to the village of Breglia. From here transfer by private coach to Loveno for a walking excursion of this old and unspoiled little village with narrow cobbled streets and noble villas.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment.

Afternoon: After lunch, join a hands-on introduction to the Boccia game. Return to Menaggio on foot.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Bellavista

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Como in the center of Menaggio, the Hotel Bellavista is a stylish hotel that enjoys a magnificent panoramic view across the heart of the lake. Guests of the Hotel Bellavista have easy access to the ferry boat, water bus and local bus.

Contact info:
via IV Novembre, 21
Menaggio (Como), 22017 Italy
phone: +39 0344 32136
web: www.hotel-bellavista.org

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a veranda restaurant, bar, solarium, swimming pool, terrace, tea room and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, September 29 - VAL BREGAGLIA-SOGLIO-CHIAVENNA
Note: 4 hours total walking. Field lecture regarding the "ancient trading routes over the Alps" and Valley of Bregaglia. Another field lecture will inform you of the famous Giacometti brothers (painters and sculptors) in their home town of Stampa.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A private coach excursion on one of the ancient trading routes over the Alps leads away from the Lakes and over the border to Switzerland into the Valley of Bregaglia with its lovely landscape, characteristic houses and architectural monuments, testimonies of the once significant history of the valley. Stop at Stampa (3300 feet) where the famous Giacometti brothers (painters and sculptors) called home, from here walk on a rough goat trail with high uneven steps to Soglio (3600 feet), the most graceful village in the area, located on a sun terrace high above the valley offering memorable views.

Lunch: Picnic on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue the field trip down to Castasegna (2260 feet) at the border of Switzerland and Italy. Return to Menaggio by private coach with a stop at Chiavenna (1100 feet), geographical, cultural and economic center of the area.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Bellavista

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Como in the center of Menaggio, the Hotel Bellavista is a stylish hotel that enjoys a magnificent panoramic view across the heart of the lake. Guests of the Hotel Bellavista have easy access to the ferry boat, water bus and local bus.

Contact info:
via IV Novembre, 21
Menaggio (Como), 22017 Italy
phone: +39 0344 32136
web: www.hotel-bellavista.org

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a veranda restaurant, bar, solarium, swimming pool, terrace, tea room and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, September 30 - COMO-CITTADELLA SETA
Note: 2 hours of total walking. Field lecture will inform you of the history, culture and economics of Como.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning transfer by private coach to Como (653 feet). Upon arrival at la Citta della Seta, the silk city presents itself from its charming side with its extensive shore promenade, the Roman quarter in the back, and the Baroque cupola of the Cathedral. City excursion.

Lunch: Independent lunch today in Como.

Afternoon: Remainder of day is independent for one’s own interests. Suggestion for an independent activity; ride by funicular to Brunate (2350 feet) for more impressive views of the surrounding mountains, ice capped peaks of the Alps, and Lake Como. Tickets for the independent return by bus back to Menaggio will be provided.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Bellavista

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located on Lake Como in the center of Menaggio, the Hotel Bellavista is a stylish hotel that enjoys a magnificent panoramic view across the heart of the lake. Guests of the Hotel Bellavista have easy access to the ferry boat, water bus and local bus.

Contact info:
via IV Novembre, 21
Menaggio (Como), 22017 Italy
phone: +39 0344 32136
web: www.hotel-bellavista.org

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, air conditioning, mini bar, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a veranda restaurant, bar, solarium, swimming pool, terrace, tea room and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 01 - MENAGGIO-BELLAGIO
Note: 3 hours total walking. Field lecture on Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como", and the garden of the Villa Melzi, and a hands-on experience and lecture on Italian cuisine.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Leave Menaggio by ferry boat to quaint Bellagio for a cooking class at a typical agriturismo. Our walk starts from Bellagio and leads through small hamlets and a forest of chestnut trees. After some uphill walking we reach our destination, "Baita Belvedere." We will be taught how to prepare a typical farmer's meal and will enjoy our lunch while overlooking the beautiful bay of Bellagio.

Lunch: Lunch at "Baita Belvedere."

Afternoon: In the afternoon you may decide to be transported to Bellagio or join the optional walk back to Bellagio (2 hours). Free time in Bellagio and individual return by ferry back to Menaggio.

Dinner: Farewell drink and dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Bellavista

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The four-star Novotel Milano Malpensa Airport Hotel is a modern hotel that offers comfort and convenience to all its guests. It is located 25 miles from the center of Milan and provides a free shuttle to the airport.

Contact info:
Via Al Campo, 99
Cardano Al Campo
Milano Malpensa, 21010 Italy
phone: +39 0331266611
web: www.novotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, safe, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a 24-hour cafe restaurant, bar, fitness center, outdoor pool and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 02 - VILLA CARLOTTA-TRANSFER TO MILAN AIRPORT HOTEL
Note: 2.5 hours total walking and visiting time. Field lecture on Villa Carlotta with its botanical park. Approximate transfer time to the Milan airport hotel: 2 hours.

Breakfast: Buffet breakast at the hotel in Menaggio.

Morning: On our last morning transfer by public bus for a visit of the famous Villa Carlotta, a classical mansion from the end of the 17th century with an extensive botanical garden. Return to Menaggio by public bus.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel in Menaggio.

Afternoon: Transfer by private coach to the Malpensa airport hotel. Remainder of the day is independent, the Group Leader will be able to assist you with ideas and transportation into the city center.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Novotel Milano Malpensa Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Twelve: Thursday, October 03 - Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent shuttles to the airport for your flight back to the U.S.A.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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