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

Dive into the local culture of Northern Italy on expert-led walks, exploring local cuisine, lakeside villages, medieval architecture and timeless Italian traditions.
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Program No. 17290RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Northern Italy is ringed by a series of lakes whose blue waters and Mediterranean vegetation frame a vista of snowcapped peaks trimmed with olive and dark cypress trees and dotted with traditional villas clinging to the hillsides. On expert-led walks, discover the history, culture and architecture of these areas while learning about the geology, flora and fauna behind their unmatched natural beauty.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking 4-8 miles at a relaxed pace with frequent stops; up and downhill over uneven terrain, well-marked trails, roads, some valleys and meadows. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required. Elevations up to 3,600 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Expert-led walks take you along the shores of beautiful lakes and through charming villages.
  • Partake in aspects of local culture, such as learning to play the Italian game of bocce.
  • Learn to prepare authentic local cuisine during a hands-on cooking class.
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Karin Mattli
After completing her marketing degree, Karin worked for several U.S. travel companies in Switzerland before moving to Santa Rosa, California in 2000. Over the following fourteen years she led many groups of visitors to Mexico, Canada and the US. Karin was promoted to operations manager, training and supporting her team, in addition to working on sales in Europe. In 2015 she moved back to her home country of Switzerland and now leads visitors to Europe.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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