Italian Lakes Explorer

Glittering jewels of Lombardy

Holiday Highlights

Lakes galore | From the shores of Lake Maggiore via Lake Como to Iseo and Garda.
Villa Carlotta | A 17th-century villa with priceless art and luxuriant gardens.
Food & wine | Enjoy vistas of vineyards, and small towns offering delightful pavement cafés.
Natural history | Admire and explore the extraordinary rock carvings in the Val Camonica.
Cable car | Visit Malcesine for a stunning ride up Monte Baldo.
Italian Lakes Explorer. 10 nights
Italian Lakes Explorer. 10 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday of Italy's lakes

From Maggiore to Garda, via Como and Iseo, discover the stunning scenery of the Italian Lakes and the surrounding mountains on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). You stay in magnificent lakeside hotels and have the option to take a trip on the famous Centovalli Railway.
The glittering lakes that define Lombardy are part of a ravishing landscape of water and mountains fused together in glorious harmony. Some are admired for their grandeur and wide-open vistas; others for their serene atmosphere and the air of tranquillity that pervades the villages and vineyards that line their shores.

From the shores of shimmering Lake Maggiore, you begin a journey through some of Italy's most beautiful scenery, taking you via Lake Como to quiet Lake Iseo before a grand finale by the shores of Lake Garda. We cannot tell you which is the most beautiful or which most perfectly embodies the essence of the Italian Lake District, but at the end of the road, we're sure you will have found your own personal favourites...



The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Cannero on Lake Maggiore
    Night 1: at Hotel Cannero (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Lakes Maggiore & Orta
    Begin your stay in Cannero with a visit to the neighbouring lakeside towns of Cannobio and Stresa – both are easily reached, whether you choose to drive or enjoy a boat ride. Cannobio is renowned for its lovely waterfront promenade, where fine 18th and 19th-century palazzi rub shoulders with former fishermen's houses, and for its colourful past as a smugglers' haven. Stresa, meanwhile, is home to the Isole Borromee, beautiful islands that shimmer like jewels on the lake and are known for their magnificent palaces and sculpted gardens.

    Slightly farther by car is beguiling Orta San Giulio, from where you can take a boat out across Lake Orta to the silent island of Isola San Giulio with its imposing Benedictine monastery, or another option is to cross the border into Switzerland to experience one of Europe's great train journeys, as the Centovalli Railway winds its way past waterfalls, ravines and forests, crossing a hundred delectable valleys and nearly as many bridges.
    The boat from Orta San Giulio
  • Cannero to Gravedona on Lake Como: 2.5hrs by car
    Driving east via Locarno – whose churches, galleries and castle can be explored on our self-guided town trail – you take in the glacial glory of Switzerland's Lake Lugano before arriving at Lake Como and the Hotel Tullio, located by the water's edge.
  • Explore Lake Como
    On your full day in Gravedona, take a boat either to the illustrious, 17th-century Villa Carlotta with its priceless art collection, luxuriant gardens and straight-backed cypress trees, or to picturesque Bellagio – known as 'the Pearl of Lake Como'.
    Villa Carlotta
  • Gravedona to Iseo: 2.5hrs by car
    The beauty of Bergamo beckons as you travel onwards, enticing you to take the funicular to its historic old town for lunch before continuing to the sublime Relais I Due Roccoli, set in the hills above Lake Iseo.
  • Explore Lake Iseo
    Admire extraordinary rock carvings in the Val Camonica or visit the earth pyramids at Zone. Alternatively, for a more relaxing option, why not take a boat over to beautiful, traffic-free Monte Isola for lunch?
    Enjoy the views from Monte Isola
    Explore the pyramids at Zone
  • Iseo to Gargnano on Lake Garda: 2.5hrs by car
    Tarry awhile amid the Alpine splendour of Val Trompia and Lake Idro en route to your final destination. Bordered by terraced hillsides of orchards and olive groves on one side, and glittering Lake Garda on the other, D.H. Lawrence found it difficult to tear himself away from Gargnano’s lemon-scented embrace, and by spending your last two nights at the idyllically situated Hotel Gardenia al Lago, you will begin to understand why.
  • Explore Lake Garda
    Your last day can be spent criss-crossing the lake by steamer, perhaps disembarking at Malcesine for a cable-car ride up to the lofty ridge of Monte Baldo for a magnificent, bird’s-eye view over Lake Garda and its surrounding peaks.
    Monte Baldo views over Lake Garda
    Steamers on the Lake


You stay in four magnificently located hotels.

In Gargnano we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. Both are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation. Wherever you stay here, we recommend adding an extra night – you can try your hand at boating or wind-surfing on Lake Garda, or take the train from nearby Desenzano to visit Verona.

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  • 10 nights: 09 April 2024 - 11 August 2024, 20 August 2024 - 06 October 2024, 09 April 2025 - 11 August 2025 & 20 August 2025 - 06 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    9 - 23 Apr 2024 £1870 £670
    24 - 30 Apr 2024 £1980 £670
    1 May - 31 Jul 2024 £2090 £670
    1 - 11 Aug 2024 £2055 £670
    20 Aug - 11 Sep 2024 £2085 £670
    12 - 22 Sep 2024 £2045 £670
    9 - 23 Apr 2025 £1945 £700
    24 - 30 Apr 2025 £2060 £700
    1 May - 31 Jul 2025 £2175 £700
    1 - 11 Aug 2025 £2140 £700
    20 Aug - 11 Sep 2025 £2170 £700
    12 - 22 Sep 2025 £2130 £700
    3rd & 4th person discount -£170 to -£175
    Single traveller supplement £170 to £180

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: 10 days’ category B car hire (e.g. Lancia Ypsilon or similar with manual transmission)
    Please note: a 'one-way' supplement is payable locally if the hire car is returned to a different location from the pick-up point

    Driving time to the first hotel from: Milan Bergamo 2h, Milan Linate 1h45, Milan Malpensa 1h15, Verona 3h
    Driving time from the final hotel to: Milan Bergamo 1h30, Milan Linate 2h, Milan Malpensa 2h30, Verona 1h30

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Cannero, Cannero
    'King' with balcony & partial lake view: 01 Apr - 31 Jul 2024 £22
    'King' with balcony & partial lake view: 20 Aug - 20 Oct 2024 £22
    'King' with balcony & partial lake view: 01 Apr - 31 Jul 2025 £23
    'King' with balcony & partial lake view: 20 Aug - 20 Oct 2025 £23
    'Queen' with balcony & pool or garden view: 01 Apr - 31 Jul 2024 £22
    'Queen' with balcony & pool or garden view: 20 Aug - 20 Oct 2024 £22
    'Queen' with balcony & pool or garden view: 01 Apr - 31 Jul 2025 £23
    'Queen' with balcony & pool or garden view: 20 Aug - 20 Oct 2025 £23
    Superior with lake view: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2024 £37
    Superior with lake view: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2024 £37
    Superior with lake view: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2025 £39
    Superior with lake view: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2025 £39
    Hotel Tullio, Gravedona
    Junior suite: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2024 £44
    Junior suite: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2024 £44
    Junior suite: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2025 £46
    Junior suite: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2025 £46
    Superior: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2024 £20
    Superior: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2024 £20
    Superior: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2025 £21
    Superior: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2025 £21
    Relais I Due Roccoli, Iseo
    Lake view: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2024 £33
    Lake view: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2024 £33
    Lake view: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2025 £35
    Lake view: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2025 £35
    Suite with lake view: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2024 £53
    Suite with lake view: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2024 £53
    Suite with lake view: 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2025 £56
    Suite with lake view: 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2025 £56
    Hotel Gardenia al Lago, Gargnano
    'Benaco' double with lake view (no twins): 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2024 £40
    'Benaco' double with lake view (no twins): 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2024 £40
    'Benaco' double with lake view (no twins): 09 Apr - 11 Aug 2025 £42
    'Benaco' double with lake view (no twins): 20 Aug - 06 Oct 2025 £42

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's car hire
    Hotel Tullio, Gravedona (B&B) Double room Single room
    09 Apr - 14 Apr 2024 £97 £194
    15 Apr - 20 May 2024 £116 £232
    21 May - 11 Aug 2024 £134 £268
    20 Aug - 25 Sep 2024 £134 £268
    26 Sep - 06 Oct 2024 £116 £232
    09 Apr - 14 Apr 2025 £101 £202
    15 Apr - 20 May 2025 £121 £242
    21 May - 11 Aug 2025 £140 £280
    20 Aug - 25 Sep 2025 £140 £280
    26 Sep - 06 Oct 2025 £121 £242
    Hotel Gardenia al Lago, Gargnano (B&B) Double room Single room
    09 Apr - 11 Aug 2024 £165 £238
    20 Aug - 06 Oct 2024 £165 £238
    09 Apr - 11 Aug 2025 £172 £248
    20 Aug - 06 Oct 2025 £172 £248
    Bergamo, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate or Verona
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan Malpensa. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Milan Malpensa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Aberdeen - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa (via Zurich) Swiss 
    Birmingham - Verona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Bristol - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Bristol - Verona jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Verona easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Verona jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Milan Bergamo Blue Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Milan Bergamo easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Verona Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Milan Linate Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Heathrow - Verona British Airways 
    Heathrow - Verona (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Stansted - Milan Malpensa Ryanair 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Manchester - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Verona easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Verona (via Zurich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Milan Malpensa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Verona TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan Malpensa. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 6 dinners
    10 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • category B car hire

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