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Secret Lake Iseo

Italy's little-known lake
 
This undiscovered lake is a secret jewel. Indulge in outstanding cuisine and interesting wines at top-quality hotels, all with a pool, on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday (with luggage transfers).
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the shores of Lake Iseo

This popular, indulgent and very gastronomic holiday combines three top-quality hotels – including two which are among the very best of our selection – for a marvellous exploration of an area that is little-known beyond northern Italy and feels all the more special as a result. Set between the better-known lakes of Como and Garda, Iseo is the smallest of Lombardy's four major lakes, but is a true jewel, with imposing, angular mountains and deep gorges to the north and the delightful Franciacorta vineyards in the hills to the south.
Grapes were first planted here in Roman times but the wines – the acclaimed sparkling whites, and the velvety reds – remain as great a secret as the region itself, serving as the perfect accompaniment to the refined cuisine of lake fish, delicious meats and distinctive local cheeses. While the two hotel-to-hotel routes are comparatively challenging, you can either enjoy leisurely circuits on the other days, or simply relax at the hotels.
 

Book now for autumn 2020 or summer 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers and butterflies is May and June.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 5 8 13 17 22 26 28 27 24 18 10 5
    mm 54 49 59 67 89 87 72 95 69 84 90 49
  • Arrival in Sulzano
    Night 1: at Hotel Rivalago (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks around Sulzano: 4km or 7km

    Circular walk on Monte Isola: 7km, 3hrs; ascent / descent 390m
    We recommend that you take the ferry (pay locally) across Lake Iseo to Mediterranean-feeling Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe. Setting off on foot, you head along the eastern side of the island towards Carzano, before ascending to the sanctuary on the summit of the island (600 metres above sea level), from where you descend and return to the harbour along a beautiful ancient path. In clear weather, the views are excellent – you can see some of the northerly Alpine ranges – and there is a 360-degree panorama from the sanctuary.

    Linear walk via Zone: 4km, 2hrs; ascent 135m / descent 550m
    This option involves taking a train and bus to the village of Cislano for a gentle walk amid the amazing earth pyramids of Zone – eroded moraine deposits standing up to 30 metres high – that give this area an almost surreal feel.

    Add an extra night to enjoy both options, or to take the train further afield to Val Camonica, one of the Alps’ largest and most fertile valleys.
    Circular walk on Monte Isola: 7km
    Walking on Monte Isola
  • Choice of walks from Sulzano to Iseo: 8.5km or 12km
    We offer two lovely routes to the Relais I Due Roccoli near Iseo, where you spend two nights.

    Sulzano to Iseo: 12km, 4.5hrs; ascent 510m / descent 530m
    After a short transfer, this varied and very rewarding day's walk takes you over tranquil, unspoiled hills, crossing meadows and grassy plains full of flowers and leading through olive groves and chestnut and oak woods. Natural terraces provide a panoramic balcony over the lake and surrounding mountains.

    Shorter option: 8.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 695m / descent 345m
    A shorter route straight from the door that stays low initially, much closer to the lake shore. Although not as tranquil until after Pilzone, from where you start to head up into the hills, it does provide a more direct way of reaching Le Due Roccoli. As with the longer route, you pass through a mix of olive groves, chestnut woods and grassy plains with a rich variety of flowers. There are several lovely spots for a picnic and a few well-placed bar-restaurants for refreshments.
    Unspoiled hills and meadows enroute to Iseo
    Sulzano to Iseo: 12km, 4.5hrs
    Shorter option: 8.5km
  • Walk around Iseo town: 4.5km, 1.5hrs; ascent 10m / descent 360m
    If you can tear yourself away from the pool, walk down to the lakeshore to explore Iseo town and return by taxi (pay locally).

    Alternatively, you can access both of Day 1's suggested walks from Iseo by boat or train.
    Walk around Iseo town: 4.5km
    Explore around Iseo
  • Choice of walks from Iseo to Clusane: 9km or 15km
    Both of today's options visit the Torbiere Nature Reserve before continuing to Clusane, where you spend your final two nights at the Relais Mirabella.

    Iseo to Clusane: 15km, 5.5hrs; ascent 310m / descent 575m
    From the Due Roccoli you ascend the densely wooded slopes high above the town of Iseo, passing several magnificent viewpoints that offer panoramas over the lake that stretch for miles. You then cross the marshlands of the Torbiere Nature Reserve, home to red herons, wild ducks and marsh hawks, where flowering water lilies provide spectacular displays between May and September. By the time you reach Clusane you are in the Franciacorta region.

    Shorter option: 9km, 3hrs; ascent 150m / descent 100m
    A shorter option and recommended in case of wet weather. You begin by being dropped off at the railway station of Provaglio-Timoline, close to one of the entrances of the Torbiere Reserve. You then follow walkways and small wooden pontoons suspended on the water which circle part of the reserve, before joining the main ongoing route towards Clusane.
    Walking through the vines en route to Clusane
    Iseo to Clusane: 15km
    Shorter option: 9km
  • Circular walk via Colombaro: 16km, 5.5hrs; ascent / descent 220m
    This easy final circuit explores the Franciacorta vineyards to the south of the Torbiere Reserve, with good views back to the lake and mountains. There are two different estates en route which you can visit for a tour and wine-tasting (pre-booking required).

    Alternatively, take a leisurely boat trip* from Clusane to explore some of the other towns farther up the lake , hire bikes* to explore on two wheels, or simply relax at the hotel and drink in the views of the scenery surrounding this 'secret' lake.

    *Pay locally for boat travel or bike hire.
    Circular walk via Colombaro: 16km
    Vineyards
 

Accommodation

You stay in three top-quality 4-star hotels, all with a pool.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 11 April 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 13 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    11 - 25 Apr 2020 £985 £360
    26 - 30 Apr 2020 £1045 £380
    1 May - 24 Jun 2020 £1095 £395
    1 - 25 Sep 2020 £1095 £395
    26 - 30 Sep 2020 £1045 £380
    1 - 7 Oct 2020 £995 £370
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    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)

    Relais I Due Roccoli, Iseo
    Lake view: 11 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £25
    Lake view: 01 Sep - 13 Oct 2020 £25

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

    Hotel Rivalago, Sulzano (B&B) Double room Single room
    11 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £130 £166
    01 Sep - 13 Oct 2020 £130 £166
    Relais Mirabella, Clusane (with dinner) Double room Single room
    11 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £130 £190
    01 May - 30 Jun 2020 £154 £230
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £154 £230
    01 Oct - 13 Oct 2020 £130 £190
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bergamo, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate or Verona

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend 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 
    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 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 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 Linate Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Milan Linate Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Heathrow - Verona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Luton - Verona 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 
    Manchester - Verona easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Verona TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend 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 stated in the connecting travel section, 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. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). 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.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bergamo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Bergamo airport to hotel (1h) £40 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Bergamo airport (0h40) £40 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan Linate

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Milan Centrale to Brescia (0h50-1h10), taxi Brescia to hotel (0h40) £54 1600
    rail Milan Centrale to Sulzano via Brescia (1h30-1h50), walk Sulzano to hotel (0h05) £34 1500
    direct taxi Milan Linate to hotel (1h15) £60 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h45), rail Brescia to Milan Centrale (0h45-1h) £54 1300
    direct taxi hotel to Milan Linate (1h15) £55 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan Malpensa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Milan Centrale to Brescia (0h50-1h10), taxi Brescia to hotel (0h40) £54 1700
    rail Milan Centrale to Sulzano via Brescia (1h30-1h50), walk Sulzano to hotel (0h05) £34 1500
    direct taxi Milan Malpensa to hotel (1h45) £72 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h45), rail Brescia to Milan Centrale (0h45-1h) £54 1300
    direct taxi hotel to Milan Malpensa (1h30) £68 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Verona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Verona to Brescia (0h45), taxi Brescia to hotel (0h40) £48 1700
    rail Verona to Sulzano via Brescia (1h25), walk Sulzano to hotel (0h05) £26 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h45), rail Brescia to Verona (0h45) £48 1200
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 4 dinners
    2 picnics
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on Day 2
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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