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Lake Iseo – Jewel of Lombardy

Italy's secret lake
 
Delight in a self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, with your luggage transported to top-quality hotels (both with a pool). Savour outstanding cuisine and interesting wines, and explore this undiscovered lake, a secret jewel.
Lake Iseo – Jewel of Lombardy. 4 nights
Lake Iseo – Jewel of Lombardy. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A short walking break on Lake Iseo's shores

This indulgent and very gastronomic break combines two high-quality hotels 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 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.
 
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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
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  • 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 460m
    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 Zone for a gentle walk amid the amazing earth pyramids – eroded moraine deposits standing up to 30 metres high – that give this area an almost surreal feel.
    Crossing Lake Iseo by ferry to the island of Monte Isola
  • Choice of walks from Sulzano to Iseo: 9.5km 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 530m / descent 555m
    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: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 680m / descent 330m
    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.
  • Walk around Iseo town: 4.5km, 1.5hrs; ascent 15m / descent 365m
    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.
    Exploring Iseo town
 

Accommodation

You stay in two 4-star hotels, both of which have a pool.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 13 April - 30 June 2019 & 01 September - 15 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    13 - 27 April £695 £260
    28 - 30 April £730 £260
    1 - 23 May £780 £265
    24 May - 26 June £795 £275
    1 - 27 September £795 £275
    28 September - 11 October £730 £260
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £75

    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.

    Included travel: return taxi from Bergamo airport

    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
    Lake view: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £23
    Lake view: 01 Sep - 15 Oct 2019 £23

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

    Hotel Rivalago (B&B) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £95 £145
    01 Sep - 15 Oct 2019 £95 £145
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bergamo
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa

    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
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa (via Zurich) Swiss 
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    Bristol - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
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    Cardiff - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
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    Liverpool - Milan Bergamo Blue Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Milan Linate Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Milan Linate Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
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    Luton - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Stansted - Milan Malpensa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Milan Bergamo Ryanair 
    Manchester - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Flybe,  Flybe 
    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 £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bergamo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Bergamo airport to hotel (0h50) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Bergamo airport (0h50) included flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan Linate

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Milan Linate to hotel (1h15) £28 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Milan Linate (1h30) £28 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) £15 1700
    direct taxi Milan Malpensa to hotel (1h45) £42 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h45), rail Brescia to Milan Centrale (0h50-1h10) £15 1300
    direct taxi hotel to Milan Malpensa (1h45) £38 flexible
What's included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    2 picnics
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on Day 2
  • return transfer from Bergamo airport
 
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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’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 £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 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 to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 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 and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
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