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

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  • 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
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  • Arrival in Iseo
    Night 1: at Il Due Roccoli (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.
  • Out-and-back route from Iseo: 10km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 365m
    If you can tear yourself away from the hotel pool and secluded grounds, explore the surrounding uplands, traversing the densely wooded slopes to reach the summit cross on Monte Cognolo, from where the vistas over the lake stretch for miles.
    Out-and-back route from Iseo: 10km
    Il Due Roccoli
  • Iseo to Sulzano: 8km, 3hrs; ascent 265m /descent 615m
    Traverse tranquil meadows and chestnut woods high above the lake’s eastern shore, every so often coming across natural terraces which serve as panoramic balconies overlooking the lake and mountains. You then descend gradually into the small lakeside town of Sulzano, where Hotel Rivalago, your base for your final two nights, is set right on the waterfront. 
    Iseo to Sulzano: 8km
    Verdant slopes
  • Choice of routes from Sulzano: 9km or 9.5km
    We offer a choice of two scenic walks for your final day, or you could enjoy some sightseeing instead. Pay locally for ferries and trains.

    Circular route on Monte Isola: 9km, 4hrs; ascent 565m/descent 300m
    From Sulzano, hop on a ferry across to Monte Isola, the largest lake island in Europe. Circle this Mediterranean-feeling island in a clockwise direction, meandering through olive groves and ancient hamlets to reach its 600-metre-high peak for an exceptional 360-degree panorama that includes the northerly Alpine ranges. Descend back to the harbour along a beautiful, ancient path, for the short crossing back to Sulzano.     

    Linear walk from Sulzano to Marone: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent 490m/descent 495m
    Heading north from Sulzano, you follow the ancient Via Valeriana trade route across olive-clad foothills overlooking the lake. The route descends into lakeside Marone, where you can enjoy lunch before taking the short train trip back to Sulzano.

    Sightseeing
    Take the train from Sulzano for a pleasant one-hour journey into Val Camonica. This Alpine valley is famous for the prehistoric rock carvings left by the Camuni civilisation, the best of which can be visited at the Parco Nazionale delle Incisioni Rupestri Preistoriche in Capo di Ponte.  

    Alternatively, tour Lake Iseo’s dramatic upper shores, first by train to the north-east end, then by boat to the elegant town of Lovere on the western shore. Take some time to explore its medieval alleys and to people-watch from a café in the vibrant lakeside square before returning to Sulzano.
    Monte Isola route: 9km
    Sulzano to Marone: 9.5km
 

Accommodation

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

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 16 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 31 October 2024, 15 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 31 October 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    16 - 27 Apr 2024 £945 £185
    28 Apr - 21 May 2024 £995 £195
    22 May - 26 Jun 2024 £1035 £175
    1 - 28 Sep 2024 £990 £180
    29 Sep - 27 Oct 2024 £940 £200
    15 - 27 Apr 2025 £985 £195
    28 Apr - 21 May 2025 £1035 £205
    22 May - 26 Jun 2025 £1080 £185
    1 - 28 Sep 2025 £1030 £190
    29 Sep - 27 Oct 2025 £980 £210
    3rd & 4th person discount -£120
    Single traveller supplement £120 to £125

    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
    We can also arrange connecting travel from other airports; please contact us for details and prices

    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: 16 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £33
    Lake view: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £33
    Lake view: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £34
    Lake view: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £34
    Suite with lake view: 16 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £53
    Suite with lake view: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £53
    Suite with lake view: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £55
    Suite with lake view: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £55

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

    Hotel Rivalago, Sulzano (B&B) Double room Single room
    16 Apr - 19 May 2024 £120 £170
    20 May - 30 Jun 2024 £140 £173
    01 Sep - 19 Sep 2024 £140 £173
    20 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £120 £170
    15 Apr - 19 May 2025 £125 £177
    20 May - 30 Jun 2025 £150 £184
    01 Sep - 19 Sep 2025 £150 £184
    20 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £125 £177
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bergamo
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa 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 
    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 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 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.

  • 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.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan Bergamo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Bergamo airport to hotel (0h50) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Bergamo airport (1h) included flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan Linate

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Milan Linate airport to hotel (1h30) £48-£50 flexible
    rail Milan Centrale to Brescia (0h50-1h10), taxi Brescia to hotel (0h45) £34-£35 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk - hotel to Sulzano station (0h05), rail Sulzano to Milan Centrale (1h30-1h50) £20-£21 reduction 1400
    direct taxi hotel to Linate airport (1h15) £33-£34 flexible
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h40), rail Brescia to Milan Centrale (0h45-1h) £20-£21 1300

    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 (0h45) £34-£35 1700
    direct taxi Milan Malpensa airport to hotel (1h45) £73-£76 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk - hotel to Sulzano station (0h05), rail Sulzano to Milan Centrale (1h30-1h50) £20-£21 reduction 1400
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h40), rail Brescia to Milan Centrale (0h45-1h) £20-£21 1300
    direct taxi hotel to Malpensa airport (1h45) £57-£59 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 (0h45) £29-£30 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia station (0h40), rail Brescia to Verona (0h45) £15-£16 1200
    walk hotel to Sulzano station (0h05), rail Sulzano to Verona (1h25) £25-£26 reduction flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Verona (Inghams / summer / charter flight)

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Verona to Brescia (0h45), taxi Brescia to hotel (0h45) £29-£30 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia station (0h40), rail Brescia to Verona (0h45) £15-£16 1200
    walk hotel to Sulzano station (0h05), rail Sulzano to Verona (1h25) £25-£26 reduction 1300
What's included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    1 picnic
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • 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 A to B, 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.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). 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 us 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.

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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 incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), 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.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • 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 (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). 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). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • 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.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • 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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