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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.


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
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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 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.
    Crossing Lake Iseo by ferry to the island of Monte Isola
    The amazing earth pyramids of Zone
    Circular walk on Monte Isola: 7km
    Linear walk via Zone: 4km
  • 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 en route to Iseo
    Sulzano to Iseo: 12km
    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
    Exploring Iseo town


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: 01 September 2021 - 11 October 2021, 16 April 2022 - 30 June 2022 & 01 September 2022 - 13 October 2022

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 28 Sep 2021 £845 £240
    29 Sep - 7 Oct 2021 £795 £235
    16 - 27 Apr 2022 £815 £245
    28 Apr - 21 May 2022 £865 £250
    22 May - 26 Jun 2022 £890 £255
    1 - 28 Sep 2022 £890 £255
    29 Sep - 9 Oct 2022 £835 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £80

    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, Iseo
    Lake view: 01 Sep - 11 Oct 2021 £25
    Lake view: 16 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £28
    Lake view: 01 Sep - 13 Oct 2022 £28
    Suite with lake view: 01 Sep - 11 Oct 2021 £38
    Suite with lake view: 16 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £40
    Suite with lake view: 01 Sep - 13 Oct 2022 £40

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

    Hotel Rivalago, Sulzano (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 11 Oct 2021 £130 £166
    16 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £136 £175
    01 Sep - 13 Oct 2022 £136 £175
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London
    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 
    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 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
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Milan Linate British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Heathrow - Verona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    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,  Ryanair 
    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 for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. 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.

    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) £24 in 2021; £26 in 2022 flexible
    rail Milan Centrale to Brescia (0h50-1h10), taxi Brescia to hotel (0h40) £16 in 2021; £18 on 2022 1700
    rail Milan Centrale to Sulzano via Brescia (1h30-1h50), walk Sulzano to hotel (0h05) deduct £5 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Milan Linate (1h30) £24 in 2021; £26 in 2022 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) £16 in 2021; £18 in 2022 1700
    rail Milan Centrale to Sulzano via Brescia (1h30-1h50), walk Sulzano to hotel (0h05) deduct £5 1500
    direct taxi Milan Malpensa to hotel (1h45) £36 in 2021; £38 in 2022 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h45), rail Brescia to Milan Centrale (0h50-1h10) £16 in 2021; £18 in 2022 1300
    direct taxi hotel to Milan Malpensa (1h45) £32 in 2021; £34 in 2022 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) £10 in 2021; £12 in 2022 1700
    rail Verona to Brescia (0h45), rail Brescia to Sulzano (0h40), walk Sulzano to hotel (0h05) deduct £10 in 2021 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Brescia (0h45), rail Brescia to Verona (0h45) £10 in 2021; £12 in 2022 1200
What's included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    2 picnics
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfer on day 2
  • return transfer from Bergamo airport

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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.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • 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, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    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 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 (but not, currently, with Ryanair). 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 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.

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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 take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK 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 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). 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

    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.
  • 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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