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Lake Ledro to Lake Garda

Alpine & Mediterranean scenery
 
Discover the quiet side of Lake Garda, its majestic landscapes and sweeping views, as you enjoy varied walking amid a blend of Mediterranean and Alpine landscapes on a self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, on which your luggage is transported.
Lake Ledro to Lake Garda. 7 nights
Lake Ledro to Lake Garda. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday to Lake Garda

The scenery surrounding Italy’s largest lake and its tiny neighbour, Ledro, astonishes with its variety. More than just a walk from one lake to the south-western shores of another, this is a marvellous discovery of Mediterranean and Alpine landscapes on which no two days are the same: our routes – largely in the Alto Garda Regional Park – vary in altitude, revealing lemon and olive groves, alpine meadows, woodland, gorges, grassy plateaux, high passes and constantly changing views.
As the scenery evolves, so too do the culture and cuisine – you will notice subtle differences as you leave the region of Trentino behind and enter Lombardy. One element that does not change is the sense of tradition in the hotels, and your welcoming hosts will be pleased to share their local knowledge with you.
 
Gallery
 

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 Pieve di Ledro
    Night 1: at Hotel Garden (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 Pieve di Ledro: 14km to 21km

    Linear walk via Riva del Garda: 14km, 4hrs
    Take a panoramic path around the northern side of the lake to Molina di Ledro from where you head downstream along the Via Ponale, an ancient trackway. As you approach Lake Garda, the path is carved out of sheer cliffs, and the views are truly dramatic and breathtaking. On reaching Riva del Garda, take the bus or taxi back to the hotel (pay locally).

    Circular walk via Cima d’Oro: 19km, 7hrs; longer option: 21.5km; 8hrs
    After a short transfer, this walk follows a magnificent high route into the high mountains above Lake Ledro, where you cross its wide, steep slopes to reach a far-reaching view point at the summit of Cima d’Oro. The views down both sides of the ridge are a real joy, encompassing up to seven different lakes, as well as the Apennines and Dolomites. You return via a high meadow, carpeted in flowers in spring, with the choice to then descend via a short, steep path, or a longer and gentler surfaced track.
    Around Pieve di Ledro - walk via Cima d'Oro
    Around Pieve di Ledro - Riva del Garda
  • Pieve di Ledro to Vesio: 21km, 6hrs
    This is a superb walk across the mountains that separate Lake Ledro from Lake Garda. Leaving Pieve, you first follow a cobbled trail that rises steadily through beech woods and broad meadows, with wonderful views of Lake Garda and the surrounding mountains. You then follow an old military route to the refuge at the Nota Pass, one of the most important Italian frontline posts during WW1, before descending to Vesio, which sits on a green plateau. You stay in the Hotel Sole & Fenice for two nights.
    On the route from Pieve di Ledro to Vesio
  • Circular walk around Vesio: 11km, 3.5hrs

    We suggest an easy-going circular walk which heads across meadows and small rolling hills towards the lakeside part of the Tremosine Plateau. There is plenty of refreshment to be found en route as you wander through small settlements, where spectacular and breathtaking panoramas can be enjoyed from its sheer rock face setting, high above the shimmering waters of Lake Garda.
    Around Vesio - circular walk to Tremosine
  • Vesio to Gargnano: 22km, 7hrs; shorter option: 17km, 6hrs
    Starting with a short transfer, today's walk leads through remote-feeling woodland to the Sanctuary of Montecastello, which overlooks the lake from its spectacular cliff-top position. Your route then crosses sunny hillsides offering magical panoramas, passing through several villages and hamlets surrounded by olive groves and vineyards before descending to Gargnano on the shore of the lake. To shorten the walk, opt to take the bus from village of Muslone down to Gargnano. You stay in the Hotel du Lac for three nights or you can choose to upgrade to the Hotel Gardenia al Lago.
    Lake views on the route from Vesio to Gargnano
  • Choice of walks around Gargnano: 7km to 16km
    For your days in Gargnano, we suggest three very different walks.

    Malcesine & Monte Baldo: 7km, 2hrs
    This is a classic route which involves catching the ferry or hydrofoil across the lake to Malcesine, and then take the revolving cable car to the summit of Monte Baldo (1,780 metres; pay locally for all transport). You then enjoy a short but thrilling walk around the mountain's grassy saddle, admiring the 360-degree panorama of the lake and surrounding peaks. In spring, the slopes are covered with peonies, anemones and lilies.

    Torri del Benaco: 12km, 3.5hrs
    This easy walk starts from the pretty village of Torri del Benaco, complete with castle and attractive harbour, and takes you into the foothills, via a small site of prehistoric rock engravings. At the pleasant village of Albisano enjoy the marvellous views back over the lake, before descending slowly back to the centre of town.

    To the Gardone Riviera: 16km, 5hrs
    Head south across a low panoramic hillside and via a peaceful valley dotted with ruined mills to reach the Belle Epoque village of Gardone. If you have time on arrival, it is well worth visiting Il Vittoriale, an Art Nouveau villa that was the last home of writer Gabriele d’Annunzio, or the village’s superb botanical gardens (pay locally in both cases) before catching the boat or bus back to Gargnano.
    Around Gargnano - on the route to Gardone
    Around Gargnano - on the route to Torri del Benaco
 

Accommodation

The hotels on this holiday are all family-run and stylish, with restaurants offering good regional food.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Gargnano. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend adding extra nights in Gargnano, either to enjoy further walking or to take a trip to Verona.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 18 April - 30 June 2019 & 31 August - 20 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    18 - 26 April £855 £220
    27 April - 23 May £895 £240
    24 May - 23 June £935 £245
    31 August - 15 September £990 £260
    16 - 30 September £935 £245
    1 - 13 October £895 £240
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    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)

    Hotel Sole & Fenice, Vesio di Tremosine
    Junior suite: 18 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £13
    Junior suite: 31 Aug - 20 Oct 2019 £13

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

    Hotel Garden, Pieve di Ledro (with dinner) Double room Single room
    18 Apr - 29 May 2019 £62 £75
    30 May - 30 Jun 2019 £73 £86
    31 Aug - 14 Sep 2019 £78 £91
    15 Sep - 20 Oct 2019 £62 £75
    Hotel du Lac, Gargnano (B&B) Double room Single room
    18 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £104 £154
    31 Aug - 25 Sep 2019 £120 £175
    26 Sep - 20 Oct 2019 £104 £154
  • 7 nights, staying in Hotel Gardenia al Lago (2 dinners)

    18 April - 30 June 2019 31 August - 20 October 2019 Price Single room
    18 - 26 April £970 £80
    27 April - 23 May £1010 £100
    24 May - 23 June £1050 £105
    31 August - 15 September £1090 £120
    16 - 30 September £1050 £105
    1 - 13 October £1010 £100
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £60 -
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Verona, Venice

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Venice (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Birmingham - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Treviso Ryanair 
    Bristol - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Bristol - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Cardiff - Verona Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Treviso Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Treviso Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Venice Marco Polo jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Venice Marco Polo British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Luton - Verona Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Treviso Ryanair 
    Stansted - Venice Marco Polo Ryanair 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Newcastle - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Verona Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Venice. 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 - via Verona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Verona to Rovereto (0h50), taxi Rovereto to hotel (1h) £62 1500
    direct taxi Verona airport to hotel (1h30) £84 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Verona airport (1h30) £64 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Marco Polo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Venice Mestre to Rovereto (1h40/2h15), taxi Rovereto to hotel (1h) £80 1300
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Desenzano (1h), rail Desenzano to Venice Mestre (2h) £70 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Treviso

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Venice Mestre to Rovereto (1h40/2h15), taxi Rovereto to hotel (1h) £80 1300
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Desenzano (1h), rail Desenzano to Venice Mestre (2h) £70 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on Days 1 & 4
 
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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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