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Lake Como Walking
Italy - Trip code LC Walking and Trekking
Days 8
Deposit From £120
Price from £1199
Flights inclusive
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Why book this trip?

Regarded by many as Italy's prettiest lake, the shores of Como have been a popular holiday retreat since Roman times. From the charming town of Gravedona, enjoy easy walking on the network of footpaths linking the many villages nestled in the mountains around the lake and along the shore. Stay in a family-run hotel that is spectacularly located right at the water's edge.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 7

      Lunch: 4

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide

      Driver(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

      Ferry

      Public Bus

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      Accommodation

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      Walking grade:

      Easy To Moderate

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      Group Size:

      10 - 16

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Trip information

    Country information

    Italy

    Climate

    April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Italian

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Visit Villa Carlotta near Menaggio (30 minutes away from Gravedona by public bus) - Entrance ticket is €9 or €7 for over 65s. Return bus fare is €6.

    Private boat tour from Menaggio of the lake-side villas - €20 for 60-90 minutes. Return bus fare Gravedona/Menaggio is €5 and takes 30 minutes.

    Como town - The direct boat from Gravedona to Como Town is €12.60. Return is €25.20. Add another €4.90 each way for the express service (slow takes 2 hours / express 1.30 hours).There is also another boat ticket that costs €28 and allows you to get on and off ferries when you feel like it (so you could do Gravedona, Menaggio, Bellagio and Como by boat in one day!). The public bus takes 1.45 hours from Gravedona to Como town and costs €7 each way. You have to change bus at Menaggio - there is a 5-7 minute window to change bus.

    Clothing

    Take light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. Rainwear (e.g. Gore-Tex jacket and waterproof trousers) may be needed at any time of year, and a warm fleece/jacket is needed for cooler days and evenings, particularly in April and October when it can sometimes get quite chilly in the evening.

    Footwear

    We recommend you bring lightweight walking boots, make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    One main piece and a daypack.

    Equipment

    A refusable water bottle, sunhat and high factor sunscreen are all essential. A torch is useful in case of power cuts or emergencies and a lunch box/Tupperwear for picnic lunches.

    Tipping

    Explore leader
    At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

    Italy

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £5.00 - 10.00
    Dinner price
    £15.00 - 20.00
    Beer price
    £2.00 - 4.00
    Water price
    £1.00 - 2.00
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro.
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    GBP.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    Major towns.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Larger hotels and restaurants.
    Travellers Cheques
    Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Ferry, Public Bus

    Accommodation notes

    Family-run Hotel Regina occupies a prime position on the shore of Lake Como and is just a 10 minute scenic walk from the restaurants and shops of laid-back Gravedona. After a day's walking, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the inspiring lake and mountain views from the bedrooms, breakfast room and bar. Or take advantage of the stunning panoramic solar heated swimming pool. All rooms have private attached bathrooms. There's also a small gym, mountain bike rental and free Wi-Fi.

    All double occupany rooms will enjoy a lake view. For single rooms this will be subject to the availability at the time of the trip.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Italy: Visas are not required by UK, E.U Nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Maximum altitude (m)

    630

    Italy

    Vaccinations

    Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Walking and Trekking information
    Walking grade
    Easy to moderate
    Trek details
    We walk on 5 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours each day. Most of the walking is on well maintained footpaths between the villages around Lake Como.
    Max walking altitude (m)
    630
    Additional Information

    Why book this trip

    This trip is based at the family-run Hotel Regina which occupies a prime position on the shore of Lake Como and is just a 10 minute scenic walk from the restaurants and shops of laid-back Gravedona. After a day's walking, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the inspiring lake and mountain views from the bedrooms, breakfast room and bar. Or take advantage of the stunning panoramic solar heated swimming pool. All rooms have private attached bathrooms. There's also a small gym, mountain bike rental and free Wi-Fi.

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Sat 4 May 2019 - Sat 11 May 2019 Guaranteed departure
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    Price from £1045
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    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 11 May 2019 - Sat 18 May 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1045
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 14 Sep 2019 - Sat 21 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1099
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Sat 28 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1099
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 28 Sep 2019 - Sat 5 Oct 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1075
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 4 May 2019 - Sat 11 May 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1229
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 11 May 2019 - Sat 18 May 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1199
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 14 Sep 2019 - Sat 21 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1285
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Sat 28 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1265
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 28 Sep 2019 - Sat 5 Oct 2019 Guaranteed departure
    LC_2019
    Price from £1230
    Save was
    Single room option +£320
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time and place
    12:30 at Arrivals hall - Terminal 2
    Ending Point
    Town
    Milan Malpensa Airport
    Time
    11:45
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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