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Italian Lakes Walking & Hiking: A Stylish Sojourn in the Lake District

Italy, Europe

from $5,598* per person 6 Days May-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Airport, italy near milan, italy
  • Active & Adventure trips
They were premature naming the Great Lakes. Maggiore, Como, Lugano and Orta could easily steal that title. Sitting quietly among the Swiss and Italian Alps. Tiny villages. Classic red clay roofs nestle beside the deep blue waters in the lush green shorelines. Most travelers are familiar with Amalfi and Tuscany, Florence and Venice, but people who truly know Italy know not to overlook the views, the flavors, the wines, the stunning beauty of Orta, and the luxury of places like Villa Serbelloni. And every tiny beautiful detail that makes these lakes - great.

    Walk lakeside trails and mountain paths amid elaborate gardens and frescoed hamlets
    Breathtaking scenery, including staggering views from Monte Mottarone
    Stunning - and oft-overlooked! - Lago d’Orta
    Boat to see Palazzo Borromeo, with splendid fountains and art
    Slumber at sumptuous lakefront villas and dine on Michelin-starred cuisine

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Ireland's spectacular natural beauty seen during country road rambles and coastal cliff walks Hike along Caragh Lake with views of the striking glacier-carved Glencar Valley From the top of aptly named Windy Gap, gaze at Dingle Bay - and hold on to your hat!

Day 3 Explore historic Killarney's craft shops, elegant boutiques and lively pubs The oaks of Tomies Woods shade our route to O’Sullivan’s Cascade Stroll to 15th-century Ross Castle on the shore of Lower Lake Delight in the lost art of storytelling as a local seanachie spins enchanting tales.

Day 4 Hike in wild Killarney National Park, with windswept mountains, deep lakes and gorges, alongside our longtime friend and local guide Michael Murphy Visit Muckross Estate, famed for its collection of exotic plants, and Torc Waterfall before arriving in charming Kenmare, where rows of houses sport cheerfully painted façades and ornate plasterwork Up for some indulgence? The hotel spa delivers!

Days 5-6 Private whiskey tasting with aficionado John Moriarty On the rugged Beara Peninsula, trek over Mount Knockagarrane, taking in awe-inspiring views of the pristine lakes and sculpted mountains of Inchiquin Valley Quiet paths lead to one of the largest stone circles in County Kerry.

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