Monte Isola & The Camonica Valley

8 Days from £919 | September 919

Italy’s other beautiful lake is Lake Iseo: smaller than its more famous neighbours (15 miles long), but just as perfectly- formed! Nestling amid the scenic mountains, in a bay at the gorgeous Northern end of the lake is the resort of Lovere. You will walk in the hills close to Lovere, and travel by boat and scenic railway to walk in the UNESCO-listed Valcamonica area, and on Italy’s largest lake island, the appropriately named Monte Isola, ‘Mountain Island’ – it rises a full 420m above Iseo’s shimmering waters.

Monte Isola & The Camonica Valley

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 83%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb on Lake Iseo
  • Three included guided walks
  • Boat trip to Monte Isola

DAY ONE: Flight to Bergamo or Malpensa Airports. Transfer to your resort of Lovere (40 minutes from Bergamo, 90 minutes from Malpensa) for seven nights half board accommodation.

Lovere: Set on a bay of Lake Iseo, with a semi-circle of mountains behind, the setting is wonderful. A member of ‘I Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia’, ‘Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages’, this pretty little town of 5000 people has Italian-style arcaded streets, but with Swiss-style wooden overhanging roofs. Along the lakeside are grand old palaces, a modern yachting marina and a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Climbing up into the old town, you are soon in an old-fashioned Italy of shady squares and ancient church towers. There is good public transport for getting around on local buses and a boat service which links Lovere with Pisogne (15-minute trip), which has a railway station on the line between Brescia and Edolo.

DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: At leisure in resort, with three included walking excursions. Optional excursions, including historic Bergamo, and a scenic trip to St Moritz aboard the Bernina Express Train, will also be available.

Walk 1: You travel slowly down the lake by boat, calling in at five lakeside villages, en route to Monte Isola – journey time 75 minutes. You walk 7 miles on Monte Isola, circling the island and climbing 420m to the summit at Madonna della Ceriola. The island has 2000 inhabitants and is also in the list of ‘Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages’. At around 1600 you return to Lovere by boat.

Walk 2: Depart by coach to the Naquane Archaeological Park (20 miles). First you visit the Naquane Archaeological Park (entrance fee included) – there are 2 miles of paths here, amid stone carvings of animals and people dating from 3000 BC. There are good views over the valley. You then walk down to Capo di Ponte where you have free time to explore and lunch. After lunch you walk from Capo di Ponte (or Co de Put in the local dialect!) to the medieval villages of Cemmo and Pescarzo and back down – 5 miles, 300m of ascent/descent. You return to Lovere firstly by train to Pisogne and then by ferry arriving back in Lovere at 1730 approx.

Walk 3: Walk to the main square in Lovere and take the local bus up to the village of Bossico. From the village square in Bossico you walk down to St John’s Sanctuary (2 miles and 275m of descent). You then follow the path back to Lovere (2.5 miles and 397m of descent). There are great views of the lake throughout the walk.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until your departure to the airport. Depending on flight times, there may be time for a spot of last-minute shopping en route.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

Monte Isola & The Camonica Valley

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 83%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL LOVERE ****, Lovere, Lake Iseo (seven nights)
This hotel has 55 rooms. Standard rooms have private bath or shower, no view or balcony, wc, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, satellite tv, and minibar. Classic rooms with balcony, overlooking the hotel forecourt, and Superior rooms with balcony and partial lake-view, are available at supplements. The hotel has a restaurant, gym, and the restaurant terrace has a view of the lake. There is also a spa area (charges apply) with a small, relaxing pool, Sauna, Turkish Bath, Hydrojet, etc. There is a bar adjacent to the hotel which offers a discount to hotel guests. (www.hotellovere.it)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 78%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - Monte Isola & The Camonica Valley
Holiday code: 7WIS
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Superior Twin/Double Room: £70
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

Belfast IntlSat 14/09/20198Ryanair06301155Places Available919Bergamo140 (on request)14BFS17WISC9

BristolSat 14/09/20198Ryanair12201705Places Available919Bergamo140 (on request)14BRS17WISC9

DublinSat 14/09/20198Ryanair06151140Places Available919Bergamo140 (on request)14DUB17WISC9

East MidlandsSat 14/09/20198Ryanair13251810Places Available919Bergamo140 (on request)14EMA17WISC9

EdinburghFri 13/09/20198Ryanair12251200Last few places919Bergamo140 (on request)6EDI27WISC8

ManchesterSat 14/09/20198Ryanair18302325Places Available919Bergamo140 (on request)14MAN27WISC9

SouthendFri 13/09/20198Ryanair17352130Last few places919Bergamo140 (on request)6SEN17WISC8

StanstedSat 14/09/20198Ryanair08051300Places Available919Bergamo140 (on request)14STN27WISC9

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 17/08/2019 at 21:47:07

This was my first tour with Preferred Travel and I would like to say that I am already looking to book another. The hotel in Lovere was an excellent choice, staff very friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurant was good quality. Janica was an excellent representative for the trips and Marta was a very knowledgeable walking guide. Both very professional and instilled confidence in the group. The 3 walks were challenging but very rewarding. One of the highlights of the trip was travelling on the Bernina Express to St. Moritz. I would definitely recommend this trip and would be happy to return to Lovere. A lot was seen and done in a week. I cannot thank Preferred Travel enough, a very well organised trip.

Mr T, Notts.

Excellent local guide and tour representative. Many thanks - another lovely holiday from Preferred Travel Services.

Mrs M, Huddersfield

Marta v knowledgeable & engaging in relation to local history. Overall a lovely holiday, excellent food & restaurant service.

Ms Moore, Yorkshire

A fantastic holiday. The superior room at the Hotel Lovere was very good and a highlight of the holiday was the optional excursion on the Bernina Express Train.

Mr & Mrs B, Chester

Marta our walking guide was very knowledgeable about local history. This added to our enjoyment.

Ms M, Lothian

Welcome at reception and information pack/goody pack exceptional. Service in restaurant was very efficient and friendly.

Ms M, Norfolk

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