Hotels in Italy that highlight VBT’s Walking the Italian Lakes Vacation

Hotel Royal VictoriaOne of the highlights of our Walking the Italian Lakes vacation is the amazing selection of accommodations along three different lakes that our guests will stay in while on tour. “Distinctive Lodgings with Local Charm” is a tagline we like to use because we feel as though your lodging should be a destination in itself—a haven meant to savor. We’ve highlighted some hotels in Italy along Lake Como, Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore that will make your time off the lakes region’s walking trails as memorable as on.

Hotel La Palma—Stresa, Piedmont, Italy
La Palma View, top italy hotels
VBT travelers will stay at this elegant hotel located in the center of Stresa— along the Lake Maggiore promenade—for two nights while on this vacation.  Guests are greeted by a lovely manicured lawn with flowerbeds and lawn chairs—perfect VBT Guest at La Palmafor taking in the view of the lake across the street. From the rooftop sun terrace and swimming pool, you’ll enjoy open panoramic views of Mt. Mottarone, the Borromean islands, and much of Lake Maggiore. One of the many perks of the La Palma is a relaxing visit to the spa that will replenish your energy after our day’s walk—and their wellness center overlooks the lake and gardens below. Treat yourself with a dip in the jacuzzi or unwind in the sauna. Afterwards, guests can enjoy a fresh drink while on the open aired roof terrace at the hotel.

Hotel Royal Victoria—Varenna, Lombardy, Italy
Royal Victoria Hotel, Lake Como
Royal Victoria frontIt’s not overstating the case to say this historic 4-star hotel—located on the shores of Lake Como in the picturesque medieval village of Varenna—is fit for a queen. In fact the hotel was renamed after a visit from a young Queen Victoria in 1838. Today, the Royal Victoria is one of the finest Lake Como hotels and boasts of modern amenities while retaining its 19th-century ambiance.  Travelers can take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool before dining at the hotel’s elegant restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Como.

Hotel San Rocco—Orta San Giulio, Piedmont, Italy
san rocco pool, top Italian hotels

Four hundred years ago, this fantastic 4-star hotel began as a convent on the shores of Lake Orta. It was transformed into a hotel in 1960 and today the combination of modern and historic features lends a unique style and flair to the hotel. evening dinner san roccoGuests will enjoy the proximity of the swimming pool and sun deck to Lake Orta. Travelers have free time on day 7 to venture into Orta San Giulio’s pedestrian-only zone for some shopping and dinner on your own. The walking vacation’s farewell dinner is at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant where afterwards, you can take in the summer sky and enjoy a drink with your new friends out on a huge lakeside terrace.

To read more about our Walking the Italian Lakes vacation please click here. To request a walking catalog or learn more about any of our other exciting walking destinations from New Zealand to Yellowstone National Park to Provence and beyond please visit http://bit.ly/VBTWalking2014. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.

5-star Traveler Reviews from our Amalfi Coast & Capri Walking Vacation

Amalfi Coast - Path of the Gods

The Amalfi Coast & Capri is our most popular walking vacation and with good reason. You’ll get to experience the iconic “path of the gods”—one of the most well-known walking paths in the world—and walk along scenic trails through the PompeiiLattari Mountains and the island of Capri. Travelers also get to experience authentic Italian culture through a visit to a pasta-making factory in Gragnano, a mozzarella braiding demonstration in Sorrento and during a walk through Amalfi’s Valley of the Mills where travelers learn the ancient art of paper-making. With the addition of amazing local cuisine and historical excursions—like visiting the site of Pompeii—this vacation is an absolute must for any active traveler. But of course we don’t want you to take our word for it; we want you to hear it from our previous travelers. We received three 5-star traveler reviews last week from a recent Amalfi departure that we just had to share with you….

Excellent leaders, diverse itinerary, amazing experience!
Reviewer:
Nicole from Pennsylvania
# of Trips:
2-4
We picked the Amalfi Coast based on the variety offered in the daily itineraries. We were pleased with every aspect of Amalfi Italythis trip, from the organization of the VBT representatives, to the knowledgeable and personable tour leaders, right through to the unsurpassed hiking and scenery.

VBT offers personalized service unlike any other. They are dependable and treat you like family! The relationship between our guides was better than family and it truly made you feel safe, secure and well cared for! As for the Amalfi coast…bring your camera & appetite for amazing food & for adventure! Spectacular!”

Amazing Amalfi AdventureTrip Leader with Guests on Amalfi Coast
Reviewer:
Nan from Vermont
# of Trips: 1
My husband and I recently returned from the VBT walking tour of the Amalfi Coast. This tour surpassed all our expectations! We were treated like royalty with fine food, excellent accommodations and beautiful scenery. The trip was care free and well organized, all details were handled with ease. Our guides were the best! They were always prepared, caring and knowledgeable of the area’s history, geography and literature. The daily walks were well planned and paced appropriately for our group. The complete tour was handled professionally. We are currently planning our next VBT adventure.”

A trip to be RememberedMozzarella braiding demonstration in Sorrento
Reviewer: Lisa from Vermont
# of trips: 1
“I cannot say enough about this trip. The guides were fun, attentive and informative. The accommodations, hikes, food and wine were all exceptional. My significant other is in the food and beverage industry and always rates service and product on a scale of one to ten and didn’t rate anything less than a ten! The views were breathtaking. It was our first trip with VBT and we have booked another for 2014!”

To read more reviews of our Amalfi Coast & Capri vacation please click here. To request a walking catalog or learn more about this vacation or any of our other exciting walking destinations from New Zealand to Yellowstone National Park to Provence and beyond  please visit http://bit.ly/VBTWalking2014. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.