Imagine stepping out of your normal responsibilities and spoiling yourself for ten days!

Come to Lake Como with Us!


Tour Lake Como 2016

“Lake Como: Villas, Gardens and Walks” is Valentine Travel’s Lakes Program. Between the Alps and the Po Valley, close to the Swiss border, the landscape is characterised by wonderful scenery which includes the beautiful Lake Como and the majestic Alps which form a dramatic backdrop to the lake.

The territory of Lario, formed by the provinces of Como and Lecco, has, for centuries been a crossing point between Central Europe and the Mediterranean and is therefore of historical and cultural importance.

Around the shores of Lake Como are many incredible gardens and villas and we will take you to some of the most beautiful: Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi and Villa Balbianello.  The villas are places where masterpieces of art and nature live together in harmony.

Our base will be the town of Mandello del Lario on the Eastern shores of Lake Como, between Lecco and Varenna.  here we have found delightful accomodation for you whih is within easy distance of the lake.  The town is very pretty with views of the lake and the mountains and its lakeside public gardens. From Mandello Del Lario it is easy to travel by ferry or train to other towns and villages around Lake Como such as Bellagio, Menaggio, Lenno and Varrena.

Some of the walks which we have chosen will take us a long an old Roman path, the “Viadante” or “The Wayfarers Path”, on the Eastern shores. Another will be from the town of Menaggio on the Western shore. The walking normally be of to 2 – 4 hours duration.  It will be of moderate difficulty.  These walks optional.  Come if you like it! Relax if you don’t!

A detailed itinerary will be available on request.

Ferry Terminal at Mandello del Lario

Ferry Terminal at Mandello del Lario

“You have created a holiday experience for ladies that is unique. There are many ways in which you make our stay personal and very special. Your warm, friendly nature and the wonderful relationship you enjoy with the Italian people we meet, make the whole experience unique and special. Keep me on your mailing list for future adventures.”……Nola
”You enabled us to experience things we would not have been able to if travelling alone or with most other tour groups.” ……Inge
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“I want to come back again and again!”……Christina
”I’m sure I will return to Tuscany again and again.”
“Now I know why everyone raves about Tuscany. I loved staying in Colle Val D’Elsa!”
“Not only did you feed me a diet of interesting and delicious food, you served it with historical, cultural, and social history in a warm, friendly atmosphere around a table of love and care. I will always remember and treasure my Tuscan holiday”……Beverley
“Words are poor tools for me to describe how wonderful my stay with you was.”……Jan
“Walking through woods of chestnuts, then coming out to find farms of olives, grapes and figs. What bliss!”……Wendy
“Women together always know how to have fun : great walks, food and company”……Gina
“I have been to Tuscany before but this visit is the absolute highlight. Special to me was your gentle care and your capacity to make me feel totally spolit. Also special was your interaction with the local people in both Colle Val D’Elsa and elsewhere an the obvious high regard you are held in. Your planning of our activities was enhanced by your local experience and knowledge. Your generosity of spirit and time make this holiday special”……Lyn.
”Each day was a basket of surprises”……Wendy
“Carpe Diem! What a wonderful group to seize the day with! Each day has been an unforgettable experience. There has been a spirit in our group which is hard to explain except to say that the care and attention and sense of fun made our time together in Tuscany fantastic!”……Trish
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“Your quiet, calm, fun approach towards your “Ladies” is admirable! Best wishes and may many more women experience Tuscany a la Valentine Travel.”
Your passion or Italy is infectious! This tour has far exceed our expectations.”……Leah and Cath
“This trip has been one of the special highlights of my life”……Lynne
“From the first view out of my window, I was captivated!”……Betty
”I’ve never done anything like this before. So me achieving and enjoying a walking tour was a new page in my book of Life’s achievements. Than you for providing this opportunity in a friendly, female and supportive manner. The food and the friendship were fantastic, and the contact with the local people was the ‘icing on the cake’. I’m not saying ‘Good-Bye’. I’m saying :’See you again!”……Linda
“Highlights are many, however, for me, the wonderful friendships shown by the people of the village will always remain in my heart. The professional and friendly manner that you have shown to us as a group reflects how much you enjoy being in this area. As a result we feel special and accepted by the community, which can only be a bonus for us!”……Janine
“At the end of each day, it was great to come ‘home’.”
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“So hard to decide what I enjoyed most – the rambling walks or the fabulous Italian food!”
“Wow! What an amazing holiday I had had with a great bunch of girls. A trip of a lifetime full of sunshine and laughter.”……Sheila
“Sharing the experience with a group of other women has certainly intensified the enjoyment and appreciation of all we have seen.”……Shirley and Julie
“Travel the world and you won’t find a better place to call home for 10 days than Colle Val D’Elsa, better company more fun, or more spectacular scenery. It has been an affair to remember – an affair with Tuscany I shall cherish always.”……Meredith
“Thank you so much for making our 50th birthdays so special. We were embraced as a family and the entire trip was a family affair. The wisteria, poppies, iris, the green, green wheat, were all breathtaking.”……Hanna and Carol