Lake Iseo Holidays

A well kept secret, waiting to be discovered

Forget Prosecco, it’s all about Franciacorta DOCG sparkling wine on Lake Iseo! The Franciacorta region towards the south of the lake is marbled with family run vineyards, so you won’t struggle to find a beautiful spot to enjoy a glass yourself. There’s lots of great cycle routes in the area. Our favourites are the ‘wine routes’ – hire an e-bike and set off through the vineyards. You can even schedule in tastings as you go.

The main town of Iseo is on the lake’s south shore. You’ll get an instant feel for its medieval origins, from the street patterns, arcaded shopping areas and peaceful squares, centred around Piazza Garibaldi. Do as the locals do and head to the Friday market here or find a sunny terrace to sit at, outside a café. Lake Iseo’s most striking feature is Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in Europe, home to eleven small communities and it's virtually traffic free, except for the public bus. We loved taking a stroll and finding local Trattoria’s to stop at for lunch - complete with red checked table cloths and delicious homemade food. Ferries run regularly from Iseo and Sulzano, so it’s easy to hop between the lake’s towns and the Island.  

There’s some lovely gentle walks around, too. Like through the Torbiere del Sebino Natural Reserve beside Iseo town. The lakeside wetland is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts – so don’t forget your binoculars!

  • from£509pp
  • 66 rooms
Hotel Iseolago, Exterior Lake View

Hotel Iseolago is perfect for that relaxing holiday. It's surrounded by beautiful gardens and the lake can be reached by a private path straight from the hotel. There's three pools and a modern spa. Guests also have access to a nearby Lido with even more facilities to try out. It's easy to see why this is one of our favourite hotels.

  • from£459pp
  • 15 rooms
Hotel Rosa, Lake Iseo, Italy - Garden.jpg

If you're looking for a boutique, family-run hotel then Hotel Rosa is perfect. There's just 15 rooms here so it feels like a home-away-from-home. The lakefront town of Iseo is just 500 metres away so you're well-placed to explore the local area, too.

  • from£469pp
  • 29 rooms
Hotel Ambra, Iseo, Exterior

Hotel Ambra is located in the centre of town just infront of the harbour. You get some great lake views from here and you're right in the middle of everything so getting out to explore couldn't be easier. The hotel feels really authentic with friendly staff and traditional rooms. The food is pretty special and you'll find yourself looking forward to dinner each night to try some more Italian dishes.

Useful Information
Information about Lake Iseo
Resort Code ITIS
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.660628
Longitude 10.064595
Travel and Transportation
Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Wednesday/Saturday
Wednesday/Saturday
Saturday
Saturday
Wednesday/Saturday
Wednesday/Saturday
Wendnesday
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Verona Gatwick
Southampton
Bristol
Cambridge
Birmingham
Manchester
Leeds-Bradford
Newcastle
Edinburgh
Nil/£19
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£49
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£49
£79/£79
£59

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 mins by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Self drive is available

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Things To Do

Lake Iseo offers a variety of things to do to keep any visitor occupied. Discover Iseo Town which is of medieval origin, weave your way through the back streets to lovely open-air squares and a lakefront lined with stylish cafes and bars. Concerts and exhibitions are organised throughout the summer. The jewel of the Lake is the Monte Isola, largest land island in Europe. Home to 11 communities, is traffic-free and easily reached by boat from the lakeside towns of Iseo and Sulzano - the perfect spot for a peaceful stroll and walks. Cruise the lake on the ferries or catch the train to see the other main towns : Sarnico, Pisogne and Lovere.. For the active, the area is excellent for walking at all different levels. The Lake Iseo railway from Brescia is a comfortable way to explore this lovely lake and its surrounding areas up into the Camonica Valley. There is also gentle walking around the Torbiere del Sebino adjacent to Iseo Town. It's a lakeside wetland nature reserve, and sure to be the highlight of Lake Iseo holidays for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Visit Bergamo - one of the oldest towns in Italy which is steeped in beauty and history.

  • Visit a vineyard and taste the Franciacorta DOCG wine
  • Lunch or a walk on the Island of Monte Isola
  • Visit the lakeside towns (boat / train)
  • Stroll along the lakefront of Sarnico
  • Visit the Tadini Gallery in Lovere
  • Visit Medieval Bergamo
  • See the frescoes of Romanino in Pisogne
  • Visit the gardens of the Villa Quistini
  • Shop in Iseo's beautiful historical centre
  • Visit ancient Brescia by train
  • Breno Castle and squares
  • Bienno medieval mountain / water village
  • Rock Engravings in Capo di Ponte
  • Edolo mountain village

 

 

Walking

Inghams Guided Wanderwalks

The area around Lake Iseo offers excellent, varied walking itineraries for all levels. You can use boat, train and bus services to increase your choice of walk. Here are a few walks we have put together:

Monte Isola Tour

| Easy | 3 hrs (approx) |

Take the boat overto Peschiera Maraglio, the perfect start point for the walk. This
scenic walk follows the coast road clockwise to the village of Sensole. The walk hugs the coast, but if you are happy to climb a little you’ll be rewarded with superb lake views.

Torbiere Nature Reserve

| Easy | 2-3 hrs (approx) | This flat
tranquil walk is ideal to explore this amazing and protected Nature
Reserve. Taking the route from the church over the central bridges
and back to do a complete circular tour of Iseo.

Good to know

  • Love to travel in style? Buy a weekly ferry pass to visit towns around the lake by boat during your stay
  • Take a boat trip to Montisola, the largest lake island in Europe, and discover its unique culture
  • Taste the delicious Franciacorta sparkling wine where it was made and visit the vineyards and wine cellars in the mountains by the lake
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