Dramatic Dolomites & Lake Garda
They may not be Italy’s tallest mountains but the jagged snow-capped Dolomites are surely the most spectacular. In this beautiful part of Northern Italy, full of Tyrolean influences, it is all about the magnificent mountain scenery, picturesque lakes, pretty alpine style hamlets and lush fertile valleys covered with vines and orchards. Your base is the charming village of Fai della Paganella in the Trentino region where you will be made to feel at home by Fausto and his family at the charming and extremely popular chalet style Hotel Paganella. Added extras at the hotel include a free bar for 6 evenings between 6pm – 10.30pm, wine with dinner, a quiz night, wine tasting and the chance to go local with a try of the multi-spouted grolla cup and a picnic on a walk through the village. A day to Riva del Garda at the northern end of stunning Lake Garda is included.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Overnight hotel for 2 nights with breakfast
Hotel for 6 nights with continental buffet breakfast & dinner
Welcome drink on arrival
Porterage in Italy
Unlimited water & wine with dinner
Tea/Coffee after dinner
Free bar 6pm-10.30pm (selected drinks)
Evening activities in the bar
Picnic lunch and village walk
Three included excursions
Your ItineraryDay 1 - You head to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then continue via the auto-routes of France en-route to your overnight hotel over the border in Saarlouis in Germany. Bed & breakfast
Day 2 - Departing after breakfast, enjoy a day of ever changing scenery as your scenic drive takes you through Austria and over the Brenner Pass before entering Italy on the way to Fai della Paganella for your 6-night stay. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and porterage is included here. Dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 3 - 7 - At leisure in Fai della Paganella for 5 days with three included excursions. During your stay enjoy a walk and picnic in the surrounding countryside with compliments of your resort hotel as well as several activity evenings. Dinner, bed & breakfast
Merano & Lake Caldaro
Head to the Süd Tyrol to the pretty spa town of Merano which has an enticing 'Mediterranean meets the Alps' atmosphere. Beloved by generations of middle Europe's movers and shakers, from Austrian Royals to influential writers, Merano, with its medieval centre, leafy boulevards, sunny microclimate and art nouveau villas still draws health-conscious visitors who come to benefit from its therapeutic traditions. Return via the famous wine route of Alto Adige with a stop at Lake Caldaro. Your driver may be able to offer you an optional lake cruise.
Riva del Garda
The resort of Riva del Garda is located at the north point of stunningly beautiful Lake Garda. This is the dramatic end of the lake where mountains rise steeply on either side and Riva sits on the shore with a backdrop of lake, valley and hills. This atmospheric town is full of appeal and has plenty going on, with its beautifully preserved, pedestrianised Citta Vecchia, lakeside promenade and waterfront squares. The striking 13th century clock-tower (Torre Apponale) stands proudly in the centre of the town's lakefront piazza and those with plenty of energy can climb up to the top for great vistas (admission applies). Your driver may be able to offer you an optional boat trip to nearby Limone sul Garda
Brenta Dolomites for a Day
A day touring this stunning region. The coach will climb up to the popular ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio at 1550m. Known as the Pearl of the Brenta Dolomites, the village with all its cafes and restaurants makes a great place to stop for a morning coffee and from the centre of town you may like to explore the mountains on one of the gondola lifts (fare not included). Continue to Pinzolo, a tiny jewel nestled amongst the Dolomites, with its ancient church of S. Virgilio, dating back to 1362, with its amazing frescos (Triumph of Death and the Macabre Dance). Finally head to Lake Toblino, one of the most romantic lakes in Trentino. The vegetation here is positively Mediterranean due to the mild climate and the highlight is the fairtytale 12th century Toblino Castle on the lakeshore.
Bolzano & Renon
Head off to Bolzano, the capital of the Dolomites, with the chance to Ötzi, the famous Ice Man, naturally mummified in ice for over 5,000 years (Museum entrance not included). Continue to Renon, a spectacular area of peaks and plateaus with the opportunity of an optional cable car and narrow gauge railway trip to reach the heart of this region, viewing the earth pyramids and beautiful scenery along the way.
Day 8 - Arrivederci to the Italian Dolomites as you head back through Austria and on to the final overnight hotel. Bed & breakfast
Day 9 - An early start today after breakfast, as yuo travel back through France to Calais for the return to England. Back to top
The small and friendly chalet-style Hotel Paganella is located in the pretty hamlet of Fai, nestled in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. Fausto and his family ensure a warm welcome as they pass on their passion for the area to you. There is a cosy bar, a traditional restaurant serving excellent homemade Italian food, comfortable lounge area and a lift. Each of the comfortable 26 bedrooms has a hairdryer, satellite TV and telephone.