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Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

Europe
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGIGD

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Lake Garda to Venice and Verona, with the chance to sample a glass of wine or two! Enjoy a true taste of Italy on this Italian adventure.
PRICE FROM ? £759 per person
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Itinerary

12 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium or northern France for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    Continue south to Lake Garda for an eight-night stay

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Free Time or Wine Tasting

    Today is free for you to relax and explore your new surroundings. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is a popular holiday destination. The northern part of the lake is the narrowest point and is surrounded by mountains, the majority of which belong to the Gruppo del Baldo. After a relaxing morning, why not join our optional afternoon ‘Taste of Italy’ excursion? We make our way to a Cantina where the wine experts will explain about the different grapes from the area, used in the production of the wine. You will then have the chance to taste both red and white wines as well as sample some of the local produce of the area.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Venice

    Join our included excursion to the 'floating city' of Venice. Venice is renowned for its beauty, architecture and its artwork. It is the world’s only pedestrian city, which makes it easy to explore on foot. Be sure to see some of the famous sights such as the Doge’s Palace, the symbolic seat of Venetian power and the enclosed Bridge of Sighs. A visit to St. Mark’s Square, the principal public square of Venice, is also a must. It is dominated at its eastern end by the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica, a superb example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Perhaps take a ride on a gondola, with your expert gondolier steering you through the busy waterways of Venice (at own cost) or maybe sit back and relax at Harry’s Bar with one of their famous Bellini cocktails, the choice is yours. To make the most of your visit, why not join an optional Venice lagoon cruise where we view St Mark’s Square and several of the small islands including San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Sant’Erasmo and Vignole. We also pass Murano Island, famous for its glassmaking, before returning to St. Marks Square.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Lake Garda

    Today you have the opportunity to visit some of the other shoreside towns on Lake Garda on our optional tour along the eastern shore of the lake. The lake itself is the largest in Italy and a popular holiday destination. It has numerous small islands and five main ones, the largest being Isola del Garda. We visit the towns of Lazise, and Garda, the main town of the area. Spend time exploring the narrow streets of the old village or relax in one of the many cafés. We also see the ancient fortified town of Sirmione, the gem of the peninsula, located on the south of the lake. During your time in Sirmione there will be the opportunity to take to the water and sail along the Sirmione peninsula. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding area from the lake itself.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Verona

    After breakfast, we have an included excursion to the second largest city in the Veneto region, Verona. This beautiful Roman city is situated alongside the River Adige and is the setting for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Verona was a Roman city, and many Roman ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena. Most of the historical sites to see today date from the past 800 years. Verona's military importance has also left city fortifications and an excellent castle. To introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sights, why not join our optional guided walking tour. The many charms of the city will be brought to life as you walk through its streets accompanied by a local guide. Admire the 1st century Arena (entrance included on the walking tour), home to the prestigious Verona Opera Festival, which dominates the main square. Verona boasts an abundance of fine palaces, churches and monuments, which adorn its alleyways and squares. Our informative guide will reveal many of the fascinating stories behind the history of the buildings and personalities that will allow you to appreciate to the full the charming nature of this fine old historic town. You will have time at leisure to browse amongst the shops or take a coffee break in one of the many cafés in Piazza Bra overlooking the Arena.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Free Time

    Free day today. Alternatively, why not join our optional boat cruise excursion across the lake. We sail first to the charming town of Limone and Malcesine for free time. We board our boat and sail first to the charming town of Limone on the western shore of the lake. There will be free time in Limone where you can meander down the cobbled streets, or maybe sample the delicious Italian ice cream. We continue our journey across Lake Garda to the town of Malcesine, a beautiful town with narrow cobbled streets clustering beneath the thirteenth century turreted Scaligero Castle. There will be free time to explore the town at your leisure or perhaps take the cable car up Mount Baldo (at own cost) for some spectacular views.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8 - Free Time

    A day at leisure for you to enjoy time in the resort.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 - Italian Dolomites

    Why not leave Lake Garda behind and join us on an optional tour of the spectacular Dolomites. You will have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking scenery of the majestic Trentino Dolomites as we take a scenic drive through the magnificent mountains with their fantastic shaped pinnacles and dramatic pillars. Don’t forget your camera to capture the unsurpassable views and colours in this rugged limestone massif. On this wonderful scenic drive we meander our way through quaint Tyrolean towns before we make the steep climb up the Pordoi Pass. We continue down the Passo di Sella before returning to our hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 10

    We leave Lake Garda for a leisurely journey north to central Germany.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 11 - Rhine Valley

    We depart our overnight hotel and commence our journey north to our overnight hotel in Belgium or northern France. En route we pause in the Rhine Valley, with the opportunity to join our optional cruise on the Rhine. A cruise through the Rhine gorge, famous for its ancient castles, picturesque villages and vine clad slopes and is a perfect way to view the splendour of the Rhine. The cruise will last for approximately 2 ½ hours during which time you will be served a lunch on board.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 12

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

9 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium or northern France for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    We depart our overnight hotel early this morning as we begin our journey towards Italy. We arrive late this evening at our hotel on Lake Garda where we will stay for the next six nights.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Free Time or Wine Tasting

    Today is free for you to relax and explore your new surroundings. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is a popular holiday destination. The northern part of the lake is the narrowest point and is surrounded by mountains, the majority of which belong to the Gruppo del Baldo. After a relaxing morning, why not join our optional afternoon Taste of Italy excursion? We make our way to a Cantina where the wine experts will explain about the different grapes from the area, used in the production of the wine. You will then have the chance to taste both red and white wines as well as sample some of the local produce of the area.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Venice

    Join our included excursion to the 'floating city' of Venice. Venice is renowned for its beauty, architecture and its artwork. It is the world’s only pedestrian city, which makes it easy to explore on foot. Be sure to see some of the famous sights such as the Doge’s Palace, the symbolic seat of Venetian power and the enclosed Bridge of Sighs. A visit to St. Mark’s Square, the principal public square of Venice, is also a must. It is dominated at its eastern end by the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica, a superb example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Perhaps take a ride on a gondola, with your expert gondolier steering you through the busy waterways of Venice (at own cost) or maybe sit back and relax at Harry’s Bar with one of their famous Bellini cocktails, the choice is yours. To make the most of your visit, why not join an optional Venice lagoon cruise where we view St. Mark’s Square and several of the small islands including San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Sant’Erasmo and Vignole. We also pass Murano Island, famous for its glassmaking, before returning to St. Mark's Square.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 - Lake Garda

    Today you have the opportunity to visit some of the other shoreside towns on Lake Garda on our optional tour along the eastern shore of the lake. The lake itself is the largest in Italy and a popular holiday destination. It has numerous small islands and five main ones, the largest being Isola del Garda. We visit the towns of Lazise, and Garda, the principal town of the area. Spend time exploring the narrow streets of the old village or relax in one of the many cafés. We also see the ancient fortified town of Sirmione, the gem of the peninsular, located on the south of the lake, from where there will be the opportunity to take to the water and sail along the Sirmione peninsula. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding area from the lake itself.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Verona

    After breakfast, we have an included excursion to the second largest city in the Veneto region, Verona. This beautiful Roman city is situated alongside the River Adige and is the setting for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Verona was a Roman city, and many Roman ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena. Most of the historical sights to see today date from the past 800 years. Verona's military importance has also left city fortifications and an excellent castle. To introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sights, why not join our optional guided walking tour. The many charms of the city will be brought to life as you walk through its streets accompanied by a local guide. Admire the 1st century Arena (entrance included on the walking tour), home to the prestigious Verona Opera Festival, which dominates the main square. Verona boasts an abundance of fine palaces, churches and monuments, which adorn its alleyways and squares. Our informative guide will reveal many of the fascinating stories behind the history of the buildings and personalities that will allow you to appreciate to the full the charming nature of this fine old historic town. You will have time at leisure to browse amongst the shops or take a coffee break in one of the many cafés in Piazza Bra overlooking the Arena.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 7 - Free Time or Lake Garda Cruise

    Free day today. Alternatively, why not join our optional boat cruise excursion across the lake. We sail first to the charming town of Limone and Malcesine for free time. We board our boat and sail first to the charming town of Limone on the western shore of the lake. There will be free time in Limone where you can meander down the cobbled streets, or maybe sample the delicious Italian ice cream. We continue our journey across Lake Garda to the town of Malcesine, a beautiful town with narrow cobbled streets clustering beneath the thirteenth century turreted Scaligero Castle. There will be free time to explore the town at your leisure or perhaps take the cable car up Mount Baldo (at own cost) for some spectacular views.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8

    To Belgium or northern France for an overnight stay.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 9

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for six or eight nights at the 3-star Club Hotel La Vela in Torbole sul Garda or the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva del Garda.

Overnight stays in central Germany (12 day tour only), Belgium or northern France will be in city-style hotels.

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