Little Trains Of The Dolomites
7 nights. July 2019 - October 2020. From £729.00.
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Explore one of Europe’s most special corners as you journey through a picture-book land of vineyards, orchards and castles. Enjoy discovering the joys of life in the slow lane in this, part-Italian-speaking and part-German-speaking, sun-kissed region. Journey, from your hotel base near the shores of Italy’s most beautiful lake, on some historic railways and cableways. Visit charming towns and villages that radiate the warmth and sense of well-being created by their idyllic Alpine surroundings, and enjoy some of Italy’s most delicious food and wine along the way.
What's IncludedSeven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at your chosen hotel
Return flights to Italy
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsRide the Renon narrow-gauge railway to Collabro
Journey by rail from Mezzolombardo to Caldes
Enjoy the views from the Soprabolzano cable-car
Spend seven nights close to beautiful Lake Molveno
Discover medieval Bolzano – a wine-producing gem in the Dolomites
Take the rack railway from San Antonio Mendola to the Mendel Pass
Sample the region’s celebrated wines in Mezzocorona
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and transfer to your chosen hotel on the shores of Lake Molveno, which was named ‘Italy’s Most Beautiful Lake’ in 2017. Idyllically set in the shadow of the soaring Brenta Dolomites, Molveno is a haven for nature-lovers and a climbers’ Mecca, and a perfect base from which to explore this very special region. Enjoy a first dinner in the hotel this evening.
Day 2Begin your exploration with today’s visit to Bolzano, the capital of the Alto-Adige/South Tyrol region. The city captures perfectly the region's blend of southern Mediterranean and northern Italian influences in its famous food and celebrated wines. Set in a broad valley, at the confluence of two alpine rivers, Bolzano makes drifting into holiday mode easy. Relax in countless little cafes and explore colourful shops and stores. German – and English – are widely spoken here despite this being Italy, and a leisurely lunch is more likely to consist of wurst and apfelstrudel than pizza and pasta. After an introductory tour you'll be free to visit the town’s South Tyrol Archaeological Museum – home to the mummified remains of Otzi (the famous Tyrolean Iceman unearthed in 1991 by two tourists). Hopefully no similar startling discoveries await you this afternoon as you enjoy your scenic journey, first aboard the Renon cable car to Soprabolzano on its sunny plateau. After the chance to take in the idyllic surroundings of the Renon Nature Park, and to see its fascinating Earth Pyramids rock formations, you'll finish your day with a ride on the historic narrow-gauge Renon railway to the mountain village of Collalbo, from where you'll return to your hotel by coach.
Day 3Today brings opportunities to savour the delights of your hotel and of Molveno's small selection of shops and cafes. Rowing boats are available for hire if you'd like to venture out onto the pristine lake, and you can take a cable car to the heights of beautiful Pradel and the Paganella plateau beyond to wander its walking trails. Alternatively, join today's optional excursion to the former Roman settlement of Trento, the principal town of Italian Trentino, in its mountain-backed setting. Wander the colourful streets, and don’t miss the ancient Duomo cathedral or the vast Buonconsiglio Castle, and perhaps enjoy another leisurely lunch, before completing your day with a relaxing hour or so on the shores of fjord-like Lake Levico.
Day 4Another historic railway awaits you today, as you head along the Weinstrasse (Wine Trail) to tiny San Antonio, or St Anton, to board the Mendola funicular. Enjoy some spectacular views as you climb the heights of the Mendola Pass, at a maximum angle of 64 degrees, to the top station. After the opportunity for yet another leisurely lunch, this afternoon you'll be immersed in the region’s wine-growing industry. Visit the idyllic village of Caldaro, where the South Tyrolean Wine Museum provides a fascinating insight into the local vintages, and enjoy a wine-tasting in Mezzocorona, known as "the most beautiful wine-growing garden of Europe".
Day 5Enjoy another free day in Molveno and its delightful surroundings, or join today’s optional excursion south to Lake Garda. Highlights of this tour will include visits to elegant Riva del Garda on the Lake's northern shore, and colourful Malcesine, from where you can take the cable car to the heights of Monte Baldo, above the famous resort town.
Day 6A last day of exploration amid the scenic Dolomites sees you head across the vineyard-covered Rotaliana plain to historic Mezzolombardo, which sits between two beautiful valleys, overlooked by its two castles. Board a regional train, here, for the scenic, 45-minute journey to Caldes. After passing yet more hilltop fortresses, you'll arrive in Caldes, where the restored 13th-century castle dominates the tiny, delightful, apple-growing village. After time for lunch, your final afternoon visit takes you back in time as you wander the ancient rooms of the Palazzo Assessorile, in the heart of the historic village of Cles.
Day 7You're free to spend your last day relaxing, and hopefully soaking up the sunshine by the lake or on the water. Alternatively, you may wish to join our final optional excursion to "fair Verona", the historic backdrop for the tragic tale of "Juliet and her Romeo", and home to the famous opera season held yearly in its Roman amphitheatre. Explore this fascinating place, and then take a seat in an open-air cafe in Piazza Bra to watch the world go by. Return to your hotel for a last dinner, this evening, and to re-live the memories of a wonderful week in this special corner of the world.
Day 8Transfer to the airport to board your flight home to the UK. Back to top
Verona optional excursion for 2020 departuresPlease note that the optional excursion to Verona will take place on Day Six, and the rail journey from Mezzolombardo to Caldes will take place on Day Seven.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Verona airport, three hours from Venice airport and three hours from Milan Bergamo airport.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Meals in ItalyGuests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.
Italian hotel room taxSome regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of 1-3 € per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Entrance feesSince some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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