Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

boat on Lake Garda
coast of Lake Garda
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Join us as we travel to sunny Lake Garda, where we’ll enjoy a superb holiday in Garda, the town that sits on the lakeside. We’ll be staying at the Hotel Bisesti throughout our holiday, and so will be situated less than a mile from the lake itself. Our location in Garda will ensure we’re never too far from the destination for our excursions, which will first take us to Lake Garda.  The lake is absolutely marvellous, with stunning views all around. We’ll make the most of a north Lake Garda tour as our first excursion, which will take us to some of the local towns to enjoy some leisure time. We’ll also visit the nearby cities of Venice and Verona, which are absolutely packed with historic.  Famous for being the setting of two Shakespeare plays, Verona will be our second calling point during our holiday and will offer up all kinds of activities. Meanwhile, in Venice, we’ll be able to wander along the canals and marvel at the architecture in the city’s old centre.

Excursions

Borghetto sul Mincio and Mantova

Thought of as one of Italy's most beautiful villages, Borghetto is situated in a valley at the foot of the Visconti Bridge and is famous for its scenery. Nestled in the valley of the river Mincio, the village dates from ancient times and is rich with medieval architecture and buildings, such as the village's walls and gates.  After our time here, we continue to visit Mantova, a beautiful city in the Lombardy region. The city is the Italian Capital of Culture for 2016, and its historical Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore at leisure to take in the many sights here. 


Evening at the Verona Opera

Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Verona Opera with a dazzling performance at the ancient Amphitheatre. Be astounded by the incredible performance - sure to make for a memorable experience! Please Note: This excursions is only available from 24th June - 28th August 2016 and 23rd June - 27th August 2017.


Full Day: Lakes And Castles

We’ll enjoy a nice leisurely drive this morning, travelling through the Trentino region and admiring some stunning scenery along the way. We’ll make our way along the northern end of Lake Garda, passing the beautiful Lago di Toblino, as well as the pastel-coloured lake Lago di Tenno, which we’ll be able to enjoy a walk down to during a short break - don’t forget your camera!


Full Day: North Lake Garda Tour (Included)

Discover the delightful lakeside villages of Malcesine and Riva del Garda as we take a relaxing tour of northern Lake Garda. Malcesine is a beautiful and quintessential Lake Garda town with narrow winding streets and a 14th century castle that gives fantastic views of the town and lake from its clock tower. Riva del Garda has a beautiful little port, with houses tightly packed around the waters edge. 


Full Day: Venice (Included)

We’ll spend an entire day in Venice, where we’ll find the beautiful canals this city is so well-known for. The city consists of over a hundred small islands; with the canals and many bridges linking them altogether to create the amazing city we’ll visit during our excursion. We’ll be able to explore Venice at leisure, so we can choose how we spend our time there. Highlights include the Doge's Palace, the Bell Tower of St Mark, the Rialto Bridge and taking a gondola ride through the canals.


Full Day: Verona (Included)

Verona is one of Italy’s most romantic cities, thanks to the fact that Shakespeare chose this city to set his romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. While the couple was purely fictional, there are many attractions which claim by local legend to have once set the scene for Romeo and Juliet. For example, there’s Juliet’s House, where we’ll find the balcony Romeo is said to have serenaded his love, as well as the Basilica di San Zeno where the two were supposedly married in secret. There’s also Juliet’s tomb, which is said to be located within San Francesco al Corso church.  Aside from this, there are many other attractions to enjoy in Verona, such as the Piazza delle Erbe, which was once the site of the Roman Forum in the city, and Lamberti Tower. There’s a Roman Theatre and Archaeological Museum to enjoy as well, and the impressive Verona Cathedral.


Half Day: South Lake Tour

We’ll be treated to a few hours spent touring the southern shores of Lake Garda on this optional excursion, which will give us time to sit back, relax and soak up the incredible views. There’s nothing quite like Lake Garda, and this tour will allow us to spend some time in the little town of Sirmione as well. There, we’ll get to wander through the town centre, admiring the views and enjoying the local shops.


Limone Lake Cruise

While we’re in Lake Garda, we'll get to take a superb Limone Lake cruise to see the beautiful landscape of the North lake. The town of Limone is at the bottom of a 1000m high massif, and gives astounding views across the lake to the even higher mountains about the town Malcesine. This cruise will leave you awe-inspired by the stunning scenery at this end of the lake with the views of the mountains being some of the most fantastic in Italy.


Sirmione Lake Cruise

Join us on a relaxing cruise along the shores of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Sit back and enjoy a leisurely cruise around the island of Sirmione on the local tourist boat. Admire the sights of the stunning villa, which is owned by the opera singer Maria Callas. As well as this, we’ll discover the ancient Roman baths, known as the Grotee di Catullo, which are the largest Roman baths in the north of Italy, and the intriguing hot springs located 200 metres from the. We conclude our cruise at Scaliger Castle, where we disembark. The attractive small town of Sirmione stands at the tip of the peninsula that bears the same name, on the south shores of Lake Garda. Walking across the drawbridge, you will be met with spectacular views, interesting piazzas, narrow streets and a town filled with vibrant colours.


Venice Gondola Ride

Experience Venice from its famous canals as we take an optional gondola ride. See the beautiful architecture, while travelling along these busy waterways and enjoying the pleasant atmosphere. Venice is well-known for its canals, which connect this floating city, and our optional excursion will give us a chance to admire one of Italy’s most beautiful cities from a different perspective.


Verona Guided Walking Tour

While we’re in Verona, we’ll be able to enjoy an excellent guided walking tour of the city to find out more about its past, and to see its best sights. With an expert guide, we’ll explore more of this wonderful location and will learn all about its heritage.

Accommodation

Hotel Bisesti (primary)

The attractive Hotel Bisesti is set in pretty surroundings just 150 metres from the lakeshore and promenade. Popular with guests who visit on a regular basis because of its central yet peaceful location and wonderful pool area, the hotel offers a high level of service and friendly staff will look after your every need.

Destinations visited
  • Europe
  • Italy
  • Lake Garda
Tags
  • City
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • Walking
  • UK Coach Departures


Day One - UK to France On day one we’ll travel from our local joining points in the UK to France. We’ll stop at a hotel overnight.

Day Two - France to Garda After breakfast, we’ll continue on to Garda and will arrive at the Hotel Bisesti, which will be our base for the next seven nights. (B,D)

Days Three to Fifteen - Garda For the following fourteen days, we’ll call Garda home while we enjoy included and optional excursions to the nearby areas. (B,D)

Day Sixteen - Garda to France Beginning our journey back to the UK, we travel from Garda to France, stopping at an overnight hotel while en route home. (B,D)

Day Seventeen - France to UK In the morning, we’ll make the final leg of our journey to Calais and then to the UK, and then to our local joining points by coach. (B)

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
17-Jul-2018 for 16 Nights Visit Website
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04-Sep-2018 for 16 Nights Visit Website

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