Based in Garda at the Hotel Villa Mulino, this holiday will see us situated just a short stroll from one of the most beautiful Italian Lakes. Lake Garda also happens to be the largest, and offers up amazing scenes of natural beauty that will absolutely astound. With its bright blue waters and mountainous backdrop, Lake Garda is well and truly a sight to behold.
While on this holiday though, we’ll also visit some of Italy’s other famous sights, such as those found in Venice and Verona, as well as taking a tour of North Lake Garda.
In Venice, we’ll find picturesque canals and historical attractions that will keep up busy for hours, while in Verona we can immerse ourselves in the romance of this city. Known for its connections with Romeo and Juliet, there’s a lot of in the way of gorgeous architecture in Verona that we’ll be able to marvel at while we’re there.
The Dolomites feature an incredible variety of diverse landscapes, from lush valleys to towering peaks, as well as breathtaking panoramas at every turn. These beautiful mountains offer endless opportunities for exploration on our coach tour, as we take in the splendid scenery here and stop for a number of photo opportunities!
We’ll get to travel through a number of quaint villages enjoying local attractions along the way.
We’ll tour the northern shores of Lake Garda and enjoy the sublime natural beauty to be found there. We’ll pass through a number of small towns that hug the shoreline, including beautiful Malcesine and Riva del Garda. Malcesine is a pretty lakeside town below an imposing medieval castle, Castello Scaligero which sits high in the hills above town. Riva del Garda has a stunning old town, set just back from the lake, with beautiful Baroque churches, Venetian city gates and the remains of the ancient city walls around the gorgeous piazza.
We’ll be treated to a few hours spent touring the southern shores of Lake Garda on this 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.
For an entire day, we’ll explore the beautiful city of Venice, where we’ll find beautiful architecture, fascinating history and vibrant culture. Venice is one of the most interesting cities in the world, with its winding canals and reputation for being the birthplace (and adopted home) of many amazing musicians.
Today, Venice is an extraordinary city with lots to discover, from museums to art galleries, monuments to bridges, and everything in between. Some of the most famous places we’ll be able to visit at leisure while in the city include Ca' d'Oro, the Doge's Palace and the Clock Tower, as well as the Museum of Natural History and the Venice Academy Gallery. There’s also the Basilica di San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and the famous Grand Canal.
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 were 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.
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.
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.
Set just 300 metres from the shores of Lake Garda in a converted former watermill, retaining many original features, the Hotel Villa Mulino is an absolutely charming place to stay.
The hotel has a pool area and gardens which make a perfect place to relax and enjoy your Lake Garda holiday. From the hotel it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk into the old town of Garda where there are a number of fine eateries and traditional bars with fantastic views across the lake.
The Mount Baldo Cable Car and the Sulphur Springs at Sirmione are both accessible from the hotel in less than an hour by bus and make for fantastic day trips. Alternatively go to any of the villages along the lake, enjoy their local markets and enjoy the fantastic food, drink and culture that make this part of Italy so incredible.
Day 1: Depart UK
Across to Calais, then travel through the night.
Day 2: Arrive Lake Garda
Continuing south to the shores of Lake Garda for a mid-morning arrival at the Hotel Villa Mulino. (Dinner)
Days 3 to 7: Lake Garda
Time to explore the area with our excellent choice of included and optional excursions. Join us as we discover Venice and Verona with included trips, and take an included North Lake tour to admire the stunning scenery here. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8: Depart Lake Garda
We leave Garda late this afternoon and travel through the night into France. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Arrive UK
Calais, UK then home
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