Glorious Lake Garda – Relax in the Stunning Italian Lakes
Gorgeous Italian Lakes
Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes and provides a beautiful taste of Italy’s laid-back atmosphere. The lake is known for having crystal clear waters and beautiful surroundings. The spectacular mountainous backdrop of the Dolomites lies on the Northern shoreline and at the south, sit the gentle slopes. This varying scenery provides an ever-changing vista of the stunning Italian Lakes. Explore the numerous delightful towns and villages dotted along the edge of the lake. Sirmione, located to the south of Lake Garda boasting incredible views of the lake. You will find numerous restaurants, bars, shops, a market and a picturesque castle. Where as Limone, on the steep northern shores, is covered in lemon groves. These small villages and historic towns combine to offer a wealth of memorable experiences.
Discover Venice & Verona
Discover two of Italy’s most fascinating cities – Venice and Verona. Romantic Venice is a magical city on the water, set on more than 100 small islands. While you are there, explore the narrow streets, take a ride on a gondola along the Grand Canal, and visit the Rialto Bridge. Venice has absolutely no roads, instead a maze of canals service the city. The most famous of these is the Grand Canal thoroughfare, which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Also visit Romeo and Juliet’s Verona. Here you will find a great number of Italian piazzas, including the famous Piazza delle Erbe, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy watching the world go by. There are many ornate churches and Roman monuments that remain in the town – the most famous being the Roman Arena, still in use some 2,000 years later.
With much to see and do during your stay and fabulous scenery, Lake Garda is always a firm favourite with travellers of all ages!
March - October 2021
Travel to Lake Garda
Travel to Dover for the crossing to Calais and onward through France. After an overnight stop, continue down to Italy and Lake Garda the following day.
Panoramic Lakeside Drive
Enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Garda. There are many places worth stopping at, including the delightful Malcesine, a picturesque tourist resort with cobbled lanes and a castle, seemingly wedged between the blue lake waters and the mountain ridge behind. At the southern end of the lake, the even more popular town of Sirmione sits on a picturesque peninsula. Take an optional boat trip to be able to see the town from the lake.
Romeo and Juliet’s Verona
Visit Verona, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities and the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Visit ‘Juliet’s House’, a 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard. Close by is Verona Arena, a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, continues to host concerts and large-scale opera performances. Discover an array of beautiful churches and Roman ruins across the town and enjoy a drink in the many piazzas – the most famous being the Piazza delle Erbe.
A Day at Leisure
A free day today to explore the many attractions the lake offers. Perhaps take the purpose-built walkway between Torbole and Rive del Garda, then take one of the frequent ferries to the delightful little town of Limone, famous for its lemon production, with its houses seemingly clinging on to the side of the lake.
An early start for a full day in Venice, the magical city on the water. A private boat transfer takes us from the coach park to St Mark’s Square. On a walking tour, pass by the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the Bridge of Sighs. There’s free time to explore the narrow streets, take a ride on a gondola along the Grand Canal, and visit the Rialto Bridge. Or perhaps go on a private boat sightseeing tour of the islands of the Lagoon.
Drive north into the Dolomites, famous for its outstanding mountain scenery. Visit Trento, the ‘City of Wine’, with its Gothic cathedral and historic Castle of Buonconsiglio, and Bolzano, capital of the Alto Adige region. If time permits, visit the spa town of Merano. Alternatively, take a half day visit to a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Return to the UK
It’s time to leave Lake Garda and start the journey home, once more making an overnight stop on the way back to Calais for the ferry to Dover.
Hotel Drago, Brenzone sul Garda ***
The hotel is located on the lake shore in Assenza Di Brenzone. It offers a garden with swimming pool, a gym, a restaurant and bar with a small terrace and panoramic views across Lake Garda. All rooms are spacious and equipped with TV, telephone, minibar and shower. Dinner is a buffet which includes a large selection of starters, salads and 3 different main courses. Entertainment is normally twice a week. Coach parking is available across the road from the hotel (1 space).
Poiano Resort, Bardolino ****
Set in extensive private grounds, with excellent views over Lake Garda and the local countryside. Spa and numerous sports facilities. Onsite coach parking.
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|Dates||Half Twin||Single supplement|
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City tax – A local city tax is payable per passenger per night directly to the hotel. (€2,00 pppn – subject to change)