Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

9 days from £669pp.


Lake Garda

Visit: Lake Garda, Italy

Venice

Visit: Venice, Italy

Sirmione

Visit: Sirmione, Italy

Venice

Visit: Venice, Italy

Verona

Visit: Verona, Italy

Relax on the shores of Lake Garda with its picture-postcard scenery, plus enjoy visits to the ‘floating’ city of Venice and ancient Verona on this popular Italian tour. In Venice you’ll see all the famous sights, including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square and the Doges’ Palace. Enjoy time in Verona, home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, visit Juliet’s balcony, the 1st century arena which is home to the prestigious Verona Opera Festival, plus fine palaces, churches and monuments. And what better way to unwind after a day of sightseeing than with a glass of wine in a restaurant overlooking beautiful Lake Garda? You can see it all on this incredible holiday in Italy.

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

We depart our overnight hotel early this morning as we begin our journey towards Italy (suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route). We arrive late this evening at our hotel on Lake Garda where we will stay for the next six nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Wine Tasting

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 north to the small town of Sarche and to Cantina Toblino 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 including Trentino Ham, house bread, cheese and salami.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Venice

Venice

Join our included excursion to Venice, the largest city in the Veneto area. 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda (Sirmione)

Lake Garda (Sirmione)

Today you have the opportunity to visit some of the other interesting 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. 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Juliet's Balcony

Juliet's Balcony

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda (Torbole)

Lake Garda (Torbole)

A day at leisure today to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Alternatively, why not join our optional excursion by boat and cruise to the nearby towns 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 cobbles 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

To Belgium or northern France for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 8 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 or 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Venice - Unique city
  • Verona - Historic city
  • Rhine Valley (12-day tour only) - Germany’s grand river valley

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Lake Garda - Picturesque shoreside villages
  • Winetasting - Sample the regional wines
  • Venice Lagoon Cruise - A different view of the city
  • Verona Sightseeing - Guided walking tour
  • Italian Dolomites (12-day tour only) - Spectacular mountain range
  • Rhine Cruise (12-day tour only) - Fine riverside scenery

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £149.00 (9 days), £189.00 (12 days).

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

Continue south to Lake Garda for an eight-night stay

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Wine Tasting

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 north to the small town of Sarche and to Cantina Toblino 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 including Trentino Ham, house bread, cheese and salami.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Venice

Venice

Join our included excursion to Venice, the largest city in the Veneto area. 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 principle 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda (Sirmione)

Lake Garda (Sirmione)

Today you have the opportunity to visit some of the other interesting 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 cafes. 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Juliet's Balcony

Juliet's Balcony

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda (Torbole)

Lake Garda (Torbole)

A day at leisure today to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Alternatively why not join our optional excursion by boat and cruise to the nearby towns 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 cobbles 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda

Lake Garda

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

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Dolomites

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Rhine

Rhine

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

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart our overnight hotel and commence our journey north to our overnight hotel in Belgium. 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 8 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 or 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Venice - Unique city
  • Verona - Historic city
  • Rhine Valley (12-day tour only) - Germany’s grand river valley

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Lake Garda - Picturesque shoreside villages
  • Winetasting - Sample the regional wines
  • Venice Lagoon Cruise - A different view of the city
  • Verona Sightseeing - Guided walking tour
  • Italian Dolomites (12-day tour only) - Spectacular mountain range
  • Rhine Cruise (12-day tour only) - Fine riverside scenery

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £149.00 (9 days), £189.00 (12 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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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. The hotel is situated only a short walk from the lake and resort centre. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and swimming pool with terrace.

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

7th October 2017 will stay for six nights at the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva del Garda. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, lift and outdoor swimming pool.


Italy

Bristol

Bristol

Italy

Club Hotel La Vela

Club Hotel La Vela

Bristol


The Hotel Bristol is located on the outskirts of Riva Del Garda, approximately one mile from the resort. All bedrooms are elegantly furnished, with en-suite facilities, hairdryer, telephone, satellite television and safe. Some rooms feature air-conditioning, and others have balcony. The restaurant, bar and television lounge are air-conditioned and from the panoramic terrace you can enjoy the stunning scenery. After a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, relax in the sauna or on one of the loungers in the garden with a cool drink and a tasty snack. The hotel has a lift.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Club Hotel La Vela


The Hotel Club la Vela is situated only 200 metres away from the lakeside at Torbole and the resort’s numerous restaurants, shops and bars. The hotel offers excellent facilities, a warm welcome and fine cuisine and service. All bedrooms are attractively furnished with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, colour satellite television, telephone and balcony. The hotel has a lift, restaurant, small bar, and swimming pool with terrace and sun-loungers. The hotel is comprised of four buildings, set back from the main road in its own gardens, and built in a courtyard style, with the swimming pool in the centre. A walk of around 45 mins along the lake front takes you to the popular resort of Riva Del Garda, with its excellent shops and lakeside cafes and bars.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Tour Changes

  • Monday 28th August 2017 Departure

    Tour Code: 12IGDV - From day 2, you will stay for eight nights at the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva del Garda. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, lift and outdoor swimming pool.

  • Monday 12th June 2017 Departure

    Tour Code: 12IGDV - From day 2, you will stay for eight nights at the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva del Garda. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, lift and outdoor swimming pool.

  • Monday 17th July 2017 Departure

    Tour Code: 12IGDX - From day 2, you will stay for eight nights at the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva del Garda. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, lift and outdoor swimming pool.

  • Monday 5th June 2017 Departure

    Tour Code: 12IGDX - From day 2, you will stay for eight nights on a half board basis at the 3-star hotel Armony in Desenzano del Garda. The hotel has a bar and lift and rooms have T.V., telephone and hairdryer.

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
It could be either - This will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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