Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

9 days from £639 pp.


About the Tour

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.

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
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

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 such as Trentino Ham, house bread, cheese and salami.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Venice

Venice

Join our included excursion to the 'floating city' of Venice. 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

Lake Garda

Today you have the opportunity to visit some of the other shoreside 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, from where 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
Verona

Verona

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
Boat cruise

Boat cruise

Free day today. Alternatively, why not join our optional boat cruise excursion across the lake. We sail first to the charming town 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 cobbled 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

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Venice - Unique city
  • Verona - Historic city
  • Rhine Valley - Picturesque villages (12-day tour only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

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

Notes


Travel Insurance from £35.00 (9 days), £38.00 (12 days). Single Room Supplement from £159.00 (9 days), £199.00 (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 such as Trentino Ham, house bread, cheese and salami.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Venice

Venice

Join our included excursion to the 'floating city' of Venice. 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. Marks Square.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Today you have the opportunity to visit some of the other shoreside 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 cafés. 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
Verona

Verona

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
Boat cruise

Boat cruise

Free day today. Alternatively, why not join our optional boat cruise excursion across the lake. We sail first to the charming town 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 cobbled 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

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

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

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Rhine Valley

Rhine Valley

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

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Venice - Unique city
  • Verona - Historic city
  • Rhine Valley - Picturesque villages (12-day tour only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

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

Notes


Travel Insurance from £35.00 (9 days), £38.00 (12 days). Single Room Supplement from £159.00 (9 days), £199.00 (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 eight or 11 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.

Please note: 9-Day tour: May 5th, Sep 1st (Executive) and June 2nd (Silver Service) 2018 departures will stay at the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva Del Garda.

June 16th (Luxuria) 2018 departure will stay at the 3-star Hotel Splendid Sole in Manerba.

12-Day tour: 16th July (Luxuria), 27th August (Silver Service), and 1st October 2018 departures will stay at the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva Del Garda. 

11th June (Silver Service) 2018 departure will stay at the 3-star Hotel Splendid Sole in Manerba.

Germany

Ramada Micador

H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen

Italy

Bristol

Bristol

Italy

Club Hotel La Vela

Club Hotel La Vela

H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen


The H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen (formerly Ramada Hotel Micador Wiesbaden Niedernhausen is located in the west of Rhein-Taunus Nature park. This is a quiet location on the edge of the forest and however conveniently close to the highway and only 20 minutes away from Frankfurt Airport and 30 minutes from the city centre. The hotel offers fitness room with terrace, room service (payable), dry cleaning services (payable), concierge, whirlpool, sauna and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a desk, flat screen T.V, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

  • Swimming Pool
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

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
  • Lift
  • 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
  • Lift
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

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
  • Lift
  • 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
  • Lift
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

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. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. 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 £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

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 interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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