Having just returned from our holiday, we had to write to say the hotel was very good indeed.
Mr & Mrs B, Ilford
|Departing||July 2012 - October 2013|
* Price shown: 05 Oct 2014 from Exeter - EXT
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The charms of Northern Italy
Experience three of Europe's most majestic cities. Explore the magic of Venice; discover the treasures of Verona; enjoy the serenity of Lake Garda; and gaze in awe at the beautiful Dolomites.
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Equally favoured by mild winds in the winter and cooling breezes in the summer, Lake Garda provides a perfect backdrop for enjoyable holidays. Each of our hotels offers an base from which to enjoy the beauty of the lake and the excursion programme.
On the north-eastern shore, Malcesine, together with its quieter neighbours Assenza di Brenzone and Castelletto di Brenzone, boasts a delightful mix of twisting alleyways and bustling, flower-strewn squares. Visit the 13th-century castle, or take the funicular ride to the summit of Monte Baldo.
Delightful Limone, on the lake's western shore, is named for the terraced citrus groves on the surrounding hills. Colourful and bustling, with cobbled streets leading down to the lakeside, Limone is a perfect holiday resort, with an energetic nightlife to complement the relaxed, sun-blessed days.
The liveliest of our resorts, Torbole, also on Lake Garda's north-eastern shore, offers a vibrant cafe life and a lakeside promenade, from where, most afternoons, the windsurfing enthusiasts skimming across the water are a colourful sight.
Famous Riva, at Lake Garda's northern tip, has a busy historic centre surrounded by elegant, pastel-painted buildings. A good selection of cafes, gelaterie, bars, restaurants and shops make it one of the lake's most popular spots.
Fly to Italy and transfer to Lake Garda and your hotel. After a chance to relax and familiarise yourself with your surroundings, enjoy dinner in the hotel.
Today is free for you to relax and explore your hotel and resort. Favourites with our clients for many years, both Malcesine and Limone have much to offer. Stroll the lakeside promenades, shop, watch the world go by from a pavement cafe or perhaps take to the waters of the lake itself.
Venice, which we'll visit today, is one of the world's most beautiful cities. With its mysterious labyrinth of alleys and waterways, spectacular St Mark's Square and Cathedral, the clock tower, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the mystique of the Palace of Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs, Venice has to be seen to be believed.
Today we'll spend half a day exploring "fair Verona", the historic backdrop for the tragic tale of "Juliet and her Romeo" and home to the famous opera season held yearly in its Roman amphitheatre. Explore this fascinating place, then take a seat in an open-air cafe in Piazza Bra to watch the world go by.
Join us for a full-day, panoramic sightseeing tour through some of Europe's most spectacular mountains - the Dolomites. Our journey includes a visit to Canazei overlooking dramatic Marmolada, and a crossing of the Sella Pass into Val Gardena, famed for its wooden carvings.
Today's Grand Circular Tour of the lake, by coach and steamer, is the perfect way to enjoy the area's marvellous scenery and to explore some of the delightful lakeside resorts. Each section of the shoreline has its own distinctive charm and allure.
Your final full day is free to enjoy the surrounds of the hotel and to explore the resort. Perhaps you'll relive the wonderful memories of the past week over a farewell dinner in the hotel this evening.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. The menus offered will vary from hotel to hotel, although choice will inevitably be more limited than one might expect in a normal restaurant.
Since certain attractions visited offer free admission to visitors aged under 18 and over 65, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
The transfer time to Lake Garda is approximately three hours from Milan and Venice airports, and one hour from Verona Airport.