What a wonderful time we have had. The coach transfer was fautless, the hotel and food excellent. And your Tour Manager was nothing short of brilliant.
Mr & Mrs B, by e-mail
Florence, Siena & Tuscany
|Departing||July 2012 - October 2013|
* Price shown: 01 Sep 2013 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.
Fresh fish, fruit and vegetables are plentiful, as well as Italian cuisine of pasta, soups and meat-based dishes. Should you choose half-board accommodation, you'll generally be offered a choice of starter and main course, with fruit or dessert to follow. There are also many excellent, well-priced wines to enjoy during your stay.
The transfer time to Lake Garda is approximately three hours from Milan and Venice airports, and one hour from Verona Airport.