A dream-like Italian holiday
Stay on the sun-kissed shores of Lake Garda, Italy's largest and most spectacular lake. Some 50 miles long, and 11 miles across, Lake Garda's clear blue waters are backed by the wooded slopes of craggy mountains, and fringed by stylish, elegant resorts that have drawn visitors on holidays to Italy for over 100 years.
Lake Garda is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday, and each of the hotels in our elegant, stylish resorts has been selected to reveal the very best that the lake has to offer.
Your Base: Lake Garda Hotels In Limone, Malcesine, Riva del Garda Or Torbole
Named for the hillside terraces of citrus groves that surround it, Limone is a bustling resort on Lake Garda's western shore. Here, cobbled streets lead down to the lake and the lively nightlife offers a delightful counterpoint to relaxed, sunny days.
Malcesine's pretty labyrinth of narrow lanes and squares nestles on Lake Garda's north-eastern shore beneath green-sloped Mount Baldo. A cable car runs from the town to the summit, and there's also a 13th-century castle to explore.
At the northernmost tip of the Lake, Riva is one of Garda's most popular resorts. The town boasts excellent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants nestled among its pastel-painted buildings, medieval architecture and lakeside piazzas.
Riva del Garda
East of Riva, Torbole is set in a natural amphitheatre in the foothills of the Monte Baldo mountain range. The resort has a lively cafe culture and a lovely lakefront promenade. There are beautiful views out across the lake, and water sports are available for the more adventurous.
Lake Garda Holiday Itinerary
Fly to Venice, Verona or Milan, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel on Lake Garda.
Day One: Fly to Italy
Enjoy a relaxing day at your hotel, or start exploring Lake Garda and the surrounding area. Your Tour Manager will be happy to suggest places to visit and things to do.
Day Two: Day at leisure
Discover the marvellous scenery surrounding Lake Garda on today's Grand Circular Tour, exploring the lake by coach and boat. Visit some of the charming lakeside resorts and discover the distinctive character of each section of the shoreline.
Day Three: Optional Grand Circular Lake Garda Tour
Iconic Venice, a mysterious labyrinth of waterways and alleyways, is one of the world's most beautiful cities. Join our fascinating optional excursion to discover legendary places like the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge's Palace, famous St Mark's Square with its basilica and bell tower, and the Palace of Prisons.
Day Four: Optional Venice excursion
Spend a relaxing day enjoying Lake Garda, your hotel and the surrounding area.
Day Five: Day at leisure
On today's excursion you'll explore "fair Verona", the historic setting for the tragedy of "Juliet and her Romeo". See the Roman amphitheatre, where the city's famous opera season is held each year, and treat yourself to a coffee-stop and some people-watching at one of the open-air cafes in the Piazza Bra.
Day Six: Optional Verona excursion
The Dolomites, one of Europe's most spectacular mountain ranges, are the destination on today's sightseeing tour. This full-day excursion takes in Val Rendena, the vast Adamello Glacier, the neighbouring Brenta Dolomites and pretty Val di Genova. Don't miss the chance to take in the stunning views on an optional cable-car ride.
Day Seven: Optional Dolomites scenery tour
Bid "Arrivederci Italia", as you transfer back to Milan, Venice or Verona and check in for your flight home.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
The transfer time to Lake Garda is approximately three hours from Milan and Venice airports, and one hour from Verona Airport.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
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. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.
Meals in Italy
Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, 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.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € 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.
Italian hotel room tax
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.
Airport development fees
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.