Lake Garda is the largest and most enchanting of the Italian Lakes and has been a popular choice with holiday makers for over a century. Based in the northern part of the Lake in Riva Del Garda, surrounded by towering mountains and cliffs, we also visit the south, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and beautiful lakeside towns. Excursions include Venice and the Dolomites, plus an optional cruise on Lake Garda.
Day 1 Morning collection from home to join our coach for the drive to Dover for our ferry crossing to Calais. We continue through France to Germany and our overnight hotel in time for our evening meal.
Day 2 We continue our journey into the mountains of Austria and across the Brenner Pass into Italy, arriving on the shores of Lake Garda and the Hotel Portici in time for a welcome drink, evening meal and a stay of six nights.
Day 3 A free day to relax by the lake and explore the beautiful surroundings. Riva del Garda is a beautiful town to relax in, or you might like to take a boat across to the delightful town of Limone on the eastern shore (not included).
Day 4 Today we travel to the magniﬁcent city of Venice, with its rich history evident in every square, from the exotic St Marks Basilica to the imposing Doge’s Palace. We travel to the city by boat and have time to explore the labyrinth of canals, bridges, elegant piazzas and beautiful churches. Spend the day enjoying the atmosphere of this truly remarkable and unique city.
Day 5 We journey into the spectacular North Italian Alps to experience the majestic scenery of this stunning mountain range.
Day 6 Enjoy a leisurely coach excursion to the southern end of Lake Garda. An optional boat cruise on the lake is available for never to be forgotten views of the fjord-like scenery.
Day 7 Another day at leisure, with time to take that boat trip or stroll along the lakeside.
Day 8 We leave Italy for the return drive across Austria and Germany to the overnight hotel arriving in time for our evening meal.
Day 9 We travel through France to Calais for a late afternoon ferry crossing to Dover before continuing the return journey to the local area, where our door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home.
This welcoming and historic hotel is centrally located on the main piazza of Riva del Garda, within steps of all amenities and Lake Garda itself. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, minifridge and hairdryer. The hotel features a restaurant and bar with vaulted stone ceilings and outdoor seating area in the piazza. There is also a gym and spa, including steam bath and sauna. There is a lift.