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Experience more with so much included

  • Full day tours to both Venice and Verona, including a choice of a ‘Classic’ or ‘Undiscovered’ tour, accompanied by a local guide
  • Full day exploring beautiful Lake Garda both on land and by boat
  • Full day tour of the breathtaking Dolomites – with some of the world’s finest alpine scenery
  • Escorted by an experienced tour manager
  • Seven nights in a choice of conveniently located accommodation rated three to four-star superior, including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • Return travel from a selection of regional airports and transfers to and from your hotel included

Selected departures from April to October 2019

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

The romance of Italy

An astonishing blend of spectacular alpine scenery reflected in tranquil lakes, Verona’s Roman remains and the medieval world’s richest city - remarkably unique Venice. For centuries, Italy has drawn visitors in search of culture and romance, with few countries comparing with its enormous classical origins, its art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food and wine. Italy’s contribution to European painting and sculpture surpasses that of any other nation. Blend this with the magnificent scenery of its lakes, one of the world’s great cuisines and the Italian attitude of living life to the absolute maximum, and you have a superb destination for a tour.

Italy is blessed with some fantastic scenery and some of the finest is to be found as you approach the Alps around Lake Garda where images of the abundant flowers and trees which cover the banks, are reflected in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour. The picturesque lake with gentle waves lapping slowly onto the shingle shoreline, the stunning snow-capped Alps in the background and a scattering of picturesque villages, all fit together in a beautifully balanced mosaic of harmony.

Further north, we see the Dolomite Mountains- some of the most spectacular alpine scenery on earth. It is only in the past 150 years that Italy has come to exist as a nation state formed from a collection of largely independent cities, often separated by almost impenetrable marshes or mountain ranges. They then evolved totally independently and on this tour we shall visit two of them - the very different but very classic cities of Verona and Venice.

Verona & Venice

Verona is without doubt one of the most attractive cities you will ever see and appropriately well known as the setting for the legendary story of Romeo and Juliet. It has been important since ancient times and in fact has more ancient remains than any city in Italy except Rome itself. Its most striking monument is the arena – the third largest ever built – where a range of entertainments were presented, including gladiatorial combat. Enclosed by massive and extremely well preserved ramparts, the city has a lovely medieval feel to it with pink-hued buildings, lovingly restored, lining the streets.

All the photographs and pictures you have seen of St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Grand Canal have simply been telling the extraordinary truth: that Venice is a stunning city. You cannot walk for more than a few minutes without stopping to see something which demands admiration.

One of the greatest joys of visiting Italy is, of course, being amongst the Italians themselves. Stylish, always ready to help and, if there is a single national characteristic, it is living life to the full, which creates a fantastic atmosphere so much in evidence everywhere – so come with us and see.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms and Lake View rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Not included is the optional cable car ride during the Dolomites tour. The approximate cost is €20 which is payable locally.

Personalise Your Holiday

outdoor opera festival verona italy
 

The Verona Opera Festival - from £59 per person

Whether you’re an opera aficionado or not, a trip to the oldest open-air opera festival could not be a better addition to your stay. Held in a Roman amphitheatre, the summer performances are truly something special – when the floodlights go down on the 15,000 spectators, the cacophony diminishes to hushed whispers, before the magic begins and the beautiful voices fill the dusky air.

Available from June to September 2019, prices shown include a coach transfer to Verona and an unnumbered stone seat. Cushions are available to hire on arrival at the arena.

Performances start between 8.45 to 9.00pm, but you will be taken to Verona in plenty of time, so you may wish to enjoy a pre opera dinner or drink.

2019 schedule 

 Tour departure date   Performance  Performance date 
24th June Aida 27th June
1st July Il Trovatore 4th July
8th July La Traviata 11th July
15th July Carmen 18th July
22nd July La Traviata 25th July
29th July La Traviata 1st August
5th August La Traviata 8th August
12th August La Traviata 17th August
19th August La Traviata 22nd August
26th August Tosca 29th August
2nd September La Traviata 5th September

Please call us on 01283 742 300 to book this experience. 

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Milan Malpensa Airport Riva del Garda 3 hrs 30 mins
Milan Linate Airport 3 hrs
Milan Bergamo Airport 2 hrs 30 mins
Verona Airport 1 hr 30 mins
Venice Marco Polo Airport 3 hrs
Venice Treviso Airport 3 hrs
Milan Malpensa Airport Malcesine 3 hrs 30 mins
Milan Linate Airport 3 hrs
Milan Bergamo Airport 2 hrs 30 mins
Verona Airport 1 hr 30 mins
Venice Marco Polo Airport 3 hrs
Venice Treviso Airport 3 hrs

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 45 mins to 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Hotel Information

  • The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.
  • Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting.
  • Whilst we do our best to ensure an exceptional experience, the views from the lake view rooms may at times be partially obstructed. 


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