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Lake Garda & the Best of the Veneto for Solo Travellers

8 days from only £1,199pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Take a guided tour of wonderfully unique Venice with a local guide
  • Tour medieval Verona with a local guide and see its classic sights
  • Enjoy an entire day exploring beautiful Lake Garda, both on land and by boat
  • Visit atmospheric Mantova, the inspiration for artists, poets and composers, on a guided tour of its UNESCO-listed old town
  • Enjoy free time to stroll along the Gardone Riviera’s scenic promenade, explore nearby Salo or take a ferry to the pretty town of Sirmione
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, plus daily breakfast and dinner
  • Plus your tour manager’s drinks reception and a welcome dinner on the first day to meet your fellow travellers
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

Selecetd departures April to October 2019

 
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

For centuries, Italy has drawn visitors in search of culture and romance; few countries can compare with its prodigious classical origins in 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 fantastic scenery and some of the finest is to be found as you approach Lake Garda, where the abundant flowers and verdant trees covering 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 charming villages all fit together in a beautifully balanced mosaic.

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. On this tour, we shall visit two of these – the hugely different, but equally classic cities of Verona and Venice.

Verona is without doubt one of the most attractive cities you will ever see, deservedly well known as the setting for the legendary tale of Romeo and Juliet. Significant since ancient times, it has more ancient remains than any city in Italy except Rome itself. Its most striking monument is the arena – the third largest amphitheatre ever built – where the entertainment on offer included gladiatorial combat. Enclosed by massive and exceedingly well-preserved ramparts, the city has a captivating medieval feel to it with pink-hued buildings, lovingly restored, lining the streets.

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

One of the greatest joys of visiting Italy is, of course, being amongst the Italians themselves. Stylish, always ready to help and, perhaps the overriding national characteristic, living life to the full and creating the fantastic atmosphere so much in evidence – so come with us and see.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on a twin/double room for sole occupancy. The price includes seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, welcome drinks reception, all tours as mentioned, scheduled flights as mentioned, airport departure taxes, all local accommodation taxes, transfers and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. Included excursions are: guided tours of Mantova, Verona, Venice and Lake Garda. Please note tours departing on Fridays will visit Mantova on day 3 and venice on day 5. 

Please note 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.

Personalise Your Holiday

outdoor opera festival verona italy
 

The Verona Opera Festival - from £64 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.

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.

To arrive in time for the opera you will miss your included dinner at the hotel, however this will be replaced with a lunch on one of the free days

2019 schedule 

 Tour departure date   Performance  Performance date 
26th June Il Trovatore 29th June
3rd July Carmen 6th July

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

Arrival airport Hotel location Transfer time
Milan Malpensa Gardone Riviera 2.5 hrs
Verona Airport 1.5 hrs
Milan Bergamo Airport 1.5 hrs
Milan Linate 2 hrs

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs to 2 hrs 30 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.

Air-Conditioning

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.


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