Italian Lakes & Mountains

Resort: Italian Lakes & Mountains
Operator: Travelsphere
Destination: Italy
Price From: £1139.00

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The scenery is the star of this northern Italy holiday, as you discover Lake Garda, the Dolomites and much more.

Highlights

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights half boardin a 3-star hotel
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Itineraries

  • Day 1 UK/Verona
  • Depart on your scheduled flight to Verona today. On arrival, you'll transfer to your hotel in the heart of the charming medieval town of Arco, located to the north of Lake Garda.
  • Day 2 Sirmione & Lazise
  • After breakfast, join your Tour Manager for an included excursion to the historic town of Sirmione. One of the most popular resorts on the shores of Lake Garda, it is dominated by a 13th century castle and home to impressive Roman ruins. You'll also visit medieval Lazise, a picturesque town where you'll discover imposing walls dating back to the 14th century.  
  • Day 3 Trento & the Brenta Dolomites
  • Today we are heading first of all to Trento, a lovely town which boasts a dramatic mountain setting, surrounded by the southern part of the Alps and the Dolomites. There's time for a spot of shopping at the market here before you continue to Lake Molveno, which lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. Enjoy a stroll around the Old Town, where you'll find a selection of cafs, restaurants and shops. 
  • Day 4 Northern Lake Garda
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Arco, or why not join an optional tour giving you the chance to discover the western shore of Lake Garda. We'll head to Gargnano, which boasts a striking setting of historic villas, palazzos, beautiful churches, gardens and lemon groves. We'll then continue to Sal, the home of the Magnifica Patria, which was the headquarters of the Fascist Government of the Italian Social Republic. Traces of its past can be seen along the main streets of the elegant center, which is filled with buildings of great historical and artistic value, and sit alongside many boutiques and stores. After free time here we'll make our way back to the hotel, stopping off at the popular resort of Limone. Located at the mountainous northern end of Lake Garda, this picturesque town was once renowned for its lemon groves and we'll visit La Limonaia del Castel – the lemon-house – where we'll learn about the different kinds of citrus fruits that grow in the area. We'll round off our visit with a tasting of locally produced lemoncello and the dessert crema di limone, served with lemon biscuits. We will then take the ferry back to Riva del Garda.
  • Day 5 Bolzano & the Renon high plateau
  • Today has been left free to spend just how you wish. Alternatively, why not join our optional excursion that takes you to the capital city of the South Tyrol, Bolzano. This is the gateway to the Dolomites, so exceptional views are assured.  After a guided tour, you'll head to Oberbozen, where you'll board a train for a panoramic journey to Collalbo. Located in the Renon high plateau, which sits 1,000 metres above sea level, here more spectacular views are on offer as you discover the earth pyramids a bizarre natural landscape of clay and rock spires.
  • Day 6 Lake Tenno & Toblino
  • Join your Tour Manager for today's included excursion which begins with a scenic drive to the medieval hamlet of Canale and onwards to Lake Tenno. Admire the turquoise waters of this tranquil lake, which is surrounded by a terraced landscape of olive groves, vineyards and chestnut forests. Next stop is Fiave, in the rural valley of Lomaso, and then it's on to Toblino, where you will enjoy a tasting of local wines, meat and cheeses before taking a stroll around the shores of the lake. A scenic highlight is the imposing Toblino Castle, which rises out of the water.
  • Day 7 Arco
  • Today has been left free for you to enjoy at leisure. Overlooked by an ancient hilltop castle, the town of Arco also boasts a picturesque Old Town and is home to the 15th century Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace, so maybe you'll head out and explore at your own pace . If you'd like to join an optional excursion and you're feeling active, we've two on offer today. A bicyle ride to lovely Lake Garda gives you another chance to take in its beauty. Or you might choose to go kayaking on the lake's calm waters.
  • Day 8 Verona/UK
  • Your holiday comes to an end today as you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Please note the 2020 itinerary will differ from that show here as the wine tasting at Hosteria Toblino will now be accompanied by a gourmet lunch.

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