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Lake Garda, Venice and Verona

Lake Garda, Venice and Verona

From our tour base at an outstanding 4* lakeside resort hotel on the most popular eastern shore of Lake Garda, this Railtrail tour takes us on visits to beautiful lakeside towns, romantic Verona and the picturesque island city of Venice. With lunch in the Italian hills included on one day and hotel light afternoon refreshments and evening entertainment on some nights, this tour is a superior way to experience magical Lake Garda and some of the very best tourist havens that Italy has to offer.

9 Days From £1715

 

DEPARTS

Sunday 21 June 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Based at the Parc Hotel Gritti in Bardolino a superior 4-star lakeside resort hotel

  • Visit the medieval spa town of Sirmione, one of Lake Garda’s best loved towns

  • Taste handmade pasta and homemade wine in the hills at Trattoria da Arturo

  • Guided tour of romantic Verona plus free time in this charming city

  • Guided tour of Venice with its famous canals and architecture

  • Free time in Bardolino and/or at the hotel to spend using the hotels facilities or you may wish to take a lake cruise or a stroll to nearby Lazise.

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening plus lunch on 1 day and light refreshments on 2 days

  • Live musical entertainment in the hotel’s piano bar on some evenings

  • Services of an experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

By Eurostar to Lille Europe and onward by high-speed train to Lyon for a welcome evening meal at the Mercure Hotel.

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DAY 2

Our journey continues to Lake Garda. Our train arrives into Peschiera station where our private coach meets us to transfer us to beautiful Bardolino one of the lakes most popular and idyllic resorts. Our tour base for the next six nights, the lovely Parc Hotel Gritti is situated at the lakeside just a short stroll from the old town.

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DAY 3

Relax at leisure on a stress-free day in delightful Bardolino, enjoying its scenic medieval centre with numerous charming bars and cafés. The hotel features complimentary tea with cookies and cakes between 16.00 and 17.00 which you may wish to make use of on your free days. Should you like to explore and stretch your legs you may wish to take a leisurely stroll to the neighbouring medieval town of Lazise with its wide promenade and 13th century defensive walls circling the historic centre

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DAY 4

This morning we visit the 'jewel in the crown' of Lake Garda - the peninsular of Sirmione with its lovely moated castle and medieval centre. From here we travel into the countryside which bore witness to many battles. We discover the small chapel at San Martino della Battaglia which pays homage to this epic period of history with its astonishing 'ossary' before we continue into the hills to Trattoria da Arturo. Here we enjoy some wonderful handmade pasta with grilled meats and salad washed down with plenty of homemade wine - a relaxing and authentic Italian experience.

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DAY 5

We start the day with a leisurely morning before we board our private coach to the romantic city of Verona. Famed for being the setting of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', our guided tour takes us to the 'Capulet' balcony that has a starring role in the play, along with Verona's beautiful cathedral, the Castelvecchio and the Roman amphitheatre at Piazza Bra where the crowds gather in the summer to experience the Opera.

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DAY 6

Today we travel by train to the island city of Venice where stunning architecture and famous vistas await. We join our local guide upon arrival for a tour of this alluring city. We cross the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge passing through a labyrinth of mysterious passageways as we make our way to St Mark's Square. Here we have free time to enjoy the city at leisure before we journey on a waterbus along the Grand Canal and back to the station for our return train.

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DAY 7

Today is free to spend at leisure. You may wish to stay local and make use of our lakeside resort hotel's many facilities which include both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, sun terrace and pool bar.

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DAY 8

We say 'addio' to our base on Lake Garda this morning as we make our way north towards Lyon and to our overnight stay at the Mercure Hotel.

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DAY 9

After breakfast we take the TGV to Lille Europe and Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Mercure Hotel Part-Dieu, Lyon

This 4-star hotel is ideally located next to Lyons PartDieu station. The comfortable bedrooms all feature tea & coffee making facilities, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant and wine bar.

 

Parc Hotel Gritti, Bardolino

This outstanding 4-star lakeside resort hotel is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens and is a short stroll from the old centre of Bardolino. The hotel boasts both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a sauna and sun terrace with free tea and coffee served daily between 16.00 and 17.00 and live musical entertainment on some evenings in the piano bar. The rooms all have tea and coffee making facilities as well as free Wi-Fi and TVs.

 

FARES

 

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Italy, including

Standard Eurostar

£1715

First Class rail travel

to / from Italy, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£2115

Single Traveller Supplement

£345

Join & leave at Bardolino

Days 2-8

£1199

Single Traveller Supplement

Days 2-8

£245




8 nights bed, breakfast and evening meals plus 2 lunches

Eurostar Standard rail travel

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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