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Dolomites Discovery

Holiday Highlights

  • Tour the impressive Grand Dolomites
  • Visit Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake
  • Spend time in the stunning town of Merano
  • Selected free drinks between 19.00 - 22.00

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What is Included?

  • Overnight travel by express coach
  • 6 nights half-board accommodation
  • FREE local wine, beer and soft drinks between 19.00 and 22.00
  • 2 included excursions
  • 4 optional excursions

The Dolomites comprises of a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, boasting 18 peaks. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. We’ll take in these amazing sights during our break, as well as visiting Lake Garda and Merano. 


Famous for its amazing scenery, the Dolomites feature some of the most splendid landscapes in Italy. We’ll admire these beautiful vistas while on holiday, and will be based in the pretty town of Fondo in Trentino.


We’ll take a tour of the grand Dolomites for our first included excursion, discovering the diverse landscape this part of Italy is so well known for. This tour will allow us to take in the mesmerising views, and we’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some fantastic pictures in order to remember our holiday for years to come. 


Our next included excursion will take us to Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake and a popular holiday spot for many famous faces! We’ll make our way to Limone on the northern side of the lake to enjoy a day of relaxation in this wonderful town. 


For our final included excursion, we’ll enjoy a day spent in Merano. Surrounded by mountains, Merano enjoys amazing scenery and also boasts a number of superb sights we can take in during our time here. 

Included Excursions

Grand Dolomites Tour
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Lake Garda
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Full Day: Merano
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Optional Excursions

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Cruise on Lake Limone
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Brenta Dolomites
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Merano Guided Walking Tour
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Holiday Details

Day One - Depart UK
In the morning of day one, we’ll make the journey from the UK to Fondo, which will see us travelling via Calais. From there, we’ll travel through the night on our overnight express coach.
Day Two - Arrive in Fondo
We arrive in Fondo late morning and have time to settle into our hotel, the Hotel Lady Maria, for our first night in this charming Italian town. (D)
Days Three to Seven - Fondo
We'll spend another five days in wonderful Fondo, enjoying three included excursions during our time there. We’ll explore the Dolomites with a grand tour, as well as taking a trip to Limone on Lake Garda and discovering the lovely town of Merano. (B,D)
Day Eight - Depart Fondo
As our holiday draws to a close, we’ll say goodbye to Fondo and will travel to Calais. (B)
Day Nine - Arrive in UK
We’ll then return to the UK via Calais, and will take the coach back to our local joining points.

Paul and Valerie

Stroud, Gloucester

14 April 2013

Thoroughly enjoyable trip

Our holiday drivers, Kenny and Christophe, were both excellent & we never had a moment's concern while making our way across the motorways of four European countries & up and down the hairpin bends of the Dolomites. We were made more than welcome in the hotel, comfortable & well fed. The trips were brilliant - the breathtaking views of the mountains on two days, the serenity of a cruise on Lake Garda & an interesting contrast of a day in the city of Innsbruck. Excellent value & very enjoyable.

The Sister Twisters!

Essex, UK, Cambs, UK

6 March 2013

Delightful Dolomites - a 'must see - must do' trip.

We returned on 24th February 2013 from our trip to Fondo, and without any hesitation I would recommend this trip. The organisation was exceptional, the drivers fantastic, and the hotel was very comfortable. What we saw and learned about this stunning area in just one week was absolutely amazing. The trip was exceptional value for money.So, let's start at the beginning. After a balmy crossing to Calais, we picked up our drivers Marcin and Kenny. There was a slight hiccup when we arrived; because the ferry had been resheduled a couple of hours earlier than the week before, we had to wait to pick up our drivers, then when we stopped to pick up fuel, one of the other Shearing's coaches needed oil that the service station couldn't provide, so Kenny took us on a mercy mission to help them out. So we were on our way after a couple of hours. I wasn't looking forward to an overnight on the coach, but there were stops every two or three hours, the drivers taking it in turns to serve hot drinks in the coach and plenty of chances to get out and stretch the legs. By breakfast we had arrived in Austria and with a temperature of -8 outside, we had a lovely breakfast with yoghurt, fruit and cereals in a lovely small service station. We had arrived in this beautiful snow-covered winter wonderland.Onwards to Fondo, where we arrived just before lunch. The day was spent chilling out and wandering around Fondo. Being a Sunday it was pretty quiet, and we discovered a beautiful church nearby in the town square. There is also a supermarket in Fondo a few minutes away from the hotel. There's also a lovely bar with stunning mountain views in the shopping complex above the supermarket that serves a nice cappuchino and a nice hot punch! In the bar, there is a wall covered with information about a local skiing hero. There are nice little shops to look around in the evenings after the siesta, a fantastic pizzeria on the road that goes up to the Canyon, and a little further on down the road going out of Fondo is the cheese factory where you can buy some good quality local parmigiano and other cheeses. Lots of people say there is nothing to do here, but it is an ideal place for taking it easy and sampling some local Italian culture. The pizzeria made a great stop for lunch on our last day before we left.The hotel - most of the Shearings customers were based in the annexe adjoining the hotel, just across the car park. Very functional, and well-heated, some rooms with great views. We were on the third floor of the annex and the rooms were built into the eaves of the roof, which made it a bit restricted on moving around the room, especially if there are two of you. However, despite this 'compactness' the rooms are very clean and functional and well serviced every day. Any problems with the rooms such as the odd light bulb blowing etc, were remedied immediately. The food was good Italian fare, with a salad starter, a pasta or a soup, and a main with meat and potatoes. The pasta dishes were out of this world especially the lasagne that Walter demonstrated how to make one evening before dinner. The meat served was fresh and tender and very good quality. The chefs do a great job in the kitchen. We had a few issues with service being a bit too rushed but as soon as we let Walter know he was keen to ensure everything was ok. Each night he checked the following days menu with you, and if you didn't like what was on offer he could change things for you. There was a lack of fruit at breakfast and evening meals, but we bought some fruit in from the supermarket to eat with breakfast and they didn't mind us doing that. Yes, Walter is running a tight ship in difficult times but his aim is always to please, and I think most guests were very happy with the service provided. The hotel also has a lovely little spa in the basement of the hotel. It is little promoted or advertised, but for 8 euro ,pay at the bar in the hotel, you can use all the facilities, have a swim and a steam bath and sauna, and spend as long as you like down there. Bring your swimming hat and a towel otherwise you have to pay 3 euros for the hat and 2 euros for the towel. We did this on one of our half day optional trip days and it was a good way to relax. The beer and wine in the evening with dinner are included, and this saved us a lot of money. The bar does get busy when the hotel is full, but we stayed in the lounge at the back and this was more comfortable.Everyday, we had the option of going on trips, and all of these were worthwhile. In addition to the included trip of the Grand Dolomites tour, we did another optional trip to the Brenta Dolomites. Both were amazing, fanstastic trips, and we got dropped off in several ski resorts where we could take the cable car or the gondola to the top to see even more amazing views. We discovered lakes in the middle of the mountains, and waterfalls in the middle of nowhere. Marcin and Kenny made a good call for one of these trips. They saw on the forecast it was going to snow on Thursday so they swapped the mountain trip to Wednesday and did the half day trip to the Ice man museum on the thursday. This meant that our trip to the mountains on Wednesday had amazing clear views set amid spectacular scenery. Some of the drops are a bit scary,"Oh my God!", but the roads are well made and the excellent skills of our drivers made it look easy; it all added to the fun of the day out. The trip to see the Bolzano ice man was very interesting. I thought Innsbruck was going to be a long day, but it was fine, and had a great time in the Innsbruck strudel bar sampling both savoury and sweet strudels, milling amongst the tourist shops and visiting an interesting cathedral with a very big bell!Sorry if this review is long, but we packed so much into our week that we wanted to tell other customers about it. The great thing was that Marcin and Kenny, even though they were always working hard, driving, guiding, serving, cleaning the coach after a day out, they enjoyed the trip as much as we did. The delight they took in the love of their work and the area was infectious and this really made the trip. Their knowledge of the area was detailed, informative and comprehensive. All in all this ensured a really good experience for everyone. Thank you Shearings for a fantastic holiday!



27 February 2013

Excellent Holiday, Excellent Tour Guide/Drivers, Excellent Hotel - What more do you need.

We arrived back on the 24 February 2013 after a wonderful first snowy visit to the Dolomites. From the first second we boarded the coach Machin and Kenny put everyone at ease and this continued throughout the week with great humour, much appreciated by all those on the coach. The itinerary for the week was well constructed and every day was relaxed. For us, the additional excusions were essential to seeing the area and Machin and Kennys knowledge proved invaluable.We were lucky with the weather and on one occassion the excusions were switched to ensure we had the perfect day in the mountains.The hotel was excellent and we wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Our bedroom in the new annexe was very comfortable, spacious and very warm against the minus 6 outside. As we are vegetarians Walter the hotel owner ensured that he personally offered us a very good alternative to the main course each night. Fondo is quiet but if you like walking and exploring there are plenty of trails to follow so there is always the opportunity to see a little more without going too far. Overall,an excellent week with great company and a trip to be repeated after we visit other parts of Italy. Thanks Machin and Kenny!

steve burton


27 February 2013

perfect winter wonderland

after a very long journey from blackpool, via 2 interchanges and a ferry across the channel, i was a little frustrated we had to wait for the shearings drivers who were to meet us in Calais. But as soon as we met Marchin and Kenny any negative thoughts vanished.Both these guys kept us entertained and fully informed during the night long coach journey to Fondo, with plenty of coffee but also with information of our week ahed.the hotel in Fondo was excellent, room 203 was a wonderful place to stay. with a sitting room as well as a comfortable bedroom. Walter and his staff run a very tight ship with meals at strict times, but all works well with splendid food on offer.drinks include beer and wine inclusive from 7 till 10 so the bar quite busy but we always found a place to sit etc.pleaes tour the town of fondo and find the wonderful canyon rio sass which is a pure joy on the eye with views to die for.the trips were fantastic with Marchin and Kenny getting the coach into the most unlikeliest places giving you marvelous views that you would not normally get. As i said before Marchin is a walkng encyclopedia of the area and gives story book information as you tour. please look out for particulary the santuario di san romedio - i will say no more............but amazing!believe me we did so much in a week, we can't really take it all in yet.only down side to the tour was that the dolomites day was on Monday after we had travelled over the weekend, definately didn't want to sit on the bus for anohter day so short, we found this holiday amazing value for money and we couldn't have had better drivers or a better hotel....Fantastic indeed



13 February 2013

Dolomites discovery

Just returned back from the Dolomites Discovery Tour based at The Hotel Lady Maria in Fondo.If you like us enjoy snow clad mountains and alpine villages then this is definately for you. The two drivers Machin and Kenny have great knowledge of the area and were a laugh all week. As for the Hotel we found the rooms to be of good quality, and Walter the owner always willing to please along with his staff. There was more than enough food to eat every day, but there was more if wanted. We hope Shearings keeps this Tour as we would highly recommend it.

Su & Al


3 July 2012

Yet another excellent tour of Northen Italy.

John & Machin were excellent drivers and guides. The excursions were enjoyable and although Innsbruck was a long day it was well worth it. The hotel was as expected, having done other Italy tours.

Brian from Chippenham

Colerne Wiltshire

17 May 2012

This holiday had everthing snow, sun scenery.

This holiday was fantastic just what we wanted. The drivers John and Marcin were brilliant two fountains of knowledge. It was our first time to Italy we found the Hotel very good staff very friendly ,food excellant as much as you could eat, and the manager was wonderful nothing too much trouble. Fondo was a bit quiet but an excursion everyday made up for that. Many thanks for a brilliant Tour,have recommended and will recommend to people of all ages.


East sussex

17 May 2012

Super Hotel in a scenic area of Italy

Having previously had a day excursion to the Dolomites,just had to try this holiday. Although the trip involved overnight travel,the coach was very comfortable, and the excellent drivers John and Marcin made sufficient comfort stops.The Hotel was comfortable, the staff very friendly, and the food good. The Dolomites tours were particularly good, made more interesting by the snow (and expert driving by Marcin)Innsbruck was a fair distance, but well worth a visit for its architecture and scenic surroundings.All in all, a memorable holiday.



7 April 2012

A Fantastic Holiday

From feeder coach to Fondo our drivers where the best John and Marcin made the holiday extra special with their knowledge of the area, safe driving and humour .The hotel was very good, warm friendly owner and staff. Good food and plentyful.Fondo itself was quiet with some lovely walks not to strenuous.The excursions well worth doing ranging from snow clad mountains to towns with beautiful architecture and interesting museums especially Bolzano and The Ice man.Would definatley do this trip over again



4 April 2012

Excellent value

Disappointed that our room was in the annexe and not in main hotel with a balcony and a view as advertised.Room was ok.Food was excellent.Service was also excellent.Excursions were good apart from Innsbruck which is far too far from the hotel and made it a really long day.Otherwise it was a great holiday.

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